Your expectations for team USA?

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8/13/2017 10:00 PM

So how do you think this this team will do?
2nd - 5th is my prediction. No moto wins just solid rides is my hope.

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8/13/2017 10:02 PM

I'm thinkin 2nd or 3rd. But who knows, Seely might shock us all and get a win.

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8/13/2017 10:08 PM

No reason they can't be a contender for the win. Winning that event usually has some luck involved so it's hard to say. Seely I think will be solid but I have no idea about Covington on a 450.

Has the MX2 rider ever been team captain for USA?

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8/13/2017 10:12 PM

A podium would be an exceptional finish, IMO. Lots of pressure on them, but being that Covington will feel right at home (except for the 450 he's racing) and Zach has his past GP experience and should carry his confidence with him, Cole will feel the most weight on his shoulders. Cole has been riding really well and I'm sure he'll be just fine. Good starts will be the key to his race finishes and he's been getting to the first corner pretty well lately. No reason for anyone to doubt him, he's going to do us proud wink I wouldn't be surprised at all, if they could land on the podium, but they will have their work cut out for them.

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8/13/2017 10:39 PM

Expectations are the same as every year. Ride at 100% do your best. The results will be whaterer they are, it's racing. Never been a B or C or A team person, just go and give it your best effort for that day. I'll be cheering no matter what.

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8/13/2017 10:54 PM

KMC440 wrote:

Expectations are the same as every year. Ride at 100% do your best. The results will be whaterer they are, it's racing. Never been a B or C or A team person, just go and give it your best effort for that day. I'll be cheering no matter what.

This echoes how I feel. I enjoy watching moto as much as doing it myself. I like watching riders from wherever. Of course I want the USA to win but if someone waxed them, that's cool. Why is it hard for people to appreciate a guy's talent no matter what series they ride. GP riders will almost always have the advantage but so what, enjoy the sport.

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8/13/2017 11:32 PM

I think USA will be under the radar with minimal expectations which is perfect!! With the MXON, you never know.

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8/13/2017 11:58 PM

I think Osbourne is gonna light it up. Not too optimistic about Seely and Covington though. Just saw on Facebook that RC was training/getting ready for the Aussie Sx series, I know it won't happen but it would be pretty cool to see an ishape 38 year old RC come out and "lay the wood down" at the Des Nations for the good ole USA. Anyways back to reality

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8/14/2017 12:11 AM

I think USA will do really well. All the riders have a lot of heart and have nothing to lose against the MXGP regulars - that AMA vs GP narrative isn't really the same as if Tomac/Bagget/Barcia where going, makes it less of a circus for the US riders

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8/14/2017 12:52 AM

rpoint116 wrote:

I think USA will be under the radar with minimal expectations which is perfect!! With the MXON, you never know.

This.

Osborne will feel right at home, Covington is in form and Seely should be able to post a couple of fairly solid results. France has the best team on paper but they're not immune from bad luck and anything can happen at the MXdN.

Team USA can definitely podium.

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1. Get a good start
2. Don't crash

8/14/2017 1:48 AM

Wonder if Zac will still race the VMXDN at Farleigh Castle in Sept ?
It would be good practice but perhaps Team USA my veto the risk.
I hope to see Zac attack at both Farleigh and Matterley Basin.smile

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8/14/2017 1:50 AM

Two strong finishes from our MX2 rider and who knows. What team USA has been lacking the past few years (a dominant mx2 rider) we finally have. I like a team with a huge chip on its shoulder, a win isn't out of the question.

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8/14/2017 2:16 AM

I would like to see some odds on team Australia to beat team USA

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8/14/2017 2:26 AM

I actually think we will win....

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8/14/2017 3:19 AM

Podium and a contender for the win, it will be a exciting race as always!

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8/14/2017 3:23 AM

Covington and Osborne have GP experience and my impression of Seely is that he can rise to the occasion and be sneaky good.

I honestly think Team USA will be competing for the win. They will face stiff competition though, especially from the reigning champs a la France.

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8/14/2017 3:27 AM

KMC440 wrote:

Expectations are the same as every year. Ride at 100% do your best. The results will be whaterer they are, it's racing. Never been a B or C or A team person, just go and give it your best effort for that day. I'll be cheering no matter what.

Agreed... Throw it down, let the chips fall where they may.

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8/14/2017 4:16 AM

First time in years that team USA is a real "underdog".
Maybe it's just what they need to perform, after all...

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8/14/2017 4:35 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/14/2017 4:36 AM

No expections, on paper this is our weakest team we have fielded since who knows when. But thats on paper. Starts will be key both Zach and Thomas are all over the place with starts. If they get shitty starts and this turns into a follow the leader track like GP tracks often do then we are in trouble although I don't think Matterly Is as bad. Thomas and Cole are huge question marks. If they win this event it will be a big of a shock win as ever. The best thing that happened to team USA or any team is that Marvin is staying home.

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8/14/2017 4:38 AM

You've got 2 good starters and one ok one who can come through the pack, and all of them can be decent starters and are decent at riding slick stuff... Matterly can get shiny.

I think podium for sure if they all ride well. Win unlikely.

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8/14/2017 4:38 AM

Switzerland will be dangerous and could steal a podium from usa, france or any other contender. Jeremy seewer, Arnaud Tonus and Valentin Guillod on the 250. (He rides great at matterley on a 250).

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8/14/2017 4:44 AM

Ima go with 3rd

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8/14/2017 4:50 AM

I don't think the team is as bad as people say it is... Osborne is undoubtedly the fastest 250 rider at the moment, he finds his way to the front quickly.

Covington is one of the few MX2 riders that has won an overall, and he is the only one in his class that has won an overall before this season.

I think Seely is right on the pace with guys like Bobryshev, Coldenhoff, Jasikonis etc.. and with a good start a top 5 could be possible.

If nothing goes wrong, then a podium is well in reach. If everything goes right, then a win is always possible.

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8/14/2017 4:58 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/14/2017 4:59 AM

Osborne: No brainer. He's arguably the best 250 rider in the world right now.

Seely: I have small concerns with him, which is to be expected. But I think he can put in a solid performance and take 4th thru 7th. If he does that we will be in good shape.

Covington: I like the pick but have major concerns. He crashes A LOT. He is anything but consistent. He's certainly fast enough to run with the best of the MX2 class but will he gel with the 450 well enough to run with the best of the open class? I realize the open class will be made up of "mostly" guys who typically finish outside the top 10 in the MX1 class but still, this field is stacked. Regardless, I'm really happy for Covington because I know how much he has wanted to represent team USA. This race actually means something to him, and I have no doubt he's going to give it 100%.

I cant wait for this race but I'm going to say 2nd behind France.

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8/14/2017 6:12 AM

I don't know . I think in MXGP/Open combined Covington and Seely could finish outside the top 10 . I'll say a 4th or 5th place team finish . Hope I'm wrong.

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8/14/2017 6:37 AM

To echo most of the responses above really; I think 3rd is likely with a respectable chance at 2nd, and perhaps if things really go their way, a win.

France look like the favourites but again, if they have a shocker (Febvre is arguably their weakest link?) which is certainly possible for any rider, then it's suddenly very doable for the Americans. There are a couple of teams around their level of power though. It's going to a dogfight for just for the podium, as it always is. Can't wait.

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8/14/2017 6:42 AM

If Seely, Covington, and Osborne get to the holeshot line before Febvre, Paulin, and Ferrandis, USA takes gold.

If Febvre, Paulin, and Ferrandis get to the holeshot line before Seely, Covington, and Osborne, USA takes 2nd or 3rd.

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8/14/2017 6:55 AM

Anyone know if they will start on the metal gate like they did in the GPs this year?
That would give a little advantage to the GP riders. Starts are VERY important at that race. Especially for the MX2 riders.

Still I don't see a reason why the US team can't win.

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8/14/2017 6:57 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/14/2017 6:58 AM

crusty_xx wrote:

Anyone know if they will start on the metal gate like they did in the GPs this year?
That would give a little advantage to the GP riders. Starts are VERY important at that race. Especially for the MX2 riders.

Still I don't see a reason why the US team can't win.

That's a bloody good point!!

Oh god... unsure

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Jeff Emigs Keys to the Race:
1. Get a good start
2. Don't crash

8/14/2017 7:20 AM

They will start out 30th and move forward, how far forward? Is anybody's guess!

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