Stat Sheet: British Transfers

Thursday 1st December 2016
10:01am GMT

Your silly season fix!

Intrigue fills the months of October and November each year, as fans move away from the tracks and turn their attention to who'll be going where for the following season. Press releases tend to filter through quite quickly from teams in the MXGP and American series, but those restricted to Britain have always been harder to follow as some struggle to grasp the traditional method of communicating their plans. We have been asking around, however, and managed to put everything we know, including some rumours, into this.

Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki

Tommy Searle

MX1

Vsevolod Brylyakov

MX2

Darian Sanayei

MX2

Note: Although Tommy Searle stated that it was up in the air whether he would be racing in Britain a couple of weeks ago, it now seems that the team will be present at each Maxxis British Championship round. You'd presume that Vsevolod Brylyakov won't race due to the visa complications that sidelined him this year, but Darian Sanayei would be a welcome addition to the MX2 class. James Cottrell, who rode for the team this year, has retired. There is a chance of him turning up to the odd round on a Husqvarna 350F, but he has made the tough decision to walk away and move onto pastures new.

Dyer and Butler Kawasaki

Steven Lenoir

MX1

Liam Knight

MX2

Taylor Hammal

MX2

Note: Dyer and Butler will experience a change of colour, but retain the services of their three riders. Taylor Hammal will jump up and join Liam Knight in MX2, as he did at the final two rounds this year.

VSMX Kawasaki

Ben Butler

MX1

Tommy Searle will lead Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki into action again (Ray Archer)

Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM

Jake Nicholls

MX1

Ben Watson

MX2

TBC

MX2

Note: Like last year, the Hitachi Construction Machinery team are a little late with their announcements. The team will return to KTM though, following the demise of Steve Turner's outfit, and are expected to sign New Zealander Josiah Natzke. James Dunn will not return to the team.

Verde Sports KTM

Brad Anderson

MX1

Jake Millward

MX2

Note: No change at Verde Sports KTM, but they will be venturing into Europe with Brad Anderson. Anderson will be piloting a KTM in the EMX300 series alongside his domestic duties.

RFX KTM

Ashley Wilde

MX1

Nathan Dixon

MX2

Henry Williams

MX2

Joel Rizzi

MXY2

Pat Gilligan

MXY2

MVR-D Fuel10K Husqvarna

Kristian Whatley

MX1

TBC

MX1

Jordan Booker

MX2

Note: Although "personal issues" sidelined Kristian Whatley through the latter part of the season, it was confirmed that Buildbase Honda would stick behind him. It has now been confirmed that he'll be moving onto pastures new, however, with the MVR-D squad. The second MX1 rider could end up being Harri Kullas, if rumours are to be believed.

Elliott Banks-Browne and Kristian Whatley will strengthen Husqvarna's presence (Ray Archer)

Geartec Husqvarna

Elliott Banks-Browne

MX1

Luke Norris

MX2

Jordan Moxey

MX2

Revo Husqvarna

Mel Pocock

MX2

Jamie Carpenter

MX2

Note: Revo split from Roger Magee to form their own effort, which will consist of Mel Pocock and Jamie Carpenter (the MXY2 champion).  The team will compete in the Maxxis British Championship, Michelin MX Nationals and select rounds of the EMX250 series.

Cab Screens LiuGong Husqvarna

Dan Thornhill

MX1

James Harrison

MX1

Josh Coleman

MX2

Manchester MC Husqvarna

Josh Spinks

TBC

Note: Josh Spinks has finally found a home for next year, but it remains to be seen what class he'll contest. ‘180' appears to be leaning towards the 250F.

St Blazey S.J.Hodder Husqvarna

Todd Kellett

MX2

TBC

TBC

Apico Husqvarna

Jamie Law

MX1

Matt Burrows

MX1

Note: In the team manager's own words, they are "carrying on the Apico Husqvarna team from last year" with this set-up.

Lewis Tombs unfortunately has no plans for next year just yet (Ray Archer)

SJP Racing Husqvarna

Rob Davidson

MX1

Tom Neal

MX2

Dexter Douglas

MXY2

Planet Advanced Racing Suspension Husqvarna

Brad Todd

MX2

Jay Hague

MX2

Buildbase Honda

Graeme Irwin

MX1

Martin Barr

MX2

Note: Buildbase Honda will be cutting back somewhat, as they go from four riders to two. Where will Lewis Trickett end up? He's potentially looking at a year away from racing, as the injuries that he has sustained in recent years need sufficient time to heal.

Phoenix Tools Honda

Gert Krestinov

MX1

Carlton Husband

MX2

ASA Scaffolding Race Team

Mitchell Lewis

TBC

Note: Details on the new ASA Scaffolding team are sparse, but Mitchell Lewis is expected to represent the squad. It sounds as though they'll be a Honda team, although that is yet to be confirmed.

Heads & All Threads Suzuki

Kevin Wouts

MX1

TBC

TBC

Note: Neil Prince has confirmed exclusively that Kevin Wouts will represent the team in MX1 next year, but there is also still a chance that he'll add a second guy. Rumours have surfaced that Ken de Dycker could end up here.

Crescent Yamaha

Jake Shipton

MX1

TBC

TBC

Note: Rob Hooper joins forces with the guys from Crescent on this team. It hasn't been made public knowledge who (if anyone) will join Jake Shipton beneath the tent.

I-Fly JK Yamaha

Ryan Houghton

MX1

James Dunn

MX2

Note: Ryan Houghton will fill the spot left by Alex Snow, who is looking at a move to enduro. Houghton could end up doing as many as six MXGP rounds.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Image: Ray Archer


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