“The French really wanted some!”……………………………………………………………………. Motocross of Nations, Ernee, France 2015 blog part 1

Posted: October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Arriving early on Friday morning to collect our passes, you could already tell this 69th Edition of the Motocross of nations was going to be a big one, when the riders living area was already full and spilling over into neighbouring fields.

Entrance to Moto Club Ernee.

Entrance to Moto Club Ernee.

First view of the impressive Ernee MX circuit.

First view of the impressive Ernee MX circuit.

With a full day to get set up in the media tent, meetings with various people, I also had to deliver my latest commission to Giuseppe and Ursula Luongo in their Youthstream offices.

Artist Rob Kinsey delivering latest Oil painting of Dave Thorpe, commissioned by Giuseppe Luongo President of Youthstream.

Artist Rob Kinsey delivering latest Oil painting of Dave Thorpe, commissioned by Giuseppe Luongo,  President of Youthstream.

Got chance to also meet up with old fiends Eric Peronnard of Fox and Jonathon Beasley, promoter of the memorable 2007 MXoN at Budds Creek Maryland, USA.

Eric Peronnard and Rob Kinsey, FOX Party Saturday night At Ernee

Eric Peronnard and Rob Kinsey, FOX Party Saturday night At Ernee

Rob Kinsey and old friend Jonathon Beasley, promoter of the epic 2007 MXoN at Budds Creek, USA.

Rob Kinsey and old friend Jonathon Beasley, promoter of the epic 2007 MXoN at Budds Creek, USA.

Gabriele Mazarollo, owner of Alpine Stars graciously allowed us to exhibit the late Danny Magoo Chandler painting from his historic 1982 MXDN and Trophee des Nations 4 moto clean sweep.

Gabriele Mazzrollo, owner of Alpine Stars with Magoo painting.

Gabriele Mazzrollo, owner of Alpine Stars with Magoo painting.

Kris Egbert, one of Magoo’s closest friend’s, who brought him to Europe for the MXDN at Donnington Park 2008 and his final MXDN in Franciacorta Italy in 2009, bought the painting but has allowed us to exhibit it these past 7 years. Kris took the painting back to America to loan to the AMA Hall of Fame in Pickerton, Ohio.

Rob Kinsey and Kris Egbert with the Magoo painting in Alpine Stars Hospitality unit at Ernee.

Rob Kinsey and Kris Egbert with the Magoo painting in Alpine Stars Hospitality unit at Ernee.

Friday night supper was interrupted by the constant sound of revving chain saws, pit bike racing, music, fireworks and even someone valve bouncing and R1 Yamaha to destruction. Curious, we decided to take a walk up into the camping area to see this madness first-hand!

Friday campsite

Friday campsite

Saturday morning and the free practice sessions for MXGP, MX2 and Open class were soon out on track as a massive crowd flooded every part of the venue.

A small part of the massive crowd

A small part of the massive crowd

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There were great looking girls everywhere, but this beauty from 24MX just stood out!

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Ride of the weekend goes to semi retired veteran Ben Townley, who rolled back the years to Ernee 2005, where he first sprung to prominence. His great battles with France’s Romain Febvre and the way he rode his heart out, representing Team New Zealand this past weekend was legendary!

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Big Ken de Dycker always rises to the MXoN occassion, helping a depleted Team Belgium to 3rd step on the overall podium.

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Team USA’s Justin Barcia was on fire in the first moto on Sunday taking victory in Moto 1 (MXGP & MX2)

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MX2 World Champion Tim Gajser and MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre getting ready for their qualifying moto together!

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Team Puerto Rico with Michael Leib were racing on a shoestring budget but had a great promo girl!

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View the riders have off the start!

View the riders have off the start!

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Medis interest in newly crowned MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre was intense.

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MXoN Rookie Cooper Webb, Team USA rode really well in the qualifiers

 

Saturday night was the annual Youthstream Awards on the Sky Box behind the start gate, where champions from every class were recognised.

FIM President Vito Ipolito and Giuseppe Luongo adress the audience.

FIM President Vito Ippolitto and Giuseppe Luongo adress the audience.

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Tim Gajser’s brother and family watch proudly as he receives his MX2 award.

Seated on the chairs, you could feel them sinking into the soft tilled dirt of the start straight, much to everyone’s amusement.

Sadly 3 x World MX Champion David Thorpe was unable to attend to collect his Lifetime Achievement award and painting, which will be presented at a later date.

Announcer's Roger Warrn and Francois Manginon did a great job whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

Announcer’s Roger Warren and Francois Manginon did a great job whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

The whole French crowd were on tip toes as moto 1 (MXGP & MX2) blasted off the line!

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Moto 1 MXGP and MX2 head into the second corner. Crowd noise was so deafening, riders probably couldn’t hear their own bikes!

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Lap 1 Barcia leads, double and singling the massive downhill triple!

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Evgeny Bobryshev chases after Marvin Musquin.

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Lone Brit #10 Shaun Simpson gives chase.

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Bobby going for downhill triple on lap 2.

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Veteran Ben Townley flys the triple ahead of Marvin Musquin.

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Shaun Simpson flies the triple. It was a long way out and down!

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Gautier Paulin leaps into the valley and the incredible sound of the French fans!

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Close up on Belgium’s Ken de Dycker, chasing hard after a first lap collision with others, took him almost a lap down!

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Close up on leader Justin Barcia, Team USA.

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Marvin Musquin took the fight for the lead to Justin Barcia. His technique was so smooth.

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Bam Bam styles it whilst holding the lead.

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Marvin throws in a mean whip too!

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Jeremy Martin moves up to challenge Musquin later in the race.

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Bam Bam Sequence

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Justin Barcia’s #7 looked suspiciously like a #1 on his side panels. Maybe he had a point to prove?

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After Musquin’s big crash, he slips into the clutches of Jeremy Martin, but was able to re-group and defend his position.

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Sharp rocks coming through on the downhill’s.

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Name as many flags of the nations as you can?

That’s a wrap for Part 1 of this extensive blog. Check back over the weekend for part 2, Inside Team USA camp and all the action from the deciding  2nd and 3rd moto’s plus pandemonium on the podium!

All photo’s copyright of Robert Kinsey. Any non sanctioned commercial use or reproduction forbidden!

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Comments
  1. marc gifford says:

    Good stuff rob, Can’t wait for the rest.

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