Team France have enjoyed a lot of success at the Motocross of Nations in recent years, thanks to some great picks. However, despite their impressive record, the federation have been criticised recently and another odd decision has only added fuel to the fire. David Vuillemin, a former member of the squad and one who trains Dylan Ferrandis, has been told that he will not be able to be a part of the team at RedBud.
David Vuillemin explained the situation on his Facebook, so it is best to turn things over to him at this point. Is the decision that Team France made justified? Will all of this drama have a negative impact on the team when race day arrives? Join the discussion on social media (motocrossvice on Twitter).
So, I won't go to MXON in one month. Pascal Finot (Team France's manager) told me I am not welcomed inside Team France for that competition. Helping, coaching, giving advice to Dylan without being part of Team France, without being there, is not really positive to produce a great work. In a way I can understand and I accept it because I did criticise the choice of riders for the team or should I say the non-choice concerning Marvin Musquin, who's the best French rider right now.
I think it is sad to see that the differences in opinions is more important than to have the trainer of one of the three riders by his side for this particular race, which is the most important one. There is a lot more to say than "good start, full gas, don't crash" in the coaching of a pro rider. If not anyone could coach Dylan and make him win races like he did this year.
Anyway, I'm grateful mister Bolles (French Federation president and the man who chose the three riders for Motocross of Nations), mister Finot and Gautier Paulin for another week without doing anything. I'm probably just going to enjoy Californian sun or something like that.
Thanks again Mr. Finot who, just like always, is just transferring messages and orders from the French Federation. I can see that it is more important to be careerist and follow orders from the boss in the job these days…
Finally thanks Mr. Paulin. My hat off to him for being indisputable and being the number one rider to the unofficial breeder. He is the third best French rider at the moment on a 450. To the eyes of most of us, he is the first on the paper. Yeah, the first reservist. Bravo.
The worst in this story is that they have high chances of victory by surfing on this success wave they have had the last few years in this competition. I never said they can't win without Marvin, but that would have been less difficult with him. Clear and simple.
For my part, I'm gonna do the maximum to prepare the MX2 rider of the team and so that he ends up being the first 250 in both races. Unlike some people, I don't care about the emotional and the ego side of things in the business to have the better result. I can understand everybody can't think that way. Clearly…
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi