TEAM USA WITHDRAWS FROM 2021 MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS
Sadly, the United States will not be represented at the 2021 Motocross of Nations race coming up on September 25th-26th in Mantova, Italy. Covid-19 restrictions have continued to challenge international travel and it is no small feat to bring a team of American’s to Europe for this event. With every passing day that a team wasn’t announced, it’s been easier to predict that the AMA wouldn’t be sending a squad overseas. Now, with the race only three weeks away, it’s official that Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton, Justin Barcia or any other American candidates won’t be making the trek. Read below for the official release from the AMA:
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association will not participate in the 2021 Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Motocross of Nations, Sept. 25-26 in Mantova, Italy. Ongoing Covid-19 mitigation efforts and ever-changing travel restrictions presented logistical challenges that contributed to the U.S. team’s decision.
“A number of issues have contributed to the logistical difficulty of attending the 2021 Motocross of Nations, on both an individual and team level, and these have been exacerbated greatly by current and expected Covid-19 mitigation efforts surrounding the event,” said AMA Director of Racing Mike Pelletier. “Due to the sizeable financial risk faced by all the team stakeholders, and the unknowns in play here, we came to the unanimous conclusion that suspending our participation was the responsible decision.”
“The AMA takes great pride in our efforts to compete in the Motocross of Nations each year, and we hope to return to the Motocross of Nations in 2022,” Pelletier added. “As we look forward to competing again in 2022, it’s our goal to bring back the Chamberlain Trophy to the U.S. once again.”
The FIM-sanctioned Motocross of Nations is a world championship team event featuring three-rider national teams. They compete for a combined score, which determines the overall championship-winning country.
The U.S. team is the all-time leader in FIM Motocross of Nations overall team victories, with 22 overall wins. Most of those wins took place under five-time Motocross World Champion and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Roger DeCoster’s direction, with the most recent U.S. Motocross of Nations win coming in 2011.