Friday – everyone is getting situated. There is a tangible buzz in the air. It’s almost time for the 67th edition of the biggest motocross race in the world – the Motocross of Nations.

41 nations are entered. Germany is the host, and, defending champions! (Nagl, Roczen, Ullrich). The race track is called Talkessel. 1,635 meters in length (5,365 feet), with 19 corners. It’s in a valley, a great track, and it’s a great venue for spectators.

Team USA is ready. They’ve been working hard, and are determined. It’s Dungey, Tomac, Barcia, managed by De Coster. When Team USA arrived today, on Friday, they were immediately mobbed for requests of autographs and more. To say they are ‘rock stars’ here in Europe in accurate!

Team USA – Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, Roger De Coster

Much more will be coming here from Germany. In the meantime, here are some photos to give you a feel for what it’s like in Germany. The weather is expected to be sunny this weekend, with temps in the 60’s.

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For fans in the USA and Canada – the race is being televised on CBS Sports Network, Sunday, 3pm Eastern Time, Noon Pacific Time.

Photos above: Ricky Carmichael on the podium of the Motocross of Nations in Ernee, France 2005, more Ernee 2005 podium, flags of nations here in Germany, more flags, sign in German on the street coming into the race track, one of the big jumps on the track, another sign in German advertising the race, the podium for this year’s event, Rick Johnson on the podium of MX of Nations Maggiora, Italy 1986, another street sign, two shots of the track, Team USA’s design for this year, Justin Barcia and Ryan Dungey arriving at the circuit, Max Nagl will race with number 1 on his Honda, one of the two-story structures on the circuit for pit lane, overview of the track, team USA’s bikes of Barcia (9), and Tomac (8) arrive into sound check area, close up of Justin Barcia’s number 9 Honda, Ryan Dungey’s 7 KTM, and Eli Tomac’s 8 Honda, sound check for Tomac’s Honda, Mr. Giuseppe Luongo (President of Youthstream) and Dr. Wolfgang Srb (President of FIM Motocross Commission) at the opening press conference in the Media Center, Team Belgium, two shots of Team Germany, Team Italy, and two shots of Team USA.


The track


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