A disappointed James Stewart was passed over in the selection process. His team’s official press release may be found below the MX Pro Sports press release.
Ryan Dungey: “It’s always an honor to be a part of this team. It was an amazing experience last year and I can’t wait to be a part of it again. We have a great team with Andrew (Short) and Trey (Canard) and I think it’ll give us a great chance to take the win again.”
Courtesy of MX Pro Sports
Last Saturday, prior to the start of Round 9 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship from Unadilla Valley Sports Center, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) announced three of American motocross’ biggest names to complete the lineup of Team USA for the 2010 Motocross of Nations from Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Colorado. Reigning Motocross of Nations champion and current 450 Class points leader Ryan Dungey will return as the team captain in the MX1 class aboard his Rockstar/Makita Suzuki while GEICO Powersports Honda‘s Trey Canard (MX2) and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short (MX3) make their respective debuts at the world’s biggest professional motocross event.
Team manager Roger DeCoster, who has won 16 MXoN titles as a rider and 20 as a team manager for the United States, and assistant team manager Mitch Payton selected the trio for the 62nd running of the event based on each rider’s performance throughout the 2010 season up to this point. With a five-year winning streak in tact, Dungey, Canard and Short will look to make it six-in-a-row while competing on American soil at the same facility that has hosted a round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship since 2006.
Trey Canard: “Man this is just incredible. I was lucky enough to be a spectator at the 2007 Motocross of Nations from Budds Creek and I knew then that this is something I wanted to be a part of someday. Words can’t express how proud I am to be a part of this team.”
“I believe this is one of the strongest teams the U.S. has ever fielded,” said DeCoster. “Each of these riders have earned their spot on the team thanks to tremendous efforts thus far in the championship. With his win last year, Ryan (Dungey) will lead the team in MX1 while Canard and Short will serve as strong complements in MX2 and MX3.”
Dungey made his 450cc motocross debut at the Motocross of Nations last season in his first selection to Team USA. He capped off the event with a win in the final moto, solidifying the United States’ fifth straight win. This season, he’s dominated the premier class of American motocross as a rookie, winning eight consecutive races to put himself in position to claim the world’s most prestigious motocross title. He also won this season’s event from Thunder Valley.
“It’s always an honor to be a part of this team,” said Dungey. “It was an amazing experience last year and I can’t wait to be a part of it again. We have a great team with Andrew (Short) and Trey (Canard) and I think it’ll give us a great chance to take the win again.”
For Canard, the selection to Team USA is his first. So far in 2010, Canard has experienced a breakout season. Prior to this year, he had never won an overall event in the motocross discipline, but after capturing his first career victory last month, he’s gone on to win four straight events. Now with three rounds remaining, he sits in position to claim the 250 Class title in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
“Man this is just incredible,” said Canard. “I was lucky enough to be a spectator at the 2007 Motocross of Nations from Budds Creek and I knew then that this is something I wanted to be a part of someday. Words can’t express how proud I am to be a part of this team.”
Andrew Short: “I’m really excited to race in Colorado. We have a great team here with myself, Ryan (Dungey) and Trey (Canard) and I think we have a great chance at going out there and winning. I’ve always dreamed of being a part of Team USA and it’s really special to be selected this season.”
After eight years of professional motocross competition, the 2010 Motocross of Nations will serve as Short’s first chance to compete for his country on a global stage. After finishing second in the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship 450 Class standings, he has been a staple at the front of the field again this year, boasting four podium finishes through nine rounds, each of them in the runner-up spot. Additionally, Short has a moto win to his credit and leads the 450 Class in holeshots with eight. As a Colorado native, Thunder Valley will serve as a home race for the current championship runner-up, making it the perfect site to make his Team USA debut.
“I’m really excited to race in Colorado,” said Short. “We have a great team here with myself, Ryan (Dungey) and Trey (Canard) and I think we have a great chance at going out there and winning. I’ve always dreamed of being a part of Team USA and it’s really special to be selected this season.”
Thunder Valley Motocross Park, located in the city of Lakewood, just a short drive from downtown Denver, is the third U.S. venue to host a Motocross of Nations, joining Unadilla in 1987 and Budds Creek Motocross Park in 2007. The event commences on the weekend of September 25-26, just two weeks following the conclusion of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
For event and ticket information about the 2010 Motocross of Nations from Thunder Valley, log onto www.tvmx.net. Camping, VIP Packages and General Admission tickets are available.
For tickets and fan and racing information on the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, log on to www.allisports.com/motocross.
Courtesy of San Manuel Racing
Sidelined from racing for nearly seven months due to a season ending injury in early 2010, Team San Manuel/Yamaha’s James Stewart spent the past few weeks enduring an aggressive training and testing regimen to prepare to re-enter the world of off-road motorcycle racing this weekend with today’s race in the Motocross Outdoor National Series at Unadilla.
James Stewart: “I’m really disappointed as I was really hoping to ride for Team USA. But I understand they have to make a decision and they haven’t seen me ride in a while. There are a lot of guys who have raced a full season that deserve a chance. I wish Team USA the best for a successful run at the title.”
Though many had hoped to see him return to the Motocross series earlier in the season, Stewart did not get medical clearance to return to riding until just recently, limiting just how many races he’d be able to compete in. Hoping that a successful return to the track would earn him the opportunity to ride for Team USA in late September at Motocross des Nations (Lakewood, CO), Stewart was disappointed but understanding when they decided to finalize and announce Team selection earlier today.
“The past seven months have been very frustrating not being able to race,” said Stewart. “I looked forward to returning to the Motocross National Series and was hopeful that I could earn my place on Team USA for Motocross des Nations. I’m really disappointed as I was really hoping to ride for Team USA. But I understand that they have to make a decision and they haven’t seen me ride in a while. And there are a lot of guys who have raced a full season that deserve a chance. I wish Team USA the best for a successful run at the title.”
Team Manager Larry Brooks had this to say: “I’m disappointed for James. He’s worked so hard to get back to racing the remaining Motocross National Series. And we were led to believe that they would give him a chance to prove himself before any decisions were made. It’s not uncommon for riders to miss races during a season due to injury. And in my opinion, a guy with his level of talent on a motorcycle deserves a chance to earn a spot on the Team.”
Though Stewart’s Team did not compete in the 2009 Motocross National Series, few can forget how he finished the 2008 Season, earning the Championship title with a 24-0 perfect win season, being only the second rider in Motocross history to accomplish this.