2012 Motocross des Nations

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2012 Motocross des Nations
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The 2012 Motocross des Nations was a motocross race held on 29 September and 30 September 2012 in Lommel, Belgium.

Main article: Motocross des Nations

Preview[edit]

For the first time in the last few years it looked as though the deep and energy-sapping sands of Lommel may offer up a chance for the European teams to un-seat the United States and end their 7 year winning streak. The Americans entered as reigning champions, but had three riders who had never experienced this sort of sand before. 2012 AMA MX1 Champion, Ryan Dungey led the charge and had been rarely beaten throughout the American season. Blake Baggett, 2012 AMA MX2 champion and Justin Barcia had shown great speed throughout the season, whilst battling each other for the American MX2 crown.

The home team Belgium had three riders who where looking in great form, and most importantly for this event, consistent. Clement Desalle had had an injury free season and was the only real challenger to Tony Cairoli throughout the GP season. The same could be said of MX2 rider Jeremy van Horebeek, who finished in third place in the MX2 Grand Prix and was in his last year riding a 250cc machine before moving up to the MX1 class for 2013. The final member of the team Ken de Dycker had been picked up by KTM in 2012 to stand in for the injured Max Nagl, he stayed with the manufacturer once Nagl had returned and had played second fiddle to his world champion team-mate Tony Cairoli throughout much of the season, when it looked as though he had the speed to beat him.

Cairoli himself had won yet another world title, mostly un-opposed, and led the Italian team which contained, Husqvarna factory rider and mid-pack MX2 runner Alessandro Lupino and Marchetti KTM MX1 racer Davide Guarneri. Neither could be described as sand riders though.

The MX2 world champion Jeffrey Herlings had an outside chance of taking to the top-step of the podium, but would have to carry potentially bad results from British Championship MX1 rider Marc de Reuver and fellow MX2 grand prix star Glenn Coldenhoff.

Germany had turned out their strongest team for some years. Max Nagl had spent the majority of the season out injured but came back with a bang in the final few rounds of the year. Ken Roczen had come back from a tough debut year in the United States, but had been picking up form and Markus Schiffer was capable of top 10 MX1 grand prix pace.

Last year's runners up France had a full strength team but weren't great in such deep sand, the same could be said for Great Britain.

Australia finished third in 2011, but where stricken by injuries to both Chad Reed and Brett Metcalfe, along with MX2 GP runner Dean Ferris. This years team consisted wholly of Australian Championship riders, and no-one knew how they would cope.

Injuries were a problem for many other teams. South Africa weren't expected to do as well as last year as they'd lost both Tyla Rattray and Gareth Swanepoel. Spain had lost number 1 rider Jonathan Barragan, Japan had lost both Yoshitaka Atsuta and Akira Narita, Finland legend Antti Pyrhonen had retired and Austria had lost both Pascal Raucheneker and Gunter Schmidiger.

For New Zealand legend and former MX1 world championship runner up Joshua Coppins this would be his last professional event before retirement.

Mongolia were scheduled to return to the MXDN but canceled at the last minute because of logistical reasons. An under-strength Brazil side were flown out to replace them but it was a team without any of its countries top 5 riders.

Entry List[edit]

The entry list is taken from the official Motocross World Championship website.[1]

Country Nr Rider Class Motorcycle
1 United States United States 1 Ryan Dungey MX1 KTM 450
2 Blake Baggett MX2 Kawasaki 250
3 Justin Barcia Open Honda 450
2 France France 4 Gautier Paulin MX1 Kawasaki 450
5 Marvin Musquin MX2 KTM 250
6 Xavier Boog Open Kawasaki 450
3 Australia Australia 7 Lawson Bopping MX1 Yamaha 450
8 Luke Styke MX2 Yamaha 250
9 Todd Waters Open Suzuki 450
4 United Kingdom United Kingdom 10 Tommy Searle MX1 Kawasaki 450
11 Jake Nicholls MX2 KTM 250
12 Max Anstie Open Honda 250
5 Belgium Belgium 13 Clement Desalle MX1 Suzuki 450
14 Jeremy Van Horebeek MX2 KTM 250
15 Ken De Dycker Open KTM 450
6 South Africa South Africa 16 Richard van der Westhuizen MX1 Yamaha 450
17 Shannon Terreblance MX2 Kawasaki 250
18 Neville Bradshaw Open Honda 450
7 Germany Germany 19 Maximilian Nagl MX1 KTM 450
20 Ken Roczen MX2 KTM 250
21 Marcus Schiffer Open Suzuki 450
8 Spain Spain 22 Joan Cros MX1 Suzuki 450
23 Jose Butron MX2 KTM 250
24 Alvaro Lozano Open Honda 450
9 Netherlands Netherlands 25 Marc de Reuver MX1 Kawasaki 450
26 Glenn Coldenhoff MX2 KTM 250
27 Jeffrey Herlings Open KTM 250
10 Estonia Estonia 28 Gert Krestinov MX1 Honda 450
29 Priit Ratsep MX2 KTM 250
30 Tanel Leok Open Suzuki 450
11 Portugal Portugal 31 Rui Gonçalves MX1 Honda 450
32 Paulo Alberto MX2 Honda 250
33 Luis Correia Open Yamaha 450
12 Switzerland Switzerland 34 Arnaud Tonus MX1 Yamaha 450
35 Jeremy Seewer MX2 Suzuki 250
36 Valentin Guillod Open KTM 250
13 Japan Japan 37 Makoto Ogata MX1 Honda 450
38 Junya Takenaka MX2 Kawasaki 250
39 Yohei Kojima Open Suzuki 450
14 Czech Republic Czech Republic 40 Filip Neugebauer MX1 Kawasaki 450
41 Milan Spicak MX2 Kawasaki 250
42 Martin Michek Open KTM 450
15 Russia Russia 43 Evgeny Bobryshev MX1 Honda 450
44 Aleksandr Tonkov MX2 Honda 250
45 Evgeny Mikhaylov Open Suzuki 450
16 Italy Italy 46 Tony Cairoli MX1 KTM 450
47 Alessandro Lupino MX2 Husqvarna 250
48 Davide Guarneri Open KTM 450
17 Finland Finland 49 Ludvig Söderberg MX1 Honda 450
50 Teemu Lehtinen MX2 Kawasaki 250
51 Niko Koskela Open Kawasaki 450
18 Denmark Denmark 52 Nicolai Hansen MX1 Suzuki 450
53 Stefan Kjer Olsen MX2 Suzuki 250
54 Kasper Lynggaard Open Kawasaki 450
19 Republic of Ireland Ireland 55 Martin Barr MX1 Suzuki 450
56 Graeme Irwin MX2 Yamaha 250
57 Stuart Edmonds Open Suzuki 250
20 Austria Austria 58 Marco Schögler MX1 KTM 450
59 Lukas Neurauter MX2 KTM 250
60 Mattias Walkner Open KTM 450
21 Sweden Sweden 61 Kim Lindström MX1 Kawasaki 450
62 Karl Olsson MX2 Honda 250
63 Filip Bengtsson Open KTM 250
22 Latvia Latvia 64 Davis Ivanovs MX1 Kawasaki 450
65 Roberts Justs MX2 Honda 250
66 Lauris Freibergs Open Honda 450
23 Slovenia Slovenia 67 Matevz Irt MX1 Suzuki 450
68 Tim Gajser MX2 KTM 250
69 Klemen Gercar Open Honda 450
24 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 70 Gino Aponte MX1 Yamaha 450
71 Zach Osborne MX2 Yamaha 250
72 Kyle Chisholm Open Kawasaki 450
25 Venezuela Venezuela 73 Carlos Badiali MX1 Yamaha 450
74 Hector Rodriguez MX2 Yamaha 250
75 Humberto Martin Open Honda 450
26 Norway Norway 76 Kim Oiva Jarva MX1 Honda 450
77 Even Heibye MX2 KTM 250
78 Magne Klingsheim Open KTM 250
27 Brazil Brazil 79 Gabriel Gentil MX1 Yamaha 450
80 Rafael Silva Faria MX2 Yamaha 250
81 Marcal Müller Open Yamaha 450
28 New Zealand New Zealand 85 Joshua Coppins MX1 Yamaha 450
86 Kayne Lamont MX2 KTM 250
87 Cody Cooper Open Suzuki 450
29 Lithuania Lithuania 91 Nerijus Rukstela MX1 Suzuki 450
92 Matas Inda MX2 Kawasaki 250
93 Vytautas Bucas Open Honda 450
30 Iceland Iceland 94 Viktor Gudbergsson MX1 Kawasaki 450
95 Ingvi Bjorn Birgirsson MX2 KTM 250
96 Solvi Borgar Sveinsson Open Honda 450
31 Greece Greece 97 Panagiotis Kouzis MX1 Honda 450
98 Dimitris Kotoletas MX2 Yamaha 250
99 George Lliopoulos Open KTM 450
32 Thailand Thailand 100 Kritsada Boonatee MX1 Honda 450
101 Trakarn Thangthong MX2 Yamaha 250
102 Chaiyan Romphan Open Yamaha 450
33 Hungary Hungary 124 Mark Szoke MX1 Kawasaki 450
125 Erik Hugyecz MX2 Yamaha 250
126 Kornel Nemeth Open KTM 450
34 Mongolia Mongolia 127 Erdenibileg Khaliunbold MX1
128 E Munkhbolor MX2
129 Purevdorj Murun Open

Note 1: Mongolia did not participate.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualified Countries[edit]

Pos Country Points
1 Germany Germany 3
2 Belgium Belgium 4
3 Italy Italy 6
4 Netherlands Netherlands 7
5 France France 8
6 United Kingdom Great Britain 9
7 United States United States 9
8 Estonia Estonia 12
9 Russia Russia 12
10 Australia Australia 14
11 Portugal Portugal 17
12 Denmark Denmark 23
13 Sweden Sweden 25
14 Republic of Ireland Ireland 25
15 Finland Finland 26
16 Latvia Latvia 27
17 Switzerland Switzerland 28
18 Norway Norway 29
19 Slovenia Slovenia 30

Countries admitted to the B Final[edit]

Pos Country Points
20 New Zealand New Zealand 31
21 Czech Republic Czech Republic 32
22 Spain Spain 33
23 Austria Austria 38
24 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 41
25 Japan Japan 43
26 Brazil Brazil 43
27 South Africa South Africa 44
28 Lithuania Lithuania 47
29 Iceland Iceland 51
30 Greece Greece 53
31 Venezuela Venezuela 54
32 Hungary Hungary 60

Non-Qualified Countries[edit]

Pos Country Points
33 Thailand Thailand 61

B Final[edit]

Pos Country Points
1 New Zealand New Zealand1 3
2 Czech Republic Czech republic 12
3 Lithuania Lithuania 23
4 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 23
5 Austria Austria 24
6 Spain Spain 25
7 Japan Japan 26
8 South Africa South Africa 26
9 Hungary Hungary 30
10 Venezuela Venezuela 31
11 Iceland Iceland 40
12 Greece Greece 49
13 Brazil Brazil 52

Note 1: New Zealand won the B final which meant they qualified for the main races.

Race[edit]

Pos Country Points
1 Germany Germany 25
2 Belgium Belgium 29
3 United States United States 39
4 Netherlands Netherlands 44
5 Italy Italy 45
6 France France 47
7 Estonia Estonia 56
8 United Kingdom Great Britain 56
9 Portugal Portugal 80
10 Australia Australia 83
11 Russia Russia 93
12 Sweden Sweden 103
13 Republic of Ireland Ireland 106
14 Latvia Latvia 120
15 New Zealand New Zealand 127
16 Slovenia Slovenia 134
17 Norway Norway 151
18 Denmark Denmark 119
19 Switzerland Switzerland 129
20 Finland Finland 97

Note 1: Denmark and Switzerland both lost one rider through injury and Finland lost two, their scores are placed differently from the rest of the field who lost no riders.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "list of results". www.motocrossmx1.com. Retrieved 2013-07-29.