Team Belgium took top honors in the 67th Motocross of Nations, held this year at Germany’s Teutschenthal circuit. The Belgian riders, Ken de Dyker, Clemet Desalle and Jeremy Van Horebeek, claimed the gold ahead of Team USA. The Italian team claimed third thanks to the most dominating performer of the event, Tony Cairoli, who claimed both the Race 1 and Race 3 moto wins.
Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac led the Team USA charge, looking to build on America’s record 22 MXoN victories. But the opening race, featuring the MX1 and MX2 classes, saw Eli Tomac crash and battle back for a 16th-place finish, while Dungey tallied a sixth-place result. The Belgians were third overall, thanks to seventh and eighth from Van Horebeek and De Dyker, with Team USA sixth. Germany and Italy led the way thanks to Cairoli’s victory and Ken Roczen, who piloted a second-place finish in front of his home crowd.
Race 2 saw Roczen take the win, with MX1 competitor Cairoli out of the running in the MX2/Open contest. The second race proved the best result for Team USA, with Eli Tomac rebounding from his Race 1 crash to finish second in a close battle with Roczen. USA’s Open-class racer, Barcia, tallied a solid fourth – one position behind Belgium’s Desalle.
Familiar foes... Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac battle at the top competitors in the MX2 ranks. The German rider got the better of his American counterpart in both Race 1 and 2.
The final race, featuring the MX1 and Open classes, had the Belgians up three points on the Americans. The door appeared open when Desalle suffered a dislocated shoulder in a first-turn incident that affected several riders, including Barcia. That put the pressure on De Dycker, who delivered with a second-place finish. Desalle’s DNF was tossed as each team gets to discard one of the six motos for its final results. De Dycker’s second-place finish behind Race 3 winner, Italy’s Tony Cairoli, was enough for the victory – as the top finishing American in the third race was Dungey, who finished seventh. Barcia rebounded from his early crash to finish 11th.
The 2013 MX of Nations victory is the 15th for Belgium and the first since 2004. The Americans improved from the third-place result in last year’s contest, but were unable to regain the gold – with Team USA claiming seven consecutive MXoN wins from 2005 through 2011.
"Second place is pretty respectable but for us it was important to win,” said Dungey. “Eli and Justin rode awesome today and I gave it all I had even though I wasn't riding to the level I'm capable of. It was a very tough track for us. The European tracks are a little different to what we are used to."
De Dycker, a fellow KTM rider, admitted the difficult track conditions en route to his team’s victory."For sure it’s nice to win the MXoN but it was a tough track. It was very hard and I made a few mistakes and had to be careful with choosing the lines."
MX1 racer Tony Cairoli swept both his motos, vaulting the Italian's up to the third step on the 2013 MXoN rostrum.
Ken de Dyker rode a steady second-place finish in the final race - securing Belgium's overall victory.
Clement Desalle went down in the final race, suffering a dislocated shoulder, but the Belgians held on for the win.
The most impressive performance of the weekend came from Italy’s Cairoli, who bested Roczen and De Dyker to claim both his moto wins and vault the Italians onto the MXoN rostrum, saying: “It was our goal to finish on the podium but there are so many good teams. My dream was to finish on the podium and this is the first time in the eight years I have been riding for Italy that we made it. It was like a victory for us. My own goal was to win both my races and the MX1 class and I managed that.”
Motocross of Nations Race 1 Results (MX1/MX2):
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 33:57.542
2. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +0:07.835
3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:10.138
4. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +0:15.414
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:16.256
6. Ryan Dungey (USA, KTM), +0:17.025
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:18.162
8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:41.274
9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:44.811
10. Brett Metcalfe (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:45.282
16. Eli Tomac (USA, Honda)
Motocross of Nations Race 2 Results (MX2/Open):
1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 33:32.919
2. Eli Tomac (USA, Honda), +0:00.553
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:49.027
4. Justin Barcia (USA, Honda), +0:56.969
5. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +1:04.788
6. Tanel Leok (EST, TM), +1:11.126
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:14.496
8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +1:16.624
9. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:22.783
10. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +1:27.909
Motocross of Nations Race 3 Results (MX1/Open):
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:41.993
2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:02.849
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:03.145
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:04.609
5. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:10.483
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:12.498
7. Ryan Dungey (USA, KTM), +0:23.690
8. Brett Metcalfe (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:39.261
9. Marc de Reuver (NED, KTM), +0:42.055
10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), +0:43.430
11. Justin Barcia (USA, Honda)
Motocross of Nations Nation Results:
1. Belgium: Ken de Dycker MX1 (8-2), Jeremy van Horebeek, MX2 (7-7), Clement Desalle – Open (3)
2. USA: Ryan Dungey, MX1 (6-7), Eli Tomac MX2 (2), Justin Barcia Open (4-11)
3. Italy: Tony Cairoli, MX1 (1-1); Alessandro Lupino MX2 (8-13); David Philippaerts, Open (8)
4. Australia: Brett Metcalfe, MX1 (8-10); Dean Ferris, MX2 (4-5); Todd Waters, Open (13)
5. France: Gautier Paulin, MX1 (5-6); Jordi Tixier, MX2 (12-12); Christophe Charlier, Open (9)