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Motocross of Nations teams for RedBud

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The Motocross of Nations is not far away at all now, as the world's best will tackle the American circuit of RedBud in a matter of days. All of the squads have been confirmed now, unsurprisingly, and are listed below, as well as various notes that are worth considering. This is effectively an online programme for the Motocross of Nations.

France

Gautier Paulin

MXGP

Dylan Ferrandis

MX2

Jordi Tixier

Open

Note: Romain Febvre has withdrawn from RedBud, after sustaining a concussion and broken rib at the start of the month, so Jordi Tixier has been drafted in as his replacement. Yes, it is controversial.

Gautier Paulin is poised to lead the French team into action once again (Husqvarna/J.P Acevedo)

The Netherlands

Jeffrey Herlings

MXGP

Calvin Vlaanderen

MX2

Glenn Coldenhoff

Open

Note: The Netherlands will welcome Calvin Vlaanderen to the team and that alone will make them very strong. Vlaanderen turned his back on the South African federation.

Great Britain

Tommy Searle

MXGP

Ben Watson

MX2

Max Anstie

Open

Note: No big surprises for Team Great Britain. Some are outraged that Jake Nicholls was not selected, however, and even he admitted that he is disappointed and deserved a spot on the team.

Belgium

Clement Desalle

MXGP

Jago Geerts

MX2

Jeremy Van Horebeek

Open

Note: Jago Geerts broke his collarbone at the Grand Prix of Switzerland and immediately had surgery, then made it back for the final two Grand Prix. Geerts has been back on the bike for a month now.

Clement Desalle has not raced the Motocross of Nations since 2013 (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

Switzerland

Valentin Guillod

MXGP

Killian Auberson

MX2

Jeremy Seewer

Open

Note: Killian Auberson has stepped in, as Arnaud Tonus has pulled out of the Motocross of Nations, which means that Jeremy Seewer will move into the Open class.

Australia

Kirk Gibbs

MXGP

Hunter Lawrence

MX2

Mitchell Evans

Open

Note: Chad Reed wanted the third spot on the team, but obviously missed out. Reed hinted that he wanted to find another way to compete at the Motocross of Nations, but that did not work out.

Italy

Antonio Cairoli

MXGP

Michele Cervellin

MX2

Alessandro Lupino

Open

Note: Antonio Cairoli was questionable for the MXoN a few weeks ago, but the fact that he has been confirmed as the lead rider obviously means that he is in for RedBud.

It is currently unknown whether Antonio Cairoli will race at the Motocross of Nations (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

Estonia

Tanel Leok

MXGP

Hardi Roosiorg

MX2

Harri Kullas

Open

Note: Although this may not seem like an incredible team on paper, there is no doubt that Estonia will manage to sneak into the top ten. This will be the eighteenth time that Tanel Leok has raced the Motocross of Nations.

USA

Eli Tomac

MXGP

Aaron Plessinger

MX2

Justin Barcia

Open

Note: Team USA will send an extremely strong team to the Motocross of Nations and undoubtedly enter RedBud as the favourites to claim the title. The United States last won in 2011.

Sweden

Filip Bengtsson

MXGP

Alvin Ostlund

MX2

Anton Gole

Open

Note: Alvin Ostlund missed a lot of the season with a broken ankle, but raced the final two Grand Prix with limited success. It seems as though he will be ready for RedBud.

Denmark

N/A

MXGP

N/A

MX2

N/A

Open

Note: There will be no Danish team at the Motocross of Nations this year, Thomas Kjer Olsen has confirmed, due to the amount of resources that are required to make the trip across the pond.

Team Denmark will not be racing at the Motocross of Nations this year (Husqvarna/J.P Acevedo)

Slovenia

N/A MXGP
N/A MX2
N/A Open

Note: Tim Gajser is skipping the Motocross of Nations in order to remove some metal from his jaw, so Slovenia will not send a team. It was unlikely anyway.

Canada

Colton Facciotti

MXGP

Jess Pettis

MX2

Tyler Medaglia

Open

Note: Canada have quietly been fielding some strong teams and this one is no different. Kaven Benoit was originally pegged to compete in the Open category, but an injury in Montreal has ruled him out.

Russia

N/A

MXGP

N/A

MX2

N/A

Open

Note: Russia were not listed on the pre-entry list that was just released by Youthstream, so it seems that they will not be sending a team to the Motocross of Nations.

Ireland

Gary Gibson

MXGP

Martin Barr

MX2

Richard Bird

Open

Note: Stuart Edmonds was originally in, but re-injured his arm around a month ago. Richard Bird has been drafted in as his replacement. Graeme Irwin then broke his scaphoid on Sunday and has now been replaced by Gary Gibson.

Ireland are running fundraising events to help them get to RedBud (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

Portugal

Rui Goncalves

MXGP

Diogo Graca

MX2

Paulo Alberto

Open

Note: Considering the fact that Rui Goncalves has now retired, it seems most unlikely that Portugal will qualify for the main event at RedBud. It is surprising they are even sending a team.

Puerto Rico

Kevin Windham

MXGP

Ryan Sipes

MX2

Travis Pastrana

Open

Note: Puerto Rico were originally going to send Ronnie Mac to the Motocross of Nations, but he was cut and replaced by Kevin Windham. Travis Pastrana explained all of that in a social-media statement.

Spain

Jose Butron

MXGP

Jorge Prado

MX2

Carlos Campano

Open

Note: Iker Larranaga Olano was originally slated to take the third spot on Team Spain, but a pair of dislocated shoulders forced the federation to hunt for a replacement.

Slovakia

N/A

MXGP

N/A

MX2

N/A

Open

Note: Slovakia are not expected to send a team to the Motocross of Nations, although that has not been confirmed at the time of writing. Stay tuned for more.

Germany

Ken Roczen

MXGP

Henry Jacobi

MX2

Max Nagl

Open

Note: Fans have desperately waited for Ken Roczen to return to the Motocross of Nations, so most were extremely pleased when Germany announced their team. Team Germany have had a rough ride the last two years.

Ken Roczen will race the Motocross of Nations for the first time since Teutschenthal in 2013 (Honda Racing Corporation)

New Zealand

Cody Cooper

MXGP

Hamish Harwood

MX2

Rhys Carter

Open

Note: Dylan Walsh was originally slated to take the MX2 slot on Team New Zealand, but has now been replaced by Hamish Harwood. Harwood raced the Motocross of Nations just last year.

Czechia

Vaclav Kovar

MXGP

Martin Krc

MX2

Martin Michek

Open

Brazil

Gustavo Pessoa

MXGP

Enzo Lopes

MX2

Fabio Santos

Open

Note: Brazil failed to qualify at the event last year, so will draft in two new riders this year. Fabio Santos is the only one who was on the team at Matterley Basin.

South Africa

Michael Docherty

MXGP

Bradley Lionett

MX2

Caleb Tennant

Open

Note: Team South Africa could have been so much stronger, had they not fallen out with Calvin Vlaanderen. Vlaanderen was less than pleased when the South African federation claimed that he did not have permission to use the flag.

Calvin Vlaanderen will race for The Netherlands, instead of South Africa (Honda Racing Corporation)

Ukraine

Dmytro Asmanov

MXGP

Dmytro Chernov

MX2

Volodymyr Tarasov

Open

Iceland

Einar Sigurdsson

MXGP

Andri Gudmundsson

MX2

Ingvi Bjorn Birgisson

Open

Argentina

Dario Arco

MXGP

Jose Felipe

MX2

Juan Pablo Luzzardi

Open

Note: Reports suggest that Team Argentina have made some last-minute changes to their squad, due to recent injuries to some star riders.

Philippines

Kenneth San Andres

MXGP

Mark Reggie Flores

MX2

Carlo Rodriguez

Open

Japan

Taiki Koga

MXGP

Haruki Yakoyama

MX2

Toshiki Tomita

Open

Note: Toshiki Tomita was fourteenth in the premier-class standings in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this season, so could end up surprising the casual fans at RedBud.

Toshiki Tomita will end his American adventure with HRC at the Motocross of Nations (Honda Racing Corporation)

Mexico

Julio Cesar Zambrano MXGP
Tre Fierro MX2
Felix Lopez Open

Note: There has not been a Mexican team at the Motocross of Nations since Thunder Valley eight years ago, so it is positive that they are returning to the event this year.

Austria

Lukas Neurauter

MXGP

Michael Sandner

MX2

Pascal Rauchenecker

Open

Venezuela

Lorenzo Locurcio

MXGP

Anthony Rodriguez

MX2

Carlos Badiali

Open

Note: There is almost no doubt that Lorenzo Locurcio and Anthony Rodriguez will be able to carry Team Venezuela into the main races.

Guam

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Note: Reports now suggest that Team Guam will not be competing, despite the fact that they were initially entered. Injuries are the reason for that.

Chad Reed is not going to race for Team Guam, despite the rumours (Suzuki Racing)

Chile

Nicolas Aravena

MXGP

Javier Vasquez

MX2

Manuel Pavez

Open

Guatemala

Jose Fernandez

MXGP

Pablo Barrientos

MX2

Jorge Gonzalez

Open

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer

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