In a surprising move, Bud Racing/Monster Energy Kawasaki and Ryan Surratt have parted ways just weeks prior to the opening round of Monster Energy Supercross. Surratt, along with former-GEICO Honda rider Tristan Charboneau, were signed in October to compete in the 2017 250SX West Region as well as the FIM World Motocross Championship EMX250 Class for the French-based team.
According to a press release sent out by the team today, “the team and Ryan have preferred to part ways to take different direction for both parties.” Surratt, son of former pro racer Willie Surratt, was expected to make his pro debut at Anaheim 1 with the team.
The team has signed Michigan native Marshal Weltin to replace Surratt. Weltin turned pro at the Unadilla National in 2015 and rode as a privateer in 2016 with some help from Justin Barcia.
Charboneau is still a member of the team and will make his debut at Anaheim. It will mark his first career supercross race.