Ryan Dungey will make his first MXoN appearance and step up to the premier MX1 division.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the members of AMA Team USA for the 2009 Motocross of Nations. Ivan Tedesco, Ryan Dungey and Jake Weimer will race for American pride as AMA Team USA goes for its 20th Motocross of Nations victory at the Autodromo Daniel Bonara in Franciacorta, Italy, this Oct. 4-5.
"We're thrilled with the talent on AMA Team USA this year," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "Sharp and ready thanks to a summer of doing battle in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships, these riders are performing at the peak of their abilities, and we're honored that they have agreed to represent the United States and the AMA at this prestigious event."
Said AMA Team USA Manager Roger DeCoster: "We feel confident that we have the right three riders for Team USA. This is one of those years when it's not easy to pick the team. At the start, it seemed pretty obvious, but then came injuries. We spent a lot of time talking among the AMA, with Davey Coombs of MX Sports, and even Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart weighed in on the final choice. With the support we have in place, we feel these three riders can do the job."
Dungey will race the MX1 class, which features 450cc four-stroke machinery. Weimer will compete in the MX2 class, which features 250cc four-stroke motorcycles. Tedesco will race the MX3 class, the open class.
Ivan Tedesco, who races for Honda Red Bull Racing, also rode for AMA Team USA when it won the Motocross of Nations in 2005 and 2006. Tedesco is currently fourth in points in the 450 class in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships.
Tedesco is no stranger to MXoN. He raced the MX3 division in 2006 (shown) when the Americans took home the Chamberlain Trophy.
"It's an absolute honor to be chosen to be a part of Team USA to represent America at the 2009 MX of Nations," Tedesco said. "Having the opportunity to represent your country on the world stage and race against some of the best motocross racers from countries right across the globe is something every rider can only ever dream of doing. I couldn't be happier to have this opportunity again in 2009.
"This will be my third time racing for Team USA,'' Tedesco added. "I'm definitely going to draw strength from my previous experiences racing at this international level to help Team USA win."
Ryan Dungey, who races for Rockstar Makita Suzuki, will be competing on AMA Team USA for the first time in his career. Dungey is currently tied for the lead in the 250 class in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships.
Said Dungey: "Getting invited to represent the USA for this year's Motocross of Nations is literally a dream come true. Ever since I was a little guy growing up in Minnesota, I have dreamed of one day representing my country for our team. I think with Ivan and Jake, we'll have a really strong team, and I'm looking forward to making my outdoor debut on an RMZ450. After the outdoor season wraps up, I'll probably head out to California and begin testing with our Rockstar Makita Suzuki team to get things dialed in."
Jake Weimer is another first-timer. His Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250F will compete in the MX2 division.
This also will be the first time on AMA Team USA for Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Jake Weimer. Weimer is coming off a solid AMA Supercross season where he finished second in Supercross Lites West behind Dungey. He is currently fifth in points in the 250 class in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships.
"It's a huge privilege to represent the USA and be a part of the Motocross of Nations," Weimer said. "I'm super excited about this. I've been to Italy to race a Supercross in 2007, so it will be cool to go back and race for Team USA. Growing up and watching the Motocross of Nations and seeing it on video, it's such an honor to be picked. This is definitely something that I think every kid racing would want to be a part of."
The Motocross of Nations is one of the most prestigious motocross races in the world. It features national teams competing 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. The United States is the all-time leader in Motocross of Nations overall victories with 19. Great Britain is second with 16.
The area of Franciacorta is between the city of Brescia, Lake Iseo and the border with the Pianura Padana. Brescia is the closest large city to the track and also boasts some motorsports history, as it played host to the first automobile GP in Italy and the historic Mille Miglia. The last time the Motocross of Nations ran on Italian soil was at Maggiora in 1986.
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While there was a chance that James Stewart might compete as a member of Team USA in the 2009 Motocross des Nations on October 4th, 2009 (Franciacorta, Italy), the final selection was announced and the honor has been given to riders Ryan Dungey (MX1), Jake Weimer (MX2) and Ivan Tedesco (MX3). All three members of the Team have been competing in the Motocross Outdoor National series and hold top ranking positions.
Stewart (center) won't be donning the Red, White and Blue this year, but has no hard feelings.
When asked how he felt about their selection, James Stewart had this to say: “I haven't raced or tested for outdoors in nearly a year and the last time I did, I was riding a different brand of bike. Roger has made an excellent choice. These guys have been racing hard throughout the outdoor season and doing very well. I've said all along that being selected for the Motocross des Nations Team should be earned by those who do well competing in the outdoors series. I would be disappointed if I was racing the MX Outdoor series all along and they picked someone for the Team that didn't. I wouldn't do that to these guys. They've earned this and they've got a great chance at keeping the Trophy here in the USA.”
In the meantime, Stewart is working hard testing and training for a busy Fall race schedule that includes the US Open of Supercross (Las Vegas, NV), Bercy Supercross (Paris, France), Genoa Supercross (Genoa, Italy) and his first appearance in Australia at this Brisbane Super X. For the latest Team San Manuel news and updates on James Stewart, log on to www.sanmanuelracing.com