Sadly, the Motocross des Nations (I still refuse to call it Motocross of Nations) didn’t go to the Americans this year, though the team of Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac and Jeremy Martin put up a valiant fight in Latvia and salvaged a podium finish in the end.
While it wasn’t necessarily surprising that the French team took the win, the fact that it was only their second-ever win — in an event that has been happening since 1947 — is pretty astonishing. There have been numerous great French riders over the years, so it’s hard to believe they’ve not taken the top spot more often.
But in any case, Gautier Paulin and company clearly earned it this year. You can check out the highlights below.