The latest country to announce it's three-man squad for the Motocross of Nations in Ernee is Belgium, with veteran Kevin Strijbos again teamed up with Jeremy Van Horebeek and Julian Lieber, the same squad that took second place in Latvia to the victorious French team of Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis and Steven Frossard.

While the team is still one of the strongest in the competition, Van Horebeek has had nothing like the speed he had last season where he finished second to Tony Cairoli. Van Horebeek currently sits eighth in the world championship with Strijbos two places back in tenth but the Yamaha rider has missed four races and the Suzuki pilot ten this year, so their places are perhaps better than they appear. Strijbos tok the victory at the weekend in the Sylvain Geboers Trophy in Mol, Belgium.

MX2 rider Lieber is also eighth in the championship and will hope to have a stronger 'Nations showing than last year when his scores were the poorest in the squad, with Strijbos winning one race and Van Horebeek going 2 - 4 in his for the strongest score in the team.

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The year before in 2013, Van Horebeek had been the third member of the winning Belgian team with Clement Desalle and Ken DeDycker at Teutschenthal, and the same squad had taken second at Lommel the year before. Teams from Belgium are the third most successful in the competition's history behind the USA and Great Britain, winning an impressive fifteen times and hitting the podium with astonishing regularity - fourteen times in the last fifteen years. If you are going to place an each-way bet, Belgian represents a pretty low risk, and a win is always a possibility.