Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Against the World...MXoN.

I'm not going to lie, I didn't give this years Des Nations team for the USA a shot in hell at a win. I liked having Jeremy Martin on the team, but that was it for me. On paper I had them 3rd or 4th overall. I even said Justin Barcia was the weakest link of the team.

Well...I'm sitting here eating my words. So close USA and one heck of a job. I was impressed with Justin Barcia's moto win and thought Cooper Webb looked great for just moving up to the 450. Barcia even got the overall in the MX1 class. Jeremy Martin's 5-5 moto scores may have been the issue, but still impressive results. My hopes were so high going into that last moto with a 2 point lead. France got great starts when it mattered the most.

Photo: Kip Bigelow 

I've got to admit, I am a little pumped for Marvin Musquin winning the MX2 individual overall along with his teams victory. It seems he's been through a lot lately. Marvin has been dealing with a wrist injury and the mental stresses of his brothers injuries. 

Dean Wilson and Shaun Simpson rode their hearts out to 4th and 5th respectively in their classes but the Great Britain team would settle for 18th overall after losing Max Anstie to a violent crash. 

Romain Febvre was a dominant force in the open class, going 1-1 and adding another individual win to Team France. 

I've also got to give a big shout out to Michael Leib and his run at the MXoN. He came as a part of team Puerto Rico and raced a new bike, with a new team. Results don't show it, but Michael looked good in France and I can't wait for his Supercross season.

Photo: Michael Leib IG

Last but not least, holy shit the fans in France looked crazy. Even on TV it was extremely loud. Airhorns, chainsaws and yelling at the top of their lungs. This had to add a home field advantage to Team France. 

What an awesome event. 

Congrats Team USA. 

-Kyle Pesci


On a side note. I'd like to dedicate this article to Erik Roner. I've done some work with Nitro Circus and had the chance to meet Erik once. He was the "if there's anything you need" kind of guy. He was dragging guys away from getting ready for a show, to meet or do interviews with me. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to just shake Erik's hand. RIP Roner.

Photo: @erikroner

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