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RedBud MXoN 2022: Team Netherlands announce squad

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KNMV, the Dutch federation, has announced Team Netherlands for RedBud MXoN 2022, making it the first of the favourites to reveal its Motocross of Nations roster.

Glenn Coldenhoff, Kay de Wolf and Calvin Vlaanderen are the three riders selected to head to RedBud in September for Team NL. And despite the missing Jeffrey Herlings, it’s still a strong squad. Although it will leave some debating the line-up.

This year’s Motocross of Nations will be hosted on the RedBud MX track in the US state of Michigan – the same track where the MXoN was held in 2018, and the experienced Coldenhoff, in particular, has fond memories of that race. The Hoff finished first in both motos at RedBud, something he did again in 2019 at Assen, where the Dutch team, that included Vlaanderen, became champions for the first time.

Coldenhoff is enthusiastic about his participation. “Coming in for the Netherlands is always something special, and that I can do this for the 10th time is great,” he said.

Vlaanderen agreed: “I have no doubt that the Nations will also bring out the best in me.”

The 17-year-old Dutch starlet De Wolf was “happy and grateful” to be making his Team NL debut.

Team Netherlands’ Barry Forschelen says squad selection was a burdensome task. “The well-known luxury of great Dutch motocross riders – with a full Dutch podium as the highlight this year during the MXGP in Lommel – immediately gives me, in my first year as team manager for Team NL, a heavy task,” he said.

“With Glenn and Calvin, experience within the team was chosen. They both know the circuit in RedBud, and they were also part of the historic MXoN victory for the Netherlands in 2019. For the young, talented Kay de Wolf, this is the ideal opportunity to make his debut during the MXoN.”

Missing out on selection is the winner of the Grand Prix of Flanders, Brian Bogers. The Husqvarna factory rider is one position higher than Vlaanderen in the Motocross World Championship standings, and they both have a Grand Prix victory in the books. Bogers has been more consistent than Vlaanderen this season and may feel unlucky to miss out. However, his inclusion would have meant either De Wolf missing out and one of them dropping down to MX2 or Vlaanderen not making the cut. A solid case could be made either way.

Team Italy are the current holders of the Chamberlain Trophy and moto legend Tony Cairoli is hopeful of selection this year despite his retirement at the end of last season. The Italian trio of Cairoli, Alessandro Lupino and Mattia Guadagnini narrowly won over the Netherlands squad of Herlings, Coldenhoff and Roan van de Moosdijk at Mantova, Italy. Team GB was third with Shaun Simpson, Ben Watson and Conrad Mewse collecting bronze medals.

The Motocross of Nations will take place on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan, United States.

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