Belgium Narrowly Beat U.S.A and Italy For the 67th MXoN

Australia Finish A Fantastic Fourth

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Belgium have claimed a narrow three point win over team U.S.A at the 67th edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations held at a packed track in Teutschenthal, Germany, with Italy rounding out the podium and Australia coming home in a fantastic fourth place.

With the wind at the German circuit starting to pick up, The MX1 and MX2 racers headed to the start line to get proceedings underway for the Final races of the 2013 MXoN, with Brett Metcalfe and Dean Ferris representing Australia in the two classes respectivley.

MX1 / MX2

When the gates dropped on the first race it was Valentin Guillod who claimed the holeshot for the Swiss team by less than than a tyre width over Australia's Dean Ferris who lined up on the far inside. Ferris quickly made his way around Guillod giving team Australia a perfect start to the event, while team-mate Brett Metcalfe was buried deep in the field along with the American duo of Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac.

A mistake from Ferris early in the race let Ken Roczen who was representing the reigning MXoN champions Germany and Guillod to make the move past him, with Roczen then making a pass on Guillod for the lead.

One rider on the move to the front of the field after a bad start was Antonio Cairoli. The Italian rider worked hard from outside the top ten and with six minutes to go in the race caught and passed Cairoli for the race lead and was never headed going on to give his Italian team a great start to the day.
Dean Ferris lead Australia to 4th position overall with his 4-5 moto results - Credit: Yamaha Racing
The real battle was unfolding behind Cairoli. Tomac who started outside the top twenty had made a remarkable recovery on his CRF250R slicing his way through the field to third place and started to go to work on AMA rival Roczen for second place. An intense battle between the two ensued and it looked as though the two would battle until the race finish.

However a big crash by Tomac had the U.S rider flying high above his bike and landing heavliy on the ground. While he was able to remount his bike, the American was left back in 16th position when the race concluded.

The crash left Roczen to cruise to a second place finish with Great Britain's Tommy Searle finishing 2.5 second behind Roczen in third, while Australia's Ferris gave Australia a solid start to the event with a fourth place finish.

French rider Gautier Paulin finished in 5th place, America's Dungey in 6th. Belgium rider Jeremy Van Horebeek finished 7th with team mate Ken De-Dycker one spot further behind. Valentin Guillod held on for a 9th place finish, one spot ahead of Australia's Metcalfe in 10th.

At the conclusion of the opening race, Germany lead the way from Italy, Australia and Belgium.

Ken Roczen topped the MX2 class after a intense race long battle with Eli Tomac in the MX2 / MX Open race which he won - Credit: KTM Racing
Dean Ferris once again proved that his Yamaha YZ250F was one of the fastest bikes on track when he rocketed to the FOX Holeshot award but he quickly dropped down to second and then to third because as Roczen and Tomac moved to the front and engaged in a race long battle for the moto win.

Behind the leaders things got wild for the back half of the field with a big pile up in the first turn that included Australia's Todd Waters.

America's Justin Barcia made an early move around Ferris and looked set to join Roczen and Tomac up front, but the two riders on the smaller capacity bike had other ideas, racing to a massive 45 second lead as Tomac paced himself behind Roczen for the first 25 minutes of the race.

With only a handful of laps remaining in the race, Tomac dropped the hammer with Roczen responding as the two battled bar to bar until the finish. When the flag dropped to finish the race it was local hero, Roczen holding on by half a second to claim a very popular win.

Behind the leaders Belgium's Clement Desalle after a poor start found a way around Ferris then Barcia to finish in 3rd. Barcia finished in fourth while Ferris once again done his part for the Australian team with his 5th place finish.

Estonia's Tanel Leok finished in 6th, just ahead of Belgium's Van Horebeek who repeated his 7th place finish from the previous moto. Alessandro Lupino for Italy, Christophe Charlier for France and Russia's Aleksandr Tonkov rounded out the top ten respectively.

Australia's Waters recovered from his first turn crash to finish in 20th position leaving Australia in 5th position in the standings after the second race, trailing leaders, Belgium, U.S.a, Italy and France.

MX1 / MX Open
With everything on the line, the final race of the 2013 event got off to a dramatic start with German Max Nagal taking the holeshot while all hell broke loose behind him as nearly half the field went down in a huge first turn crash again involving Australia's Todd Waters.

As the riders started to pick them selves up it became apparent that the crash could have a huge impact on the overall results. Germany's MX Open rider Dennis Ullrich broke a rib and was forced out of the race scoring his second DNF of the meeting and ruling Germany out of any chance of retaining the Chamberlain Trophy.

America's Barcia was also involved but was able to recover, though was one of the last riders to leave the scene. The big news was the involvement of Belgium's Clement Desalle who was not able to recover from the crash and was forced to the sidelines to watch on, with all the pressure now on De Dycker to put in a good result for his country.

Up front, Italy's Antonio Cairoli raced to the lead as it looked as though the Italian team may sneak through to win the 2013 MXoN, while Australia's Brett Metcalfe slotted into 10th place.

By the time the final moto started to sort itself out, it became apparent that the event had turned into a three way battle with Belgium, Italy and the U.S.A all needing one or both of their riders to do something spectacular to win the event.

Cairoli done all he could for his team winning his second moto for the day, but in the end it was not enough with Italy finishing in third place overall.

Justin Barcia for team America put in a solid ride coming from 34th at the end of the first lap through to 11th by race end, giving his team a chance to take the win.

Ryan Dungey who started the race in 7th started to put on a charge with just a handful of laps remaining and looked as though he may make up the two positions he needed to give the U.S.A the win, however a big moment for the American saw him blown off the side of the track and nearly into the crowd. He was able to recover without crashing but the set back left him unable with some work to do to catch the riders in front of him.
Antonio Cairoli was the best rider of the day winning both his races to put Italy on the podium - Credit: KTM Racing
As the final lap started it was still a tight battle between the U.S.A and Belgium for the title of 2013 MXoN Champion. The U.S needed to make up two positions and hope that the fast finishing Russian Bobryshev could make a pass on Belgium's Ken de Dycker.

De Dycker had other ideas however and put his head down and started to charge on the final lap. Luck then fell the Belgium teams way, when Nagal in second position made a mistake letting De Dycker past and in the process of recovering held up Bobryshev.

De Dycker held onto for the final few corners, crossing the line in second position before waiting patiently to see where the American Duo of Dungey and Barcia finished. When Dungey crossed the line in 7th and Barcia back in 11th, the Belgium team were announce the winners of the 67th edition of the Motocross of Nations.

The U.S.A had to settle for a second place finish, with the Italian's holding on for the final setp of the podium.

For team Australia, Brett Metclafe moved his way to 8th place at race end, while Todd Waters had the ride of his life coming from his first turn crash back to as high as 11th before losing two spots on the final lap to finish 13th, which was still good enough to see Australia finish a fantastic fourth place.

The day was not so good for the Kiwis, Cody Cooper had the teams best finish of 32 second in the final moto as New Zealand finished last of the 20 teams in the final.
The 2013 MXoN Champions Team Belgium - Credit: Suzuki Racing
Final Team Results:
1. Belgium 27 Pts
2. USA 30 Pts
3. Italy 33 Pts
4. Australia 40 Pts
5. France 44 Pts
6. Great Britain 49 Pts
7. Germany 57 Pts
8. Russia 78 Pts
9. Switzerland 87 Pts
10. Estonia 92 Pts
11. The Netherlands 99 Pts
12. Austria 107 Pts
13. Spain 117 Pts
14. Denmark 118 Pts
15. Czech Republic 121 Pts
16. Latvia 129 Pts
17. Portugal 130 Pts
18. Finland 131 Pts
19. Norway 166 Pts
20. New Zealand 167 Pts
MX1 / MX2 Race Results:
1. Antonio Cairoli ITA
2. Ken Roczen GER
3. Tommy Searle
4. Dean Ferris AUS
5. Gautie Paulin FRA
6. Ryan Dungey USA
7. Jeremy Horebeek BEL
8. Ken de Dycker BEL
9. Valentin Guillod SUI
10. Brett Metcalfe AUS
33. Rhys Carter NZL
34. Kayne Lamont NZL
MX2 / MX Open Race Results:
1. Ken Roczen GER
2. Eli Tomac USA
3. Clement Desalle BEL
4. Justing Barcia USA
5. Dean Ferris AUS
6. Tanel Leok EST
7. Jeremy van Horebeek BEL
8. Alessandro Lupino ITA
9. Christophe Charlier FRA
10. Aleksandr Tonkov RUS
20. Todd Waters AUS
34. Kayne Lamont NZL
39. Cody Cooper NZL
MX1 / MX Open Race Results:
1. Antonio Cairoli ITA
2. Ken de Dycker BEL
3. Evgeny Bobryshev RUS
4. Nagl, Maximilian Nagl GER
5. Searle, Tommy Searle GBR
6. Paulin, Gautier Paulin FRA
7. Dungey, Ryan Dungey USA
8. Brett Metcalfe AUS
9. Marc de Reuver NED
10. David Phlipparets ITA
11. Justin Barcia USA
13. Todd Waters AUS
32. Cody Cooper NZL
34. Rhys Carter NZL

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Top Image: Belgium celebrate winning the 2013 MXoN

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