Americans think they are the best in the world, but they're not anymore, stop finding excuses about the track and all other shit
I really like what DV said here, our tracks surely get rough but watching coverage from European circuits like Assen or Lommel, our tracks look like child's play. Tons of factors coming into play right now regarding how the rest of the world has caught up and surpassed the US in talent these last few years and I believe he nailed most of them. However, while the US currently isn't performing at the level that we were in the late 2000's, I don't think it's a permanent change. We have plenty of capable riders on the national circuit and with the right conditions I think the US can win another MXoN within the next few years. I mean, just two years ago in Maggiora we were this
close to the title, and with a little luck the US would have won (much like the Netherlands should have won this weekend.)
As for the track, the conditions were definitely a change from the typical RedBud weekend. It's not enough to use an excuse for the US' performance, but the soil was objectively different. I arrived at RedBud last Monday to help them with social media content, and the track had piles of sand laying in multiple spots waiting to be dispersed into the soil. This changed the texture and deterioration of the track a fair bit, but was absolutely necessary for the integrity of the event. Without it, and the careful prep Tim Ritchie and his crew put into the course throughout the week, it would have been a quagmire.
All of this being said, I just wanted to say how amazing it was to be there this weekend. To have the world's biggest motocross race come to RedBud after over 70 years of competition, coupled with the amazing storylines of France's win streak, the US' attempts to reclaim the throne, the ever-growing legend of Herling's speed, the typical GP players throwing down, the crowd, the fucking weather... it was all unforgettable. Pure motocross, plain and simple.