250 Words: East vs West

250 Words East vs West

December 12, 2016 12:30pm

I’ll never understand the mentality of 250 teams choosing not to tell the fans and media which rider is doing which coast. “They” say the main reason is because they want all the riders to be ready January 1 in case there’s an injury and they have to switch the roster around. I get that—injuries happen. But you can still tell your riders to be ready in case there’s an injury while at the same time declaring your East/West rosters, right?

I mean, why would you want the fans and media debating each coast, being interested in who could do what, and mentioning your teams and sponsors in stories and podcasts? That’s just plain silly (insert eye-rolling emoji here).

But you’re all in luck. I’ve texted with some teams and riders, I have spies in the race shops and I think we’ve put together a pretty good list of which riders are doing which coasts. Now, of course this isn’t 100 percent accurate and things could change, but here we go.

WEST COAST

GEICO Honda

Martin will make is GEICO Honda debut at Anaheim 1.
Martin will make is GEICO Honda debut at Anaheim 1. Cudby

Jeremy Martin

Jimmy Decotis


Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Justin Hill makes is return to Pro Circuit Kawasaki after a stint with TLD KTM.
Justin Hill makes is return to Pro Circuit Kawasaki after a stint with TLD KTM. Cudby

Justin Hill

Austin Forkner


Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha

Can Aaron Plessinger keep Star Racing Yamaha on top of the 250 class?
Can Aaron Plessinger keep Star Racing Yamaha on top of the 250 class? Cudby

Aaron Plessinger

Dan Reardon


Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM

Shane McElrath will be on the West Coast.
Shane McElrath will be on the West Coast. BrownDogWilson

Jordon Smith

Shane McElrath 

Mitchell Oldenburg

Update: We're hearing that Jordon Smith will be racing the East Region. We're not sure who will move over to the West Region for the team at this time.

Update: Mitchell Oldenburg will move to the West Region to replace Smith.


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Davalos stays with Rockstar Husky and will race on the West Coast.
Davalos stays with Rockstar Husky and will race on the West Coast. Cudby

Martin Davalos


AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/JGR Suzuki

Matt Bisceglia will debut JGR's 250 effort at Anaheim 1.
Matt Bisceglia will debut JGR's 250 effort at Anaheim 1. Garth Milan

Matt Bisceglia


CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha

Taft, who turned pro at Unadilla over the summer, will make is supercoss debut with the CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha team.
Taft, who turned pro at Unadilla over the summer, will make is supercoss debut with the CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha team. Cudby

Bradley Taft


MotoConcepts Honda

Surprise addition to the MotoConcepts team, Kyle Chisholm will drop down to ride the 250SX West Region.
Surprise addition to the MotoConcepts team, Kyle Chisholm will drop down to ride the 250SX West Region. BrownDogWilson

Kyle Chisholm


51Fifty Energy Drink Yamaha

Hayden Mellross will be joined by Tyler Bowers at 51Fifty Energy Drink Yamaha.
Hayden Mellross will be joined by Tyler Bowers at 51Fifty Energy Drink Yamaha. Cudby

Tyler Bowers

Hayden Mellross


Barn Pros/Home Depot Yamaha

Chris Alldredge joins Scott Champion after departing from Pro Circuit Kawasaki.
Chris Alldredge joins Scott Champion after departing from Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Barn Pros/Home Depot Yamaha

Chris Alldredge

Scott Champion


BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki

Tristan will ride for BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki in 2017.
Tristan will ride for BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki in 2017. Bud Racing

TRISTAN CHARBONEAU


EAST COAST

GEICO Honda

Chase Sexton (#486) will make his pro debut in Minneapolis.
Chase Sexton (#486) will make his pro debut in Minneapolis. Cudby

Chase Sexton

RJ Hampshire

Christian Craig


Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Could this be the year for Joey Savatgy?
Could this be the year for Joey Savatgy? Cudby

Adam Cianciarulo

Joey Savatgy


Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha

Mitchell Harrison returns with Star Racing Yamaha for his sophomore year.
Mitchell Harrison returns with Star Racing Yamaha for his sophomore year. Cudby

Dylan Ferrandis

Mitchell Harrison


Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM

Oldenburg will be joined by new team member Alex Martin.
Oldenburg will be joined by new team member Alex Martin. Cudby

Mitchell Oldenburg

Alex Martin

Jordon Smith

Update: Mitchell Oldenburg will move to the West Region to replace Jordon Smith, who will ride the East Region.


Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM

Bloss (left) will be the lone 250 rider for the Rocky Mountain KTM team.
Bloss (left) will be the lone 250 rider for the Rocky Mountain KTM team. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM

Benny Bloss


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Zach Osborne will continue his search for his first 250 title on the East Coast.
Zach Osborne will continue his search for his first 250 title on the East Coast. Cudby

Zach Osborne


AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/JGR Suzuki

Phil Nicoletti will drop down to ride the 250SX East Region.
Phil Nicoletti will drop down to ride the 250SX East Region. Garth Milan

Phil Nicoletti


CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha

Locurcio will make his pro debut in Minneapolis.
Locurcio will make his pro debut in Minneapolis. CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha

Lorenzo Locurcio


MotoConcepts Honda

Cameron McAdoo will make his pro debut with MotoConcepts after winning the Amateur All-Stars event at the Monster Energy Cup.
Cameron McAdoo will make his pro debut with MotoConcepts after winning the Amateur All-Stars event at the Monster Energy Cup. BrownDogWilson

Cameron McAdoo


Traders Racing Yamaha

Luke Renzland and Nick Gaines debut the Traders Racing Yamahas.
Luke Renzland and Nick Gaines debut the Traders Racing Yamahas. Trader Racing Yamaha

Luke Renzland

Nick Gaines