Motocross of Nations: Five things!
The big five: Romain Febvre, Antonio Cairoli, Jeffery Herlings, Cooper Webb and Max Nagl. These are the big five riders heading into this weekend and these guys are the main favourites to win the outright moto’s. Who’s going to do it this weekend? You can’t rule out any of the five mentioned, it’s going to be exciting! It’s a real shame Tim Gajser is ruled out for the event as he would have only added to the excitement. Starts are going to be more key than ever this weekend, Febvre and Webb’s weak points this year have been starts, will they get out of the gate any better this weekend? On the other hand, Nagl and Cairoli have always been great out of the gate, they will be hoping for more of the same this weekend. The race could be won or lost on the start.
Jeffrey Herlings V Cooper Webb: The fastest 250 riders in the world during the 2016 season will resume their battle this weekend at the Motocross of Nations. Cooper Webb won the battle during Charlotte GP but no doubt Herlings will want revenge. This weekend both riders will be racing 450’s as they start to get to grips with the bigger bikes. It’s going to be cool to see them on the 450 machines before next year and hopefully bang bars. Who is going to be on top this weekend? That is a question that will be answered on Sunday.
Pride: Representing your country at the Motocross of Nations is always a special feeling and pride is on the line this weekend. No one will want to be the rider in the team to let their country down. Don’t be too surprised to see some riders raise their game and put in their best rides to date, that’s what racing for your country can do!
Italian fans: The Italian’s are very passionate for the sport and the Italian GP’s always get a massive turn out. It’s going to be absolutely rammed this weekend with fans from all around the world joining the crazy Italian’s for a special event. Don’t be surprised to see the Italian riders put on a good show as the crowd will get the best from them. After a disappointing season and missing out on the world title, Antonio Cairoli will want to put on a great show so don’t be surprised to see him come out in top!
Maggiora: The track looks absolutely prime this weekend! I remember Ryan Dungey had a go at the GP tracks and they don’t look that fun to ride. But just look at how good the track has been prepared this weekend!
There won’t be a tonne of racing this weekend so the track shouldn’t get too rough. The American’s shouldn’t have too much of a problem adapting to the track. It’s going to be a great weekend with some great racing on a special track.
Article: Andy McKinstry