These two men, between them, won every race at last year’s edition of the great race in the United States, but on home ground at Assen, in The Netherlands, they will perhaps be even more formidable.
Joining them will be either Calvin Vlaanderen or Roan van de Moosdijk.
Team manager Patrice Assendelft has chosen a team of four riders, although only three may start at the MXoN on September 28-29.
For Team Spain, Jorge Prado will step up to a 450 machine and the MX2 world champion has been chosen to represent Spain in the premier MXGP class. Although Prado is still only aged 18, it is remarkably his fourth MXdN.
Carlos Campano will again take on the Open class and Iker Larranaga will take on the world’s best in MX2.
Team Spain earned a seventh overall last year and dream of making it onto the podium for the first time this year.
The Danish team to race this year’s MXoN was also named this week.
The “Great Danes” for 2019 will be Stefan Kjer Olsen (MXGP), Bastian Bøgh Damm (Open Class) and Thomas Kjer Olsen (MX2).
© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ
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MXoN 2019 official team lists (so far):
Team France: Gautier Paulin (MXGP), Romain Febvre (Open class), Tom Vialle (MX2).
Team Switzerland: Jeremy Seewer (MXGP), Arnaud Tonus (Open class), Valentin Guillod (MX2).
Team Belgium: Jeremy van Horebeek (MXGP), Kevin Strijbos (Open class), Jago Geerts (MX2).
Team Ireland: Jason Meara (MXGP), Stuart Edmonds (Open class) and Martin Barr (MX2).
Team Great Britain: Max Anstie (MXGP), Shaun Simpson (Open Class) either Adam Sterry or Tommy Searle (MX2).
Team New Zealand: Wyatt Chase (MXGP), Maximus Purvis (Open Class) and Dylan Walsh (MX2).
Team Netherlands: Jeffery Herlings (MXGP), Glenn Coldenhoff (Open Class) and either Calvin Vlaanderen or Roan van de Moosdijk (MX2).
Team Spain: Jorge Prado (MXGP), Carlos Campano (Open Class) and Iker Larranaga (MX2).
Team Denmark: Stefan Kjer Olsen (MXGP), Bastian Bøgh Damm (Open Class) and Thomas Kjer Olsen (MX2).