Dungey, who returns to MXoN for a fifth straight year, will compete in the MX1 class (450cc). Newly crowned 250 motocross champion Tomac will run MX2 (250cc) with Barcia racing Open.
Long-time team manager and multi-time motocross world champion Roger DeCoster will return to manage the all-star lineup in its quest to reclaim the coveted MXoN winner’s trophy.
“The strength for the Americans is that everybody always works together as a team,” DeCoster said. “Often, that is not the case for other teams. Another of our strengths is our fans. The American fans are very much behind this race.”
Missing from the star-studded list is 2013 450 SX and MX champion Ryan Villopoto, who recently announced he will be having ankle surgery after Lake Elsinore.
“The hardest part of this decision is the timing,” Villopoto said. “I was really looking forward to racing the Motocross of Nations again this year, but I won’t be fully prepared in time for MXoN and I don’t want to give less than 100% to Team USA. The MXoN is always a highlight of the season and it is an event that has helped to define my career.”
Dungey remains optimistic despite Villopoto’s absence.
“I’m excited and obviously it’s an honor,” said Dungey. “Last year was a little rough, but this year will be better. We’re all pretty good riders. We all work hard, we all get along and we’re on the same page seeking a world team title. We’ll work together and push each other and bring it, and if we can do that I think we’ll win back the title this year.”
Barcia, who competed as a rookie in last year’s MXoN, believes his experience and newfound confidence will translate into success this year.
“Last year I learned a lot and the experience will be huge for me this year,” Barcia said. “I also have a lot more experience riding a 450 now, and that will be to my advantage because last year I didn’t have much experience on that bike. I think it’s awesome to represent my country, and our expectation is to win. We have a really strong team this year and we have a very good chance to bring back the trophy.”
As for Tomac, he understands the pressure but insists he is in top shape and will put on a show for his country.
“The Motocross of Nations is one of the most prestigious things to do in our sport and any rider in the USA would be proud to represent their country,” Tomac said. “I’m super excited to go there, and I’m going to give it my best. Since it’s my first time, I think I will have a lot of pressure to do well, but it’s going to be a fun thing to do and represent. I’ll give it my all. I feel like I’m riding my best and that I can do well for the team.”
Team USA will seek to avenge last year’s disappointing loss to Germany, which snapped a seven year win streak for the good ‘ol red, white and blue squad.
The United States last won the Motocross des Nations in 2011 when the event was held in Saint D’Angely, France. The United States is the all-time leader in overall team victories with 22. Great Britain is second with 16.Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Motocross, Motocross Des Nations, Roger DeCoster, Ryan Dungey, Supercross