The provisional calendar is out for the FIM World Championships next season and can be seen below. Make your mind up about what you think of it as there are some big changes.
No British Grand Prix is probably the biggest one, a decision that will stick in the throat of many in the UK. In addition, there is a second year without a USGP on the calendar. This provisional calendar gets changed a lot every year before the season starts, which doesn’t help the teams, so don’t take it as gospel truth just yet. Round 1 is once again to be announced, something that happened for this season and in the end up it just got cancelled. Earlier this year there was much talk about running a round in Perth, Australia which has since gone quiet. It is known that Kuwait has been keen to host a round for the past few years so this could be where the season opens.
Along with this there are three other to be announced venues. Round 2 is scheduled for The Netherlands, the usual venue at Valkenswaard has come under pressure from local activists in recent years and with it being unlikely that Assen will hold a grand prix just 6 months after the MXDN, it could be surprising where this ends up. Spain returns after a year out but nobody knows where yet and the destination for the MXGP of Indonesia is still not yet signed. After the experience of Palembang at the weekend, many will not want to see that track return. China is moved forward to make a three week block of racing in Asia, who knows how many riders will line up for these rounds…
Finland returns to the fray, adding another road racing circuit to the calendar and Italy loses a grand prix but still hosts two. It is all change in the EMX classes too for 2020 with the EMX Open class coming into the grand prix series. This will be a completely open capacity class held over six rounds which will probably affect the number of riders in the grand prix classes. Small teams and privateer riders will probably opt to ride this series when it is included as they would have more of a chance than in the gp ranks. EMX2t is the big loser with just three rounds scheduled. The Women’s World Championship once again looks like an afterthought for the organisers with just five rounds on the calendar.