AMA congratulates U.S. team on podium finish at FIM Motocross of Nations
October 03, 2012
team of Ryan Dungey, Blake Baggett and Justin Barcia finished third behind the
German and Belgium teams at the 2012 FIM Motocross of Nations in Lommel,
Belgium, on Sept. 30. Competing against the best motocross racers in the world,
the American riders stumbled early and never fully recovered.
"This was one of the most challenging Motocross of Nations in recent
history, on a distinctive and challenging track, and against an international
crop of riders proven to be among the best of the best," said AMA Director
of Supercross and Pro Racing Relations Kevin Crowther. "We are proud of
our riders for putting forward their best effort and finishing on the podium at
this prestigious event, and we congratulate the German and Belgium riders for
an excellent performance in Lommel."
Each rider at the Motocross of Nations competes in two motos, each of which
combines two classes. In individual results, Dungey finished seventh and 14th
riding in the MX1 class. Baggett finished 15th and sixth riding in the MX2
class. Barcia finished 14th and third in the Open class.
"In addition to the riders, we would also like to thank the mechanics, the
support crew and many others who supported our effort," Crowther added.
"Supporters such as Feld Motor Sports with their generous financial
contribution, as well as Fox, Alpinestars and MX Sports. We also salute the
riders' teams -- Red Bull/KTM, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki and GEICO
Honda -- for providing the significant support necessary for this event."
The Motocross of Nations features three-rider teams on a range of motocross
machinery. In the 2012 event, Dungey raced the MX1 class, which features 450cc
four-stroke machinery. Baggett competed in the MX2 class, which features 250cc
four-stroke motorcycles. Barcia raced the Open class.
The 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.
The United States last won the Motocross of Nations in 2011 when the event was
held in Saint D'Angely, France. The United States is also the all-time leader
in Motocross of Nations overall team victories with 22. Great Britain is second
The 2013 FIM Motocross of Nations will be held in Teutschenthal, Germany.