Silly Season: What We Know,  What We Hear, What We Think

Silly Season: What We Know, What We Hear, What We Think

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We’re within two months of the opening of the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, and even still, not every rider or team has a plan set in place. But most of the puzzle has filled in. To keep you up to date, here's an updated list of teams and riders, as well as an additional round up of rumors we're hearing if plans aren't locked in yet.

Monster Energy Kawasaki
Ryan Villopoto

Jake Weimer

Red Bull KTM
Ryan Dungey

Ken Roczen (Lites)

Marvin Musquin (Lites)

 

Factory Suzuki
Brett Metcalfe

What we hear: Suzuki lost out on the Stewart sweepstakes to JGR. They will go with a one-rider team with Metcalfe for 2012.

 

Dodge Motorsports/Hart & Huntington
Ivan Tedesco

Josh Hill

Kyle Partridge

Josh Hansen

 

TwoTwo Motorsports Honda
Chad Reed

What we hear: No teammate for Reedy for 2012.

 

Rockstar Energy Drink Suzuki
Blake Wharton
(Lites)

Jason Anderson (Lites)

Martin Davalos (Lites)

Hunter Hewitt (Lites)

 

Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha
James Stewart

Davi Millsaps

 

MotoConcepts
Mike Alessi

Jeff Alessi

Tommy Weeck (Lites)

What we hear: Jake Canada has officially signed with MotoConcepts for next season.


Muscle Milk/American Honda
Justin Brayton

Trey Canard

Ashley Fiolek (WMX)

 

GEICO Honda
Kevin Windham

Eli Tomac (Lites)

Justin Barcia (Lites)

Wil Hahn (Lites)

Justin Bogle (Lites)

What we hear: We know, we know, Barcia rode the 450 very well outdoors, but he has a Lites East #1 plate to defend. He'll be back on the 250.


Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Blake Baggett (Lites)

Dean Wilson (Lites)

Tyla Rattray (Lites)

Darryn Durham (Lites)

Broc Tickle

Rockstar Valli/Star Racing Yamaha
Ryan Morais

Nico Izzi

Austin Stroupe

Kyle Cunningham (Lites)

Gareth Swanepoel (Lites)

Ryan Sipes (Lites)

Kyle Peters (Lites)

What we hear: 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. And what happened to the supposed Metal Mulisha takeover of the Valli team? Those rumors have gone cold, hence the new Valli link up with Star.

As of 11-16-11, Chad Lanza says official press release with official team and sponsors is just around the corner. In talks with JP$, but as of now, she isn't signed.


JDR J-Star KTM
Malcolm Stewart
(Lites)

PJ Larsen (Lites)

Matt Moss (Lites)

What we hear: Tye Simmonds will be racing for the JDR team in Australia, but not in the U.S.

 

Brooks/McGrath Honda
Andrew Short

What we hear: Could still be a teammate for Shorty at the Brooks/MC squad. Maybe Kyle Regal?

 

Jeff Ward / Mike Kranyak Racing
Josh Grant

Kyle Chisholm

What we hear: We can finally put the rumors to bed on this. Kyle Chisholm signed yesterday to become the second--and more than likely--final member on the Jeff Ward/Mike Kranyak Racing team.

 

Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil / Honda
Christian Craig
(Lites) // 450 Outdoors

Travis Baker (Lites)

Cole Seely (Lites)

 

BTOSports.com / BBMX / Palmetto Suzuki
Michael Byrne

Jason Thomas

Jimmy Albertson

What we hear: It looks like one of the final pieces of the off-season puzzle is finally in place. Sources have confirmed as of Friday Nov. 18th that Albertson has signed with the BTOSports.com/BBMX/Palmetto Suzuki team.


Mafia M/C

Nick Wey


HRT Racing

Matt Lemoine
(Lites)

Nick Myers (Lites)


Eleven10 Mods

Alex Martin
(Lites)


Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports/Cernics KTM
Gannon Audette


Öhlins USA
Les Smith (Lites)

AJ Catanzaro (Lites)

Taylor Futrell (Lites)


Munn Racing KTM & Moto Innovations
Lance Vincent

Sean Hackley Jr.


Team 51fifty Energy Drink/Naveen Honda Racing
Chris Plouffe


Team Tedder-Monster Energy Racing
Dakota Tedder

Myles Tedder

 

Diesel Tech
Jeremy Girard

 

RockRiver Powersports
Vince Friese
Jarred Browne
Alex Millican
Seth Caldwell
Joey Peters
Grant Ransdell
Drew Yenerich
Amanda Maheu (WMX)


Other News:

What we hear: Tommy Hahn is expected to announce his plans on Monday. Stay tuned for more details on that front.

What we hear: TiLUBE Racing is partnered up with Foremost Insurance and will field a two rider 450 team for Supercross only. It will be called TiLUBE Foremost Racing. They are still working on riders and should have an announcement very soon.

 

Have info on other privateer riders or teams? Email chase@racerxonline.com

 

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