Bench Racing Ammo: Silly Season Update IIIMonday, October 29, 2012 | 11:35 AM
Team Honda Muscle Milk
Trey Canard - Confirmed
Justin Barcia - Confirmed
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 has signed another prospect in Jordon Smith.
TwoTwo Motorsports Honda
Chad Reed - Confirmed (Yes, Chad will re-sign himself)
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
Shane McElrath - Confirmed
Notes: All three will ride Lites West SX, and Seely and Craig will ride 450s outdoors next summer. Amateur prospect Shane McElrath will make his pro debut sometime this summer; either at the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships or after Loretta’s.
Amateur prospect Shane McElrath made his debut for Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Desings Honda at the Monster Energy Cup.
Simon Cudby photo
Monster Energy Kawasaki
Jake Weimer - Confirmed
Ryan Villopoto - Confirmed
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Blake Baggett - Confirmed
Darryn Durham - Confirmed
Martin Davalos – Confirmed
Justin Hill - Confirmed
Note: Rumors are that Tyla Rattray could be a late edition to the team; riding 250 indoors and 450 out. Nothing is official as of today. Stay tuned.
Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki
Dean Wilson - Confirmed
Dean Wilson is back on the bike and testing with JWR.
Ludovic Boinnard photo
James Stewart - Confirmed
Note: Brett Metcalfe's two-year (2011-2012) deal is up and it appears Suzuki will go with a one-rider team for 2013.
Broc Tickle – Confirmed
Notes: This is the Hart & Huntington team reborn with Ricky Carmichael teaming with Carey Hart. They have factory Yoshimura/Suzuki bikes. Tickle will race supercross and motocross. Rumor is that Josh Hill has been chosen to be the final member of the team. Kyle Chisholm was also in the running for the spot. The second rider will race SX only.
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 for a few races, and Friese may go to Arenacross.
Red Bull KTM
Ken Roczen - Confirmed
Marvin Musquin - Confirmed
Ryan Dungey - Confirmed
Note: We heard they made a run at Dean Wilson to be Dungey's teammate, but he went to JWR Kawasaki. They will continue with a one-rider 450 effort.
J-Star JDR KTM
Malcolm Stewart - Confirmed. Mookie just extended his contract.
Notes: PJ Larsen is out after two injury-plagued seasons at JDR. The team is expected to announce the rest of their team members within the next few weeks—we hear amateur grad Joey Savatgy might get a spot with this team.
Broc Tickle has signed with the newly formed RCH Racing.
The team had already re-signed Les Smith for 2013, but sources say that suddenly the team has pulled the plug on operations and will not race next year (they will still pay Smith for his 2013 salary).
Note: This team picks up factory KTM support.
Star Racing Yamaha
Jeremy Martin - Confirmed
Kyle Cunningham – Confirmed
Cooper Webb – Confirmed (outdoors only)
Eleven10 Mods Yamaha
Alex Martin - Confirmed
Notes: Formerly a privateer team on Hondas, they now get Yamaha support. A second rider will be announced shortly.
Valli Motorsports Yamaha
Travis Baker – Confirmed
Notes: Valli goes back on its own after a year of merging with Star Racing. Baker will compete in the West Region Lites Class. Word is that Brett Metcalfe will join the team outdoors on the 450.
Rock River Yamaha
Ben LaMay – Confirmed
Note: Rock River is expected to announce the remaining members of their team in the coming weeks.
Black Diamond MX Motocross Team
Zack Williams - Confirmed
Kurt McCabe - Confirmed
*All East Coast Lites
RF Motorsports USA
Collin Jurin – Confirmed
Note: Two additional riders coming soon.
Zack Freeberg – Confirmed
Note: One more rider is expected to be announced.
MUNN Racing KTM held their tryouts this past weekend. An announcement should be made soon regarding their plans for 2013.
Kyle Peters - Is out at Star Racing and will be contesting the Lites Class on his own in 2013.
Derek Anderson - Privateer route for West Coast Lites. Which will be his first season in SX.
Cole Thompson - Nothing yet, should know by end of month.
Lance Vincent - Getting close to signing.
Matt Lemoine - Should know something soon.
Phil Nicoletti - Still trying to get plans together.
Remember, this is not a comprehensive list of every rider and team for 2013—but it's what we know to this date.
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