The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is announcing that it will not participate in the 2020 Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Motocross of Nations, Sept. 25-27, in Matterley Basin, Great Britain. Once again, the culprit is the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the AMA said:
“The health of our racers and staff is paramount, and current and future global travel restrictions make our involvement in an international event impossible at this time,” said AMA Supercross Manager Mike Pelletier. “The U.S. team effort to attend the Motocross of Nations each year is extensive, both financially and logistically. Even in normal times, preparing our best effort at this point in the season would be difficult.”
“The AMA takes great pride in competing in the Motocross of Nations each year, and we appreciate the commitment of the athletes chosen to represent the United States on the world stage,” Pelletier said. “The AMA looks forward to returning to the Motocross of Nations in 2021 and bringing the Chamberlain Trophy back to U.S. soil.”
Another fly in the ointment is the recent postponement of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Its revised schedule would likely conflict with the Motocross of Nations event.
Motocross of Nations Team championship event
The FIM sanctioned Motocross of Nations is a world championship team event. Three riders from teams all over the world compete for the best-combined scores to determine the overall winning championship country.
The withdrawal is a setback for the US team of moto riding athletes. Riders from the US team have won 22 times. That record makes the US team the all-time leader in the world championship event. But the US team has not won since 2011, and riders were looking forward to another opportunity to bring the championship back to the US.