US Squad Ready For MXoN

Team USA looking for record 23rd Chamberlin Cup

Cooper Webb, Motocross of Nations 2016
Cooper Webb will head of the US effort that consists of Jason Anderson and Alex Martin for this year's Motocross of Nations in Italy.Photo By Jeff Kardas

It’s been nearly five years since the United States last won the Motocross of Nations (2011), however Cooper Webb, Alex Martin and Jason Anderson hope to add a record 23rd victory to Team USA’s total at this year’s edition of the storied and historic event in Maggiora, Italy, on Sept. 25.

Webb will race in the MX1 class, while Martin and Anderson will contest the MX2 and MX3 classes, respectively.

After his insane come-from-behind victory at the USGP in Charlotte a few weeks ago, Webb is a hot commodity right now and he says he’s confident going into this year’s race in Italy.

“I’m really looking forward to the event and I think we have a really good chance at winning,” Webb told Dirt Rider magazine. “I think a lot of people are maybe overlooking what we can do, but like I said, I’m confident and I think we’ll surprise a lot of people. I have no doubt in my mind that we should go there and win.”

Jason Anderson Motocross of Nations 2016
Jason Anderson, who is coming off a collarbone injury, will compete in the MX3 class for Team USA.Photo By Jeff Kardas

Webb will be riding a 450 for the second year in a row for Team USA, while both Martin and Anderson are “first-timers” on the American squad, although Martin has ridden for Team Puerto Rico in the past.

Anderson missed the last few rounds of this year’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series due to a fractured collarbone he suffered earlier in the year at High Point, but returned to the series finale in Indiana where he finished fifth overall. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider is said to have recovered nicely and is expected to be at full speed for Italy.

Meanwhile, Martin is coming off of a great summer where he finished second overall to Webb in the final 250MX class as the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha teammates dominated the 250 outdoor series.

Although they are both skillful at charging from the back of the pack, all eyes will be on Anderson and Webb to see if they can get off the line with the lead group, which could be a determining factor in this year’s event.

Alex Martin, Motocross of Nations 2016
Alex Martin is coming off a superb summer showing which saw him finish second overall in the 250MX final standings of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series.Photo By Jeff Kardas

Once again, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend and five-time 500cc World Motocross Champion Roger DeCoster will manage the U.S. team in its quest for the Chamberlain Cup. DeCoster was himself a part of six victorious FIM Motocross of Nations teams in the 1960s and 1970s.

DeCoster admitted that every year it gets harder and harder for to put together a team for the MXoN. "This is one of the youngest teams we have put together over the years, but I am confident these three guys can do the job,” DeCoster said. “They had a good battle in France last year, and he feels his chances are better this time around. Alex has been very strong in the outdoors and is one of a few guys who can come from behind and finish strong."

Although this year’s event is considered to be pretty wide open, the French are expected to be Team USA’s top challengers, led by 2015 MX1 World Champ Romain Febvre. The French squad edged out Team USA at last year’s event in Ernee, France behind the riding of Febvre, Gautier Paulin and Marvin Musquin. However, Benoit Paturel takes the place of Musquin on this year’s team after Dylan Ferrandis, who was originally slotted for the MX2 class, suffered an injury.

Belgium (Kevin Strijbos, Jeremy Van Horebeek, Brent Van Doninck), Great Britain (Tommy Searle, Shaun Simpson and Max Anstie) and Holland (Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff and Brian Bogers) must be considered top contenders, as well.

The FIM Motocross of Nations emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time.