The three-time and defending champions of the Motocross of Nations, Team France, have announced their roster for the 2017 running of the event. The three-rider roster will have Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP's Gautier Paulin in the MXGP (450cc) class, Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Dylan Ferrandis in the MX2 (250cc) class, and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre in the Open (250cc-450cc) class. This news comes just days after potential selection Marvin Musquin stated that he would have to sit out the event to undergo surgery on a knee injury.
All three riders have been a part of France's dominant run in years: Paulin in 2014-2015-2016, Febvre in 2015 and 2016, and Ferrandis in 2014. Paulin and Febvre are full-time competitors in the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship in the MXGP division, with Paulin ranked fourth and Febvre ranked sixth in the in the overall rankings. Ferrandis, meanwhile, is currently competing in his first year of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the United States and is ranked fifth in the 250 class.
The news comes just days after potential selection Marvin Musquin stated that he would have to sit out the event to undergo surgery on a knee injury. As one of the front-runners in the United States and past winner on the French team in 2015, the Red Bull KTM rider was considered to be a favorite for a role on the team. The team also announced that Benoit Paturel, the MX2 rider in 2016, will serve as a fill-in rider should an injury or issue arise before the race.
The 2017 Motocross of Nations takes place September 29th-October 1st at Matterley Basin in England. The event's official website is www.mxon17.com.