Well, it is about time! In the past seven days, two of the worst kept secrets in the sport have finally been officially announced; we have been waiting for this news for quite a while. KTM have dominated the headlines this week, as they held their press day in the USA, which led to some interesting news. Of course, the MX Vice ‘Weekly Wrap Up’ is the easiest place to catch up on all of this exciting news!
Signed, Sealed and Delivered:
On Monday, KTM USA held their press day, and some crucial news filtered through from the event, as stated above. It has been revealed that Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Dean Ferris and Marvin Musquin will be representing Red Bull KTM in 2014. Obviously, the big news there is that Ferris has joined the team. But, it really is not surprising; it was well known that he was moving to the American team. However, it has taken this long for the deal to be announced officially. It was very surprising to see that he will be contesting the 250SX West class; Dean really doesn’t have much time at all to prepare himself for his first supercross. You can find out what we think of this news here.
Although the Dean Ferris news was not too surprising, there was some very interesting news that came from the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM squad. It seems that Davi Millsaps is dealing with an injury to his right knee at the moment. So, Millsaps might have to miss the beginning of the AMA Supercross series, hence why the team has already signed a replacement rider. It was very surprising to see that Ivan Tedesco was presented as a member of the team; he has not racing professionally in over a year! Ivan has done testing for factory KTM recently, so he already has some knowledge that will aid him in January. At this point, it seems his deal is for the whole Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. So because of this, the team will field two 450 riders when Davi does return, which should be early on in the season.
Elliott Banks Browne to Buildbase Honda was another poorly kept secret, but this was finally officially announced earlier this week; it is all out in the open! The Honda squad has a strong lineup for next year, as he will join Brad Anderson and Nez Parker beneath the red awning. It is going to be interesting to see EBB make his 450f debut in the Arenacross UK series early in January, as it is a discipline that is unfamiliar to him. Of course his priority is the MX1 class in the Maxxis British Championship and the Red Bull Pro Nationals – EBB will undoubtedly be a contender immediately next year.
Interestingly, Phil Nicoletti has joined the JGR Yamaha team for next year. However, it is not a stereotypical deal, according to rumours. Phil will be on standby for most of the season, in case either Justin Brayton or Josh Grant succumbs to injury. If this happens, Phil would jump in and replace them. But, if this doesn’t happen, he will not be racing, which is peculiar. This is not officially confirmed yet, but it looks like this is the direction that the deal is going. This is going to be something new to our sport, but this approach is implemented in other sports.
In British Motocross news, it was announced earlier this week that Lewis Gregory has joined GL12 Racing for the 2014 season. You may be unfamiliar with the GL12 Racing team, but the squad was setup to help riders from the GL12 area of Gloucestershire that need help so that they can progress further with their career. Lewis’ new deal will allow him to compete in the MX1 class at the Maxxis British Championship, as well as the new EMX300 series, which runs alongside selected rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
The Heads and All Threads Suzuki team have finalised their 2014 lineup, as Japanese rider Ryo Sato will join Luke Burton (MX2) and Graeme Irwin (MX1) in the Maxxis British Championship and Red Bull Pro Nationals. Although Ryo is an unknown quantity to most British fans, he has made great progress in recent years – he finished fourth in the Japanese national championship this year. Ryo will be aboard a 250f in the MX2 class for the duration of 2014. The Heads and All Threads Suzuki team will make their debut at the Hawkstone International on February 23rd.
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries:
Unfortunately, two of the potential contenders for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross title have been struck down with injury this week. On Monday, we found out that Davi Millsaps is going to miss the first few rounds with a knee injury, as mentioned above. Now, it seems like Trey Canard is in a similar situation, as he broke his arm, whilst riding last weekend. It is a big blow, of course, as the Muscle Milk Honda rider has been on top form in recent weeks. It has not been revealed how long this injury will keep him on the sidelines for, but he will miss the first few rounds of the AMA Supercross series at least.
2014 Track Maps Revealed:
The 2014 season is getting closer and closer, so the bench-racing has started to heat up a bit, also. Today, we received the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross track designs, and the 2014 Arenacross UK track maps, also! Both went up on MX Vice straight away, so you may have already seen them. But, if you have not, click on the underlined text above, which will take you to the specified page.
Switching Up the Schedule:
Traditionally the Mantova Starcross opens the European MX season. Intriguingly, for the first time, the race won’t be a pre-season international in 2014; it will take place on the weekend of March 15th. Although the event format will be the same as it was this year, I am interested to see how many top riders show up, seeing as the MXGP season will have already started. It is always a strong race though; hopefully this continues next year, despite the date change.
German Supercross Update:
The ADAC German Supercross series has been a great source of off-season entertainment, in recent years. Well, the 2013 edition of the series is well underway, as the second round took place this past weekend in Chemnitz. Gregory Aranda dominated proceedings, as he won the main event on both night one and two. But, Aranda missed the opening round, which means that he is playing catch up in the standings. Fabien Iziord and Florent Richier finished second, and third overall in Chemnitz. American Kyle Chisholm kept himself in title contention with a fourth overall. However Teddy Maier still has a grip on the red plate, despite the fact that he had a disastrous time this past weekend.
In the off-season there are three big European supercross events: Genoa, Bercy and Geneva. Geneva (the last one of the three) will take place this weekend, and place host to some huge names. Justin Brayton, Wil Hahn, Tyler Bowers, Malcolm Stewart, and Darryn Durham will be travelling over from the USA; they will be some of the biggest names present, obviously. But, Marvin Musquin will join them; the Frenchman has to be one of the favourites for the win, in my opinion.
Words by Lewis Phillips
Image courtesy of KTM Images/Simon Cudby