PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The American Motorcyclist Ass’n has selected the U.S. riders who will compete for the American team at the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme) Motocross of Nations in Kegums, Latvia, Sept. 27-28.
The 2014 team will include Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey, GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac and STAR Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Roger DeCoster will manage the team as it seeks reclaim the world championship that it last captured in 2011. The U.S. team finished second at the 2013 event and third in 2012.
“If you look at the way Ryan, Eli and Jeremy are riding at the moment, we should be back in the hunt for a victory,” said DeCoster, who currently manages the Red Bull/KTM AMA Motocross and Supercross teams, and himself competed in numerous FIM Motocross of Nations in the 1960s and ’70s. “The track we will be racing at suits our style, and all the riders are talented and on good equipment. Also, all of these riders want to be here, and compete for their country. That’s what we want in a team.”
Dungey, who will race in the MX1 class, returns for the sixth time to the U.S. Motocross of Nations team. He says he is ready to win back a world championship for America.
“It always feels good to represent the United States,” said Dungey, who is currently second in points for the AMA Pro Racing 450MX National Championship. “To be picked to represent your country is a real honor. The last two years we have been short of that top step on the podium, and we all want to be back on that top step, to show the world what America can do. With myself, Eli and Jeremy, we’re all riding well and we’re all in strong physical condition to get that job done.”