Team USA came into the Motocross of Nations -- held in Lommel, Belgium, this year -- looking to extend their hold on the coveted Chamberlain Trophy. In fact, they arrived early to prepare in the deep and rutted sand track. But even with the extra training, Team USA was no match for the European GP riders who had prior experience with the treacherous Lommel sand track.
Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, racing for Germany, had ridden Lommel before, and it showed. Finishing top-five in both motos aboard his KTM250SX-F against the much bigger 450cc bikes, Roczen would go on to win the MX2 class for his third year in a row and help team Germany secure the overall victory. This marked the first time in history that Team Germany has ever won the Motocross of Nations.
Jeffrey Herlings was the fastest overall rider of the weekend, winning his first moto by 60 seconds and lapping all the way up to fifth place. He went on to start 28th in moto three, almost a minute behind the current MX1 champion and his Red Bull KTM teammate, Antonio Cairoli. When the checkered flew, it was Cairoli with the win in MX1, and Herlings taking the Open Class win right on his heels. The two had put on an amazing show for the crowd, and made it a Red Bull KTM sweep in all classes for 2012.
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey struggled with bike set up and crashes for Team USA in the deep Lommel sand. Dungey did what he does best, though, and minimized the damage while leading team USA to a third overall at the 2012 Motocross of Nations.
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