AMA Congratulates Staff USA riders Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper, and workforce supervisor Roger DeCoster
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — America is as soon as once more the motocross capital of the world. Staff USA reclaimed the Chamberlain Trophy, which the US final gained in 2011, when riders Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper, led by workforce supervisor Roger DeCoster, triumphed on the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme’s Motocross of Nations at Crimson Bud Monitor ’N’ Path in Buchanan, Mich., on Sept. 25.
“This Motocross of Nations was an ideal demonstration of the success that comes from having the proper folks — motivated and proficient folks — in the proper positions, from our workforce coordinators to the riders themselves to our workforce supervisor,” mentioned AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Congratulations to all who contributed to this effort, and notably Eli, Chase and Justin, who rode exceptionally nicely and demonstrated the utmost professionalism whereas representing America.”
Tomac, Sexton and Cooper defeated groups from 31 international locations and two FIM Continental Unions en path to the historic win.
The FIM Motocross of Nations options groups of riders in three classifications: MXGP, MX2 and Open. Racing takes place in three motos. One contains MXGP and MX2 riders; one contains MX2 and Open riders; and one contains MXGP and Open riders. Every workforce’s rider is scored based mostly on the place they completed within the mixed motos. These scores are tallied to find out the successful workforce.
Tomac completed 1-6 within the MXGP class. Sexton completed 2-3 within the Open class. And Cooper completed 9-4 within the MX2 class. Cooper’s consequence, the perfect within the MX2 class, earned him the person championship in that occasion.
“Once we’re on prime of that podium, there may be nothing prefer it,” mentioned Tomac, the Staff USA captain. “The entire motocross group comes collectively for this occasion. I’ve been on the highest of the rostrum earlier than, however this takes the cake. I’ll always remember that second. It is going to stick with me endlessly.”
The Motocross of Nations groups are chosen by the nationwide federations affiliated with the FIM in every taking part nation. In the US, that’s the American Motorcyclist Affiliation. AMA Director of Racing Mike Pelletier runs the AMA effort to pick, arrange, assist and assist fund the workforce.
“The cooperation this yr was off the charts,” Pelletier mentioned. “After all, the riders’ groups themselves, which included Star Yamaha and Staff Honda, had been behind this effort 100%. We additionally had assist from business companions, akin to Feld Leisure, Alpinestars and Monster Vitality, in addition to different people and teams akin to Paul Perebijnos, who organized a golf fundraiser, FMF, who produced fundraising t-shirts, and the household of the late Tom White, who held a fundraiser at Tom’s Early Years of Motocross Museum. The AMA can’t thank these companions sufficient for supporting this championship-winning marketing campaign.”
Dingman added that the U.S. effort wouldn’t be the identical with out its most vital volunteer: AMA Motorbike Corridor of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster.
“Roger offers his all to this occasion,” Dingman mentioned. “His expertise and management assist in methods that may’t be quantified. We respect his work and the assist of his employer, KTM North America, which permits Roger to be part of this effort yearly.”
Dingman added: “It’s an honor to have the assist of so many stakeholders at this occasion. All yr these groups and corporations compete towards each other on the monitor and thru their assist of particular person riders. Right here, we’re one workforce, Staff USA, and I’m proud to say, as we speak we’re definitively the perfect motocross workforce on this planet.”