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MOTOCROSS ACTION RACING LORE: DANNY LaPORTE’S 1981 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS TRIUMPH

?The most exciting moment of my life was the first year that Team USA won the Motocross des Nations in 1981. As a team, we weren?t expected to win, nor did we even think that we would win. Honda put together a group of riders that probably weren?t the best choices to race. For years, Yamaha had a rider that was capable of doing well at the MXDN, and then Suzuki would have a guy. The problem was that because the riders were on different teams, there was an every-man-for-himself sort of mentality. Donnie …

WHO’S WHO AT THE 2012 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS

There are currently 33 nations signed up for the 2012 Motocross des Nations on September 30 in Belgium. For lots of these nations, they will get no farther than the qualifiers. If  a country isn’t in the top 19 teams after qualifying races, it must go to the B-Final (if there is room)…with only the winner of that consolation race making it into the big show (for which they will be too tired to do anything). Missing from the list (some of whom actually host rounds of the FIM World Championship, bu…

DES NEWS: TEAM USA WINS 2011 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS; IT WAS A NAIL BITER UP UNTIL POURCEL DROPPED OUT

This is the winning team at the 2011 Motocross des Nations. It was close up until the third moto of the day. From left to right; Dungey, Villopoto, Baggett and DeCoster. At St Jean d’Angeley the American team left the outcome in doubt until the last moto of the day. Then, when the chips were on the line, Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey left everyone in their dust (although there wasn?t any dust on a rainy day in France. Great Britain looked like they could win after the first 250/450 moto (Searle was fou…

2011 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS TO BE HELD ONE WEEK EARLIER, WHICH MEANS SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LAST NATIONAL

A new date for the 2011 MXDN was announced. Instead of September 24-25, 2011, it will be held on September 17-18, 2011. With the final AMA National on September 10 it will be very hard for Team USA to get their bikes to Europe (equipped for the FIM fuel and sound limits). The GP riders also only have one week, but they just have to drive from Italy to St. Jean D?Angley, France. Why the change? Word is that a World Endurance road race was scheduled on the originally proposed weekend at LeMans. To avoid h…