After the US boys’ success on home soil, MXoN Team USA returns to Europe as the defending champions.
Erne, to be precise, where it was to host the Motocross of Nations in 2019. However, four years ago, the event was canceled without further ado due to the Covid pandemic. Now the Americans have a chance to claim victory number 5 in France.
Rick Johnson, Ron Lechien and Jeff Ward took their first victory on French soil in 1988 at Villers-Sous-Écot, while the American team won its first MXoN title at the Beilsteiner Vault course in 1981. Victory in Villars-sous-Écot was followed by wins in Saint-Jean-d’Angély (2000), Erneé (2005) and again in 2011 in Saint-Jean-d’Angély.
Nearly 80,000 fans were able to wildly celebrate the victories of Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper at last year’s Red Bud. All three pilots were in a frenzy of victory and celebrated late into the night in 2022. We’ll see if Team USA makes it in front of a French audience live on the weekend of October 7th and 8th.
But now who is in the squad for the 2023 season?
Seth Hummaker, Aaron Plessinger and RJ Hampshire will represent the Stars and Stripes banner at Ernie, according to unconfirmed reports. The entry deadline for MXoN France teams is this week, so expect confirmation within the next few days.
Many fans certainly expected Chase Sexton or 250cc rookie Hayden Deegan to pilot the American team. In the case of Chase Sexton, the rebrand may have prevented him from racing at the roller coaster located 300km southwest of Paris. Deegan recently made it clear that he will not be available for the most important motocross race of the 2023 season.
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