De fleste så måske i går, at der cirkulerede notater om, at der bliver indført aldersgrænser i EMX250-klassen i 2019. Det fik sindene i kog - især på de britiske øer - og i dag er der så kommet en officiel udmelding fra FIM, igennem Youthstream, omkring emnerne. Her forklarer man, at man ganske rigtigt sætter en grænse på 23 år for at køre i EMX250-klassen, men samtidig åbner EMX300 op - og ændrer navnet til EMX2t, for dem der skulle blive presset ud af EMX250, og ikke har budget eller mod på MXGP. Man understreger også, at begge serier kommer til at blive prioriteret lige højt. Desuden står der også, at man ændrer aldersgrænsen i EMX85. Du kan læse hele skrivelsen, og begrundelserne, fra Youthstream og FIM herunder, og danne dig din egen mening:
"The European Championships were mainly created to help youth grow and help them prepare for MX2 and then MXGP and be competitive in these classes. This pyramid system is working well because together with this fact and by having the youth race on the same tracks and same weekends as MXGP and on tracks which are very technically demanding it has permitted all these riders to grow and implement their skills. Our pyramid system shows its success because it is without any doubt that today the MXGP and MX2 riders are the fastest in the world, and they all have come from the European Championships. We are seeing more and more riders competing in the European Championships who come from other continents to prepare themselves to become professional. We want this to continue and we strive to improve this. With the development of MX2 and MXGP and also of the European Championships, over the last few years we have seen some riders aged more than 23 remain or return to the EMX250 and this creates a problem for the young riders in this class to find a good team and to shine in this Championship. Therefore, for all these reasons, and in agreement with FIM-E a decision has been taken to create an age limit of 23 in EMX250 as of 2019. The goal of this Championship is to prepare young for the World Championship classes.'
On top of that, and for the same reason, the 2-stroke Championship is to be re-boosted and in 2019 it will have a new name (EMX 2t), with a new capacity of bike (250cc instead of 300cc) and without age limit in the way to welcome all the riders who are above the age limit for EMX250 and who are not at a level to compete in MXGP. This new class will be strongly promoted in order to give the riders and teams who will take part in it a great visibility.
In order to avoid confusion, from 2019 there will be an increase of the maximum age of the 250cc class in the Motocross of European Nations from 21 years old to 23 years old in order to make it the same maximum age as EMX250.
In the EMX85 class there will also be a slight modification to the age limit in the aim to keep things in line; from 2019 the maximum age will be reduced in the EMX85 championship to 14 years old, making it the same as the maximum age of the 85cc riders in the FIM Junior World Championship.