Steve Dixon on Matterley Basin MXGP 2022 opener: The most anticipated ever?

There is one thing for sure, when the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship begins at the Matterley Basin circuit in the south of England on February 20, the motocross world will stop, and all eyes will be on one of the toughest and most exciting rider line-ups in the sports history.

Having just witnessed the amazing 2021 MXGP battle between Jeffrey Herlings, Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser, every single motocross fanatic will either be circling the Matterley Basin facility in late February, or watching on television, to see if anything has changed in this three-month off-season.

Event organizer, Steve Dixon can’t wait to open up his beloved circuit to the world and once again try and produce one of the highlights of the GP season. Dixon, who is currently making sure everything is fine tuned to make the start of the 2022 season a magical one.

“I think it will be the most anticipated opening ever,” Dixon said. “Because of what happened this year, such a close fight between Herlings, Febvre and Gajser. I am excited about starting in February. I mean, I don’t think we can have any worse than what has been chucked at us in the past. I have run around 14 events at Matterley Basin, and we have had hurricanes, heat waves, rain, snow. We have dealt with all sorts of weather, and it still runs. Matterley Basin is just a great circuit for all types of weather”

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As for any obstacles that might get in the way of running any outdoor event in this current climate of Covid 19, Dixon remains positive as the British government do their best to make sure the UK gets back to normal as quickly as possible.

“At the moment yes, just getting on with it. They have reintroduced masks in shops, but they have proven outdoor events don’t create more transmitted diseases. It is a fine line between a balance of normality and change. As long as the hospital services are not put under pressure, then all is good. In the UK we are pretty much back to as normal as we have been for a while and I think the government want to respect everyone and try and make sure that events like Matterley Basin can be run as well as possible, without any negative rules.”

So now, with Christmas and New Year set to be celebrated by everyone, and the month of January to make sure the riders have time to prepare for another tough and challenging season, we will all be able to celebrate another start to a season, and this time in the comfort of that stunning circuit in the south of the UK.

Words: Geoff Meyer/Infront Moto Racing

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