The American team of Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard and Andrew Short were able to best some stiff international competition on their way to earning the country’s sixth straight Motocross des Nations title.
Dungey won the first race of the day in a match which saw Canard crash and only manage twelfth. The second race saw the team lose some ground. Andrew Short jumped out to an early lead, but tangled with New Zealand’s Ben Townley and crashed. Townley went on to win while the Germans took third and fifth place, enough to put them five points ahead of the U.S. going into the final. Yet Dungey and Short stepped up, posting a 1-2 finish in the final race to cruise to victory. Belgium was able to jump past Germany, who finished third.
Italy’s Antonio Cairoli looked like he could prove problematic for the Americans early on, posting a second place finish in the first race, but a disappointing second run for the team left them in fifth place at the end of the day. Great Britain, meanwhile, posted solid finishes in all three races, yet still missed out on the podium, trailing Germany by a point. German rider Max Nagal crashed in the third race, helping to evaporate the country’s five-point lead.