Honda News Release
In what was shaping up as a crazy, unpredictable day’s racing, affected by persistent showers and tough on-track conditions, the end result had a rather inevitable feeling. Team USA reigned supreme and took their seventh consecutive Motocross of Nations title.
On a day that very much required an overall team effort to take victory, the Honda men at least had a strong showing in the individual battles. Australian Chad Reed piloted his Two Two Motorsports Honda to the first moto win of the day (MX1 + MX2), ahead of Roczen and Dungey. Honda World Motocross rider Evgeny Bobryshev (Team Russia) also impressed, dueling with the very best from the AMA series before he was hit in the face by a rock, stopping him in his tracks and dropping him out of sixth position.
In the second moto of the day (MX2 + Open) it was Paulin who took the win ahead of Herlings and Villopoto. Honda’s Brad Anderson (Team Great Britain) would come home in 12th, earning his team valuable points in the ensuing podium battle.
So it was all set up for a grandstand finish in the final moto of the day (MX1 + Open), with Team FRA, USA, GBR and AUS all in with a shout of the overall spoils. Honda man Bobryshev would throw out another spoiler early on, taking the holeshot ahead of a field of the world’s best. However, the Americans would come through and take up a 1-2 positioning, with Villopoto leading Dungey.
From here the result was inevitable, and it became a fight for the remaining podium positions between FRA, AUS and GBR. Honda men Reed and Bobryshev would duel intensely for sixth, with the Russian coming out on top. However this battle would prove incidental as Reed’s strong finish across both contested motos would prove enough to help Team Australia to their first ever MXoN podium, behind Team USA and Team France. Team Great Britain and PAR Honda’s Brad Anderson would narrowly miss out, finishing fourth overall.
MX1 + MX2
1.Reed(AUS) 2.Roczen(GER) 3.Dungey(USA) 4.Searle(GBR) 5.Rattray(RSA) 6.Leok(EST) 7.Barragan(ESP) 8.Musquin(FRA) 9.Wilson(GBR) 10.Roelants(BEL) 12.Goncalves(POR) 34.Bobryshev(RUS)
MX2 + Open
1.Paulin(FRA) 2.Herlings(NED) 3.Villipoto(USA) 4.Roczen(GER) 5.Strijbos(BEL) 6.Swanepoel(RSA) 7.Metcalfe(AUS) 8.Guarneri(ITA) 9.Campano(ESP) 10.Tonus(SUI) 12.Anderson(GBR)
MX1 + Open
1.Villopoto(USA) 2.Dungey(USA) 3.Rattray(RSA) 4.Searle(GBR) 5.Guarneri(ITA) 6.Bobryshev(RUS) 7.Reed(AUS) 8.Paulin(FRA) 9.Herlings(NED) 10.Metcalfe(USA) 15.Anderson(GBR) 16.Goncalves(POR)
1.USA 26pts 2.FRA 39pts 3.AUS 44pts 4.GBR 46pts 5.BEL 54pts 6.RSA 56pts 7.GER 68pts 8.ESP 68pts 9.NED 81pts 10.EST 86pts 11.POR 98pts 15.RUS 123pts