TEAM USA WINS MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS WITH VP'S M8-1 RACE FUEL
FRANCIACORTA, ITALY (October 4, 2009) VENI, VIDI, VICI - Team USA came and conquered the prestigious Motocross of Nations Sunday, taking home its fifth consecutive victory in what is considered to be the blue ribbon event in the racing calendar. Powered by VP’s M8-1 racing fuel, Jake Weimer, Ivan Tedesco and Ryan Dungey successfully defended Team USA's honor in what is often called the Olympics of Motocross. The trio, two of whom were racing motocross outside the U.S. for the first time, survived three different motos under hot sunshine at Franciacorta, Italy to give the U.S. its 20th victory in the competition.
A crowd of 90,000 spectators further confirmed the Nations' status as the crown jewel of motocross and the lively cosmopolitan atmosphere further embedded the event as a unique opportunity for the three best riders selected for the 36 countries entering the team contest. The impressive circuit constructed at Franciacorta provided a litter of technical sections and a variety of different soil textures that overall meant a rough test for the 20 nations qualifying for the three motos on Sunday.
It was a day of three tales. The first moto was vintage Nations. The two champions, World and AMA, went head- to-head as Tony Cairoli (Yamaha Red Bull De Carli) and Chad Reed (Makita Suzuki) enacted a close race-long duel that thrilled the burgeoning contents of the circuit. Dungey was a lonely third while Jake Weimer was the second-best MX2 rider in 7th.
In the second affair Gautier Paulin escaped to win his maiden outing on a 450 (Bud Kawasaki) to put France on a level pegging with the USA for points. MX2 World Champion Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) was again the main 250cc protagonist but the real attention was grabbed by 2008 MX1 World Champion David Philippaerts. The Italian, blood bubbling with the adrenaline charge of avid public support, hunted down a nine second gap to Tedesco in second place and demoted the Italian with three corners to go thanks to a final lap two and a half seconds quicker than anyone else. Needless to say the roof was excised once more as he crossed the line. Jake Weimer crashed but re-entered the race for points and made 25th. Australia's Michael Byrne had a huge midair collision with Italy's Davide Guarneri that took both riders out of action.
The final sprint produced drama at the start with Cairoli down and out after a spectacular multi-rider spiral down the start straight. Reed, Paulin and Clement Desalle (LS Motors Honda) were also first-lap victims. As a result France and Italy were effectively eliminated from the chase for the win. Cairoli had a sore neck but was okay, while Paulin went to hospital with a suspected broken nose and a painful chest. Dungey was free to clinch his first win on the 450 from Belgium's Steve Ramon (Teka Suzuki WMX1), while Philippaerts' maintained the interest of the fans with another charge to third.
"I knew we would have to be consistent," said MX1-class winner Dungey. "This definitely ranks near the top for me. It has been a dream to come over here and a real experience to be a part of this, nevermind actually winning it. A lot of people told me what it would be like but when you arrive you can't help but be amazed. We had a good time and full credit to Jake and Ivan; I had a break between the motos but they went back-to-back and that takes a lot of heart and dedication. I am glad we could work together and pull this one off."
"A lot of people were pretty bummed back home because we were sending the B-team; well the B-team just won!" advocated Weimer.
"It is tough doing the back-to-back motos, but I have some experience in that, still you always forget just how quick that turnaround is! I was tired going into that second moto," confessed Tedesco. "Some other guys had bad luck, but it doesn't matter how we won it. I am three for three at the Nations. There is nothing like the Nations crowd and I love coming over here. They love racing and go crazy. I love this race and winning make it feel even better."
The 2010 Motocross of Nations will take place at Thunder Valley in Colorado.