Dissected: MXGP Teams

Team changes for the new season.

Team changes for the new season.

The FIM Motocross World Championship may have wrapped up just a handful of weeks ago, but focus is already turning to the new season. Contracts are currently being finalised and riders are in the process of switching machinery.

With that in mind, it seems like the perfect time to put together this annual list of confirmed deals for the new season and also chuck some rumours around. This is an initial list and will gradually grow over time. Some of the smaller teams, who are not yet featured, have been contacted for further information about their plans. If you have something to add, email lewis.phillips@mxvice.com and this will be included.

Team HRC

Tim Gajser

MXGP

Brian Bogers

MXGP

Calvin Vlaanderen

MX2

Note: It is also worth noting that Team HRC have picked up a major sponsor for next year in the form of HSF Logistics

Honda Red Moto

TBC

MXGP

TBC

MXGP

Note: No confirmation from the team, also referred to as Assomotor, yet, but it is thought that this is a potential landing spot for Arminas Jasikonis. Pictures recently surfaced of Petar Petrov aboard a Honda and whilst some believe that they do not offer any indication of the team that he'll be on, those with a keen eye will not a small RedMoto logo on the back mudguard. It is extremely likely he'll be on this team.

Vaessen will join Lancelot's team for his second year in MX2 (Suzuki Racing)

114 Motorsports Honda

Bas Vaessen

MX2

Hunter Lawrence

MX2

Note: Initial rumours suggested that a third rider would land on this team, but that will not be the case after all.

Carglass Honda

Freek van der Vlist

EMX250

TBC

EMX250

Note: The Carglass Honda team are very close to naming their second EMX250 rider, which will be a hit with British fans. They are unsure what they are going to do in the MXGP division.

Martin Racing Technology

Michele Cervellin

MX2

Max Anstie should experience a lot more of this next season (Husqvarna Images/J.P Acevedo)

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Gautier Paulin

MXGP

Max Anstie

MXGP

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Thomas Covington

MX2

Thomas Kjer Olsen

MX2

Note: The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing outfits will strip back to two riders next year, after running three in each class this season.

Both Husqvarna riders will expect to fight for the MX2 title in 2018 (Husqvarna/J.P Acevedo)

8Biano Racing Husqvarna

Iker Larranaga Olano

MX2

Brent Van Doninck

MX2

Note: The 8Biano Racing Husqvarna team will just focus on MX2 next year. Tanel Leok will run a Husqvarna at the European rounds from a private team, but it remains to  be seen what Rui Goncalves is going to do.

STC Racing Husqvarna

Henry Jacobi

MX2

TBC

MX2

TBC

MX2

Note: The STC Racing outfit were restricted to the European rounds this year. However, they have now partnered up with Sturm Racing and will be racing the full FIM Motocross World Championship. Two riders will sit alongside Jacobi in the MX2 category and there will also be two EMX250 riders.

Privateer Husqvarna

Tanel Leok

MXGP

Note: Tanel Leok will be at the European rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship and work from beneath his own awning.

SKS Husqvarna

Lars van Berkel

MXGP

Note: It remains to be seen what rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship Lars van Berkel will compete in.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Antonio Cairoli

MXGP

Jeffrey Herlings

MXGP

Glenn Coldenhoff

MXGP

Pauls Jonass

MX2

Jorge Prado

MX2

Pauls Jonass will shoot for KTM's third MX2 title in succession (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

Standing Construct KTM

Valentin Guillod

MXGP

TBC

MXGP

Note: Kevin Strijbos is expected to be named as the second rider at Standing Construct KTM. When will that happen? It seems that a lot of Suzuki contracts expire on December 1st.

Marchetti Racing KTM

Jose Butron

MXGP

Morgan Lesiardo

MX2

Hitachi KTM UK

Graeme Irwin

MXGP

Conrad Mewse

MX2

Note: Hitachi KTM UK finally announced their plans at the Dirt Bike Show and there was a pleasant surprise: The squad will receive some factory support. It also seems that ASA Scaffolding will have a large presence on the bikes, but it remains to be seen if that'll be as a title sponsor or not.

Jordi Tixier will lead the all-new BOS KTM team into action (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

CreyMert Racing

TBC

MX2

Kevin Horgmo

EMX250

Note: The CreyMert outfit will have an MX2 rider, who will compete in the European rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship, but even they do not know who it will be yet.

Silver Action KTM

Stephen Rubini

MX2

Note: Mahi Villanueva Sanchez will race in EMX250 for Silver Action KTM, Gianluca Facchetti will be in EMX125 and Amandine Verstappen is scheduled to partake in WMX.

Stephen Rubini last raced a Silver Action KTM in 2016 (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

VHR KTM

David Herbreteau

MX2

Note: David Herbreteau is expected to compete in all of the European rounds. It remains to be seen if he'll have a teammate on VHR KTM.

BOS Suspension KTM

Jordi Tixier

MXGP

Benoit Paturel

MXGP

Note: BOS Suspension were linked to Evgeny Bobryshev, but eventually signed Benoit Paturel to fill their second seat.

LRT KTM

Davy Pootjes

MX2

Note: BOS KTM have made no secret about their desire to run two riders in MXGP and the latest rumours have Evgeny Bobryshev landing here.

Note: The LRT KTM set-up will stick around with Davy Pootjes. Pootjes will stick to a similar programme to what Julien Lieber was on.

Monster Energy KRT

Clement Desalle

MXGP

Julien Lieber

MXGP

Clement Desalle enters year one of a two-year deal with KRT (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

DRT Kawasaki

Tommy Searle

MXGP

Darian Sanayei

MX2

F&H Racing Kawasaki

Adam Sterry

MX2

Ruben Fernandez

MX2

Jed Beaton

MX2

Note: Marc de Reuver will train Ruben Fernandez and Jed Beaton. Adam Sterry, on the other hand, will continue to work with the RMJ Academy.

Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki

Alessandro Lupino

MXGP

Maxime Desprey

MXGP

Bud Racing Kawasaki

Brian Hsu

MX2

Note: Bud Racing will return to the MX2 class with Brian Hsu, but also have Brian Strubhart-Moreau and Pierre Goupillon will feature in EMX250. Benoit Paturel is currently piloting a 250F for the team, but that is just a supercross-only deal and not really relevant to the MXGP series.

Monster Energy Yamaha

Romain Febvre

MXGP

Jeremy Van Horebeek

MXGP

Romain Febvre is entering year two of his three-year contract (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

Kemea Yamaha

Vsevolod Brylyakov

MX2

Jago Geerts

MX2

Ben Watson

MX2

iFly JK Yamaha

Ivo Monticelli

MXGP

Anton Gole

MX2

Note: Tim Edberg, Jaydon Murphy and Brad Todd will represent the squad in EMX250. Adam Kovaks will ride in EMX125, Manuel Iacopi will be in EMX300 and Kathryn Booth will join Lynn Valk in WMX.

Brent Van Doninck will sit alongside Iker Larranaga Olano next year (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)
Wilvo Yamaha MXGP

Shaun Simpson

MXGP

Arnaud Tonus

MXGP

Note: There were rumours that this team could add a third slot for an MX2 graduate, but that will not be announced until the beginning of December at the earliest.

Yamaha SM Action

Simone Furlotti

MX2

Alvin Ostlund

MX2

Note: Simone Furlotti will enter the FIM Motocross World Championship with this team next year and Alvin Ostlund will join him. The pair will contest all of the MX2 rounds, then Maxime Renaux and Alessandro Manucci will be in EMX250.

Alvin Ostlund has found a home on a smaller team (Yamaha Racing)

Ceres 71 Racing Yamaha

Milko Potisek

MXGP

Simone Zecchina

MXGP

TM Factory Racing

Max Nagl

MXGP

Samuele Bernardini

MX2

Suzuki World MXGP

N/A

N/A

Note: The biggest question mark on this list. Suzuki have withdrawn their MXGP and MX2 teams from the series, but thankfully a lot of the riders have found deals. It remains to be seen what Arminas Jasikonis will do, however, but it does seem as though he has something in the pipeline. Stefan Everts also spoke exclusively about Suzuki's decision to step away.

24MX Honda

N/A

N/A

Note: 24MX Honda recently announced that they will not be returning to the MXGP paddock for the new season. Ken De Dycker retired earlier this year, so does not need a new ride, but it remains to be seen what Damon Graulus will do.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer

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