The 67th running of the prestigious FIM Motocross of Nations was held at Teutschenthal in Germany on September 29, and Honda Red Riders Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac were on hand to help lead Team USA to a silver medal.

For the second consecutive year Barcia contested the competition in the Open class aboard his Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R, and despite struggling in the second moto was able to claim the class win with 4-11 scores. “I got a decent start in the first race, but I rode a bit tight and struggled with some stuff, but overall fourth is a good result,” stated Barcia.

Barcia got tangled in a pile up in the first turn of the second moto, sending him to dead last. “In the second race I fell on the start and had to fight my way up from the back of the pack, which was some frustrating racing,” explained Barcia. “Overall it was an okay weekend and another great experience, but I wish I could have ridden a bit better. We are disappointed to finish second, but no excuses for the race. We wanted to win badly.

“It’s so awesome racing with these guys though. I have much respect for Team Belgium and Italy, as the tracks here are extremely tough and a lot more challenging than back at home,” continued Barcia.“I know we said the same thing last year in the sand, but these guys ride some gnarly stuff. I wish our tracks got this gnarly; we can’t find anything in the US to ride that gets that choppy and gnarly. Hopefully, one day I can maybe come back and race the GPs after hopefully winning some US championships.”

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac rode in the MX2 class for the U.S. team on his CRF250R and was paired with the MX1 group for the first race of the day. It was a rollercoaster moto for Tomac who started the race outside the top 15, but in normal fashion began laying down blistering lap times. He had maneuvered his way into third before a huge crash launched him off of his bike. Luckily, Tomac was able to remount and rally to a 16th place finish, which was ultimately used as the team’s allotted throwaway race.

“I didn’t get a good start in the first moto,” Tomac said. “My gate pick put me on a dry line, which I thought would work good but it didn’t. I worked through the pack and made my way into third and was battling with Roczen (Team Germany) in second before I made a really big mistake that sent me flying over the bars. It was pretty scary flying through the air without my motorcycle. But I was lucky to get up, be healthy, get back on the bike and finish the race.”

In the second MX2 moto, Tomac launched off the line to a much stronger start and quickly was in a heated battle for the lead, which lasted the entire race. Despite multiple attempts, he was unable to make the pass and finished second overall. “In the second moto I had a big battle with Roczen,” explained Tomac. “He got the start, and we were so close all the way through. I got shuffled back a few times with lappers, which was what hurt me the most. It’s been a really cool experience, although we are disappointed not to win. Hopefully, I can come back and we can put together solid results in all motos.”

It was a mere 3 points that separated the American team from winning this year and receiving the prized Chamberlain Trophy.

Motocross of Nations Results:
1. Belgium: Ken de Dycker MX1 (8-2), Jeremy van Horebeek, MX2 (7-7), Clement Desalle – Open (3)
2. USA: Ryan Dungey, MX1 (6-7), Eli Tomac MX2 (16-2), Justin Barcia Open (4-11)
3. Italy: Tony Cairoli, MX1 (1-1); Alessandro Lupino MX2 (8-13); David Philippaerts, Open (8)