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

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)

Check out this Racer X Films interview with Ryan Dungey. Click HERE to view.

Ken Roczen broke his arm last week, which means he will be riding the east.

 

Factory Suzuki
Brett Metcalfe

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.

 

Dodge Motorsports/Hart & Huntington
Ivan Tedesco
Josh Hill
Kyle Partridge
Josh Hansen

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
Chad Reed

No teammate for Reedy for 2012.

 

Rockstar Energy Drink Suzuki
Blake Wharton
(Lites)
Jason Anderson
(Lites)
Martin Davalos
(Lites)
Hunter Hewitt
(Lites)

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.

 

Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha
James Stewart
Davi Millsaps

James Stewart talks about his deal HERE, while Millsaps talks about re-signing with JGR HERE.

 

MotoConcepts
Mike Alessi
Jeff Alessi
Vince Friese
Tommy Weeck (Lites)
Jake Canada (Lites)

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.

Muscle Milk/American Honda
Justin Brayton

Trey Canard
Ashley Fiolek
(WMX)

Check out Justin Brayton talking about his new deal HERE.

Canard broke his collarbone testing and will likely miss the opening rounds of the season.

 

GEICO Honda
Kevin Windham
Eli Tomac
(Lites)
Justin Barcia
(Lites)
Wil Hahn
(Lites)
Justin Bogle (Lites)
Jimmy DeCotis (Lites)

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.


Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Blake Baggett
(Lites)
Dean Wilson
(Lites)
Tyla Rattray
(Lites)
Darryn Durham
(Lites)
Broc Tickle

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.

 

Rockstar Valli/Star Racing Yamaha
Ryan Morais

Austin Stroupe
Nico Izzi (Lites)
Kyle Cunningham (Lites)
Gareth Swanepoel
(Lites)
Ryan Sipes
(Lites)
Kyle Peters (Lites)

We talked with Nico Izzi (click HERE to read) as well as Kyle Peters about his rookie sesaon. (click HERE to read Peters interview)

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.

 

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 2012.

We caught up with Short after he signed with Brooks/McGrath Honda. Click HERE to read.

 

Jeff Ward / Mike Kranyak Racing
Josh Grant
Kyle Chisholm

Click 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.

 

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

Byrne suffered a crash while practicing last week and may be out with a neck injury.


TiLube/Foremost Insurance Racing Kawasaki

Nick Wey
Chris Blose

Click HERE to read about Nick Wey's decision to go back to Kawasaki for 2012. We also talked with Chris Blose about his deal with the team. Click HERE to read.

 

HRT Racing
Matt Lemoine
(Lites)
Nick Myers (Lites)

We talked with Matt Lemoine this off-season about his new deal. Click HERE to read.


Eleven10 Mods

Alex Martin
(Lites)


Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports/Cernics KTM
Gannon Audette (Lites)

Click HERE to read an interview with Gannon Audette about his new team.


Öhlins USA
Les Smith (Lites) // East // 450 Outdoors
AJ Catanzaro (Lites)
Taylor Futrell
(Lites)

Multi-time AMA National Champion Grant Langston will be team manager for this team.

Les Smith will be contesting the Lites East Series, and then making the switch to the 450 for outdoors. Click HERE to read interview.


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.


Team Tedder-Monster Energy Racing
Dakota Tedder (Lites)
Myles Tedder (Lites)

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

 

Diesel Tech
Jeremy Girard

 

Slaton Racing
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.

 

RockRiver Powersports
Jarred Browne
Ben LaMay (450 West/250 East)
Alex Millican
Joey Peters Lites//East
Seth Caldwell Lites//East
Amanda Maheu (WMX)


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

 

RF Motorsports USA
Chris Howell
Collin Jurin

 

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.


C4MX
Scott Champion Lites


Suzuki City
Zach Freeberg Lites
Justin Starling Lites


Godfather Privateer Racing
Scotty Wennertrom Lites
Auston Albers Lites
Gared Steinke Lites
Brandon Gillespie Lites

 

Other Privateers:

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

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.


 

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

 

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