A much anticipated brand new track will host round eight of the 2006 Motocross World Championships this weekend - when the Grand Prix of Great Britain takes place at Matterley Basin.

The event will mark the close of three races in three weekends, during which reigning MX1 world champion Stefan Everts has continued his unbeaten 2006 run with perfect moto performances.

Factory Suzuki riders Kevin Strijbos and Steve Ramon have come closest to toppling Everts - finishing second and third in both Italy and Bulgaria - but, like the rest of the field, seem to lack the confidence to battle bar-to-bar with the nine times title winner.

However, one of the few men who can claim to be a proven Everts beater, Josh Coppins, looks set to return to action this weekend. The 2005 championship runner-up was injured just before the start of this season and is planning to race in his first grand prix of the year on Sunday.

Table top jumps, waves, downhill drops and fast corners will await the world championship stars this weekend, while the ever-vocal British fans are expected to enjoy near perfect views over the 'battleground.'

And, whatever happens in MX1, there is sure to plenty of battling in MX2 - hopefully to match the epic home fight between reigning champion Antonio Cairoli and KTM's David Philippaerts last time out in Italy. But young Frenchman Christophe Pourcel is still the championship leader - by a solid 28 points - with Marc de Reuver, Tyla Rattray, Cairoli and Philippaerts all pushing hard to close the gap down.

Meanwhile, British riders Billy Mackenzie and Carl Nunn are sixth and seventh in the championship - and both will hope that home support will carry them to the front on Sunday - while rising star Tommy Searle is another Brit to watch.

The new Matterley Basin circuit will also host the Motocross of Nations on the 24th of September.