Bench Racing Ammo:  Silly Season Update

Bench Racing Ammo Silly Season Update

August 31, 2012 3:05pm

The 2012 season isn't over, but much of the news now centers around 2013. Who is riding where? We've compiled a list of what we know, hear and think about 2013 so far. Keep in mind, it's early, so this is by no means a comprehensive list, and many riders and teams will be filled in as the off-season rolls along--and when that happens, we will give you the news.

American Honda
Trey Canard -  Confirmed
Justin Barcia - Confirmed

Note: Will Justin Brayton stay? He could be headed back to JGR Yamaha--we'll know for sure after Elsinore next weekend.

Zach Bell - Confirmed
Justin Bogle - Confirmed
Zach Osborne - Confirmed
Wil Hahn - Confirmed
Eli Tomac - Confirmed
Kevin Windham - Confirmed

Note: Expect amateur recruit Matt Bisceglia to jump to the pros next year after Loretta's, and the team may sign another amateur or two soon.

TwoTwo Motorsports Honda
Chad Reed -- Confirmed (Yes, Chad will re-sign himself)

Chaparral Honda
Andrew Short -- Will enter second year of a two-year deal.

Lucas Oil Troy Lee Designs Honda
Cole Seely - Confirmed
Christian Craig - Confirmed
Jessy Nelson -- Confirmed

Notes: All three will ride Lites West SX, and Seely and Craig will ride 450s outdoors next summer. Unclear if Travis Baker will still have a spot.

Justin Barcia is headed to the 450 Class for 2013.
Simon Cudby photo

Monster Energy Kawasaki
Jake Weimer -- Confirmed
Ryan Villopoto -- Several teams took a look at RV (of course) but it looks like he will be back with his current employer.

Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Blake Baggett - Confirmed
Darryn Durham - Confirmed
Martin Davalos - Confirmed

Notes: Dean Wilson is heading to the 450s with Jeff Ward Racing, and Broc Tickle will probably move to another 450 team. One more PC 250 spot remains for next year, we're hearing amateur names possibly linked to it.

Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki
Dean Wilson - Confirmed
Josh Grant - Has a two-year deal

Note: Not sure if Kyle Chisholm will return or have to look elsewhere.

Yoshimura Suzuki
James Stewart -- Confirmed
Brett Metcalfe -- Two-year deal with the team is up, but we hear they are talking about a return for 2013.

Rockstar Suzuki
Jason Anderson -- Confirmed
Blake Wharton -- Confirmed
Davi Millsaps (450s indoors and out) -- Confirmed
Nico Izzi (Lites SX and 450 outdoors) -- Confirmed
Ryan Sipes -- Confirmed

Jake Weimer will be back with Kawasaki for 2013.
Simon Cudby photo

Mike Alessi -- Confirmed
Jake Canada -- Confirmed

Notes: This team started 2012 as a five-rider squad with Vince Friese, Tommy Weeck and Jeff Alessi. We hear Jeff is off to Europe, not sure on Friese yet. Weeck was SX only with the team.

Red Bull KTM
Ken Roczen -- Confirmed
Marvin Musquin -- Confirmed
Ryan Dungey -- Confirmed

Malcolm Stewart -- Confirmed. Mookie just extended his contract.

Note: PJ Larsen is out after two injury-plagued seasons at JDR. Not sure who will be teammates for Stewart yet.

Langston-Witt KTM
Les Smith -- Re-signed for 2013.

Note: Langston-Witt went after Christian Craig but Craig went back to Troy Lee. The team is actively looking for a second rider, but few options remain. We hear they're approaching Brett Metcalfe.

Jason Anderson will be back with Rockstar Suzuki.
Simon Cudby photo

Michael Byrne -- Confirmed
Matt Goerke -- We hear Goerke, who rode SX for the BTOSports Team in 2012, could be on board full time for 2013.

JGR Yamaha
Justin Brayton -- Not set in stone yet but we're hearing Brayton may be back with the team he rode for in 2010-2011.

Note: This is a two rider team, so even if they sign Brayton, there will be another new recruit.

Star Valli Yamaha
Jeremy Martin -- Confirmed
Kyle Cunningham -- Confirmed

Notes: When Star and Valli merged last year that left them with a lot of riders. How many will they bring back for 2013? They also have amateur Cooper Webb in the ranks for a debut sometime next year.

Hart and Huntington
Lots of rumors surrounding this team, including a potential Suzuki tie-up with Ricky Carmichael's involvement. Broc Tickle has been linked to this outfit. We also hear Josh Hansen may be out. Not sure of status of other 2012 riders Ivan Tedesco, Josh Hill and Kyle Partridge.

Remember, this is not a comprehensive list of every rider and team for 2013--but it's what we know to this date.