Teams

2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Teams

450 Class

Red Bull KTM

#1  Ryan Dungey 
2015: 1st in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 22
Moto Wins: 13

Notes: You already know Dungey has won the last three U.S. 450 titles (two indoors, one out). A new season presents another chance for someone to knock him off. And riders like Eli Tomac (who took it to everyone early last summer) and Ken Roczen (who edged Dungey for this title in 2014) have the speed to do it. But Dungey plays the 24-moto game better than anyone. Plus, he’s much faster and more aggressive than he was in ’14, and his bike will be better in the early stages than it was in ‘15 (when his KTM was still brand new). In other words: others will be good but Dungey will be in it to win it.

#15  Dean Wilson  450SX
2015:
23rd in 450MX
Moto Top Fives: 1

Notes: Another late start for Dean following ACL surgery in supercross. He hopes to make a few races before the end of the season.

#25  Marvin Musquin 
2015:
2nd in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 16
Moto Wins: 10

Notes: You’ve got a real wild card here in Musquin, who nearly won last year’s 250MX title (he went into the finale in a duel with Jeremy Martin, only to lose his chance when his bike let go on the first lap of the first moto). In supercross, Marvin showed, at times, that he can ride the 450 with the best of them. But can he do it on every single track, every single time they line up like Dungey can?

RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Suzuki

#20  Broc Tickle  450SX
2015:
7th in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 1
Moto Top Fives: 6

Notes: Tickle is just solid. He finished between fifth and eighth in 16 of 24 motos last year, which squared up to seventh overall. No reason to think he’ll be any different this year.

#94  Ken Roczen  450SX
2015:
2nd in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 16
Moto Wins: 3

Notes: Last year Roczen had the number-one plate, but the season was a disaster by his standards. He started the year bouncing back from an ankle injury in supercross, then a back injury, then he battled bike settings all summer. He won the last moto of the year, but even then Dungey was closing in a hurry after an early crash. The Kenny we saw late this supercross season is much improved, and you can argue that the GP-schooled German is better outdoors than in supercross. Is that enough to take the title back from Dungey?

Monster Energy Kawasaki

#3  Eli Tomac 
2015: 14th 450MX
Moto Podiums: 5
Moto Wins: 5

Notes: We need to take those five and three-quarter glorious motos Tomac logged last year, when he absolutely trounced everyone, and stick them in a corner at the AMA Hall of Fame. They were incredible. But they were last year. Tomac doesn’t need to dominate the first five motos this year for it to be considered off to a good start—that’s a near-impossible standard to match. It took awhile, but he appeared to be getting back on his game late in supercross after Kawasaki made some changes with suspension personnel behind the scenes. If it carries over to the outdoors, he’ll be good, even though 2015-style dominance might be hard to replicate. It’s not impossible, though! Dungey, Roczen and Tomac are generally considered the favorites for this title.

#33 Josh Grant
2015:
13th in 450MX
Best moto finish: 8th

Notes: Forever a wild card outdoors, it’s not impossible for Grant to win a moto this year, especially at his favorite tracks. Last year Grant got hurt right before Hangtown so he wasn’t 100 percent for his home race at Glen Helen, but he won a moto there during the USGP in September and won a moto there in ’14. Armed with the full factory Monster Energy Kawasaki, the sky is always the limit for Grant.

#54  Wil Hahn 
2015:
18th in 450MX
Moto Top Tens: 3

Notes: Wilbur is still recovering from injuries in supercross but might be back for the last few races.

Team Honda HRC

#14  Cole Seely  450SX
2015:
16th in 450MX
Moto Top Tens: 7
Best Moto Finish: 4th

Notes: Seely is known more as a supercross specialist, and 2015 didn’t change that as he crashed out of Hangtown and later missed several rounds with shoulder problems. He was showing some speed before he went out, though. Cole has talked about trying to shed that “supercross specialist” rep. He could be a sleeper.

#41  Trey Canard  450SX
2015:
15th in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 1
Best Moto Finish: 3rd

Notes: Canard ended the 2014 Nationals on fire, winning four of the last six motos over a healthy Dungey, Roczen and Tomac. But he broke his arm in supercross last year and didn’t join the 2015 series until round nine, and recorded two top five motos. Canard is in one of the worst start slumps we’ve ever seen (for a rider not traditionally known as a bad starter) and if he can’t fix that for outdoors, it will make his life tough. Still, he’s one of the few in the world that can honestly say that speed is not an issue.

Yoshimura Suzuki

#4  Blake Baggett 
2015:
4th in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 4
Best Moto Finish: 2

Notes: Baggett, the 2012 250 National Motocross Champion, tried to quell the hype for his 450MX debut last year, saying he just wanted to be steady, healthy and make it to all the races. He did that, riding consistency to fourth in the series and outscoring fellow rookie Jason Anderson by forty points. When we talked to Baggett in Las Vegas last weekend, he indicated that he’s much more ready (and willing) to hang it out this year. Can he bring the El Chupacabra speed from his 250 days to a 450? It’s something to watch for.

#7  James Stewart 
2015: DNC

Notes: Rare is it for James Stewart to enter a series without the surroundings of high expectations, but that’s where we’re at these days. Since going 1-1 at the 2014 High Point National, almost nothing has gone right for the 2008 450MX Champion, starting with a suspension for all of 2015 by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and then a series of injuries that ruined his supercross comeback this year. We’re not sure where James is with his health, fitness and equipment. For certain the ability is there, but much of this overall package is in question as outdoors begin.

BTO Sports/KTM/WPS

#10  Justin Brayton  450SX
2015:
12th in 450MX
Moto Top tens: 8

Notes: Big bounce back season in supercross for Brayton, but he’s never been as strong outdoors, and the first few rounds of the season are usually exceptionally rough. We’ll see if this one starts out better.

#29  Andrew Short  450SX
2015:
20th in 450MX
Moto Top Tens: 1

Notes:
This is the last pro season for Shorty, and his supercross tour was ruined by a shoulder injury and then a concussion. He’s been a stalwart outdoors for a decade and a half, but the injuries are piling up at the wrong time. Can he dig out a few more solid months before calling it a career?

#167 Benny Bloss
2015: AMA Horizon Award Winner (Loretta Lynn’s)

Notes: The big man got a break from BTO with a fill-in ride for the last three 450SX races, and will be kept on for outdoors. Last year he won the Horizon Award at Loretta’s, but a concussion held his pro debut until Indiana, where he finished 15th overall in the 450 class.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

#21  Jason Anderson 
2015:
6th in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 4
Moto Wins: 0

Notes:
Anderson made a big leap this year in supercross with two wins and third in the standings, but his results have always been a little better indoors than out (he has just one career motocross moto win.) Will his supercross improvements carry over?

#377  Christophe Pourcel 
2015:
4th in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 5

Notes: Pourcel’s return to supercross this year was kind of “meh.” But despite two 250SX Championships, he’s always claimed to be more comfortable outdoors, and this will be his second outdoor tour with the Husky team. He missed the last few SX races with injury but could have a head start on outdoor prep. Every week, his practice times prove he’s fast enough to win. Can he do it?

Autotrader/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGR Yamaha

#28  Weston Peick 
2015:
9th in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 1

Notes:
Peick was riding the momentum train forward the last few years, zooming from privateer to factory podium guy. It’s been a little rougher in supercross this year, with assorted injuries and a disappointing 13th in the standing. Now his contract is up. Peick could be riding with some serious motivation this summer, and if he’s ready he could be top five material.

#34  Phil Nicoletti 
2015:
8th in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 1

Notes: Filthy! If the JGR bikes pack their usual starting prowess, Phil is not afraid to pull the trigger and go for it. He has the potential to log top fives under the right circumstances—and last year one of those strong rides turned into a podium at Glen Helen.

#51  Justin Barcia 
2015:
3rd in 450MX
Moto Podiums: 12
Moto Wins: 3

Notes: Does anyone need a bounce back more than Barcia? Another lost supercross season puts the pressure on to deliver outdoors. Last year he did via a mid-season surge that saw two overall wins and a near miss at Washougal. Can he flip the switch again?

CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha

#47  Tommy Hahn 
2015: 19th in 450MX
Moto Top Tens: 2

Notes: Tommy’s 450SX season ended with injury but he’s usually better outdoors. Don’t be surprised to see a few strong rides.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

#11  Kyle Chisholm 
2015:
11th in 450MX
Moto Top Tens: 0

Notes: This will be the first season in his career that Chisholm has raced a Honda. He crashed out of supercross in the second week of the season but should be back to his usual consistent self now.

# 43 Fredrik Noren
2015: 10th in 450MX
Moto Top Fives: 2

Notes: The popular Swede once again has help from Honda and will pit out of the Rocky Mountain rig. He has top ten speed, no problem.

Other Notes:

Chad Reed – Reed probably won’t race any Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this year, but is signed up for two MXGP races.

Mike Alessi – SmarTop/MotoConcepts is loaning Mike out to the Leading Edge Kawasaki team to race the Canadian Nationals

Vince Friese – Ditto for Friese, who will also head to Canada to remain teammates with Alessi.

Davi Millsaps – Millsaps had a SX-only deal with BTOSports.com KTM, and has inked a deal for the summer with factory KTM in Canada

Jake Weimer – Weimer raced for Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Suzuki in supercross, but wasn’t planning on racing outdoors. He has surgery scheduled for an old arm injury, but the team has indicated that if he’s interested in some nationals, they might help him out.

250 Class

Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha

#1  Jeremy Martin  
2015:
1st in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 15
Moto Wins: 9

Notes: Martin podiumed in 62 percent of his motos last year en route to a second 250MX title. With Marvin Musquin gone to the 450 Class and Cooper Webb dealing with a wrist injury, Martin is the favorite heading into Hangtown. If Martin were to win a third championship, he would become just the fifth rider (Broc Glover (1977-’79), Mark Barnett (1980-’82), Ricky Carmichael (1997-’99), and Ryan Villopoto (2006-’08)) in 125/250MX with three titles.

#17  Cooper Webb 
2015: 11th in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 9
Moto Wins: 3

Notes: The biggest question mark heading into the opener is Cooper Webb’s broken wrist. A few weeks prior to the Monster Energy Supercross season finale Webb broke his navicular in practice crash. He was able to ride Las Vegas, clinching a second straight West Region Championship, but he didn’t look anywhere near the same rider that dominated the season. Will his wrist will hold up for 24 long motos?

#23  Aaron Plessinger 
2015: 6th in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 3
Moto Wins: 1

Notes: After garnering 2015 SX and MX Rookie of the Year honors, Plessinger has yet to drop off in 2016. He was in the thick of the 250SX East Region title chase for much of the season and won his first career SX race in Indianapolis. Can he make the same leap outdoors? Something to consider: he went 3-4-4-2-1 over the last five motos in 2015.

#26  Alex Martin 
2015: 7th in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 3
Moto Wins: 1

Notes: Martin won his first career moto at Budds Creek last year and had two additional podiums en route to seventh in the championship. What really dropped his overall position was five motos of 18th place finish or worse. Last year he rode for CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha, this year he’s on the full-factory Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha.

#289  Mitchell Harrison 
2016: 19th in 250SX West Region

Notes: This is Harrison’s first year in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. He did not race any events after the 2015 Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship.

GEICO Honda

#39  Jordon Smith 
2015: 15th in 250MX
Moto Top Fives: 2

Notes: Smith had an up and down rookie 250MX season in 2015. He showed speed (two top five finishes) but also lacked consistency (nine moto finishes of 15th or worse). The story was the same in supercross this season. He’s already re-signed with GEICO Honda, so there won’t be a ton of pressure for a championship this year.

#31  RJ Hampshire
2015: 10th in 250MX
Moto Top Fives: 3

Notes: Hampshire had a more consistent rookie season than Smith, but lacked the consistency to be a weekly threat. He very nearly pulled off a moto podium in Utah before he literally crashed in the final turn while running third. Ten moto finishes outside the top 10 dropped him down the standings. His supercross season was a struggle, but, like Smith, he has also signed a long-term deal with GEICO Honda, which has proven to be patient with talent.

#38  Christian Craig 
2015:
12th in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 1

Notes: Craig was the story of the summer last year after coming out of retirement at Thunder Valley and dropping 4-6 moto finishes. He was solid in his first year back in supercross as well. What will he look like with a full off-season to prepare for outdoors? It’s one of the more interesting storylines to watch this year.

#403  Tristan Charboneau
2016:
Rookie

Notes: Charboneau has been part of the GEICO Honda amateur squad since late 2014, but the status of his pro debut wasn't quite set until recently. He's been living out in California and riding and training with the team's pro riders, and the squad has been impressed with his recent gains in speed and stamina, so they've decided he's ready to make the jump.

Additional team notes:
Malcolm Stewart announced last week he will skip the Nationals this summer to begin preparations for a full time 450 career in 2017.

Jimmy Decotis was brought on to fill-in for the injured RJ Hampshire (who ended up racing) in Monster Energy Supercross, and wasn’t expected to race outdoors. He’s getting arm pump surgery right now, but depending on his recovery he might show up for a few races. Southwick, anyone?

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM

#13  Jessy Nelson 
2015: 5th in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 4

Notes: Nelson has been out since January after suffering a small crack on the wings of a vertebrae during a testing session. His four podiums last year are evidence of his speed, but will the long supercross layoff leave him rusty, or with a head start on outdoor testing?

#30  Shane McElrath 
2015:
9th in in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 1

Notes: McElrath broke his wrist during the pre-season and was slow off the gate in Monster Energy Supercross. He rebounded with five straight top fives late in the season providing momentum for outdoors. His lone podium last year was at Glen Helen.

#36  Justin Hill 
2015: 18th in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 1

Notes: Hill, who missed six rounds of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross last year, has been out of action since sustaining a concussion in qualifying at Detroit in March. Like Nelson, the additional time off will either leave him rusty, or with a leg up on outdoor prep.

#42  Mitchell Oldenburg 
2015:
16th in 250MX
Moto Top Tens: 5

Notes: At this time, Oldenburg is only scheduled to race the first few rounds with the team. He had a similar deal last year and ended up staying on all summer. He’ll also stick around if another team rider gets injured.

#128  Alex Frye 
2015: 37th in 250MX

Notes: Frye turned pro at the Tennessee National, but raced just five rounds due to injury. This is his first year with the team outdoors.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

#16  Zach Osborne 
2015: 4th in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 6

Notes: Osborne is still searching for his first career 250 win in the U.S. He was solid in 2015 with six podiums. Can he finally break through for that first career win? If so his consistency could put him in the points hunt.

#49  Martin Davalos 
2015: 21st in 250MX
Moto Top Tens: 1

Notes: Davalos missed all but four rounds in 2015 due to Epstein-Barr.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki

#35  Chris Alldredge 
2015:
13th in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 2

Notes: Alldredge will miss at least a portion of the series after fracturing his pelvis at the Monster Energy Supercross season finale in Las Vegas.

#37  Joey Savatgy 
2015: 3rd in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 7

Notes: Although he didn’t win a moto last year, Savatgy did claim his first career 250MX overall at Unadilla behind 2-2 moto scores, and his seven podiums were a career high. His Monster Energy Supercross season—three wins and second to Cooper Webb in 250SX West—represented another big leap. How far can he jump outdoors?

#44  Adam Cianciarulo 
2015: 14th
in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 3

Notes: Cianciarulo missed the final six rounds of the series due to a shoulder injury. Prior to his injury, AC scored three moto podium finishes, and his best result, a second, came in his final moto of the year. A broken wrist held him out of supercross this year so once again the former amateur superstar is in comeback mode.

#66  Arnaud Tonus 
2015: 30th in 250MX
Moto Podiums: 1

Notes: Tonus raced just one round last year—Washougal—due to illness. He scored a podium in one of the motos there! Now he is returning from a shoulder injury sustained in Monster Energy Supercross that keep him out of the final five rounds. It’s likely make-or-break time for Tonus in the U.S. this summer.

#214  Austin Forkner
2016: Rookie

Notes: The six-time Loretta Lynn Amateur National Champion makes his highly anticipated pro debut at Hangtown. Word is he’s showing the speed to match some big named riders during the week, so we’ll see if he can translate that to the races.

Additional team notes:
We’re still waiting for official word from Kawasaki, but Bowers indicated last week on DMXS Radio that the team is going to sit him out for the nationals.

CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha

#46  Luke Renzland 
2015:
19th in 250MX
Best Moto Finish: 12th

Notes: In his first full season in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross in 2015, Renzland failed to reach the top ten in any moto.

#69  Colt Nichols 
2015: Missed all of 2015

Notes: Nichols torn his ACL at the seventh round of the 2015 250SX East Region and missed the remainder of the season. This season will be his first in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, but his 250SX West campaign was a big breakthrough, as he took top tens in every round along with a podium and fifth in points.

MAD Racing/Dirt Candy Suzuki

#32  Matt Bisceglia  
2015:
8th in 250MX
Moto Top Fives: 2

Notes: After two-seasons with GEICO Honda, Bisceglia will ride outdoors with MAD Racing/Dirt Candy Suzuki. Supercross featured a podium but general inconsistency.

#492  Luke Clout
2015: Australia

Notes: The former MX2 Champion in Australia is returning from a broken femur sustained in Monster Energy Supercross. Hangtown will mark his first outdoor race in Pro Motocross.

Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki

#45  Kyle Cunningham 
2015:
17th in 450MX
Moto Top Tens: 1

Notes: Cunningham returns to the 250 Class after racing 450MX with help from SmarTop/MotoConcepts last year.

#84  Jimmy Albertson 
2015:
Missed all of 2015

Notes: Alberston missed all of last year after undergoing double shoulder surgery after supercross. His last race outdoors on a 250 was Hangtown 2007. Jimmy is generally more comfortable outdoors than in supercross.

#174  Josh Osby 
2016:
Rookie

Notes: Osby finished fifth and thirteenth respectively in 450A and 250A at Loretta Lynn’s in 2015. He was supposed to make his pro debut in 250SX East Region but was injured. He will return for the nationals.

Additional team notes:
In April, the team and Mark Worth parted ways so that he could return to amateur racing this year. Worth sustained a dislocated and fractured elbow, and a dislocated hip at the supercross season opener in practice. 

RIDE365.com/Honda Racing (Crossland Racing)

#40  Kyle Peters 
2015:
17th in 250MX
Moto Top Tens: 2

Notes: Peters had two top tens in 2015.

#212  Chase Marquier 
2015:
36th in 250MX
Best Finish: 14th

Notes: The Oklahoma native enters his full year in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. He raced the two rounds of the series after Loretta Lynn’s in 2015.

Additional team notes:
The team is currently only expected to race the first three rounds of the series.

Traders Racing Kawasaki

#48  Anthony Rodriguez 
2015: 22nd in 250MX
Moto Top Tens: 2

Notes: A-Rod missed all but three rounds of the 2015 Pro Motocross season due to injury. He went 7-6 at Hangtown last year. His supercross season was steady but not spectacular, with a season-best of sixth.

#61  Gannon Audette
2015:
30th in 450MX
Best Moto Finish: 13th

Notes: Audette raced seven rounds of the championship last year under his own effort. After filling-in at Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki in supercross, Audette moves over to Traders Racing Kawasaki for outdoors.

#73  Nick Gaines 
2015:
24th in 250MX
Best Moto Finish: 13th

Notes: Gaines is still recovering from a broken femur sustained this off-season. The hope is to return no later than High Point.

Additional team notes:
Justin Starling was signed to a supercross only contract and will not race the nationals with the team.