Team Germany – Max Nagl, Kenny Roczen, and Marcus Schiffer, have won the 2012 FIM Monster Energy Motocross of Nations today in Lommel, Belgium. Top individual honors go to World Motocross Champion of MX1, Tony Cairoli.
The Motocross of Nations runs three motos – MX1 & MX2, MX2 & Open, and MX1 & Open as the finale.
Second overall today, Team Belgium – Clement Desalle, Jeremy van Horebeek, and Ken de Dycker.
USA’s win streak came to end, but even with bad luck, the team of Ryan Dungey, Blake Baggett, and Justin Barcia finished third.
Each year the “Nations” is held in a different country. The thing that made this year’s race unique in Belgium – the sand of Lommel. It’s deep, soft, rough, and relentless. Next year the Nations will be held in Germany.
The scoring at the Nations takes the best five out of six finishes for each team.
Earlier in the day …
Sunrise in Belgium. Not a cloud in the sky. Yesterday’s Qualification races had a packed house, the circuit jammed with spectators. At 7:30am this morning, the line of people waiting to get in is already huge.
And there is great anticipation in the air, because of the number of teams that feel they have a chance win the coveted Chamberlain Trophy. With USA struggling yesterday, that has given an even further boost to those teams.
The top contenders, in order of Qualifying yesterday – Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, France, Great Britain, and USA. And it’s the one time a year that the World Champions get to battle with America’s best – Cairoli and Herlings against Barcia, Baggett, and Dungey. Add in Belgium’s strong team of Desalle, van Horebeek and de Dycker. France’s Boog, Paulin and Musquin. Germany’s Roczen, Nagl and Schiffer. It’s going to be an exciting day!
First moto is MX1 and MX2 – Tony Cairoli (Italy) dominated. He led every lap. Gautier Paulin (France) second. Germany is leading country right now after this first race (Nagl and Roczen raced). USA had problems – Dungey crashed. Baggett crashed. Dungey gets seventh. Baggett gets 15th.
Race 2 – MX2 and Open. And Jeffrey Herlings destroyed this race – led every lap as did Cairoli in the first moto. The Sand King won by a large margin. Meanwhile, Team USA has problems again. Justin Barcia was dicing with Ken de Dycker early on, and the two literally collided – you could hear the noise their bikes made hitting each other. It left Barcia on the ground, and de Dycker with one less rider to worry about.
Belgium had some tough luck as well – Jeremy van Horebeek went out of the race early.
Baggett was working his way up for the USA, finishing sixth. Barcia recovered from his crash and was in the top five most of the race – until the very end – bad luck for the USA as Barcia pulls into pit lane – broken front wheel. Germany’s Roczen takes fourth. Teammate Marcus Schiffer seventh.
The final race of the day – MX1 and Open. And the early leader is … Tony Cairoli. Herlings is back in 16th. For USA, the first lap has Dungey in second, and Barcia in third. Next lap, Dungey crashes. HIt some big bumps wrong, and went thru the fencing on his left hand side of the track.
The track is so rough. Lap times are around 10 seconds per lap slower than earlier in the day for the fastest riders. Cairoli leads … but sand master Herlings has moved into second. It’s been a masterful day for the two world motocross champions (MX1 and MX2) and the Red Bull KTM squad.
With just a few laps to go, it’s quite fitting that individual honors on the day will come down to Cairoli and Herlings. Both riding the KTM 350. Cairoli is leading, but Herlings has closed up right behind him.
The running order for the title right now is Germany first, Belgium second, and USA third. Amazing considering all the problems both Belgium and America have had today.
Cairoli has done it. He’s won this moto, and top individual honors on the day. Herlings finishes second, and Justin Barcia third. Germany’s Max Nagl finishes seventh, Schiffer 14th to seal the deal for Team Germany.
Final Team Results – 2012 FIM Monster Energy Motocross of Nations – Lommel, Belgium
Germany – Nagl, Roczen, Schiffer – 25 points
Belgium – Desalle, van Horebeek, de Dycker – 29 points
USA – Dungey, Baggett, Barcia – 39 points
The Netherlands – De Reuver, Coldenhoff, Herlings – 44 points
Italy – Cairoli, Lupino, Guarneri – 45 points
France – Paulin, Musquin, Boog – 47 points
Estonia – 56
Great Britain – 56
Portugal – 80
Australia – 83
MX1 winner – Tony Cairoli
MX2 winner – Ken Roczen
Open winner – Jeffrey Herlings
Blake Baggett had some good quotes at the post race press conference. “The only place in the USA with sand like this in on public beaches. I’ve never ridden on anything like this before. And hats off to Germany and Belgium and Cairoli and Herlings – those guys are animals.”
USA Team Manager Roger De Coster had a good quote afterwards as well “Thanks to Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings for the riding lessons. And congratulations to Team Germany and Belgium.”
Click on the photos below to see the larger images from today’s Motocross of Nations
Team USA after the racing was done
Team Germany – Marcus Schiffer, Max Nagl, and Ken Roczen – 2012 Champions
The day started with the Starting Grid Selections by FIM Motocross Commission President Dr. Wolfgang Srb, with the help of two Monster Energy Girls (Barbara and Ivette). The Starting Grid selection is very important, and unique at the Motocross of Nations. First, a ball containing the flag of a country is selected. And then, the next ball selected determines their starting grid selection. Hungary received Gate Choice number 1.
With one ball remaining for countries, and Team USA haven’t been selected yet, all on hand knew it was USA in the ball. And the ball chosen for their Gate Choice gave them fourth position. France is position number 2, Italy 3, and home country Belgium has 28th gate choice.
At 10am the MX1 class practice started. Top lap times – World MX1 Champion Tony Cairoli from Italy – 1:41 seconds. Second is Russian Evgeny Bobryshev, 3 seconds back at 1:44. Ryan Dungey, Team USA third at 1 minute 45 seconds.
At 11am it’s the MX2 practice. Quickest in this practice session – Zach Osborne, from “Puerto Rico” at 1 minute 47 seconds. Then Ken Roczen of Germany a few tenths of a second behind. Glenn Coldenhoff of Netherlands also at 1:47. Followed by Jeremy van Horebeek of Belgium, Blake Baggett of the USA (1:48), Al Tonkov of Russia, and Marvin Musquin of France round out the top of 33.
At 12 noon, the Open Class goes out for practice. And at about 12:15, it started raining. And then it started raining extremely hard! As the sun rose this morning, there was not a cloud in the sky. But as is typical in Belgium, it can rain just about any time. And rain it did.
Top Qualifier in Open – no surprise, The Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings (in the heavy rain) at 1 minute 44 seconds. Then Tanel Leok from Estonia, Ken de Dycker Belgium, and Justin Barcia USA (1:49) round of the 33 riders attempting to set quickest laps.
And then the sun came out. This place, on a Saturday for just qualifying, is packed. It’s an amazing atmosphere. The place is buzzing. Three qualifying motos are ready to take off – MX1, MX2, and Open.
First is MX1 – World Champion Tony Cairoli was the early leader – but was passed briefly by Max Nagl. Max led for laps 3 thru 7, and then Tony came back and passed him for the lead. Tony would go on to win. The finish of this race – Cairoli, Nagl, Belgium’s Clement Desalle, France’s Gautier Paulin, Russia’s Evgeny Bobryshev, USA’s Ryan Dungey, Holland’s Marc de Reuver, Rui Goncalves, Josh Coppins, and Tommy Searle rounded out the top ten of this race.
Tony Cairoli of Italy
MX2 was next. Former World MX2 Motocross Champion, and Team Germany’s Kenny Roczen led from start to finish – all 12 laps. Belgian Jeremy van Horebeek finished second, USA’s Blake Baggett third, Marvin Musquin of France next, then Jake Nicholls of UK next. Glenn Coldenhoff was sixth out of the 33 riders in this race.
Kenny Roczen of Germany
Open class was the final qualifying race of the day. USA’s Justin Barcia was the early leader. What is being reported here at the race track is that Justin received ‘outside assistance’, and he result is that officially he has no score – he’s been disqualified. (He got tangled up in the fencing, and someone helped him get out.)
Jeffrey Herlings started the first lap of this race in fourth, quite a ways back. No matter for the “Sand King”. He moved past the three guys ahead of him (Barcia, de Dycker, Anstie) and into the lead on lap five.
Jeffrey did what many expected him to do – win his race. Ken de Dycker (Belgium) was second, followed by Tanel Leok (Estonia), and Max Anstie (UK).
Jeffrey Herlings of The Netherlands
So, Red Bull KTM riders, all World Motocross Champions, dominated all three heats today – Cairoli, Roczen, and Herlings.
The Qualification of countries heading into tomorrow’s race:
Germany – Roczen, Nagl, Schiffer – 3 points
Belgium – Van Horebeek, De Dycker, Desalle – 4 points
Italy – Cairoli, Guarneri, Lupino – 6 points
Netherlands – Herlings, Coldenhoff, De Reuver – 7 points
France – Paulin, Musquin, Boog – 8 points
Great Britain – Anstie, Nicholls, Searle – 9 points
USA – Baggett, Dungey, Barcia – 9 points.
Each countries two best scores count today. So even though Barcia officially scored a Disqualification, Baggett’s third place, and Dungey’s sixth place equal nine points.
Enjoy the photos below. 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.
More coming tomorrow for the 66th Motocross of Nations.
The uniqueness and difficulty of the circuit in Lommel – the sand. It’s very soft, loose, deep, and lines change every lap. Can the USA regroup for tomorrow’s race … or will a new champion emerge like Germany, Belgium, Italy, Holland, France, or Great Britain?
Here’s a GoPro video bonus! Lommel Course Preview with Ken Roczen, Tony Cairoli, and Gautier Paulin
Breaking news here from Lommel, Belgium, site of the 2012 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
It was just announced by Youthstream President Mr. Giuseppe Luongo that the 2015 version of the world’s most presitgious motocross event will take place in the USA again, at Glen Helen MX Park in southern California.
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Eric Geboers, multi-time World Motocross Champion and promoter here in Lommel, Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream announcing Motocross of Nations coming to Glen Helen USA in 2015, and Dr. Wolfgang Srb, President Motocross Commission FIM.
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.
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
Here is an exclusive video from Monster Energy, about the 2012 Motocross of Nations here in Belgium.
The 2012 edition of Monster Energy Motocross of Nations is primed to start. Over in Lommel, Belgium the best MX riders on the planet have gathered to duke it out as the cream of the FIM Grand Prix series meets the best of the AMA talent the only time this year. The chance to see the greats of their craft line up together is a sight that will bring tens of thousands to the sandy banks as they do their part in creating the festival atmosphere that’s unique to the Nations.
Speaking to the riders, we got a sense of the occasion and what’s to look forward to this weekend. Hear how Blake Baggett, Tommy Searle, Guatier Paulin, Zach Osborne, Mitch Payton and Josh Coppins see it coming together.
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