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Preview - Grand Prix of Great Britain.

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.


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MX1 start action at the 2006 Grand Prix of Italy.
The Mallory Park British Motocross Grand Prix track
Billy Mackenzie checks out British GP progress.
The Bellpuig grand prix circuit.
Antonio Cairoli won his second MX2 world title at the 2007 Grand Prix of Northern Ireland.
Stefan Everts announces his participation in the Gotland Grand National enduro race.
MX1 action from the 2007 Grand Prix of Germany.
Max Nagl is announced as a factory KTM rider for the nest three years at the 2007 Grand Prix of Germany.
Agueda, home of the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Agueda, home of the Portuguese Grand Prix.
GP winner Antonio Cairoli and runner up Christophe Pourcel congratulate each other after a great race.
CMS/FIM president Dr. Wolfgang Srb, AMA Pro Racing director Steve Whitelock and Youthstream president Giuseppe Luongo discuss the future of motocross at the 2007 Grand Prix of Spain.
Europeon minibike specialist MBP has been given the go ahead by the ACU to run Britain’s first national series for off-road minibikes.
Ten times world motocross champion Stefan Everts on his way to victory in his very final grand prix, at Ernee, France, on September 17 2006.
Ten times world motocross champion Stefan Everts celebrates victory in his very final grand prix, at Ernee, France, on September 17 2006.
Ten times world motocross champion Stefan Everts (and friends) celebrate victory in his very final grand prix, at Ernee, France, on September 17 2006.
Ten times world champion Stefan Everts on his way to victory in his last ever Motocross grand prix, at Ernee, France on September 17, 2006.
Ten times world motocross champion Stefan Everts celebrates victory in his very final grand prix, at Ernee, France, on September 17 2006.

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