FINLAND IS BACK IN THE MXGP CALENDAR
Youthstream and Finnish based Lahti Events are very pleased to announce that the FIM Motocross World Championship returns to Finland at KymiRing motor circuit in 2020.
Motocross has a great history in Finland with legendary World Champions. Last time MXGP visited Finland in 2014 providing a memorable event in Hyvinkää. The 2020 MXGP of Finland will be nothing less than outstanding event assuring both fans and riders the best of the MX spirit: friendship, courage, passion and respect for nature.
The brand new track which will host the 2020 MXGP of Finland will be built at KymiRing motor circuit, which is situated only 50 kilometers from Lahti and 140 kilometers from Helsinki. All the international MX fans travelling to Lahti will have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience with the most characteristic elements of Finland: motorsports, friendly people, safe environment and nature with lakes and forests.
Daniele Rizzi, Chief Operating Officer of Youthstream:
"We are very happy to make an agreement with Lahti Events of the return of MXGP to this beautiful and innovative country. There is indeed a very innovative, ambitious, fan-oriented project behind the Finnish MXGP and we, like all parties involved, are eager to support it: it will definitely do good to the sport. This event will add a bit of Motocross fashion to the outstanding location of KymiRing which, thanks to Lahti Events’ choice of venue, will broaden its horizons to include the sport of Motocross in its program."
Kurt Ljungqvist, Managing Director of Finnish Motorcycling Federation:
"World Championship races have always a very special meaning when it comes to awareness of the sport. When the youth gets to see the stars of the motocross world championship race, it awakes an interest to try the sport and eventually they become our future champions. The return of the Finnish GP also creates good opportunities to make it to the highest level of the sport and serves as a good motivator to believe in success and reaching the World Championship level. Our motorcycling federation is very happy that Lahti Events has chosen to bring the highest level of motocross to the future heart of motorsport, the KymiRing circuit.”
Emilia Mäki, Managing Director of Koko Lahti:
"The MXGP of Finland in 2020 will be our first ever motocross race for our Lahti Events company at the KymiRing and with this event we will set the standards of this venue. As the event organizer in Lahti region, we can also guarantee that the events will have their presence regionally."
Finnish GP is also a home race of Ice1Racing team. Antti Pyrhönen, former motocross racer himself, is one of the internationally known faces of Finnish motocross and he is currently the Team Manager of Ice1Racing team, now called Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing owned by the F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen.
"The return of MXGP to Finland after several years is great news for our team, whose origins are in Finland and whose owner is Finnish, too. I’m sure that all the MX community, including teams and riders, will be also very excited to be back to Finland for an MXGP event.”
Official MotoGP tests for the first time in Finland in AugusT
Lahti Events will be managing the event production in KymiRing area
The official MotoGP tests will be organized this year for the first time in Finland. The tests will take place on 19-20 of August in Iitti at the new KymiRing circuit that is still under construction. The tests will be held on both days from 10am to 5pm.
All the six MotoGP teams will take part of the tests. Mika Kallio will join the KTM factory team. The MotoGP teams will concentrate on testing tires, the settings of the bikes and new parts of the bikes.
-There hasn´t been MotoGP races before in Finland. Tests will be an unique opportunity to see the racing bikes and riders at the spot, says the CEO of KymiRing Markku Pietilä.
The GP circuit will be finalised on time for the tests but instead of fixed paddock buildings there will be temporary buildings.
The side events and the event area beside the circuit as well as the marketing and selling of the event will be managed by Lahti Events Ltd together with KymiRing Ltd.
-We are able to take an advantage of our experienced stuff for selling and marketing the events. MotoGP tests will be an unique opportunity for us to build a versatile experience center around KymiRing, says the CEO of Lahti Events Emilia Mäki.
KymiRing Events Ltd has signed a contract with MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports of organizing the MotoGP races. The contract includes years 2020-2024. Dorna Sports will announce the exact date of Finnish GP 2020 at later stage in the autumn time.
The tickets for the tests will be available on Monday 13th of May at Lippu.fi.