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Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations ready to roll

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A thrilled Budds Creek Motocross Park is a buzz with anticipation as it gears up for the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations this weekend, which will represent the 61st edition of the event and currently has 35 teams entered. This weekend‰Ûªs race will be a special one, as it will mark the Motocross of Nations‰Ûª return to America ‰ÛÒ the winningest country at the event and also the reigning Champion - after an absence of 20 years. The last American edition of the event was held at Unadilla Valley in 1987.
Chad Reed will lead the Green and Gold at Budds Creek. Photo: Click28.com
Team USA look forward to defending the title of Motocross of Nations winner with their eighteenth strike. The American squad will enjoy the full support of their home crowd, who will give extra motivation to Ricky Carmichael, at his last apperance in the event, Ryan Villopoto, who debuted last year, and Tim Ferry. A similar situation to Carmichael‰Ûªs one happened last year, when Stefan Everts raced his last Motocross of Nations; the Belgian won all his heats, but his team eventually finished second on the podium. The Belgians have a score to settle with the Americans, who beat them last year; this year‰Ûªs squad features two Motocross of Nations ‰ÛÏfreshers‰Û
The track at Budds Creek
The Frenchmen will attend the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations with a very young team; after Christophe Pourcel and David Vuillemin‰Ûªs injuries, the squad underwent a few modifications. Nicolas Aubin, winner of his first GP this year at Loket, when he beat Cairoli, and Pierre-Alexandre Renet will make their first appearance in the event, using a bit of Sebastien Pourcel‰Ûªs experience, as the latter completes the team. Great Britain is the second winningest country after USA, with a total of 16 wins at the Motocross of Nations, and has a strong team at the gate this year. Billy Mackenzie, Tommy Searle and James Noble will battle it out for the Chamberlain Trophy, exploiting all the potential of Mackenzie and Searle‰Ûªs factory bikes and Noble‰Ûªs experience. South Africa will be another strong team, with Grant Langston, Gareth Swanepoel and Wyatt Avis, while Australia will see experienced AMA riders Chad Reed, Andrew McFarlane and Michael Byrne. Reed will return to Motocross des Nations this year after injury and contractual obligations restrictions have meant the Yamaha star has been unable to take part in the international event in recent years. The 25 year-old is relishing the opportunity to represent his country. ‰ÛÏI think as a kid everybody had a dream of representing their nation in their chosen sport and this weekend I will get the opportunity to experience this once again but this time as the Captain of the Australian team,‰Û

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