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

TBC

MXGP

Note: This is rather obvious. HSF are now heavily sponsoring HRC and their team has gone away, so which MX2 graduate could potentially land next to Tim Gajser?

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 Evgeny Bobryshev. Petar Petrov has also been linked to a Honda seat of some kind.

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 a recent press release indicated that would not be the case. The rider in question, who took his first podium finish this year, should land on a Honda anyway.

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.

24MX Honda

TBC

MXGP

TBC

MXGP

Note: One would presume that the 24MX team would return with Damon Graulus and just compete in the European events. Nothing has been made official at this time though.

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.

8Biano Racing Husqvarna

Iker Larranaga Olano

MX2

TBC

MX2

Note: The 8Biano Racing Husqvarna team will just focus on MX2 next year. Iker Larranaga Olano is confirmed, but their second rider will be announced shortly.

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!

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

Marchetti Racing KTM

Jose Butron

MXGP

Morgan Lesiardo

MX2

Hitachi KTM UK

TBC

MX1

TBC

MX2

TBC

MX2

Note: Hitachi KTM UK are expected to announced their plans at the end of the month, but rumours suggest that they will have three new riders beneath their awning next year.

Jordi Tixier is linked to a new team that hasn't been unveiled (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: It remains to be seen who will join Stephen Rubini on the Silver Action KTM team.

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

TBC

MX2

Note: Some reports suggest that DRT Kawasaki will enter next year with just two riders, but then rumours about Brent Van Doninck landing here are hovering around.

Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki

Alessandro Lupino

MXGP

Maxime Desprey

MXGP

F&H Racing Kawasaki

Adam Sterry

MX2

Ruben Fernandez

MX2

TBC

MX2

Note: Adam Sterry has signed a two-year deal with this team and will compete in the full FIM Motocross World Championship alongside Ruben Fernandez. A third rider will be added to this team shortly.

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

TBC

MX2

Note: This one is already known, right? We’ll wait for the official announcement to place the name here, as it is coming soon.

iFly JK Yamaha

Ivo Monticelli

MXGP

TBC

MX2

Note: iFly JK Yamaha will announce what they have called a big signing for their MX2 berth soon. 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.

It remains to be seen what Brent Van Doninck will do in 2018 (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 has not yet been confirmed.

Yamaha SM Action

Simone Furlotti

MX2

Alvin Ostlund

MX2

Note: Simone Furlotti will enter the FIM Motocross World Championship with this team next year. Alvin Ostlund is expected to join him.

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

TM Factory Racing

TBC

MXGP

Samuele Bernardini

MX2

Note: Max Nagl is heavily linked to a spot on TM Factory Racing, but it remains to be seen whether it will be beneath the same awning as Samuele Bernardini.

Suzuki World MXGP

TBC

TBC

Note: The biggest question mark on this list. The Suzuki World MX2 outfit has gone, but it remains to be seen what will come of the Suzuki World MXGP team. It will certainly not operate in the same form as this season, but what will happen to Jeremy Seewer and Arminas Jasikonis? Seewer reportedly has the option to head to JGR in America, but it is far from confirmed.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Ray Archer

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