The Monster Energy Motocross of Nations is arguably the single-biggest race of the entire year. Taking place at a different venue each year, the weekend event pits the best three riders from nearly every country in the world against one another, and after three motos the Chamberlain Trophy is awarded to the team with the lost point tally.
Team USA controlled the event for decades, but recent years have seen the European contingent take wins in the sands of Belgium and on the hard-pack of Germany. These losses crushed American morale and at one point this summer it sounded like no one from the US would head to Kegums, Latvia, in late September for the 2014 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations. The rumors began when Ryan Dungey, a long-time team captain, opted out of the event to enjoy the off-season and upcoming wedding, and gained momentum when no timetable for Ryan Villopoto’s return from injury had been set.
But the mood has changed in recent weeks, and we have learned that a team has been established to represent the red, white, and blue. Ryan Dungey will return to his role following a change of heart, and two more riders will be determined from a short list that includes Eli Tomac, Trey Canard, Blake Baggett, and Jeremy Martin.
An official team will be released at the upcoming Unadilla round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, but we spoke with Team Manager Roger DeCoster about the situation while at Washougal this weekend.