Team USA Pulls Out of 2020 Motocross of Nations

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7/15/2020 1:07 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2020 1:08 PM

"We knew this was coming but it’s now official: there will be no Team USA at the Motocross of Nations this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Motorcyclist Association announced today that they are withdrawing from the event scheduled for September 25-27, in Matterley Basin, Great Britain.

“The health of our racers and staff is paramount, and current and future global travel restrictions make our involvement in an international event impossible at this time,” said AMA Supercross Manager Mike Pelletier. “The U.S. team effort to attend the Motocross of Nations each year is extensive, both financially and logistically. Even in normal times, preparing our best effort at this point in the season would be difficult.”

In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rescheduled Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is expected to have a round on that date. The schedule has not been released but it’s been rumored to begin in mid-August.


“The AMA takes great pride in competing in the Motocross of Nations each year, and we appreciate the commitment of the athletes chosen to represent the United States on the world stage,” Pelletier said. “The AMA looks forward to returning to the Motocross of Nations in 2021 and bringing the Chamberlain Trophy back to U.S. soil.”

The U.S. team has won the Motocross of Nations 22 times and is the all-time leader in Motocross of Nations overall team victories. This will be the first time the U.S. hasn’t sent a team since 2001 due to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The U.S. last won the event in 2011."

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7/15/2020 1:16 PM

Yeah definitely no surprise there. I don’t think any country wants our Covid infected asses inside their borders.

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7/15/2020 1:16 PM

It was inevitable and for sure they won’t be the only ones. Realistically there was no way they could make it happen. Trying to get the nationals in is the most important thing and trying to fit that around MXdN was always going to be a non starter. Fingers crossed everything is back to normal and they can return next year

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7/15/2020 1:23 PM

Lets be honest, is this thing even going to happen at all? And if it does, right in the middle of the GP season, are any of the riders in contention going to attend? I am a glass half full kind of guy, but I am skeptical. Hope I am wrong

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7/15/2020 1:23 PM

Shit happens... no surprise.

Free pass from me, everyone needs to do what is right for them.

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7/15/2020 1:35 PM

Do we get to count this as an end to our 8 year consecutive losing streak?

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7/15/2020 1:43 PM

No, Covid 19 beat us. Team Wuhan Province on the podium this year.

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7/15/2020 1:43 PM

Totally understand... a lot of things will be different thanks to Covid this year..

but.. can not WAIT for racing to resume at some point..

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7/15/2020 1:43 PM

This probably means no Ken, Marvin, Dylan or Lawrence brothers either...

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7/15/2020 1:46 PM

IF it turned out that the nationals had to be called off completely, I wonder if we would then look at sending a team?

Hopefully this is an indication that the Nationals have a strong likelihood of happening.

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Here's to feeling good all the time

7/15/2020 2:46 PM

FuzzyLogic wrote:

IF it turned out that the nationals had to be called off completely, I wonder if we would then look at sending a team?

Hopefully this is an indication that the Nationals have a strong likelihood of happening.

Let’s be real....unfortunately we’d have a hard time getting a team to France in a world without Covid. There’s no chance the US is going to not race Nationals and still send 3 guys to the U.K. in September that haven’t done a outdoor race in a year.

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7/15/2020 3:24 PM

Does it have to do with their health or travel restrictions?

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7/15/2020 3:52 PM

If the MXDN happens this year, look for a breakout win from a smaller country whose riders DGAF. Everyone else will stay home. I'm calling it for Estonia. Tanel Leok can come out with two 125cc juniors and take the win!

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Braaapin' aint easy.

7/15/2020 3:55 PM

Meh, would have got smoked anyway whistling

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7/15/2020 4:12 PM

Are US citizens even allowed in the UK at the moment? I'm not sure it was even on the cards had they wanted to do it.

I'm thinking it will be european only this year if it does go ahead. Our national airline has cancelled all international flights until March 2021 and any incoming expats will be paying over $3k for 14 day hotel quarantine. Australians aren't going anywhere this year and i'd suggest the same for New Zealand.

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7/15/2020 5:13 PM

PR today from Bud Racing...

Corona Virus Effect : BUD Racing Kawasaki & Mitchell Harrison have to part ways

Mitchell Harrison can’t come back in Europe due to COVID-19

Following the restrictions to travel between Europe and USA, Team BUD Racing Kawasaki and Mitchell Harrison will not be able to continue the end of the MX2 GP season together.

Mitchell who lives in California can’t come back in Europe due to Covid19 and regulations between Europe and USA.

Both parties agreed to parts ways, so everybody can try to find solution to finish the season in best condition.

BUD Racing Kawasaki will announce soon a replacement rider to finish the season in Europe together with Pierre Goupillon & Quentin Prugnieres.

We wish Mitchell the best to find a ride in USA to finish the season also.

Team BUD Racing Kawasaki

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7/15/2020 5:52 PM

DJB wrote:

No, Covid 19 beat us. Team Wuhan Province on the podium this year.

That is hilarious 😂😂😂😂

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7/15/2020 6:45 PM

That sucks for Mitchell big time. I just rolled out of Nj 3 mi from NYC. Just drove past America’s largest water parks in Wi. Thousands of people in there. Sunday traffic is stop and go 105 miles east towards Chicago. In mauston Wi. People lined up with boats, jet skis, rv,s , etc. getting fuel. If you love camping, lakes, etc. this area is hotter than a National park. With no Mx racing, etc a lot of people are camping and hitting the lakes.

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7/15/2020 7:14 PM

DonM wrote:

This probably means no Ken, Marvin, Dylan or Lawrence brothers either...

Why wouldn't the Lawrence Bros. be there? Has Oz called for their participation? France didn't want Marvin or Dylan last year and I thought I heard Ken was naturalizing here.

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7/15/2020 7:24 PM

captmoto wrote:

Why wouldn't the Lawrence Bros. be there? Has Oz called for their participation? France didn't want Marvin or Dylan last year and I thought I heard Ken was naturalizing here.

Because US residents aren't allowed into the UK at the moment from what i gather.

Australia wont be sending a team either

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7/15/2020 7:24 PM

DonM wrote:

This probably means no Ken, Marvin, Dylan or Lawrence brothers either...

captmoto wrote:

Why wouldn't the Lawrence Bros. be there? Has Oz called for their participation? France didn't want Marvin or Dylan last year and I thought I heard Ken was naturalizing here.

Even if Australian does send a team, the Lawrence bro’s may not be able to attend because they’re in the USA. No wants travellers from the states at the moment.

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7/15/2020 7:39 PM

How about the riders decide? My body my choice.

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7/15/2020 7:45 PM

Johnny Depp wrote:

How about the riders decide? My body my choice.

Let the riders pay the way as well then hey?

I think its out of their hands. UK government make the rules. My country my choice i guess.

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7/15/2020 7:51 PM

First of all, the USA never pulls out

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7/15/2020 7:54 PM

deadlo wrote:

First of all, the USA never pulls out

Is there a second of all?

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7/15/2020 7:58 PM

DonM wrote:

This probably means no Ken, Marvin, Dylan or Lawrence brothers either...

captmoto wrote:

Why wouldn't the Lawrence Bros. be there? Has Oz called for their participation? France didn't want Marvin or Dylan last year and I thought I heard Ken was naturalizing here.

Australia withdrew months ago

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7/15/2020 8:59 PM

SydAus wrote:

Australia withdrew months ago

OK. I missed that.

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7/15/2020 9:01 PM

DonM wrote:

This probably means no Ken, Marvin, Dylan or Lawrence brothers either...

captmoto wrote:

Why wouldn't the Lawrence Bros. be there? Has Oz called for their participation? France didn't want Marvin or Dylan last year and I thought I heard Ken was naturalizing here.

haydos25 wrote:

Because US residents aren't allowed into the UK at the moment from what i gather.

Australia wont be sending a team either

Travellers from US (and Australia) are allowed in to the UK but they must go straight into isolation for 2 weeks.

This is distinct from the European Union outright ban on travellers from US.

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7/15/2020 11:34 PM

It is going to need the rules in the UK to change for the event to even go ahead , what with 14 day quarantine restrictions for people entering the country from many places and no spectators allowed at events will it even happen ?

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7/15/2020 11:44 PM

Done them a favour in all honesty, getting embarrasing now watching USA at the nations. Let them get prepared for next year.

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Braaaaaaaap!!