MAKE NO MISTAKE
ABOUT IT, THE
NATIONS IS SERIOUS
BUSINESS. FOR SIX
BEEN ASSUAGED BY
SUCCESS AT THE
Make no mistake about it, the
Motocross des Nations is serious
business. For six decades, national
inferiority complexes have been
assuaged by success at the MXDN.
This year, the Belgians got to feel
good about themselves. And don’t
think the United States has been
above such fears of inadequacy.
When we won the event for the first
time in 1981, it was like a debutante
party for the ugliest girl in school.
And as we continued to win, year in
and year out, we lorded it over the
The Euros made excuses. Too
many jumps. Not fast enough. We
cheated. We knocked them down.
The tracks suited us. And, when we
lost, we made excuses. Take your
pick of them. The track was too
easy. The track was too hard. There
weren’t any jumps. The promoter
watered the track to make it muddy.
We don’t run low-octane pump gas
like the FIM rules require. Our riders were burned out after a long
Supercross and National series.
The truth. We got beat in 2013.
You can act like it’s a big surprise,
but Team USA lost because two of
our riders fell down and only one
Belgian fell down. But, if you need
to feel good, we are still batting .750
(and Babe Ruth only hit .342). ❏
The hills were alive with the
sound of Germans and the track
prep was primo. Or should that
Ryan Dungey went 6-7,
Justin Barcia 3-11 and
Eli Tomac 16-2. Tomac’s
and Barcia’s crashes were
unfortunate for the overall
score, but that’s racing.