It’s the 21st edition of the classic Paris-Bercy supercross
Bercy returns with its exclusive 125 class / Tri-Nation format that provided incredible racing action in 2002.
12 Americans will compete against 12 French and 12 riders from the “Rest of the World” (ROTW), for both patriotic pride and a huge purse.
The most prestigious teams competing in the AMA 125 class will send riders, from Factory KTM-Red Bull and Sobe-Suzuki to YOT-Boost Mobile, Kawasaki-Chevy Pro Circuit, Amsoil- Factory Connection Honda and Motoworld Suzuki.
In fact, 7 out of the top 10 East Coast finishers and 7 of the top 8 West Coast finishers have expressed their will to compete.
The biggest news, though, is the entry of three of the most high profile foreign stars racing in the US : Grant Langston, the newly crowned 125 US MX National champion, David Vuillemin, and Stephane Roncada.
DV is the winningest rider in the history of Bercy, which is like second home to him: five overall class victories within his last six years of presence and an impressive twelve finals winning streak there speak for themselves.
DV says “I’m stoked that Team Yamaha understood my need to race in front of my home crowd and obviously, becoming King again would be a positive step towards builting confidence for the US SX anyway. I will compete on a YZ250F with help from YOT and there is no way I let the 125 guys beat me!”
The US squad will be led by Bercy 02 part-winners Travis Preston and Chris Gosselaar, former National champ and Bercy veteran Mike Brown on his new YOT ride, ’03 East-West shootout winner Andrew Short, former Prince of Bercy Broc Sellards and always-fast contenders Ivan Tedesco, Billy Laninovich, Kelly Smith, Danny Smith, Josh Woods, Matt Walker and Josh Hansen.
Should any of these riders have to withdraw, young hotshoes Broc Hepler, Ryan Mills, Robert Kiniry, Davi Millsaps or Robert Gray would be offered to jump in.
The Rest of the World Team (ROTW) looks strong as well with AMA regulars Joaquim RodriguÃ¨s, Craig Anderson, as well as Canadian champ Jean-Sebastien Roy and GP regulars Tyla Rattray, Marc Ristori, Tanel Leok, and more. As many as 10 different Nations should be represented in the ROTW: that’s a total of 12 Nations for the most international supercross of the year.
Besides DV and Ronron, France will count on Eric Sorby, Steve Boniface and Matt Lalloz, all seeking revenge after deceptive ’03 seasons… ’02 World champ Michael Maschio and GP contenders Rodrig Thain, Pascal Leuret, Antoine Meo, and more should complete a strong list of motivated Frenchmen.
Team classification consists on adding the top 3 finishers per Team, per night, to create an overall.
Bercy will also have two FMX demo-sessions, always major crowd pleasers, featuring the top Europeans (Torronteras, Troux, Lamblin, Rebaud, etc) along with Mad Mike Jones and others.
An 85cc mini-bike demo, pom-pom girls and laser-shows will complete the very visual “Bercy experience”, Europe’s premier supercross.