Redbud MX hosted the 72nd running of the Motocross of Nations this past weekend where Team France won the international event for the fifth year in a row. The three-rider team of Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis, and Jordi Tixier put in consistent moto finishes on the muddy racetrack to take the overall victory.
“It is an incredible feeling to win the MXoN with Team France for a fifth time in a row,” Paulin said. “I really have no words to describe how happy I am. Conditions were far from ideal during the whole weekend here at Redbud, but we made things work to our advantage. I gave my best in both motos and kept pushing until the very end. A special thanks to all the members of my Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team. Winning this trophy with Team France is the best way to wrap up a long season.”
Finishing in the runner-up spot was Team Italy, which consisted of Antonio Cairoli, Alessandro Lupino, and Michele Cervellin.
“We are very happy to be on the podium,” Cairoli said. “It is amazing actually because last week [after the Imola crash], we did not expect to be here. We had a strong race and both days I felt good on the Redbud track. We could have won and we had the cards to do it, but I threw it away in the first moto with a crash and Alessandro also in his first race. It’s bad when you lose by only a few points, but this is the Motocross of Nations—the best race of the year—and we are very happy to be on the podium. It was a good end to an amazing season. Congratulations to France for a strong race and to Holland also, a shame about the bad luck. This [the results] is good for European motocross and we are proud of our series. Thanks to everybody and to Youthstream for organizing a great event again.”
The Netherlands team of Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff, and Calvin Vlaanderen rounded out the podium in third. Herlings took the victory in Race 1, Coldenhoff won Race 2 and Race 3, and Herlings finished second in Race 3. Vlaanderen suffered a mechanical issue in Race 1 and also got a rock in his eye, which prevented him from competing in Race 2.
“Me and Glenn did a great job. I won my first moto and he went 1-1. We deserved to win and it was a shame we didn’t get the results with our MX2 rider. We were so close, but Team France were the best today and we should respect that. I want to thank Red Bull KTM Factory Racing for the whole season; they did an incredible job. I also want to thank the Dutch Federation for being behind us. We had a great weekend and some great days here. I’m happy to finish off the season. Next year it will be at Assen and home soil, and if Glenn has the same breakfast and we get another result, then we can definitely go for the win. It has been a good day.”
Team USA finished sixth overall with Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, and Aaron Plessinger. Tomac finished fourth in Race 1 and seventh in Race 3 on his all-new Kawasaki KX450.
“This event has been an incredible experience,” Tomac said. “Obviously this wasn’t the result we were looking for and I know I have some work to do, but I’m honored to have been chosen to be part of this race and to represent our country. The weather and track conditions made it very difficult and I’ve never seen Redbud like this before, but it was a great opportunity to learn some things we may not have been able to replicate in a testing situation. It’s been an honor and I’ve really enjoyed the entire experience. The fans were awesome!”
Justin Barcia finished ninth in Race 2 and 13th in Race 3 on his Yamaha YZ450F.
“Sunday was difficult,” Barcia said. “I fought through the pack in the first moto and Aaron had to pull in for goggles or something, so that was definitely against us. In the second moto, I had a pretty good start, running top 10 and working my way forward, and I had a little mechanical issue on the rear end of my bike, so that kind of postponed my charge to the front and I lost a few positions at the end. There were definitely a lot of things stacked against us for some reason. We’re here in the USA and I felt like we could really do it, but it really just didn’t work out. It’s really unfortunate because we had the fans here and everything felt right, but we had some bad luck. Aaron, Eli, and myself tried our hardest 100 percent and gave it our all, but unfortunately it didn’t go as planned.”
Aaron Plessinger finished 18th in Race 1 and 16th in Race 2 on his Yamaha YZ250F.
“It didn’t go as planned, but it was a really good experience to see all these fans out here supporting us even after the motos when things didn’t go so well,” Plessinger said. “In the first moto, I was in a really good position and then crashed twice. I went out for the second moto and got a bad start, so I just tried to push my way up there. I lost my goggles with about six or seven laps to go, which made it really difficult to see after that. All in all it was a good weekend. It was a really cool experience and we all made it out in one piece, so I’m pretty stoked on that.”