Team France Dominates 2014 MXoN

Australia finish 14th After A Double DNF In Final Race


Team France has raced to an emphatic victory at the 2014 edition of the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations held over night at Kegums, Latvia.

The team lead by a trio of Kawasaki riders kicked off the event in the best possible way when Gautier Paulin raced to victory in the opening moto, with MX2 team mate Dylan Ferrandis scoring a solid 9th place finish.

At the start of the opening moto that saw the MXGP riders line up on the gate with their MX2 counterparts, it was team Russia‰Ûªs young gun Aleksandr Tonkov who became ‰âÂ1000 richer after getting off to yet another flying start to claim the first of the three FOX Holeshot awards.

Team Germany‰Ûªs Max Nagl rounded the first turn in second place as he leant on Team USA‰Ûªs Ryan Dungey with Paulin also making his presence noticed right off the bat going fourth around turn one and wasting no time in barging his way forward to second.

The Australian duo of Chad Reed and Luke Clout both suffered average starts that saw Reed in 17th position early in the race with Clout buried at the back of the field in near last position.

With Dungey and Nagl dropping back to third and fourth respectively, Paulin went to work on a stubborn Tonkov. The Russian was impressive in holding his own against the well-established MXGP riders making Paulin work hard for the lead. With the form Paulin was showing today, it was almost inevitable he would take the lead, and he did.

While Paulin said Au revoir and went on to take a convincing victory, the battle for second was intense. The rookie Tonkov was relentless as he dealt with the pressure from seasoned MXGP bike riders Dungey, Nagl and Team Belgium‰Ûªs MXGP vice world champion Jeremy Van Horebeek like a veteran.

Meanwhile, Team Italy‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli‰Ûªs early race performance was enough to make your hair stand on end. Riding with the type of aggression we haven‰Ûªt seen from him in a long time, it was phenomenal to watch on as he blitzed by Van Horebeek for fifth, throwing himself right into the four-way battle for second.

While Cairoli looked like the biggest threat of the race, around half time he took everyone by surprise when he had a big crash through the wave section of the track. As Cairoli limped to the edge of the circuit cradling his knee, Dungey started to get very impatient with the headstrong Tonkov.

Another handful of laps on and Dungey finally found his opening and cracked Tonkov when he passed him up the inside to take over second. A lap later, and Nagl was also around Tonkov with a similar move.

Thirty minutes and two laps on, Paulin set the tone and took the first race victory of the weekend while Dungey held off a late race charge from Nagl for second. Nagl came home in third while Jeremy Van Horebeek managed to find a gap on Tonkov in the closing stages of the race for fourth.

A massive applause must be given to Tonkov and also to the rider who finished sixth, Team Sweden‰Ûªs Filip Bengtsson.

Team Netherlands‰Ûª Glenn Coldenhoff came home as the first MX2 rider, just ahead of Team Great Britain‰Ûªs Tommy Searle and Team France‰Ûªs Dylan Ferrandis who finished seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

Team America's MX2 rider Jeremy Martin finished back in 11th position, while the Aussies had both worked their way forward with Reed finishing in 14th and Clout in 22nd.

After the opening moto France lead the way from team USA, Belgium and Great Britain.
While a commanding holeshot on a start like we had here in Kegums is near impossible, Team France‰Ûªs MX-Open rider Steven Frossard‰Ûªs launch out of the gate and drag to the FOX Holeshot line was about as commanding as it can get.

Chasing the Frenchman around turn one, Team Great Britain‰Ûªs Tommy Searle probably got the best jump, out of the forty riders on the line, and pinned it up the inside to hold a tight line around the corner and cross the FOX Holeshot line in second, neck and neck with the Open class bikes of Team Sweden‰Ûªs Fredrik Noren and Team Belgium‰Ûªs Kevin Strijbos.

Matt Moss representing Australia in the MX-Open class and Clout who was racing back to back in the second race both got off to mid pack starts and were holding their own with the worlds best riders early on.

Back up front, yesterday‰Ûªs qualifying heat winner Kevin Strijbos started in fourth, he seems to get well with the sandy surface here in Latvia and he wasted no time in taking over the lead. Meanwhile Frossard looked like he was in his groove riding an unchallenged second from start to finish.

It was also a good time for Team Great Britain‰Ûªs duo of Dean Wilson and Tommy Searle as they protected and pushed each other the entire race to come home in third and fourth. While we should give a big hats off to Team Sweden‰Ûªs Frederik Noren who, as a more or less unknown rider, put in a inspiring effort for fifth.

Team USA‰Ûªs Eli Tomac got off to a shocking start, well outside of the top ten. He managed to claw his way forward, but hit a wall at sixth place and tightened up.

At race end it was Strijbos who held on for the win ahead of Frossard, Wilson, Searle, Noren and Tomac, with Australia's Moss in 15th and Clout in 21st.

France continued to lead the way heading into the final MXGP / MX-Open race, with Great Britain sliding into second position ahead of Belgium and U.S.A, Australia sat in 7th position.

As the final race of the weekend, levels of excitement and anxiety skyrocketed as ‰Û÷MXGP vs Open‰Ûª levels the playing field with all of the riders racing on MXGP class bikes.

Starting from around gate eight, Team Germany‰Ûªs Dennis Ullrich got a fantastic jump and shifted his weight right back for the utmost amount of traction to pull across on Team Belgium‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek and claim the last cheque for ‰âÂ1000 as the FOX Holeshot receiver.

While the field set sail for the race, Australia's event was all but done and dusted when Chad Reed tangled with another rider on the start straight. Crashing in a big way, Reed was forced to retire from the event.

Things were not much better for Moss who after another mid pack start crashed hard himself as the second lap started and was also forced out of the race, putting an end to Australia's 2014 MXoN campaign.

Out front Ullrich managed to lead lap one, before being passed two turns from the finish at the end of lap two when Van Horebeek literally landed on him. Although Ullrich got a little squirley, he managed to save it but lost his rhythm and a couple of places with Team France‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin and Team Russia‰Ûªs Aleksandr Tonkov taking advantage.

Another lap later and Team France‰Ûªs Steven Frossard took yet another position off of the German when he railed around the outside of him for fourth.

Meanwhile, in the same spot Van Horebeek landed on Ullrich, Paulin jumped long and ran it hot up the inside to take over the lead. Once again, Paulin was ‰Û÷on it‰Ûª this weekend and no one had an answer for him.

In the meantime, Team USA‰Ûªs Eli Tomac was absolutely hauling! After going down on turn one the American nailed the ‰Û÷ride it like you stole it‰Ûª approach, gunning it as if there would be no tomorrow.

Despite having to charge his way through traffic, he managed to set the fastest lap time, almost two whole seconds faster than that of Paulin and before he knew it he had the lead in his sights. Only to add more drama to the Team USA MXoN 2014 saga, he ended up having to relinquish the thought of a possible race win when he stalled the bike with only a few laps to go.

With the final waving of the checkered flag, Paulin aced it today going 1 ‰ÛÒ 1 for a perfect score. While Van Horebeek came home for second and Tomac for third, the cherry was put on top of the cake for Team France when Frossard crossed the line in fourth to seal the deal on their second ever Motocross of Nations victory.

Team Great Britain‰Ûªs Dean Wilson put in a solid ride for fifth but would have been gutted to find out his fellow Team GB rider Shaun Simpson did not finish due to a broken chain meaning they would tie with Team USA on MXoN overall points but were nudged off the podium with USA to have taken the best result in the overall scores with Dungey‰Ûªs second place in race one and his slow move through the field in the final race that seen him move into 11th place with a couple of laps remaining to give USA the vital last position they needed.

France were left to celebrate a commanding win from last years champions Belgium, with USA getting the final podium position.

Australia were eventually classified in 14th position.

Team Classification Final Results
1. France - 17 Pts
2. Belgium - 27 Pts
3. USA - 33 Pts
4. Great Britain - 33 Pts
5. Germany - 72 Pts
6. Italy - 73 Pts
7. Switzerland - 74 Pts
8. Russia - 75 Pts
9. Estonia - 77 Pts
10. The Netherlands - 80 Pts
11 Sweden - 92 Pts
12 Latvia - 97 Pts
13 Portugal - 99 Pts
14 Australia - 108 Pts
15 Denmark - 124 Pts
16 Finland - 131 Pts
17 Canada - 149 Pts
18 Puerto Rico - 149 Pts
19 Ireland - 167 Pts
20 Slovenia - 125 Pts

MXoN Race 1 (MXGP - MX2)
1. Gautier Paulin - FRA
2. Ryan Dungey - USA
3. Max Nagl - GER
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek - BEL
5. Aleksandr Tonkov - RUS
6. Filip Bengtsson - SWE
7. Glenn Coldenhoff - NED
8. Tommy Searle - ACU
9. Dylan Ferrandis - FRA
10. Davide Guarneri - ITA
11. Jeremy Martin - USA
12. Rui Goncalves - POR
13. Shaun Simpson - GBR
14. Chad Reed - AUS
15. Julien Lieber - BEL
16. Colton Facciotti - CAN
17. Valentin Guillod - SUI
18. Vsevolod Brylyakov - RUS
19. Jeremy Seewer - SUI
20. Harri Kullas - EST
22. Luke Clout - AUS

MXoN Race 2 (MX-Open / MX2)
1. Kevin Strijbos - BEL
2. Steven Frossard - FRA
3. Dean Wilson - GBR
4. Tommy Searle - GBR
5. Fredrik Noren - SWE
6. Eli Tomac - USA
7. Tanel Leok - EST
8. Glenn Coldenhoff - NED
9. Dylan Ferrandis - FRA
10. Marc de Reuver - NED
11. Julien Lieber - BEL
12. David Philippaerts - ITA
13. Jeremy Martin - USA
14. Dennis Ullrich - GER
15. Matt Moss - AUS

16. Arnaud Tonus - SUI
17. Jeremy Seewer - SUI
18. Pauls Jonass - LAT
19. Antonio Cairoli - ITA
20. Thomas Kjer Olsen - DEN
21. Luke Clout - AUS

MXoN Race 3 (MX-Open / MX2)
1. Gautier Paulin - FRA
2. Jeremy Van Horebeek - BEL
3. Eli Tomac - USA
4. Steven Frossard - FRA
5. Dean Wilson - GBR
6. Aleksandr Tonkov - RUS
7. Tanel Leok - EST
8. Arnaud Tonus - SUI
9. Kevin Strijbos - BEL
10. Rui Goncalves - POR
11. Ryan Dungey - USA
12. Max Nagl - GER
13. Matiss Karro - LAT
14. Davide Guarneri - ITA
15. Dennis Ullrich - GER
16. Valentin Guillod - SUI
17. Fredrik Noren - SWE
18. David Philippaerts - ITA
19. Gert Krestinov - EST
20. Kromhof Klein - NED
36. Matt Moss - AUS
DNF. Chad Reed - AUS

MXGP Class Results
Not Yet Avaliable

MX2 Class Results
1. Tommy Searle, GBR - 12 Pts
2. Glenn Coldenhoff, NED - 15 Pts
3. Dylan Ferrandis, FRA - 18 Pts
4. Jeremy Martin, USA - 24 Pts
5. Julien Lieber, BEL - 26 Pts
6. Jeremy Seewer, SUI - 36 Pts
7. Pauls Jonass, LAT - 41 Pts
8. Luke Clout, AUS - 43 Pts
9. Vsevolod Brylyakov, RUS - 43 Pts
10. Thomas Kjer Olsen, DEN - 44 Pts

MX-Open Class Results
1. Steven Frossard, FRA - 6 Pts
2. Dean Wilson, GBR - 8 Pts
3. Eli Tomac, USA - 9 Pts
4. Kevin Strijbos, BEL - 10 Pts
5. Tanel Leok, EST - 14 Pts
6. Fredrik Noren, SWE - 22 Pts
7. Arnaud Tonus, SUI - 24 Pts
8. Dennis Ullrich, GER - 29 Pts
9. David Philippaerts, ITA - 30 Pts
10. Marc de Reuver, NED - 45 Pts
14. Matt Moss, AUS - 51 Pts

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