MX OF NATIONS QUALIFYING: U.S. STRUGGLES!

Jeff Herlings was amazing in the MXGP class, coming from last to third.

A muddy day one of the Motocross of Nations is in the books at RedBud in Buchanan Michigan. So far, the  U.S. team is struggling, qualifying in ninth place. The Netherlands, on the other hand, is flying high with three other teams technically tied for the runner-up sport. The day consisted of three motos divided by class. The 450, or MXGP class was first where Eli Tomac represented the U.S. against the likes of Jeff Herlings (Netherlands), Ken Roczen (Germany) and Tony Cairoli (Italy).  Herlings fell in the first turn while Roczen and Cairoli battled up front. Tomac was around fifth with Great Britain’s Tommy Searle. Cairoli would eventually pull away in front while Herlings set an amazing pace coming through the field. He eventually caught up to third, while Tomac would suffer a mechanical DNF.

Aaron Plessinger was in front of the MX2 class, but fell.

The U.S. team suffered another heartbreak in the MX2 race, where Aaron Plessinger would crash out of the lead. That left France’s Dylan Ferrandis to win over a hard charging Hunter Lawrence from Australia. Plessinger would finish 11th.

Justin Barcia was the high point for team USA. He was second to Dutch rider Glenn Coldenhoff in the Open moto.

The lone bright spot for the U.S.A. was Justin Barcia,  who battled Glenn Coldenhoff of the Netherlands throughout the Open race. Barcia would finish second. The top two scores count for qualifying, so Tomac’s total wasn’t counted in the final, and he will  be up and running in Sunday’s MXoN.

Dylan Ferrandis won the MX2 class for France.
Eli Tomac raced a new 2019 KX450 for the first time. His DNF put the U.S. team in a difficult position from the start.
Glenn Coldenhoff won the Open class for the Netherlands.

Kevin Windham came out of retirement looking like Forrest Gump. He rode for Team Puerto Rico to raise money for hurricane relief.
Travis Pastrana also rode for Team Puerto Rico, He was 27th in the Open class on a Suzuki RM250 two-stroke.
Antonio Cairoli (19) won the MXGP moto easily.

MXGP

1 Antonio Cairoli (Italy)
2. Ken Roczen (Germany)
3 Jeff Herlings (Netherlands)
4 Gautier Paulin (France)
5 Tommy Searle (Great Britian)
21 Kevin Windham (PR)
DNF Eli Tomac (USA)

MX2
1 Dylan Ferrandis (France)
2 Hunter Lawrence (Aus)
3 Henry Jacobi (Germany)
Michele Cervellin (Italy)
5 Jorge Prado (Spain)
11 Aaron Plessinger (USA)
14 Ryan Sipes (PR)

OPEN
1 Glenn Coldenhoff (Netherlands)
2 Justin Barcia (USA)
3 Jeremy Van Horebeek (Belgium)
4 Jeremy Seewer (Switzerland)
5 Harri Kullas (Estonia)
27 Travis Pastrana (PR)

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