2014 Motocross Of Nations | France Takes Sunday Final

2014 Motocross Of Nations | France Takes Sunday Finals

Text: Antonovich |Images: Kimball

The 2014 Motocross of Nations is now complete, as the weekend’s three motos were run on the very rough and challenging Zelta Zirgs circuit in Riga, Latvia. As with every running of the MXoN, plenty of unforeseen issues played a part in the overall scores by riders and nations, with an unlikely winner taking home top honors and the Chamberlain Trophy by a massive margin. The French team of Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis, and Steven Frossard finished every one of their races on Sunday afternoon in the top-ten, and this consistency carried the team to their second overall victory in the event’s history. They now have the honor of running digits 1, 2, and 3 when the Motocross of Nations is held in their homeland at Ernee in 2015.

Injuries and mechanical issues saddled two pre-race favorites, the United States and Great Britain, but their efforts were still enough for overall ranking in the top-five.

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2014 Motocross of Nations | Friday At The Track
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Moto One (MXGP/MX2)

2014 Motocross Of Nations | France Takes Sunday Finals

Alexandr Tonkov ushered the field into the first turn, but the Russian rider had quick company in Gautier Paulin. The French rider slipped from fourth place to second place in the early laps, and began a fevered pursuit of the Husqvarna-mounted Russian. The pace set pace the two riders on the ever-changing track was impressive and had both at the limits of their skill levels at times, with mistakes striking both at different times. Paulin made a number of pass attempts in the same section of track, and finally one all-out run through the lane helped the Kawasaki rider take the lead. Once Paulin claimed the spot, he was able to race to the checkered flag without pressure and crossed the finish line 3.732 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.

Once Paulin passed Tonkov, the Russian came under attack from Ryan Dungey. The American rider passed German Max Nagl to take third place, and then spent the rest of the moto pursuing Tonkov. A mistake by Tonkov in a tight corner while navigating through lapped traffic allowed Dungey the chance to slip by, but the time spent dueling with Tonkov allowed Paulin to pull away with the moto win.

Fellow America Jeremy Martin entered the day with broken bones in his right foot, and the injury obviously affected the MX2 rider through the motos. A late-gate pick forced Martin to an outside gate and he began the moto deep in the running order. He spent the duration of the eighteen-lap race fighting for position, and climbed to an eventual eleventh place finish.

Antonio Cairoli of Italy and Jeremy van Horebeek of Belgium carved through the pack simultaneously, and the pair rad as high as sixth and seventh place midway through the moto. Cairoli's rise came to an abrupt end, however, as he was pitched off of the motorcycle in a fast area of the course. After limping off of the course with an apparent knee injury, the Italian withdrew from the moto. The Belgian, meanwhile, continued on to a fourth place finish.

Great Britain's Tommy Searle and Shaun Simpson were in prime positions midway through the moto, but engine issues plagued Simpson's KTM and forced the MXGP rider to coax his motorcycle the finish. The English MX2 rider carried the team for the moto, finishing just between Glenn Coldenhoff of the Netherlands and Dylan Ferrandis of France in the top-ten. These three were the only MX2 riders to crack the top-ten in moto one, with a pass by Ferrandis coming in the final lap.

Moto One (MXGP/MX2) Results

1. Gautier Paulin (France)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA)
3. Max Nagl (Germany)
4. Jeremy van Horebeek (Belgium)
5. Aleksandr Tonkov (Russia)
6. Filip Bengtsson (Sweden)
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (The Netherlands)
8. Tommy Searle (Great Britain)
9. Dylan Ferrandis (France)
10. Davide Guarneri (Italy)
11. Jeremy Martin (USA)
12. Rui Goncalves (Portugal)
13. Shaun Simpson (Great Britain)
14. Chad Reed (Australia)
15. Julien Lieber (Belgium)
16. Colton Facciotti (Canada)
17. Valentin Guillod (Switzerland)
18. Vsevolod Brylyakov (Russia)
19. Jeremy Seewer (Switzerland)
20. Harri Kullas ((Estonia)
21. Matiss Karro (Latvia)
22. Luke Clout (Australia)
23. Pauls Jonass (Latvia)
24. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Denmark)
25. Gert Krestinov (Estonia)
26. Ludvig Soderberg (Finland)
27. Kim Sorensen (Denmark)
28. Henry Jacobi (Germany)
29. Ben Lamay (Puerto Rico)
30. Paulo Alberto (Portugal)
31. Klemen Gercar (Slovenia)
32. Alex Martin (Puerto Rico)
33. Toni Eriksson (Finland)
34. Kaven Benoit (Canada)
35. Martin Barr (Ireland)
36. Jernej Irt (Slovenia)
37. Gordon Crockard (Ireland)
38. Ken Bengtsson (Sweden)
39. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (The Netherlands)
40. Antonio Cairoli (Italy)

Overall Team Standings

1. France 10pts
2. USA 13pts
3. Belgium 19pts
4. Great Britain 21pts
5. Russia 25pts

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Moto Two (MX2/OPEN)

2014 Motocross Of Nations | France Takes Sunday Finals

Steven Frossard nabbed the holeshot in the second moto, and this move by the French rider was a pivotal moment in the day; it kept Open class favorite Kevin Strijbos at bay for a number of laps early in the moto, and together they pulled away the rest of the pack, namely British teammates Dean Wilson and Tommy Searle. Eventually Strijbos overtook the lead, and the Belgian raced to win the moto by 3.329 seconds, but Frossard also managed to drop third place by eighteen seconds.

Wilson and Searle's places in the top-five helped further offset the thirteenth place scored by teammate Shaun Simpson, and it was exciting to see the two British riders fly around the cross together. Wilson moved by Searle just after the halfway point of the moto, but this had no impact on the points scored by the two riders.

Fredrik Noren of Sweden put in a career best ride, as the Nordic nation's Open class racer started the moto in the front pack and maintained a position in the top-five for the duration of the race. Although he came under fire from Eli Tomac late in the race, he withstood the pressure to edge the American by just over a half a second.

American teammates Eli Tomac and Jeremy Martin struggled at the start of the race, with Tomac spending much of the race pursuing Tanel Leok for sixth place. When the Estonian slowed late in the race, Tomac found a second wind and tore after the front pack, but came up just short of finishing in the top-five. Martin once again had a poor gate pick on the outside, and the tight right-hand turn was undoubtedly an issue for the ailing American. He spent the entire moto outside the top-ten, and finished the race in thirteenth place.

Cairoli's status for the second moto was questionable after the crash, but the Italian took an outside gate pick and coasted through the first turn at the rear of the pack to avoid issue. He spent all eighteen laps of the race on the move, and climbed from near last to nineteenth at the checkered flag.

Searle, Coldenhoff, and Ferrandis were again the only MX2 riders to crack the top-ten, with Searle's ride earning the British ride the class overall victory.

Moto Two (MX2/OPEN) Results

1. Kevin Strijbos (Belgium)
2. Steven Frossard (France)
3. Dean Wilson (Great Britain)
4. Tommy Searle (Great Britain)
5. Fredrik Noren (Sweden)
6. Eli Tomac (USA)
7. Tanel Leok (Estonia)
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (The Netherlands)
9. Dylan Ferrandis (France)
10. Marc de Reuver (The Netherlands)
11. Julien Lieber (Belgium)
12. David Philippaerts (Italy)
13. Jeremy Martin (USA)
14. Dennis Ullrich (Germany)
15. Matt Moss (Australia)
16. Arnaud Tonus (Switzerland)
17. Jeremy Seewer (Switzerland)
18. Pauls Jonass (Latvia)
19. Antonio Cairoli (Italy)
20. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Denmark)
21. Luke Clout (Australia)
22. Alex Martin (Puerto Rico)
23. Santtu Tiainen (Finland)
24. Harri Kullas (Estonia)
25. Vsevolod Brylyakov (Russia)
26. Hugo Basaula (Portugal)
27. Roberts Justs (Latvia)
28. Paulo Alberto (Portugal)
29. Stefan Kjer Olsen (Denmark)
30. Jernej Irt (Slovenia)
31. Ludvig Soderberg (Finland)
32. Evgeny Mikhailov (Russia)
33. Ken Bengtsson (Sweden0
34. Henry Jacobi (Germany)
35. Kaven Benoit (Canada)
36. Stuart Edmonds (Ireland)
37. Tyler Medaglia (Canada)
38. Ulises Velasco (Puerto Rico)

Overall Team Standings

1. France 21pts
2. Great Britain 28pts
3. Belgium 31pts
4. USA 32pts
5. The Netherlands 64pts

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Moto Three (MXGP/OPEN)

Jeremy van Horebeek fronted the field through the first turn, but the Belgian was overtaken by Dennis Ullrich of Germany by the close of the first full lap, and then retook the lead just laps later. The back and forth battle helped Gautier Paulin inch ahead, and the French rider snaked second place away from Ullrich early in the race. Paulin pursued van Horebeek for a handful of laps, and snatched the lead away near the midway point of the moto. From there, the moto one winner reaffirmed his dominance of the class, claiming the moto win and MXGP overall victory.

France's second rider in the race, Steven Frossard, had an equally impressive moto and ran in the top-five for the full seventeen laps. These top-five scores by the Open class competitor pumped France's lead in the overall standings, and the nation scored its second victory in history.

With both of Martin's motos scored outside the top-ten, the American team's shot at the podium was in dire straits and it was imperative that Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac both finish at the front of the field. Unfortunately, both were victims of incidents early in the race and were well outside the top-twenty after just a few laps. Tomac was collected in a first-turn crash and remounted in nearly last place, while Dungey was involved in a collision with another rider.

A suspension change between motos made a major difference to Tomac's riding, as the later commented that he could actually ride aggressively without worrying how the bike would react. His charge through the field was incredible, as he used the outside edges of the circuit, the full power of the engine, and his entire skillset to reach third place by the checkered flag. Dungey, meanwhile, battled with a dense pack of talented racers and ended the race in eleventh place.

Dean Wilson carded another top-five ride, but the British riders work was offset by teammate Shaun Simpson's DNF, the result of a snapped chai. The combined scores of the Great Britain and the United States resulted in a tie between the two nations, and the consistent moto scores by the Americans put them on the final step of the podium.

While van Horebeek flew at the front of the pack, Kevin Strijbos worked to overcome a crash. The Open class contestant was able to retain a spot in the top-ten, and this helped the Belgian team take second overall on the day.

Moto Three (MXGP/OPEN) Results

1. Gautier Paulin (France)
2. Jeremy van Horebeek (Belgium)
3. Eli Tomac (USA)
4. Steven Frossard (France)
5. Dean Wilson (Great Britain)
6. Aleksandr Tonkov (Russia)
7. Tanel Leok (Estonia)
8. Arnaud Tonus (Switzerland)
9. Kevin Strijbos (Belgium)
10. Rui Goncalves (Portugal)
11. Ryan Dungey (USA)
12. Max Nagl (Germany)
13. Matiss Karro (Latvia)
14. Davide Guarneri (Italy)
15. Dennis Ullrich (Germany)
16. Valentin Guillod (Swizterland)
17. Fredrik Noren (Sweden)
18. David Pilippaerts (Italy)
19. Gert Krestinov (Estonia)
20. Ceriel Klein Fromhof (The Netherlands)
21. Evgeniy Mikhailov (Russia)
22. Roberts Justs (Lativa)
23. Hugo Basaula (Portugal)
24. Stefan Kjer Olsen (Denmark)
25. Santtu Tianen (Finland)
26. Toni Eriksson (Finland)
27. Tyler Medaglia (Canada)
28. Klemen Gercar (Slovenia)
29. Stuart Edmonds (Ireland)
30. Gordon Crockard (Ireland)
31. Filip Bengtsson (Sweden)
32. Ulises Velasco (Puerto Rico)
33. Shaun Simpson (Great Britain)
34. Ben Lamay (Puerto Rico)
35. Marc de Reuver (The Netherlands)
36. Matt Moss (Australia)
37. Colton Facciotti (Canada)
38. Chad Reed (Australia)
39. Kim Sorensen (Denmark)

Final Team Standings
(Each team’s single worst score is dropped from the final tally)

1. France 17pts
2. Belgium 27pts
3. USA 33pts
4. Great Britain 33pts
5. Germany 72pts

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