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AMA Pro Racing names Carmichael, Ferry and Larocco to 2002 U.S. Motocross des Nations Team. PICKERINGTON, Ohio-- The trio of Ricky Carmichael, Tim Ferry and Mike LaRocco will represent America in the 2002 Motocross des Nations, which will be ...

AMA Pro Racing names Carmichael, Ferry and Larocco to 2002 U.S. Motocross des Nations Team.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio-- The trio of Ricky Carmichael, Tim Ferry and Mike LaRocco will represent America in the 2002 Motocross des Nations, which will be hosted by the United States this year on Sept. 28 and 29, at Competition Park located in the Soboba Indian Reservation near San Jacinto, Calif. In addition, Team USA, captained again by Motocross Hall of Famer Roger DeCoster, returns to the prestigious international event after withdrawing from the competition last September due the terrorists attacks on America. The U.S. won the competition when it last competed in 2000.

"We are proud to announce Chevy Trucks Team USA and its return to the Motocross des Nations," said AMA Pro Racing Motocross Manager Duke Finch. "It's always a difficult process to select a team, but we feel that Team USA will be well represented with this year's members."

Carmichael is a seven-time national champion in both AMA Motocross and Supercross. The 22-year-old Honda factory rider from Havana, Fla., was named the AMA/Speed Channel Pro Athlete of the Year in 2001. This will be the fifth time Carmichael has been named to Team USA. He was the lead rider of the team that won in St. Jean d' Angely, France in September of 2000.

LaRocco, 31, of South Bend, Ind., is a 15-year racing veteran and two-time AMA Motocross Champion. The Hoosier native has been a member of three Motocross des Nations teams, including the victorious 1992 squad. LaRocco rides for Factory Connection Honda.

This will mark the debut to Team USA for Ferry. The 27-year-old from Largo, Fla., is a 12-year veteran of the pro tour and is experiencing his best season to date in AMA Motocross. Ferry is currently ranked second to Carmichael in the 250 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship. He has been a top-10 ranked national motocross rider for a decade. Ferry is a member of the Yamaha factory racing team.

"This is a team with a lot of experience," said captain Roger DeCoster, a winner of six Motocross des Nations with Belgium. "As always there will be a number of countries with great teams, but I feel with the maturity level of this year's team that we certainly will be one of the frontrunners. Carmichael and LaRocco know what it takes to win the Motocross des Nations and Ferry will be a great addition to the team."

The Motocross des Nations is an Olympic-like international competition. Riders from all over the world will represent their countries at this historic event, which began in 1947. The U.S. started regularly competing in the competition in 1972 and has since won 15 times. France is the defending champion. This year will mark only the second time that the United States has hosted the Motocross des Nations. It last did so in 1987 in New Berlin, New York.

For immediate post-race results, points, live transponder scoring, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto USMotocross.com, the official website of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship.

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Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Mike LaRocco