sensation on the MXGP calendar
Motocross World Championship returns to Frauenfeld
At the age of 81, OK boss Willy Läderach pulls off a coup. The Thurgauer Töff jack of all trades brings the motocross world elite back to Frauenfeld. But the driving will be different than from 2016 to 2018.
The Motocross World Championship is coming to Frauenfeld again: The Swiss MXGP star Jeremy (here 2018) is allowed to jump through the air again in front of the home fans.
Matthew Dubachreporter sports
With the five-time Vice World Champion Jeremy Seewer (28), one of the really big motocross stars comes from Switzerland. And now the world-class pilot from Bülach ZH unexpectedly gets a home GP again.
The organizers will make it official on Friday: On Easter Monday (April 10) the Motocross World Championship will be back in Frauenfeld. For the first time after a four-year break, the MXGP entourage returns to Switzerland.
After 2018 there were no more permits
The motocross comeback in Thurgau is a sensation. After the Grand Prix had already taken place from 2016 to 2018 in front of 30,000 fans, a continuation on the stadium-like, temporary track at the Frauenfeld sugar factory failed due to the increasingly strict approval formalities and conditions.
Only bold optimists believed in a return to the World Cup calendar after the end. But OK boss Willy Läderach (81) continued to fight tirelessly for his life’s work. He examined dozens of new locations, such as the Mowag tank test site, but failed due to the veto of environmental groups or other hurdles.
The SM is now giving way to the MXGP stars
But now Töff all-rounder Läderach manages the coup with a trick. Without further ado, he converts the traditional Easter Monday race of the Swiss Championships on the Schollenholz slope into a World Championship event. All permits have been granted for one motocross event per year on this race track. The SM is now giving way to the WM.
The new GP venue is about a kilometer away from the previous one. But for infrastructure reasons, the sugar factory site should be used again, at least for the paddock.
And local hero Seewer? The joy of the Zurich about the Swiss MXGP comeback is huge. The Yamaha star on Blick: “I knew that there was always a lot of work being done in the background, so I believed in it and of course I hoped that it would work!”