Drivers, Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff, Clavin Vlaanderen and Roan van de Moosdijk arrived by helicopter at the regional parliament in the Province Drenthe. Under guidance of Jan de Rooy the press conference was organised. Deputy Tjisse Stelpstra of the province Drenthe, mayor Marco Out of the Municipality Assen and Guido Becchis from Youthstream delivered together with organisers Lee van Dam and Theo Verdegem their vision on the event that is organised on 28 and 29 September 2019 at the TT circuit Assen.
During the presentation the ‘old poster’ was revealed, based on the Motocross of nations from 1954 that was raced in 1954 in Norg. The event on September 28th and 29th 2019 takes places 65 years after the event from 1954, 15 years after the last Nations at Dutch soil. Last but not least the new lay-out of the track for the event in Assen this year, was revealed. Strongest possible TeamNL to MX of Nations Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff, Calvin Vlaanderen and Roan van de Moosdijk shape TeamNL (the Dutch team) at the 2019 Motocross of Nations. The FIM world championship for countries is the most prestigious motocross event in the world and it will take place at TT Circuit Assen on September 28 and 29.
Although only three riders are allowed to start team manager Patrice Assendelft has selected four riders for the MXoN. “Jeffrey Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff are two world class top-riders in the MXGP. Due to injuries Herlings has participated in but two GP’s this year, but he managed a win immediately. Coldenhoff is another rider who is capable to fight for victory in the highest category”, is Assendelft convinced. Just like Herlings the season of MX2 rider Calvin Vlaanderen was also hindered by injuries. “But during the last races Calvin showed that he is still belongs to the best in the world.” Surprise Roan van de Moosdijk is without a doubt the biggest surprise in the selection. The 18-year old from Eindhoven participates in the European Championship and leads the series. “Roan is a big talent who made great progress this year. He has won the finals of the Dutch Masters, one of the most competitive motocross series, in an inimitable way by beating several regular world championship contenders.” With such a high performance level of all four Team NL riders is was decided not to make a final choice yet. “Vlaanderen and Van de Moosdijk are both riders of world championship level. They hardly escape each other.” Assendelft concludes: “We have planned some test days on deep sandy soil where we will follow the same riding schedules as applied during the MXoN. At the end of these practice sessions we will make the final decision as a team. This procedure has been fully agreed with our riders beforehand.” Home race The MXoN at the TT Circuit is a home race for TeamNL. A spectacular motocross track with high jumps is created on top of the sacred MotoGP tarmac. “It is not a permanent track so nobody is familiar with the lay-out so that is no advantage for us, but 50.000 ‘orange fans’ on the grand stands will certainly push our riders to the limit!” MX of Nations The MX of Nations is regarded as the Olympic Games of motorcycling. It is staged in a different country every year and forty nations send their best riders to Assen. They are divided in three categories: MX1 (450cc), MX2 ( 250cc) and MX Open ((450cc and 250cc). Each rider will race twice and where you finish is what you score (first = 1 pt; tenth = 10 pts). Five out of six results count, the worst result gets dropped. The team with the lowest total of points is world champion.
A great achievement was realised by TeamNL last year when Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff and Calvin Vlaanderen finished second at the MX of Nations in the USA.