THAILAND - Following the success of last year's inaugural round at Sri Racha, Chon Buri, the high-flying, hardcore FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP) circus will return to thrill tens of thousands of local spectators as well as a massive global TV audience. It will also be throwing a very bright spotlight on the host country, showcasing Thailand's ability to organise and host major international events, blending in its unique cultural charm and sense of fun.
Hosting a world championship motorsport event places big demands on host countries and organisers. Developing a challenging and spectacular course while meeting FIM safety requirements is just the start. The location of the track needs to be within a two-hour transfer time of an international airport and the local infrastructure needs to boast good roads and plenty of international-quality hotel accommodation.
Thailand, with its highly developed tourist industry, has comfortably met infrastructure requirements. With Chon Buri, home to Thailand's fastest-growing commercial and tourist centres, locating the track less than 100 kilometres from Suvarnabhumi Airport, convenience, comfort and good times await international visitors.
The Federation of Motorsport Club of Thailand (FMSCT) has more than three decades of experience in motocross, during which time it has developed a thriving national championship and many courses all over the Kingdom.
Local motocross events commonly attract 5,000 to 10,000 spectators, so the sport already has a large following in Thailand.