Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson is perhaps the only surprise addition to Team USA’s Motocross of Nations team that was officially announced at the weekend.
With Eli Tomac making himself unavailable, Jeremy Martin recently injured and Ryan Dungey still on the injured list, it forced the AMA to look elsewhere in a bid to win back the Chamberlain Trophy this September.
Through the country with the most wins in the history of the MXoN – with an astounding 22 victories – Team USA has not won since the event was held in France in 2011.
The team this year will be Cooper Webb (Yamaha), who will be the team captain in the MX1 class. Anderson (pictured above) will make his MXoN debut and will be racing the Open class and Alex Martin, the Yamaha rider also an MXoN first-timer for the USA, will be the 250cc class rider.
Webb was a key factor in Team USA finishing second overall in France last season.
Martin has raced in the MXoN before, but for Team Puerto Rico, and this will be his first time racing for Team USA.
During the years since 1981, Team USA won the MXoN 13 years in a row, from 1981 until 1993 inclusive, before winning twice more, in Spain in 1996 and in France in 2000, and then compiled another win-streak, this time seven years straight, from 2005 until 2011 inclusive, but for the past four years the Americans have been shut out by the Europeans.
The team manager this year will again be Belgian former world champion Roger DeCoster. The event takes places in Maggiora, Italy, on September 24-25.
Photo courtesy Husqvarna
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