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.
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#85 Tommy Hahn
Note: Tommy Hahn returns for a second year with the team.
#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.
Little surprise, Chiz riding 250SX West for Motoconcepts. Guess AMA let him drop down after a couple of requests were denied— Steve Matthes (@pulpmx) December 6, 2016
#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.