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Germany Wins Motocross of Nations.

”Für Das Deutsche Vaterland” – Germany Wins Motorcross of Nations.

Motocross rider ploughs through the mud - lucky he's not in the sands of Belgium like the competitors at Motorcross of Nations 2012

First it was the Ryder Cup and now Europe can add the Motocross of Nations to the list of sporting trophies seized from America in what is turning out to be a month of Old World victories. For the first time in seven years, the Motocross of Nations title has been won by a European side. A triumphant German squad led by Ken Roczen denied the US contingent another year at the top with impressive performances paid-in by the likes of Max Nagl and Marcus Schiffer.

As if the German victory wasn’t enough salt for the wound, Belgium’s contingent of motocross riders pushed the Yanks further down the leaderboard into third place, which was the worst performance by a US team in over a decade. The American team, which included Ryan Dungey, Blake Baggett and Justin Barciafound, struggled during the first day of racing, with many riders finding themselves bogged down in the sands of Belgium. However, a rallying performance from the American saw them break away from their seventh place position and make it to the podium by the skin of their teeth.

Asides from the German and Belgian celebration, there was also merrymaking from the reigning motocross world champions, Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings. Herlings, who at just 17 years old has been inspiring a new generation of riders with his immense MX abilities, grabbed the victory in the MX2 open, whilst Italian motocross legend Antonio Cairoli proved once again why he is considered amongst the all time greats in this sport by scoring yet another win and taking the MX1 title with trademark effortless style.

Credits

Photo: Atilabatera - Flickr Creative Commons (cc-by-2.0)

Words: Al Cuin

Tags: 2012, Antonio Cairoli, Germany, Jeffrey Herlings, Motocross of Nations

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