Friday, October 2 – Autodromo di Franciarcorta, Italy
I was so excited to get to the track. It’s the frickin’ Nations!
But not only is it exciting to be at the Nations, an event everyone looks forward to each and every year (And the race next year is in the USA!), but I got additional ‘duty’ added to my plate besides doing this here on Supercross.com.
Youthstream has asked me to do three things for them: I got to host Team USA’s press conference in the Media Center, which I’m going to do for all the USA Press Conferences here at the 2009 Motocross of Nations. I’m also helping with the selection of the starting positions and gate picks for each nation, which will happen tomorrow morning. And, I’ll be co-hosting the FIM Off Road Awards Banquet tomorrow night. (Sorry Lex …. I know you were expecting me to work … but a girl’s gotta’ do what a girl’s gotta do! : )
OK, back to today …. after arriving at the circuit I jetted over to Team USA to get the scoop on how they were all feeling. It is Ryan Dungey and Jake Weimer’s first time racing the MXON …. I was really interested as to how they were dealing with all the pressure. And, believe me, if you were here, you can literally feel the pressure. Ryan, Jake, and Ivan Tedesco have the whole of USA off road motorcycling on their shoulders … fans, family, team members, sponsors, advertisers, and more.
I then talked to Roger De Coster, the USA team manager about the advice he offers to his team, and more. Roger has been managing Team USA at MXoN almost every year since 1981! He knows what he’s talking about! I also asked him how he thinks he would do if he were racing on the team today … his answer you’ll hear and see in the video below : )
The video, and the photos, tell the story of what we did today.
p.s. Leaving the race circuit late Friday night, I was amazed at the amount of people, and RVs and motorchomes, lined up for miles, watiing to get in to park for the weekend. And it was late Friday night. Then I was told ‘Wait till Saturday Sunday!” I think there is going to be a lot of people here this weekend.
Click on thumbnail to view large images: You’ll see Amanda with Jonathan Barragan, Ken Roczen and Tyla Rattray. Team USA at their Friday press conference, including Roger De Coster, Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, and Ivan Tedesco. Amanda with team USA, Team USA’s trick new helmets by Tom from Kawasaki, Ryan Dungey’s #1 450 Suzuki, more of Team USA’s helmets posing with the famed Chamberlain Trophy, MX2 World Motocross Champion from France – Marvin Musquin. Rick Johnson, Giuseppe Luongo, Dr. Wolfgang Srb and members of the organizing committee at pre race press conference (twice), Team Russia’s big-rig – very trick. Amanda and Team USA’s Jake Weimer. More from the press conference. Chad Reed will be riding for Team Australia, but recently won the 2009 AMA Motocross Championship, and Jake Weimer’s #2 Pro Circuit Kawasaki.
There is a part 1 and part 2 Video with Team Australia’s Chad Reed, Team USA’s Roger De Coster, Rick Johnson at press conference talking about Youthstream’s Giuseppe Luongo, Team USA’s Jake Weimer, Team USA’s press conference including Roger De Coster, Ivan Tedesco, Ryan Dungey, and Jake Weimer, more with Jake Weimer, Ivan Tedesco, and Ryan Dungey, Team Germany’s Ken Roczen, Team Spain’s Jonathan Barragan, South Afrcia’s Tyla Rattray