02. October 2012
An elite German motocross team composed of Roczen, Nagl, and Schiffer has broken the seven-year dominance by the Americans. In the first three teams six racers rode bikes outfitted with an Akrapovič exhaust system.
The three musketeers—Ken Roczen, Max Nagl, and Marcus Schiffer—have won the first title for Germany in the 66-year history of the Motocross of Nations. This was no mean feat because the Americans have won this race seven times in a row, and a strong performance was also expected from the Belgian and Dutch teams, who had the advantage of knowing the sandy terrain well.
Roczen, who represented the German team in the MX2 class on a KTM 250 SX-F equipped with an Akrapovič exhaust system, said after the race: “Yeah, it’s absolutely amazing what all three of us did. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. There are a lot of teams out there that can ride in the sand. But that it really was going to be us on that top step at the end was a really good feeling and yeah, history for Germany of course. And I’m really happy with what I did, winning the third time in a row for MX2.”
Two racers on the winning team had the red scorpion on their exhaust pipe (Roczen and Nagl), as did the entire second-place Belgian team. Ken de Dycker (KTM), Clément Desalle (Suzuki), and Jeremy van Horebeek (KTM) are all members of Akrapovič-sponsored teams! The Americans took a (disappointing) third place, followed by the Dutch, Italians, French, Estonians, British, Portuguese, Australians, Russians, Swedes, Irish, Latvians, New Zealanders, Slovenians, Norwegians, Danes, Swiss, and Finns.
Congratulations to all the teams for their fighting spirit on the treacherous sand!
Photo: Suzuki Racing, Archer R., Yamaha Racing