Team USA will be Cooper Webb (MXGP), Jason Anderson (Open) and Alex Martin (MX2). Photo by: Hoppenworld
With the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations, set for the legendary Maggiora circuit on September 24 and 25 anticipation is growing as several of the contenders for the Chamberlain Trophy have been selected.
Last weekend both Team USA and Team Belgium were selected, to join already selected teams, such as Team France, Team New Zealand and Team Australia.
As usual, three teams seem to have the role as equal favorites, with defending champion France picking Romain Febvre, Gautier Paulin and Benoit Paturel. France of course will be going for their third straight MXoN victory in a row having won in 2014 and 2015.
Belgium, who won the event in 2013 have selected Kevin Strijbos, Jeremy van Horebeek and Clement Desalle.
The winningest team in the history of the event Team USA have three youngsters in the team in Cooper Webb, Jason Anderson and Alex Martin. While Webb raced for Team USA in 2016, it will be the debut for both Anderson and Martin in the team. Martin had raced for Puerto Rico in the past.
Team Australia and Team New Zealand look like top ten possibilities, with Kirk Gibbs, Jed Beaton and Dean Ferris in for Australia, and the Kiwis going with Cody Cooper, Hamish Harwood and Josiah Natzke
Team Great Britain could be a strong performer, and will be picked this weekend, with the team expected to be GP regulars, Max Anstie, Shaun Simpson and Tommy Searle.
Team Netherlands could have a good shot with Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff and Brian Bogers big possibilities, or Team Switzerland with maybe Jeremy Seewer, Arnaud Tonus and Valentin Guillod look strong.
Ken Roczen has taken the 2012 winners Germany out of the running, as he has decided not to attend the event.
In the last 30 years of the event only five nations have won this event, America, France, Belgium, Great Britain and Italy. Of course the Italian team will have Antonio Cairoli in their line-up, but miss a third rider to contend for victory.
Team Canada will field Kaven Benoit, Jeremy Medaglia and Shawn Maffenbeier. Team South Africa is Kerim Fitzgerald, Maddy Malan and Michael Docherty.