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2009 Motocross of Nations Friday

Friday, October 2, 2009
Roger DeCoster  r  introduces Team USA-Ryan Dungey  Jake Wiemer  and Ivan Tedesco.
Roger DeCoster introduces Team USA: Ryan Dungey, Jake Wiemer, and Ivan Tedesco.
The 63rd running of the Red Bull Motocross of Nations kicked off today with a long press conference and some fun with high-tech karts, which just happened to be downstairs from the press room at the Franciacorta circuit in northern Italy.

The MXoN hasn’t been held in Italy since 1986, when Team USA (Ricky Johnson, David Bailey, and Johnny O’Mara) won with a performance that is still one of the greatest in the event’s long history. Ricky Johnson was at the press conference to talk about that day and give props to the event’s young rookie promoter, Giuseppe Luongo, who happens to now be the president of Youthstream, the organizer of this weekend’s race.

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This year’s Team USA is Ivan Tedesco (his third MXoN), Ryan Dungey and Jake Wiemer. Tedesco is in the MX3 class, Dungey MX1, and Wiemer MX2. Tedesco said this race is more pressure than even Anaheim 1, and he never realized what it would be like until he did one, his first was in 2005 at Ernee, France.

The buzz in the pits is this can be any team’s race. The US team doesn’t include Ricky Carmichael, who is retired, and James Stewart reportedly declined, and he doesn’t do the US motocross nationals anyway and said those guys should get the chance. Strong teams besides the US include Australia, Italy and France. One thing about the Motocross of Nations is the unexpected: the pressure is high, the scoring is combined and there are a lot of surprises.
Team Australias Chad Reed is all about confidence this weekend. His was throwing down in Fridays press conference when he called out James Stewart for not representing Team USA.
Team Australia's Chad Reed is all about confidence this weekend. His was throwing down in Friday's press conference when he called out James Stewart for not representing Team USA.

The Franciacorta track is built just for this race at a major race facility. This reflects Youthstream’s goal to run more events where there is structure and facilities. The track is huge, wide, and the jumps are large scale. Youthstream’s word for it is “modern motocross.”

Hopefully the karting is not a good predictor of the weekend for Team USA. One rider and one journalist per nation ran qualifiers and the top six ran a combined main. USA (Tedesco and Transworld’s Brendan Lutes) didn’t make the main. (Hey, Australia didn’t either!) Team Germany won the best combined score, but the star was Italy’s Tony Cairoli, who just checked out.

Pit Buzz

Mike Alessi will be on hand this weekend. He's racing for KTM next year on their new 350. He is skipping US supercross and is rumored to be doing Chad Reed's Australian supercross series, and possibly all the GPs in 2010.
Motocross Rider Bios
Jake Weimer Bio
Jake Weimer was one of the more underrated 250 riders before nailing down the West Coast SX Championship in 2010. For 2012, he'll aim to recover from a difficult season plagued by injury.
Kyle Regal Bio
Based out of Kemp, Texas, Kyle Regal is a former rookie who skipped the Loretta Lynn’s amateur nationals in favor of turning pro during the 2009 season.
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ED WILLS -RACE OF THE NATIONS FOR THE USA  November 4, 2009 06:10 PM
RACE OF THE NATIONS SHOULD GET AS MUCH COVERAGE AS NASCAR IT SHOULD BE A WORLD WIDE EVENT THAT ALL CAN ENJOY SUCH AS THE OLYMPICS,PGA TOUR, GOLF TOUR,ECT...INDIVIDUAL SPORT SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED JUST AS WELL AS ALL OTHER ATHELITIC SPORTS.
RJ -is the race going to air on us t.v.  October 9, 2009 06:14 AM
i was hoping to watch race on tv if it is on. (to timbuck these are our best at least wiemer and dungey both champions and tedesco is also a champion back in the day) i cant believe they beat autralia.AWSOME!!!
JC -RE: Tim Buck  October 4, 2009 12:02 AM
Check out the preview and the blog link inside. This definitely isn't the top US offering, but solid nonetheless.
Tim Buck -Rge USA Team  October 3, 2009 11:38 AM
Been out of it a while but this doesn't seem like the fastest team. Where's Bubba? Are these our premier riders? No disrespect intended, just wondering!