MXoN History

There is no event like it in the world, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations. As far back as 1947 when a British team won the event at the Wassenaar circuit in The Netherlands this race has grown into a massive celebration of the best riders in the World. Each year the many nations come together for what is our Olympics of motocross.

Back in the 1950’s and 60s it was Sweden and Great Britain who dominated this event, before the Belgians started their amazing run of victories. Winning their first in 1948 and their last in 2013 the Belgian team have won 15 times.

Of course after the Belgium era of domination came the might of Team USA, as the American took the event by storm in 1981 and in the last 31 years have won 22 times.

Riders like Ricky Johnson, David Bailey, Jeff Ward, Johnny O’Mara, Mike Kiedrowski, Jeff Emig, Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Stanton and many more made this event their own. Then came the era of Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart and Ryan Dungey, it was an unstoppable force that was not often broken.

It has been the American team that has really brought glamour to this event, as they came in their numbers, huge budgets and total professionalism. The rest of the world have to look on with respect, take their beating and then hope for some luck the following year.

Of course in recent years the tide has turned a little, with Team USA not winning in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012 and 2013.

Carmichael rounds up his troops and won in 2005. Since that 2005 victory America have lost just twice, that being of course the last two years.

The win by Team USA at the Ernee circuit in 2005 also saw the event move to another level. The brilliance of RC, plus a solid performance by New Zealander Ben Townley brought added interest to the event and each year bigger crowds, larger facilities and more media attention has seen this race grow at an alarming rate.

Now comes 2014, set for the Kegums circuit in Latvia. Team USA will come to take what they feel is theirs. That defeat at the hands of Belgium in last year’s classic was a bitter pill for the very proud nation.

Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac and Jeremy Martin will be heavy favorites, with only Team Belgium and Team France really having a chance of matching the American juggernaut, although for many it isn’t always about who wins the team event, but who wins the boasting rights.

10 years of moto winners

2004 Everts-Everts-Pichon

2005 RC-RC- Townley

2006 Everts-Cairoli-Everts

2007 Villopoto-RC-Villopoto

2008 Stewart-Villopoto-Pourcel

2009 Dungey- Paulin-Cairoli

2010 Dungey-Dungey-Townley

2011 Paulin-Villopoto-Reed

2012 Cairoli-Cairoli-Herlings

2013 Cairoli-Cairoli- Roczen

The riders with the most moto wins from the last 8 years are Antonio Cairoli with 6, Ryan Villopoto with 4, Ryan Dungey and Ricky Carmichael 3 each, and Ben Townley and Gautier Paulin 2 each.

Whatever happens in Latvia on the soft sand of Kegums this weekend, you can count on riders like Dungey, Martin, Cairoli, Tomac, Paulin, Nagl, and many others giving 100%.

Motocross des Nations winners

2013 Teutschenthal, Germany Belgium Clement Desalle / Jeremy Van Horebeek / Ken De Dycker

2012 Lommel, Belgium Germany Maximilian Nagl / Ken Roczen / Marcus Schiffer

2011 Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France USA Ryan Dungey / Blake Baggett / Ryan Villopoto

2010 Lakewood, USA USA Ryan Dungey / Trey Canard / Andrew Short

2009 Franciacorta, Italy USA Ryan Dungey / Jake Weimer / Ivan Tedesco

2008 Donington Park, UK  USA James Stewart, Jr. / Ryan Villopoto / Tim Ferry

2007 Budds Creek, USA USA Ricky Carmichael / Ryan Villopoto / Tim Ferry

2006 Matterley Basin, UK  USA James Stewart, Jr. / Ryan Villopoto / Ivan Tedesco

2005 Ernée, France United States USA Ricky Carmichael / Kevin Windham / Ivan Tedesco

2004 Lierop, Netherlands Belgium Stefan Everts / Steve Ramon / Kevin Strijbos

2003 Zolder, Belgium Belgium Stefan Everts / Steve Ramon / Joël Smets

2002 Bellpuig, Spain Italy Andrea Bartolini / Alessio Chiodi / Alessandro Puzar

2001 Namur, Belgium France Yves Demaria / Luigi Seguy / David Vuillemin

2000 Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France USA Ricky Carmichael / Ryan Hughes / Travis Pastrana

1999 Indaiatuba, Brazil Italy Andrea Bartolini / Alessio Chiodi/ Claudio Federici

1998 Foxhills, UK Belgium Marnicq Bervoets / Patrick Caps / Stefan Everts

1997 Nismes, Belgium Belgium Marnicq Bervoets / Stefan Everts / Joël Smets

1996 Jerez de la Frontera, Spain USA Jeff Emig / Steve Lamson / Jeremy McGrath

1995 Sverepec, Slovakia Belgium Marnicq Bervoets / Stefan Everts / Joël Smets

1994 Roggenburg, Switzerland Great Britain Rob Herring / Paul Malin / Kurt Nicoll

1993 Schwanenstadt, Austria USA Jeff Emig / Mike Kiedrowski / Jeremy McGrath

1992 Manjimup, Australia USA Jeff Emig / Mike LaRocco / Billy Liles

1991 Valkenswaard, Netherlands USA Damon Bradshaw / Mike Kiedrowski / Jeff Stanton

1990 Vimmerby, Sweden United States USA Damon Bradshaw / Jeff Stanton / Jeff Ward

1989 Gaildorf, West Germany USA Mike Kiedrowski / Jeff Stanton / Jeff Ward

1988 Dung, France USA Rick Johnson / Ron Lechien / Jeff Ward

1987 Unadilla, USA USA Bob Hannah / Rick Johnson / Jeff Ward

1986 Maggiora, Italy USA David Bailey / Rick Johnson / Johnny O'Mara

1985 Gaildorf, West Germany USA David Bailey / Ron Lechien / Jeff Ward

1984 Vantaa, Finland USA David Bailey / Rick Johnson / Johnny O'Mara / Jeff Ward

1983 Angreau, Belgium USA David Bailey / Mark Barnett / Broc Glover / Jeff Ward

1982 Wohlen, Switzerland USA David Bailey / Danny Chandler / Jim Gibson / Johnny O'Mara

1981 Bielstein, West Germany USA Donnie Hansen / Danny LaPorte / Johnny O'Mara / Chuck Sun

1980 Farleigh Castle, UK Belgium Georges Jobé / André Malherbe / Ivan Van Den Broek / André Vromans

1979 Stockholm, Sweden Belgium Roger De Coster / Harry Everts / André Malherbe / Ivan Van Den Broek

1978 Gaildorf, West Germany USSR Kavinov / Khudiakov / Korneev / Guennady Moisseev

1977 Cognac, France Belgium Roger De Coster / André Malherbe / Jean-Paul Mingles / Jaak van Velthoven

1976 St. Anthonis, Netherlands Belgium Roger De Coster / Harry Everts / Gaston Rahier / Jaak van Velthoven

1975 Sedlčany, Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Bavorovský / Churavý / Naváček / Velký

1974 Stockholm, Sweden Sweden Sweden Bengt Aberg / Hakan Andersson / Ake Jonsson / Arne Kring

1973 Wohlen, Switzerland Belgium Roger De Coster / Sylvain Geboers / René Heeren / Jaak van Velthoven

1972 Norg, Netherlands Belgium Belgium Roger De Coster / Rene Van de Vorst / Jaak van Velthoven

1971 France Sweden Bengt Aberg / Christer Hammargren / Ake Jonsson / Olle Petersson

1970 Italy Sweden Bengt Aberg / Christer Hammargren / Ake Jonsson / Arne Kring

1969 Farleigh Castle, UK Belgium Roger De Coster / Sylvain Geboers / Joël Robert / Jef Teeuwissen

1968 Chișinău, USSR  Arnis Angers/ Evgeni Petushkov / Vladimir Pogbrniak / Leonid Shinkarenko

1967 Markelo, Netherlands United Kingdom Great Britain Dave Bickers / Vic Eastwood/ Jeff Smith

1966 Rémalard, France United Kingdom Great Britain Dave Bickers / Vic Eastwood / D.J. Rickman

1965 Namur, Belgium United Kingdom Great Britain Arthur Lampkin / Vic Eastwood / Jeff Smith

1964 Hawkstone Park, UK United Kingdom Great Britain D.E. Rickman / D.J. Rickman / Jeff Smith

1963 Knutstorp, Sweden United Kingdom Great Britain Burton / D.E. Rickman / D.J. Rickman

1962 Wohlen, Switzerland Sweden Sweden Johansson / Ove Lundell / Rolf Tibblin

1961 Schijndel, Netherlands Sweden Sweden Ove Lundell / Bill Nilsson / Rolf Tibblin

1960 Cassel, France United Kingdom Great Britain Curtis / Rickman / Jeff Smith

1959 Namur, Belgium United Kingdom Great Britain Draper / Rickman / Jeff Smith

1958 Knutstorp, Sweden Sweden Sweden Gustavsson / Ove Lundell / Bill Nilsson

1957 Brands Hatch, UK United Kingdom Great Britain Curtis / Martin / Jeff Smith

1956 Namur, Belgium United Kingdom Great Britain Draper / Jeff Smith/ Ward

1955 Randers, Denmark Sweden Sweden Gustavsson / Sten Lundin / Bill Nilsson

1954 Norg, Netherlands United Kingdom Great Britain Curtis / Brian Stonebridge / Ward

1953 Värnamo-Skillingaryd, Sweden United Kingdom Great Britain Les Archer / Draper / Ward

1952 Brands Hatch, UK United Kingdom Great Britain Les Archer / Brian Stonebridge / Ward

1951 Namur, Belgium Belgium Belgium Jansen / Leloup / Meunier

1950 Värnamo-Skillingaryd, Sweden United Kingdom Great Britain Draper / Hall / Lines

1949 Brands Hatch, UK United Kingdom Great Britain Lines / Manns / Soovell

1948 Spa, Belgium Belgium Belgium Cox / Jansen / Milhoux

1947 Wassenaar, Netherlands United Kingdom Great Britain Bill Nicholson / Bob Ray / Fred Rist

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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