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The team announced by the French Federation of Motorcycling (FFM) today will be again led by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin in MXGP with Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis riding MX2 and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Romain Febvre rounding out the squad in the Open class.
The group will be managed by Pascal Finot and have MXoN veteran, Paulin, as the team captain. The 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations will be held the 6th and 7th of October at the famous American circuit of RedBud.
One French rider, Marvin Musquin is quite ‘pissed’ about the team selection. In Marvin’s view, he won Red Bud this year and was a big shoe in for a team spot only to be left off the list again.
As you might have heard already thru the video posted by the French Federation today, I’ve had the unpleasant surprise to find out that I wasn’t picked to race the MX of Nations for Team France.
I think it’s now important that I say a few words about what Jacques Bolle, President of the French Federation, said at the team announcement were the reasons and factors they looked at in selecting the team this year.
First of all, the motivation… For the record, the French coach came to America for the Red Bud National and spoke with me there to make sure I was motivated and available to race Des Nations. I confirmed I was 100% motivated and that being teammate with Dylan Ferrandis would be great! Also, what greater motivation is there for me to perform than to race in front of the world here in the US, on a track I just won? If that’s not motivation enough then I don’t know what would be!
Jacques Bolle also talks about the importance for the rider to be healthy and performing good around this time of the year. Seriously, what do you want me to say to that… ? My results speak for themselves. I finished 2nd in the AMA SX Championship this year and I’m currently a title contender for the outdoor championship with three races left! I won Red Bud this year and I’ve been racing at Red Bud for the last 8 years…..
I’ll save everyone time and not go into details about the planning and logistics that have already gone in to be part of that race from either my side, my Red Bull KTM teams side, the factory, my sponsors and or the rest of my crew….
To me it’s sad to be overlooked again especially given the race is going to be here in the US where I compete almost every weekend for the last 8 years now and against many top riders that I am sure will be selected on the US home team. But I do really want to thank everyone who has and continues to support me and thank all the French, American, and all the other fans who have shown their support for me after this announcement. It means a lot to me.