Team USA only ran the Trophee des Nations in 1975, but it would prove to be a breakthrough day. Racing in the hills of Maggiora, Italy, Pomeroy won the opening moto on his Bultaco, marking the first time an American had won a moto at this prestigious event. Pomeroy backed it up with another sixth in moto two, helping the team to an excellent third-place overall finish.
Jeff Emig: 1992-'97
Perhaps no American rider has experienced the emotional highs and lows of the Motocross of Nations more than Jeff Emig. First tapped to join the team in 1992, Emig and fellow members Mike LaRocco (250) and Billy Liles (500) were dubbed the "B Team," as America’s top stars had decided to skip the event. Racing in the deep sand of Manjimup, Australia, the Yamaha YZ125-mounted Emig beat Belgium's Stefan Everts and Dutch rider Remy Van Rees to win his class and help Team USA win for the twelfth straight time. "When they raised the flag and gave us the trophy and played the national anthem, for the first time in my life, I knew what it meant to be an American and have pride in my country," Emig said.
The following year in Schwanenstadt, Austria, Emig notched 2-1 moto scores on his 125 and then watched as Mike Kiedrowski’s late-race charge in the third moto won the event for Team USA. Then came Roggenburg, Switzerland, in 1994. That's where Team USA—Emig, Kiedrowski, and LaRocco–finally lost. Emig was beaten in both 125cc motos by Great Britain's Paul Malin, who put in one of the event's all-time great performances. "I took so much pride in the MXoN that when we lost it, I was devastated," Emig recalled. "It was such a heavy moment that I cried."
Jeff Emig at the 1992 MXdN.
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