PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Three of America's fastest motocross racers will represent the United States at the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme Motocross of Nations at Matterley Basin in Winchester, United Kingdom, on Oct. 1.
For 2017, the U.S. Motocross of Nations Team includes Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Zach Osborne and Thomas Covington, and Troy Lee Designs American Honda's Cole Seely.
Left to right, Cole Seely, Zach Osborne, Team Manager Roger DeCoster, AMA Supercross Manager Michael Pelletier. Not pictured, Thomas Covington. Photo by Jeff Kardas
"This year's team is immensely talented," said AMA Director of Racing Kevin Crowther. "Zach, Cole and Thomas are accomplished riders, who have the aptitude and skill to capture the world championship. And they will, undoubtedly, give every ounce of effort to bring home gold."
Seely will race in the MX1 class, bringing his experience from competing in professional Motocross and AMA Supercross events, including a second overall finish in 2014 in the 250SX West Coast Class of the AMA Supercross Series Championship and a third overall finish in 2015 in the 450SX Class.
"I think it is important to have someone who is excited to be on the team," Seely said. "I'm stoked to make it this year and represent the country."
Osborne, who will compete in the MX2 class, secured the 2017 250SX East Coast AMA Supercross Series Championship in May and currently leads the points standings for the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series.
"Being chosen to represent Team USA at the FIM Motocross of Nations has been a huge goal and dream of mine for a very long time," Osborn said. "I couldn't be happier to travel to the United Kingdom to race and ride my very best to bring the championship trophy back to the USA."
After spending the past three years competing in the MXGP Series and winning the 2015 GP of Mexico, Covington will compete in the Open class.
"I am truly honored to be picked for the United States' Motocross of Nations Team," Covington said. "I am really looking forward to getting to represent my home country overseas."
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster will once again manage the team as it seeks to secure the world championship. He currently manages the Red Bull/KTM AMA Motocross and Supercross teams and was a part of six victorious FIM Motocross of Nations teams in the 1960s and 1970s.
"With Osborne it was obvious and he has been wanting to go [to Motocross of Nations] for years," DeCoster said. "Every year he has asked me, I have had to turn him down. This year he has earned it. Seely and Covington's results have picked up and I think it's a good time for them. All three riders really want to do it and their teams give them really good support."
The U.S. team has won the Motocross of Nations 22 times, remaining the all-time leader in FIM Motocross of Nations overall team victories and claiming all of those wins under the direction of DeCoster.
The last time the U.S. Team won the Motocross of Nations was 2011. The 2016 team placed third.
The FIM Motocross of Nations is one of the most high-profile motorsport events in the world. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time.