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Reed leads Australia to sixth in the 'des Nations in Belgium

2001 Motocross des Nations, world teams event - Namur, Belgium (September 29-30)
2001 Motocross des Nations Namur Belgium - Chad Reed crash - Photo by Geoff Myer
2001 MXdN Namur Belgium
2001 Motocross des Nations Namur Belgium circuit - Photo by Chris McAteer

Photos:  [Left]  Chad Reed cashes in his second moto at the 2001 Motocross des Nations at Namur, Belgium (By Geoff Myer); [centre] The Australian team – Chad Reed (250), Andrew McFarlane (500) and Michael Byrne (125); and [right ] The historical Namur circuit (By  Wilky Wilkins).

Reed creates history at the 2001 World Motocross teams event in Belgium

On 30 September 2001, Chad Reed created history becoming the first Australian to win a moto in the Motocross des Nations.

Reed won his first moto at Namur, Belgium in the World Motocross Teams event and led Australia to sixth position overall on his 250cc Kawasaki, beating all the other competitors on the larger 500cc machines.  

This was the year Reed contested the 250cc World Motocross Championships in Europe, when he became the Runner-up World Champion behind French Suzuki rider Mickaël Pichon.

That year the Aussies could have easily finished on the podium, but Australian 125cc rider Michael Byrne (Honda) broke his wrist in the first moto, after qualifying third in his class.

The late Andrew McFarlane (Yamaha 500cc) also rode brilliantly, finishing ninth and eighth, respectively, in his two motos – after winning the holeshot in his second ride.

And Chad Reed could have well finished higher in the placings overall, but was involved in a crash at the start of his last ride.

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France pips the host Nation at the post

The French team won the 55th edition of the World Team event, beating the home Belgian team and New Zealand. 

With riders Luigi Seguy, David Vuillemin and Yves Demaria, the Frenchies had a historical day in a historical place winning on 28 points, despite newly crowned World 250cc Champion Pichon not competing!

The Belgium team (Steve Ramon, Joel Smets and Stefan Everts) finished in second on 37 points, ten points ahead of New Zealand (David Hurley, Josh Coppins, and Darryl King) in third on 47 points.  

Belgian rider Everts got the best-possible results on his favorite track, leading his two motos and easily winning both of them on a Yamaha 500cc machine. 

Ramon had great 125cc races, placing his Kawasaki 10th and eighth overall, easily winning the small-bike “125cc” race within a race.  

But unfortunately Smets had a terrible day! He had technical problems with his bike and went off the track in the first moto due to brake problems and his engine seized on the final lap, while in tenth. 

Then in his second moto, Smets crashed with another rider, losing his radiator cap, which forced him to stop twice in the pits. The French team then took the lead in the event.

New Zealand finished in third overall through consistent performances from Hurley – who was competing in his first MXdN’s – Coppins and Darryl King.

The hot-favourite American team leading into the event, did not compete this year and were a late withdrawal due to terrorism concerns by the US riders, following the Twin Tower bombings in New York, just two weeks prior to the ‘des Nations.

2001 Motocross des Nations Namur Belgium - Winning French Team - Photo by Geoff Myer
2001 Motocross des Nations Namur Belgium - Belgium rider No 9 Stefan Everts 500cc - Photo by Geoff Myer

Photos:  [Top] The winning French team; and [bottom] Belgium World Champion Stefan Everts won his two motos on a Yamaha 500cc machine (By Geoff Myer)

2001 Motocross des Nations in Namur, Belgium - Chad Reed's Kawasaki - By Chris McAteer
2001 Motocross des Nations in Namur, Belgium - Andrew McFarlane's Yamaha - By Chris McAteer
2001 Motocross des Nations in Namur, Belgium - Winning French tream bikes - By Chris McAteer
2001 Motocross des Nations in Namur, Belgium - Winning French tream bikes - By Chris McAteer
2001 MXdN Namur Belgium - Belgium rider No 8 Joel Smets - Photo by Geoff Myer

Photos:  Australia rider Chad Reed’s 250cc Kawasaki,  team mate Michael Byrne’s 125cc Yamaha, the winning French  Yamahas and Belgium World Champion Stefan Evert’s  Yamaha 500cc  (by Chris McAteer); [bottom centre] Belgium’s Joel Smets crashed out in his second moto (By Geoff Myer); and  race video.

2001 MXDN Team Placings and Race results

Nations Top 10

1. France 28 points
2. Belgium 37
3. New Zealand 47
4. Great Britain 56
5. Germany 57
6. Australia 73
7. Sweden 73
8. Portugal 80
9. South Africa 90
10. Finland 94

Race 1 (125/Open) Top 10

1. Stefan Everts (Belgium/Yamaha)
2. Colin Dugmore (South Africa/)
3. Francisco Garcia Vico (Spain/KTM)
4. Jonny Lindhe (Sweden/Husq.)
5. Yves DeMaria (France/Yamaha)
6. Bernd Eckenbach (Germany/KTM)
7. Shayne King (New Zealand/KTM)
8. Kurt Nicoll (Great Britain/KTM)
9. Andrew McFarlane (Aust./Yamaha)
10. Steve Ramon (Belgium/Kawasaki)

Moto 2 (125/250) Top 10

1. Chad Reed (Australia/Kawasaki)
2. Pit Beirer (Germany/Yamaha)
3. David Vuillemin (France/Yamaha)
4. Josh Coppins (New Zealand/Honda)
5. Jussi-Pekka Vehvilainen (Fin./Hon.)
6. Carl Nunn (Great Britain/Husqvarna)
7. Marc De Reuver (Netherlands/Yamaha)
8. Steve Ramon (Belgium/Kawasaki)
9. Joachim Rodrigues (Portugal/Honda)
10. Lauris Freibergs (Letonia/Honda)

Race 3 (250/Open) Top 10

1. Stefan Everts
2. Pit Beirer
3. Yves DeMaria
4. David Vuillemin
5. Jussi-Pekka Vehvilainen
6. Josh Coppins
7. Gordon Crockard (Ireland/Hon.)
8. Andrew McFarlane
9. Carl Nunn
10. Rodrigues

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