Motocross of Nations trivia
The Motocross of Nations has a history that roughly parallels the history of motocross itself in the world. In
fact, the first running of the event predates the FIM motocross World Championship itself, and so might be considered the first MX event in the world. Back in 1947 it was
called the Motocross des Nations, of course, and the format has changed a number of times since then. Along the
way there has been a Trophee des Nations for 250s and a
Coupe des Nations for 125s, but the current arrangement
of three team members in three different classes on one
day dates back to 1984. In case you’re wondering, here
are some MXoN facts to chew on.
Winningest rider ever: Jeff Ward of the U.S. and Jeff
Smith of Great Britain were both on the winning team
seven years each if you only include the Motocross
des Nations and MXoN. If you include the Trophee des
Jeff Stanton on his way to victory in Gaildorf,
Germany, in 1989.
Nations, the man is truly Roger DeCoster, who has a
combined 16 team wins. If you throw in his 22 wins as
team manager for the U.S., Roger is in a class by himself.
Speaking of the U.S., our 22 wins stands as the
accepted record at the MX des Nations/MXoN. But if
you combine the three different classes, Belgium actually is tied with the U.S. with a total of 26. The Coupe
des Nations was only run four times, and the U.S. never
scored a win.
The first U.S. win in 1981 is legendary. What rider from
that team went on to score a gold medal at the ISDE eight
years later? Danny LaPorte. Now for a bonus question:
what other rider rode both the MX des Nations and the
Six Days? Barry Higgins was actually on America’s very
first des Nations team in 1971 and rode the ISDT (as it
was called back then) several times. Go, Barry. ❏
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