Team USA pulled out all the stops in the final race of the three-race series to finish 1-2 and steal the Chamberlain Trophy in their seventh consecutive win in the Motocross of Nations and deprive host country France of the victory. Team Australia finished in third place.
Marvin Musquin: “For sure it was a bit disappointing (to finish second) but overall it was a good weekend for me. We went into the last race with a three-point lead but the US team is very strong. It was a good feeling to be back in France and to race at Saint Jean d’Angely and it was a great atmosphere with all the French fans so finishing second is also okay.”
Roczen and Herlings shine at MXoN
But while the big guns from the US, managed by the legendary Roger DeCoster, the team boss of Red Bull KTM in the USA, may have been victorious, KTM riders Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings certainly raised eyebrows with spectacular rides in their respective races. Roczen, KTM’s recently crowned youngest ever MX2 World Champion had two spectacular rides on the KTM 250 SX-F finishing second in race one, even beating US rider Ryan Dungey to the checkered flag – and Dungey was on a 450 machine. Just 40 minutes later Roczen returned to the track to finish fourth, again against the Open class. In the absence of his Red Bull Teka KTM factory teammate Max Nagl, who couldn’t compete because of injury, Ken was successful in vaulting Team Germany into seventh place overall.
Ken Roczen: For sure it was a good weekend for me especially in the first race. I got a good start and was around seventh and from there I was able to finish second. I even got close to Chad Reed (eventual winner). I also had a good start in the second race but then I twisted my knee and I broke my goggles and that brought me down a bit but I did have a good battle with Villopoto .”
Similarly, KTM’s 17-year-old Dutch rider Herlings had two great rides on the KTM 350 SX-F in the Open class registering a 2-9 result in races two and three to give his country ninth overall. Herlings, who finished second to Roczen in the MX2 World Championship is much better acquainted with his 250 SX-F but as the strongest rider in Team Netherlands assumed a leadership role and contested the open class on the KTM 350 SX-F.
Jeffrey Herlings: The first moto went really well and I led for a long time and finished second which was a great result. I didn’t get a good start in the second moto but I came back from about 20th to finish second. The riding was good and I felt good and I really think I could have finished in the top five. I’m looking forward to next year already!”
Although it was a top day for the two young stars of the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Team, luck did not ride with KTM’s Tony Cairoli of Italy, the newly crowned 2011 MX1 World champion. He went down hard in the opening race, broke handlebars with the impact and had to retire. After injuring his hand he was also unable to finish the second race.
Around 35 nations competed in the MxoN.
All photos R.Archer