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12/9/2018 5:31 AM

What are some attainable changes that can be made during the year to help us out in Holland in 2019. I'll start with surface variation and differing track prep techniques. Have the team train TOGETHER for a couple weeks on different sand tracks.

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12/9/2018 5:35 AM

Do you really believe that the USA will participate ...?

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12/9/2018 5:40 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/9/2018 5:44 AM

ruy wrote:

Do you really believe that the USA will participate ...?

I think 3 riders will go... not sure which ones though.

From the sidelines in the US, it seems like it is always the last thing on everyones mind (barring this past year of course). Which kind of sucks because it is turning into my favorite race of the year.

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12/9/2018 5:58 AM

What are some of the worst sand tracks in the USA?

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12/9/2018 6:37 AM

If you send the right team the US will have a great chance!
Send Tomac (for obvious reasons) Osbourne (GP experience and fast as hell) and Covington on 250 (2nd place in assen this year). Thats a hell of a team if you ask me. And of course, they need to practice some serious sandtracks before and get a good base setting.

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12/9/2018 6:44 AM

Maybe the USA team can rent Gopher Dunes in Canada for a real sand track practice prior to going, but I suspect they will just ride as usual. The best rider that day for USA will be Covington if he went. Guy was a beast last year.

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vomiting equals disqualification.

12/9/2018 6:47 AM

Barcia instead tomac

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12/9/2018 7:41 AM

Covington & Osbourne need to go to Assen.
For the MXGP slot, yeah Eli is your big gun, but I'm not convinced he has his 'head' in gear for the event. That's not a slur on him, I just think he's not overly interested in it. (maybe, Extra work load, foreign travel, low profit..?)

Take a 450 rider who has got balls. A gritty, give-it-all, have-a-go hero.... Bagett?? Barcia does have the attitude, but failed to impress this year.

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The above may be fact or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting. I am not sure, you have no chance.

12/9/2018 9:31 AM

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

Covington & Osbourne need to go to Assen.
For the MXGP slot, yeah Eli is your big gun, but I'm not convinced he has his ...more

I'll probably be thrashed for this, but (prior comments aside) I think if he's healthy and has a respectable season, Cooper Webb could be a good choice. He rode very well in his one appearance in the Nations and it was also his first competition on a 450. A tip over in a very deep off camber rut prevented him from placing very high and potentially helping the US team to top spot. He is controversial for sure but very gritty and let's give him some credit; he has matured. I honestly feel the size of the KTM will suit him better also. Heck, make him the open class rider and put him on a 350, although in the deep sand, that could create a disadvantage.

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Honda Rules!

12/9/2018 9:33 AM

Can we focus on Supercross first?

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Alright Lunger, Let's Do It

12/9/2018 11:03 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/9/2018 11:37 AM

Johnny Ringo wrote:

Can we focus on Supercross first?

Hopefully no one gets hurt during supercross. How's that?

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12/9/2018 11:24 AM

joeellis wrote:

I'll probably be thrashed for this, but (prior comments aside) I think if he's healthy and has a respectable season, Cooper ...more

He appeared twice for us on 450’s and rode his ass off each time. Seemed to really take it hard when we lost. Can’t ask for more.

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12/9/2018 12:00 PM

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

Covington & Osbourne need to go to Assen.
For the MXGP slot, yeah Eli is your big gun, but I'm not convinced he has his ...more

joeellis wrote:

I'll probably be thrashed for this, but (prior comments aside) I think if he's healthy and has a respectable season, Cooper ...more

Yup, Cooper is a god shout! Gritty, ballsy, full of fight. For just one day, he could pull it off! Like Roger said- A good month in Belgium training for it will pay dividends.

Coop
Zacho
TC

Team USA isn't looking so weak is it..

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The above may be fact or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting. I am not sure, you have no chance.

12/9/2018 3:49 PM

I say just let them do some training after MX season in sand.

ruy, calm down (and please don't post 100 unrelated pictures as you are fond of doing)

Spain has not had a strong team of three since the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

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12/9/2018 3:52 PM

ruy wrote:

Do you really believe that the USA will participate ...?

Justin Barcia just took his shirt off

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12/10/2018 2:15 AM

KDXGarage wrote:

I say just let them do some training after MX season in sand.

ruy, calm down (and please don't post 100 unrelated pictures ...more

But we have Prado who already gave us the joy of his 250 crush Plessinger, but also Tomac and Barcia with their 450.
  And pray that he does not go to the USA, that if he goes, it will be like sending La Niña, La Pinta and La Santa María again. Photo

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12/10/2018 4:20 AM

I think the defeat this year will help team USA more than anything going forward.
Sometimes going in with a little less confidence (and thus more preparation) is a good thing.
I mean Plessinger looked ridiculous with his haircut in the end. Probably regretted it after moto one already.

When prepared the US team can win on any track. Assen is not Lommel either. It's more like a sandy supercross track - Daytona with a more sandy surface and less jumps.

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12/10/2018 4:29 AM

crusty_xx wrote:

I think the defeat this year will help team USA more than anything going forward.
Sometimes going in with a little less ...more

Assen is very difficult if you’re not used to deep sand.

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12/10/2018 5:57 AM

crusty_xx wrote:

I think the defeat this year will help team USA more than anything going forward.
Sometimes going in with a little less ...more

You guys can certainly win at assen! Something always happens at mxon and the US has had their share of bad luck lately. Winning individually might be tough in the deep sand but as a team its certainly possible! And i agree 100% with a little less confidence will do you good. You also have 2 very good riders that a familiar with GPs. Covington and osbourne, it would be foolish of Roger not to pick them if they are healthy.

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12/10/2018 7:15 AM

Covington and Osborne are definitely obvious pre season picks.

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12/10/2018 7:20 AM

Sideways wrote:

If you send the right team the US will have a great chance!
Send Tomac (for obvious reasons) Osbourne (GP experience and fast ...more

No.

There is no right team for the US at the MXoN right now.

Even more so at Assen.

If the goal is trying to be 4th or 5th, that is where you can talk about chances.

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12/10/2018 7:53 AM

USA needs some of these


Photo

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12/10/2018 9:12 AM

Sideways wrote:

If you send the right team the US will have a great chance!
Send Tomac (for obvious reasons) Osbourne (GP experience and fast ...more

RangerLee wrote:

No.

There is no right team for the US at the MXoN right now.

Even more so at Assen.

If the goal is trying to be 4th or 5th, ...more

Italy was literally laps away from winning the whole thing this year. Did anyone count them as possible winners? No. Just saying that alot of things happens at mxon. And remember you guys can pick a mx2 rider that was 2nd there this year.

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12/10/2018 10:04 AM

You can't be serious

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