Team USA look forward to defending the title of Motocross of Nations winner with their eighteenth strike. The American squad will enjoy the full support of their home crowd, who will give an extra motivation to Ricky Carmichael, at his last participation in the event, Ryan Villopoto, who debuted last year, and Tim Ferry. A similar situation to Carmichael’s one happened last year, when Stefan Everts raced his last Motocross of Nations; the Belgian won all his heats, but his team eventually finished second on the podium.
Great Britain is the second winningest country after USA, with a total of 16 wins at the Motocross of Nations, and has a strong team at the gate this year. Billy Mackenzie, Tommy Searle and James Noble will battle it out for the Chamberlain Trophy, exploiting all the potential of Mackenzie and Searle’s factory bikes and Noble’s experience.
Among the total of 35 teams participating in the event, there are a few taking part in the event for the first time, such as Iceland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Ecuador.
BUDDS CREEK AND MARYLAND
Budds Creek Motocross Park is one of the best tracks in Maryland, actually the home track of the Mid Atlantic Motocross Association. It is located in the forest of Southern Maryland , and has played host to two US Grand Prix’s in the past; Budds is currently a regular venue in the AMA National calendar, but the track has changed a lot compared to what it used to be. For the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations the circuit will be 1500 metre long, with a loamy soil; the soil used to be hard pack, but 50 trucks of woodchips and other material have been added to make the ground softer. The layout is basically the same, but several obstacles have been added, making the course more challenging.
THE EVENT’S SCHEDULE
Saturday September 22: Free Practice MX1 at 10:00 am; Free practice MX2 at 11:00 am; Free Practice Open at 12:00 am; Qualifying Heat MX1 at 2:30 pm; Qualifying Heat MX2 at 3:30 pm; Qualifying Heat Open at 4:30 pm
Sunday September 23: Warm-up B-Final at 8:40 am; Warm-up MXoN Group 1 at 9:10 am; Warm-up MXoN Group 2 at 9:40 am; B-Final at 11:00 am; MXoN Race 1 at 1:00 pm; MXoN Race 2 at 2:40 pm; MXoN Race 3 at 4:20 pm
The Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations will be:
Broadcast live on Sunday September 23:
EUROSPORT 2 : Race 1 MX1+MX2 at 19:00; Race 2 MX2+Open at 20:30 CET
AB Moteurs : Race 1 MX1+MX2 at 19:00; Race 2 MX2+Open at 20:30; Race 3 MX1+Open at 22:00 CET
Sport Italia : Race 1 MX1+MX2 at 19:00; Race 2 MX2+Open at 20:30; Race 3 MX1+Open at 22:00 CET
VRT : Race 3 MX1+Open at 22:00 CET
GALAXIE SPORT : Race 2 MX2+Open at 20:30 CET
ART TV: Race 3 MX1+Open at 22:00 CET
ETV ESTONIA : Race 3 MX1+Open at 22:00 CET
EUROSPORT WORLD: Race 1 MX1+MX2 at 17:00; Race 2 MX2+Open at 18:30 GMT
MEDIAZONE: Race 1 MX1+MX2 at 19:00; Race 2 MX2+Open at 20:30; Race 3 MX1+Open at 22:00 CET
AMERICA ONE : (slightly delayed) Race 1 MX1+MX2 at 20:00; Race 2 MX2+Open at 21:00; Race 3 MX1+Open at 22:00 USA East Coast Time
Broadcast delayed on:
EUROSPORT 2: Sunday September 23, Race 3 MX1+Open at 23:45 CET
VRT: Sunday September 23, summary of Race 1 MX1+MX2 and Race 2 MX2+Open at 23:00 CET
EUROSPORT WORLD: Sunday September 23, Race 3 MX1+Open at 23:45; Monday September 24, Race 1 MX1+MX2 at 12:00, Race 2 MX2+Open at 12:30, Race 3 MX1+Open at 13:00; Tuesday September 25, Race 3 MX1+Open at 16:30 GMT
AMERICA ONE: Tuesday September 25, Race 1 MX1+MX2 at 21:00, Race 2 MX2+Open at 22:00, Race 3 MX1+Open at 23:00 USA East Coast Time
GAORA: Race 1 MX1+MX2, Race 2 MX2+Open, Race 3 MX1+Open, N/A (check http://www.gaora.co.jp)