List Them: 2021 MXGP Teams

The 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship is now in the rear-view mirror, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is in place for the new season. A lot of team announcements are expected in the coming weeks, as a lot of seats in both MXGP and MX2 are yet to be filled. A look at how the paddock is currently shaping up is below! The latest rumours are in the notes too, so this is a good tool to use to create an image of what to expect when the Grand Prix contingent hit Oman in April. EMX riders and teams haven’t been included in this, for clarity.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Jeffrey Herlings

MXGP

Antonio Cairoli

MXGP

Jorge Prado

MXGP

Note: No change to the premier-class portion of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. Antonio Cairoli and Jorge Prado will continue to work with Claudio DeCarli – Jeffrey Herlings will be the sole 450F guy on Dirk Gruebel’s side.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Rene Hofer

MX2

Tom Vialle

MX2

Mattia Guadagnini

MX2

Note: Mattia Guadagnini will sit beneath Claudio DeCarli’s side of the Red Bull KTM awning, so be teammates with Antonio Cairoli and Jorge Prado.

Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee

Adam Sterry

MXGP

Bas Vaessen

MX2

Conrad Mewse

MX2

Note: No changes at the Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee squad going into the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship. Adam Sterry will be at the team on a full-time basis next year.

Marchetti KTM

Alessandro Lupino

MXGP

TBC

MX2

Note: Alessandro Lupino has moved over from Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha ahead of the new term. Lupino will be the only premier-class rider beneath the awning. No word on their new MX2 rider.

SS24 KTM

Shaun Simpson

MXGP

Note: Shaun Simpson has confirmed that he is going to return to racing next year and compete in the full series – it seems that he’ll be the only rider under the SS24 banner.

JT911 KTM

Jordi Tixier

MXGP

TBC

MXGP

Note: There was a chance that Jordi Tixier would add Benoit Paturel to his KTM team in 2021, but that will not happen now. Tixier may still add an EMX125 rider to his pop-up tent.

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MGR KTM

TBC

MXGP

Note: It is thought that the MGR KTM team will run Iker Larranaga in MXGP again next year, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Arminas Jasikonis

MXGP

Thomas Olsen

MXGP

Note: False rumours are flying around that the team is trying to find a third guy, just in case Arminas Jasikonis is not ready to race. This will be the line-up for the team.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Kay De Wolf

MX2

Jed Beaton

MX2

Note: Kay De Wolf will step up from EMX250 and take the seat vacated by Thomas Olsen. 2021 is going to mark the final season that Jed Beaton can spend in MX2, so expect further changes in twelve months.

PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna

Evgeny Bobryshev

MXGP

Josh Gilbert

MXGP

Note: Josh Gilbert seems set to stick with PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna. Neil Prince, the team manager, has expressed his interest in retaining Evgeny Bobryshev, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

A1M Husqvarna

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

Note: The immediate retirement of Tanel Leok causes question marks to surround A1M Husqvarna. Roland Edelbacher and Johannes Nermann also raced for the team this year.

Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing

Pauls Jonass

MXGP

Brian Bogers

MXGP

Note: A new line-up at GASGAS Factory Racing. Pauls Jonass and Brian Bogers were both on Austrian machinery this season, so the change will not be too drastic for either guy. 

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Diga Procross GASGAS Factory Juniors

Simon Langenfelder

MX2

Isak Gifting

MX2

Note: Simon Langenfelder will return for his second year in the MX2 class, whilst Isak Gifting will enter the class on a full-time basis. Jeremy Sydow has moved down to EMX250 with Hutten Metaal Yamaha.

SM Action MC Migliori GASGAS

Alberto Forato

MX2

Andrea Adamo

MX2

Note: SM Action are moving to GASGAS machinery, following a lengthy relationship with Yamaha, and will focus on the MX2 class.

Team HRC

Mitch Evans

MXGP

Tim Gajser

MXGP

Note: Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans both signed multi-year extensions earlier this year, so Team HRC is going to look like this for quite a while. 

Assomotor Honda

Stephen Rubini

MX2

Gianluca Facchetti

MX2

Note: Alvin Ostlund is moving into the premier division, so Gianluca Facchetti is taking the second MX2 seat. Emil Weckman will compete in EMX250.

Honda SR Motoblouz

Nathan Watson

MXGP

Benoit Paturel

MXGP

Note: Honda SR Motoblouz will compete in the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship with Nathan Watson and Benoit Paturel, an all-new rider line-up.

Honda 114 Motorsports

Ruben Fernandez

MX2

Joel Rizzi

MX2

Note: Honda 114 Motorsports will run an all-new line-up in the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship. Axel Louis will return to compete in EMX250.

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JWR Honda Racing

TBC

MXGP

TBC

MXGP

Note: Both Anton Gole and Cornelius Tondel are out at JWR. Alvin Ostlund and Valentin Guillod were linked to seats at JWR Honda Racing for 2021, but it seems that neither guy will end up there.

JM Honda Racing

Michele Cervellin

MXGP

Henry Jacobi

MXGP

Note: Jacky Martens will have two new riders underneath his tent in his second year as an operation. Jacobi and Cervellin have both moved across from Yamaha teams.

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP

Glenn Coldenhoff

MXGP

Jeremy Seewer

MXGP

Ben Watson

MXGP

Note: Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP welcome two new guys for 2021. Glenn Coldenhoff is on a two-year deal, whereas Ben Watson is on a one-year deal. Jeremy Seewer will also be up at the end of 2021.

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2

Thibault Benistant

MX2

Maxime Renaux

MX2

Jago Geerts

MX2

Note: Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 will expand to three guys next year – Thibault Benistant moves over from Hutten Metaal and Maxime Renaux jumps from SM Action (now a GASGAS team). 

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Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing

Calvin Vlaanderen

MXGP

Brent Van Doninck

MXGP

Note: Calvin Vlaanderen re-signed with the Gebben Van Venrooy squad for the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship. Gebben will shrink to a two-rider team next year.

SDM Corse Yamaha

TBC

MX2

TBC

MX2

Note: Both Michele Cervellin and Ruben Fernandez are on the move, so it remains to be seen what the future has in store for SDM Corse Yamaha. Major changes could be on the way. 

Monster Energy KRT

Romain Febvre

MXGP

TBC

MXGP

Note: Ivo Monticelli is expected to fill the second seat underneath the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team awning in 2021. That news should be announced shortly. 

F&H Racing Kawasaki

Roan van de Moosdijk

MX2

Mathys Boisrame

MX2

Mikkel Haarup

MX2

Note: F&H Racing Kawasaki are big on developing talent, so it’s unlikely that they will ever make too many changes to their line-up. The same three riders will return next year.

Bike It DRT Kawasaki

Wilson Todd

MX2

TBC

MX2

Note: Steve Dixon will definitely run Wilson Todd in MX2 next year. A second MX2 guy is going to be announced soon too. Courtney Duncan is locked in for another run at the WMX title.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

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