Current MX1 Manufacturers World Champions Suzuki will have a strong presence at the 62nd Motocross of Nations held at Donington Park in Great Britain this weekend as Team Teka Suzuki WMX1 riders Steve Ramon and Ken de Dycker will be joined by Suzuki riders from around the world in this annual get together of the motocross giants.
Ramon and De Dycker will both obviously represent Team Belgium at the event and are both excited about the prospect of racing for their country on their factory RM-Z450s in this prestigious event.
"It always feels good to ride for your country and let's not forget it's one of the most important races of the year," says Ramon. "Last year we did well as a team even though it was the first time for Ken and also for Jeremy but this year we have the same team and so that should be better. I know it will be difficult to beat the Americans and there are also a few other strong teams racing but hopefully Team Belgium can at very least be on the podium again."
De Dycker is equally pumped for the race ahead. "It's my second year on the Belgian team and this time I'll know what to expect," says De Dycker. "I was a little bit disappointed with my own performance last year but this time it's my last race of the year and I'm going there looking to do my best. I badly want to do well for myself and also to not let my country down."
But Ramon and De Dycker aren't the only leading Suzuki riders entered. AMA supercross champion Chad Reed will make his international race debut on an RM-Z450 for the Australian team alongside fellow American-based Aussie Michael Byrne who will also be RM-Z450 mounted.
Recent winner of the Montreal Supercross, Tyler Medaglia, will race an RM-Z250 at the event for Team Canada while Yohei Kojima and Kitai Yoshiki will be doing everything they can to put the Japanese team on the podium riding their Suzukis.
Race action at the Donington Park venue starts on Saturday afternoon with the qualification heats while Sunday will see the three-moto main event take place as well as the B-Final for non-qualifying countries.
The weather forecast for the weekend is good with sunny skies expected along with temperatures around 17 degrees Celsius.