American Motorcyclist Association congratulates Team USA on Motocross of Nations championship PICKERINGTON, Ohio--The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) congratulates the racers and crew of Team USA who once again claimed the coveted ...
American Motorcyclist Association congratulates Team USA on Motocross of Nations championship
PICKERINGTON, Ohio--The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) congratulates the racers and crew of Team USA who once again claimed the coveted Chamberlain Trophy at the 2008 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN), held Sept. 27-28, in Donington Park, Great Britain. This was Team USA's fourth consecutive championship at the annual event and 19th overall, which leads the all-time win list.
"The Motocross of Nations has crowned the world's best motocross racers for 62 years, and more than any other, Team USA has stood on top of the box," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "Thanks to the immense talent of our riders, and the hard work and dedication of our crew, America has been able to add our name once more to the Chamberlain Trophy."
This year, Team USA fielded a trio of Kawasaki riders, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Tim Ferry. Each was a standout in his respective class.
In individual performances, which are combined to determine team standings, Villopoto and Ferry won their classes. Villopoto won the MX2 class, which features mostly 250cc four-stroke machinery, and Ferry won the Open class. In the MX1 class, which features 450cc bikes, Stewart won the first moto easily, but a crash in the second pushed him outside the top five in overall standings.
For the second year in a row, runner-up in team standings went to France, which was led by overall winner Sebastien Pourcel. Third in team results went to Belgium.
"As one of the longest-running motorcycle competitions in the world, the MXoN is a great honor to win, and the AMA is proud that Team USA continues its strong performance in this annual event," Dingman said. "Still, we're already looking forward to next year's competition in Franciacorta, Italy, where Team USA will have an opportunity to do it again."