Another thrilling Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations took place in Thunder Valley and Team USA obtained an eventual win at their home track in front of a passionate crowd of 32000 weekend spectators. Second overall was Team Belgium, who improved his last year’s third position, and third was Team Germany making their podium comeback.
Team USA was in second position behind Germany when the third race started, but a superb performance of Ryan Dungey and Andrew Short brought USA their 21st victory, their sixth in a row. Steve Ramon, Clement Desalle and Jeremy Van Horebeek handed Belgium a second final position.
Team Germany, who was leading the Nations point standings after race two, had a bitter sweet ending completing the podium in the Thunder Valley track.
Great Britain finished fourth overall just one point behind Germany and Italy completed the top five. France was struck by bad luck as Marvin Musquin dnf’d twice due to mechanical problems, dropping the team down to seventh.
RACE 1 (MX1 & MX2)
Race one started with a surprising holeshot of Barragan, but the Spaniard could not stand the pressure of his pursuers and he finally finished fourth. American Dungey got the lead already in lap two and dominated until the end, while his team mate Canard was involved tangle with Osborne just after the start as both went down at turn one – Canard ending an eventual twelfth.
Italian Cairoli went on the track committed to beat American Dungey, but he could only finish second almost six seconds behind the American after an early chase. Australian Metcalfe did a consistent race and finished third ahead of Barragan.
Paulin completed the top five, while his team mate Musquin could not finish the race due to a mechanical problem on his KTM machine.
Roczen was blocked by Canard and Osborne, whom he found on the ground in front of him when taking turn one. Though he worked his way up to finish in a solid sixth position. Belgian Ramon finish seventh, followed by British Wilson and Portuguese GonÃ§alves.
Race 1 top ten: 1. Ryan Dungey (USA, Suzuki), 35:56.436; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:05.598; 3. Brett Metcalfe (AUS, Honda), +0:22.000; 4. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:25.704; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.917; 6. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:39.361; 7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:43.201; 8. Dean Wilson (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:47.329; 9. Rui GonÃ§alves (POR, KTM), +1:15.068; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +1:22.218;
Nations top ten: USA, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Italy, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Portugal, New Zealand.
RACE 2 (OPEN & MX2)
American Short opened the second race with an incredible start taking the holeshot and leading the heat until he made a mistake. After a crash Short dropped back to position 25th but committed himself to do his beat for USA and took an eventual 13th.
16 year old Roczen, who received the Ricky Carmichael Award for being the youngest best placed rider in the Nations, took advantage of Short’s mistake and led the race until he was overtaken by Townley -on the bigger machine- in lap five. The New Zealander managed to keep the lead until the end of the heat and finished six seconds after Puerto Rican Regal.
Roczen was finally third followed by Belgian Desalle, who would become the overall winner of the Open class by the end of the day. Nagl and Wilson finished fifth and sixth respectively, while American Canard, who started 15th after a bad start, managed to end in seventh position.
Brit Anderson was eighth, while Italian Monni and Belgian Van Horebeek completed the top ten.
Again French Musquin had a mechanical problem and did not finish the race.
Race 2 top ten: 1. Ben Townley (NZL, Honda), 36:11.627; 2. Kyle Regal (PUR, Honda), +0:06.246; 3. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:07.235; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:30.171; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:37.809; 6. Dean Wilson (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:41.751; 7. Trey Canard (USA, Honda), +0:56.298; 8. Brad Anderson (GBR, Honda), +0:58.070; 9. Manuel Monni (ITA, Yamaha), +1:20.316; 10. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:25.010;
Nations top ten: Germany, USA, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal.
RACE 3 (MX1 & OPEN)
Race three started with Germany at the front of the Nations point standings, USA second and Belgium third, all the countries being really tight in points. Americans Dungey and Short gave their best for their country in the last heat and they actually dominated the race, starting with Short first and Dungey second then swapping position to see the Suzuki rider victorious.
Belgian Desalle finished third ahead of Italian Cairoli, who had to race all the way through from an initial 14th position,
and Australian Metcalfe completed the top five.
Other Belgian Ramon contributed to his country’s final second position by finishing seventh in the third heat, followed by French Boog and Swiss Tonus. Paulin did not have a good start and could only finish ninth and Australian Marmont completed the top ten.
Race two winner Townley had a mechanical failure while he was second and could not finish the heat.
Eventually Team USA moved up to the top of the podium, exploiting also the crash of Germany’s Nagl who did not finish the race. Belgium clinched the runner up position while Germany came back onto the podium courtesy in third, even though the trio’s hopes for victory came to a bitter end in the final heat.
Dungey (USA) took the individual MX1 victory, Roczen (Germany) won the MX2 as well as the Ricky Carmichael Award and Desalle (Belgium) won the Open class.
Race 3 top ten: 1. Ryan Dungey (USA, Suzuki), 36:41.709; 2. Andrew Short (USA, Honda), +0:10.230; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:17.577; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.593; 5. Brett Metcalfe (AUS, Honda), +0:27.187; 6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:29.778; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:31.946; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:33.135; 9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:58.530; 10. Jay Marmont (AUS, Yamaha), +1:05.494;
Nations top ten: USA, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, France, New Zealand, Portugal, Puerto Rico.