After many hours spent in the sand testing and preparing for this year's Monster Energy Motocross of Nations, Gautier Paulin has made some positive changes to the suspension on his YZ450F and feels ready to represent Team France for the 11th time in his career. As the defending champion and gunning for a sixth consecutive MXoN victory, Paulin will be running the number 1 plate this weekend, while fellow Frenchman Maxime Renaux will be making his MXoN debut with the number 2 stuck firmly to his YZ250F.
The Motocross of Nations in Assen will also be a brand-new experience for Monster Energy Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha's Justin Cooper who has received the honor to represent the most successful team in 'Nations history - Team USA. He will be racing as the number 14.
After an incredible MX2 season where he clinched the bronze medal, Jago Geerts has been chosen to wear the Black, Yellow and Red colours of Team Belgium for a second consecutive year. Riding for a team that is based in Belgium with a Belgian owner and mechanics, this year's Monster Energy Motocross of Nations is an extremely exciting prospect, which has been enhanced by the addition of MXoN veteran and fellow Yamaha rider Kevin Strijbos. Geerts and Strijbos will run numbers 17 and 18 on the YZ250F and YZ450F machines.
Despite being only 25-years-old, the newly dubbed vice MXGP World Champion Jeremy Seewer has swapped his familiar number 91 for number 55 as he represents Team Switzerland for a ninth consecutive year.
Yamaha will be well represented at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, an illustrious event that is often referred to as the Olympics of motocross as it is a team race - the only one of its kind - where riders with the same nationality are put into teams of three. Each rider will compete in two races, which will give each team a total of six race results at the end of the day. Only the five best results will contribute to the overall score.
Joining our six MXGP and MX2 stars, 100 of Europe's top performing YZ 125cc, 85cc and 65cc riders will also race alongside their heroes this weekend with the YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup SuperFinale also taking place. Coming from 23 different nations, the promising young riders have qualified for the SuperFinale through their results in their national championships, and as Yamaha Motor Europe is all about giving talented youngsters an opportunity to take a small step towards an eventual career in Grand Prix racing, the SuperFinale has been designed to work as a bridge between national and international level racing. This years' YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup SuperFinale in Assen, The Netherlands will be free to view LIVE on www.MXGP-TV.com. Gates will drop for the YZ65 race on Saturday 28thSeptember at 13:10, followed by the YZ85 race at 13:40. Gates will drop for the YZ125 race on Sunday 29thSeptember at 09:10. All times are local, Central European Summer Time (CEST).