The FIM World Motocross Championship will expand to 20 rounds in 2017, the most-ever in a Grand Prix calendar year.
The official 2017 calendar released today by Youthstream and the FIM will feature four flyaway races to start the season, beginning in Qatar for the fifth consecutive year. The series will then visit Indonesia, Argentina, and Mexico before finally landing on European soil for Round 5 at Maggiora, Italy, site of the 2016 Motocross of Nations.
New additions to the calendar include a return trip to Orlyonok in Russia, which hosted the 2015 FIM Junior World Championship, Sweden (Uddevalla,) and Portugal (Agueda). A return to San Marino had previously been announced.
For a second consecutive year, the series will visit Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The race will move to Sunday in 2017, and once again take place on Labor Day weekend. Glen Helen, which was expected to host the 2017 Motocross of Nations before the recent announcement that the race would be moved to Matterley Basin in Great Britain due to poor attendance at the two USGPs held at the Southern California venue, is not featured on the calendar.
The season will end on European soil, as Villars sous Ecot in France will host the final round on September 24. It will be the second stop in France in 2017, as Ernee, site of the 2015 Motocross of Nations, will host a round on May 28.
With the Grands Prix expansion, the Motocross of Nations will be pushed back a week, taking place on October 1, at Matterley Basin. Estonia will host the FIM Junior World Championship on July 30.
Below is the full 2017 calendar.
|DATE||GRAND PRIX||VENUE||ADDITIONAL RACES|
|25 February (Sat)||QATAR||Losail|
|5 March||INDONESIA||Pangkal Pinang||Women|
|19 March||PATAGONIA ARGENTINA||Neuquen|
|2 April||LEON - MEXICO||Leon|
|16 April||ITALY||Maggiora||EMX125, EMX250, Women|
|23 April||EUROPE||Valkenswaard||EMX125, EMX250|
|7 May||LATVIA||Kegums||EMX125, EMX250|
|21 May||GERMANY||Teutschenthal||EMX150, EMX300|
|28 May||FRANCE||Ernée||EMX125, EMX250, Women|
|11 June||RUSSIA||Orlyonok||EMX125, EMX250|
|25 June||TRENTINO||Piatramurata||EMX250, EMX300|
|2 July||PORTUGAL||Agueda||EMX125, EMX250|
|9 July||SAN MARINO||Baldasserona||EMX150, EMX300|
|23 July||CZECH REP.||Loket||EMX65, EMX85, Women|
|6 August||BELGIUM||Lommel||EMX125, EMX150, EMX300|
|13 August||SWITZERLAND||Frauenfeld/Gachnang||EMX300, EMX250, Women|
|20 August||SWEDEN||Uddevalla||EMX150, EMX125|
|3 September||MONSTER ENERGY MXGP OF USA||Charlotte|
|10 September||THE NETHERLANDS||Assen||EMX150, Women, Veteran|
|24 September||PAYS DE MONTBELIARD (F)||Villars sous Ecot||EMX250, EMX300|
|1 October – Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations – GREAT BRITAIN, Matterley Basin|
|30 July - FIM Junior Motocross World Championship - ESTONIA - Lange Motokeskus|