- Winchester, UK
- 20/08/2011 at 12:00 AM
- 21/08/2011 at 11:00 PM
The city of Winchester, previously the ancient capital of England, has been famed for battles throughout its history. On the 20th and 21st August it will once again taste the blood, tears, glory and despair of battle as it plays host to round 13 of the World Motocross Championship. Matterley Basin was built in 2006 to host not only the British round of the World Championship, but in the same year it also became one of the best venues for the Motocross Of Nations, pulling in over 80,000 people, still holding the title of the biggest crowd ever at the event. 2011 sees Matterley Basin proud to welcome the Grand Prix back to British soil for the first time in over 4 years.
The track, loved by fans due to its 360 viewing angles, has returned to grass and is home to a happy group of sheep. It has been designed to utilise the valley's natural cambers and hills, with some spectacular jumps thrown in for good measure. The idea for the track in Winchester came from local promoter Steve Dixon. Steve wanted to produce a track that had greatviewing and would be guaranteed to run no matter the weather. The track was designed to have minimal visual impact and after every race the track will be seeded and returned to rest for the following years Grand Prix.