Last year it was announced that the GP schedule would be adding a date in the United States beyond the previously run Glen Helen round. Charlotte Motorspeedway would see a track constructed in it’s infield, much like the Daytona Supercross (how one is called a Supercross and the other a Motocross track in the exact same type venue is a mystery in itself) and this man made track would be considered adequate and worthy of a MXGP round of competition. Just like Glen Helen, the Charlotte round would take place after the National Motocross series had concluded, when American riders would prefer to be taking a breath, maybe a vacation, winding down from an intense season and probably letting a nagging injury fully recover.
Recently announced was the SMX Cup in Germany. Title sponsor is of course Monster Energy. Just like the MXGP’s, Monster Energy Cup and Motocross Des Nations. This SMX Cup takes place the week after the Motocross Des Nations. For all the riders obligated to race these dates which fall after the National Motocross series has concluded, it adds up to a full month robbed from their off-season recovery and preparation for the following year’s Supercross series.