Cusses Gorse MX track to close in September

Cusses Gorse MX will close at the end of September, it has been announced, due to the track's land lease being refused by the landowner.

Cusses Gorse MX. - Cusses Gorse MX/Facebook

The motocross track, Cusses Gorse MX, has announced that it will be closing in September.

Cusses Gorse, located just south-west of Andover, will close on 30 September after 22 years of activity at the track. 

The announcement was made via a statement published on the track’s social media pages, and which reveals the reason for the closure is due to the request of the owner of the land on which the track sits to reclaim that land for agricultural purposes.

The race meetings already scheduled for Cusses Gorse until 30 September will still go ahead. This includes the British round of the Sidecarcross World Championship on 29-30 July, and the fourth round of the 2023 UK MX Nationals on 5-6 August.

The statement from Cusses Gorse reads: “It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce, after 22 years, we will be closing our gates for good on 30th September 2023. The landowner has requested the premises back for agricultural purposes. We have done everything we can to try and change his mind, including asking to purchase the land but to no avail and all options have now been exhausted.

“As a family and team we are truly gutted to be closing. We have put blood, sweat and tears into making the track something to be proud of. We would like to thank all of our loyal riders who have visited us over the years, many of whom we have seen grow from autos to pro’s. We would also like to thank our team of marshals and medics who turn up week after week come rain or shine, some of which have been with us since the beginning.

“When we started out we never envisaged the track evolving into what it is today, one of the busiest tracks in the country, over the last 22 years we are proud to have hosted all the major domestic championships, bought outdoor supercross to the UK and this year honoured to have the Sidecar GP return to Britain at our venue. We are truly heartbroken that we won't get to see what the next 20 years would bring.

“All booked race meetings and events will still go ahead and we will continue to open for Sunday practice around these. We will continue to keep up our high standard of track prep and maintenance along with some track changes till the last post is pulled out of the ground. We hope to see you all over the summer and look forward to our last season at the track."

Lead image credit: Cusses Gorse MX/Facebook.