The FIM Motocross World Championship will see two Grands Prix taking place in Turkey, with the MXGP of Turkey and the latest addition of the MXGP of Afyon. The MXGP of Turkey will go ahead as originally planned on the 4th and 5th of September, while the second event, the MXGP of Afyon will take place mid-week on the following Tuesday and Wednesday, the 7th and 8th of September to replace the MXGP of Sweden that was postponed previously to 2022.
Along with the MXGP and MX2 races, the Turkish double-header will also see rounds of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship and the EMXOpen and EMX2t Presented by FMF Racing.
The change means that British riders will face a sprint back to Blighty to contest the final round of the British championship at Landrake on September 11.
Afyonkarahisar is still quite new to the MXGP calendar, having hosted two GPs in 2018 and 2019, with past winners including the likes of Thomas Covington, Jorge Prado and Jeffrey Herlings who won at the venue on both occasions in MXGP. Both Grands Prix were a huge success, with the organiser being awarded the “Best Infrastructure” and “Best Paddock” awards in 2018 and 2019 consecutively.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey has successfully managed and kept the virus under control with its strong health system and therefore it has been decided to hold one more round of MXGP in Afyonkarahisar, the City of Sports.