At the end of every Motocross GP season, a huge event is held in celebration of the riders, teams, sponsors and the fans. It's the culmination of the year's hard work for all involved and brings everyone together for one last enormous spectacle.
The riders from various countries in the world, instead of riding for their normal teams and sponsors, ride together in teams of three as a country, a little like athletes would do in the Olympics, or football players in the World Cup, competing against all the other nations from across the globe.
Matterley Basin in Winchester played host to the 2017 edition, drawing massive crowds of ever-passionate, dedicated fans. Along with the travelling supporters however, came a particularly bleak, wet weekend for weather, quickly turning what grass there was underfoot into a total mudbath. It felt somewhat like the Olympics and Glastonbury might be like, rolled into one!
Visiting on the final day of racing, I wandered through the crowds, amongst the deafening racket of motocross bike engines, leaf-blowers, fog horns and anything that created a never-ending, raucous din and found that there was more attention given to what havoc the fans were creating than was to the actual racing!
With Max Anstie riding amazingly on the day, it was the UK's best result for years, finishing third overall and really giving the home crowds something to cherish and the perfect reason for enduring the ceaseless rain.