AMA CONGRATULATES TEAM USA FOR VICTORY IN MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) extends its congratulations to Team USA for winning the 2005 Motocross of Nations, held yesterday in ErnÃ©e, ...
AMA CONGRATULATES TEAM USA FOR VICTORY IN MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) extends its congratulations to Team USA for winning the 2005 Motocross of Nations, held yesterday in Ernée, France.
Team USA, made up of AMA athletes Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham, and Ivan Tedesco, and led by team manager Roger DeCoster, defeated a strong international field to take the winner's trophy for the 16th time, and for the first time since 2000.
The French team of David Vuillemin, Sebastien Tortelli, and Mickael Pichon finished second overall; Team Belgium's Stefan Everts, Kevin Strijbos, and Steve Ramón finished third.
"On behalf of the AMA and all American motocross and Supercross fans, I congratulate Team USA for bringing the Motocross of Nations trophy back to the U.S.," said Robert Rasor, AMA President. "The riders' performance, supported by industry partners and countless enthusiasts, is a great source of pride and continues our winning tradition."
Often called "The Olympics of Motorcycling," the Motocross of Nations features three-man teams from around the world competing in three races, or motos. The U.S. last sent a team in 2003, finishing second to Belgium. From 1981 to 1993, Team USA was undefeated in the Motocross of Nations, winning 13 straight times.
Team USA's Carmichael, who won two motos at the 2005 Motocross of Nations, is a nine-time AMA Motocross champion, three-time AMA Supercross champion, and three-time AMA Pro Racing Athlete of the Year. Windham, a five-time AMA Supercross winner in 2004, finished second to Carmichael in the 2005 AMA Motocross Championship. Tedesco is the reigning AMA 125cc Motocross Champion, as well as the two-time and reigning AMA 125cc West Region Supercross champion. Team USA manager DeCoster is a five-time world motocross champion and four-time Trans-AMA Motocross champion.
Before achieving success in AMA Pro Racing competition, all three members of Team USA raced in AMA Sports amateur motocross events; Carmichael won nine national titles and Windham won eight. The AMA is the world's largest motorsports-sanctioning body, with AMA Pro Racing and AMA Sports sanctioning more than 4,000 events annually.
Team USA's victory in the 2005 Motocross of Nations received unprecedented support from the motorcycle industry. In addition to title sponsorship from the AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's, major contributors to the team effort include Factory Connection, Pro Circuit Products, American Suzuki Motor Corporation, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc.