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The cream of the world’s motocross talent is heading to Lakewood, Colorado, this weekend for the Red Bull Motocross of Nations, an annual team event where riders represent their countries. As they gear up for the action, let us crunch some vital statistics...

 

1947...

The year in which the inaugural Motocross des Nations was held near The Hague, the Netherlands. The event was contested by three nations, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Belgium, with the British ‘A’ squad taking the title ahead of the Belgium ‘B’ team. Britain went on to dominate the competition throughout the 1950s and ‘60s. The Vice-President of the FIM International Sporting Commission Peter Chamberlain was a great supporter of these early competitions and after his death in 1954 the cup was officially named after him.

 

500...

Until 1961 the cup only featured races on 500cc bikes. All this changed however when the Trophée des Nations was created by the FIM to cater to 250cc bikes. As in the bigger class, Sweden and Britain shared the early spoils. In 1981 the Coupe des Nations – for 125cc machines – was introduced before the three cups were merged in 1985 into one combined Motocross des Nations, with one rider from each team in each class battling it out for the Motocross of Nations.

 

32...
Riders from 32 different countries will battle it out once racing kicks off at Thunder Valley. Lining up against the established teams from the USA, France, Belgium and Britain will be riders from less traditional racing nations such as Costa Rica, Lithuania, the Philippines and Venezuela. One nation that is conspicuous by its absence is the Netherlands, as the founding-fathers of the Motocross of Nations have failed to enter a team for this year’s event.

 

8...
The number of countries who have previously won the Chamberlain trophy. The early events were dominated by Britain, who rode off with 15 of the first 21 titles before their Midas touch deserted them – they have only won one Nations cup since 1967, and that was way back in 1994. Belgium are the next most successful European nation with 14 wins but it is the USA who lead the way with 20 wins. A task made all the more remarkable by the fact they didn’t enter until 1970.

  

13...
Unlucky for some but also the record for most Motocross of Nations wins in a row – set by the USA between 1981 and ‘93. The victory in 1981 was the country’s first and since then they have only been beaten on nine occasions, with the current squad gunning for their sixth win in a row this season. Britain are the only nation that can match America in the record books – they won five titles in a row between 1963 and ’67.

Keep up with the latest news on the official Red Bull Motocross of Nations site.


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