The respective teams from New Zealand, Australia, Russia, the United States, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Switzerland, Brazil, Czech Republic and Peurto Rico have been named and now it’s just a matter of them getting together – along with the teams from more than a dozen other countries – at Red Bud, in Michigan, on October 6-7, to sort out which is the best motocross country in the world.
Team New Zealand comprises experienced MXoN campaigners Cody Cooper and Rhys Carter, who are both from Mount Maunganui, along with Christchurch’s Dylan Walsh, who will be making his MXoN debut this year.
Team New Zealand finished 17th overall in Italy in 2016, in the top half of the more than 35 countries entered, but missed the cut entirely in England last season when they failed to qualify for the 20-country main event, and they will, quite naturally, want to improve upon that when this year’s “Olympic Games of motocross” takes place.
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Teams so far entered for the 2018 MXoN:
France: Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis, Romain Febvre;
The Netherlands: Jeffrey Herlings, Calvin Vlaanderen, Glenn Coldenhoff;
Belgium: Clement, Desalle, Jago Geerts, Jeremy Van Horebeek;
USA: Eli Tomac, Aaron Plessinger, Justin Barcia;
Switzerland: Valentin Guillod, Jeremy Seewer, Arnaud Tonus;
Australia: Kirk Gibbs, Hunter Lawrence, Mitchell Evans;
New Zealand: Cody Cooper, Dylan Walsh, Rhys Carter;
Canada: Colton Facciotti, Jess Pettis, Kaven Benoit;
Ireland: Graeme Irwin, Martin Barr, Stuart Edmonds;
Puerto Rico: Travis Pastrana, Ryan Sipes, Ronnie Mac;
Germany: Ken Roczen, Henry Jacobi, Max Nagl;
South Africa: Michael Docherty, Bradley Lionett, Caleb Tennant;
Russia: Evgeny Bobryshev, Vsevolod Brylyakov, Evgeny Mikhalov;
Brazil: Gustavo Souza, Enzo Lopes, Fabio Santos;
Czech Republic: Vaclav Kovar, Martin Michek, Martin Krc.