Motocross of Nations 2011: First Photos and Report

Motocross of Nations 2011: First Photos and Report

It’s Thursday, September 15, 2011. We just arrived at the Motocross of Nations track in St. Jean d’Angely, France. Although only Thursday, lots of things are happening as the most prestigous MX race of the year gets ready to ‘blast off’.

If you want to watch the Motocross of Nations, either live or VOD, you can do so thru Youthstream’s video system, which is available here on Supercross.com: http://www.supercross.com/mx-gp-vod

On Saturday, Septebmer 17, there are five and half hours of video programming available. Noon to 5:30pm local time. That is 6am Eastern Time start, 3am Pacific Time start.

On Sunday, video programming starts at 1pm local time, which is 7am Eastern Time, and 4am Pacific Time.

Here is a page with all the links we think you’ll find useful for the 2011 Motocross of Nations.

More coming from the 2011 FIM Monster Energy Motocross of Nations on Supercross.com every day!

Here are some photos to give you a taste of what’s happening here in France. Tomorrow (Friday) all the teams and riders are expected to arrive, and we’ll have our next report on that tomorrow:

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Panorama of track at St. Jean d’Angely. Click on the photo to view the panorama in Full-Size.

More photos below:

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Amanda started her work for the video and TV programming today

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2011 FIM MXoN logo built in a middle section of the race track

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Here is the podium, come Sunday late afternoon the top three countries in the MX World will be atop this stage

Everything you’ll want to know about the 2011 Motocross of Nations on Supercross.com, and more – this would be a good place to start, come back to, and share with your friends.



Last year the event was held in the United States of America – Thunder Valley MX Park in Colordao. Next year the event will be at the historic sand track of Lommel, Belgium.



This year’s event is at the excellent, hilly, beautiful, raukus GP track in St. Jean d’Angely, France. And it’s expected to be one heck of a race!



Team USA is the defending champion, and ready to try and repeat for the sixth year in a row. Led by Team Manager Roger De Coster, the riders are Ryan Dungey – 2010 AMA Supercross Series and Motocross Series Champion, Ryan Villopoto – the recently crowned AMA Motocross Class Champion and the 2011 AMA Supercross Series Champion, and Blake Baggett – riding the MX2 class in his first taste of “Nations”.



Here are the start of our links of Supercross.com to help you with following the event:

  1. First, you can watch the event on your computer, both Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18. And there’s more, you can also receive the Fox Motocross of Nations package when you purchase the video access – it comes with an official Fox shirt from the Motocross of Nations event. On Saturday, Septebmer 17, there are five and half hours of video programming available. Noon to 5:30 local time. That is 6am Eastern Time start, 3am Pacific Time start.



    On Sunday, video programming starts at 1pm local time, which is 7am Eastern Time, and 4am Pacific Time. Next …
  2. You’ll get coverage each day on Supercross.com, starting Thursday, which will be in Feature content found on Supercross.com’s home page: http://www.supercross.com
  3. There will be updates via Supercross.com’s Facebook Fan Page
  4. You can follow along via Twitter
  5. You can get Features, Results and more thru Supercross.com’s iPhone application. Those articles will be in the iPhone app under the tab marked “News”.
  6. Current team members, managers, riders numbers, and more for this 2011 Motocross of Nations in France
  7. Bios on some of the ‘name’ riders that will be competing in the Nations: World Motocross Champion of MX1 – Tony Cairoli – Italy, World Motocross Champion of MX2 – Ken Roczen – Germany, Team USA’s Blake Baggett, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. Includes Christophe Pourcel, Marvin Musquin and Gautier Paulin from host country France. Australia’s Chad Reed, Great Britain’s Tommy Searle and 250 AMA MX lites motocross champion Dean Wilson, South Africa’s Tyla Rattray and other riders.
  8. Map of St. Jean d’Angely and area.
  9. This weekend’s weather forecast for St. Jean d’Angely, France.
  10. Photos, results, and more from the 2010 MXoN event in the USA.
  11. Amanda’s 2010 video recap of the 2010 Motocross of Nations, won by America’s Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, and Andrew Short.
  12. Info on the 2012 Motocross of Nations to be in Belgium.
  13. Press release on Germany hosting the 2013 Motocross of Nations.
  14. You can join the Supercross Community: post messages in the forum, build your own profile, and more – free!
  15. Video recap from Amanda on the 2007 Motocross of Nations held at Budds Creek, Maryland – with Ryan Villopoto dominating on the 250, with team-mates Ricky Carmichael and Tim Ferry.
  16. One of our videos for the 2008 Motocross of Nations event in England – won by Team USA’s: James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Tim Ferry.
  17. Another video: the 2009 Motocross of Nations in Italy – also won by Team USA, which featured: Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, and Ivan Tedesco.

Much more is coming on Supercross.com from the 2011 Motocross of Nations in Saint Jean d’Angely, France, so stay tuned!

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Supercross Star Justin Barcia to Compete in Endurocross at this Weekend’s GEICO Race

This Saturday’s GEICO AMA Endurocross Series tour stop at Ontario, California’s Citizens Business Bank Arena will have some special Supercross flavor as 2011 Supercross Lites East champion Justin Barcia will climb aboard a GEICO Honda and give EX racing a try.

“The team and I have been training just up the road,” Barcia said. “We decided that since we were in town we’d come check out the races and cheer our teammates on. I just said hey, ‘I want to give this a try,’ so our guys made a few calls and I’m going to race Saturday.”

Barcia said he’s excited about this new adventure, “I’ve seen these races on TV before and the tracks are pretty gnarly,” Barcia said. “I will definitely be talking with the rest of the GEICO Honda guys to get some tips. I really expect to have a lot of fun racing against the best guys in Endurocross.”

Geoff Aaron, who is in the thick of the series championship hunt, said he needs to start stepping up his game to keep pace with points leader Taddy Blazusiak.

“You want to do well at every race,” Aaron said. “So far we’ve just been OK. Hopefully we can step up. I hope the track is a technical one and suits my driving style.”

The Citizens Business Bank Arena is a new venue for the GEICO AMA Endurocross Series, which Aaron said increases the degree of difficulty heading into Saturday’s event.

“Everybody’s got to ride a course that none of us have ever seen,” Aaron said. “You kind of take it one step at a time. You go in there and see what the dirt’s like and see what kind of obstacles the track coordinators have built and see how it rides. We have a couple of practice sessions, a hot lap and then some heat races to figure it out. It all boils down to who learns the track the fastest.”

California’s own Kyle Redmond will also fly the GEICO Honda colors at this event.

Practice begins at 10 a.m. PDT with qualifying starting at noon. The main event gets under way at 7:30 p.m.


Honda…..All In?

 

Well many have speculated that Chad Reed is all but moving onto Suzuki. But a recent Motocross.com interview leaned in the Red direction. Reed was basically stating that he wanted to stay with Honda on the conditions of adding a second rider. I am sure Chad has to come up with the funding for the rider salary, but Honda will need to commit the budget to development and parts. This will not be an easy task and Team McBrooks is making things difficult.

Honda is really looking to go head over heals if they stay with Reed. That will be a lot of Factory parts for HRC and by the time they are said and done they could have up to 6 factories guys on bikes. There would be Windham (FC), Grant (MCB), Brayton (FH), Canard (FH), Reed (22), Reed #2 (22). Now Barcia may ride one outdoors so I will not add him due to the fact that KW won’t ride outdoors. That is unless it is his final tour and he wants to send it off. Of course at that point he would not need a Factory bike to wave at the crowd.

The real dilemma comes into the McBrooks team and Team 22. Both will be in a bit of a power struggle for support and this is putting Honda in a spot. On one hand they have what is considered by many the best rider in the sport. Huge globally and branding up the wazoo is what you get with MC. McGrath has been in the development department for some time and now he is ready to take it to the next level. Honda seems to be with him, but then there is the actual racing part. Josh Grant is not exactly considered the most reliable of guys and if the McBrooks team does have him signed Honda will be considering this. Reed on the other hand is Mr. Steady Eddy and Honda want’s a title. Canard’s return is expected, but the time off the bike will make you think a bit if you are Mr. Honda.

Then there is the fact that Reed is making things tough by wanting to add another rider. I am sure Honda is willing to commit to Reed and McBrooks but the +1 on Reed’s side is tough. Mike Alessi is known to be hunting a Honda ride and his season finish was not bad considering the bike he was on. Mike was pretty quiet through the year and before the spill in Hangtown he looked on the gas. Reed is also rumored to be pretty far along in Suzuki negotiations and I think this is going to be hinged on what James is doing, yep confusing as hell.

What I mean is Suzuki has offered James a large deal. Yamaha is playing hard ball and making James try to honor his deal. Money is not the question here and for Yamaha it comes down to stern principals and hard feelings. If James is let out of his Yamaha deal then the money is not there for Reed. If James is held to his Yamaha deal then the budget looks better and I think Honda knows this. Honda I am sure would like to keep Reed, but as I already mentioned they are already a pretty full stable and I don’t think they are going to far outside of the comfort zone on budget.

So what this means is we are in a round about waiting game of who does what when. Yamaha is in control in my mind and I think they probably see it the same way. Publicly it has been stated that riders don’t fall in love with the bike and if the rumors about a JGR defection are true it wouldn’t look good. Now the chances that JGR goes another brand are very slim considering their current relationship to Toyota, but stranger things have happened.

Reed is not planning on Riding the Monster Energy race so he has some time. As for the factories and testing and what not they are already looking at their watches.

 


2011 Motocross of Nations Link Center

Everything you’ll want to know about the 2011 Motocross of Nations on Supercross.com, and more – this would be a good place to start, come back to, and share with your friends.



Last year the event was held in the United States of America – Thunder Valley MX Park in Colordao. Next year the event will be at the historic sand track of Lommel, Belgium.



This year’s event is at the excellent, hilly, beautiful, raukus GP track in St. Jean d’Angely, France. And it’s expected to be one heck of a race!



Team USA is the defending champion, and ready to try and repeat for the sixth year in a row. Led by Team Manager Roger De Coster, the riders are Ryan Dungey – 2010 AMA Supercross Series and Motocross Series Champion, Ryan Villopoto – the recently crowned AMA Motocross Class Champion and the 2011 AMA Supercross Series Champion, and Blake Baggett – riding the MX2 class in his first taste of “Nations”.



Here are the start of our links of Supercross.com to help you with following the event.



First, you can watch the event on your computer – both Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18. And there’s more – you can also receive the Fox Motocross of Nations package when you purchase the video access – it comes with an official Fox shirt from the Motocross of Nations event
. On Saturday, Septebmer 17, there are five and half hours of video programming available. Noon to 5:30 local time. That is 6am Eastern Time start, 3am Pacific Time start.



On Sunday, video programming starts at 1pm local time, which is 7am Eastern Time, and 4am Pacific Time. Next …

2. You’ll get coverage each day on Supercross.com, starting Thursday, which will be in Feature content found on Supercross.com’s home page – http://www.supercross.com



3. There will be updates via Supercross.com’s Facebook Fan Page



4. You can get Features, Results and more thru Supercross.com’s iPhone application. Those articles will be in the iPhone app under the tab marked “News”.



5. You can follow along via Twitter as well



6. Here are the current team members, managers, riders numbers, and more for this 2011 Motocross of Nations in France

7. Here are bios on some of the ‘name’ riders that will be competing in the Nations – World Motocross Champion of MX1 – Tony Cairoli – Italy, World Motocross Champion of MX2 – Ken Roczen – Germany, Team USA’s Blake Baggett, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. Includes Christophe Pourcel, Marvin Musquin and Gautier Paulin from host country France. Australia’s Chad Reed, Great Britain’s Tommy Searle and 250 AMA MX lites motocross champion Dean Wilson, South Africa’s Tyla Rattray and other riders.

8. Map of St. Jean d’Angely and area.



9. Here is the weekend’s weather forecast for St. Jean d’Angely, France.

10. Here are the photos, results, and more from the 2010 MXoN event in the USA.



11. Here is Amanda’s 2010 video recap of the 2010 Motocross of Nations, won by America’s Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, and Andrew Short.



12. Here is info on the 2012 Motocross of Nations to be in Belgium



13. Here is a press release on Germany hosting the 2013 Motocross of Nations.



14. You can join the Supercross Community – post messages in the forum, build your own profile, and more – free!



15. Here is a video recap from Amanda on the 2007 Motocross of Nations held at Budds Creek, Maryland – with Ryan Villopoto dominating on the 250, with team-mates Ricky Carmichael and Tim Ferry.



16. Here’s one of our videos for the 2008 Motocross of Nations event in England – won by Team USA’s James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Tim Ferry.



17. Here’s another video – this time of the 2009 Motocross of Nations in Italy, also won by Team USA, which featured Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, and Ivan Tedesco.



18. Our first report from Nations! Thursday in France – first photos!!!!

19. Friday’s report – photos tell the story!

20. Saturday’s Qualifying Races! USA domination!

Much more is coming on Supercross.com from the 2011 Motocross of Nations in Saint Jean d’Angely, France, so stay tuned here!






Two-Time World Motocross Champion of MX2 class Marvin Musquin to Race Inaugural Monster Energy Cup on KTM

Two-Time World Motocross Champion of MX2 class Marvin Musquin to Race Inaugural Monster Energy Cup on KTM

Red Bull/KTM’s Marvin Musquin – 2009 and 2010 FIM World Motocross Champion in the MX 2 class, will race in the inaugural Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium on October 15.



Marvin said: I’m really happy to race at the Monster Energy Cup. It should be a fun race on my 350cc KTM. I’ve been told the track should be a mix between motocross and supercross, so I am looking forward to seeing the final layout. My goal is to have fun and be out in front with the other big supercross riders and get some valuable experience before next year.



Marvin is coming off his best finishes of his first season in the USA, earning third overall at each of the final two race on the AMA MX Championship, and will represent the growing list of international riders competing in the Monster Energy Cup.



The unique hybrid track will consist of supercross / motocross terrain and will have a tremendous MX style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track will be the perfect blend of supercross and motocross, combined and created into the ultimate battleground. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse, awarding the winner a $100,000 check, and for the first time ever, $1 million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.


This coming weekend, Marvin will be riding for Team France in the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations, which you can watch on Supercross.com Septebmer 17 and 18 – http://www.supercross.com/mx-gp-vod



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