The wait is over. The 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season kicks off tonight at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Although most contracts were signed early, there has been some late news. We take a look at the latest happenings, and give you an updated guide of who will be where in 2014.
Red Bull KTM
Ryan Dungey (450)
Ken Roczen (450)
ADDED: Dean Ferris
NOTES: Ken Roczen will move up and be paired alongside Ryan Dungey in the 450 Class. Marvin Musquin suffered a torn ACL recently that will keep him out for most of Monster Energy Supercross 250SX East Region. The team has yet to announce if they will bring in a replacement rider for the Frenchman. Newcomer Dean Ferris, an Australian, 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
Cole Thompson (350 West Coast, 250 East Coast)
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. Injuries have devastated this team during the off-season. Davi Millsaps suffered a right knee injury testing and is expected to miss significant time. The team has yet to announce the extent of the injury. Newly acquired Joey Savatgy crashed while testing and suffered a broken wrist, an AC separation, broken ribs and partially collapsed lungs. It is unknown at this time if the 2013 SX Rookie of the Year will be ready in time for the 250SX East Region—with those injuries it doesn't seem likely. Ivan Tedesco returns following a year off as a fill-in for Davi Millsaps. Tedesco has indicated that if he's performing well the team will keep him on for the full season even if Millsaps returns. Cole Thompson will fill-in for the injured Joey Savatgy. Thompson will ride the 350 SX-F during the west rounds before switching to the 250F for the 250SX East Region.
Ken Roczen is making the transition to the 450 in 2014.
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GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Michael Byrne
NOTES: 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
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
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. Blake Baggett suffered a broken foot while testing during the off-season, but hopes to be ready for the East Region. Amateur rider Thomas Covington is expected to join the team come Hangtown.
Discount Tire Racing (TwoTwo Motorsports)
NOTES: Reed answered two major questions this off-sesaon: his title sponsor (Discount Tire) and what brand he will ride (Kawasaki).
Joey Savatgy may miss the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season following an off-season injury.
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Team Honda Muscle Milk
NOTES: Trey Canard broke his arm testing for the upcoming season and is expected to miss some time. The team is not expected to bring in another rider, and will instead wait for Canard to return.
Wil Hahn (450)
Eli Tomac (450)
GONE FROM LAST YEAR: Kevin Windham
ADDED: Matt Bisceglia, Blake Wharton
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. The team brought back veteran Blake Wharton, who rode for the team from 2008-2011, to fill Justin Bogle's spot. Bogle is expected to miss part of the 250SX East Region with five broken vertebra and a broken shoulder blade. Reigning Horizon Award winner Matt Bisceglia joins the team for his rookie season.
Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda
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, as the team does not race east. Stewart is expected to move to the 450 Class for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
NOTES: No changes to the Yoshimura Suzuki team.
Shane McElrath will make his SX rookie debut at A1.
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RCH Racing Dodge/Sycuan Suzuki
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.
ADDED: Phil Nicoletti
NOTES: Justin Brayton returns for the second year of a two-year deal. Josh Grant re-signed with the team in September. Phil Nicoletti signed with the team for six races (three in Monster Energy Supercross and three in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross) and will fill-in if Justin Brayton or Josh Grant suffers an injury during the season.
MyPlash/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha
ADDED: Anthony Rodriguez
NOTES: Last year’s dynamic rookie duo of Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb return to form a young 1-2 punch for Star Racing. Anthony Rodriguez, who has battled injuries the past few years in the amateur ranks, will make his pro rookie debut for the team in the East Region. This team also has a few amateur riders locked in.
CycleTrader.com Rock River Yamaha
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 has announced that Kyle Chisholm will also be on the team for Monster Energy Supercross.
Blake Baggett suffered an off-season foot injury, but hopes to be ready in time for the East Region.
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ADDED: 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 and is running an "Scholarship" program to fill that spot.
Moto Mafia Crew
NOTES: After returning from injuries suffered in 2012 for an outdoor run last year, Wey will make his return to stadium racing in 2014. He'll be on Kawasakis.
NOTES: After suffering a torn ACL in Monster Energy Supercross in 2013, Matt Lemoine will be back with JAB Motorsports in 2014. Lemoine is expected to race the 250SX East Region.
51 FIFTY Energy
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
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.
Josh Hill is returning to RCH Racing for 2014.
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NOTES: Jimmy Albertson talked with us recently about his new deal.
NOTES: Kyle Peters returns for another year with AG Motorsports. Kyle spoke with us about the decision. Peters will race select 450SX West Coast races before switching back to the 250 for the East Region.
Factory Metal Works Club MX Racing
NOTES: Vince Friese will contest a number of West Region races on the 450, but his main goal is the 250SX East series. Catanzaro and Owen will also be racing the 250SX East Region.
Bud Racing Kawasaki
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
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
Strikt Slaton Yamaha
Rocket Exhaust/On Track
Team Crosley Radio/RiderSurance/Bee Line/ H & O Contracting
Hansen Racing Team (HRT)
Shane Sewell (450)
Nick Schmidt (450)
Justin Starling (250)
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
Rockwell Fire Police MX
Eli Tomac is moving up to the 450 Class in 2014.
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Austin Politelli parted ways with Strikt Slaton Yamaha and rumors are that he may be joining Larry Brooks' new team.
Jimmy Decotis announced that his title sponsor next year will be Riverside Harley Davidson. Decotis will race some 450SX West Coast races and the 250SX East Region.
Weston Peick will receive help from MotoSport.com (among other sponsors) this year and will be back on Suzukis.
Matt Moss will be racing select 450SX rounds on a Suzuki before returning to Australia.
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.
Ryan Sipes announced his retirement from racing. Sipes mentioned he might compete in some off-road events next season.