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It’s difficult to assess the last time that the expectations were this high and hopeful for Team USA at the Motocross des Nations. In the days of David Bailey, Ricky Johnson, Jeff Ward, Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, and the Ryans, it was almost a guarantee that the Americans would find their way to the top step of the podium, but that hasn’t been the case lately. When it was announced that the 2018 Motocross des Nations would take place at America’s favorite track, RedBud, it was almost immediately concluded that this would be the year that Team USA got their hands back on the Chamberlain Trophy and broke France’s winning streak -- but that’s not even remotely close to what happened. In recent years, there has always been a long list of ex- cuses to explain their shortcomings -- they didn’t send their best team, it’s an unfamiliar track, they had to travel to Europe, etc...Well, none
of those excuses are relevant this year and American fan’s and team members alike are left scratching their heads as to what happened. A

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