UNITED STATES, JACKSONVILLE, WW Motocross Park. The Monster Energy MXGP of USA kicks off tomorrow morning but today the MXGP paddock took a trip South of Jacksonville to the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Orlando.

Quite possibly the most unique media event of the year set the tone for the unique Monster Energy MXGP of USA where the Motocross World Champions will face off some of the top American riders.

The trip started with a drive along the Florida coast toward Cape Canaveral. The road trip brought along Suzuki World MXGP’s Arminas Jasikonis, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Stephen Rubini, HRC MX2’s Michele Cervellin, TM Factory Racing’s Anton Gole and KTM Motocross Sports Director and former Motocross World Champion Joel Smets, in addition to representatives from the MXGP Paddock and international media.

All the guest started out the tour by sampling astronaut ice cream, which to the surprise of everyone tasted identical to real ice cream. Following a few welcome photos with the tour guide and the NASAglobe, the riders and guests walked through the Rocket Garden on the way to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex where the attention turned to the space shuttle Atlantis, America’s 4th space shuttle and the last space shuttle to complete a mission.

The riders were treated to a presentation about the shuttle, its construction and purpose before seeing it first hand and taking photos with the craft. The media event wrapped up with the riders and guest interacting with displays, testing out a replica cockpit and space station, plus a trip down the Kennedy Space Center slide. All in all the riders and guests loved the lighthearted and fun event giving them a chance to unwind before this weekend’s action packed racing.