Mark your calendars and let the countdown begin! The 2010 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations, set to take place right here in Colorado, is but a mere 4 weeks away. This past Saturday, The American Motorcyclist Association announced the three American talents who will represent the country at this year’s MXoN. Ryan Dungey with Rockstar Makita Suzuki, who is the current champion of MXoN, will return as the Team Captain in the 450 cc, four stroke MX1 class. He will be joined by Trey Canard of GEICO Powersports Honda in the 250 cc, four stroke MX2 class and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short in the MX3, open class. These three amazing riders will battle it out for their 21st victory against teams from over 30 other countries in an event that many consider to be the Olympics of Motocross.
"These riders are fresh, fast and each is riding at the top of his game right now," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "They have been racing all summer in the world's most competitive national championship series, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships, and all three are ready to face the best of the rest. We are honored that they are representing the United States and the AMA at this prestigious event on American soil."
Last year, Dungey made his rookie debut in Franciacorta, Italy and led his team to victory with a win in the events final moto, nabbing USA’s 5th straight title. He is the 2010 AMA Supercross Champion and currently the reigning points champion of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship series with only 3 rounds of the series remaining.
"They selected a good team, and I am honored to be captain with Trey and Andrew," Dungey said. "Trey's been winning and Andrew has been getting starts and leading early, which is huge at a race with this format. I like our chances in keeping the Cup here in the United States."
For Trey Canard, this year’s selection to the team is his first. He ranked 3rd in the 2010 AMA Supercross Lites West class and stands a good chance to clinch the championship title in the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series 250 class. Last month he claimed his first career win at Redbud and has gone on to win four straight events.
"Growing up and reading about the Motocross of Nations in the magazines, I've always thought this would be an awesome experience," Canard said. "I was at the event in 2007 when Timmy Ferry, Ricky Carmichael and Ryan Villopoto were on the team, and seeing those guys win then was really cool. I'm looking forward to being part of the team, and I'm really thankful for the opportunity.
Despite eight years of professional racing, this year will also mark Andrew Short’s debut to Team USA. A Colorado native, Short has been given a rare opportunity for any rider to represent his country in front of a hometown crowd. He finished second overall at 2009’s Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship 450 Class standings and has remained consistent in the pack in this year’s series, claiming one win and four runner-up podium finishes within nine rounds. He is also credited with eight holeshot awards.
"It is an incredible honor to be chosen to represent AMA Team USA at the Motocross of Nations this year," Short said. "To be given this opportunity is something I have dreamt about since I was a little kid, and for it to become a reality is amazing. For the Motocross of Nations to be held in my home state of Colorado is just icing on the cake!"
2010 marks only the third year of MXoN to be held in the United States. The first being at Unadilla Valley in 1987, the second in 2007 at Budd’s Creek, since it’s inception in 1947. Thunder Valley is strategically located a mere 15 minutes away from the thriving metropolis of Denver and is infamous for its high-altitude challenge to a rider’s prowess. This years event will take place on September 25th and 26th.