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Powersports riders Motocross des Nations qualifying notes

GEICO Powersports riders showing the way at Motocross des Nations DENVER (Sept. 25) -- GEICO Powersports superstar riders Trey Canard and Brett Metcalfe finished qualifying for the prestigious FIM Motocross des Nations in first and second...

GEICO Powersports riders showing the way at Motocross des Nations

DENVER (Sept. 25) -- GEICO Powersports superstar riders Trey Canard and Brett Metcalfe finished qualifying for the prestigious FIM Motocross des Nations in first and second place, respectively.

Canard, the newly-crowned AMA Motocross champion, led the way in MX2 (250cc class), scoring crucial points for Team USA, while Metcalfe posted a strong second-place result in MX1 (450cc) to help Team Australia secure a position in Sunday's main events.

The Motocross des Nations features three riders from each of the top 30 countries in the world, with each nation contesting the MX1, MX2, and MX3 categories. Canard is riding alongside reigning Supercross and Motocross champion Ryan Dungey (MX1) and Andrew Short, who is running MX3 (open class) at this event. Metcalfe is teamed with Jay Marmont (MX3), and Dean Ferris, who is riding a GEICO Powersports-branded Honda in the MX2 class.

"It's a special thing riding for your country, especially with this year's race here in America," said Canard, a huge crowd favorite. "You can hear the fans and feel the energy. Usually you go to races and the fans are there to cheer for several different riders but here just about everyone is rooting for Team USA. It's a pretty cool feeling."

"This is the only race where you're riding for your country as a team," Metcalfe added. "Itâ^a^Ùs a real honor to ride with the Aussie flag on the bike. It means a lot, especially with all the Aussie fans here. The team is sitting good through the first day and we're hoping for big results tomorrow."

Under the MX des Nations format, the top 20 teams from Saturday's qualifying action have advanced to Sunday's various motos. Teams earned points based on the finishing positions of all three riders.

Canard (first place, one point), Short (first place, one point), and Dungey (fourth place, four points) totaled six points, which was good enough to put Team USA in first place overall. Metcalfe (second place, two points), Ferris (ninth place, nine points), and Marmont (10th place, 10 points) claimed seventh place for Team Australia.

"This is my first time racing with a lot of these guys and it's neat," Canard said. "They each have their own style of riding and it's interesting to watch. I'm having a blast.

"Team events are wild. You always want to do what's best for the team and at the same time you have to ride to your full potential or else it can be dangerous. It's a different kind of event in ways but in the end it's just dirt bike racing."

Racing at altitude also presents a challenge for the riders, no matter where they're from in the world.

"There's a lot of hard riding going on and this is a long, tough weekend that's physically demanding," Metcalfe said. "The lack of air up here can really get you if you're not semi mellow so I wanted to pace myself today and take it a little easy.

"Now that today's over I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I know the intensity is going to be really high and it'll be important to remain calm."

Sunday's motos begin at 1 p.m. MT.

-source: powersports honda

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Series AMA
Drivers Ryan Dungey , Trey Canard , Andrew Short