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.
What we hear: Suzuki lost out on the Stewart sweepstakes to JGR. They will go with a one-rider team with Metcalfe for 2012.
TwoTwo Motorsports Honda
What we hear: No teammate for Reedy for 2012.
Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha
Tommy Weeck (Lites)
Jake Canada (Lites)
Muscle Milk/American Honda
Ashley Fiolek (WMX)
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.
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.
What we hear: It's beginning to sound more and more like Short will be the only rider on this team for 2011.
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.
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.
Matt Lemoine (Lites)
Nick Myers (Lites)
Alex Martin (Lites)
Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports/Cernics KTM
What we hear: Multi-time AMA National Champion Grant Langston will be team manager for this team.
Munn Racing KTM & Moto Innovations
Sean Hackley Jr.
Team 51fifty Energy Drink/Naveen Honda Racing
Drew Gosselaar (Lites) // West
Bruce Rutherford (Lites) // West
What we hear: Terren O'Dell will be back this year contesting the West Coast Lites Class.
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