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Cycle News 2021 Issue 36 September 8

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MX of Nations: Team USA Out T eam USA's lineup for the upcoming FIM Motocross of Nations in Italy was set to be announced during the Pala 2 National Motocross, but the AMA had other ideas. The team had been chosen with Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull GasGas' Justin Barcia, Team Honda's Chase Sexton and Rockstar Husqvarna's RJ Hamp- shire, and Roger DeCoster as team manager. However, prior to the race, the AMA Director of Racing Mike Pelletier announced that Team USA would not be at- tending at all. "A number of issues have con- tributed 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 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." Pelletier is hopeful Team USA will compete next year. "The AMA takes great pride in our efforts to compete in the Mo- tocross of Nations each year, and we hope to return to the Motocross of Nations in 2022," he said. "As we look forward to competing again in 2022, it's our goal to bring back the Cham- berlain Trophy to the U.S. once again." CN IN THE WIND P28 The United States will not participate in this month's Motocross of Nations in Italy.

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