Motocrosssssss. The world's biggest, bestest off-road, closed-track motorcycle competition is having its final races out in Shanghai. The annual grand prix, starting in Argentina this year, sees 20 stations and 1,862 races, 41 teams from 40 countries and 241 riders going head-to-head on a dirt track. The final races in MXGP (450cc) and MX2 (250cc) are taking places on Shanghai's 336 acre Motocross Circuit
in Fengxian (which is still technically Shanghai) on September 14-15
. They're surrounding the whole track with the usual race-day accoutrements: music stages, food, exhibitions, demonstrations and tons and tons of branded merch stands. Enough Monster energy drink to fill West Lake! Tickets to Shanghai MXGP 2019
just went on sale over on SmartTicket. Prices start at 680rmb.
Huge cast of competitors. Here're just a handful: Swiss racer Jeremy Seewer, representing Yamaha, has had four successful seasons in MX2 and is currently holding 2nd place in the 2019 MXGP. Frenchman Gautier Paulin, representing Husqvarna, is fresh off his win of FIM Motocross of Nations last year. Swiss rider Arnaud Tonus returns after missing last year due to injuries. The big name is Slovenian Tim Gajser, who's representing Honda for the sixth consecutive year, has two championships under his belt (2015 MX2, 2016 MXGP), and is the current favorite for this year's championship.