The 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship went fairly smoothly, despite a much later start. Events unfolded in Russia, Britain and Italy without too much turmoil. However, the first obstacle has just been lifted in front of the contingent of the Grand Prix, the Netherlands having put in place new restrictions on the evening of July 09 to fight against an increase in infections.
There are two new restrictions that have thrown the organizers of the Dutch Grand Prix, held on the Oss circuit, into a frenzy. Those who areâ¦
– âCultural venues can remain open provided that all visitors have assigned seats which are placed 1.5 meters apart. This also applies to visitors to events and to spectators of professional sports competitions and other sports and youth activities.
– âEvents cannot last more than 24 hours. “
MX Vice learned that Oss is currently trying to secure seats, to ensure spectators are allowed to enter the venue and have an assigned seat. The biggest question mark right now is how to get around the 24-hour rule, as EMX action is set to take place on Saturday, and then professional classes will take place on Sunday. The event could even be considered a three-day thing by the government, given that there is so much going on at the venue on a Friday.
Oss released the following statement, which doesn’t say too much. You would think that confirmation of the status of the event will be released within the next 24 hours, given that many are only days away from traveling to the Netherlands.
âThe press conference of July 9, 2021 raised many questions about the events taking place after July 10, 2021. The MXGP Oss organization is obviously doing everything possible to ensure that this event continues within the framework of the measures in force.
âVarious possibilities are being studied, including the possibility of creating seats along the circuit. Ultimately, we also count on the review and approval of our plans by the authorities and the World Cup organization.
âThe MXGP Oss organization is naturally overloaded with questions, which unfortunately we cannot answer personally. So calls and emails will not provide more information than the above message at this time. We hope for your understanding here. When there is more news, we will of course let you know. “
Words: Lewis Phillips | Main picture: Ray Archer