A long, tough but exhilarating nineteen rounds, thirty-eight motos and seven months lies ahead for the latest saga in the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship. The majority of the paddock will begin the time-zone-spanning trek to Neuquen in the depths of Patagonia through the coming days for the first flurry of racing this week and the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina.
The biggest targets across the dark volcanic earth that gets rough, fast, inviting and challenging for the more technical of the MXGP elite will be reigning champions KTM; the Austrians owning both MXGP and MX2 classes in 2017. Sand, loam, deep ruts, large jumps, slick hard-pack, undulations, flat, man-made obstacles and a variety of weather conditions: no other motorcycle racing discipline pushes both man and machine to such extremes. Add some colourful characters and diverse styles and motocross is prime for some fantastically close action.