Coronavirus pandemic puts American squad out of Matterley Basin.
Team USA will be absent from the 2020 Motocross of Nations (MXoN) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has officially confirmed.
Set to take place between 25-27 September at Matterley Basin in Great Britain, the MXoN will form part of the MXGP season and potentially clash with Lucas Oil Pro Motocross upon its commencement.
“The health of our racers and staff is paramount and current and future global travel restrictions make our involvement in an international event impossible at this time,” said AMA Supercross manager Mike Pelletier. “The US team effort to attend the Motocross of Nations each year is extensive, both financially and logistically.
“Even in normal times, preparing our best effort at this point in the season would be difficult. The AMA takes great pride in competing in the Motocross of Nations each year and we appreciate the commitment of the athletes chosen to represent the United States on the world stage. The AMA looks forward to returning to the Motocross of Nations in 2021 and bringing the Chamberlain Trophy back to US soil.”
The United States team has won the MXoN 22 times and is the all-time leader in overall victories, all of which took place under the direction of the legendary Roger DeCoster. The most recent time Team USA won the event was at Saint Jean d’Angely, France, in 2011 with Ryan Dungey (MXGP), Ryan Villopoto (Open) and Blake Baggett (MX2).