By Brendan Lutes
The festivities at the 66th edition of the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations in Lommel, Belgium, have officially begun. And today not only consisted of a press conference featuring the top teams, but a go-kart event hosted by Monster Energy, where each country raced against each other in a Go-Karting of Nations.
Heading into this year’s MXoN, most of the talk centered on the brutally rough sand track; but more importantly how the Americans would fair against the Europeans at a facility that is drastically different than what they’ve seen in the United States. In an effort to get acquainted with the conditions, Team USA came over last week and have been testing and training on some of the sand tracks found in Belgium and Germany. The team even spent a day riding Lommel before it was closed to prepare for the MXoN. Going into the event this weekend, Ryan Dungey, Blake Baggett, and Justin Barcia are confident in their abilities. Check out some of what went on today in Lommel.