U.S. Squad for MXoN Formally Introduced at Ironman

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 11:30 AM

On the eve of the final round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, members of the media were provided with a formal introduction of the three-rider U.S. lineup for the FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) in September. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammates Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne, along with Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing's Justin Cooper spoke with the media at Ironman Raceway before donning their red, white and blue riding gear and showcasing their stars and stripes-themed graphics.

The 2019 U.S. lineup for the MXoN - Jason Anderson (left), Justin Cooper (center), and Zach Osborne.
The 2019 U.S. lineup for the MXoN - Jason Anderson (left), Justin Cooper (center), and Zach Osborne. Steve Giberson

The U.S. squad will wear the numbers 13, 14 and 15 at TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands on September 28-29, where they'll chase a record 23rd victory at the "Olympics of Motocross."

Anderson will serve as the proverbial "Team Captain" riding in the MXGP class, where he'll carry the 13 in his second MXoN appearance. He's amassed yet another solid Pro Motocross season, anchored by four podium finishes, including his most recent at Budds Creek.

Anderson will compete in the MXGP class.
Anderson will compete in the MXGP class. Rob Koy

Cooper will make his first trip to the MXoN, competing in the MX2 class on the heels of a breakout summer in Pro Motocross in which he earned his first career win and secured third in the final 250 Class championship standings. He'll wear the number 14 in his MXoN debut.

Cooper will contest the MX2 class.
Cooper will contest the MX2 class. Rob Koy

Osborne will also represent the U.S. for the second time in Assen, ready to go bar-to-bar against the world's elite in the Open class as number 15. Osborne has enjoyed a stellar rookie 450 Class season this summer, where he's earned five podium results and even claimed a moto win at Southwick.

Osborne will race in the Open class.
Osborne will race in the Open class. Rob Koy

Significant emphasis has been placed on the riders' approach to this year's MXoN. In an effort to ensure they're as competitive as possible in the sands of Assen, all three riders will travel overseas to spend an extended period acclimating to the type of racing surface they'll see in the Netherlands, which is far different than anything else that exists on home soil. Moreover, all three riders will work closely with one another to refine their setups and riding techniques, with the goal of being serious contenders for the Chamberlain Cup, challenging the likes of reigning five-year champion, France, and what is sure to be a stout home team in the Netherlands.

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