Brown And Windham To Replace Pastrana And Hughes On Chevy Trucks Team USA 2001 Motocross Des Nations Squad PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Mike Brown and Kevin Windham have answered the call of Team USA to ride in the 2001 Motocross des Nations...
Brown And Windham To Replace Pastrana And Hughes On Chevy Trucks Team USA 2001 Motocross Des Nations Squad
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Mike Brown and Kevin Windham have answered the call of Team USA to ride in the 2001 Motocross des Nations competition to be held in Namur, Belgium on September 29-30. Brown and Windham will step in as late replacements for Travis Pastrana and Ryan Hughes, who have both suffered injury-plagued seasons in this year's AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships. This year's U.S. lineup now consists of Brown, Windham and Ricky Carmichael. The team will represent the United States in the annual "Olympics of Motocross."
"It was an incredibly unselfish decision by both Ryan and Travis to put the team ahead of themselves in this situation," said Duke Finch, AMA Pro Racing's motocross manager, who with Roger DeCoster, co-captain Chevy Trucks Team USA. "It's also a tribute to Mike and Kevin to answer the call when Roger and I asked them to join the team. Either lineup would have been capable of winning, but we agreed with Ryan and Travis that in the long run it was best for them to both take the time to properly recuperate from the injuries they've suffered this summer. We're fortunate to have the depth of talent in this country to be able to bring in such high-quality substitutes."
Pastrana and Hughes, both members of last year's winning U.S. Motocross des Nations team, have each endured concussions late in the 2001 AMA Motocross campaign.
Team USA should not skip a beat with the addition of Brown and Windham. Brown, 28, of Piney Flats, Tenn., is a veteran of European motocross having competed as a top rider in the World Motocross Championships during the late-1990s. This year Brown, riding for Pro Circuit Kawasaki, has been battling to win the AMA 125 Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships. He's led the series several times this year and is currently second to Grant Langston, just three points back with two rounds remaining. This will mark the first time that Brown has represented the U.S. in the Motocross des Nations.
Windham, 23, and a native of Baton Rouge, La., will be riding on the team for the second time. He was a member of the 1999 squad that represented the U.S. in Brazil. Windham, a member of Team Suzuki, is currently the second-ranked rider in the AMA 250 Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships to Carmichael.
Carmichael, 21, of Havana, Fla., will head the squad as the defending AMA 250 Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross and AMA EA Sports Supercross champion. Carmichael is on track in this year's 250 class to win his sixth AMA national championship.
Team USA will be striving to win the Motocross des Nations for the 16th time since entering the prestigious international competition in 1972. That would match the record held by Great Britain for the most number of Motocross des Nations victories.
In 1947, the FIM created the Motocross des Nations, an annual event to determine the World Team Motocross Champions.
Be sure to tune in to amaproracing.com now and during the September 29-30 weekend of the Motocross des Naitons for news, photos and results of Team USA's efforts from the prestigious event.