Glen Helen Raceway won't host the 2017 Motocross of Nations due to organisers losing confidence in fan attendance after low spectator numbers at the two American MXGP rounds.
The huge hills of California’s Glen Helen Raceway were slated to host the 2017 running of the prestigious event. However, low spectator attendance at the two American rounds of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship led Mr Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream President, and Mr Bud Felkamp, President of the Glen Helen Raceway to mutually end their agreement for the 2107 race.
Find the Youthstream Press Release Below.
MONACO (Principality of Monaco), 27 September 2016 – Mr Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream President, and Mr Bud Felkamp, President of the Glen Helen Raceway, had a meeting at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Maggiora and in common agreement they have decided to not organize the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Glen Helen in 2017.
Glen Helen Raceway and Youthstream have worked in close cooperation over the last 2 years and both entities have invested serious funds for the organization of the MXGP of USA but despite the quality of the organization, the excellent racing and the massive media coverage the fan attendance was much lower than expected and also much lower than what this event deserves.
For such a prestigious event which deserves and needs an outstanding fan participation the risk is too high, and this is the main reason why it has been decided in common agreement to not organize the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in 2017 in Glen Helen. If the situation changes in the future both parties would be keen to work together again.