FUNCHAL (Portugal), 4 December 2012 – One more year Youthstream, the FIM and the organizers gathered together in Monaco last Sunday to start preparing the 2013 season, which will start in February with the FIM Snowcross World Championship. In a very positive and constructive atmosphere, Youthstream and FIM explained all the novelties for the upcoming season and all the organizers, coming from all over the world, presented their venues and their new projects for 2013.

Dr Wolfgang Srb, FIM/CMS director, focused on the modifications made to the 2013 FIM Regulations and went through these step by step so that everyone present were up to date with all latest rule changes.

Youthstream President Mr Giuseppe Luongo opened the session welcoming all the organizers and giving a special welcome to the representatives present of the new venues of Qatar, Maggiora, and Lausitzring. Mr Giuseppe Luongo explained to all the organizers Youthstream’s main goal to expand even more the FIM Motocross World Championship covering Australia, Asia, South Africa and the USA, but also keeping the best organizers in Europe, that in the end will also benefit from the expansion of the series: “if we want to keep expanding, we must follow the growing economies, as well as the motorcycling growing markets, but we can’t imagine a Motocross World Championship without Europe.”

Mr Luongo explained that the world had changed a lot in the last few years and it is now the right moment to make some changes to help the sport grow and develop even more. Besides, Mr Luongo also shared with all the organizers the outcome of the meeting he recently had with the FIM, manufacturers and teams, where they discussed about the future of the sport. Mr Luongo confirmed that all the parties agreed on the need of modernizing the format of the series and explained the new race format for the 2013 overseas events and the future 2014 race format to be finalized: “the race format hasn’t changed since about 15 years, but the sport has evolved and developed a lot. We must make our series more attractive and make the show even better in order to catch the attention of a new generation of fans and important TV broadcasters which are not specialized in motorsports. We are already in the good direction, so we must keep the same principle, but we need to focus on the details to mark the difference and improve the image of the championship.” The organizers were extremely pleased with the new strategy and format supporting Youthstream’s direction.

One of the main novelties presented at the organizers meeting for the 2013 season was the LIVE HD TV production of all the series promoted by Youthstream, which will start already in February with the first round of the 2013 FIM Snowcross World Championship. Besides, there will also be a new, more dynamic 26-minute TV magazine, which will be produced after each Grand Prix and broadcasted worldwide shortly after each event.

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