With the imposing performances of Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff and Clavin Vlaanderen, not to forget the exceptional good racing by Coldenhoff, the Dutch Team won for the first time in the history of motocross the world title motocross for National Teams. On the drenched track at the TT circuit Assen and under supervision of King Willem-Alexander, TeamNL was superior at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations. With a lead, of an imposing 29 points difference to rival Belgium, TeamNL made history. Belgium was second and Great Britain surprisingly third with 58 points. Coldenhoff was the star of the weekend with two victories. The win of the title was the revenge for the last 3 years in which the Netherlands came in second.
The difference made in the final phase:
During the first race, it did not look like the Netherlands would dominate. Jeffrey Herlings and Clavin Vlaanderen were initially not in the position that offered many perspectives. Herlings drove at the eight position and Vlaanderen on the sixteenth. But as the race progressed the Dutch came closer and closer. After ten rounds Herlings positioned himself fifth and Vlaanderen eleventh, the Belgian drivers obtained a less strong position. The difference was made in the final phase of the race. Herlings fought and drove to the second position, behind Gajser and Vlaanderen progressed to the eleventh position. The Belgian drivers, on the other hand, experienced the opposite trend. Van Horebeek finished sixth and second Belgian Driver, Jaco Geerts, could not even continue.
It was Switzerland that performed surprisingly well, after race one they drove to the second place in the overall interim score. Jeremy Seewer took the fourth position and Valentin Guillod became nineteenth, together enough to take second-place behind The Netherlands. During race two the Dutchman extended head start. The victory of Glenn Coldenhoff provided the team with a huge boost and together the tenth position of Clavin Vlaanderen resulted in an extension of their leading position. The Netherlands had 23 points and Switzerland went back to the fifteenth position. France benefited from the situation and ensured a second position. However, well behind the Netherlands. The gab was an astonishing 26 points.
During the last and all decisive Manche, Holland’s two world-class drivers, Jeffrey Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff raced. They proved they can handle the harsh conditions very well. Glenn Coldenhoff in particular, who repeated his performance of the second race and won convincingly made the difference. For the second year in a row, the Brabander became the most successful driver of the Motocross of Nations. Despite some setbacks, Herlings managed to finish fourth and with that secured the big lead over the competition. Once he crossed the finish line, the party exploded. Oranje smoke bombs, the sound of roaring motor engines and fireworks made all Dutch fans crazy. The party was complete once King Willem-Alexander congratulated the Dutch Team on the podium.
Over 50.000 visitors
The Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations 2019 marked the first edition of the event on dutch soil on over 15 years and the first victory of TeamNL in the 72-year long history of the event, that was first organised in 1947 in Wassenaar. Over the weekend more than 50,000 visitors from more than 45 countries visited the TT Circuit Assen. 34 countries participated, of which several had delegated an ambassador. The event was part of the top-sports calendar of the NOC*NSF with the support from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.