No team Canada at the 2015 MXoN.

Ryan Gauld - Manager Team Canada MXoN 2014

Early 2015 the Canadian Motorcycle Association decided not to proceed with the MXoN program which was brought to live again in 2014 by Ryan Gauld. It was expressed to him by Marilynn Bastedo, CMA President:

“Our concerns about the lack of understanding by riders and managers regarding preparation for and obligations at this major world event have made CMA decide not move forward with a Motocross of Nations project for 2015 at this time”.

“We hope to build a management structure which will develop the talent of the riders here in Canada to a level we can all be proud of”

After a two year absence team Canada ended up in the B-finals in the 2013 MXoN in Teutschenthal, the following MXoN in Kegums we saw team Canada qualify directly for the main race. That’s called progress in our eyes, so we fail to see where the CMA is not proud of. Do they want a top 5 finish to be proud of? What is a level of performance that the CMA expects, what is their goal? Team Japan has failed to qualify for the main race the last couple of years, but have already named their team for the 2015 MXoN. Isn’t it just the pride you take in representing your country at this major international event to send of a team? Or does the CMA take pride in giving up before hand and basically saying our riders are no good? Take the Irish, the Kings of the B-Finals. Over the last decade they have only directly qualified for the main race 3 times and qualified through the B-Finals 4 times. Even though we´re not Irish, we love them for giving it their best every single time. And by the looks of it, the Irish fans also look happy, just as long as their boys are there on their bikes, they get a chance to cheer them on and dress up like leprechauns.

We hope the CMA gets their act together and sends of a team to Maggiora in 2016, be it just to give the Canadian fans something to cheer about. Ask the Canadian fans what they expect and what they would be proud of, we think it is what lies close to what the Irish cheer for every year: ‘Just being there, representing your country and giving it all!’


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