Silly Season: Countdown to Anaheim

Silly Season: Countdown to Anaheim

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We’re within just a few weeks 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

What we hear: 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.

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)
Jake Canada (Lites)


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)
Jimmy DeCotis (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. We talked with Jimmy DeCotis earlier this week and he will be back with GEICO Honda, but only for supercross.


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 of Valli 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: It's beginning to sound more and more like Short will be the only rider on this team for 2011.

 

Jeff Ward / Mike Kranyak Racing
Josh Grant
Kyle Chisholm


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

What we hear: Wey has announced that he will be joining forces with Team TiLUBE Foremost Racing for 2012. They are expected to sign one more 450 rider for SX only. Stay tuned for an official announcement.


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) // East // 450 Outdoors
AJ Catanzaro (Lites)
Taylor Futrell
(Lites)

What we hear: Multi-time AMA National Champion Grant Langston will be team manager for  this team.


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)


Rockwell/FirePoliceMX
Drew Gosselaar (Lites) // West
Bruce Rutherford (Lites) // West

 

Other Privateers:

What we hear: Terren O'Dell will be back this year contesting the West Coast Lites Class.

 

Other News:

What we hear: Tommy Hahn announced that he will go the privateer route aboard a Honda. Weege sat down with him last week to discuss his plans for 2012. Check out the interview HERE.

 

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

 

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