QUADCROSS OF NATIONS
— USA repeats as world champs —
By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Anthony Brebant
The United States has a long history of international competition. In motorsports, the U.S. has been a long-time supporter of the MX of Nations for motocross motorcycles. It was a race that the U.S. dominated for many years. The Quadcross of Nations is a single event that decides which country is the world Quadcross champion. The event has been around for a relatively short span of 11 years.
In 2017, the U.S. fielded a team for the first time in Italy, and the team made use of the familiar hard dirt and won with Chad Wienen, Joel Hetrick and Thomas Brown. For 2018, the event was held in Slagelse, Denmark (Germany for 2019). Wienen and Brown returned to the team, but Jeffrey Rastrelli was the third rider, with Mark Baldwin of Baldwin Motorsports returning as team manager.
IT’S ALL DIFFERENT
Being entered as one of the 18 countries participating doesn’t get you in the event. Timed practices were the first hurdle, and all three U.S. riders were in the top four. Then there were three qualifying races where the U.S. riders earned two wins and a second place. Brown and Wienen won their qualifying races, while Rastrelli was second in his. That put the U.S. in a strong position for the final day’s three-moto format.
During each of the three motos, there are two riders from each team per moto. Brown and Rastrelli were in the first moto with one rider on the first row, and the other rider on the second row. Brown came from the second row to lead but broke a chain, so Rastrelli claimed second. Each country gets to throw out one score, so the USA was still in good shape barring another disaster. Wienen and Rastrelli had the second moto, and they went one-two for a perfect score despite ruts so deep that the machines were getting high-centered.
FINAL MOTO FOR THE 2018 TITLE
Former Yamaha teammates Wienen and Brown were together in the final moto. Again, the U.S. riders earned first and second for a perfect score. Throwing out Brown’s DNF put the U.S. one point away from a perfect score with 8 points. That was still well ahead of the Irish in second with 39 points and the Netherlands filling out the podium in third with 44. Norway and Great Britain were fourth and fifth.