Bench Racing Ammo:  Silly Season

Bench Racing Ammo: Silly Season

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With Anaheim 1 on the horizon, most deals for the 2014 season have been signed, sealed and delivered. So how are teams shaping up? Here’s our second Silly Season Report—and look for more updates as Anaheim gets closer.

Red Bull KTM

Marvin Musquin

Dean Ferris

Ryan Dungey (450)

Ken Roczen (450)

NOTES: Ken Roczen will move up and be paired alongside Ryan Dungey in the 450 Class. Newcomer Dean Ferris, an Australian, will join Marvin Musquin in the 250 Class. Ferris competed in MX2 (GPs) last season, winning his first career overall at the Grand Prix of Belgium. Next year will be Ferris’ first season competing in the U.S.

Rockstar Energy Racing KTM

Jason Anderson

Joey Savatgy

Ivan Tedesco (450)

Davi Millsaps (450)

GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Ryan Sipes, Blake Wharton, Nico Izzi

ADDED: Joey Savatgy, Ivan Tedesco

NOTES: Rockstar Energy Racing will switch from Suzuki to KTM. Newcomers Ivan Tedesco and Joey Savatgy will join holdovers Davi Millsaps and Jason Anderson. Savatgy, the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Rookie of the Year spent outdoors under the FMF/Orange Brigade KTM tent after J-Star/JDR KTM folded following supercross. Ivan Tedesco returns after a year off apparently as a fill-in rider for Davi Millsaps, who may miss some time in supercross with a right knee injury. The team has yet to make Millsaps’ prognosis clear, or clarify how long Tedesco will stay with the team.

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Davi Millsaps is expected to miss some time with a right knee injury.
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BTOSports KTM

Matt Goerke

Andrew Short

GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Michael Byrne

NOTES: Veteran Michael Byrne will not return in 2014. After joining the team midway through supercross, Andrew Short signed a two-year extension during the summer, keeping him on the team through 2015. Goerke also re-signed for ’14. Byrne continues to have leg problems associated with an injury that dates back to Unadilla in 2012. He may end up working with the team as a rider coach or in other duties.

Monster Energy Kawasaki

Ryan Villopoto

Jake Weimer

NOTES: Monster Energy Kawasaki has Ryan Villopoto locked in for two more years. Jake Weimer will enter the second year of his two-year deal in 2014.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Adam Cianciarulo

Martin Davalos

Darryn Durham

Justin Hill

Blake Baggett

Dean Wilson

GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Tyla Rattray

NOTES: The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki fleet has been trimmed by one with Tyla Rattray heading back to Europe to contend the GPs with factory Husqvarna. Dean Wilson will contest both Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross on the 250. Amateur rider Thomas Covington is expected to join the team come Hangtown.

Discount Tire Racing (TwoTwo Motorsports)

Chad Reed

NOTES: Reed answered two major questions recently: his title sponsor (Discount Tire) and what brand he will ride (Kawasaki).

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Trey Canard suffered a broken arm testing for supercross. His status for A1 is uncertain.
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Team Honda Muscle Milk

Justin Barcia

Trey Canard

NOTES: Trey Canard broke his arm testing for the upcoming season and is expected to miss some time. No announcement on a fill-in rider has been made.

GEICO Honda

Matt Bisceglia

Zach Bell

Justin Bogle

Zach Osborne

Wil Hahn (450)

Eli Tomac (450)

GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Kevin Windham

ADDED: Matt Bisceglia

NOTES: GEICO Honda will undergo significant changes entering the 2014 season. Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn re-signed to race 450s indoors. Tomac will race the 450 outdoors, with Hahn moving back down to the 250. Reigning Horizon Award winner Matt Bisceglia joins Zach Bell, Justin Bogle and Zach Osborne in the 250 Class.

Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda

Cole Seely

Jessy Nelson

Shane McElrath

Malcolm Stewart

GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Christian Craig

ADDED: Shane McElrath, Malcolm Stewart

NOTES: Christian Craig announced his retirement from professional racing this off-season and will not return to the team. (You can read more about it here.) Rookie Shane McElrath will join Jessy Nelson, Malcolm Stewart and Cole Seely in the 250SX West Region. Stewart is expected to move to the 450 Class for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

Yoshimura Suzuki

James Stewart

NOTES: No changes to the Yoshimura Suzuki team.

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Malcolm Stewart is returning to TLD for 2014.
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RCH Racing Dodge/Sycuan Suzuki

Josh Hill

Broc Tickle

NOTES: Broc Tickle returns for his second year with the team. RCH went after both Chad Reed and Eli Tomac in the off-season, but Tomac returned to GEICO Honda and Reed stayed with his own team. Josh Hill returns to compete in both Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Last year Hill was SX only.

Toyota/JGR Yamaha

Justin Brayton

Josh Grant

NOTES: Justin Brayton returns for the second year of a two-year deal. Josh Grant re-signed with the team in September. The deal is reportedly for one year. Phil Nicoletti is also rumored to be joining the team in some capacity, but nothing is official.

MyPlash/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha

Jeremy Martin

Cooper Webb

NOTES: Last year’s dynamic rookie duo of Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb return to form a young 1-2 punch for Star Racing. This team also has a few amateur riders locked in.

CycleTrader.com Rock River Yamaha

Ben LaMay

Alex Martin

Greg Gehrer

NOTES: Rock River announced a formal title sponsor for 2014 in CycleTrader.com. Ben LaMay returns to the team to compete in the 450 Class. After joining the team mid-way through Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Alex Martin is returning for a full season in the 250 Class. The team is expected to announce another rider for 2014.

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Kyle Cunningham has signed with MotoConcepts after spending last year with Star Racing.
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MotoConcepts

Mike Alessi

Kyle Cunningham

NOTES: Mike Alessi returns after re-signing with the team during the season. Kyle Cunningham joins the team after spending last year with MyPlash/Star Racing Yamaha. (Read more about his switch here). The team is expected to add another member for 2014.

Moto Mafia Crew

Nick Wey

JAB Motorsports

Matt Lemoine

NOTES: After suffering a torn ACL in Monster Energy Supercross in 2013, Matt Lemoine will be back with JAB Motorsports in 2014. Lemoine is still unsure if he will be racing the 450 or 250 for 2014, as he told Racer X in September.

51 FIFTY Energy

Jake Canada

NOTES: Going into its third year of racing, 51 Fifty Energy has tabbed Jake Canada to compete in the 250SX West Region for 2014.

Valli Motorsports Yamaha

Christophe Pourcel

NOTES: Yes, you read that correctly, Christophe Pourcel is back. He will ride for Valli Motorsports on a 250 in the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The team will not contest Monster Energy Supercross.

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Josh Hill is returning to RCH Racing for 2014.
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MotoSport.com/Crossland Racing

Jimmy Albertson

NOTES: Jimmy Albertson talked with us recently about his new deal.

AG Motorsports

Kyle Peters

NOTES: Kyle Peters returns for another year with AG Motorsports. Kyle spoke with us about the decision.

Factory Metal Works Club MX Racing

Vince Friese

AJ Catanzaro

NOTES: Vince Friese may contest a number of West Coast races on the 450, but his main goal is the 250SX East Coast series. Catanzaro will also be racing the 250SX East Region.

Bud Racing Kawasaki

Valentin Teillet

NOTES: Bud Racing Kawasaki is a well-established GP team that is embarking on Monster Energy Supercross this season for the first time. Leading the team will be Valentin Teillet in the 250SX West Region.

Team DirtCandy Graphics

Ronnie Stewart

Robert Lind

NOTES: Robert Lind will be competing in his first Monster Energy Supercross season with the newly formed Team DirtCandy Graphics. Veteran Ronnie Stewart will make up the other part of the team.

Team Tedder/Monster Energy Racing

Dakota Tedder

Strikt Slaton Yamaha

Austin Politelli

Preston Mull

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Rookie Matt Bisceglia will make his supercross debut for GEICO Honda in 2014.
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Others:

Kyle Chisholm has been linked to several Yamaha teams but so far nothing is set.

Cole Thompson will ride the 250SX East Region with KTM Canada before returning to race the Canadian Nationals and select Lucas Oil Pro Motocross rounds.

Jimmy Decotis announced that his title sponsor next year will be Riverside Harley Davidson.

Weston Peick will receive help from MotoSport.com (among other sponsors) this year and will be back on Suzuki.

Blake Wharton is still on the market, but did explain to us that he has plans in the works.

Chris Blose has yet to secure a ride for 2014. He is trying to put something together on his own and said he wants to do the West Coast 450 rounds and maybe more if possible.

Gavin Faith will be racing a privateer effort for the 250SX East Region.

Tyler Bereman is recovering from ACL surgery and is hoping to race the 250SX East Region. He is holding a fundraiser this weekend at Salinas Ramblers MC Club grounds near Clear Creak to try and raise money for next year.

Ryan Sipes announced his retirement from racing. Sipes mentioned he might compete in some off-road events next season.

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