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After Moto 2, the 2015 MXoN was a two way battle between defending champions France and America, who were eager to repeat the success of Team USA at Ernee in 2005, when Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham and Ivan Tedesco won and started a win streak for America.

Inside the pits, team managers and staff were trying to work out the overall team scores which had France and America tied going into the all deciding final moto.


The Monster girls took up their positions in front of the gate, whilst riders and mechanics prepared themselves.






Start of Moto 3

Start of Moto 3, Sweden’s Filip Bengtson scores the Fox holeshot, chased by #67 ben Townley, #42 dean Ferris, #22 Evgeny Bobryshev and #3 Romain Febvre, #13 Max Nagel , #15 Dennis Ullrich and #7 Justin Barcia.

Mid-pack starts by both Justin Barcia and Jeremy Martin meant they would have to dig deep and pass many riders if they were to win!


Ben Townley was on fire all weekend.


Evgeny Bobryeshev #22 and Sweden’s Filip Bengtson #31 battle for their countries.


Belgium’s Jeremy van Horebeek.


#12 Dean Wilson Team GB chases #7 Justin Barcia.


It didn’t take long before France’s Romain Febvre stormed into the lead!


Australia’s Dean Ferris rode well and also confirmed he will be racing in Australia next season for Craid Dack’s team.


Captain America Justin Barcia on his way through the pack.


Febvre in front of his noisy and adoring home crowd.


Ben Townley kept leader Romain Febvre on his toes.


Ben Townley demonstrates how deep some of those ruts were!


Portugal’s Hugo Basaula.


Gautier Paulin was racing with a knee injury but still did enough for Team France to retain the Chamberlain Trophy.


Scotland’s Dean Wilson rode well for Team GB and combined with Shaun Simpson’s results, all they would have needed was a decent result from injured Max Anstie to knock Belgium off the podium.


Suzuki’s MXGP winner Glen Coldenhoff in one of his last rides before he joins the factory KTM Team for 2016.


Romain Febvre winning both his moto’s topped what has been an incredible year for the young Frenchman.


Can’t say enough about how well New Zealand’s Ben Townley rode, coming out of retirement to challenge for the win.


Gautier Paulin, stylish as ever!


If Justin Barcia #7 had managed to catch and pass #3 Gautier Paulin, the Chamberlain trophy would have been heading back stateside again!


Cooper Webb rode really well for an MXoN rookie, just not quick enough to beat arch rival’s Team France on home soil.


Barcia closes in on Paulin but couldn’t make the pass to snatch a Team USA victory.


The French crowd light up resue flares to celebrate a historic victory


Security guards quickly erect a fence to keep back the podium crowds. The noise was deafening.


Team USA manager Roger DeCoster reflects what might have been…………………..


At least Roger knew a short cut to make it up onto the Skybox podium in time.


Jeremy Martin and staff struggle to find a way up to the podium.


French legend JMB, Jean Michel Bayle congratulates Musquin and Paulin.


Team France and manager atop the podium whilst Cooper Webb reflects what might have been………………..


…..and the crowd went crazy, chain saws , flares and flags of all nations!


Team France, deserved winners and retained the Chamberlain Trophy once more!


The French crowd sing their National anthem!


Ryan Villopoto checking out the crazy crowd.


Champagne time…………………..


As the media get their shot’s the crowd noise and excitement was intense!

So ended another great Motocross of Nations and the home crowd went home happy. Well done to all the riders, mechanics, organisers, FIM and Youthstream for producing such a great event you have to witness in person soon.

Roll on Maggiora 2016!……………..can’t wait to see how the Italian Tifosi celebrate this great event, the 30th anniversary of Team USA’s Dream team of David Bailey, Rick Johnson and Johnny O’Mara epic win back in 1986!


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


View the riders have off the start!

View the riders have off the start!


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


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.


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!


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


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


Evgeny Bobryshev chases after Marvin Musquin.


Lone Brit #10 Shaun Simpson gives chase.


Bobby going for downhill triple on lap 2.


Veteran Ben Townley flys the triple ahead of Marvin Musquin.


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


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


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


Close up on leader Justin Barcia, Team USA.


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


Bam Bam styles it whilst holding the lead.


Marvin throws in a mean whip too!


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


Bam Bam Sequence


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


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


Sharp rocks coming through on the downhill’s.


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!

Monster girl ready with 2 min warning board.

Qualifying and Racing
Come Saturday afternoon and the action starts to get serious with 3 seperate qualifying races for MX1, MX2 and MX Open to decide the 20 nations who will contest the 66th edition of the MXDN.
MX1 local boy Antonio Cairoli, who has a house in Lommel, bases himself with lovely girlfriend Jill in Belgium during the season, disappears off to an easy victory. Dungey places well to set team USA up for a good gate pick.
MX2 former World Champion Ken Roczen, back in Europe after campaigning in America, show’s why he has won the MX2 class at the MXDN for the past two years with another easy victory.
The Open class sees pre race favourite Jeffery Herlings racing for Netherlands, hit the gate and start dead last. Within 1 lap he is up to 4th and soon races to the front to score a confident victory. Behind him drama unfolds as Team USA’s Justin Barcia blows a soft berm on his Honda 450cc,ending up entangled in the banners and green netting right in front of Team USA’s Chuck Sun, who shouts to other spectators not to touch the bike, but after 30 + seconds of Barcia struggling to untangle his bike, Chuck moves a trackside stake to clear the green fencing near Barcia’s rear wheel and this in viewed as outside assistance by the FIM and Barcia was disqualified from the results.

Barcia’s crash through banner courtesy of

Chuck Sun was horrified to hear of this afterwards, and stated at no time did he touch the rider or bike and it was safety issue as bike and rider were strewn across the racing line! I just guess it was an unweilding official looking to make his mark on the race. Fortunately the exploits of Dungey and Baggett meant Team USA had qualified for the main event, so Barcia’s DNF could be discarded!
In the post race press conference, Chuck was swooped upon by all the leading journalists looking for his angle on the Barcia story,  Team USA vs Europe conspiracy threads etc!

Team USA press conference after qualifying

After the qualifiers Team Germany were first to the gate, followed by Belgium and Italy, Netherlands, France, Gt Britain, USA, Estonia, Russia and Australia.
Saturday evening was taken up with the Youthstream Awards in the massive VIP tent.

Youthstream Awards ceremony

Chuck was invited onto MX Live TV show, hosted in the massive Monster Energy rig to give his views on Lommel and Team USA’s expectations.

Paul Malin interviews Chuck Sun MX-Live TV show.

You could feel the drama & tension in the air as the riders prepped their gates for the first MX1/MX2 des nations moto.

Tension in the air as riders prep their start gates for Moto 1.

When the gate dropped Antonio Cairoli grabbed the holeshot and proceeded to give a sand riding clinic to all the other nations, as he won with ease!

Cairoli extending his lead each lap!

Ryan Dungey had gated well, but was struggling to stay on the pace of the leaders, as was Blake Baggett who was mired midpack and was eventually lapped by Cairoli in the dying stages! Why did the Americans look like “fish out of water?”  Watching the sand riding techniques of guys like Herlings, Cairoli and Roczen they appear a lot looser on their bikes, not sticking to exact lines each lap, just flowing with the bike wherever it takes them. Every lap around Lommel the deep sand changes, continually moving,. In comparison, Dungey , Baggett and Barcia were noticibly stiffer, especially in their suspension settings. They would slam the moving berms whilst Herlings and co just kissed off them! Baggett in particular was revving his bike a lot more than say Roczen which just digs down deeper, rather than riding a gear higher and staying on top of the shifting surface. The speed that Herlings and Cairoli were circulating, they were probably jumping 15-20% more of the track, missing deep holes etc. Credit to the young Americans, Lommel is open all year round as a practice venue, so the locals have hours in the sand logged, plus when Team USA hired it a week before for a private session, the track style and bumps layout would be a lot different come race time!

Ken Roczen dominated the MX2 class athe MXDN for the 3rd year in a row!

The second MX2/MXOpen moto was dominated by World Champion Jeffrey Herlings who was absolutely on fire from holeshot to flag.

Moto 2 start

Herlings out front past the VIP area lap 1.

Herlings the ultimate sandman!

Justin Barcia had gated well in third place but was soon passed by Belgium’s Ken Dedycker. Coming along the pit box straight and Barcia tried to use his Bam Bam style passing on big Ken, only this time Barcia ended up on the deck as Ken nonchalantly glanced back.

"Bam Bam" Barcia tries to outbrake Ken DeDycker

To be continued in Part 3

Barcia, what happened next, Moto 3 the Cairoli/Herlings sandman showdown, podium celebrations and antics and the afterparties!

To be published on Monday Oct 22nd!