Friday, September 16, 2011 at St. Jean d’Angely, France. The most prestigous MX race of the year is under way. Although ‘just Friday’, the vibe in the air, and the activity all throughout the paddock is tangible. Riders getting together that haven’t seen each other in a long time, old friends meeting up again, lots of hugs and handshakes and smiles, and team camaraderie on a level that only happens once a year.
The first ‘official’ event of the day – opening press conferences. You’ll read more about that below. And photos below will help tell the story of today’s activities.
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.
The opening press conference started with Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream speaking. He was followed by the President of the French Federation, and then the President of Moto Club local organizer, then the Technical Director for the French Federation, and last to speak was FIM Motocross Commission President Dr. Wolfgang Srb.
The first team to be presented – Team USA. Ryan Villopoto – 2011 AMA Supercross Series Champion and Motocross Champion, Ryan Dungey – 2010 AMA Supercross Series Champion and MX Champion, Blake Baggett, and Team Manager Roger De Coster. (More below.)
Those USA riders commented that they are really enjoying being here, and know that the track could get a bit hard packed if the sun comes out over the weekend.
USA Team Manager Roger De Coster said, “The race and Chamberlain trophy is never won ahead of time. It’s never good to be over-confident. They have experience and know how to race hard. We should be in the hunt, but anything can happen. It is a mechanical sport, so you never have it won beforehand. The French team is strong, and they are racing on home ground. They should be good. There are other strong teams, too. We don’t underestimate anybody.
Next upÃ‚Â at this press conference was Team France. Marvin Musquin said, “Last year I had a really good home GP here. I won here. I love to race in France, and Nations in France should be a great race, very exciting.”
Gautier Paulin spoke afterwards, “I’ve always like riding the 450, I feel good, and I won my first GP in MX1, so I’m quite confident.”
Christophe Pourcel spoke next, “It’s the race of the year. I’m happy to be on the team. I will do my best, and I think we will do something really nice this weekend. I’ll try my best for Team France for sure.”
Christophe also commented that he will be racing next year for Kawasaki here in Europe.
Notes: Chad Reed spoke about his AMA Supercross and Motocross season, racing years ago in Europe, and how proud he is to put on the colors of Australia (Green & Gold) to race this race. Tommy Searle will be racing a 450 Kawasaki. Tyla Rattray the same. Jeffrey Herlings will be racing the 350 KTM.
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Last year the event was held in the United States of America at 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.Ã‚Â 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.
- 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
- There will be updates via Supercross.com’s Facebook Fan Page
- You can follow along via Twitter
- 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”.
- Current team members, managers, riders numbers, and more for this 2011 Motocross of Nations in France
- 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.
- Map of St. Jean d’Angely and area.
- This weekend’s weather forecast for St. Jean d’Angely, France.
- Photos, results, and more from the 2010 MXoN event in the USA.
- Amanda’s 2010 video recap of the 2010 Motocross of Nations, won by America’s Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, and Andrew Short.
- Info on the 2012 Motocross of Nations to be in Belgium.
- Press release on Germany hosting the 2013 Motocross of Nations.
- You can join the Supercross Community: post messages in the forum, build your own profile, and more – free!
- 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.
- One of our videos for theÃ‚Â 2008 Motocross of Nations event in England – won by Team USA’s: James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Tim Ferry.
- Another video: theÃ‚Â 2009 Motocross of Nations in Italy – also won by Team USA, which featured: Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, and Ivan Tedesco.
The official poster of the 2011 Motocross of Nations in France
Part of the hillside circuit of St. Jean d’Angely, France
Team USA, defending champions (l – r): Ryan Dungey, Roger De Coster, Blake Baggett, Ryan Villopoto
Much more is coming on Supercross.com from the 2011 Motocross of Nations in Saint Jean d’Angely, France, so stay tuned!