Monday Kickstart Presented by ONE Industries – MXoN

For for the second time in four years, the Red Bull Motocross of Nations took place in the United States, and just like at Budds Creek in 2007, it was a huge success. Thousands of fans turned out from all over the world to witness Team USA take home the win for the sixth straight year. But just in case you weren’t there to catch the action, we managed to scrape together nearly everything that went down both in the pits and on the race track.
The very first American team to win the Motocross of Nations back in 1981 was honored during a press conference on Saturday. Consisting of Donnie Hansen, Chuck Sun, Johnny O'Mara, and Danny LaPorte, the team began a 13-year winning streak for the US. Right now, America is in the midst of a six-year streak.

The very first American team to win the Motocross of Nations back in 1981 was honored during a press conference on Saturday. Consisting of Donnie Hansen, Chuck Sun, Johnny O'Mara, and Danny LaPorte, the team began a 13-year winning streak for the US. Right now, America is in the midst of a six-year streak.

The Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team had quite a few riders entered in the MXoN. Dean Wilson was part of Team Great Britian, Gautier Paulin was a member of Team France, and Jeremy Van Horebeek was part of the Belgian team.

The Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team had a couple riders entered in the MXoN. Dean Wilson was part of Team Great Britain and Jeremy Van Horebeek was part of the Belgian team. Since Christophe Pourcel was injured at the final outdoor race his KX450F was also parked under the team's tent as it was already prepped for the race.

Yamaha provided 11 bikes to various teams and had a huge presence in the pits with both the MotoConcepts and VMS rigs for teams to pit out of. The teams then brought over their own suspension and different trick parts, turning the bikes into very trick looking machines.

Yamaha provided 11 bikes to various teams and had a huge presence in the pits with both the MotoConcepts and VMS rigs for teams to pit out of. The teams then brought over their own suspension and different trick parts, turning the bikes into very trick looking machines.

Being that the MXoN is held over the course of the entire weekend, many people were camping at the race. One Industries had this cool looking bus parked in the pits. Perhaps the biggest presence, though, was event title sponsor Red Bull, as they had a huge compound with numerous motorhomes inside the pits.

Being that the MXoN is held over the course of the entire weekend, many people were camping at the race. One Industries had this cool looking bus parked in the pits. Perhaps the biggest presence, though, was event title sponsor Red Bull, as they had a huge compound with numerous motorhomes inside the pits.

The Motocross of Nations always brings out the patriotic spirit in everyone. Throughout the weekend, we saw quite a few fans decked out in everything from Speedos to a Captain American costume.

The Motocross of Nations always brings out the patriotic spirit in everyone. Throughout the weekend, we saw quite a few fans decked out in everything from Speedos to a Captain American costume.

More Team USA fans

More Team USA fans

Team Great Britain fans. Not too sure how the guy on the left can see through those...

Team Great Britain fans. Not too sure how the guy on the left can see through those...

More Team USA fans.

More Team USA fans.

While in the Team USA pits, we happened across one of Andrew Short's custom painted Fly helmets.

While in the Team USA pits, we happened across one of Andrew Short's custom painted Fly helmets.

Another look at Shorty's lid.

Another look at Shorty's lid.

Most of the gear that riders wore was one-off, and all of the Alpinestars riders had custom graphics on their boots. Here's a closer look at Ben Townley's New Zealand A-Stars boots.

Most of the gear that riders wore was one-off, and all of the Alpinestars riders had custom graphics on their boots. Here's a closer look at Ben Townley's New Zealand A-Stars boots.

Matrix provided these cool red, white, and blue work mats for Team USA. Both Canard and Dungey were using these mats in their respective pit areas.

Matrix provided these cool red, white, and blue work mats for Team USA. Both Canard and Dungey were using these mats in their respective pit areas.

Here's a look at Dean Farris' custom Australia helmets and neck brace. He was riding a Geico Powersports/Honda for the weekend and pitted out of the same rig as Canard and Brett Metcalfe.

Here's a look at Dean Ferris' custom Australia helmets and neck brace. He was riding a Geico Powersports/Honda for the weekend and pitted out of the same rig as Canard and Brett Metcalfe.

In spite of the troubles that Trey Canard had in the first MX2 moto where he tangled with Zach Osborne off the start, he still managed to charge to the front of the pack in moto one and finished third in moto two for a good overall showing in the MX2 class.

In spite of the troubles that Trey Canard had in the first MX2 moto where he tangled with Zach Osborne off the start, he still managed to charge to the front of the pack in moto one and finished third in moto two for a good overall showing in the MX2 class.

Like always, Team USA had a huge fan following. This photo was taken before racing got underway, but needless to say, being that the race was on U.S. soil, the crowd never really died down all day long. It's also worth noting that the team had the biggest pit area of all the teams, with the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki semi for Dungey, the Red Bull Racing/Honda semi for Short, and the Geico Powersports/Honda rig for Canard and part of Team Australia.

Like always, Team USA had a huge fan following. This photo was taken before racing got underway, but needless to say, being that the race was on U.S. soil, the crowd never really died down all day long. It's also worth noting that the team had the biggest pit area of all the teams, with the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki semi for Dungey, the Red Bull Racing/Honda semi for Short, and the Geico Powersports/Honda rig for Canard and part of Team Australia.

The large fan following wasn't the only attention that Team USA received during the course of the weekend. Everywhere they went, photographers hounded them, and this shot of Dungey packing his gate before the start of the first moto, illustrates the fact that the team was very popular with the press.

The large fan following wasn't the only attention that Team USA received during the course of the weekend. Everywhere they went, photographers hounded them, and this shot of Dungey packing his gate before the start of the first moto, illustrates the fact that the team was very popular with the press.

The large fan following wasn't the only attention that Team USA received during the course of the weekend. Everywhere they went, photographers hounded them, and this shot of Dungey packing his gate before the start of the first moto, illustrates the fact that the team was very popular with the press.

Ricky Carmichael showed up to take in the action on Sunday and said hello to Antonio Cairoli on the line before the start of the first MX1/MX2 moto.

Our own editor-at-large Steve Matthes introduced the Canadian team before racing began. In case you didn't know, Matthes is Canadian…

Our own editor-at-large Steve Matthes introduced the Canadian team before racing began. In case you didn't know, Matthes is Canadian…

After talking the talk before the race about beating Dungey, Cairoli couldn't make it happen in either MX1 moto. At the beginning of the first moto, Cairoli did all he could to keep pace with Dungey, but eventually dropped his pace slightly, allowing Dungey to eventually pull out to a comfortable lead.

After talking the talk before the race about beating Dungey, Cairoli couldn't make it happen in either MX1 moto. At the beginning of the first moto, Cairoli did all he could to keep pace with Dungey, but eventually dropped his pace slightly, allowing Dungey to eventually pull out to a comfortable lead.

Following each race, the top-three riders are interviewed for television, however, before getting in front of the camera, riders cool off and get cleaned up in a small tent on the side. Here, Metcalfe catches his breath and gets come water following his first moto third.

Following each race, the top-three riders are interviewed for television, however, before getting in front of the camera, riders cool off and get cleaned up in a small tent on the side. Here, Metcalfe catches his breath and gets some water following his first moto third.

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At only 16 years old, Germany's Ken Roczen is quickly establishing himself as one of the world's top racers. In both MX2 motos he dominated and even led the final moto ahead of all the MX3 riders until getting passed by Ben Townley and Kyle Regal. He also won the Ricky Carmichael MXoN Award.

While the crowd wasn't as big as it has been at previous MXoN races, there were still plenty of people in attendance. And with a huge hillside as a backdrop, there really wasn't a bad seat in the house.

While the crowd wasn't as big as it has been at previous MXoN races, there were still plenty of people in attendance. And with a huge hillside as a backdrop, there really wasn't a bad seat in the house.

New Zealand's Ben Townley rode very strong in the first MX3 moto, taking over the lead after making a controversial move on Short. The second moto, however, didn't go too well for the New Zealander, as he ran into some problems and carded a 35th place finish.

New Zealand's Ben Townley rode very strong in the first MX3 moto, taking over the lead after making a controversial move on Short. The second moto, however, didn't go too well for the New Zealander, as he ran into some problems and carded a 35th place finish.

The Thunder Valley track had some changes done to it for the MXoN, however, it was largely the same layout as it was for this year's National. The changes made included: making the track wider, adding some larger jumps, and moving the start straight forward in order to add a new straight behind it. All of this combined for some great racing on a track that offered many different line choices.

The Thunder Valley track had some changes done to it for the MXoN, however, it was largely the same layout as it was for this year's National. The changes made included: making the track wider, adding some larger jumps, and moving the start straight forward in order to add a new straight behind it. All of this combined for some great racing on a track that offered many different line choices.

Even though Team USA ran into some troubles—Short's crash and Canard getting caught up in the first turn—the team stayed strong and pulled through for the sixth straight win for the red, white, and blue.

Even though Team USA ran into some troubles—Short's crash and Canard getting caught up in the first turn—the team stayed strong and pulled through for the sixth straight win for the red, white, and blue.

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Just like every year, there were some American mechanic's wrenching for other teams. Geico Powersports/Honda's Schnikey talks with his rider Dean Ferris before Saturday practice started.

Since the MXoN is sanctioned by the FIM, the USA bikes had to have some changes done to meet stricter sound requirements. As it turned out, though, even though Yoshimura had a different exhaust system for Shorty's bike, it wasn't needed. The regular system passed sound without a problem.

Since the MXoN is sanctioned by the FIM, the USA bikes had to have some changes done to meet stricter sound requirements. As it turned out, though, even though Yoshimura had a different exhaust system for Shorty's bike, it wasn't needed. The regular system passed sound without a problem.

Being that the race took place in the U.S., the Asterisk Medic crew was helping out at Thunder Valley this weekend.

Being that the race took place in the U.S., the Asterisk Medic crew was helping out at Thunder Valley this weekend.

Some of the new jumps at Thunder Valley were very big and often times posed a problem for the MX2 bikes to get over them. Most riders, like Puerto Rico's Zach Osborne pictured here, really had to stretch it out in order to make it over one tabletop in particular.

Some of the new jumps at Thunder Valley were very big and often times posed a problem for the MX2 bikes to get over them. Most riders, like Puerto Rico's Zach Osborne pictured here, really had to stretch it out in order to make it over one tabletop in particular.

Another new jump was this quad right before riders made the turn towards the finishline. In the first few practice sessions of the weekend, no on was making the leap, but as the day progressed, most of the top MX1 and MX3 riders were hitting the huge jump every lap.

Another new jump was this quad right before riders made the turn towards the finishline. In the first few practice sessions of the weekend, no on was making the leap, but as the day progressed, most of the top MX1 and MX3 riders were hitting the huge jump every lap.

Andrew Short had a very good weekend. Considering that he was born and raised in Colorado, being a part of Team USA at this year's MXoN had to have been a dream come true. Throughout the whole weekend, Short was calm, cool, and collected. Even after he had the first moto run-in with Townley.

Andrew Short had a very good weekend. Considering that he was born and raised in Colorado, being a part of Team USA at this year's MXoN had to have been a dream come true. Throughout the whole weekend, Short was calm, cool, and collected. Even after he had the first moto run-in with Townley.

Our buddy Wil Topete designed Team Mexico's very cool looking graphics.

Our buddy Wil Topete designed Team Mexico's very cool looking graphics.

We just thought that Akira Narita's Team Japan graphics were pretty creative.

We just thought that Akira Narita's Team Japan graphics were pretty creative.

Team Puerto Rico's Kyle Regal had a great showing during the first MX3 moto where he finished second behind Townley. His team also had a decent overall finish, landing just outside the top-10 in 11th.

Team Puerto Rico's Kyle Regal had a great showing during the first MX3 moto where he finished second behind Townley. His team also had a decent overall finish, landing just outside the top-10 in 11th.

See everyone at the races!

See everyone at the races!