The French Motorcycle Federation has selected their team for the 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations at RedBud. In a surprising announcement made today, Defending Champions Team France has named Gautier Paulin(MX1), Romain Febvre(Open), and Dylan Ferrandis(MX2) to the team. Marvin Musquin, who was last a member of Team France in 2015 and is currently second in 450 points in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, was not selected.
No reason for Marvin Musquin, who is currently second in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series and won at RedBud earlier this year, being left off of the squad has been confirmed yet. France have won at the Motocross of Nations the last four years.
Romain Febvre currently runs fifth in the FIM Motocross World Championship, thirty-five points from the rider in third, and has not finished higher than third in a moto all season.
Gautier Paulin is sixth in the same series, but thirty-three points further behind.
Paulin has led the team into action at the last five Motocross of Nations events and, consequently, has been given the number one plate every single time. The digit will also be attached to his FC 450 at RedBud later this year.
Ferrandis will return to the team for the first time since 2014. He was selected to the MX2 spot last year but missed the race due to injury.
One thing is for sure, this is still a very strong team and it’s a nice problem for the FFM to have. France has won the last four Motocross of Nations and will be looking to make it five on the bounce at RedBud.