Post Race Report.
By fielding a race winner in six motos Team USA dominated the Vets MXdN Team races in the tenth edition of this classic event. Mike Brown won four of the Twinshock Team races and backed this up with two moto wins in the Evo races. Kurt Nicoll riding for Team England delighted the patriotic fans who lined the 1700 metre circuit with a moto win and backed this up with a second and third in the EVO races. Billy MacKenzie won the final moto.
With two motos each day in both classes, the strong USA squad took an early advantage by packing the three score counting riders into the top six places in every moto whilst past winners Germany kept in touch in the Twinshock class before fading on day two. The England team were always in contention in the EVO races with Nicoll posting top three spots except for a charge from last to eleventh in the third moto.
Results - EVO 1st USA, 2nd England, 3rd Belgium, 4th Wales.
Twinshock Class - 1st USA, 2nd Germany, 3rd Luxembourg, 4th England.
USA clean up at tenth Vets MXdN
Despite Ivan Tedesco having two low scoring rides, the USA team dominated the tenth edition of the event at the weekend in front of a large audience at the iconic Farleigh Castle venue. In fine weather, on a well prepared sun kissed circuit, the remaining Team of Mike Brown, Doug Dubach and John Dowd recorded a double by winning both the EVO and Twinshock Team races.
Race fans lined the circuit perimeter to cheer on the UK teams but they were unable to repeat their success of last year.
Riding for Scotland, Billy MacKenzie made a UK return to racing and also doubled up in the Super Evo class which he won comfortably after a last to first dash in the final moto which also earned him the Man of the meeting award.
Full race report to follow.
Can anyone beat Team USA
With one of the strongest Teams which they have sent in recent years the American Team of John Dowd, Ivan Tedesco, Doug Dubach and Mike Brown must start as favourites in the tenth edition of the Vets Motocross of Nations which takes place at Farleigh Castle this weekend
However, last year Team England beat the stateside visitors fair and square and with the four man squad consisting of ex world number two Kurt Nicoll, Mark Eastwood, Stephen Sword and “Factory” Phil Mercer who would bet against a repeat performance?
The eight team races at the iconic Farleigh Castle circuit will not be down to just two teams as Denmark, led by Soren Mortensen, Northern Ireland, headed by ex GP winner Gordon Crockard, Canada, Austria, Luxembourg, Wales and Scotland with Billy Mackenzie in their squad cannot be dismissed.
Germany, who won the Twinshock contest in 2015 are sending a competitive squad whilst Belgium also have a strong presence.
The weekend is approaching. 3rd September
With the weather looking set to be the best it has been over recent years the tenth anniversary of the big event is here.
Gates will open to Trade, Teams and Riders at noon on Thursday with Spectator Camping also available at £30 per pitch. Admission charges are £25 for adult and £10 for children aged 5-16.
Friday opening time is 7.30am to 9pm prompt with late arrivals needing to wait in the access corridor to the circuit with a further opening time for all, including general public at 7.30am on Saturday and Sunday.
Qualifying will commence at 9am on Saturday morning with the first of twenty races, including four team races, scheduled each day.
Twinshock Teams confirmed
Some teams still need to complete documentation but we can confirm there are fourteen Twinshock Teams entered.
They include last years winners, England, with USA likely to be the main challengers whilst Denmark, Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg ,Scotland, Canada, North of England and Germany all looking for podium positions at the end of the four races which count.
New Teams for 2018 consist of Southern Counties and British HVA.
Entertainment for the weekend. 27th August
It has been confirmed that two different bands will play in the marquee at the 2018 event, both being new to the Vets MXdN. On Friday, Colt 45 will hit the stage from 8pm onwards whilst the Saturday evening group will be Audio All Stars. Everyone is welcome and admission to the marquee is free to all wristband holders.
Gates open for riders, teams and camping at noon on Thursday 6th September with general public admission from 7.30am Saturday onwards. Admission charges are £25 for a weekend adult pass (£10 children age 5 -16) and £30 per pitch for camping for the whole weekend.
Advance ticket sales are closed but can be purchased at the circuit entry.
Team USA confirmed
Apart from Rick Johnston making a guest appearance on both days of this year's event, Team USA are once again sending a very strong team which is sure to be in contention for top honours in both the EVO and Twinshock Nations races.
Making his first appearance in this unique event, thirty seven year old Ivan Tedesco will join seasoned favourites, John Dowd, Doug Dubach and Mike Brown on the extremely popular Farleigh Castle circuit.
The American team finished second in the 2017 Evo event to a strong English contingent and will be sure to be wanting revenge when the action takes to the track on Saturday 8th September.
More team listings will be published when all documentation has been completed.
Evo Team GB Announced
Team Manager, Dave King has confirmed a strong squad to represent the home country in this years event at the iconic Farleigh Castle event. Ex world number 2, Kurt Nicoll will be backed up by Mark Eastwood who also competed on the GP scene for many years and is still very competitive with his unique riding style. Phil Mercer will take the number three slot in the team. Forty seven year old Factory Phil, who still competes on a regular basis is sure to put max effort into getting Team GB onto the podium at the end of the day. The fourth and youngest member of the team at thirty five years of age is local rider, John May. May, an experienced 125cc rider is expected to upgrade to a larger capacity machine for the demanding hillside circuit.
More teams will be announced in the next seven days.
14 Twinshock and 13 Evo Teams
Some teams still have some final admin functions to finalise but we will update teams in no particular order here over the next few days. Some Start Permissions, Licences and ages will need to be confirmed to the ACU office ahead of Team publication.
Twinshock - Denmark, Per Pederson, Jesper Lassen, Per Jensen, Egon Schmidt.
England, Alex Rach, Wayne Butt, Terry House, Rick De-Feu.
Austria, Sigi Bauer. Thomas Egger, Michael Gritsch, Michael Nowotny.
Luxembourg, Didier Stommen, Daniel Thomas, Mikael Despontin, Edmond Nattermann.
Belgium Maico, Jan Blancquaert, Bjorn Verdoodt, Steven Peeters, Michael Paulussen.
Northern Ireland, Adrian Lappin, Stephen Kelly, Michael McBride, Jonathan McBride.
Gudders Scotland, Craig Smith, Paul Chiappa, Gordon Montana, Brian Alexander.
North of England, David Campbell, Lance Marshall, Gary Parker, Lee Holland.
Teams - 12th August
14 Twinshock and 13 Evo Teams registered.
Some teams still have some final admin functions to finalise but we will update teams in no particular order here over the next few days. Some Start Permissions, Licences and ages will need to be confirmed to the ACU office ahead of Team publication. Here are some more which are confirmed as fully complete.
Austria, Sigi Bauer. Thomas Egger, Michael Gritsch, Michael Nowotny.
Belgium Maico, Jan Blancquaert, Bjorn Verdoodt, Steven Peeters, Michael Paulussen
Husqvarna International, Mervyn Anstie, Ross Sturmey, Kris Rosenberger, Hans Jurgen Rottler.
Southern Counties, Ben Masters, Howard Standfield, Gary Chapple, Phil Lewis
The ACU Office 0044 1788 566404 still needs confirmation on certain items from, Team USA, Team Canada, Team Germany, British HVA, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland Legends, Belgium and South East.
More of 27 teams Teams confirmed
Evo - USA, John Dowd, Doug Dubach, Mike Brown, Ivan Tedesco.
Germany, Hardy Schadenberg, Michael Roth, Ronny Herlitschke, Sebastian Paasch
Munster Ireland, Hilton Hincks, James Sinnott, Glen James, Garry Sullivan.
Denmark, John Egholm, Soren Mortensen, Ove Hansen, Peter Skov Larsen.
Canada, Sandy Loutitt, Robin Dohlman, Andy McAlpin, David Halawell.
Louden Scotland, Paul Johnston, Morton Hannah, John Crawford, Kevin Rosie.
International Air Hammer, Rob Stringer, Rory ONeill, Lee Jackson, Mossey Drennan
Wales, Mark Jones, Gary Davies, Danny Blakeley, Andrew Watkins
South East England, Martin Cuddy, Jon Barfoot, Danny Tollet, Jason Morettes
More Teams to follow shortly
Rick Johnson is coming
The legend from the USA, Rick Johnson, will be the special guest at this years event and will take part in the Sunday parade lap together with some other high profile riders. In addition the USA will field a four man team in the EVO Vets MXdN of which details will be released later this month.
RJ won his first 250cc class national championship in 1984 for the Yamaha factory motocross team before he was offered a job with Honda by team manager Roger De Coster in 1986. De Coster picked Johnson, Bailey and another Honda teammate Johnny O'mara to represent the USA in the Motocross des Nations in Maggiora, Italy. Team USA won with a clean sweep.Johnson dominated the 1987 season, winning both the 250 and 500 crowns. In 1987 he also won what is considered one of Supercross history's greatest races in the Super Bowl of Motocross at the L.A. Coliseum. At the time of his retirement from motocross racing at age 26, he was the all-time leader in Supercross victories.
Team Regulations clarified. 2nd August
It has been brought to our attention that the regulations published on this website and the copies sent out to prospective Team Managers vary on the minimum age for the single rider in the EVO Team Race. On the website it states that the fourth rider must be at least 38 years old, whilst on the copies sent out it states 32. This is an error on the part of West Devon MCC for which we apologise and we will honour the three riders over 40 and one rider over THIRTY TWO for this year. We trust that this makes it easier for you to comply.
It should be noted that several teams have not complied with even the lower limit and a request has gone out for Team Managers to amend their riders in order to comply.
Sonia is on holiday at the moment so urgent enquiries should be e-mailed to Kirsty@acu.org.uk
Race and spectator update. 25th July
Riding numbers for the individual races are now published on the left of this page. Simply click onto the class you would like to view.
Team Managers will receive details of all team entries shortly.
For spectators, although the cost of organising has risen considerably admission and camping prices have been pegged at 2017 levels which is £25 for an adult weekend pass and £10 for children. For those who just intend to attend on Sunday the adult charge on the gate will be £20. Unfortunately, there is no single day admission for Saturday.
Camping will open at noon on Thursday and will cost £30 per pitch for the whole weekend with a pay on arrival system.
Rider numbers for 2018. 24th June
Our Entry Secretary's are just waiting for some confirmation of Team Riders and then race numbers will be announced. Although this was scheduled for early August we are confident that riding numbers for both Team and Individual Races will be released within the next four weeks.
In the meantime, SOME riders may receive a communication saying that their preferred number is not available and should respond to the suggested alternative.
Confirmed Team Entries 28th April
We can release details of the Teams which are confirmed for the 2018 event as follows-
Northern Ireland , England, Wales, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, North of England, Twinshock UK, Husqvarna International, Belgium 2, Austria, Belgium Maico.
There is a space in both classes (Evo and Twinshock) for combined UK teams.
Other teams have applied but have not completed the registration process which should be done immediately to avoid disappointment.
Full details from Sonia Goggin at the ACU by e-mail Sonia@acu.org.uk
Event update 11th March 2018
Entries are now closed in all classes. This includes foreign riders in the eight supporting classes but there are still spaces available for complete teams in the Twinshock and Evo Team races. Teams should consist of either three or four riders from a recognised nation. You need to contact Sonia Goggin at the ACU office - firstname.lastname@example.org - for all team entry enquiries.
Any general enquiries should be directed to the Event Manager, Di Thompson - email@example.com
A further release with regard to Trade Stands and Media accreditation will be published by mid May.
Ballot results all sent. Sat 24th February
All Uk residents should now have received an e-mail showing your entry status. We have noticed that about 1 in 20 e-mails are bouncing back because of incorrect input of address when entering. If you have not received any confirmation yet please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org stating your VM number or at least class applied for.
IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED CONFIRMATION THAT YOUR REGISTATION HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL you now need to click onto the "Enter Now" space on the left of this page. You will need your VM number at the top of the e-mail you receive and the e-mail address you use must be the same as you first used to register. If you originally requested a "Day Licence" this will automatically be included in your final total. YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS STAGE BY MIDNIGHT MARCH 2nd. There are a total of 126 riders waiting to have a space if you fail to complete, so please don't be disappointed.