Motocross of Nations
AMA Team USA has once again earned the title of World’s Greatest Motocross Nation. Thanks to a come-from-behind performance from riders Ryan Dungey, Andrew Short and Trey Canard, the team stood victorious at the 2010 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colo., Sept. 25-26.
Heading into the third combined moto, which featured MX1- and Open-class riders Dungey and Short, AMA Team USA was second in points behind Germany. The U.S. riders, however, put on a dominating performance, finishing the moto 1-2 to snatch the win from the German team, which fell to third in the final points. The Belgium team of Steve Ramon, Jeremy Van Horebeek and Clement Desalle moved up to take second.
Rob Dingman (AMA President and CEO) says: “As AMA Team USA knows more than any other, victory at the Motocross of Nations is always sweet. However, it’s just a bit sweeter when that win comes on home soil. The AMA congratulates riders Ryan Dungey, Andrew Short and Trey Canard, and team manager Roger DeCoster, for another stellar athletic, coaching and tuning performance on the world stage.”
AMA Team USA has now won the Motocross of Nations an unprecedented 21st time.
The Motocross of Nations features three-rider teams on a range of motocross machinery. In the 2010 event, Dungey raced the MX1 class, which features 450cc four-stroke machinery. Canard competed in the MX2 class, which features 250cc four-stroke motorcycles. Short raced the Open class.
In the first moto, which combined the MX1 and MX2 class, Dungey took the lead on the second lap and held on for the win. Canard, however, crashed soon after the start and had to battle back all race, finishing 12th. In the second moto — MX2 and Open — Short took the lead with a massive holeshot, only to crash and drop back to 25th. Canard finished seventh, while Short recovered to finish 13th.
The crashes put AMA Team USA behind the German team of Max Nagl, Ken Roczen, and Marcus Schiffer heading into the third moto, but Dungey and Short left no doubt by the end of the race. They out-rode the field to finish first and second and give AMA Team USA the win by 10 points over Belgium.
The Motocross of Nations is one of the most prestigious motocross races in the world. It features teams competing by nationality for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning team.
The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time. The United States is the all-time leader in Motocross of Nations overall victories with 21. Great Britain is second with 16.