World MX: Name Change And Other Rule Changes

Cycle News Staff | June 21, 2013

The Motocross Grand Prix commission announced several changes to the World Motocross Championship today, including a name change to the premiere class and the dropping of its Super Final in 2014.

For starters, the FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship will be known as the FIM MXGP World Championship, beginning in 2014. The series will feature the MXGP class (nee MX1) and the MX2 class, which will keep its name from this year. The MX3 class, meanwhile, will be dropped.

The race format for both classes will be two, 30-minute, plus-two-lap motos with a maximum of 30 riders in the MXGP class and 40 riders in the MX2 class. The MX2 class will retain its maximum age limit of 23 years old, but MX2 World Champions can defend their title as often as they like as long as they are under the age of 23.

The 108 percent qualification rule has also been abolished for 2013, but the FIM Race Direction has the authority to prevent a rider from starting or order his withdrawal from the event if he doesn’t perform at World Championship level.

The Super Final concept has also been abolished.