The Euros beat the US, which they have not been able to do the last 7 times. Does it mean much? Like the Euros are faster? No because of a couple reasons.
First Americans had a bad hair day. If Barcia would not have hit another riders and lost spokes, (self inflected) or Barcia would not have distracted Dungey and him went off track (again team inflicted) things would have been different. But it didn't work out that way and Team America got third
Second, home track advantage. This was especially hard for the Americans since they had never ridden this type of track. Herlings had this as home track and he learned the track and gained a skill for sand, which seems to help him on other sand tracks as well.
What did Roczen say about this?..
At least this time team usa, saw that when u go away from home, its not alwaYs easy. condoitions are brutal for u and normal for us.
for me there were a few other things when i went over there. so that answer’s a lot of peoples thoughts/questions.
— Ken Roczen (@KenRoczen94) oktober 1, 2012
Well first, it wasn't brutal, the Americans had some bad luck. Barcia was pressing pretty hard and done pretty well.
The second statement seems like an excuse as to why Roczen did not do well over here. But the Americans won 7 years straight and many years before that even though most of those races were on Euro soil and the Euros had track advantage.
I think it unrealistic for us to expect the Americans to win every race, In this instance we see how home track advantage combined with a bad day can bring us down to 3rd place. Pretty impressive , Kudos to the Americans as well even with bad luck and a track disadvantage they were still on the podium.