With a view to hosting the opening round of the French Elite Motocross Championship, on March 4 and 5, the Lacapelle-Marival pitch is being completely renovated. The club called on Jean-Luc Fouchet and Cédric Lucas, specialists in the field, to modernize the Georges-Filhol circuit.
After having chained two very high level events in the space of four months, with the MXGP of France in October 2021 then the Masters in February 2022, the club decided for 2023 to respond favorably to the requests of the French Federation which wished to see the Elite championship back in the Lot. “The federation having helped us organize the Grand Prix in 2021, it seemed logical to us to accede to their request and to host the first event of the French Elite championship next March”, resituates the president Vincent Ayroles while visiting the construction site. circuit repair.
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen such a site, the works being necessary to adapt the layout to the evolution of the machines and the pilots, while making it more spectacular. “Nothing forced us to start this work, but we took into account the comments of the World Cup pilots during the last Masters. And to put all the assets on our side, we therefore called on Jean-Luc Fouchet and Cédric Lucas, references when talking about circuit design”, continues Vincent Ayroles.
In 2023, it will be the French championship which will have the star in Lacapelle, and not the Masters which are taking a break. The reasons are many, caution being required in these periods of gloom. “The cost of organizing the Masters is very high, and in February we noticed a drop in spectators, probably linked to the fact that many had come to the Grand Prix four months before. In addition to the fact that the federation was asking us, we preferred for next year to invest in redoing the circuit and organizing an Elite rather than a Master. We are catching our breath to better prepare for the future, with a poster that will be worth the trip since it will be the opening of the Elite championship, at a week of the first Grand Prix. Which allows us to think that some foreign drivers from the World Cup could be there despite everything”, advances the president.
This is not the first time that Lacapelle will host the Elite Championship, which ended here several times in the 2000s. Yves Demaria, Mickaël Pichon, Christophe Pourcel or Steven Frossard to name but a few. were imposed, before the club launched the Masters. Since the last appearance of the Elite in 2010, the championship has evolved, since it now includes four categories with MX1, MX2, juniors and hopefuls.
All generations will therefore be represented during these two days of competition, since from Saturday 4 March the juniors and hopefuls will be on track, before their elders do the same on Sunday 5. A big weekend awaits you at the start of March from Lacapelle!
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