At the MXGP of Latvia today, it has been announced that MXGP will return to Finland next season for the first time since 2014. The event, promoted by Lahti Events, seems to be another addition to that calendar that will take place on the grounds of a road racing venue. It is scheduled to take place at the yet to be complete Kymi Ring, a facility specifically designed to bring Motogp back to the country. Details such as the timing of the event are understandably scant at the moment. Read MXGP’s full statement below:
Youthstream and Finnish based Lahti Events are very pleased to announce the FIM Motocross World Championship makes his return to Finland in KymiRing motor circuit in 2020. The media center of the MXGP of Latvia hosted the announcement of the 2020 MXGP of Finland with Youthstream COO Daniele Rizzi, FIM/CMS Director Antonio Alia Portela and MXGP of Finland and Lahti Events Project Director Jesse Kiuru presenting the future of the event in front of national and international media.
Motocross has had a great history in Finland with legendary World Champions. Last time MXGP visited Finland was back in 2014 providing a memorable event. The 2020 MXGP of Finland will be nothing less than outstanding assuring both fans and riders the best of the MX spirit: friendship, courage, passion and respect for nature.
The brand new track which will host the 2020 MXGP of Finland has been built at KymiRing motor circuit, which is situated only 50 km from Lahti and 140 km from Helsinki. All the international MX fans travelling to Lahti will have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience with the most characteristic elements of Finland: motorsports, friendly people, safe environment and nature with lakes and forests.
Chief Operating Officer of Youthstream Daniele Rizzi: “We are very happy to have come to an agreement with Lahti Events for the return of MXGP to this beautiful and innovative country. There is indeed a very innovative, ambitious, fan-oriented project behind the Finnish MXGP and we, like all parties involved, are eager to support it: it will definitely do good to the sport. This event will add a bit of Motocross fashion to the outstanding location of KymiRing which, thanks to Lahti Events’ choice of venue, will broaden its horizons to include the sport of Motocross in its program”
FIM/CMS Director Antonio Alia Portela: “On behalf of the FIM I would like to let you know that we are really looking forward to coming back to Finland for MXGP. We all have really good memories of the last MXGP held in Finland in 2014 as the organization in Finland shows the high level of professionalism, the kind of professionalism that nowadays is expected from all MXGP Organizers. I would also like to thank Youthstream to make all the necessary efforts to have MXGP back in this country which shows the level of confidence Youthstream reserve for the Finnish Federation, SML, and the local Organizer.”
Managing Director of Finnish Motorcycling Federation Kurt Ljungqvist: “World Championship races have always a very special meaning when it comes to awareness of the sport. When the youth gets to see the stars of the motocross world championship ride, it awakes an interest to try the sport and eventually they become our future stars and champions. The return of the race to our home soil also creates good opportunities to make it to the highest level of the sport and serves as a good motivator to believe in success and reaching the World Championship level. Motorcycling federation is very happy that Lahti Events has chosen to bring the highest level of motocross to the future heart of motorsport, the KymiRing circuit,”
Managing Director of Koko Lahti Emilia Mäki: “The MXGP of Finland in 2020 will be our first ever motocross race for our Lahti Events company at the KymiRing and with this event we will set the standards of this venue. As the event organizer in Lahti region, we can also guarantee that the events will have their presence regionally,”
Finland is also home race of Ice1racing team; Antti Pyrhönen, former motocross rider himself, is one of the internationally known faces of Finnish motocross and he is currently the Team Manager of Team Ice1Racing, now Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing owned by the F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen.
“The return of MXGP to Finland after several years is great news for our team, whose origins are in Finland and whose owner is Finnish, too. I’m sure that all the MX community, including teams and riders, will be also very excited to be back to Finland for an MXGP event.”
While it’s good to see MXGP return to a more traditional country, it is notable that it looks to be yet another man-made track at a road racing facility.