Eight Thor riders descended upon the 2011 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in St. Jean d’Angely, France all looking to etch their names to the Chamberlin Trophy. When the racing and rain would subside on Sunday, it was Team USA that again logged their names in the history books with their seventh victory in as many years, and the twenty-second overall win in Team USA Motocross of Nations history.
Leading the way for the United States Team was Monster Energy Kawasaki and Thor rider, Ryan Villopoto. Villopoto went 3-1 (MX2-Open & MX1-Open) on Sunday which was the leading performance most expected out of the 2011 Supercross and Motocross national champion. Villopoto combined with Ryan Dungey (3-2 in MX1-MX2 and MX1-Open, respectively) and Blake Baggett (17-17 in MX1-MX2 and MX2-Open, respectively) to log a final point total of 29, that was more than enough to hold off the hard charging French (Second overall) and Australian (Third overall) Teams.
Leading Team France to a very solid second place finish was, Gautier Paulin. Paulin finished 1-3 (MX2-Open and MX1-Open, respectively). Paulin put on an impressive performance in the MX2-Open moto where he battled the rainy elements on his way to the moto win.
There were more than a couple other bright spots for Thor riders over the weekend. Tommy Searle finished in the top five in both motos, going 4-4 (MX1-MX2 and MX1-Open, respectively) and leading the Great Britain Team to an impressive fourth-place finish.
Tyla Rattray (5-3) and Brett Metcalfe (7-10) also performed well over the weekend. Metcalfe represented Team Australia in the Open Class combining with teammates Chad Reed and Matt Moss for a solid third-place overall result. Rattray also spearheaded another impressive performance, leading the South African team to a respectable sixth-place overall finish.
Below you can see how your favorite Thor rider fared at the 2011 FIM Motocross of Nations, and also check out the final standings.
Ryan Villopoto: 3-1 (MX2-Open & MX1-Open)
Blake Baggett: 17-17 (MX1-MX2 & MX2-Open)
Gautier Paulin: 1-8 (MX2-Open & MX1-MX2)
Tommy Searle: 4-4 (MX1-MX2 & MX1-Open)
Dean Wilson: 9-27 (MX1-MX2 & MX2-Open)
Tyla Rattray: 5-3 (MX1-MX2 & MX1-Open)
Brett Metcalfe: 7-10 (MX2-Open & MX1-Open)
Christophe Pourcel: 11-35 (MX1-MX2 & MX1-Open)
1. USA (26 points)
2. France (39)
3. Australia (44)
4. Great Britain (46)
5. Belgium (54)
6. South Africa (56)
7. Germany (68)
8. Spain (68)
9. Netherlands (81)
10. Estonia (86)
11. Portugal (98)
12. Switzerland (108)
13. Japan (115)
14. Czech Republic (117)
15. Russia (123)
16. Italy (125)
17. Finland (130)
18. Denmark (132)
19. Ireland (136)
20. Austria (143)