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WEM steps down from promoting 2020 MX Nationals due to ongoing COVID19 restriction

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WEM steps down from promoting 2020 MX Nationals due to ongoing COVID19 restriction
Williams Event Management (WEM) has stepped down from promoting the 2020 MXstore MX Nationals series effective immediately.

At an online press conference this morning Kevin Williams stated that due to the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak and after the recent outbreaks within Victoria that has once again seen restrictions tighten up, the viability of running the series that was scheduled to start in August was dealt it‰Ûªs final blow.

The likelihood of state borders remaining closed or forcing imposed self isolation measures on out of state competitors along with the inability to have a crowd at the events or even have confirmation on how many attendees would be possible, are two of the major contributing factors to this decision."

Kevin Williams
‰ÛÏIt has been my life‰Ûªs work promoting the MX Nationals for the past twenty three years,"Williams continued. "It was already public knowledge that this was our final year promoting the series and that we would hand the commercial rights back to Motorcycling Australia for 2021, however COVID-19 has left with no choice but to withdraw from running the 2020 season and bring this change forward, effective immediately, to protect what I feel is the integrity of the sport and the MX Nationals series‰Û
WEM steps down from promoting 2020 MX Nationals due to ongoing COVID19 restriction
Kevin Williams talks in a pre race press conference (File)
Open Letter from Kevin Williams

Soon after the announcement Kevin Williams released an open letter to the public - See below:

"Hello everyone and thank you for taking the time out to read this letter. As you are all aware by now, WEM has stepped down effective immediately from promoting the 2020 MX Nationals series.

As this was already our final year promoting at the head of the sport, our farewell tour has been forcibly cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak. There are numerous publications that have covered this morning's press conference and the reasons why we had to make this difficult decision. You can also read the official release on the MX Nationals website.

The purpose of this letter however, is to thank everyone who has been involved in the MX Nationals series in our twenty three year run.

Motocross has been a part of my entire life and essentially my life‰Ûªs work since I began working with the Australian Motocross Championships before it became the MX Nationals. The time I have spent growing the series with my wife Christine and our three children Jake, Aiden and Brodie by my side is something I will forever cherish.

Although as a part of racing, I may not have seen eye to eye with many of you throughout the years, the racing family at the core of this industry has been a fantastic part of my life and something I will truly miss. My love for the sport, preserving its integrity and growth has been a driving factor and provided the continual motivation needed to allow me to strive for progress in Motocross within Australia and putting our riders on the map globally as a Motocross powerhouse.

During our time together we have had many high‰Ûªs that include bringing MXGP to the iconic Broadford Circuit, seeing many great Champions leave Australia to successfully take on the world with Chad Reed, Craig Anderson, Michael Byrne, Brett Metcalfe, this list goes on. To see the next generation of Jed Beaton, Mitch Evans, Luke Clout and the Lawrence Brothers having international success in the present day makes me extremely proud to see where the talent is at in Australian Motocross. We have also lost great Champions such as Andrew Mcfarlane and Jono Porter, their time with the series and the impact they made on everyone's lives will never be forgotten.

I want to take this final opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of the MX Nationals family during our time together. From the numerous staff at WEM, the riders and teams, to all of our sponsors and stakeholders, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything we have achieved to grow the sport together."

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