U.S. Motocross of Nations Team Claims Victory


U.S Motocross of Nations Team Claims Victory after claiming the Chamberlain Trophy, which the United States last won in 2011.

U.S Motocross of Nations Team Claims Victory after claiming the Chamberlain Trophy, which the United States last won in 2011.

U.S Motocross of Nations Team Claims Victory after claiming the Chamberlain Trophy, which the United States last won in 2011.

AMA Congratulates Team USA riders Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper, and team manager Roger DeCoster

PICKERINGTON, OH – September 26, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  America is once again the motocross capital of the world. Team USA reclaimed the Chamberlain Trophy, which the United States last won in 2011, when riders Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper, led by team manager Roger DeCoster, triumphed at the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme’s Motocross of Nations at Red Bud Track ’N’ Trail in Buchanan, Mich., on Sept. 25.

“This Motocross of Nations was a perfect demonstration of the success that comes from having the right people — motivated and talented people — in the right positions, from our team coordinators to the riders themselves to our team manager,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Congratulations to all who contributed to this effort, and particularly Eli, Chase and Justin, who rode exceptionally well and demonstrated the utmost professionalism while representing America.”

Tomac, Sexton and Cooper defeated teams from 31 countries and two FIM Continental Unions en route to the historic win.

The FIM Motocross of Nations features teams of riders in three classifications: MXGP, MX2 and Open. Racing takes place in three motos. One includes MXGP and MX2 riders; one includes MX2 and Open riders; and one includes MXGP and Open riders. Each team’s rider is scored based on where they finished in the combined motos. Those scores are tallied to determine the winning team.

Tomac finished 1-6 in the MXGP class. Sexton finished 2-3 in the Open class. And Cooper finished 9-4 in the MX2 class. Cooper’s result, the best in the MX2 class, earned him the individual championship in that event.

“When we’re on top of that podium, there is nothing like it,” said Tomac, the Team USA captain. “The whole motocross community comes together for this event. I’ve been on the top of the podium before, but this takes the cake. I will never forget that moment. It will stay with me forever.”

The Motocross of Nations teams are selected by the national federations affiliated with the FIM in each participating country. In the United States, that’s the American Motorcyclist Association. AMA Director of Racing Mike Pelletier runs the AMA effort to select, organize, support and help fund the team.

“The cooperation this year was off the charts,” Pelletier said. “Of course, the riders’ teams themselves, which included Star Yamaha and Team Honda, were behind this effort 100 percent. We also had help from industry partners, such as Feld Entertainment, Alpinestars and Monster Energy, as well as other individuals and groups such as Paul Perebijnos, who organized a golf fundraiser, FMF, who produced fundraising t-shirts, and the family of the late Tom White, who held a fundraiser at Tom’s Early Years of Motocross Museum. The AMA can’t thank these partners enough for supporting this championship-winning campaign.”

Dingman added that the U.S. effort would not be the same without its most important volunteer: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster.

“Roger gives his all to this event,” Dingman said. “His experience and leadership help in ways that can’t be quantified. We appreciate his work and the support of his employer, KTM North America, which allows Roger to be a part of this effort every year.”

Dingman added: “It’s an honor to have the support of so many stakeholders at this event. All year these teams and companies compete against one another on the track and through their support of individual riders. Here, we are one team, Team USA, and I’m proud to say, today we are definitively the best motocross team in the world.”

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Monster Energy-dominated Team USA wins ’22 Motocross des Nations at RedBud MX


Monster Energy’s Tomac, Cooper and Sexton bring coveted MXdN title back to United States after 11-year drought; Cooper & Renaux capture individual titles

CORONA, CA – September 26, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The 75th running of the world’s most prestigious motocross event, the Motocross des Nations held at famed American professional motocross venue RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich., was won on Sunday by an All-Monster Energy team of racers representing USA – Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper – adding to the United States’ record win total (23) and breaking an 11-year drought  (2010, Lakewood, Colo.) since USA last won the coveted MXdN Chamberlain Trophy.

Leading Team USA was Cooper (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha), who won the overall MX2 division title with a 9-4 two-race finish. Monster Energy’s Sexton (Honda) added a 2nd/3rd two-race finish for 2nd overall in the Open division for some crucial team points and Tomac (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) won the opening race, then rode to a solid 6th place (following a smart first turn move to avoid a crash) in the third race to preserve the victory for Team USA.

All totaled 12 Monster Energy-backed racers competed at the RedBud MXdN. Maxime Renaux (Monster Energy/Yamaha) would win the 3rd race outright, going 3-1 in the MXGP class to secure the MXGP individual title and help Team France to a 3rd place overall finish. Renaux’s countryman, Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha), would go 6-4 in the Open class for 3rd place individually. Switzerland’s Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy/Yamaha) raced very strong and would go 4-5 in the MXGP class to finish 3rd individually and Belgium’s MXGP class racer Jago Geerts (Monster Energy/Yamaha) would battle Tomac closely throughout the opening moto, finishing with a strong 2nd place finish, but fell in the 3rd race and finished outside the top ten (5th individually). Noteworthy Monster Energy performances: Chile’s Hardy Munoz (Husqvarna) placed 8th overall in the MX2 class; Glenn Coldenhoff (Yamaha) of the Netherlands battled back to a respectable 13th place in the first moto after crashing early; the UK’s Tommy Searle (Honda) placed 9th overall in the Open class; Japan’s Jo Shimoda (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki), who won the RedBud MX National 250 class this summer, unfortunately didn’t get to race Sunday’s main program on account of Japan not qualifying as a team.

Saturday Qualifying

Team USA entered Sunday’s final races with all kinds of momentum by winning Saturday’s qualifying rounds. Cooper was victorious in MX2 qualifying, leading every lap of the 20 min/plus two-lap qualifier race. Tomac placed 2nd in the MXGP class qualifying (behind winner Geerts, and ahead of 3rd place Seewer). And Sexton, who was winning the Open class qualifier on Saturday, fell on the last lap, handing the victory to Ferrandis (Sexton remounted for 2nd). The 2-1-2 finish by the Monster Energy-backed racers gave Team USA the top gate pics in Sunday’s final races.

Race 1, MXGP and MX2 (Monster Energy highlights)

MXDN Eli Tomac action

Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac

Geerts got out fast on the muddy track, beating Tomac to the holeshot line by a set of forks. Tomac would quickly get the lead back from Geerts, passing the Belgian on Turn 2 and taking the early lead. … Tomac would continue to increase his lead over Geerts, but the MXGP MX2 class runner-up was persistent in his pursuit of the ’22 450 class U.S. SX/MX dual champion, keeping within two to four-seconds of Tomac. Renaux and Seewer also kept Tomac and Geerts in sight, and helped Monster Energy with a 1st (Tomac), 2nd (Geerts), 3rd (Renaux), 4th (Seewer) sweep of the opening race for Monster Energy. … Cooper would add a 9th place finish, 2nd in the MX2 class in the day’s first race.

Race 2, MX2 and Open

MXDN Justin Cooper action

Monster Energy’s Justin Cooper

Sexton would pull good start, out in 2nd place, while Cooper and Team Australia rival Hunter Lawrence (Honda) got together on the opening lap, with Lawrence getting the worst of it and hitting the deck (as Cooper raced off). As the rains continued and track conditions were difficult, vision-wise, Sexton battled with Italy’s Mattia Guadanini, swapping the lead at one point before Guadanini took it back from Sexton. Both Sexton and Guadanini would get passed by Team Australia’s Jett Lawrence (Honda), but Sexton played it smart in the highly important race for the Chamberlain Trophy, letting Jett Lawrence go and focusing on Guadanini – who he passed late in the race to take 2nd. Noteworthy: Cooper’s get together with Hunter Lawrence, and his 4th place to Lawrence’s 10th place, would be the main turning points for Team USA winning the MXdN championship over Australia.

Race 3, MXGP and Open

MXDN Chase Sexton action (1)

Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton

With all the team championship chips on the table, the two premier classes faced off in one last race at RedBud – to decide the 2022 MXdN championship. And it’d be Monster Energy-backed racers that’d dominate. Blasting out to the early race lead were Team France’s Ferrandis (holeshot) and Renaux, leading Sexton out of the first turn. Drama ensued as Geerts would go down and disrupted Tomac’s start, relegating the MXdN opening race winner to 12th place out of the first turn. … At the race’s halfway point Ferrandis made a mistake on the massive “Hammer of Thor” uphill triple jump and Renaux took over the lead. With Ferrandis down, Sexton was close behind and easily took over 2nd place. But again played it smart with the team championship on the line for USA and allowed Jett Lawrence to breeze by, while keeping Renaux (2nd) in site. … While all that was happening Tomac quietly picked his way through the world’s top racers and up to a commendable 6th place in the final race. And when the checkers flew it was Sexton in 3rd and Tomac in 6th to secure the Chamberlain Trophy for Team USA.

So at the end, 34 nations and 102 racers, Team USA stood as the champions of the 2022 Motocross des Nations at RedBud, Team USA’s record 23rd MXdN championship and first since 2010.

Monster Energy’s Overall MXdN Placers

MXGP Class

1st – Maxime Renaux (3-1)

2nd – Eli Tomac (1-6)

3rd – Jeremy Seewer (4-5)

5th – Jago Geerts (2-11)

MX2 Class

1st – Justin Cooper (9-4)

Open Class

2nd – Chase Sexton (2-3)

3rd – Dylan Ferrandis (6-4)

The full list of Monster Energy-backed racers that competed at RedBud’s Motocross des Nations:

Name                                                   Country

Eli Tomac                                              USA
Chase Sexton
Justin Cooper

Maxime Renaux                                    France
Dylan Ferrandis

Jo Shimoda                                           Japan

Jago Geerts                                           Belgium

Tommy Searle                                       Great Britain

Glenn Coldenhoff                                  Netherlands

Jeremy Seewer                                     Switzerland

Guillem Farres                                      Spain

Hardy Munoz                                        Chile

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American Motorcyclist Association and MX Sports Pro Racing Announce United States Lineup for 2022 Motocross of Nations

Justin Cooper, Chase Sexton, and Eli Tomac Will Look to
Reclaim Chamberlain Trophy at RedBud

MORGANTOWN, WV – August 20, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Opening ceremonies for the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National kicked off with a major announcement from Mike Pelletier, Director of Racing at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and MX Sports Pro Racing, as the three-rider lineup for the United States team at the 2022 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) was revealed with Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper, Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, and Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Eli Tomac. The annual spectacle, affectionately referred to as the “Olympics of Motocross,” will commence on home soil on September 24-25 from Michigan’s legendary RedBud MX, a cornerstone venue of American motocross. It will signify the United States’ first participation at the MXoN since the 2019 event.

Tomac and Sexton have been this season’s primary championship combatants in the 450 Class and will headline the U.S. squad in the MXGP and MX Open classes, respectively. It will be Tomac’s fourth appearance representing the host nation and he’ll look to leverage his experience from 2013, 2014, and 2018 as the proverbial team captain. As one of the most decorated competitors in the history of the sport, Tomac will look to achieve the one accomplishment still missing from his rèsumè, a win at the Motocross of Nations. He’ll bring added momentum from a victory at the RedBud National in July. Tomac will wear #101.

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing's Eli Tomac

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Eli Tomac will contest
the MXGP class in his fourth appearance at the MXoN.
Photo: Align Media

It is the first team selection for Sexton, who is in the midst of a breakout season in the premier division as the current point leader with three victories and overall podium finishes in all nine rounds thus far. His unparalleled consistency this summer could be a defining factor in the team’s quest for victory. He earned his best-ever RedBud result in July with a runner-up finish at the National. Sexton will wear #103.

Team Honda HRC's Chase Sexton

Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton will make his MXoN debut
at RedBud in the MX Open class.
Photo: Align Media

A strong second half of the Pro Motocross season has helped Cooper earn his second selection to the team in the MX2 class, following an MXoN debut in 2019 at the most recent U.S. appearance. An ongoing recovery from a broken foot resulted in a slow start to the summer for Cooper, but he’s enjoyed a return to form as of late with three overall podium finishes in the last four rounds and a pair of moto wins. Cooper will wear #102.

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing's Justin Cooper

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper is back on the team
in the MX2 class after a strong debut during the 2019 event.
Photo: Align Media

The United States’ anticipated return to the MXoN will see the most successful country in the history of the event seek a record 23rd victory. They will once again be overseen by “The Man” Roger DeCoster, who will continue his tenure as USA Team Manager. After a dominant stretch that saw the USA win the Chamberlain Trophy for seven consecutive years from 2005 to 2011, it has endured through a winless streak that has spanned eight years. Coincidentally, the numbers the U.S. riders will carry for the 2022 MXoN are the same that the lineup of Ricky Carmichael, Ivan Tedesco, and Kevin Windham wore during the 2005 event, when the United States last started its dominant streak of victories.

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