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MXGP IS COMING BACK TO AUSTRALIA!

1 month ago | Words: Matt Bernard


After a 24-year hiatus, the FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP) is set to make a thrilling comeback to Australia in 2025 following a significant agreement between the Northern Territory Government’s Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) and MXGP rights-holder Infront Moto Racing.

Darwin will proudly become the first Australian city to host the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship alongside the major classes, as part of this exciting development.

The Australian-exclusive deal, including Motorcycling Australia as a key partner, will see the MXGP round held in Darwin in September from 2025 until 2029, with an option to extend the collaboration beyond the initial five-year term.

This new chapter of the iconic championship will be held on a purpose-built track at the Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex in Darwin and broadcast to more than 100 countries.

“This is big. The MXGP is an incredibly popular and high-profile major sporting event and to be able to host it here in the Territory is a real coup. It’s also incredible to be showcasing the women’s event, which has never before been held in Australia,” said Northern Territory Major Events Company CEO Suzana Bishop.

“The MXGP will extend the calendar of major events in the Northern Territory, boosting tourism and local business. Not only are thousands of Australian fans expected to attend the inaugural Darwin round, but a huge contingent of international visitors will also make the journey as the city becomes the epicentre of world motocross.”

Infront Moto Racing CEO David Luongo added: “We are really excited to bring the MXGP to Australia and to Darwin, which marks a triumphant return to this vibrant country. The anticipation among Australian fans to get their Grand Prix is unparalleled, as they have been waiting and vocal about a round in their homeland for many years now.

“Additionally, hosting the event in Australia not only solidifies its status as a major player in the global motocross scene but also highlights our commitment to showcasing this thrilling sport to fans worldwide and extending the overseas rounds. We look forward to witnessing the immense enthusiasm and support from both local and international fans as Australia will becomes part of the MXGP Calendar from 2025 onwards.”

The MXGP of Australia will feature the established MXGP and MX2 classes as well as the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship and a national support class.

Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle said: “Motorcycling Australia is delighted to see the FIM Motocross World Championship make its long-awaited return Down Under. Motocross racing at the highest level is electrifying, and I can’t wait to see the world’s best riders battling it out with Australia’s emerging ProMX stars in Darwin.

“It will be fast and furious from start to finish, with local and international fans in for an absolute treat. I’d like to congratulate the Northern Territory Government’s Northern Territory Major Events Company and Infront Moto Racing on forming this new partnership, with Motorcycling Australia providing all the support it can to make the MXGP round in Darwin a resounding success.”
In a massive boost for spectators, Australian riders will also compete as wildcards in all three world championship classes as they take on established superstars such as Spaniard Jorge Prado, Slovenian Tim Gajser, Frenchman Romain Febvre and, in the women’s class, New Zealand’s all-conquering multiple World Champion Courtney Duncan.

Construction will begin soon on the international standard motocross track at the multi-purpose Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex, which already boasts a 2.87km road circuit that is well-known to Australian motorsport enthusiasts. The complex is already home to the betr Darwin Triple Crown Supercars event, delivered by NTMEC.

An exciting MXGP track will be located on an undulating parcel of land north-west of the road racing circuit, with amazing spectator areas to see the titans of world motocross work their magic.

“This high-profile international event of the calibre of MXGP will not only assist to highlight the Northern Territory’s extraordinary natural beauty globally – the iconic Uluru at the top of the list – but also build on the ‘Top End’s’ already enviable reputation as an international tourist mecca and a great place to call home,” said Mrs Bishop.

After a 24-year absence, the best motocross riders in the world are on their way back to Australia
The Australian round of the FIM Motocross World Championship was previously held at Broadford in Victoria in 2000 and 2001, with standout Australian wildcard performances by the late Andrew McFarlane and Michael Byrne helping to kickstart their international careers.

The late Andrew McFarlane in action at the 2000 World Motocross round in Broadford.

Superstar Australian Chad Reed was also a strong performer at the Broadford round in 2001 on his way to second in the world 250cc championship – the same position McFarlane secured in the 2005 MX2 category.

Other Aussie stars to have made their mark in the FIM Motocross World Championship – which was inaugurated way back in 1957 – include West Aussie firebrand Jeff Leisk, who finished runner-up in the 1989 500cc title, and more recently riders like Jed Beaton, Hunter Lawrence and Mitch Evans.

With a rich vein of talent coming through the Motorcycling Australia-promoted ProMX Championship, the MXGP round in Darwin will provide an opportunity for local stars to make a massive impact in the world’s premier motocross championship – just like their predecessors did in 2000 and 2001.

The full 2025 MXGP world championship calendar will be announced later this year, including when the world’s best motocross riders will be ripping it up in Darwin.

For all the latest on the FIM Motocross World Championship and the upcoming Australian round, visit www.mxgp.com.

For key dates and ticket sale information, please visit https://ntmajorevents.com.au.

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