The FIM Motocross of Nations (MXON) will return to Italy at the famous location of Maggiora, which celebrated one of the best Motocross events in 1986.
For the first time in the MXON 70-year history, a woman will be team manager. Kourtney Lloyd taking team Canada to the ring!
Pro-team motocross manager Kourtney Lloyd owns a dealership Cycle North in Prince George British Columbia in Canada. Along with her brothers Lloyd was appointed by the Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) to be the MXON Team Canada manager for the 2016 MXON.
“It’s quite an honour and I’m pretty proud of it,” said Lloyd, 31. “And I hope I can make all the girls proud”, states Lloyd. To be considered for manager of the Canadian team that includes three riders and an alternate, Lloyd had to go through an application process where 25 people were considered. “There was an interview process that we had to go through so we were asked how we’d handle different situations, how we would deal with things, what riders we’d pick – mechanics, how the logistics would work, how we’d ship the bikes over to Italy – just basically give them a game plan on how we would run the team,” said Lloyd.
First Female Team Manager Motocross of Nations Hoping to Make All the Girls Proud
Along with a pro team that Lloyd has taken to victory with five Canadian Arenacross titles, she also has 32 amateur riders who ride under Cycle North, she said. Kourtney is Manager of Cycle North Powersports and has extensive experience in managing motocross and snow cross teams in Canada and overseas.
“I am so grateful to the CMA for this opportunity to represent Canada for MXON for 2016 in Maggiore, Italy. I am humbled and honoured by the support I have received since being chosen for the position and I will work hard to ensure that Team Canada has all the tools we need to succeed on a world stage. Thank you for believing in me. It’s quite an honour and I’m pretty proud of it,” said Lloyd, 31. “And I hope I can make all the girls proud.”
For the Motocross Des Nations (MXON), equated to be an Olympic-calibre event, every country submits three riders to compete and their combined score after two days of racing determines how each country places.
Team Canada Lloyd had to consider how the pro competitors are doing in the National series where the west coast competition has just been completed. The MXON Team consists of Kaven Benoit, from Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, Quebec; Tyler Medaglia, from Brookfield, Nova Scotia and Shawn Maffenbeier, from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Cole Thompson, from Brigden, Ontario will be listed as the alternate rider.
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