Beautiful weather greets American riders in Germany for MXoN
September 27, 2013
L-R: Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, U.S. Team Manager Roger Decoster
The weather in Teutschenthal, Germany, for the 2013 Motocross of Nations is beautiful, if a bit chilly, as the U.S. riders prepare to race to reclaim the Peter Chamberlain Cup.
The U.S. Team's Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia are on site and healthy, and certainly ready to contend for the FIM MXoN World Championship. The track appears to be in great shape and full of interesting features, with a mix of soil types that will make the Americans feel right at home.
"Last year was tough," Dungey says, referring to the United States' third-place overall finish behind Germany and Belgium. "This year the track looks awesome, and with Eli and Justin, they're great teammates and great guys. Let's hope we can get another win."
Barcia raced for the U.S. team in 2012, and he says he has higher expectations for 2013.
"Last year was a huge challenge with the track and all," Barcia says. "But this year the track looks awesome, a bit more like what we're used to, so we'll just try to rip some hole shots and put in good motos."
A rookie this year, Tomac sounds confident that he's ready to go.
"Being on and working with a team like this is new for me, but I'm just really excited and the track looks really good, so I'm ready to go tomorrow," Tomac said. "The summer went great, so I'll be bringing in all the speed and heat that I can this weekend."
With temperatures in the mid-50s and 60s expected for Sunday, the skies should remain clear between now and then to make for great racing.
The German track should make the U.S. riders feel right at home.
Turn right for MXoN.
The who, what, when and where.
Eli Tomac is competing in his first MXoN. It's not Tomac's first taste of international competition, however. The U.S. rider won the FIM Junior World Motocross Championship in the 125cc class in 2009.
Justin Barcia's CRF450R looks as fast as Barcia is.
Ryan Dungey's Dunlop-shod KTM is ready to race.
Eli Tomac's GEICO Honda CRF250R.