With Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb bowing out and a myriad of top 450 riders like Blake Baggett, Jason Anderson and Justin Barcia all injured, the Team USA selection process for the 2017 Motocross of Nations taking place at Matterley Basin has been a tough one for Team USA Manager, Roger DeCoster. But Roger got it done. The announcement of the three riders that will represent the USA at the 2017 MXoN was just made at the 2017 Unadilla National.
Taking the reigns for Team USA in the MXGP class will be HRC / Honda rider Cole Seely. “I think it is important to have someone who is excited to be on the team,” Seely said. “I’m stoked to make it this year and represent the country.”
MX2 class will be represented by the 250MX red plate holder and former Team Puerto Rico rider, Rockstar Energy / Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne. “Being chosen to represent Team USA at the FIM Motocross of Nations has been a huge goal and dream of mine for a very long time,” Osborn said. “I couldn’t be happier to travel to the United Kingdom to race and ride my very best to bring the championship trophy back to the USA.”
Speaking of former Team Puerto Rico riders, Rockstar Energy / Husqvarna’s Thomas Covington was slated to race for Team PR at this year’s MXoN, but Roger has moved the MX2 World Championship standout over to Team USA to represent them in the Open class. “I am truly honored to be picked for the United States’ Motocross of Nations Team,” Covington said. “I am really looking forward to getting to represent my home country overseas.”
This team might be a surprise for some, but Cole, Zach and Thomas will no doubt leave it all on the track come October 1. This might not be the best three riders the USA has to offer, but do not for one minute count these three young and hungry Americans out of it. USA, USA, USA!