Donington Park hosts World Championship

IT was called scrambling and it grabbed the imagination then, but today it is called Motocross and attracts massive crowds and enormous television viewing audiences worldwide with an explosion of speed, excitement and adrenalin.

The modern, highly professional, sport with manufacturer backed teams and elite riders is a far cry from those televised romps in the mud that filled in between the wrestling and the football results on both BBC and ITV during cold winter Saturday afternoons 40 years ago.

Now it is a 15-round World Championship contested by super-fit athletes on lightweight technically innovative machinery around circuits built to provide maximum excitement and it's coming to Britain over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 25 and 26.

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The British Motocross Grand Prix is the penultimate round of the World Championship and will be staged at Donington Park on a specially designed purpose built circuit which will be both demanding and exciting for the competitors and a thriller for the enthusiasts to savour.

More than 50,000 tons of soil has been trucked into the Leicestershire circuit complex that six weeks ago attracted 85,000 fans to the Nickel and Dime British MotoGP event. The circuit will provide the ultimate test for the best riders and machinery in the world.

The action packed grand prix will provide two legs over four races of both the MX1 and MX2 World Championships plus veterans events that will bring back memories of those winter afternoons all those years ago.

Practice will be held on Saturday August 25 with a full day of Championship racing on Sunday August 26.