France take MXoN Victory

Regardless of what nation you support, the atmosphere at the 69th edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Ernée could have moved mountains.

In an edge of your seat outright brawl to the finish, Team France’s line up of Gautier Paulin, Marvin Musquin and Romain Febvre have defended the Chamberlain Cup for the first time in French motocross history to put a hair raising end on the greatest event ever.

MXoN 2015
MXoN 2015
Race One – MXGP & MX2

Race one demonstrated just what the motocross of nations is all about. Team USA’s Justin Barcia and Team France’s Marvin Musquin had an epic duel in the first half of the race as they held nothing back in their battle for the lead. While the intense French fans were backing the US based Frenchman, he threw it away in spectacular style on a jump at the bottom of the track, “I got too excited, the crowd was going crazy and I made too many mistakes and finally I went down” he said. Nevertheless, he was quick to regroup and only lost two positions.

In the time it took Musquin to regroup, Team Russia’s Evgeny Bobryshev and Team Germany’s Max Nagl took over the second and third positions and rode it home unchallenged.

At one point Team USA’s MX2 rider Jeremy Martin started closing in on Musquin for fourth, but as the Frenchman, who set a laptime 2 seconds faster than anyone else on track, returned to full force Martin couldn’t respond to the challenge and let him go.

Meanwhile Team New Zealand’s super spoiler Ben Townley was riding on rails as one of the veterans of the event and came home in sixth ahead of the defending champion and top qualifier Gautier Paulin who binned it when he got a little too trigger happy on the front brake.

Justin Barcia
Justin Barcia

Race 1 top ten: 1. Justin Barcia (USA, Yamaha), 35:41.061; 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:13.103; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:16.316; 4. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:19.053; 5. Jeremy Martin (USA, Yamaha), +0:25.080; 6. Ben Townley (NZL, Honda), +0:36.939; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:39.665; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:00.544; 9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +1:03.697; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +1:15.508…13. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 37:17.822

Nations top ten: USA, France, Estonia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Germany, Sweden.

MXoN 2015
MXoN 2015
RACE 2 – MX2 & Open

With Team USA taking the early lead after Justin Barcia cleaned up in race one which was paired with the fifth of Jeremy Martin, their Open rider Cooper Webb was proper fired up and ready to maintain the solid attack of the stars and stripes. Webb banked the €1000 Fox Holeshot cheque after leading Great Britain’s Dean Wilson and Team France’s Romain Febvre around turn one. Febvre didn’t waste much time in getting around Wilson, who was riding a pretty wide line, and went after Webb who had pulled a slight gap.

After ditching Wilson, the hillside erupted with excitement as the home rider went up the inside of Webb for the lead. Webb didn’t let it go and kept hot on the heels of the reigning MXGP world champion before tipping over while trying to change his line in an attempt to avoid a slower rider.

Webb’s fall took the heat off of Febvre but he didn’t lose a position and still came home for a solid second. Meanwhile the battle for third was raging as Team Belgium’s Jeremy Van Horebeek and the MX2 hotshots Marvin Musquin and Jeremy Martin crept up on Wilson and nudged him back to sixth.

Van Horebeek was setting a fierce pace but couldn’t hold off the wrath of the Frenchman who was egged on by the patriotic crowd. Musquin, with his creative line choice, put a super sweet inside to outside pass on Van Horebeek and pulled a five second gap for a comfortable third. Van Horebeek and Martin rounded out the top five.

Romain Febvre and Cooper Webb
Romain Febvre and Cooper Webb

Race 2 top ten: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 35:38.570; 2. Cooper Webb (USA, Yamaha), +0:03.133; 3. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:10.889; 4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:15.384; 5. Jeremy Martin (USA, Yamaha), +0:19.463; 6. Dean Wilson (GBR, KTM), +0:40.540; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:05.159; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki), +1:14.771; 9. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM), +1:23.712; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +1:25.074…19. Dean Ferris (Husqvarna) 36:25.935

Nations top ten: USA, France, Estonia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Germany, Sweden.

Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin
RACE 3 – MXGP & OPEN

With the crowd louder than the sound of the forty revved out 450’s, the gates dropped with Team Sweden’s Fillip Bengtsson and Team New Zealand’s Ben Townley going neck and neck around turn one. Chasing them was France’s young phenomenon Romain Febvre followed by Team Russia’s Evgeny Bobryshev and Team Belgium’s Ken De Dycker.

Throwing a spanner in the works, both of the race 1 and race 2 holeshotters, Team USA’s Justin Barcia and Cooper Webb, were buried while a hungry Febvre was taking no prisoners on his mission to the lead. He managed to out-drag Townley in a bar to bar sprint towards turn one and although he made the pass stick he couldn’t shake the Kiwi who chased him home for a mind-blowing second.

As the race ticked over half way Webb hit the turbo button and caught his teammate Barcia who was running sixth at the time. With team tactics coming into play, Barcia pulled over for his hauling teammate Webb but the youngster came undone three turns later when he stalled the bike. Knowing what was at stake, Barcia decided to give his turbo a tap and impressively passed Paulin and Bobryshev to come home in third. Bobryshev put in another great ride for fourth ahead of Paulin while Webb managed to get his bike fired up third kick and came home in sixth.

MXoN 2015
MXoN 2015

Race 3 top ten: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 35:29.211; 2. Ben Townley (NZL, Honda), +0:03.179; 3. Justin Barcia (USA, Yamaha), +0:04.708; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:13.119; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:14.435; 6. Cooper Webb (USA, Yamaha), +0:15.539; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:39.713; 8. Dean Wilson (GBR, KTM), +0:45.383; 9. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:54.619; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:57.639… 12. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 36:45.028… 20. Dean Ferris (Husqvarna) 37:30.523

Nations top ten: France, USA, Belgium, Estonia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria

OVERALL
MXoN 2015 - Winners - Team France
MXoN 2015 – Winners – Team France

It was complete and utter pandemonium at the flag as Febvre bought home for France with a perfect score in the open class. Paulin finished fourth overall in the MXGP class which combined with Musquin’s overall victory in MX2 saw Team France defend the Chamberlain Cup on home soil for the first time in their history.

Gautier Paulin – Team France – “Everything today was about fighting to try and keep our title with all the best countries and their best riders here. To defend the title here in France in front of all the home fans is amazing. They were reaching for us – it’s amazing the feeling they give us when we ride and even in the paddock. I definitely want to thank my teammates for their great job, and the team and the French federation who did an awesome job to give us the best material for this event. The hardest thing after winning last year was to keep it again here in front of the home crowd on home soil, so I don’t have words to describe the feeling of winning again.”

Gautier Paulin
Gautier Paulin

Team USA came so close yet so far with Barcia winning the MXGP class while his teammates Martin and Webb finished second in their classes for the team to lose by only two points. Meanwhile Team Belgium made the best of a bad day to round off the podium in third.

In other news, Team Latvia’s Pauls Jonass was awarded the Ricky Carmichael award for the most promising young rider.

Todd Waters: “The Motocross of Nations is such an amazing event, but from a team point of view things can change fast. That’s what happened to the Australian team in the last moto. But it’s always an awesome atmosphere, and this year was really something special. For me it was tough. If you get a good start and run near the front it’s amazing, but I didn’t get great starts and wasn’t in the action. When a rider falls right in front of you and you get taken down, like happened to me in the first moto, things are over before they’ve begun. It’s unfortunate, but as we all know it can happen in racing.”

1. France – 14pts – Marvin Musquin (KTM), Gautier Paulin (Honda), Romain Febvre (Yamaha)

2. USA – 16pts – Jeremy Martin (Yamaha), Justin Barcia (Yamaha), Cooper Webb (Yamaha)

3. Belgium – 56pts – Julien Lieber (Yamaha), Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha), Ken De Dycker (KTM)

4. Estonia – 66pts – Harri Kullas (Husqvarna), Tanel Leok (Kawasaki), Priit Ratsep (Honda)

7. Australia – 77pts – Luke Clout (Yamaha), Todd Waters (Husqvarna), Dean Ferris (Husqvarna)

9. Germany – 97pts – Henry Jacobi (KTM), Max Nagl (Husqvarna), Dennis Ullrich (Suzuki)