Pinpoint: Teams in Britain

A look at what lies ahead.

A look at what lies ahead.

There is not long to go until the gates drop at the Hawkstone International, which is typically where the British riders debut in their new colours. So, with that in mind, this seemed like an ideal time to rattle through the silly-season moves and transfers that have gone on in Britain. Do you think something is missing from this list? If so, please email lewis.phillips@mxvice.com and the necessary changes will be made.

Buildbase Honda

Jake Nicholls

MX1

Josiah Natzke

MX2

Note: Buildbase Honda will enter the new season with a very capable team and slightly new look, as they will run Alpinestars instead of Fox. This is a significant signing for Alpinestars.

Jake Nicholls will attempt to claim that elusive British title (ConwayMX)

Cab Screens Honda Racing

James Harrison

MX1

Dan Thornhill

MX1

Note: A big change for the Cab Screens effort, as they will run with support from Honda. This is actually a rather big move for Honda, as they will be extremely well-represented in Britain.

Phoenix Tools Apico Honda

Gert Krestinov

MX1

Carlton Husband

MX1

Note: Phoenix Tools Honda, which is run by Barry Moore, have picked up an additional title sponsor. Apico have now become a major part of the team. Aside from that, things will look very similar to last season.

Gert Krestinov will hope to build on his race wins from this year (ConwayMX)

Craig Motorcycles

Jake Millward

MX2

Note: After splitting from the Verde Sports KTM team, Jake Millward found a new home aboard a CRF250R. The AX Tour is where he'll make his debut.

Dave Thorpe Honda Adventure Centre

Josh Gilbert

MX2

Note: Josh Gilbert will head into the outdoor season with momentum on his side, following a victory at the international Coupe de L'Avenir event. Gilbert is due a breakthrough performance on home soil.

Hitachi KTM Racing

Graeme Irwin

MX1

Conrad Mewse

MX2

Note: A strong effort from the Hitachi KTM Racing squad, who will actually receive some help from the factory this year. Pulling Conrad Mewse back into Britain is a massive bonus for the series and fans.

Graeme Irwin has taken the number one plate over to Hitachi KTM Racing (ConwayMX)

Verde Substance KTM

Brad Anderson

MX1

Todd Kellett

MX2

Note: Brad Anderson will contest the full EMX300 series again and be joined in Europe by Todd Kellett, who will follow the EMX250 schedule. Kellett is currently unable to ride, due to injuries sustained before Christmas, but may make it back in time for round one.

REVO Husqvarna

Mel Pocock

MX2

Martin Barr

MX2

Dylan Woodcock

MX2

Note: An extremely strong trio for the relatively-new REVO Husqvarna team. Mel Pocock and Martin Barr will undoubtedly contend for race wins in MX2, whilst Dylan Woodcock will bring some additional exposure.

Mel Pocock will be a favourite in the fight for the MX2 title (ConwayMX)

Apico Husqvarna

Stuart Edmonds

MX1

Matt Burrows

MX1

Note: Stuart Edmonds was a late addition to the Apico Husqvarna team. It remains to be seen what Jamie Law, who rode for the team last year, is going to do when the new season begins.

Geartec Husqvarna

Elliott Banks-Browne

MX1

Luke Norris

MX1

Note: It seems as though the Geartec Husqvarna team are entering the new season under the radar, for whatever reason, but they could certainly surprise fans. Elliott Banks-Browne is capable of taking wins whenever he lines up.

Elliott Banks-Browne tends to be underrated by onlookers (ConwayMX)

Manchester Motorcycles

Mickey Eccles

MX2

Note: Mickey Eccles finally found a deal for the upcoming season and could breakthrough int the MX2 class. He'll certainly be one to watch.

RMJ Academy Husqvarna

Ashley Wilde

MX1

Note: Something that is certainly worth noting is that Ashley Wilde will ride a two-stroke. With that in mind, expect him to become very popular over the next twelve months.

SJPMoto Husqvarna

Rob Davidson

MX1

Jordan Eccles

MX2

Note: Rob Davidson was actually extremely impressive last season. He'll face a stacked field in the premier class this year, but could surprise again.

Ashley Wilde is poised to gain a lot more fans this season (ConwayMX)

RFX Crescent Yamaha

Jake Shipton

MX1

Nathan Dixon

MX1

Henry Williams

MX2

Note: RFX have joined forces with Crescent Yamaha ahead of the new season. Ben Clark and Joel Rizzi will also be on the team, as well as the riders listed above.

Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha

Ryan Houghton

MX1

Kristian Whatley

MX1

Robbie Dowson

MX2

Note: Rob Hooper will return next year with a very strong team. Kristian Whatley will hope to uncover his form from yesteryear, now that he is back on a Yamaha, and be joined by another very capable rider, Ryan Houghton.

Kristian Whatley is the ultimate wildcard in the MX1 division (ConwayMX)

I-Fly JK Yamaha

Ivo Monticelli

MX1

Anton Gole

MX2

Brad Todd

MX2

Note: Brad Todd and Ivo Monticelli will certainly race in Britain, along with Manuel Iacopi in the two-stroke division. It remains to be seen what Anton Gole will do, but it seems that he may appear for a round or two.

HCR Apico Yamaha

Tom Grimshaw

MX2

Brad Todd is currently injured, but should be ready for round one (ConwayMX)

Bike It DRT Kawasaki

Tommy Searle

MX1

Darian Sanayei

MX2

Note: Tommy Searle will strive to reclaim his crown and may even be joined by Darian Sanayei this time. When we last spoke to a source at Kawasaki, they stated that a decision had not been made about Sanayei just yet.

Kawasaki Team Green

Lewis Hall

MX2

Note: Following a successful term in the feeder class, Lewis Hall is expected to step up to MX2 this year. There is a lot of hype around the youngster.

Lewis Hall will move into the professional ranks for the first time (ConwayMX)

Lombard Express Suzuki

Evgeny Bobryshev

MX1

Note: Evgeny Bobryshev will act as a massive boost for the domestic series and Lombard Express Suzuki. It is unknown if there will be an additional rider on this team, but there is no doubt that all attention will be on the former Grand Prix winner.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

Best Of
Channels
Latest