2015 Motocross of Nations USA Team
The country that has the all-time record of overall victories with 22 at the FIM Motocross of Nationals – Team USA – has announced its lineup for the 2015 MXoN.
Team USA last won the Motocross of Nations in 2011 in Saint D’Angely, France, with riders Ryan Dungey and Blake Baggett. The 2015 Motocross of Nations USA Team will be represented by three known Yamaha riders – Justin Barcia, Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb. And just like that race in 2011, the 2015 Motocross of Nationals will be held in France – this time in Ernee, France. It’ll be a tough race for the 2015 Motocross of Nations USA Team – the French are the reigning MXoN champions.
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s Justin Barcia will race in the MX1 class (2015 Motocross of Nations dates September 26-27) , Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin will race in the MX2 class and Martin’s teammate Cooper Webb will race in the Open class.
Once again managing the team is AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend and current team manager for the Red Bull KTM team (Ryan Dungey) Roger DeCoster. The five-time 500cc World Motocross Champion competed in six victorious FIM Motocross of Nations teams in the 1960s and 1970s. DeCoster was the team manager at the 1981 competition that brought home the first world championship for the United States and has subsequently guided American teams to numerous victories.
AMA Director of Supercross and Pro Racing Relations Kevin Crowther says the 2015 team has what’s needed to grab that 23rd win: “This year’s team includes an incredibly talented group of athletes.
“Although the French team will be tough competition on their home turf, our riders are more than capable of capturing the world championship under the expert coaching of Roger DeCoster. Without a doubt, Justin, Jeremy and Cooper will put forth a world-class effort to reclaim the top step of the podium for America.”
Following are rider profiles from the AMA that will represent 2015 Motocross of Nations Team USA:
Barcia’s first time representing the United States at the competition was in 2012. He is the 2010 and 2011 AMA Supercross 250SX East Champion, the 2012 Monster Energy Cup Champion, and has won several international races such as the Genoa Supercross in Italy and two King of Bercy titles in Paris, France. He currently races the 450SX class in AMA Supercross and the AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Martin had a tough rookie experience at the FIM Motocross of Nations last year, breaking his foot in the qualifying race. He’s ready to put that bad luck behind him and claim a win for the team. Martin is the 2014 AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 class champion and currently leads the points again this season. In addition, he races the 250SX class in AMA Supercross.
Webb will be a rookie at this year’s event. He is the defending AMA Supercross 250SX West champion and the 2012 Monster Energy Cup Amateur All-Star Champion. In his amateur days, he won three AMA Motocross National Championships at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Competition in the FIM Motocross of Nations includes riders in the MX1 class, which features 450cc bikes; the MX2 class, which includes 250cc motorcycles; and the Open class.
The FIM Motocross of Nations is one of the most high-profile motorsport events in the world. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time.