Pinpoint: Teams in America

Details that you must know

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It can be difficult to navigate the winter months without missing a single piece of motocross news. In fact, it is almost guaranteed that you skipped over an announcement from a smaller team. So, with that in mind, here is a list of significant teams ahead of the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium. There are also titbits of information, such as who will be riding on what coast.

Red Bull KTM

Broc Tickle

450SX

Marvin Musquin

450SX

Note: The Red Bull KTM outfit has shrunk in size, as they have gone from three riders to just two. Broc Tickle is a new signing, of course, and Marvin Musquin still has another two years left on his current contract.

Marvin Musquin has another two seasons left on his contract (KTM Images/Simon Cudby)

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM

Blake Baggett

450SX

Benny Bloss

450SX

Dakota Alix

250SX

Anthony Rodriguez

250SX

Note: Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM have jumped into the 250SX division for the new season, as they will field both Dakota Alix and Anthony Rodriguez on the smaller bikes. Alix will race 250SX West and line up this weekend.

Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM

Shane McElrath

250SX

Jordon Smith

250SX

Sean Cantrell

250SX

Alex Martin

250SX

Note: It feels as though Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM have flown beneath the radar this off-season, for whatever reason. Shane McElrath and Alex Martin are expected to tackle the 250SX West division for the squad.

Shane McElrath is a proven title contender in 250SX West (KTM Images/Simon Cudby)

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Jason Anderson

450SX

Dean Wilson

450SX

Zach Osborne

250SX

Mitchell Harrison

250SX

Michael Mosiman

250SX

Note: The new Rockstar Edition FC 450 will garner some attention, as both Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson will pilot that from now on. Mitchell Harrison, a new signing, will contest 250SX West, so the team will have four riders beneath the awning on the east coast.

Zach Osborne will defend his 250SX East title later this year (Husqvarna/Simon Cudby)

CR22 Husqvarna Racing

Chad Reed

450SX

Note: Not much is known about Chad Reed’s effort, except for the fact that it will be a privateer Husqvarna and on a much smaller scale than TwoTwo Motorsports. Reed is expected to announce his sponsors and partners in the coming days.

Monster Energy Kawasaki

Eli Tomac

450SX

Josh Grant

450SX

Note: No changes at Monster Energy Kawasaki, as they will enter the new season with the same riders and structure as the year before. Eli Tomac is arguably the favourite for the 450SX title.

Eli Tomac is arguably the favourite to claim the 450SX crown (Monster Energy Media/Octopi)

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Joey Savatgy

250SX

Martin Davalos

250SX

Austin Forkner

250SX

Adam Cianciarulo

250SX

Note: Adam Cianciarulo appears to be penciled in for the 250SX West class, but there is some confusion about who will join him. It initially seemed that Martin Davalos would line up this weekend. Our correspondent in the United States, Steve Matthes, is now reporting that Joey Savatgy is heading to Anaheim 1 though.

Honda HRC

Ken Roczen

450SX

Cole Seely

450SX

Note: Much like Monster Energy Kawasaki, there are not too many changes at Honda HRC. It does seem as though Roczen will run Showa suspension, rather than KYB, and switch back to Fox gear though.

Cole Seely is certainly capable of claiming multiple race wins (Honda Racing Corporation)

GEICO Honda

Jeremy Martin

250SX

RJ Hampshire

250SX

Chase Sexton

250SX

Cameron McAdoo

250SX

Christian Craig

250SX

Note: Christian Craig and Chase Sexton will be racing in the 250SX West class, then the rest will contest 250SX East. Jeremy Martin will race the first three 450SX rounds to prepare for that championship.

Smartop MCR Honda

Justin Brayton

450SX

Jake Weimer

450SX

Vince Friese

450SX

Note: Justin Brayton and Vince Friese return to MotoConcepts, but will be joined by Jake Weimer. Weimer sustained a long list of injuries in October, much to the dismay of his fans, but appears to be on track to be on the line at Anaheim 1. It is worth noting that he is not on the pre-entry list at the moment though, despite the fact that his teammates are.

Jake Weimer finally has a firm 450SX deal in place with MCR (Monster Energy Media/Octopi)

AutoTrader Yoshimura Suzuki

Weston Peick

450SX

Justin Bogle

450SX

Justin Hill

250SX

Kyle Peters

250SX

Phil Nicoletti

250SX

Jimmy Decotis

250SX

Note: JGR are now the official Suzuki team in the United States and will field a stacked team. Justin Hill, the defending 250SX West champion, will line up at Anaheim 1, alongside Phil Nicoletti. Kyle Peters was initially slated to ride on that coast, but banged himself up in pre-season training.

Kyle Peters returns to JGR for a full 250SX East campaign (Monster Energy Media/Octopi)

Nut Up LVN100 Suzuki

Josh Hansen

450SX

Matt Bisceglia

450SX

Note: A new Suzuki team in the paddock. Josh Hansen put together this team with the help of an old friend, Kenny Watson, and then found room for Matt Bisceglia.

H.E.P Motorsports Suzuki

Henry Miller

450SX

Dustin Pipes

450SX

Kyle Cunningham

450SX

Tallon Lafountaine

250SX

Note: Henry Miller is currently out injured and no return date has been set, so it remains to be when he’ll debut for H.E.P Motorsports Suzuki. Talon Lafountaine will be in the 250SX West division.

Monster Energy Knich Yamaha

Cooper Webb

450SX

Davi Millsaps

450SX

Justin Barcia

450SX

Note: Justin Barcia is only supposed to ride for this team at the first six rounds, as he is filling in for the injured Davi Millsaps, but it is extremely likely that his deal will last for longer than that. There is still no timeline on when Millsaps can start riding again.

Cooper Webb will become a free agent at the end of this year (Monster Energy Media/Octopi)

Monster Energy Yamalube Star Yamaha

Aaron Plessinger

250SX

Dylan Ferrandis

250SX

Justin Cooper

250SX

Colt Nichols

250SX

Mitchell Oldenburg

250SX

Note: Colt Nichols sustained a broken upper arm recently, so will join Dylan Ferrandis and Justin Cooper on the east coast. Aaron Plessinger and Mitchell Oldenburg will line up this weekend.

Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha

Alex Ray

450SX

Bradley Taft

250SX

Brandon Hartranft

250SX

Note: Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha return with two new riders. This is quite the step up for Alex Ray, who has been working closely with Davi Millsaps through the off-season.

51Fifty Energy Drink Yamaha

Kyle Chisholm

250SX

Hayden Mellross

250SX

Note: Hayden Mellross returns to the 51Fifty team for the third year in succession and will be joined by a new teammate, Kyle Chisholm. Both riders will be in the 250SX West class.

Plenty of satellite squads will tackle 250SX West once again. (KTM Images/Simon Cudby)

Traders Racing Yamaha

Luke Renzland

250SX

Jayce Pennington

250SX

Note: Luke Renzland and Jayce Pennington will contest the 250SX East division. Pennington sustained a broken scaphoid a month ago, but expects to make it back for round one.

IB Corp Racing Yamaha

Justin Hoeft

250SX

Martin Castelo

250SX

Michael Leib

250SX

Note: IB Corp ran a competition to determine who their third rider would be and Michael Leib won! These three will be on the line at Anaheim 1.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi

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