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Monster Energy at the 2015 Motocross of Nations in Ernee, Frace

MXoN 70: Maggiora set for Motocross magic

Sep 212016

The biggest and most atmospheric off-road motorcycle one-day event in the world could not have wished for a more fitting stage for its 70th birthday. The Motocross of Nations [MXoN] drops into the hills of Maggiora Park, north of Milan, Italy, this weekend and with a sell-out crowd expected for another eagerly awaited edition of this captivating spectacle. The Nations draws fans from across the globe in support of their teams and to cheer representation from more than thirty-five countries.

Maggiora is a remarkable story in itself. The venue was the platform for the memorable 1986 incarnation that saw Team USA dominate with a superlative display of riding; in many people’s eyes it was the international awakening of the Americans as the premier force in worldwide motocross and the ‘Stars and Stripes’ went on to post a haul of twenty-two wins; still the highest total. Maggiora fell derelict at the start of the century and was a desolate and unkempt site until investment and regeneration in 2012, leading to the return of MXGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship in 2013. After three Grands Prix – and on the thirtieth anniversary of the ’86 showpiece - the Nations makes a comeback to a spiritual home.

Team USA, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Holland and Great Britain all have a potent mix of motocross talent to be right at the sharp end on Sunday. In fact Maggiora is even more enticing due to the lack of an outright favourite and those sat on the steep Italian banks are in for an intense and unpredictable treat.


Above all the Nations is a celebration of passion and fandom for a sport and activity that often provides millions around the world with their first taste of motorcycling. For one weekend (practice and qualification on Saturday) then the eyes of the off-road motorbike racing community will be drawn to one place.