Six months can seem like a long time. For motocross fans, especially those of MXGP and those not too distracted by the lights and leaps of AMA Supercross, the winter felt endless. Relief then that the resistant curtains finally and firmly dropped on the 2019 FIM World Championship at the spectacular setting of Neuquen for the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina.
Among the mountains, lakes, forests and tranquillity lay a circuit crowded by more than 35,000 typically noisy and appreciative fans and the blare of four-stroke factory dirtbikes. For the second year in a row Neuquen opened MXGP and the jumpy, fast and awe-inspiring track demanded a hard pull of the throttle cables.