Analysis: 2021 Contracts

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The world is strange at the moment and that’s not exactly breaking news. When (or if) the FIM Motocross World Championship resumes, riders will be catapulted into the part of year where they would typically be talking about deals for the following year. Who is actually in need of a new deal for 2021? Who already has a deal in place? Here’s a look at the situation that those in the premier-class points find themselves in.

#84: Jeffrey Herlings signed a contract with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad in February, which will take him through to the end of the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship. There is a good chance that he will pack it in at the end of that season.

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#243: Tim Gajser signed a new contract a year and a half ago, which will expire at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. It is unlikely that he will go anywhere else though and, yes, he is going to stay in Europe. Nothing will change here.

#222: Antonio Cairoli needs a new deal! The contract that he has with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing is going to run out at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, but he wants to keep racing. Expect him to stay put with Claudio De Carli.

#25: Clement Desalle re-signed with the Monster Energy KRT squad at the end of the previous season, but it was only a one-year deal and he has to renegotiate before the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship. Desalle will turn thirty-one in May, so should keep running.

#21: Gautier Paulin could be hunting for a new contract once the Grand Prix season kicks off again, as his deal with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP is thought to expire at the end of this year. MX Vice is awaiting confirmation.

#259: Glenn Coldenhoff signed a two-year deal with Standing Construct KTM (at the time) that will run out at the end of this year. There is no way that he will go anywhere else – that would be so surprising. It would not be a shock if he has already extended.

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#27: Arminas Jasikonis signed a new deal at the end of the previous season, but it was a one-year extension. This is going to be an intriguing one to follow once the series starts up again – Jasikonis is off to a very good start on the FC 450 though.

#61: Jorge Prado signed a huge deal in the middle of last year and is going to be orange for the foreseeable. Prado will finish his current deal with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at the end of 2023, so the same time as Jeffrey Herlings.

#91: Jeremy Seewer is locked into a deal with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing until the end of 2021, so he will continue to be the lead rider in blue. There is nothing to see here! Wilvo will continue to run that factory operation as well.

#89: Jeremy Van Horebeek is on a year-to-year deal with Honda SR Motoblouz, so will have to renegotiate. It would be a surprise to see Van Horebeek go elsewhere though – he is tight with those guys and why they are in the Grand Prix paddock.

#43: Mitch Evans is on a one-year deal, which is pretty surprising, but it is safe to assume that HRC will lock him up in a multi-year deal now. It would not be a surprise if the deal is done or close to being at that point. Hey, at least he can get a pay rise!

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#24: Shaun Simpson is probably in a multi-year deal with SS24, huh? If SS24 does not re-sign Simpson then, well, who knows. This is all obviously a joke – he is going to stick with his own team.

#41: Pauls Jonass will reach the end of his deal at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, which is really interesting. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing are completely up on the MXGP side, and there are clearly other high-profile stars they can go for.

#29: Henry Jacobi entered the premier division with the SM Action Yamaha outfit, but that contract was a one-year deal for the current Grand Prix term. Jacobi has already made enough of a statement to be sought after for the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship.

#189: Brian Bogers is currently working through the first year of his contract with Marchetti KTM and could actually return for the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship. There is a second-year option in his deal, which could make things easier.

#4: Arnaud Tonus is expected to reach the end of his current deal at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. MX Vice is awaiting confirmation from Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP on this one.

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#747: Michele Cervellin is off to a solid start with SDM Corse Yamaha and does not have too much to worry about. Although he is on a one-year deal currently, he does have a second-year option on his contract with the Italian team.

#6: Benoit Paturel has a one-year contract with the new JM Racing Honda outfit, but there is an option in his deal for 2021. Paturel has ridden well thus far – even though there has only been a small sample size – so it would not be surprising if he stays put. 

#777: Evgeny Bobryshev joined PAR Homes RFX Racing Husqvarna in the off-season prior to the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, but the deal was a one-year thing. Bobryshev will be on the market again at the end of the season.

#152: Petar Petrov joined the new look VRT Nordpesca KTM squad prior to the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, but it was just a one-year contract. Petrov is another guy who will be shopping for a deal in the off-season, whenever that may be.

#128: Ivo Monticelli signed a new deal at the end of the previous term, hence why he is still sat underneath the Standing Construct awning. That was just a one-year deal though and he is therefore up again this year, much like his teammate.

#77: Alessandro Lupino managed to stay on the Gebben Van Venrooy team for this year, as he already had a contract in place before the talk about switching to Yamaha had even begun. The deal is up at the end of this year though.

#92: Valentin Guillod is in the same boat as Jeremy Van Horebeek – the contract with Honda SR Motoblouz is just for this year at the moment. There is more pressure on Guillod, as he has already fallen out of Grands Prix once.

#911: Jordi Tixier has bounced around so much in the last couple of years that looking ahead to 2021 is just too much of a stretch at this point. It is likely that he is going to make his own team for the Grand Prix series though, so doing a deal will not be an issue. 

#7: Tanel Leok will be with the A1M Husqvarna outfit for as long as he continues to do the Grand Prix series, which may be forever at this rate. Nothing to see here.

#321: Samuele Bernardini is currently competing for the Italian Ghidinelli Yamaha outfit, but his contact is going to expire at the end of the current term. It is fairly typical for guys on lower-tier teams to work on a year-by-year basis. 

#811: Adam Sterry has a one-year contract with JD Gunnex Racing, so he will be free to shop around at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Sterry could be another one who receives interest if he can prove himself.

#10: Calvin Vlaanderen is only on a one-year deal with the Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha, so is going to be open to talk to teams about 2021. Vlaanderen could potentially be hot property once he gets going – there is no doubt he is worth a swing.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

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