Germany win in 2012 MXoN - Euros dominate motos
News Sunday 30th September 2012 By Geoff Meyer
The hero was the day for Team Germany was Ken Roczen who for the third year running won the MX2 overall and his lightning speed was something of awe for the huge crowd in attendance. Roczen finished with 5-4 against the leading MX1 and Open riders in the World and was so much better than his MX2 rivals that one has to wonder what is next for the sensational Germany teenager.
The two fastest riders in Lommel though didn't come from Germany, Belgium or America, but from Italy and The Netherlands. Six Times World Motocross Champion Antonio Cairoli finally put together two perfect scores at this event, going 1-1 in his two motos and Herlings went 1-2.
Cairoli was very controlled as he showed why he is considered by many as the fastest Motocross rider in the World at the moment, and Herlings had to fight back from a crash in the first corner of his second moto to finish a close second to Cairoli. Both made sure that the memory of that 2007 blitzing by Team USA in Budds Creek was at least forgotten for a day.
Team USA while not on the same pace as the lead riders did produce some moments. Blake Baggett looked solid on Sunday and his 14-6 was a big improvement on his 17-17 from France in 2011. Justin Barcia fought hard and was pretty unlucky not to finish with better results than 14-3, he was the standout for the American team. The biggest surprise was the performance of Ryan Dungey, for a few years now the mainstay of the American team his 7-9 results a long way off what he is capable of.
Still Team USA were brilliant in defeat, giving the GP riders their respects and you can count on Team USA arriving in Germany in 2013 with a lot to prove. Don't be surprised to see the same three riders picked in next years event. They have no need to get motivated.
What Cairoli and Herlings did was bring the GP riders moto win tally to 11 from the last 8 years, while AMA riders have 13 moto wins from the same period. Sounds to me like the AMA and FIM series have a pretty similar level of rider quality and that is pretty much why this MXoN is so special every year.
Monster Energy Motocross of Nations Results
Moto one MX1/MX2: 1. Cairoli, 2. Paulin, 3. Nagl, 4. Desalle, 5. Roczen, 6. Bobryshev, 7. Dungey, 8. Searle, 9. De Reuver, 10. Van Horebeek, 11. Coppins, 12. Goncalves, 13. Barr, 14. Baggett, 15. Coldenhoff, 16. Nicholls, 17. Krestinov, 18. Tonkov, 19. Musquin, 20. Bopping
Moto two MX2/Open: 1. Herlings, 2. Leok, 3. De Dycker, 4. Roczen, 5. Guarneri, 6. Baggett, 7. Schiffer, 8. Waters, 9. Anstie, 10. Boog, 11. Musquin, 12. Tonkov, 13. Correia, 14. Barcia, 15. Ratsep, 16. Bengtsson, 17. Cooper, 18. Olssen, 19. Olsen, 20. StykeMoto three MX1/Open: 1. Cairoli 2. Herlings 3. Barcia 4. Leok 5. De Dycker 6. Nagl 7. Desalle 8. Paulin 9. Dungey 10. Goncalves
Team Results: 1. Team Germany 25pts, 2. Team Belgium 29pts, 3. Team USA 39pts, 4. The Netherlands 44pts, 5. Team Italy 45pts, 6. Team France 47pts, 7. Team Estonia 56pts, 8. Team Great Britain 56pts, 9. Team Portugal 80pts, 10. Team Australia 83pts