Star Yamaha or Geico Honda 450 Riders?

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7/14/2020 7:37 AM

With many riders trying to move up to the 450s do you think we could ever see Star or Geico carry a 450 rider?

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7/14/2020 7:41 AM

Yeah, no, for sure!

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Mantis Toboggan, M.D

7/14/2020 7:42 AM

Geico has before with Tomac, and I think even star may have had one at some point.

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7/14/2020 7:45 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2020 7:45 AM

Geico has run a 450 many many times. Only stopped in 2017

It’s time for a Kawi and yamaha support team for sure

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Alright Lunger, Let's Do It

7/14/2020 7:47 AM

From what I have seen and read online Craig has only been on a 450 for the last month or 2. I wonder if they will carry him outdoors and into 2021 for SX and MX.

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7/14/2020 7:50 AM

Wish they would do more or this instead of putting all their resources in the 250 class.

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7/14/2020 8:17 AM

ElliotB16 wrote:

Wish they would do more or this instead of putting all their resources in the 250 class.

Well, and I'm very much stealing this point of view from Matthes, this is partly due to how the 250 class is presented. If SX is the money driver the sport, there really is no big difference for a sponsor to be involved with a 250 team or 450 team. On the broadcast, they get the same amount of exposure, the same number of interviews. At the race live, pretty much the same deal. So the incentive for a manufacturer to pull 250 resources to fund more 450 rides isn't there at all, nor is the incentive from an outside sponsor there to choose 450 over 250. The hardcore fans know there is massive difference, but the average viewer does not care.

I don't know the solution to the above. De-value the 250 series and sponsors leave. Make 250 a full SX class and 250 teams go from 4-5 riders to 2-3 and people in the industry lose jobs.

To the original question, FC Honda has run the 450 program, of course they had Larocco, KW, then both Tomac and Hahn in 2014, Tomac 2015, Bogle 2016. There seem to be many rumours of some Star Yamaha involvement in a 450 program for 2021. Time will tell.

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Old MXer turned Superfan.

7/14/2020 9:15 AM

Yeah wait until Star has a 450 and tries to protest a tomac or rockzen caliber rider.

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7/14/2020 9:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2020 9:26 AM

soggy wrote:

Geico has before with Tomac, and I think even star may have had one at some point.

And Windham.

Wil Hahn too?

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7/14/2020 9:39 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2020 9:44 AM

soggy wrote:

Geico has before with Tomac, and I think even star may have had one at some point.

Sawfish wrote:

And Windham.

Wil Hahn too?

Bogle was I think the last full-time 450 ride for them.

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7/14/2020 9:41 AM

88FYNN88 wrote:

From what I have seen and read online Craig has only been on a 450 for the last month or 2. I wonder if they will carry him ...more

Didnt they say Craig was going to star next season?

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7/14/2020 9:44 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2020 9:44 AM

88FYNN88 wrote:

From what I have seen and read online Craig has only been on a 450 for the last month or 2. I wonder if they will carry him ...more

450 wrote:

Didnt they say Craig was going to star next season?

I have not heard that. Where did you see/hear that? From what I have heard he has a 450 ride for 2021.

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7/14/2020 1:14 PM

Star ~ Factory 450 team for 2021 ? wink

I’ll go ahead and say it !! tongue

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7/15/2020 12:08 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2020 12:09 AM

langhammx wrote:

Star ~ Factory 450 team for 2021 ? wink

I’ll go ahead and say it !! tongue

If thats the case does Plessinger keep his contract extension for 2021 that he has with the current factory Yamaha team?

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7/15/2020 2:31 PM

langhammx wrote:

Star ~ Factory 450 team for 2021 ? wink

I’ll go ahead and say it !! tongue

I would not be shocked if they keep Ferrandis. I have heard Ferrandis say a few times that he wants a 450 ride but wished he could stay with the star racing team. But after winning 2 250 titles I am sure Monster Yamaha wants him on their team.

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7/15/2020 2:56 PM

88FYNN88 wrote:

From what I have seen and read online Craig has only been on a 450 for the last month or 2. I wonder if they will carry him ...more

450 wrote:

Didnt they say Craig was going to star next season?

88FYNN88 wrote:

I have not heard that. Where did you see/hear that? From what I have heard he has a 450 ride for 2021.

Yea he signed a 1 year deal with Star.

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7/15/2020 4:11 PM

Star is trying to put a 450 deal together right now. They even have a rider if it gets done.

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7/15/2020 5:20 PM

UpTiTe wrote:

Star is trying to put a 450 deal together right now. They even have a rider if it gets done.

Possibly the rider who finished 2nd in the east....

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7/15/2020 6:05 PM

Paging Wilbur .... spill it. tongue

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7/15/2020 7:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2020 7:13 PM

UpTiTe wrote:

Star is trying to put a 450 deal together right now. They even have a rider if it gets done.

Ya think ?

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