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This team has also announced a new team manager in Dan Fahie, who has replaced Mike Fisher, who was let go at the end of the 2011 season. Fahie was team manager for Kawasaki's AMA Road Racing efforts before moving over to the supercross/motocross team to help with bike development.
Ken Roczen broke his arm last week, which means he will be riding the east.
Suzuki lost out on the Stewart sweepstakes to JGR. They will go with a one-rider team with Metcalfe for 2012. The team is being run by Yoshimura.
We recently caught up with Josh Hill to talk about his recovery and his outlook on the 2012 season. Click HERE to read. Also check out this Racer X Films as Ivan Tedesco talks about 2012. Click HERE to watch.
TwoTwo Motorsports Honda
No teammate for Reedy for 2012.
Blake Wharton talks about his decision to sign with Rockstar Energy HERE. We also caught up with Jason Anderson recently to talk about his struggles in 2011 and how he is planning on bouncing back in 2012. Click HERE to read.
Here is a recent story with Mike Genvoa on how the team will break down in 2012. Click HERE to read.
Tommy Weeck broke his wrist a few weeks ago, but he may be okay to race east.
Canard broke his collarbone testing and will likely miss the opening rounds of the season.
We recently caught up with Justin Bogle to talk about his up-coming rookie season. Click HERE to read.
Barcia rode a 450 very well outdoors, but he has a Lites East #1 plate to defend. He'll be back on the 250.
Jimmy DeCotis will be back with GEICO Honda, but only for supercross, unless he can work out a deal to continue outdoors.
We suspect Hahn, Tomac and DeCotis will race west, and Barcia and Bogle will race east. And Kevin Windham is of course on a 450.
Tickle is racing a 450 in the SX Class.
Click HERE to read an interview with Darryn Durham after he signed with Pro Circuit. We also talked with Dean Wilson this week about his 2012 season, which he expects to be his last year in the Lites Class. Click HERE to read.
What we hear: This team is still yet to make an official announcement on its 2012 structure, but it appears Star Racing and Valli will team up for 2012, running one semi for supercross (since the rig will only have to house two Lites riders for each SX event) and possibly two rigs to house all eight riders outdoors. The Metal Mulisha will also be involved with this team
The team has talked to Jessica Patterson for a return in the 2012 WMX tour, but as of now, she isn't signed.
JDR J-Star KTM
Malcolm Stewart (Lites)
PJ Larsen (Lites)
Matt Moss (Lites)
We talked with Matt Moss in November about his return to the States. Click HERE to read. We caught up with PJ Larsen to see how he is recovering from a wrist and neck injury suffered in 2011. Click HERE to read. Unfortunately, Larsen broke his hand testing this week. We would expect Moss to race Lites West, Stewart to race East, and Larsen to move East if he can heal up in time.
Tye Simmonds will be racing for the JDR team in Australia, but not in the U.S.
What we hear: It's beginning to sound more and more like Short will be the only rider on this team for 2012.
We caught up with Short after he signed with Brooks/McGrath Honda. Click HERE to read.
HERE to read about Josh Grant's decision to sign with Jeff Ward/Mike Kranyak Racing. Click HERE to read about Kyle Chisholm's decision on the same topic.
Byrne suffered a crash while practicing last week and may be out with a neck injury.
Matt Lemoine (Lites)
Nick Myers (Lites)
Alex Martin (Lites)
Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports/Cernics KTM
Gannon Audette (Lites)
Multi-time AMA National Champion Grant Langston will be team manager for this team.
Munn Racing KTM & Moto Innovations
Lance Vincent (Lites)
Sean Hackley Jr. (Lites)
Hackley talks about his new deal HERE.
Team 51fifty Energy Drink/Naveen Honda Racing
Chris Plouffe (Lites)
Preston Tilford (Lites)
Team Manager Abe Johnson has confirmed that rookie, Preston Tilford will be paired alongside Chris Plouffe for 2012. We talked with Preston after Pala to discuss his rookie season. Click HERE to read interview.
Click HERE to read Chris Plouffe talk about his deal.
What We Hear: Dakota Tedder broke his right wrist last week while riding in the Beaumont Hills. No timetable on his return.
SVM Racing / Homes for Wounded Warriors
Casey Hinson (Lites) // West
Nick Paluzzi Lites//West
Parker Eckman Lites//West
Dylan Schmoke Lites//West
Beau Hudson Lites//West
Antonio Balbi Lites//West
All five riders will be racing West Coast Lites with Marty Smith as the Team Manager.
Ben LaMay (450 West/250 East)
Joey Peters Lites//East
Seth Caldwell Lites//East
Amanda Maheu (WMX)
Drew Gosselaar (Lites) // West
Bruce Rutherford (Lites) // West
Killy Rusk (Lites) // West
RF Motorsports USA
Motocross Ministries/MotoStar Racing
Michael McDade Lites//East
McDade is currently in a two-way battle with Michael Willard for the Arenacross Lites Championship, but will be contesting the East Coast Lites Class.
Scott Champion Lites
Zach Freeberg Lites
Justin Starling Lites
Auston Albers Lites
Gared Steinke Lites
Brandon Gillespie Lites
We've been in touch with Kyle Regal, but he says he hasn't quite finished his 2012 deal yet--we'll get an update on him as soon as everything is official.
Matt Boni still hasn't recovered from a broken leg last year and will not compete in 2012. Check out the interview HERE
Terren O'Dell will be back this year contesting the West Coast Lites Class.
Michael Leib is returning from Europe and will be racing the West Coast Lites Class with help from Rocket Exaust and Eleven 10Mods. Click HERE to read interview.
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