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Discussion in 'Racing' started by pvangel, Sep 13, 2013.
2 weeks and counting, is this the dream team?
Talk amongst yourselves....
Good luck, TEAM USA.
Roger D looks great for nearly 70.(wonder how often he dies his hair?)
He does look good for being that old, had to check to see if you were right.
De Coster's name is almost synonymous with the sport of motocross, winning five 500cc Motocross World Championships during the 1970s and tallying a record 36 500cc Grand Prix victories.<sup id="cite_ref-2" class="reference"></sup> His stature is such in the world of motocross that he is often simply referred to as "The Man."<sup id="cite_ref-Roger_De_Coster_at_the_Motorcycle_Hall_of_Fame_1-1" class="reference"></sup>
De Coster began his professional motocross career with the Czechoslovakian firm ČZ racing in the 500cc class.<sup id="cite_ref-Roger_De_Coster_at_the_Motorcycle_Hall_of_Fame_1-2" class="reference"></sup> He was also competent in other forms of off-road motorcycling, winning a Gold Medal in the 1964 International Six Days Trial, and won the 1964 Belgian Observed Trials National Championship.<sup id="cite_ref-Roger_De_Coster_at_the_Motorcycle_Hall_of_Fame_1-3" class="reference"></sup> He won the 500cc Belgian National Championship in 1966 and moved up to the Grand Prix World Championship in 1967.<sup id="cite_ref-Roger_De_Coster_at_the_Motorcycle_Hall_of_Fame_1-4" class="reference"></sup> He won his first 500cc Grand Prix in 1968.<sup id="cite_ref-Roger_De_Coster_at_the_Motorcycle_Hall_of_Fame_1-5" class="reference"></sup>
In 1971, De Coster left ČZ and join the Japanese firm Suzuki.<sup id="cite_ref-Roger_De_Coster_at_the_Motorcycle_Hall_of_Fame_1-6" class="reference"></sup> It was with Suzuki that he would attain his greatest success, winning the 500cc Motocross World Championship three years in a row in 1971, 1972 and 1973 before Heikki Mikkola dethroned him in 1974.<sup id="cite_ref-500cc_motocross_world_champions_at_www.motorsportsetc.com_3-0" class="reference"></sup> De Coster came back and regained the World Championship for the 1975 and 1976 seasons.<sup id="cite_ref-500cc_motocross_world_champions_at_www.motorsportsetc.com_3-1" class="reference"></sup> By the mid-seventies, he had established himself as the greatest motocrosser of all time.<sup id="cite_ref-Roger_De_Coster_at_the_Motorcycle_Hall_of_Fame_1-7" class="reference"></sup> In 1980, He joined Honda for one final season. He left the sport on top, winning his final world championship race the 500cc Motocross Grand Prix of Luxembourg at the end of the 1980 season. He was also a four-time winner of the Trans-AMA motocross series and was a member of six winning Belgian teams in the Motocross des Nations.<sup id="cite_ref-Roger_De_Coster_at_the_Motorcycle_Hall_of_Fame_1-8" class="reference"></sup>
De Coster was known for his smooth, controlled riding style and a commitment to physical training. His training regime gave him the stamina that allowed him to circulate for most of the race in mid-pack before putting in a late charge through the field to victory when other racers had begun to tire.<sup id="cite_ref-Roger_De_Coster_at_the_Motorcycle_Hall_of_Fame_1-9" class="reference"></sup>
After his racing career, De Coster moved to the U.S. and remained involved in the sport, becoming the motocross team manager for Honda and Suzuki. Starting in 2011, he will be the team manager for the Red Bull KTM team. He has also managed Team USA in the Motocross of Nations.
Pretty amazing, trials champion in 64? Gold medal in Six days in 64? World Champion in 67??? I remember seeing him at Unadilla in the early 70's but I forget how old I am.
You Yanks are lucky to have DeCoster as teammanage, can't win MXDN without a Belgian around.
Just pullin' ya leg here. You guys have the team to beat like every other year.
Word is that it's gonna be quite wet on raceday so let's see ift hat can toss the competition around a bit.
I believe our team has a good chance for the cup, just like the French and Germans.
If Dungey and Tomac ride like they did in the outdoors, look out! I like Barcia, I just wish he would let Bam Bam out to play.
No matter how it plays out, it should be some good racing.
Will there be any TV coverage?
Word on the street is, he's been in The States so long he forgot how to speak French n'est-ce pas ?
And no... sadly we can not win without a Belgian
4 Proud 'Muricans... (and a Belgian) begin 13 years of TDN / MXDN dominance !
Vet Mxdn,Usa seems to be doing well here!
Dowd is friggen 48 years old!
This is one of my favorite races of the year. Least coverage though... I think we'll do well. Didn't Barcia place higher than Dungey last year? I wish Villopoto was able to go.
And someone else getting in a little sneaky fun before Morocco and Dakar
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Strange to see the American team with numbers 7, 8 and 9. It will be fun to see how this plays out!
TV coverage in the US ? When Where?
I just read in Cycle News that CBS Sports network will air the race on Sunday the 29th starting at 3pm EST.
Damm, that's right in the middle of my ride time..... Shame the ISDE get's not even an honorable mention on the Networks.
Track looks very cool!
2013 Motocross of Nations Preview
By Freelance | 9/25/2013 4:09 PM
PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX
Team USA: Ryan Dungey (7), Eli Tomace (8) and Justin Barcia (9).
For nearly 40 years now, there has been a rivalry between the FIM Motocross World Championship and the AMA National Supercross and Motocross Championships, and it has only intensified as the years drag by. Before the days of American dominance that began in the early 1980s, the dominant European racers would come Stateside regularly and compete against the upstart Americans in Trans-AMA races, Motocross Grands Prix, and even Motocross Nationals and Supercross events. Well, that doesnt happen very often anymore. European racers who come to the U.S. today come to stay and compete solely in the AMA series. So now, the only real opportunity we get to see the top racers in Europe compete against the top racers in the U.S. is at the once a year Monster Energy Motocross of Nations.
It took until 1981 for Team USA to win the Motocross of Nations (formerly titled the Motocross des Nations) for the first time, but between 1981 and 2012 Team USA has been dominant, winning a record 22 times out of 32 events. Aoknd Team USA only competed in 29 of those 32 events.
The latest streak of wins for Team USA spanned from the 2005 event in Ernee, France, through the 2011 MXoN in St. Jean dAngely, France. That streak of seven wins in a row ended last year in the brutal sand of Lommel, Belgium, where, for the first time in the history of the event, Team Germanys Max Nagl, Ken Roczen and Marcus Schiffer won the coveted Chamberlain Trophy. Team USA could only muster third place on that faithful day a year ago, and theyre fired up to bring the Chamberlain Trophy back Stateside.
Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, Team USA is going to have to do battle without eight-time AMA National Champ Ryan Villopoto. The Monster Energy Kawasaki racer missed the event in 2012 with the same knee injury that kept him from racing the 2012 AMA National Motocross Championship. And this year, after once again proving himself to be the fastest man in the AMA, and likely on the planet, Villopoto will again miss the MXoN because of surgery to his foot.
This years event takes place on September 28-29 on the hard-packed dirt of Teutschenthal, Germany, where Team Germany gets the honor of running the numbers 1, 2 and 3 for the first time in history and in front of their home crowd.
Ken Roczen returns to his home soil to help Team Germany defend last years title.
1 Max Nagl MX1
2 Ken Roczen MX2
3 Dennis Ullrich Open
Team Manager: Hubert Nagl
Having never won the Motocross of Nations prior to 2012, Team Germany is in uncharted territory at the 2013 MXoN. They face not only defending their first-ever MXoN title, but doing it in their home country. Former MX2 World Champ Ken Roczen teams back up with MX1 competitor Max Nagl, and MXoN rookie Dennis Ullrich who is taking Marcus Schiffers place on the team due to injury. Roczens home in Germany is less than an hour away from the Teutschenthal track, and hes actually going to play host to Team USA during the week prior to the race at the request of Team USA team manager (and Roczens KTM race-team manager) Roger DeCoster. Theres very little question about the capabilities of Nagl and Roczen, but Ullrich is the unknown at this years MXoN. This teams success will likely hinge on Ullrich.
4 Ken de Dycker MX1
5 Jeremy van Horebeek MX2
6 Clement Desalle Open
Team Manager: Joel Smets
Ken de Dycker is perhaps the racer who, more than any other, put the nail in the coffin of Team USA in 2012. De Dycker is a physical giant in the motocross world. And early in one of the motos, he cut down on Team USAs Justin Barcia as the two headed into a fast left-hander. Barcia tangled with de Dycker and went down when de Dycker didnt move at all from the contact, breaking spokes on Barcias front wheel. Barcias front wheel locked up with two laps to go in the race, scoring a DNF for Team USA. Joining de Dycker is Jeremy van Horebeek. Although van Horebeek raced the MX1 class in 2013, he finished third in the MX2 World Championship in 2012. Hell return to the MX2 class for the MXoN. And in the Open class, Clement Desalle anchors Team Belgium. Desalle is a constant threat to win in the MX1 World Championship and ran up front for a few rounds this summer in the AMA Motocross Nationals as well. Team Belgium, as always, will be strong.
Team USA is hungry to return the coveted Chamberlain trophy back to the U.S.
7 Ryan Dungey MX1
8 Eli Tomac MX2
9 Justin Barcia Open
Team Manager: Roger DeCoster
With Ryan Villopoto out due to a foot surgery, 2013 AMA Motocross and Supercross Series runner-up Ryan Dungey will once again serve as Captain for Team USA. Joining him is the 2013 AMA 250cc Motocross Champion Eli Tomac in MX2 and Justin Barcia in the Open class. Barcia finished third in the 2013 AMA 450cc Motocross Championship chase, and Tomac is the only MXoN rookie on the team. Team USA is expected to be the favorite to win the Chamberlain Trophy.
10 Marc de Reuver MX1
11 Glenn Coldenhoff MX2
12 Herjan Brakke Open
Team Manager: Marcel Hartman
The Netherlands team is unlikely to finish as high on the hard-pack of Teutschenthal as they did in the sand of Lommel in 2012, as the Netherlands are known for breeding amazing sand racers. And things look a bit bleaker than that for the Dutch in 2013, as the Netherlands top MX racer current MX2 World Champion Jeffrey Herlings is going to miss the MXoN due to injury. The team did add Marc de Reuver as its MX1 racer less than a week ago, and hes a very capable racer when his head is in the right place.
13 Antonio Cairoli MX1
14 Alessandro Lupino MX2
15 David Philippaerts Open
Team Manager: Thomas Traversini
Any team with the seven-time world champ Antonio Cairoli on it is going to be a threat at the Motocross of Nations. Add Alessandro Lupino in the MX2 class, where hes often a podium threat, and GP veteran David Philippaerts - Italy should end up somewhere on the overall podium.
16 Gautier Paulin MX1
17 Jordi Tixier MX2
18 Christophe Charlier Open
Team Manager: Oliver Robert
Frances Gautier Paulin was in the running for the 2013 MX1 World Championship before an injury forced him out for a couple of rounds near the end of the series. Prior to that, however, the Frenchman won two GPs in a row in Bulgaria and Portugal and won the Italian GP as well. Hes won motos at the MXoN in the past, and hes going to be a threat in Germany. Paulin is joined by this years MX2 runner up Jordi Tixier, and Christophe Charlier is jumping up from the MX2 class to take on the Open class for France. France is nearly always a contender at the MXoN, and this year should be no exception. Even after the controversial decision to leave former MX2 world champ Marvin Musquin who races in the AMA off of the team this year.
19 Gert Krestinov MX1
20 Erki Kahro MX2
21 Tanel Leok Open
Team Manager: Velko Biene
Estonia isnt a very big country, but in terms of motocross they have some pretty fast guys on the line at the MXoN every year. Gert Krestinov competed in the MX3 World Championship in 2013, winning in the Netherlands and finishing fourth in the championship chase. In a bit of strategy, hes racing MX1 even though thats typically the class for each countrys fastest racer. Estonias fastest racer is Tanel Leok, who is racing in the Open class in the hopes of scoring better there than he would against the top MX1 racers. The unknown on Team Estonia is their MX2 racer Erki Kahro. Kahro scored points in the MX2 World Championship this year as well as in the AMA 250cc National Championship, so hes got some speed. But whether or not its enough speed to put Estonia in the podium running is the question.
Tommy Searle is the front man for Team Great Britain.
22 Tommy Searle MX1
23 Jake Nicholls MX2
24 Shaun Simpson Open
Team Manager: Neil Prince
Tommy Searle is the star of a strong Team Great Britain. He won an MX1 moto this season, but had the win stripped away by a questionable penalty. In despite of the penalty, he finished a strong sixth overall in the championship. His teammate in the Open class, Shaun Simpson won the final GP of the year in the Dutch sand at the Grand Prix of Benelux, finishing the season ninth in the MX1 championship. And then theres Jake Nicholls in the MX2 class. Nicholls had multiple podium finishes in the MX2 World Championship this year on his way to finish seventh in the championship. Great Britain has all of the ingredients to challenge for a podium at this years event.
25 Rui Goncalves MX1
26 Paulo Alberto MX2
27 Hugo Santos Open
Team Manager: Pedro Castro
Portugal is among the smallest countries taking part in the MXoN every year, but every year they send some very game racers. Rui Goncalves is a longtime GP veteran who always puts in good performances at the Motocross of Nations. MX2 racer Paulo Alberto is a GP part-timer who scores points whenever he shows up to race, and Open racer Hugo Santos is more of a Supercross specialist who gets along well on hard-pack tracks. They likely wont challenge for a podium overall, but theyll make life hard on some of the teams that are going to challenge for a podium.
28 Brett Metcalfe MX1
29 Dean Ferris MX2
30 Todd Waters Open
Team Manager: Gary Benn
Team Australia is missing its perennial team captain, Chad Reed, for 2013, but have no fear, Brett Metcalfe is here. Metcalfe was still healing up from an injury for the 2013 AMA Supercross Series and had trouble finding a Motocross-only ride for the AMA Nationals. So instead he headed to Canada and dominated the Canadian 450cc Nationals. When he showed up in the States to race, he was always near the front, just like always. Metcalfe is strong, and hes joined by Dean Ferris in MX2. Ferris was a GP rookie this year, racing in the MX2 World Championship, but managed to finish a very strong sixth place in the championship, including multiple podium finishes and a brilliant 1-1 performance at the Grand Prix of Belgium. And then theres Todd Waters. Waters isnt well known on the international stage as of yet, but was dominant early in the 2013 Australian MX National Championship. Unfortunately an injury cost him late in the title chase, but he still finished second. In 2014, hell be racing the MX1 Grand Prix series full-time for Husqvarna, so someone has noticed in Europe. With a little bit of luck, Team Australia could grab its second-ever podium at this years MXoN.
This is going to be good.
Yep,today 3 pm EST