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.
In recent years, the United States has struggled to maintain the dominance it has enjoyed for the majority of the 70-plus years the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations has been in existence. While the U.S. didn’t even win at the event for the first time until 1981, it has gone on to capture the Chamberlain Trophy 22 times over the past 37 years to establish itself as the most successful country in MXoN history. However, Team USA is in the midst of its longest drought, which currently sits a six years. The tides of the motocross world may have shifted into the Europeans favor, but all that is poised to change this October.
For just the fourth time in more than seven decades the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations will be hosted on U.S. soil, with legendary RedBud MX adding to the legacy of Unadilla MX, Budds Creek MX Park, and Thunder Valley MX Park before it. There may not be a more beloved track in the country than RedBud, and on October 6-7 tens of thousands of fans from around the world will converge on the small town of Buchanan, Michigan.
To make sure the rare visit of the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations to the U.S. is memorable, the American Motorcyclist Association has selected arguably the most formidable Team USA lineup in recent memory. At this past weekend’s Unadilla National, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia, and Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger were officially announced as the riders who will lead the U.S. into battle at RedBud. This trio of Monster Energy athletes have convincingly been the most successful American riders this summer, giving plenty of reason to be optimistic about their chances of ending this recent drought.