Before social media, fans had to wait for the pre-season internationals to see riders aboard their new steeds for the first time. Those days are gone, however, as we are just a couple of weeks into the off-season and most riders have already revealed their new look! Part one of this feature was so incredibly popular that we just had to release another part.
Hunter Lawrence: Hunter Lawrence is undoubtedly one of the hottest talents in MXGP, so most were eager to see some footage of him aboard his new steed. The Australian, who has signed a deal with 114 Motorsports Honda for his final season in Europe, looks completely different to what he did this year. He'll wear Shift gear and Fox helmets, but run an Airoh helmet with 100% goggles. Rumours also suggest that Monster Energy will be involved in some way.
Jed Beaton: Jed Beaton enjoyed a brief break in Australia, but is now back in Europe and getting to grips with his F&H Kawasaki. It seems that, just as we reported last week, the entire team will wear Leatt gear, Arai helmets, Scott goggles and TCX boots. Who will his teammates be? Adam Sterry, who you can see in part one, and Ruben Fernandez.
Alessandro Lupino: Alessandro Lupino signed a deal with Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki earlier this year and is putting his machine through its paces in Belgium currently. Lupino has also switched from Circuit gear to UFO and now runs an Airoh helmet instead of AGV. It is all changing within the paddock! It was actually quite surprising to see him move on from Assomotor Honda, because of that Italian connection.
Freek van der Vlist: Freek van der Vlist has made quite a few changes for next year, as he'll drop down to the EMX250 division with Carglass Honda. Some parts of his programme will stay the same, however, as he'll sport the same helmets, boots and goggles as he did this year. The FXR gear, on the other hand, is new.
Davy Pootjes: Davy Pootjes has moved onto his third team in three years, but will still have Austrian machinery between his legs. Although he'll be familiar with his steed, he'll look different from head to toe. Acerbis gear, Just 1 goggles, a Just 1 helmet and Alpinestars boots make up his new look.
Morgan Lesiardo: Morgan Lesiardo has a new machine beneath him now, like most of the riders on this list, after signing with the Marchetti KTM outfit. Lesiardo is still running UFO gear and a UFO helmet, along with Scott goggles, but appears to have signed a deal with Forma boots for the new season. It was actually not too long ago that he piloted a KTM, as he rode one for the Maggiora Park team before getting picked up by Monster Energy KRT MX2 in May.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Suzuki Racing