US to host 2010 Motocross of Nations

Team USA to seek 21st win at Thunder Valley

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 13, 2009
Team U.S.A. will defend its Motocross of Nations title on home soil as the 2010 event will be held at Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colo.

Located outside of Denver, Thunder Valley will host the 2010 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations Sept. 25-26. The U.S. last hosted the event in 2007 as a team of Tim Ferry, Ryan Villopoto and Ricky Carmichael in his last professional motocross race, captured America’s 18th Motocross of Nations title.

“This is a win-win-win situation for everybody. The biggest and most important Motocross race in the world returns to the USA, only a few years after the successful event in Budds Creek. This is brilliant news for the Motocross community and for all the fans,” says Dr. Wolfgang Srb, president of the FIM Motocross Commission. “The Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations is the showcase of our sport and deserves to be staged on the best venues. Thunder Valley Motocross Park ranks around the top venues worldwide and will be a first class facility. Congratulations to all who made this most important deal possible.”

Team U.S.A. will vie for Motocross of Nations win number 21 at Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, Colo.

A staple on the AMA Motocross calendar, Thunder Valley offers a challenge for racers as the mile-high altitude will affect riders’ oxygen intake and the performance of their machines.

“The chance to host the Motocross of Nations is a dream-come-true,” says David Clabaugh, owner of Thunder Valley Motocross Park. “This is the single biggest motocross event in the world and it’s an honor to have the FIM recognize Thunder Valley as a world class venue. I have put in countless hours to make this facility the best it could be and this is the greatest reward I could have received.”

The U.S. has won a record 20 times in 63 Motocross of Nations competitions, but has only hosted the event twice: 2007 at Budds Creek and 1987 at Unadilla MX in New Berlin, N.Y. Motocross of Nations rights holder Youthstream announced in 2008 the event will return to the U.S. more frequently.

“We are extremely proud to bring the prestigious Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations to the Denver area in 2010. In 2007, we brought the event to Maryland, and it was one of the most successful motorcycle races ever accomplished in the USA,” says Giuseppe Luongo, president of Youthstream. “In 2008, we promised the entire world, both fans and industry, that we would return the event to the U.S.A. on a regular basis. Now, in 2009, we are glad to announce that we have fulfilled that goal, with the 2010 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations being held in Lakewood, Colorado the last weekend of September.”

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