Not only are team GB racing at home but they have one of the strongest teams at this year’s event!
Tommy Searle appeared to be the most controversial choice, but the Englishman is very mentally strong, determined and talented. He loves Matterley and always rides well there, there is no reason he can’t challenge Osborne and the rest of the MX2 riders for the podium. The last time he stepped down to the MX2 class for the MXoN he won his class in 2014, Searle will also have a lot of motivation to shut some people up – and if you can beat Jeffrey Herlings round Matterley you can never be discounted regardless of form.
Dean Wilson finished in fourth in the US Nationals and is a solid pick, the big jumps should suit the Scotsman. Wilson has been very consistent this year and with two good starts there is no reason why he can’t be hovering around the top placings – and Wilson is targeting a class win.
” I’m fully fit and healthy and I’m happy on my bike. I truly believe we can finish on the podium.” said Wilson. “We just need to ride our best without any drama. The goal for me is to win my class, which I think is achievable. I just need to keep my head clear and ride to the best of my ability.”
Then there is Max Anstie, the chatty Englishman almost beat Jeffrey Herlings in the final moto of the year – and it was in the mud, which could well be the conditions at Matterley! Anstie is in the best form of any British rider right now and if he can get the job done, GB should be in the mix for potential winners.
Anstie admits that he just can’t wait to race in front of his home crowd this weekend : I’ve been waiting for the Motocross of Nations for a long, long time. It’s such a special race and this year the atmosphere is going to be better than ever. It’s just amazing to be heading to my home MXoN as the top British rider in MXGP class. This year we have a very strong team with Dean [Wilson], Tommy [Searle] and myself so anything is possible.
If all three riders ride to their potential, and get the luck every team needs for this event with no bike failures or big crashes, team GB might just make the 23 year wait to win the Nations worthwhile by doing it on home turf in front of a massive crowd!