Ivan Tedesco, Ryan Dungey, and Jake Wiemer just brought the MXoN title home for the 20th time in MXoN history!
This is a race where stuff just happens, and sometimes winning it means making sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Here’s a quick rundown of the three main races Sunday:
Race 1 (MX1/MX2)
Cairoli won it, with Reed chasing him the whole time.
Dungey was a bit back in third. Wiemer did pretty well to make eighth.
Desalle was fourth, Musquin fifth. Team USA was leading in points after Race 1.
Race 1 (MX1/MX2) Results:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA) Yamaha
2. Chad Reed (AUS) Suzuki +00:01.6
3. Ryan Dungey (USA) Suzuki +00:28.7
4. Clement Desalle (BEL) Honda +00:44.5
5. Marvin Musquin (FRA) KTM +00:56.5
6. Josh Coppins (NZL) Yamaha +00:58.6
7. Tommy Searle (GBR) KTM +00:59.1
8. Jake Weimer (USA) Kawasaki +01:02.0
9. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA) Kawasaki +01:11.7
10. Ken Roczen (GER) Suzuki +01:22.9
Race 2 (MX2-Open)
Gautier Paulin of France won it, Philippaerts chased down Tedesco and passed him with a few turns to go for second, at which point the crowd went crazy. (You know you are in trouble when you are racing in Italy and the Italian guy is all over you and the announcer is going “Mama Miiiaa!”) Wiemer fell at least once and ended up 25th. Good thing you can drop the lowest score.
France was leading in points after Race 2. Australia’s Michael Byrne and Davide Guarneri of Italy got together after the Red Bull tabletop and they both dropped out. Byrne had a concussion.
Race 2 MX2 + Open Results
1. Gautier Paulin (FRA) Kawasaki
2. David Philippaerts (ITA) Yamaha +00:03.1
3. Ivan Tedesco (USA) Honda +00:03.9
4. Tanel Leok (EST) Yamaha +00:37.4
5. Marvin Musquin (FRA) KTM +00:40.4
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER) KTM +00:45.3
7. Steve Ramon (BEL) Suzuki +00:55.5
8. Ken Roczen (GER) Suzuki +00:59.9
9. Brett Metcalfe (AUS) Honda +01:03.8
10. Tyla Rattray (RSA) Kawasaki +01:11.9
25. Jake Weimer (USA) Kawasaki +02:08.6
Race 3 (MX1-Open)
First turn mayhem. Several riders wiped out even before
they got to the first turn, and it was ugly. Paulin hurt his back (but he can move his legs), Cairoli got a concussion, Antti Pyrhonen broke his lower leg. Reed was a victim of the pileup and caught up to ninth
Philappaerts ran into Tedesco just as the first lap finished and knocked Tedesco down. Dungey passed Ramon for the lead. Philippaerts was third. With all the carnage, Team USA was back in the hunt for the overall if nothing else went wrong.
And it didn’t – Dungey won, Tedesco was seventh and Team USA won the Motocross of Nations for the 20th time!
France finished second, with Belgium taking third overall.
Race 3 MX1 + Open Results
1. Ryan Dungey (USA) Suzuki
2. Steve Ramon (BEL) Suzuki +00:11.6
3. David Philippaerts (ITA) Yamaha +00:19.1
4. Jonathan Barragan (ESP) KTM +00:25.1
5. Steve Frossard (FRA) Kawasaki +00:32.5
6. Josh Coppins (NZL) Yamaha +00:47.5
7. Ivan Tedesco (USA) Honda +00:52.5
8. Maximilian Nagl (GER) KTM +00:54.6
9. Chad Reed (AUS) Suzuki +00:57.5
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR) KTM +01:13.8
Overall Team Point Standings:
1. USA, 22
2. France, 30
3. Belgium, 39
4. Germany, 55
5. Great Britain, 55
6. Italy, 59
7. Australia, 73
8. Estonia, 78
9. Republic of South Africa, 84
10. Switzerland, 88
11. New Zealand, 89
12. Spain, 92
13. Portugal, 112
14. Brazil, 122
15. Denmark, 123
16. Republic of Ireland, 126
17. Latvia, 130
18. The Netherlands, 133
19. Sweden, 143
20. Finland, 92
Saturday Evening Awards Banquet:
Youthstream held it’s Awards ceremony for motocross champions and others in the paddock Saturday night.
Awards were given to Tony Cairoli (MX1), Marvin Musquin (MX2), and Pierre Renet (MX3). Other champions such as the women’s champion (Stephanie Laier) and Vets World Cup (Mats Lilsson) were handed out as well.
Germany’s 15-year old Ken Roczen recieved the Jan de Groot “Best Young Talent” award. A Lifetime Career award to Georges Jobe, and Ricky Johnson picked up another Lifetime Career award to “The Dream Team des Nations 1986″ that named Johnson as well as Johnny O’Mara and David Bailey.
Other honors went out such as Journalist of the Year (Harold Englert), Photographer of the year (Nuno Laranjeira), and the Best Website went to Geoff Meyer’s MXLarge.com.