Due to the very difficult world economical situation, Motorsport South Africa (MSA) and Youthstream have mutually agreed to cancel the FIM Motocross Grand Prix of South Africa for 2009 and indicated that they will closely work together to bring the Grand Prix back to South Africa in 2010.

Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream President stated: “MSA is one of our most important partners and it has been a long time that we have worked together with enormous respect for each other, and South Africa has organized many successful Grand Prix events.

Now due to this difficult economical moment and the devaluation of the Rand compared to the Euro it will be not possible to organize the 2009 Motocross Grand Prix of South Africa.

There is a great will from Youthstream and MSA to return very soon with the organization of the South African Grand Prix and we believe that already from 2010.”

Mrs. Beaulah Schoeman, Managing Director of MSA said: “We have always enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Youthstream and look forward to the challenge of securing the event again for South Africa after 2009. We are very disappointed but will continue all efforts to return the event to our country and its many motorsport fans.”

The 2009 MX1/MX2 Motocross Grand Prix World Championship Calendar is as follows:

FIM MX1/MX2 Motocross World Championship – Women’s World Championship – Veterans’ World Cup
29 March ITALY Faenza Veteran
05 April BULGARIA Sevlievo Women
12 April TURKEY Istanbul
26 April BENELUX Valkenswaard Veteran
10 May PORTUGAL Agueda Women
17 May CATALUNYA Bellpuig Women
31 May GREAT BRITAIN Mallory Park Veteran
07 June FRANCE Ernée Women
21 June GERMANY Teutschenthal Women
28 June LATVIA Kegums Veteran
05 July SWEDEN Uddevalla
02 August BELGIUM Lommel Veteran
09 August CZECH REP. Loket
30 August THE NETHERLANDS Lierop Women
13 September BRAZIL Canelinha
20 September USA Tba Women and Veteran
04 October – Red Bull Motocross Of Nations – ITALY, Franciacorta