Vital MX: The Silly Season is upon us and boy is it a wild one. The rider changes may seem a bit obvious to the many who have listened to all the podcasts and follow the sport closely, but there might be a couple surprises yet to be found in here. Also, the amount of staff changes is quite surprising this season, lots of mechanics and technical staff changing spots. Also, this Silly Season update is just to cover Factory and Factory support teams. We should have a version 2 in the coming weeks with some of the smaller teams in the sport as their rosters get closer to finalizing.
Factory HRC Honda
Team: The Factory HRC Honda won their first title in well over a decade with Jett Lawrence's 2021 250 MX title. For 2022, they have the same rider lineup with two 450s and two 250 racers. But, there's some turnover internally with a total of three members departing the team (one is actually retiring). Team manager Erik Kehoe (retiring), 250 Crew Chief Josh Wisenor, and Chase's mechanic Jade Dungey.
#94 Ken Roczen: Ken is entering the third and final year of his current contract. He has no changes in gear, staying Fox head-to-toe and should have the same mechanic with Jordan Troxell spinning the wrenches. However, there's a rumor floating around that he may only race Supercross. We'll have to wait and see how that plays out.
#23 Chase Sexton: Chase is also entering the final year of his current contract. No changes in gear with Alpinestars head-to-toe, with Oakley goggles. He will have a new wrench for 2022 however, with Jade Dungey departing (more on that further down). Rumor has it, Rich Simmons may return to the factory team to work for Chase, but this is yet to be confirmed. Ohh and one more big piece of news, Sexton is no longer working with James Stewart...dun...dun...dun...
#18/#1 (250 MX) Jett Lawrence (250 East): Jett will rock his familiar #18 indoors but the #1 outdoors. No changes in gear with Alpinestars head-to-toe and 100% goggles. Christien Ducharme will be wrenching for him. Until it gets a bit closer to go-time, we won't know what coast he's on for SX. Jett has been injured right as the season is about to kick off, pushing him to East coast.
#96 Hunter Lawrence (250 West): New/old number for Hunter Lawrence, same gear setup as 2021, and same mechanic with Cameron Camera. Hunter has been swapped to West coast due to an injury for Jett.
Team Manager - Lars Lindstrom (Replacing Erik Kehoe)
(450) Crew Chief - Shane Drew (Moving from Chassis R&D)
(250) Crew Chief - Grant Hutcheson (Replacing Josh Wisenor)
R&D/Electronics and Special Projects - Ricki Rock
Roczen's Mechanic - Jordan Troxell
Sexton's Mechanic - Brandon Zimmerman
H Lawrence Mechanic - Cameron Camera
J Lawrence Mechanic - Christien Ducharme
Chassis R&D - Shane Drew
Engine R&D (450) - Robert Reichman
Engine Technician (450) - David Presler
Engine R&D (250) - Ryan Cox
Engine Builder (250) - Michael “Mick” Fallins
Trey Canard & Chance Hymas Mechanic - Thomas Harris
Parts Coordinator - Todd Flickinger
Technical Truck Driver - Mike Spraker
Hospitality Truck Driver - Stephen Bessey
Race Team Coordinator - Latricia Barbee
Communications Manager - Kayla Mead
Team Consultant / Test Rider - Trey Canard
Phoenix Racing Honda
Team: The Phoenix Racing Honda team is growing in 2022. At the moment, it looks like they'll have a total of four riders across Arenacross, Supercross and likely Motocross. Kyle Peters, Cullin Park and Josh Osby remain at the team for the new season with 2021's most stand out rider, Coty Schock, joining their crew. The team has a new semi and over the past year has hired some serious behind the scenes talent with Dean Baker and Mitchell Key heading up engine and overall bike R&D. The team will be in Moose gear, FMF goggles, 6D helmets (new after being in A-Stars in 2021) and Alpinestars boots.
250 East Coast Supercross Riders:
#37 Coty Schock (250 East): The breakout rider of 2021 will stay red (Editor's note ML: I'm quite excited about that part) for the new year, joining the Phoenix team to race 250 SX and 250 MX at current plan.
#52 Kyle Peters (250 East): Kyle returns to the team that he's raced with to two consecutive Arenacross titles. He will again defend the number one plate in AX before hitting the full 250 SX East season. Ex-racer Heath Harrison is keeping the nuts and bolts tight on the Peters machine.
#56 Josh Osby (250 East): Josh returns for Supercross with the team and will likely hit select outdoor nationals.
#161 Cullin Park (250 East): Cullin Park will make his pro SX debut alongside Kyle Peters as the 2022 AX season where he rocks the number two plate after finishing behind Kyle in his rookie season. We may see Cullin racing even when outdoors comes around...three series for Cullin in 2022?
Team Manager: David Eller
Schock's Mechanic: Dalen Vernazza
Peters' Mechanic and Crew Chief: Heath Harrison
Osby's Mechanic: Gino Aponte
Cullin Park's Mechanic: Kris McCraken
R&D: Dean Baker
Engine Technician: Mitchell Key
Transporter Driver: Brian "Rabbit" Swead
MotoConcepts/SmartTop Honda Racing
Team: After a lot of post-season doubts, the MCR team is back for another go. With a returning face, a familiar face, and a new face! They will operate one full-time 450 guy, and two 250 riders who will ride 450s on opposite coasts. The team maintains their head-to-toe Leatt deal but Justin Brayton is going to be allowed to maintain his Fly deal coming into his "one more ride" season.
#10 Justin Brayton: Justin returns to the team in which he won his one and only Supercross. Per usual, Honda will follow Justin with some individual parts and support towards chassis and suspension, but his engine package will built by XPR Motorsports as it was his last go around. Justin has also brought Shawn Ulokowski back into the wrenching world to help him in 2022. The team maintains its' relationship with Leatt but Brayton will be allowed to keep his head-to-knee deal with Fly Racing and WPS.
#62 Vince Friese (250 West and 450 East): Vince returns for another year of racing under the MCR tent, he'll be head-to-toe Leatt. Also, he'll be on a 250 on one coast and a 450 on the other.
#54 Mitchell Oldenburg (450 West and 250 East): Mitchell has another SX only deal on Hondas but with MCR this year! Leatt head-to-toe and a 250 one coast/450 other coast in co-junction with Vince Friese.
Team Owner: Mike Genova
Team Manager: Tony Alessi
Brayton's Mechanic: Shawn Ulikowski
Friese's Mechanic: Nick McCampbell
Oldenburg's Mechanic: Nate "Narco" Alexander
Monster Energy Kawasaki
Team: The Factory Monster Energy Kawasaki team sees a bit of changes this year with long-time front man, Eli Tomac, departing for a new team. Incoming to take his spot is Jason Anderson and wrenching for him with be Jason "Rango" Montoya. Outside of this, there won't be many other changes as the remainder of the staff is the same as before. The only other notable change is that the team will no longer be split between Showa and KYB, as both riders will utilize the services of Showa for 2022.
#9 Adam Cianciarulo: AC is now the leading man per-se at Factory Kawasaki. Outside of this, his program looks to remain the same with the support of Nick Wey, his crew chief Oscar Wirdeman, mechanic Justin Shantie, and the rest of the team. Same gear setup as 2021 as well.
#21 Jason Anderson: This will be a massive change for Jason Anderson, as it'll be the first time in his pro career he's raced for a non-Bobby Hewitt run or built organization, and the first time in a long time that C-Lo isn't his go-to mechanic. Jason did ride for Team Green in his final amateur year but this group is much different than that side of the building. We would suspect Jason to keep mostly the same gear deals with A-Stars, Scott, and Airoh...but not confirmed. He will also have a new wrench, who's new to the team with Jason "Rango" Montoya joining him.
#20 Broc Tickle: Tickle is the team's official test rider but also has the ability to fill-in if required. So depending how the season plays out, don't be surprised if you see the #20 suddenly lineup at some point in 2022.
Team Manager - Dan Fahie
Cianciarulo's Crew Chief - Oscar Wirdeman
Cianciarulo's Mechanic - Justin Shantie
Anderson's Crew Chief - Theo Lockwood
Anderson's Mechanic - Jason "Rango" Montoya (Long-time wrench for Malcolm Stewart is joining the team to wrench for Jason Anderson)
Parts and Testing Coordinator - Kurt Rood
Transport Driver - Brian "BigB" Barnhart
Test Mechanic: Brian Kranz
Test Rider - Broc Tickle
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Team: Mitch Payton's legendary team has a similar rider list when compared the 2021 lineup. The only change being Jordan Smith exiting the team and Jett Reynolds making his pro debut to join the team in 2022 (he was meant to after LL's in 2021, but injury kept him out of competition). There are some staff changes with Olly Stone continuing in the industry at a new team (after nine years at PC) and Colter Ahrens departs team wrenching duties for new avenues outside the sport. The team will retain the same look with Fox gear and boots, Bell helmets, and Scott goggles for all racers aboard a PC bike.
Riders (West vs East Coast labels are predictions for PC, not official):
#30 Joe Shimoda (West Coast): After almost being left off a factory team heading into 2021, PC took a swing at the young Japanese rider and it paid off, with Joe leading the team indoors and outdoors last season. Joe was on a one year deal in 2021 and has been re-signed for at least 2022 and we believe 2023 as well. He will also be paired with the same wrench in Matty Goodbred.
#33 Austin Forkner (East Coast): It's rebound year for Austin as he enters what is rumored to be the last year on his current PC/Kawasaki contract. We wouldn't be surprised to see Austin spend more time in California this year and he's got a new wrench and his long time guy, Olly Stone, departs the team. Incoming to support him in 2022 is ex-racer turned mechanic, Tony Archer.
#47 Seth Hammaker (West Coast): After a rookie year that was pushed back over a year due to injuries, Seth finally went racing for PC in 2021 and while it was a little up and down, he pulled out his first SX win and is now #47 after his rookie season.
#48 Cameron McAdoo (East Coast): Cam is back with PC for another season and still with his wrench Kyle Defoe. It's time to put it all together for McAdoo, and hopefully no Atlanta replays.
#124 Jett Reynolds (East Coast?): Long-time Team Green racer, Jett Reynolds, will turn pro for the team in 2022. The team had planned on him being at the last few nationals, but an injury has pushed his pro debut to Supercross 2022. Also, he inherits a new wrench to the team in Ryan Hughes (departed HEP). Due to a recent hip/pelvis injury, we may see Reynolds make his pro debut on East coast or possibly wait for outdoors.
Team Manager: Mitch Payton
Crew Chief: Ian Southwell
Team R&D: Mike "Schnikey" Tomlin
Shimoda's Mechanic: Matt Goodbred
Forkner's Mechanic: Tony Archer
Hammaker's Mechanic: Jacob Martin
MacAdoo's Mechanic: Kyle Defoe
Reynolds' Mechanic: Ryan Hughes
Showa Suspension Technician: Adrian Bernal
Pro Circuit Suspension R&D: Luke Boyk
Team Transporter Driver: James "Jimmy Jack" Shofner
Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing
Team: The Rockstar Husqvarna crew maintains the same 250 lineup coming into 2022, but a few changes on the 450 side. The team shrinks from three to two 450 guys, with Jason Anderson...who the Husky brand was relaunched around...leaving the only team he's ever rode for. And the other face of the team, Zach Osborne, regrettably retiring due to a major back injury. Replacing the two per-se, is Malcolm Stewart. The longtime fan favorite had an opportunity with a Factory 450 team last year on Yamaha, but is finally getting his first shot at both indoors and outdoors with a factory effort. Malcolm will easily be the guy to watch on the team as many fans will be curious to see how this plays out.
#15 Dean Wilson: At one point, it looked like Deano might be back to some sort of semi-private deal and was maybe leaning towards Supercross only. But, things worked out and he's got another year with the Rockstar Husqvarna crew. We'd expect to see him back in his usual digs with O'Neal, Shoei, 100% and Alpinestars.
#27 Malcolm Stewart: Yes! Malcolm Stewart has a full-time factory ride now. That's right, indoors and outdoors...and on a two year deal to boot! Pretty cool to see as with the old guard of Anderson leaving the team and Osborne retiring from racing, Malcolm can be the face of the brand and team if he plugs away. We'd expect to see him in his normal kit with Shoei helmets, Seven gear (DUH), Gaerne boots and Scott goggles. His long-time mechanic, Rango, wasn't able to make the journey to Husky however, so Malcolm will be tasked with a new wrench for 2022. Did we mention he's at the Baker's Factory too?
#24 RJ Hampshire (East Coast): From the sounds of it, RJ may have been the last guy on the 250 squad to get confirmed for next season and at one point was looking towards back up plans. Sounds weird for someone who's viewed as the top 250 performer on the team, but he was hired to win. So the expectations are high... Both sides worked it out and he's back for another go, looking to bring that #1 plate to Husqvarna.
#31 Jalek Swoll (West Coast): Jalek impressed in Supercross this year and with it locked down a new contract. Not sure if it was one year or two, but we at least know he's back for 2022 with the Husqvarna crew.
#50 Stilez Robertson (East Coast): Stilez had his flashes this year but also fought through a nagging knee issue all season. He's been confirmed for next year and we're pretty sure he was in the middle of an existing contract anyhow.
Team Manager: ? (Just announced, Steve "Scuba" Westfall will be stepping down from his role as Team Manager after the initial West Coast swing of Supercross)
Team Coordinator: Isaiah Murph
Crew Chief: Chris Loredo
Stewart's Mechanic: Dave Feeney
Hampshire's Mechanic: Pat Thrall
Swoll's Mechanic: Jedediah Rodriguez
Robertson's Mechanic: Tyler Thomas
450 Suspension Technician: Todd Brown
250 Suspension Technician: Chris Hay
Technical Transporter Driver: Dave "BigWave" Rhine
Hospitality Transporter Driver: Paul Delaurier
Factory Red Bull KTM
Team: The Red Bull KTM team is seeing a couple changes as they grow with a third 450 rider, with the incoming Aaron Plessinger. But, shrink back to two 450s in outdoors as Musquin's new deal for 2022 is a Supercross only contract. On top of that, the team will have new bikes to setup and test with the incoming 2021.5 Factory Editions. New engines, chassis, and other items to get right before the 2022 season begins. Also, the team will continue with only one 250 in 2022 with Maximus Vohland but some new staff members. Jade Dungey returns to the team to wrench for Aaron and Richard "Pedro" Sterling joins in a testing/secondary mechanic role to assist the main team.
#2/#1 (450 SX) Cooper Webb: Cooper will rock the #1 plate as he defends in 450 Supercross, he'll have the same wrench, one more teammate, and as for his kit...Bell helmets is a yes, 100% goggles, but we've heard his gear deal may be up in the air with a few interested parties.
#7 Aaron Plessinger: Big change for Aaron Plessinger, who's only raced for Yamaha as a professional. He's onto a new team, with a new mechanic in Jade Dungey (returning to KTM). This was a long contested deal this year with things bouncing back and forth if Aaron would be staying put with Yamaha or joining the Austrians at KTM. Finally though, Aaron locked down his deal and will be orange for the foreseeable future. Similar to Cooper Webb, we're hearing Aaron's kit might be up for grabs? Time will tell.
#25 Marvin Musquin: Marvin will be back for what might be his last year of racing with a Supercross only contract. Same team, same wrench, and the same overall look.
#36 Maximus Vohland (250 East): Max has a year under his belt now and is no longer a rookie. With two more years on his contract, he's set to continue on with KTM. He inherited a new mechanic a couple rounds into outdoors last year and for 2022, we've heard he'll be in Fox head-to-toe...minus goggles where he would continue with Scott. We're not sure if the Fox deal is personal or a "250" team deal for KTM heading into the future.
Team Manager - Ian Harrison
Webb's Mechanic - Carlos Rivera
Plessinger's Mechanic - Jade Dungey (Jade joins the team after a few years away with Chase Sexton at Geico and later HRC)
Musquin's Mechanic - Frankie Latham
Vohland's Mechanic - Austin Watterson
Test Mechanic - Richard "Pedro" Sterling (Pedro joins KTM after a season at FXR/Chaparral Honda as Mumford's wrench and a prior history as a mechanic and later a engine guy at Geico Honda)
Race Transporter Driver - Don Baynes
Hospitality Transporter Driver - Pat Muras
Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
Team: The Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha team has grown into quite the large organization. This off-season, they're busy moving their shop and operations down to Florida/Georgia area (the old Goat Farm), along with bringing Eli Tomac aboard to replace the outgoing Aaron Plessinger. The 250 team is quite large as usual and we expect to see them in their usual kit of Thor gear, Alpinestars boots, and 100% goggles...but the 250 team has adopted Alpinestars helmets, moving on from their nine year relationship with Bell. The team is also facing a decent size turn over of mechanics, with many opting out of the Florida move.
#3 Eli Tomac: Eli is making a huge change this off-season and the only real familiar face at his new program is Ricky Gilmore, his long-time suspension confidant from his Geico and Honda days. Everyone's eyes will be on Eli in 2022 to see how the transition works out. He's also going to have a new mechanic for the first time since 2011, since Brian Kranz is staying at Kawasaki in a in-house role. Eli will inherit J-Coop's mechanic, Josh "Jelly" Ellingson, as he comes aboard the Star Racing Yamaha team. We'd expect to see him still in his same kit with A-Stars gear and boots, with Bell Helmets and Oakley goggles.
#14/#1 Dylan Ferrandis: Dylan is back for a second year in the 450 Supercross class and many will be watching to see if the outdoor champ can bring those results indoors aboard the YZ450F. Dylan made the early move to Florida mid-last year and is one of very few on the team to be keeping his current mechanic Alex Cambell and program with David Vuillemin. We'd also expect Dylan to continue in his same kit as he moves into his second year of his contract with the team and all his personal sponsors.
#32/#1W Justin Cooper (250 East): J-Coop is set to race 250 East region and won't be defending his 1W plate. His long-time mechanic Jelly, has been moved to Eli Tomac for the new year so Justin will now be watched over by Daniel Castloo.
#45/#1E Colt Nichols (250 West): Colt will likely race 250 West and not defend his 1E plate in his final season aboard a 250. His wrench, Matt "Maniac" Winters has moved on from the team and his bike duties will now be handled by Aaron Clout. Colt will be looking to impress and lock down a 450 deal for 2023.
#6 Jeremy Martin (250 East): Jeremy returns on another one year deal. His mechanic from the past few years, Derik Dwyer, has left the team to join TLD/GasGas. So for 2022, Jeremy has a new wrench with Hunter Layton.
#28 Christian Craig (250 West): Christian has a new number for 2022 and a similar program to last season. 250 indoors and 450 outdoors for the Star racing team. His mechanic however has also changed, with Derek Rankin departing to take the crew chief role at Rocky Mountain ATV-MC KTM. Joining Christian for the new season will be Brent Duffe, who worked for the Muc-Off Honda team and Phoenix Honda during 2021.
#49 Nate Thrasher (250 West): Nate Thrasher won his first ever Supercross in his rookie season with the team in 2021 and has re-signed for 2022.
#59 Levi Kitchen (250 East): Levi Kitchen will enter his first year of Supercross for the team after a couple rookie showings in outdoors. Armed with a new two digit number #59.
Owner: Bobby Reagan
Co-Owner and Head of Operations: Brad Hoffman
450 Team Manager: Jeremy Cooker
250 Team Manager: Jensen Hendler (Prior crew chief at JMC; the year started with Wil Hahn in this position before leaving to TLD/GasGas and his replacement, Seth Rarick, left after season to become team trainer at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM)
450 Engine Technician: Brian Calma
250 Engine Technician: Trevor Carmichael
450 Suspension Technician: Ricky Gilmour
250 Suspension Technician: Drew Hopkins
Tomac's Mechanic: Josh "Jelly" Ellingson (Previously wrenched for Justin Cooper)
Ferrandis' Mechanic: Alex Cambell
Cooper's Mechanic: Daniel Castloo (Previously wrenched for Team Green)
Nichol's Mechanic: Aaron Clout (Previously a mechanic for Luke Clout at CDR Yamaha Australia, replaces the outgoing Matt Winters)
Martin's Mechanic: Hunter Layton (Previously a mechanic for Phil Nicoletti at ClubMX, replaces the outgoing Derrik Dwyer)
Craig's Mechanic: Brent Duffe (Previously a mechanic at Muc-Off and then Phoenix Honda in 2021)
Thrasher's Mechanic: Christian Kauffman
Kitchen's Mechanic: Konner Croushorn
Amateur Program Engine Tech: Georgie Frye (Previously Jarrett Frye's mechanic in 2021)
450 Transporter Driver: Ken Stultz
250 Transporter Driver: Cory Flewellen
Red Bull/TLD GasGas Factory Racing
Team: 2022 will mark TLD's second year as the Factory GasGas entry. The rider's list remains unchanged but there's a little bit of added or changed staff. In all, it should be a fairly similar look overall this next season.
#51 Justin Barcia: Justin is entering the second and final year (as far as we're aware) on his current contract. His program has changed up a bit mid-season and going into off-season as he's now working with Wil Hahn full-time on and off-the-bike. His mechanic will change entering the new season as Olly Stone joins the team, after nine seasons at Pro Circuit, to wrench for Justin.
#29 Michael Mosiman (250 West): Michael is onboard for his second season with the TLD team. Continuing with the same mechanic as 2021, Jay Burgess. Michael keeps stepping up a little bit more each season it seems like, and will likely aim for the same in 2022.
#44 Pierce Brown (250 East): Pierce is back for 2021, having been with the team since amateurs. His program changes a little coming into 2022, after having two different mechanics last season, he now has Derik Dwyer entering 2022 with him.
Team Manager: Tyler Keefe
Crew Cheif: Josh Wisenor (Previously 250 Crew Chief at HRC and Geico Team Manager in 2020, replaces Rich Simmons at TLD)
Barcia's Mechanic: Olly Stone (Previously Austin Forkner's mechanic at Pro Circuit)
Mosiman's Mechanic: Jay Burgess
Brown's Mechanic: Derik Dwyer
Suspension Technician: Adam Walters
Test Mechanic and Suspension Service: Hunter Falk
Twisted Tea/HEP Suzuki
Team: The Twisted Tea/HEP Suzuki is back for 2022, albeit with some lineup changes. We've heard they may go to three riders full-time in the new season but that's yet to be confirmed. Twisted Tea is continuing as title sponsor, more support from Suzuki, some extra technical staff, factory ECUs and more.
#19 Justin Bogle: Justin has been rumored to join the HEP team and has already tested their bike after the 2021 season finished up. We'd suspect this will be his landing spot for the new season.
#41 Brandon Hartfrant: Brandon has a new number for 2022 and a new/continued deal to represent the team. We believe he has a new mechanic, as his prior guy Ryan heads to Pro Circuit.
#722 Adam Enticknap: We believe that Adam is returning for another season with the team, but we've also heard rumors that they may field three rider all season. We're not sure where that leaves the usually SX only Adam.
Team Manager: Dustin Pipes
Bogle's Mechanic: Andrew Livingston
Hartfrant's Mechanic: Travis Souled
Enticknap's Mechanic: TBA
Transport Driver: Wayne Pipes
Rocky Mountain ATV-MC KTM
Team: The Rocky Mountain team is seeing a major overhaul for 2022. New riders, almost a completely new staff, new funding...in-house engine guy, moving to Florida. It's going to a big year for a team that has defied the odds, time-and-time again. Yes, they will still be on KTMs, but it sounds like they will continue on the current generation bike as the Factory team switches to the upcoming Factory Edition and new platform.
#12 Shane McElrath: After missing a season of outdoors and only getting a handful of 450 SX races in 2021 with MCR, Shane has been signed for the rebuild of this team.
#17 Joey Savatgy: The only returning rider from last year's team is Savatgy.
#34 Max Anstie: After two solid years in America aboard Suzuki, Max makes the move to a brand he's raced on many times in GPs.
Team Manager: Dylan Rash
Crew Chief: N/A (Derek Rankin had returned to the team after spending the season 2021 with Star Racing but as of writing this article, Derek has just left the Rocky Mountain team.)
McElrath's Mechanic: Dalton Keeven
Anstie's Mechanic: Alen Wandowski
Savatgy's Mechanic: Cody Champagne
Transport Driver: TBA
Team: The BarX Suzuki team is growing in 2022, with plans to run three to four riders all season. All of their riders were announced as 250 West region, but as of late it looks like they will have one rider on East. From a looks standpoint, we'd expect the team to be back with Fly Racing and with FMF goggles. Engines will still be built by Twisted Development and RG3 handling suspension duties.
#40 Dylan Schwartz (250 West): Dylan continues on with the team who gave him his first go. This will be his second full pro season.
#43 Carson Mumford (250 West): After years aboard Hondas, Carson will undergo a large change as he swaps to the Suzuki-backed team. This will be Carson's second full pro season.
#68 Preston Kilroy (250 West): Preston turned pro and competed in the last few nationals with the BarX team and it's likely he'll be back for 2022. However, there are multiple teams in conversation with him and we wouldn't say this one is a done deal as of yet.
#331 Derek Drake (250 East): Derek will be back with the team in 2022. However, after a year of heart related issues and a large chunk of the season missed, it looks like Derek's 2022 is being pushed back a bit farther. As of now, he's the only member of the team signeed up to race East Coast.
Team Manager: Larry Brooks
Engine Technician: Eric BigMac
Mechanic: Tyler Michelson
Mumford's Mechanic: Taylor Muto
Mu-Off/FXR/ClubMX Yamaha Racing
Team: ClubMX has a lot of returning riders and changes heading into 2022. The team will race both West and East coast 250 series, Pro Motocross, and have a full-time 450 guy. New semi, more staff, and head-to-knee deal with FXR.
#26 Alex Martin (450 SX): A-Mart is no-longer a 250 lifer! He's going to ride the big dog in outdoors and indoors. Although, we heard a small rumor he could drop down to a 250 for East coast depending on results. But he will ride a 450 all year for outdoors...and he's teammates with BadNewsPhil again. Oh we can't wait to watch this unfold!
#35 Garrett Marchbanks (250 West): Marchbanks is back for another year with ClubMX. He'll race indoors and outdoors for the team and we suspect you'll see him on West Coast this year.
#80 Enzo Lopes (250 East): After a year away from the team, riding for Phoenix Honda, Enzo Lopes returns to ClubMX.
#81 Jace Owen (250 East): Owen returns for his second year with the team, we'd expect to see him on East coast as he's still recovering from a knee injury.
#98 Nique Thury (250 West): The German SX star is back for '22, we'd suspect to see him indoors full-time and select outdoors.
#715 Phil Nicoletti (250 East / 450 MX): YES! Phil returns to deathcross and on a 250 to boot! Welcome back Phil! We're guessing we'll see Phil come East coast.
#91 Brandon Sharer (Some Outdoors): ClubMX trainer, Brandon Scharer, will pop up at some point during the outdoor championship.
Team Owner: Brandon Haas
Team: The Australian founded Muc-Off Honda team returns for 2022 but now based on the East Coast instead of West Coast. Ohh and it's called FirePower Honda now! New staff, new riders, and more! The team will be based out of MTF in Georgia, as both riders they've hired have been or are based there, and even their team manager was a rider there for a big chunk of his career. Yup, Martin Davalos moves to life after racing as the new team manager.
250 East Coast SX Riders:
#39 Jarrett Frye (250 East): After his first full season of racing, Jarrett Frye wasn't retained by Star Racing and has found a new home with Muc-Off Honda and back to training at MTF.
#90 Jordon Smith (250 East): After a couple rough years at Pro Circuit, Smith returns to the brand he first turned pro on, Honda. He also maintains his homebase at MTF as the team is based there now. Probably a big deciding factor in this decision.
Team Owner: Yarrive Konovsky
Team Manager: Martin Davalos
Team: With the backing of Storm Lake, SGB racing has gone red! The team has some familiar faces and a cast of new ones as well. Either way, Jason's crew will be entertaining and fun to be around, as always! The team will continue in O'Neal gear, and riders have the option of their own helmet deals. All 250 riders on the team will bee East Coast.
#78 Cade Clason: The rivalry between Clason and Ray continues, but now under the same awning as Cade moves to the team after riding for PRMX in 2021. Cade has the lower number....HAHA.
#87 Alex Ray: A-Ray is back but for Supercross-only this year, as he transitions to crew chief come outdoors.
#63 Jeremy Hand (250 East): 250 indoors and 450 outdoors for Hand.
#75 Luke Neese (250 East): After spending 2021 with PRMX, Neese moves to SGB for 250 Supercross.
#92 Jace Kessler (250 East): This guy impressed at the last few nationals and has locked in a 250 indoors and 450 outdoors ride with SGB.
Team Owner: Jason
Crew Chief "Outdoors": Alex Ray
AEO Powersports KTM Racing
Team: AEO Powesports is put together a three man 250 West Coast SX and outdoors team on KTMs with factory backing. The program includes in-house suspension department REP, head up by ex-Red Bull KTM suspension guy Mark Johnson. The team originally had Ty Masterpool and Austin Black scheduled to both race West coast, but due to injury we won't likely see either until outdoors. With this, Carson Brown joins the program for SX alongside Derek Kelly.
#42 Ty Masterpool (250 West): Ty rode for AEO this year on a GASGASG 250 and looks to be staying with the expanding program but on an orange machine for 2022. Due to injury, we won't see him in Supercross.
#74 Derek Kelly (250 West): After riding Supercross for AJE in '21 and outdoors for TPJ, Kelly joins AEO for 2022.
#377 Austin Black (250 West): Another AEO supported rider, Austin will join their team for 2022 after turning pro at the last few Nationals in '21. Due to injury, we won't see him in Supercross.
#910 Carson Brown (250 West): As of now, Carson Brown is SX only to fill-in for the injured Ty Masterpool.
Team Owner: Jeremy Scism
Team Manager: Amanda Klingenberg
Suspension Technician: Mark Johnson
Mechanic for Black/Brown: Joe Dehart
Mechanic for Kelly: TBD
Red Bull FMF KTM Canada
Team: The Factory KTM Canada team is supporting Jess Pettis as he takes on the 250 West Coast in 2022.
#150 Jess Pettis (250 West): Before Jess Pettis takes part in the Canadian outdoor championship aboard a 450, he'll be down south racing the 250 West Coast Supercross region.
Team: Tedder racing has returned for 2022, on KTMs but with engines by Twisted Development and suspension from AEO/REP. Benny Bloss was originally scheduled to start the season aboard the 450 but due to injury, Josh Hill will be aboard the Monster Energy Tedder Racing KTM.
#73 Benny Bloss: This is just a rumor at this point, but there's rumblings that Benny Bloss might join the Tedder group for 2022.
#751 Josh Hill: Filling in for the injured Benny Bloss.
#432 Kaeden Amerine (250 West): Kaeden will make his pro debut in Supercross on West coast for the Tedder Racing team.
Team Owner - Matt Tedder
Team Manager - Dakota Tedder
Bloss/Hill Mechanic - Jared Warrick
Amerine Mechanic - Trey McFarren
Nuclear Blast/Solitaire Yamaha Team
Team: 2022 will look similar and different for the Nuclear Blast team, as they continue with Robbie Wageman but add Ryan Surratt to their program. They'll continue as a 250 West SX team but we expect to see them hit a couple Pro Motocross rounds, along with the Two-Stroke Nationals.
250 West Coast SX Riders:
#58 Ryan Surratt: After a solid growing year in 250 SX and a full outdoor 450 series, Surratt will join the team for 2022.
#69 Robbie Wageman: Robbie is back for 2021, having been with the team for two Supercross seasons.
Team Manager: Ryan Clark
Honda Canada/GDR/Fox Racing
Team: GDR is the factory Honda squad up North in Canada and for 2022, they're helping out their young guns down South for Supercross.
#484 Tanner Ward - (250 East): Tanner will take on his first US Supercross on East coast and is currently training at Tyla Rattray's facility in Florida to prepare.
#? Ryder McNabb - (250 East): We believe that Ryder McNabb will also attempt 250 East Supercross and is also riding and training at Rattray's.
Rides Unlimited/Seven KTM Racing
Team: The Rides Unlimited team has been around for a few years now in the amateur realm and after dabbling in SX during 2021, the team will make a large push into pro racing with a five man team for 2022.
#115 Jonah Geistler - (250 East): Jonah has been with the program since its inception over six years ago.
#192 Jack Chambers - (250 East): Jack Chambers enters his fourth year with the Rides Unlimited crew.
#364 Chad Saultz - (250 West): This is Chad Saultz second year with the program and as of now, he seems to be the only one on the team racing West Coast.
#604 Max Miller - (250 East): Max Miller joins the team for this year, having already been personally supported by KTM and Seven.
#781 Brian Hsu - (250 East): Incoming from Europe, Brian Hsu is finally getting his chance in the US he's talked about for so long.
Team: 2022 will be AJE's fifth full season in Supercross. Two riders return and one is added, as they continue aboard GASGAS machines. They'll still be in 6D helmets but we've heard there might be a switch to Aektiv on the gear side. Rumor is the team may attempt some form of outdoor program in 2022 as well.
250 West Coast Supercross Riders:
#64 Mitchell Harrison (250 West): Mitchell Harrison joins the AJE crew for 2022, after riding for Muc-Off Honda in 2021.
#58 Chris Blose (250 West): Chris Blose is back with his native Arizona-based team.
#612 Mitchell Falk (250 Weast): Mitchell Falk was injured before 2021 season really got going but he's back for his second go with the AJE squad.
Team Owner: Tony Eyrich
Team Manager: Erik Burkhart
Blose's Mechanic: Matt Chase
Falk's Mechanic: Tanner Aschenbrenner
Harrison's Mechanic: Duke Ludewig
Team: The British MX2 and MX1 championship team has brought their 450 rider, Dylan Walsh, back to America to race 250 West coast.
#101 Dylan Walsh (250 West): Dylan Walsh is a New Zealender, riding for a British based team, in the USA!
Team: The PRMX team is going big in 2022! New title sponsor, a prior champion aboard the team, 250 riders on each coast, and a new semi.
#46 Justin Hill: Justin Hill is back! No more Sheriff life, it's time to go racing again. It'll be interesting to see how the comeback goes for the younger Hill.
#55 Justin Rodbell (250 East): Rodbell is staying green but switching teams from SGB to PRMX for 2022. He'll be 250 indoors and 450 outdoors, will the Summer of Rodbell return?
#85 Hunter Sayles (250 West): First year aboard the PRMX team, scheduled to race West but may change.
#388 Brandon Ray (250 West): Ray will make his pro Supercross debut with the team for 2022.
#161 Justin Thompson (250 East): After missing all of last season with a knee injury, Thompson returns for his third year with the team.
#? Julien Benek (250 East): New signing for the team, Canadian Benek will run his first Supercross season with the team.
Team Owner/Manager: Julien Perrier
Team: Longtime entry Ti-Lube Honda carries on for 2022 with all riders being East coast 250s.
#76 Grant Harlan - (250 East): Grant continues for his second year with Ti-Lube Honda and will race 250 East.
#682 Izaih Clark - (250 East): Izaih is in his second year with the team, racing Hoosier Arenacross prior to 250 East coast.
#158? Hunter Yoder - (250 East): Long-time Honda am racer, Hunter Yoder, will make his pro debut on 250 East.
Team Owner: Buddy Brooks
International SX Race Team
Team: Bubba Pauli's Maddparts Circuit Equipment Namura Technologies Kawasaki is back for 2022.
#282 Bubba Pauli - (450 SX):
#848 Joan Cross - (450 SX):
#519 Josh Cartwright - (250 East):
3D Racing Yamaha
Team: While he's facing a serious battle with cancer, team owner Bill Dill says the 3D flag will continue to fly in 2022. We expeect to see them come East coast aboard the blue machines.
#170 Deven Simonson - (250 East):
Ford Brothers Racing
Team: previously a pro quad racing team out of Texas, the Ford family is moving into Supercross this season.
#296 Ryder Floyd - (250 East): Floyd will ineup aboard a Yamaha in 2022 for 250 East with Ford Brothers Racing.
ALL SOUTH Motorsports
Team: Privateer team from Texas aboard Husqvarnas.
#114 Nick Schmidt - (450 SX): Schmidt is a long time privateer in the 450 class.
#260 Dylan Woodcock - (250 West): The UK rider is back for another crack at 250 West coast.
#95 Justin Starling - (450 SX): Justin Starling for the second year has his own 450 Supercross program with a bit more official branding. Signing multi-year deals with FXR and SKDA. With a decker out sprinter he'll be hitting all 17 rounds aboard a 450.
STR Honda Racing Team
Team: New team from Texas.
#118 Cheyenne Harmon - (250 West): Harmon is aboard Honda CRF250Rs this season on 250 West.
#194? Lance Kobusch - (250 East): Lance Kobusch returns to Supercross after sitting 2021 out.
#11 Kyle Chisholm - (450 SX): Chiz will continue to Chiz aboard a nearly stock YZ450F and still making mains. SX suspension, bars, and a pipe is all this man needs to make factory riders cry.
#38 Joshua Varize - (250 East): Varize seems to be on a back door program with factory Husky. Racing the outgoing model with support on engines and suspension. Josh is preparing for East coast and will be a fill-in rider if something happens on Husky's official 250 squad.
#57 Kevin Moranz - 450 SX: Kevin Moranz will be aboard a 450 KTM all season this year, with support from Fly Racing, Red Line Oil and more. He'll be doing his own program away from the TPJ group.
#60 Thomas Do - (250 West): Thomas Do running privateer life on 250 West this year aboard a KTM.
#61 Freddy Noren - (450 SX): The fastest Swede is back for another year in 450 SX all year aboard KTMs.
#67 Logan Karnow - (250 West / 450 East): For 2022, Logan amicably parted ways with the International Supercross team to setup his own program where he will race Kawasakis on West and East coast. 250 first and 450 later.
#97 Jerry Robin - (450 West / 250 East): Jerry Robin returns for another year aboard GASGAS and rocking Canvas gear. He'll start the season aboard a 450 on West coast and depending upon results, may stay 450 or move to 250 come East coast.
#99 RJ Wageman - (450 West): The elder Wageman is running 450 class at A1. Now you can't confuse them in Pulp Fantasy.
#120 Todd Bannister - (250 West):
#121 Chris Howell - (250 West / 450 East): Howell is back for another season on Kawasakis, racing a 250 on West and a 450 on East.
#138 David Pulley - (250 West): David is racing 250 West aboard a Yamaha YZ250F.
#141 Richard Taylor - (250 West / 450 East?): Rich Taylor is on Yamaha's for 2022 and will race 250 West, possibly some 450 East?
#145 Travis Smith - (450SX):
#158 Tre Fierro - (250 West): Mexico native Fierro will ride 250 West on a Kawasaki
#161 Cole Thompson - (250 West / 450 East): The multi-time Canadian SX champ has parted ways with KTM Canada and will be going it privateer status for the 2022 SX season in the US. He'll race Yamahas on both coasts, starting with 250 West before select 450 East races.
#162 Max Sanford - (250 West): After racing for Ti-Lube in 2021, Max Sanford is privateer for 2022 aboard a Honda and racing West Coast.
#167 Jesse Flock - (250 West):
#181 Wyatt Lyonsmith - (250 West):
#191 Curren Thurman - (450 West / 250 East): Ronnie Prado racing, 450 on West coast and moving to 250 on East Coast.
#200 Ryan Breece - (450SX): 450 all season aboard a Yamaha.
#204 Kyle Greeson - (450 West / 250 East):
#208 Logan Leitzel - (250 West): Kawasaki bound on 250 West Coast.
#243 Hardy Munoz - (250 East): After riding for the Nuclear Blast/Solitaire Yamaha Team in 2021, Hardy is a privateer for 2022 aboard Kawasakis being supported by Kissimmee Motorsports.
#246 Chance Blackburn - (250 West):
#277 Kordel Caro - (250 West): Caro is a helmet painter that goes by Korsace, riding a KTM 250 SX-F supported by SwapMoto Live and Seven MX.
#421 Vann Martin - (450 SX): Vann will be racing the full 450 season aboard a Yamaha, backed by ex-MotoGP racer Colin Edwards!
#447 Deven Raper - (450 SX): Supported by RJC Racing and Kelly's Kawasaki for 2022.
#501 Scotty Wennerstrom - (450 SX):
#503 McClellan Hile - (250 West): We believe Hile is riding a Honda CRF250R on 250 West coast.
#509 Alex Nagy - (450 SX): Full 450 season aboard a KTM.
#512 Austin Cozadd - (450 SX): Full 450 season aboard a Yamaha with TPJ.
#597 Mason Kerr - (450 SX):
#645 Colby Copp - (250 West): Copp will lineup for his second Supercross season on 250 West either aboard a KTM or GASGAS.
#726 Gared Steinke - (250 West / 450 East): Gared Steinke is going full two stroke life with a 125 on West coast and 250 two stroke on East coast!
#755 Jack Brunell - (250 West): Jack Brunell is a British racer making his US Supercross debut, racing West coast with support from his ASA United GASGASG UK team.
#837 Bryson Gardner - (450 SX):
#914 Geran Stapleton - (250 West): The Australian is rocking a GASGAS for 2022 on the West coast.
#973 Philipp Klakow - (250 West):
#976 Josh Greco - (450 SX): KTM 450 all season.
#981 Austin Politelli - (450 SX / 250 East): We've heard Politelli will likely ride a 450 on West and a 250 on East, both Hondas.
#995 Christopher Prebula - (250 West): Chris will be making first Supercross debut on West coast aboard a KTM 250 SX-F.
#996 Preston Taylor - (250 West / 450 East): Preston will be racing 250 West region with a few 450 rounds on the East aboard Kawasakis.