Dissected: Silly Season

It’s an odd time, this. A majority of the high-profile deals for next year are done, but very few have been made public knowledge. We have compiled this list, however, to give you a solid base to start silly season with. Here are the confirmed full-factory teams for the 2017 season, excluding the EMX250 guys, as well as a few rumours. The satellite teams will be added to a separate list in the coming weeks, but the domino effect means not a lot is finalised there.

Red Bull KTM

Antonio Cairoli

MXGP

Glenn Coldenhoff

MXGP

Jeffrey Herlings

MXGP

Pauls Jonass

MX2

Jorge Prado

MX2

Davy Pootjes

MX2

Note: Antonio Cairoli returns for another year of his multi-year deal, whilst Glenn Coldenhoff enters the final year of his contract. Although Jeffrey Herlings will be on the same equipment as those two, he is not expected to be beneath the same awning and it sounds most likely that he’ll stick beneath the MX2 tent that he currently works from. Rumours suggest that he could be placed with with the HSF Logistics team. It seems that, either way, one of the guys above will end up there.

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Glenn Coldenhoff will get another shot with Red Bull KTM next year.

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Suzuki World MXGP

Kevin Strijbos

MXGP

Arminas Jasikonis

MXGP

Note: It was announced last week that Arminas Jasikonis is no longer just a fill-in rider, as he’ll complete the full 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar from beneath the Suzuki World MXGP awning. Kevin Strijbos will enter the final year of his contract.

Suzuki World MX2

Jeremy Seewer

MX2

Bas Vaessen

MX2

Hunter Lawrence

MX2

Note: Hunter Lawrence will move from green to yellow next year and become the second MX2 rookie on this team. What will happen to Brian Hsu? It sounds like he is heading Stateside with Suzuki.

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Jeremy Seewer will hope to take Suzuki World MX2 to a title in 2017.

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Monster Energy KRT

Clement Desalle

MXGP

Jordi Tixier

MXGP

Note: Clement Desalle and Jordi Tixier already had deals for 2017, so there will be no changes beneath the Monster Energy KRT awning. They are not expected to add a third rider.

Monster Energy KRT MX2

Petar Petrov

MX2

TBC

MX2

Stephen Rubini

MX2

Note: We all know who the third rider beneath this awning will be, right? It is not necessarily official yet though, so the blank will be filled in on October 1st. Stephen Rubini is expected to jump from EMX125 to MX2.

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Clement Desalle will hope for an uninterrupted run at a title in 2017.

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Max Nagl

MXGP

TBC

MXGP

Max Anstie

MXGP

Note: Although it hasn’t been officially announced just yet, Gautier Paulin will almost definitely be the second rider on this team. Max Nagl has signed a one-year extension on his deal, whilst Max Anstie enters the second year of a three-year contract.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Thomas Covington

MX2

Conrad Mewse

MX2

Thomas Kjer Olsen

MX2

Note: Thomas Kjer Olsen, the EMX250 champ, will be the new addition to this team. He has actually already outperformed his future teammates at points this year.

HRC

Evgeny Bobryshev

MXGP

Tim Gajser

MXGP

Note: There actually hasn’t been any confirmation regarding HRC’s plans for 2017, so this is all up in the air. Evgeny Bobryshev’s contract is up, but he is expected to return, and most have presumed that Tim Gajser will be moving across to the HRC awning. There’s been no word on HRC’s plans for the MX2 class.

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing

Romain Febvre

MXGP

Jeremy Van Horebeek

MXGP

Note: Although all contracts were up for 2017, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing have elected to return with the same two riders in the MXGP class.

Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha

Benoit Paturel

MX2

Brent Van Doninck

MX2

Alvin Ostlund

MX2

Note: Yamaha Motor Europe and Kemea Motor Racing recently signed a two-year deal, which will see them become the official MX2 team. Benoit Paturel and Brent Van Doninck will continue, as Alvin Ostlund moves over.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Image: ConwayMX

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