For 71 years the curiosity of off-road motorcycle fans has drifted to one race and one set time on the yearly calendar. The Motocross of Nations is not only drenched-deep in history, it is virtually unique: the only team-based one-day event in motorsport.
From the earliest editions run on the scramble tracks of Holland, Britain, Belgium and Sweden to the behemoth it is today, the ‘MXoN’ or the ‘Nations’ is still the annual highlight for several reasons. There is patriotism (the only time where three riders ditch their individual ambitions and unite under a flag and fans cheer their country rather than a particular favourite on the track). The spectacle (the best riders in the world have been selected to wear their nation’s colours and the results usually go down to the last laps of the final moto). The place (normally at the best and most iconic MX circuits or places on a global scale). The cosmopolitan (typically more than 30 countries try to make the 20 cut-off mark for the grand show on Sunday). The history (Team USA holds the record for the most victories but the MXoN is a connecting showpiece from the very first days and daring of the sport – everyone who is anyone has raced the MXoN) and the sense of occasion. This is the big one, and the spectators respond en mass with flags, flares, noise, colours. It is an annual carnival and celebration of motocross.
2018 sees the contest land on American shores for the first time this decade and for the third occasion since 2007. The scenic RedBud circuit in Michigan will be the motocross ‘honeypot’ this week so we decided to highlight three reasons why the 72nd Monster Energy Motocross of Nations cannot be missed.