The entire world of off-road motorcycle racing will focus this weekend on Italy. Specifically Brescia, for the 2009 version of the Motocross of Nations. It’s the first time the ‘ Nations ‘ will be held in Italy since 1986.
And I’m lucky to be going to Italy! It’s nation against nation to see who reigns supreme for world motocross bragging rights! Team USA, with members Ivan Tedesco, Ryan Dungey, and Jake Weimer, are the defending champions, having won last year’s event in England.
The buzz is in the air. Already. You can feel it. The anticipation is high right now, and it’s only Monday! By next Sunday night, we’ll know who will be champions!
But right now, all bets are off. There are a lot of teams that can come away with this win! Let’s review some of the top teams for 2009:
Team USA: 250 West Supercross Champ, and 250 National Motocross Champ Ryan Dungey, 2-time 250 West Supercross Champion, and 250 National Championship winner Ivan Tedesco, and multi-time 250 Supercross and Motocross event winner Jake Weimer.
Team France: MXGP rider Nic Aubin, newly crowned MX2 World Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin, and multi-time Grand Prix winner Gautier Paulin.
Team Belgium: One of the hottest riders on the planet, Clement Desalle, MXGP rider Joel Roelants, and multi-time World Motocross Champion Steve Ramon.
Host nation Team Italy: Three-time World Motocross Champion, and the new MX1 World Motocross Champion – Tony Cairoli, MXGP rider Davide Guarneri, and 2008 World Motocross Champion David Philippaerts.
Team Australia: Multi-time Supercross Champion, and newly crowned AMA Motocross Champion Chad Reed, Brett Metcalfe, and Michael Byrne.
And Team Germany: Multi-time GP winner Max Nagl, another new name and sensation in World Motocross, Ken Roczen – the youngest Grand Prix motocross winner in history, earlier this year at age 15, and Marcus Schiffer.
And those are just the teams off the top of my head that will battle for the win! There are going to be 37 teams total competing in Italy this weekend!
We should have great coverage of the event here at Supercross.com, starting Thursday night. See you in Italia! I can’t wait!