Bench Racing Ammo: 450 Team Guide

Bench Racing Ammo: 450 Team Guide

Silly season is winding down. With just a few weeks remaining until the start of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season, most teams have announced their plans for next year. Yes, there are still a few unknowns—Wilson, Weimer, the Stewarts—but for the most part, contracts have been signed, sealed, and delivered.

There has been a lot of news in recent weeks, so we’ve decided to put together an easy guide to the 450 class. Check back next week for a 250 guide.

Honda HRC

The #94 will join the #14 at Honda for 2017.
The #94 will join the #14 at Honda for 2017. Cudby
  • #14 Cole Seely

  • #94 Ken Roczen

Notes: Cole Seely will return for a third year with the team after signing a two-year extension this off-season.

Following two years with RCH Suzuki, Roczen signed a three-year deal with Honda HRC.

MotoConcepts Racing

Brayton is the new addition to the MCR team.
Brayton is the new addition to the MCR team. Sean Ogden/MX Vice
  • #10 Justin Brayton

  • #61 Vince Friese

  • #800 Mike Alessi

Notes: Officially announced last week, Justin Brayton has signed with the team for 2017 and will ride a Honda. Brayton spent the last two years with BTOSports.com-KTM.

Both Vince Friese and Mike Alessi will return for another season with team.

Red Bull KTM

Red Bull KTM will run three 450s in 2017.
Red Bull KTM will run three 450s in 2017. Cudby
  • #1 Ryan Dungey

  • #25 Marvin Musquin

  • #41 Trey Canard

Notes: Ryan Dungey, who has been with KTM since the 2012 season, is signed through 2017. The team has yet to announce an extension with the two-time reigning supercross champion, but if Dungey wants to continue racing, it will be with KTM. 

Marvin Musquin signed a two-year deal with the team after clinching the 2015 250SX East Region Championship. Next season will mark his second season in the 450SX Class.

Trey Canard signed with Red Bull KTM this off-season. After 10 years with Honda, 2017 will mark the first time in Canard’s professional career he’ll ride something other than a Honda. 

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS

Rocky Mountain replaces BTO Sports as the title sponsor.
Rocky Mountain replaces BTO Sports as the title sponsor.
  • #4 Blake Baggett

  • #18 Davi Millsaps

Notes: Butler Brothers MX agreed to a multi-year deal this off-season with Rocky Mountain ATV/MC to serve as the title sponsor of the team. The team was formerly known as BTOSports.com-KTM.

Blake Baggett, who spent two years with Yoshimura Suzuki, signed with the team this off-season.

Davi Millsaps signed a supercross-only deal with the team in 2016. He re-signed this off-season and will race both Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross in 2017.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Business as usual for the Rockstar Husky team.
Business as usual for the Rockstar Husky team. Cudby
  • #21 Jason Anderson

  • #377 Christophe Pourcel

Notes: Jason Anderson has been a member of the team since turning professional in 2011. He’s signed through 2018.

Christophe Pourcel returns for his second full-time season with the team. His deal with the team is up after this year. 

AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGR Suzuki

How will JGR do in their first season on something other than a Yamaha?
How will JGR do in their first season on something other than a Yamaha? Garth Milan
  • #32 Weston Peick

  • #51 Justin Barcia

Notes: JGRMX has been with Yamaha since the team debuted in 2008. This off-season, they announced a switch to Suzuki for 2017 and beyond.  

Justin Barcia has been with the team since moving over from Honda in 2015. His contract runs through the 2018 season.

Weston Peick re-signed with the team this off-season. It will be his third year with the team.

RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki

The waters have appeared to smooth over for Justin Bogle who join Broc Tickle on RCH for 2017.
The waters have appeared to smooth over for Justin Bogle who join Broc Tickle on RCH for 2017. RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki
  • #19 Justin Bogle

  • #20 Broc Tickle

Notes: There was lots of speculation surrounding the team this off-season, but they announced last week that they are going racing.

Broc Tickle returns for another year with the team. He’s been a member of the team since 2013.

After spending his entire professional (250 and 450) career with GEICO Honda, Justin Bogle has signed with RCH. It will be his second season in 450SX.

Monster Energy Kawasaki

Eli Tomac will look to improve on his first year with Kawasaki.
Eli Tomac will look to improve on his first year with Kawasaki. Cudby
  • #3 Eli Tomac

  • #33 Josh Grant

Notes: Eli Tomac returns for a second year with Monster Energy Kawasaki.

Josh Grant, who filled-in for the injured Wil Hahn in 2016, returns for second stint with the squad. Grant previously rode for the team in 2015.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory

Webb will make is 450 debut aboard a factory Yamaha.
Webb will make is 450 debut aboard a factory Yamaha. Steve Cox
  • #2 Cooper Webb

  • #22 Chad Reed

Notes: Yamaha has locked up their guy for the future. Cooper Webb, the two-time 250SX West Region Champion, moves to the 450 Class in 2017 with the factory team.

Chad Reed announced a new deal this off-season. He recently said he’d like to continue racing for another few years. He’ll turn 35 in March.

CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha

Tommy Hahn, now #87, will stay with the Cycletrader.com/Rock River Yamaha team for another year.
Tommy Hahn, now #87, will stay with the Cycletrader.com/Rock River Yamaha team for another year. Simon Cudby
  • #85 Tommy Hahn

Note: Tommy Hahn returns for a second year with the team.


Others

#7 James Stewart

Note: Still no word on what James Stewart will do in 2017. This could come down to the wire.

#11 Kyle Chisholm

Note: In a surprise move, Chisholm will be riding the 250SX West Region for MotoConcepts.

#12 Jake Weimer

Note: Weimer spent last year with Team Tedder and as a fill-in with RCH Suzuki. At this time, he hasn’t announced a deal for next year.

#15 Dean Wilson

Note: Wilson has been testing a Yamaha in recent weeks. Will he secure a deal before the start of the season?

#27 Nick Wey – Semi-retired

Note: Wey confirmed to us last week that he would not be competing in a full season next year. You can read the interview here.

#47 Malcolm Stewart

Note: Stewart told MX Vice in Geneva last weekend that he doesn’t have a deal in place for 2017. The 2016 250SX East Region Champion did say he would race at some point next year under his own privateer effort if he doesn’t secure a deal.

#69 Wil Hahn – Retired

Note: Hahn has retired from professional racing. We recently spoke with him about his decision.