So, we are nearing the time that we all hate – the off-season. The FIM Motocross World Championship has concluded, and the American season has finished, so there is going to be a lot less action to follow in the coming months, unfortunately. But, at least there are some unique races to look forward to – one of them will take place this weekend. Shall we jump into the news from this past week?
2014 Teams Announced:
Surprising, there was only one team that announced their lineup for next year at Lierop; the Kemea Reytec van de Laar Yamaha squad revealed their 2014 plans. Admittedly, the Belgian team isn’t the best in the pits – they don’t have the greatest equipment. However, the Kemea Reytec Yamaha squad clearly provides all of their riders with everything they need to gain solid results, as Petar Petrov has put them [the team] in the spotlight a handful of times this year. So, it is not too surprising to see that Petrov has re-signed with them for 2014, and he will have a new teammate in the form of Luke Styke, the Australian MX2 champion. Styke dominated in his homeland this season – so, he is clearly capable of great things. Cyril Genot will race the EMX125 class for the squad next year, as well.
It was quite obvious, but it has only just been announced – Dean Ferris will be moving to the MXGP (MX1) class in 2014 with the Monster Energy BikeIt Yamaha team. When Ferris signed with the squad at the conclusion of last year, there was already a bit of talk of him extending the contract into 2014. Ferris thinks of himself as a 450f specialist, so he believes that he can contend for the positions inside of the top five in 2014. The Australian had some success last year on the Ice1 Racing squad, so he is no stranger to the MX1 division.
Steven Frossard will fill the spot left vacant by Jeremy van Horebeek on the Kawasaki Racing team next year, it has been revealed. The KRT team will head into next year with the French pairing of Gautier Paulin, and Frossard. Interestingly, some fans were in uproar, when it was revealed, as they felt that he was not deserving of another stint on a factory squad. Perhaps they are right? But remember, the Frenchman was a legitimate threat to Cairoli in 2011 – so the speed is there, it just has to be uncovered again.
The Marchetti Racing KTM squad enjoyed some success this year with Davide Guarneri, and Tim Gajser. Evidently, the squad is going from strength to strength, as they have now signed Ivo Monticelli to contest the MX2 class in the FIM Motocross World Championship in 2014. I have noticed that Ivo does have some potential, as he had a couple of strong rides where he showcased some speed aboard a TM this year.
Silly Seasons Gets Sillier:
Although there is a lack of team announcements, at the moment, the rumours are coming in fast, still! Unfortunately, some of our top riders are still searching for rides for 2014. Nicholls is looking for an MX1 deal. Perhaps he could fill the spot left vacant by Jonathan Barragan on the STR KTM team? Jonathan is definitely not returning to the British based squad next year, as rumours suggest that he will be heading to the Enduro scene. Shaun Simpson is another one of our top guys that is currently unsigned. However, after his win on Sunday, he has been in talks with Yamaha this week.
Rui Goncalves could be off to pastures new, also, as the Portuguese pilot has offers to race in the popular Brazilian Motocross Championship. But, Goncalves has mentioned that he would like to stay in the MXGP series, as he has not achieved all of his goals in Europe. However, he does not have a ride yet, as he has been replaced on the Ice1 Racing team. It is quite obvious that Joel Roelants will not be returning to the Monster Energy Yamaha squad next year, after a lackluster season. But, rumours have him on a privateer Honda in 2014. Maybe he could join the Gariboldi Honda outfit?
Terex Australian Supercross, Round 1 and 2 – Hidden Valley:
Wow, the riders in Australia transition fast, don’t they? It was only two weeks ago that their motocross season concluded, now they are ready to race indoors! It is a fast paced schedule for the riders, as they have no time to adjust – they will have a double header this weekend, round one and two will take place at Hidden Valley. Weston Peick has to be the favourite, in my opinion, as he has a lot of supercross experience. Matt Moss should be very strong, also, as he elected to skip the MXdN, in an effort to secure the supercross title. Jay Marmont will be solid, as well as Jake Moss and Lawson Bopping. It should be a great series to follow.
Veterans Motocross des Nations (VMXdN) – Farleigh Castle:
It is quite well known that most motocross fans enjoy the feeling of nostalgia, hence why the VMXdN, held at the historic Farleigh Castle track, is so successful. Intriguingly the race is now in it’s fifth year, and it is thriving! Jean Michael Bayle is the greatest attraction for most this year – the popular Frenchman enjoyed an illustrious career. Guy Cooper, Yves Demaria, Frederic Bolley, Josh Coppins, Jack Vimond, Doug Dubach, and Darryl King are a few of the names that will be taking to the track throughout the weekend.
Words by Lewis Phillips