2012 Motocross of Nations – Friday
The first big news of the day came with the announcement that the 2015 Motocross of Nations will return to the USA, at Glen Helen Raceway. (Read about it here.) More info will be coming from the Motocross of Nations 2012 here in Lommel, Belgium … but photos help tell the story of today. A casual day as everything and everyone gets in place for tomorrow’s action. There were press conferences with all the major teams in the media center, and tomorow the racing starts with qualifying for all.
The big names in World Motocross are of course gathering much of the attention here in Belgium. Team USA’s Blake Baggett, Justin Barcia, and Ryan Dungey. Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Jeffrey Herlings, and Tony Cairoli.
Enjoy the photos below. You can watch the Motocross of Nations live on your computer too. Should be interesting, as many teams feel they have a chance to win, and, this is the one race a year where team strategy really comes into play.
Click on thumbnail to view larger images. Images include: 5 giant displays on site of Team USA winning previous MX of Nations. Justin Barcia and Blake Baggett share a laugh at Friday’s USA press conference. Two shots of Justin Barcia’s number 3 450 Honda. The number 43 factory Honda belongs to Russian Evgeny Bobryshev. The number 46 bike of Tony Cairoli. Roger De Coster at opening press conference. Clement Desalle’s factory Suzuki – number 13. Ryan Dungey’s bike. Number 27 will be The Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings. A sign greeting people to the area of Limburg. Two shots of the number 5 – Team France’s Marvin Musquin. Tony Cairoli, Giuseppe Luongo and Jill Cox enjoy a morning espresso. The press conference opened with Eric Geboers, Giuseppe Luongo, and Dr. Wolfgang Srb. A beautiful (top secret!) painting created by Rob Kinsey, highlighting some of America’s finest moments a the Motocross of Nations, to be awarded to Roger De Coster tomorrow night. Giuseppe Luongo and Rob Kinsey go over some of Rob’s latest paintings. The number 20 KTM belongs to Team Germany’s Kenny Roczen. A typical street sign in Belgium and The Netherlands. Team Belgium at press conference. Team France. Team Germany. Team Netherlands. Team USA. Another top secret photo. Windmills are prevalent in Holland, but here’s one in Belgium, from 1869! Blake Baggett’s number 2 Kawasaki. Valentino Rossi … errr … Tony Cairoli’s number 46 bike. Ryan Dungey’s number 1 KTM. Jeffrey Herlings number plate, number 27. Another street sign, a modifed rear knobby tire for the sand of Lommel, and another street sign.
Ryan Dungey’s number 1 bike for Team USA
World MX1 Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli’s factory KTM 350, sporting a ‘Valentino Rossi’ look with his number 46