It’s official! Today at round ten of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the American Motorcyclist Association announced Team USA for the 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations set for October 6-7 at RedBud.
Team USA have named their three riders: Eli Tomac (MXGP), Aaron Plessinger (MX2) and Justin Barcia (Open) will represent the United States on home turf in October.
Eli Tomac has not competed at the last three events, as he last took to the track at an Motocross of Nations in Latvia in 2014. Tomac finished fourth overall in the MX2 class at the ‘Nations in 2013, a year that included a pitched battle for the second-moto win against long time rival Ken Roczen.
Justin Barcia, who has proven that he excels in the high-pressure situation. Bam Bam has competed for Team USA three times, most recently in 2015, when he won a moto and the MXGP class overall. He also won the overall in the Open class at the event in 2013. In 2012, Barcia finished fourth overall in the Open class, while still a full-time 250 rider back in the U.S.
Aaron Plessinger will lean on those two in what will be his first time competing at a Motocross of Nations. Tomac and Barcia have been teammates before at the event. They both competed at the 2013 MXoN for Team USA, where they finished second overall to Belgium.
The MXoN returns to the U.S. for the first time since Thunder Valley hosted the event in 2010. Team USA is hoping to end a six-year losing streak at the event.
The last time Team USA won was back in 2011, when a team of Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, and Blake Baggett topped France. Baggett is only the rider from that team who still competes professionally.