Bench Racing Ammo: 2014 Team Guide 1.0Friday, October 4, 2013 | 1:00 PM
Red Bull KTM
Ryan Dungey (450)
Ken Roczen (450)
NOTES: Ken Roczen will move up and be paired alongside Ryan Dungey in the 450 Class. Marvin Musquin returns as a 250 rider.
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Rockstar Energy Racing KTM
Davi Millsaps (450)
GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Ryan Sipes, Blake Wharton, Nico Izzi
ADDED: Joey Savatgy
NOTES: Rockstar Energy Racing will switch from Suzuki to KTM. Newcomer Joey Savatgy will join holdovers Davi Millsaps and Jason Anderson, although we hear Millsaps and Anderson are probably both out for Monster Cup. We’re not sure about Savatgy. Savatgy, the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Rookie of the Year spent outdoors under the FMF/Orange Brigade KTM tent after J-Star/JDR KTM folded following supercross.
GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Michael Byrne
NOTES: Veteran Michael Byrne will not return in 2014. After joining the team midway through supercross, Andrew Short signed a two-year extension during the summer, keeping him on the team through 2015. Goerke also re-signed for ’14.
Monster Energy Kawasaki
NOTES: Monster Energy Kawasaki has Ryan Villopoto locked in for two more years. Jake Weimer had a two-year deal and will be back for 2014.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki
GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Tyla Rattray
NOTES: The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki fleet has been trimmed by one with Tyla Rattray heading back to Europe to contend the GPs with factory Husqvarna. Dean Wilson will contest both Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross on the 250. Wilson will race the Monster Energy Cup on a 450. Amateur rider Thomas Covington is expected to join the team come Hangtown.
Team Honda Muscle Milk
NOTES: No changes for Honda Muscle Milk.
Wil Hahn (450)
Eli Tomac (450)
GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Kevin Windham
ADDED: Matt Bisceglia
NOTES: GEICO Honda will undergo significant changes entering the 2014 season. Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn re-signed to race 450s indoors. Meanwhile, reigning Horizon Award winner Matt Bisceglia joins Zach Bell, Justin Bogle and Zach Osborne in the 250 Class.
Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda
GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Christian Craig
ADDED: Shane McElrath
NOTES: Christian Craig announced his retirement from professional racing this off-season and will not return to the team. (You can read more about it here.) Rookie Shane McElrath will join Jessy Nelson and Cole Seely in the 250SX West Region. Seely is expected to move to the 450 Class for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. The team has yet to announce if Malcolm Stewart, who filled in for Craig outdoors, will return in 2014.
NOTES: No changes to the Yoshimura Suzuki team.
RCH Racing Dodge/Sycuan Suzuki
NOTES: Broc Tickle returns for his second year with the team. RCH went after both Chad Reed and Eli Tomac in the off-season, but Tomac returned to GEICO Honda and Reed stayed with his own team. The team is expected to have another rider in 2014, it will likely be Josh Hill again.
NOTES: Justin Brayton returns for the second year of a two-year deal. Josh Grant re-signed with the team in September. The deal is reportedly for one year.
MyPlash/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha
NOTES: Last year’s dynamic rookie duo of Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb return to the form a young 1-2 punch for Star Racing. Veteran Kyle Cunningham, who spent the last few years with the team, is not expected to return. This team also has a few amateur riders locked in.
NOTES: Two major questions surround Reed and TwoTwo Motorsports for next season: (1) Will Reed bring on another rider? (2) What brand will the team be competing on?
NOTES: Mike Alessi returns after re-signing with the team during the season. The team has yet to announce any additional members.
NOTES: After suffering a torn ACL in Monster Energy Supercross in 2013, Matt Lemoine will be back with JAB Motorsports in 2014. Lemoine is still unsure if he will be racing the 450 or 250 for 2014, as he told Racer X in September.
51 FIFTY Energy
NOTES: Going into its third year of racing, 51 Fifty Energy has tabbed Jake Canada to compete in the 250SX West Region for 2014.
We’re still waiting on confirmation of other rumors….There’s a new team coming out of Oklahoma with Jimmy Albertson and Colt Nichols…We expect Nick Wey will be back in Monster Energy Supercross with his Moto Mafia MC unit…Valli Motorsports might make a return…. What about Team Tedder?...What about Blake Wharton, Nico Izzi, Ryan Sipes and others?...Who will be Chad Reed’s teammate?...We’re hearing crazy things that could even impact the teams listed above…Could Christophe Pourcel be back to race 250 outdoors? Looked good for a while but that trail seems to be growing cold…As always: Where’s J-Law?
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