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2006 Motocross of Nations confirmed for Great Britain

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The 60th edition of the Motocross of Nations, the world‰Ûªs oldest, most prestigious and famous off-road motorcycle race, will take place in Great Britain next year and has been confirmed to run at the historic Farleigh Castle circuit near Bath in England on September 23rd/24th. With the 2012 Olympics based in London, the selection of the UK for the 2006 Motocross of Nations is another boost for the country‰Ûªs international status, especially within the Motorsport world. Over 60,000 spectators turned up at Ernee in France last weekend to see the USA triumph over the home country and Belgium. Bike it Promotions are very proud and honoured to organise and bring the 'Olympic games' of motocross back to British shores and have selected Farleigh in recognition of its tradition and long-standing association with the sport. After negotiations with promoters Youthstream and the FIM, Bike it MD Martin Mansbridge along with fellow co-ordinator Steve Dixon are thrilled to have secured the event and are looking forward to working with the British Motorcycling governing body the ACU over the next twelve months. The Motocross of Nations involves the three best riders selected for each participating country competing over the course of three races (‰Û÷motos‰Ûª) at one meeting. Teams enter from all over the world and Great Britain together with the USA currently joint-hold the record number of victories with sixteen with Belgium retaining fourteen. The annual tournament regularly sees the top riders from across the globe go face-to-face. The event has visited Belgium, France, Spain and Holland since the beginning of the millennium. Britain has entertained the biggest annual spectacle for both fans and industry twice in the past twenty-five years. The last race occurred at Foxhills in 1998. Farleigh witnessed Belgium conquer the Netherlands in 1980 and also played host to the 1969 contest won again by Belgium. Acclaimed track designer Johnny Douglas Hamilton, noted for his excellent work at Arreton on the Isle of Wight, Sun City in South Africa and Matchams Park this year for the British Grand Prix, will be onboard to lend his expert touch in re-shaping the circuit, ensuring the course presents a challenge to a new breed of competitor, while retaining the character of the Farleigh layout that saw the great riders such as Dave Thorpe and Roger de Coster do battle through the decades. "It is fantastic for us to have the Nations again in Britain and to bring the race back to Farleigh after twenty-one years will be a special treat for all off-road motorcycle racing fans in the United Kingdom," said Event co-organiser Steve Dixon, who is also the manager of the Bike it Yamaha World Championship team that fields Billy Mackenzie, currently the country‰Ûªs top rider. "We have a great company behind the event in 'Bike it.co.uk' and we can make sure that Farleigh will be ready for all the fans and spectators who normally come to visit this meeting from across Europe. It could be another fifteen years before we see it again." "The Nations is quite unlike any other race," he continued. "They do not have anything like this in MotoGP or Formula one. It is like the World Cup in football and to see the crowd in all their colours cheering on their riders is the highlight of the season for many people. We will be working hard over the winter and during the 2006 Grand Prix season to make sure that when the Nations reaches its 60th birthday it will be an amazing spectacle." A new official website will be launched very shortly and can be found at: www.mxofnations.com

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