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2018 MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS | COMPLETE COVERAGE

Marvin Musquin has issued a statement in response to his exclusion from the roster of Team France for the 2018 Motocross of Nations. The Red Bull KTM rider was widely considered to be a member of the defending champion squad, especially after members of the French Federation watched Musquin win the 2018 RedBud Motocross in person, the site of this year’s MXON. But when yesterday’s line up of Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre, and Dylan Ferrandis was announced, the first thought by many was, “Why not Marvin?”

On Wednesday evening, Musquin put on a post on Facebook that stated, ”¬†I've had the unpleasant surprise to find out that I wasn't picked to race the MX of Nations for Team France.” Musquin went on to say that he spoke with team¬†coaches at the RedBud round and expressed full commitment to the team, but Federation President Jacques Bolle’s reasoning for the final decision has understandably upset Musquin. “Jacques Bolle also talks about the importance for the rider to be healthy and performing good around this time of the year. Seriously, what do you want me to say to that... ?,” Musquin went on to state. “My results speak for themselves. I finished 2nd in the AMA SX Championship this year and I'm currently a title contender for the outdoor championship with three races left! I won Red Bud this year and I've been racing at Red Bud for the last 8years.....”

As we noted in our post yesterday, there seems to be some tension between Musquin and the French Federation, as the two parties have not worked together since 2015’s win in Ernee. Musquin was not selected for the squad in 2016 and released a similar statement at the time, while in 2017 Musquin withdrew himself from consideration from the team due to a surgery that was necessary to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Musquin’s full statement on his exclusion from Team France for the 2018 Motocross of Nations is posted in full below…

Hello everyone,

As you might have heard already thru the video posted by the French Federation today, I've had the unpleasant surprise to find out that I wasn't picked to race the MX of Nations for Team France.

I think it's now important that I say a few words about what Jacques Bolle, President of the French Federation, said at the team announcement were the reasons and factors they looked at in selecting the team this year.

First of all, the motivation... For the record, the French coach came to America for the Red Bud National and spoke with me there to make sure I was motivated and available to race Des Nations. I confirmed I was 100% motivated and that being teammate with Dylan Ferrandis would be great! Also, what greater motivation is there for me to perform than to race in front of the world here in the US, on a track I just won? If that's not motivation enough then I don't know what would be!

Jacques Bolle also talks about the importance for the rider to be healthy and performing good around this time of the year. Seriously, what do you want me to say to that... ? My results speak for themselves. I finished 2nd in the AMA SX Championship this year and I'm currently a title contender for the outdoor championship with three races left! I won Red Bud this year and I've been racing at Red Bud for the last 8years.....

I'll save everyone time and not go into details about the planning and logistics that have already gone in to be part of that race from either my side, my Red Bull KTM teams side, the factory, my sponsors and or the rest of my crew....

To me it's sad to be overlooked again especially given the race is going to be here in the US where I compete almost every weekend for the last 8 years now and against many top riders that I am sure will be selected on the US home team. But I do really want to thank everyone who has and continues to support me and thank all the French, American, and all the other fans who have shown their support for me after this announcement. It means a lot to me.