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Meet the 2018 Monster Energy MXoN Athletes

Sep 212018

Every fall the motocross world comes together for the sport’s single-biggest spectacle – the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations. Affectionately known as the “Olympics of Motocross” this global showcase of the most talented riders on the planet provides the lone opportunity for the best of the U.S. and the best of Europe to go bar-to-bar in a battle of supremacy. While the head-to-head battle to determine the proverbial “fastest man on the planet” is always a major storyline at the MXoN, nothing is more important than the bragging rights that come with being the winning country, and taking home the coveted Chamberlain Trophy.

Eli Tomac

 

Country: United States

Team: Monster Energy Kawasaki

Class: MXGP

 

Past MXoN Results:

2013:

- MXoN Runner-Up – Team USA

- 4th Place – MX2 

2014: 

- MXoN 3rd Place – Team USA

- 3rd Place – Open 

2018:

- AMA Pro Motocross 450 Class Champion

- 8 Wins

- 10 Podiums

 

Tomac clinched his second straight AMA Pro Motocross 450 Class title in 2018, thanks to eight overall wins and 10 overall podium results in 12 rounds. He’s been the most dominant force in American motocross the past two seasons, and will make his anticipated return to the MXoN for the first time since 2014 as Team Captain of the U.S. squad. In his two previous appearances Tomac showed he has the ability to thrive on the big stage, and as the reigning back-to-back champion in the States he’s sure to step up and lead the way for the host nation.

Justin Barcia

 

Country: United States

Team: Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing

Class: Open

 

Past MXoN Results:

2012: 

- MXoN 3rd Place – Team USA

- 4th Place – Open 

2013: 

- MXoN Runner-Up – Team USA

- Open Winner

2015:

- MXoN Runner-Up – Team USA

- MXGP Winner

2018:

- 4th Place – AMA Pro Motocross 450 Class Championship

- 1 Win

- 6 Podiums

 

No one on the U.S. squad, and very few riders in the MXoN as a whole, have as much experience in the world’s biggest race as Barcia. Fresh of a season of redemption in which he ended the year with a dominant victory, Bam Bam’s journey back to the upper echelon of the sport will culminate with the event where he’s achieved some of his greatest success. A pair of individual class wins shows that the MXoN brings the best out of Barcia, and with the home crowd cheering him on, the most experienced rider on the team will look to put the host nation back on top.

Aaron Plessinger

 

Country: United States

Team: Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha

Class: MX2

 

**Making MXoN Debut**

2018:

- AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Champion

- 6 Wins

- 9 Podiums

 

Despite being a rookie to the MXoN experience, Plessinger’s laid back style suggests he’ll be unfazed by the pressure, and his fun-loving attitude will bring some much-needed enthusiasm to the U.S. squad. The breakout rider of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship captured the 250 Class title with ease, and as a result he has become American motocross’ rising star. Plessinger’s eagerness to represent the U.S. on the sport’s biggest stage bodes well for the host nation’s effort to end its six-year winless streak.

Clement Desalle

 

Country: Belgium

Team: Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team

Class: MXGP

 

Past MXoN Results:

2009: 

- MXoN 3rd Place – Team Belgium

- 7th Place - MXGP

2010: 

- MXoN Runner-Up – Team Belgium

- Open Winner

2012: 

- MXoN Runner-Up – Team Belgium

- 4th Place – MXGP 

2013: 

- MXoN Champion – Team Belgium

- 9th Place - Open

2018:

- 3rd Place – FIM Motocross MXGP World Championship 

- 1 Win

- 8 Podiums

 

Desalle will spearhead the Belgium lineup for the third time, bringing a wealth of experience and a solid MXGP season with him. Despite being absent from the event for the past four years, Desalle boasts an impressive MXoN resume that includes an individual class win as well as a Team Belgium victory in 2013. He brings the kind of veteran stability his nation needs to remain a perennial contender for the Chamberlain Trophy.

Jeremy Van Horebeek

 

Country: Belgium

Team: Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team

Class: Open

 

Past MXoN Results:

2007: 

- MXoN 3rd Place – Team Belgium

- 10th Place – MX2

2008: 

- MXoN 3rd Place – Team Belgium

- 5th Place – MX2

2010: 

- MXoN Runner-Up – Team Belgium

- 4th Place – MX2

2012: 

- MXoN Runner-Up – Team Belgium

- 10th Place – MX2

2013: 

- MXoN Champion – Team Belgium

- 3rd Place – MX2

2014: 

- MXoN Runner-Up – Team Belgium

- MXGP Runner-Up

2015: 

- MXoN 3rd Place – Team Belgium

- 3rd Place – Open 

2016: 

- MXoN 4th Place – Team Belgium

- MX2 Winner

2017: 

- MXoN 4th Place – Team Belgium

- 4th Place – MXGP 

2018:

- 9th Place – FIM Motocross MXGP World Championship 

- 3 Top-Five Finishes

 

The proverbial anchor of the Belgium squad, Van Horebeek will make an incredible 10th appearance at the MXoN this year. It is rare to find a competitor with that much experience in this event, but the success the team has achieved with Van Horebeek in the lineup is undeniable, and it’s surely why he remains a fixture on the team. In addition to winning it all in 2013, the veteran has helped guide the nation to six additional podium efforts and has finished no worse than fourth overall.

Jago Geerts

 

Country: Belgium

Team: KEMEA Yamaha Official MX2 Team

Class: MX2

 

**Making MXoN Debut**

2018:

- 7th Place – FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship 

- 1 Podium

 

At just 17 years old, Geerts will bring youthful exuberance to his veteran teammates during his MXoN debut. The up-and-coming talent has enjoyed several bright spots throughout his first year in the World Championship, and continues to develop under the tutelage of Belgian motocross legend Marincq Bervoets.

Tommy Searle

 

Country: Great Britain

Team: Bike It DRT Kawasaki

Class: MXGP

 

Past MXoN Results:

2006:

- MXoN 6th Place – Team Great Britain

- 12th Place – MX2

2007: 

- MXoN 5th Place – Team Great Britain

- MX2 Runner-Up

2008: 

- MXoN 4th Place – Team Great Britain

- MX2 Runner-Up

2009:

- MXoN 5th Place – Team Great Britain

- 4th Place – MX2

2011: 

- MXoN 4th Place – Team Great Britain

- 3rd Place – MXGP

2012: 

- MXoN 8th Place – Team Great Britain

- 6th Place – MXGP

2013: 

- MXoN 6th Place – Team Great Britain

- MXGP Runner-Up

2014: 

- MXoN 4th Place – Team Great Britain

- MX2 Winner

2016: 

- MXoN 7th Place – Team Great Britain

- 9th Place – MXGP

2017: 

- MXoN 3rd Place – Team Great Britain

- 13th Place – MX2

2018:

- 17th Place – FIM Motocross MXGP World Championship 

- 1 Top-Five Finish

 

Since he made his MXoN debut in 2006, Searle has missed out on the action just twice, making him one of the most decorated British riders of all time. The veteran has played a crucial role in bringing prominence back to a team that dominated the early era of the event, making the UK a consistent podium threat. Last season Searle and his squad finally broke through for a spot on the podium, and he’ll look to help maintain that presence during his 11th appearance at the MXoN.

 

Ben Watson

 

Country: Great Britain

Team: KEMEA Yamaha Official MX2 Team

Class: MX2

 

**Making MXoN Debut**

2018:

- 4th Place – FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship

- 1 Podium

 

Watson is the newest budding young talent to emerge from Great Britain, and after a strong sophomore season in MX2 he will join his veteran countrymen to make his MXoN debut. Watson is more than capable of running amongst the world’s most elite talent, and could turn heads in his nation’s quest to defend its podium finish from last year.

Dylan Ferrandis

 

Country: France

Team: Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha

Class: MX2

 

Past MXoN Results:

2014: 

MXoN Champion – Team France

3rd Place – MX2

2018:

- 8th Place – AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Championship 

- 2 Wins

- 4 Podiums

 

Despite his many years as a prominent fixture in MX2, it is surprising that Ferrandis has just one MXoN under his belt. However, his lone experience sure was a memorable one as he helped France end the U.S. dominance at the event and, in turn, begin a new reign that has spanned four years. Ferrandis’ second full season on American soil saw him break through for a pair of wins, and he will add even more firepower to an already stellar lineup for the defending champions.

Hunter Lawrence

 

Country: Australia

Team: Honda 114 Motorsports

Class: MX2

 

Past MXoN Results:

2017: 

- MXoN 6th Place – Team Australia 

- MX2 Winner

2018:

- 9th Place – FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship 

- 3 Podiums

 

Lawrence is poised to become Australia’s next global motocross star and if his debut at last year’s MXoN is any indication of what he’s capable of, the Land of Oz has plenty to be excited about. The up and coming youngster has made himself a consistent threat for podiums in MX2 and he’s capable of leading the Australia squad into contention, much like he did one year ago.

 

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