With new travel restrictions in place in Europe due to COVID-19, Team USA has decided it will not field a team for the 2021 Motocross of Nations, the AMA announced today.
“A number of issues have contributed to the logistical difficulty of attending the 2021 Motocross of Nations, on both an individual and team level, and these have been exacerbated greatly by current and expected COVID-19 mitigation efforts surrounding the event,” said AMA Director of Racing Mike Pelletier. “Due to the sizeable financial risk faced by all the team stakeholders, and the unknowns in play here, we came to the unanimous conclusion that suspending our participation was the responsible decision.
“The AMA takes great pride in our efforts to compete in the Motocross of Nations each year, and we hope to return to the Motocross of Nations in 2022,” Pelletier added. “As we look forward to competing again in 2022, it’s our goal to bring back the Chamberlain Trophy to the U.S. once again.”
For now, the MXoN is expected to still continued to be held Sept 25-26 in Mantova, Italy, but without Team USA and a number of high profile European riders already having announced they won’t attend, the event has certainly lost its luster for this year.
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