For the 22nd time in history and for the seventh consecutive year, the U.S. team has proven itself the best in the world at the FIM Motocross of Nations. Thanks to an impressive final moto, where U.S. riders finished first and second, Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto and Blake Baggett stood victorious at the 2011 FIM Motocross of Nations at Saint Jean D’Angely, France, on Sept. 18.
“Once more the U.S. team has demonstrated that America is a motocross nation,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “The AMA congratulates riders Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto and Blake Baggett, and team manager Roger DeCoster, for another outstanding performance against the world’s best.
“In addition, we want to extend our gratitude to the mechanics, support crew and others who made this victory possible,” Dingman added. “Also, sponsors such as Feld Motor Sports, which promotes the Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship, Fox Racing, Alpinestars and the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center were integral to our success. We also must recognize the contributions of MX Sports Pro Racing, which promotes the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, as well as the riders’ teams — Monster Energy Kawasaki, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki and Rockstar Makita Suzuki — for providing the additional support necessary for this event.”
The Motocross of Nations features three-rider teams on a range of motocross machinery. In the 2010 event, Dungey raced the MX1 class, which features 450cc four-stroke machinery. Baggett competed in the MX2 class, which features 250cc four-stroke motorcycles. Villopoto raced the Open class.
The Motocross of Nations is one of the most prestigious motocross races in the world. It features teams competing by nationality for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning team. The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time. The United States is the all-time leader in Motocross of Nations overall victories with 22. Great Britain is second with 16.