Once again, both Gautier Paulin and Evgeny Bobryshev have been selected to represent their countries of France and Russia at the Motocross of Nations, riding the CRF450RW at this ‘Olympics of motocross’.
Not long after finishing the 2016 MXGP season in America, those selected riders will be back in action again this weekend at the classic Maggiora track in Italy, where the atmosphere will reach fever pitch in this already motocross-crazed nation.
Paulin and Team France are out to defend their title as reigning Nations winners in 2014 and 2015, where they took an emotional victory in front of a packed home crowd.
A total of 20 CRF machines will line up to do battle at Maggiora this weekend, including the three works machines of Paulin, Bobryshev and World Champion Tim Gajser, and Team Japan is an all-Honda affair, especially as it is headed by Team Manager and HRC engineer Masaki Serizawa. Leading the charge for Team Japan will also be HRC’s Japan MX superstar Akira Narita. Once again Evgeny Bobryshev will ride the all-new 2017 CRF450RW.
The Motocross of Nations selects the best three riders from each participating country for a head-to-head for national pride. Action on track gets underway on Saturday 24 September for practice and qualifying, and the gates drop for the three races, pitting MXGP, MX2 and Open class riders against each other, on Sunday.