Team Germany emerged as the winner of the 2012 Motocross of Nations, this weekend in Lommel, Belgium. Led by 18 year old Ken Roczen, the German team was very consistent in the deep sands of Lommel, while the American riders clearly struggled and thus surrendered the Chamberlain trophy. Max Nagl also had a phenomenal showing for the Germans, giving them the best overall score. Belgium was 2nd this year, led by Clement DeSalle and Ken De Dycker.
The MX1/MX2 race was won by World Champion, Tony Cairoli, of Italy. Gautier Paulin (FRA) was 2nd and Max Nagl (GER) was a very impressive 3rd. Ken Roczen was 5th giving Germany the lead after the first race. Clement DeSalle was 4th and US champion, Ryan Dungey, was only able to score 7th while Blake Baggett (USA) struggled to 14th, putting us behind early.
RacerX reported the second moto, which saw the MX2/MX3 riders battle with Dutch rider, Jeffrey Herlings, grabbing the lead and checking out on the entire field. Justin Barcia (USA) had a great start but blew out his front wheel colliding with Belgium’s Ken De Dycker, who finished 2nd. Ken Roczen was once again brilliant and German MX3 rider, Marcus Schiffer, had a very consistent top ten. Our own Blake Baggett did have a solid finish, however, Barcia’s front wheel forced him to pull off with one lap remaining, ruining any chances for the Americans.
The final MX1/MX3 moto was also won by Tony Cairoli of Italy. Jeffrey Herlings had some mishaps early on, allowing Cairoli to pull away, however, Herlings was fastest and eventually worked his way to 2nd in the moto. Cairoli had the best finishes of the day but Herlings proved his unmatched speed. Justin Barcia did have a great 3rd moto but it was already too late for the Americans.
The Belgian duo of DeSalle and De Dycker were very consistent, however the German team, led by Roczen, Nagl, and Schiffer proved to be the best and ultimately hoisted the Chamberlain trophy. The Lommel track consists of deep, beach sands and is like no track in the US. The German win snapped a 7 year win streak for the American team, who will be back next year with a vengeance!