It’s returning to Italy. ‘It’ being the Motocross of Nations. For the first time since 1986! It’s the ‘Olympics’ of Motocross racing – each country sending their best to see who comes home with the ‘gold’. This year’s Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations, to be held in Franciacorta, Italy, on the weekend of October 3rd and 4th, will see 37 Teams, and 111 riders – something that never happened before in the 62 previous editions.
To see the list of countries, teams, riders, managers & classes – click on thumbnail image above.
With the most successful Motocross and Supercross riders on the planet being spread within the 37 teams, this should be an extremely hard fought Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations – there are so many teams that could be considered as potential champions at the end of the weekend. Germany with Max Nagl and Ken Roczen, Italy with Cairoli and Philippaerts, Belgium with Ramon and Clement Desalle, France with MX2 World Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin, Australia with three strong riders in Chad Reed, Michael Byrne, and Brett Metcalfe, and the USA with Ivan Tedesco, Ryan Dungey and Jake Weimer.
Editor’s note: The recently added 37th team is Lithuania:
128 MACHROV Raimund MX1 YAMAHA 450
129 RUKSTELA Nerijus MX2 SUZUKI 250
130 BARANOVSKIJ Radoslav OPEN HONDA 250
Team Manager – STANKUS Saulius
Tickets are available for the 2009 Motocross of Nations now
Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream, stated: “This is absolutely fantastic. Despite some who took the occasion of the world economic crisis to talk negatively about the development of the sport of motocross, and despite some countries using the same excuse to not come to the biggest Motocross event in the world – Motocross runs very well and continues to grow. Every year it gets bigger and bigger. We believe the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations 2009 will be an outstanding event. The pre-selling is going great and the VIP areas have already sold out. There are many countries with the possibility of taking the victory, the show will be unbelievable. For this event we are offering fans great opportunities … there will be three hours of worldwide live television with all of Youthstream’s television partners, 24 hours of live coverage on Freecaster.tv showing the races, interviews, behind the scenes, historical MXoN images and more. We have prepared a tremendous theater setting with a spectacular Motocross track and 100% visibility for the public. Camping areas are only 50 meters away from the venue, all the parking areas are on hard ground for the guests and fans in case of bad weather. There are more than 20 different eating establishments on-site, and live music, freestyle, and many other various activities that should keep everyone entertained throughout the entire weekend.”
FIM/CMS President Dr. Wolfgang Srb continued: “I am simply stunned. What more can I say? 37 Nations have entered, from all continents in the world. The highest number of entries in history. This will be the biggest and greatest Motocross event of all time. The fans have rightly named this event the ‘Olympics of Motocross’. Let me thank all the Federations that will send their best riders to Franciacorta. Let me thank the riders, who take great pride and honor in representing their country and their colors. Let me invite Motocross fans from all over the world to come and watch the race. We are looking forward to celebrate the greatest weekend of the sport we all love so much.”
The 2009 Off Road Awards will also be held at this event. This popular celebration awarding the Off Road World Champions, is due to take place on Saturday of the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations at Franciacorta. The celebration will be held in the paddock and it will be open for the public.
Again, the Off Road Awards will be on Saturday, October 3, at 18:00 on a special stage located in Franciacorta’s paddock. A dinner in the Youthstream VIP Hospitality will follow at 20:30.
The list of the awarded personalities includes:
- MX1 Motocross World Champion
- MX2 Motocross World Champion
- MX3 Motocross World Champion
- Women’s Motocross World Champion
- Junior Motocross World Champions 85cc & 125cc
- Junior Motocross World Champion Nations
- Veterans’ Motocross World Cup Winner
- MX1 Motocross Manufacturer World Champion
- MX2 Motocross Manufacturer World Champion
- MX3 Motocross Manufacturer World Champion
- MX1 Motocross Winning Team
- MX2 Motocross Winning Team
- MX3 Motocross Winning Team
- “Jan De Groot” Award
- MX1/MX2 Motocross Best Organiser
- MX3 Motocross Best Organiser
- Motocross Best Infrastructure Special Award Winner
- Motocross Best co-operation
- Motocross Media Development
- Lifetime Career Award
- Lifetime Career Award
- Journalist of the year
- Photographer of the year
- Web-site of the year