2022 SX & MX Teams November Update | Kickstart
Don’t be fooled by the term offseason; the time between the last checkered flag of Pro Motocross and the first gate drop of Supercross is one of the most chaotic and eventful periods on the calendar. That was especially true this year, as practically every team in the pit area went through a staffing turnover or organizational change. Although some are still searching for employees to hire, most have found their place for the 2022 race season, have clicked off practice laps, put in rigorous training sessions, or tried dozens of settings on the equipment.
Here’s a rundown of how the pit area will look at rounds of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Red Bull KTM
Cooper Webb | 450 SX & 450 MX
Aaron Plessinger | 450 SX & 450 MX
Marvin Musquin | 450 SX
Maximus Volhand | 250 SX & 250 MX
Team Principals | Ian Harrison, Roger De Coster
There have been quite a few changes at Red Bull KTM. Yes, three of the riders are returning to their place in the pit area, and yes, the Ian Harrison-Roger De Coster management continues, but the orange team has also added Aaron Plessinger and other staff, developed a new 450 SX-F and adjusted their roster at Aldon Baker’s training facility.
Cooper Webb returns through a multi-year contract, which was re-upped after a successful 2019 and runs through 2022. Now away from Aldon Baker entirely, the defending 450 SX champion will put in time at the 83 Compound in Florida and has tapped Michael Byrne to serve as his riding coach. Webb will stay in his usual Bell/100%/Thor/Alpinestars setup.
After a long negotiation (one that nearly led to an OEM switch), Musquin and KTM agreed to a Supercross-only contract in 2021, widely expected to be the “beginning of the end” of the 31-year-old rider’s ten-year-plus career in the US. Given his reduced schedule, Musquin will spend much of the offseason/race season in Southern California and reinstated French MX icon David Vuillemin to serve as his coach and trainer. Musquin will keep his Airoh/100%/Thor/Alpinestars gear.
It’s official: Plessinger will ride a KTM 450 SX-F in 2022 and 2023. The deal includes a full-time training program through the Baker’s Factory, with his time split between KTM’s testing facility in California and the private practice track in Florida. Personal endorsements will keep Plessinger in wares from Alpinestars, Thor MX, and 100%. In addition, Jade Dungey will act as his race wrench, a return to Red Bull KTM for the longtime mechanic.
Vohland returns for year two of a three-year agreement at Red Bull KTM, a sign of the team’s belief in the 2021 250 MX Rookie of the Year, and will join the Baker’s Factory for practice and training. Fox Racing recently signed Vohland to wear their gear, boots, and helmet with goggles from SCOTT Sports.
Although there were early rumors of KTM expanding their small-bore effort, it looks as though Vohland will be the team’s only full-time 250 Class rider in 2022. Red Bull KTM Canada’s Jess Pettis is expected to try his hand at 250 SX, but it is unclear if he will pit on his own or with the US team.
Spy shots of the new 450 SX-F have made their way around the internet, and the bike will be announced as a “Factory Edition” in the coming weeks.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
Dean Wilson | 450 SX & 450 MX
Malcolm Stewart | 450 SX & 450 MX
RJ Hampshire | 250 SX & 250 MX
Jalek Swoll | 250 SX & 250 MX
Stilez Robertson | 250 SX & 250 MX
Team Principals | Steve Westfall, Sean Murphy, Roger De Coster
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s program might not look much different, but a lot of work was done behind the scenes to set things in place for 2022. The team got Malcolm Stewart to fill the void left by Jason Anderson, kept Rockstar Energy on as the title sponsor (the agreement was a bit uncertain when Pepsi purchased the drink brand), retained all three 250 riders, re-upped Dean Wilson’s deal, and waited for Zach Osborne to make a final decision about his career.
A complex back injury has forced Osborne into retirement. Although he had made progress with the problem and previously committed to racing, a recent setback has forced him to end his career earlier than planned (he openly stated that even if things worked out, 2022 would have been his last race season). This decision means that Husqvarna will field only two riders in the 450 Class.
Wilson’s determination to keep a white bike on the track last summer despite his struggles with the Epstein-Barr virus and a relationship with Rockstar Energy played a part in his one-year extension. DW15 will keep longtime supporters O’Neal, 100%, and Alpinestars. Like many, Wilson has stated he’s entering the final years of his racing career, so 2022 may be his last full season of SX and MX.
Malcolm Stewart has a two-year agreement with a factory team in the 450 Class for the first time in his career. As we’ve mentioned many times before, the contract means Mookie will race the complete SX and MX series each season and follow Aldon Baker’s training program. He has kept Seven MX, Shoei, SCOTT, and Gaerne as personal gear sponsors.
Like KTM, all three of Husqvarna’s 450 Class riders will be aboard the newest version of the FC 450. The bike will be announced as a “Rockstar Edition” in the coming weeks.
Hampshire was one of the fastest riders in the 250 Class in 2021, but crashes and inconsistency caused Husqvarna to balk at a contract extension. Fortunately, a mid-summer surge earned Hampshire a multi-year deal and convinced the OEM to keep him in consideration for any future spots in the 450 Class. He will do most of his program at the Baker’s Factory in Florida.
Swoll was rewarded with a two-year contract for his steady progress, good finishes, and a surprise win at High Point. Like Hampshire, Swoll will ride at the Baker’s Factory and will be able to spend time with lifelong friend Malcolm Stewart.
Although an injury and illness-plagued rookie year kept Stilez Robertson from showing his true potential, he retained his spot on the factory squad for 2022 and has started preseason prep in Southern California.
The same sponsors will outfit all three riders in Husky’s 250 Class program: FLY Racing, SCOTT, and Gaerne.
It’s worth noting Joshua Varize kept a practice bike from the team and has been spotted on it around SoCal, but it’s unclear what he and the team will do. The latest word is that Husky may add him to the 250 Class program in 2022; expect more details to come.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing
Justin Barcia | 450 SX & 450 MX
Michael Mosiman | 250 SX & 250 MX
Pierce Brown | 250 SX & 250 MX
Team Principals | Tyler Keefe, Rich Simmons, Troy Lee, Roger De Coster
Although there were early suggestions of an expanded presence, the GASGAS team will remain a three-man effort in 2022, with one 450 Class competitor and two 250 Class riders. They will wear Troy Lee Designs helmets and gear with Oakley goggles and Alpinestars boots.
Barcia joined GASGAS through a two-year contract, something that will run out at the end of 2022, but he’s already made it clear that he’d like to re-up and continue racing for a few more seasons. JB51 has further developed his training program with Wil Hahn and now has a full-time residence in Southern California. Olly Stone has been tasked with keeping Barcia’s bike race-ready; Stone was Austin Forkner’s longtime wrench at Pro Circuit.
Mosiman’s 2021 season was noted for its good finishes but missed races. A well-established relationship with KTM and quick adaptation to the TLD team earned Mosiman a two-year contract extension.
Like Mosiman, the highs of the 2021 season overshadowed the lows and got Brown another contract with the factory team. Derik Dwyer will watch after Brown’s motorcycle, a pairing that happened after DD decided not to follow the Star Racing team to Florida.
There are mixed messages about a GASGAS Factory Edition 450. It would put Barcia on the latest equipment, and aside from a few subtle sponsor changes, be identical to the KTM and Husqvarna, but we’ve yet to get concrete details.
Team Honda HRC
Ken Roczen | 450 SX & 450 MX
Chase Sexton | 450 SX & 450 MX
Jett Lawrence | 250 SX & 250 MX
Hunter Lawrence | 250 SX & 250 MX
Team Principals | Lars Lindstrom, Naoki Serizawa, Bill Savino, Brandon Wilson
Team Honda HRC continues its four-rider effort in 2022, with Roczen and Sexton in the 450 Class and the Lawrence brothers in the 250 Class. There have been a handful of senior staffing changes within the group, including Eric Kehoe’s retirement, Lars Lindstrom’s promotion to Team Manager, and Grant Hutcheson’s hiring as 250 Crew Chief.
Roczen enters the last year of his current contract with Honda, a three-year deal he inked in 2019 that includes participation in SX and MX. How much longer does KR94 plan to race? That’s a common question for the red riders right now, and we expect this to be a big topic in 2022. Ken’s head-to-toe Fox Racing kit/Red Bull painted helmet will remain intact, too.
From the outside, it doesn’t look like much is different for Sexton, who still has two years to go in his initial agreement with Team Honda HRC (it runs through 2023) and will continue to run Alpinestars equipment/100% goggles/Monster Energy logos. The people close to him have changed, though; Jade Dungey’s departure for Red Bull KTM necessitated a new mechanic, a role that Brandon Zimmerman stepped into, and Sexton is no longer working on technique with James Stewart.
Get used to Jett Lawrence on Honda equipment. The defending 250 MX champion has a few years left in his current term, which should be enough time to see him through the small-bore ranks, but ideas and timelines for an eventual move to the 450 Class are already being discussed. Endorsement deals with Alpinestars, 100%, and Red Bull will remain in effect, too.
Hunter Lawrence’s ties to Honda are solid, too, so don’t expect to see him on anything else soon. A handful of race wins and overall championship rankings got the older brother some much-needed recognition within the 250 Class and sponsorship from Red Bull.
Both Lawrence brothers will be aboard the newest iteration of the Honda CRF250R.
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha
Eli Tomac | 450 SX & 450 MX
Dylan Ferrandis | 450 SX & 450 MX
Christian Craig | 250 SX/450 MX
Colt Nichols | 250 SX & 250 MX
Justin Cooper | 250 SX & 250 MX
Jeremy Martin | 250 SX & 250 MX
Nate Thrasher | 250 SX & 250 MX
Levi Kitchen | 250 SX & 250 MX
Team Principals | Brad Hoffman, Jeremy Coker, Jensen Hendler, Bobby Regan
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha will have both the biggest and arguably the most accomplished roster of any in the pit area, with three defending titlists and two multi-time champions who will be aboard their YZF race bikes.
The team’s staff underwent significant changes in the offseason, a turnover attributed to the cross-country move to Florida, the build-up of a new HQ at the GOAT Farm, and other internal procedures. Mechanics Matt Winters, Derek Rankin, Derik Dwyer, and Jason Montoya have all moved on to new roles away from Star, technician Grant Hutcheson changed OEMs, and Seth Rarrick stepped down after spending a summer in the 250 Team Manager spot. The team has worked to fill the vacancies and recently hired Daniel Castloo, Aaron Clout, and Brent Duffe to tune bikes, plus Jensen Hendler to oversee the 250 Class program.
The addition of Tomac is by far the most important of the signing season, a move that will increase ET’s input in the bike’s setup and could set off the next part of his career. We hear this new contract is a one-year agreement, with the option for an extension if things go well. Tomac will remain in Colorado for much of the offseason but will travel to Florida/California to test with the team when necessary and keep sponsors Alpinestars, Bell, Oakley, and PPG. In addition, Star Racing mechanic Josh Ellingson has been assigned to work with Tomac, a change that will take him away from longtime rider Justin Cooper.
Ferrandis will stay at Star Racing through 2022, and given his recent investment in the program, including a full-time move to Florida, it seems like he’s there to stay for the near future. The 450 MX champion will keep many things the same, including a training program led by David Vuillemin, deals with Bell/THOR/100%/Alpinestars, and mechanic Alex Campbell.
Craig will continue to split his time between the 250 indoors and the 450 outdoors with Star Racing in 2022. To our knowledge, he’s currently the only factory-supported rider to have this sort of deal. Craig is one of three riders in the team’s 250 Class program who hopes his 2022 results will result in a full-time 450 Class position with a factory team in 2023. Brent Duffe will be his mechanic for the entire season.
Defending 250 SX East Coast champion Nichols will continue his tenure with Star Racing in 2022 and is one of three riders in the team’s 250 Class program who hopes his 2022 results will result in a full-time 450 Class position with a factory team in 2023. A few key things have changed for Nichols in the offseason: he hired David Vuillemin to serve as a riding
coach, saw mechanic Matt Winters leave the industry for a gig at Space X and got assigned Aaron Clout.
Defending 250 SX West Coast champion and 250 MX runner-up Cooper will stay with Star Racing in 2022; a contract extension signed back in 2020 assures that he will spend his entire 250 Class career aboard a blue bike. As we mentioned in the intro, he lost mechanic Josh Ellingson to Tomac but has already started working with Daniel Castloo.
Martin remains with Star Racing through a one-year contract extension and is another rider who hopes a strong 2022 will garner a position with a 450 Class factory team in 2023. His time between Minnesota, Florida, or Colorado as he gets back into riding shape following a wrist injury. The offseason will be an important period for Martin because the necessary testing will double as early work with a new mechanic; Derik Dwyer moved to the GASGAS team.
Thrasher, a winner of two 250 SX Main Events in 2021, will return for another year at Star Racing. A shoulder injury brought Thrasher’s rookie season to an early end, but he has recovered and is back on the bike in Florida.
The 2022 season will be Kitchen’s first as a full-time pro, and an extensive contract at Star Racing will keep him on a blue bike for the next few years. A broken shoulder blade has hampered Kitchen’s offseason prep, but it should be neither a long recovery nor a severe issue.
The team’s 250 Class riders will wear Bell/THOR/100%/Alpinestars gear throughout the year.
Monster Energy Kawasaki
Adam Cianciarulo | 450 SX & 450 MX
Jason Anderson | 450 SX & 450 MX
Team Principals | Dan Fahie, Bruce Stjernstrom
Monster Energy Kawasaki will stick with its tried and true plan of two riders in 2022, now with Jason Anderson and Adam Cianciarulo at the controls of a KX450. The team went through two notable changes, with championship-winning mechanic Brian Kranz moving to an in-house role and the addition of Jason Montoya as a wrench, but the rest of the staff stays essentially the same. Both bikes will be outfitted with suspension components from Showa, a change that’s due in part to Eli Tomac’s departure.
In a sense, Cianciarulo has become the de-facto lead rider at Monster Energy Kawasaki, a development process that dates back to his days on 65cc with Team Green. AC’s current plan is to spend most of the offseason in Southern California with the team and riding coach Nick Wey. A head-to-toe contract with Fox Racing will continue in 2022. Cianciarulo is midway through a multi-year contract with Kawasaki, and talks of a re-up will intensify sooner than later.
Anderson’s move to Kawasaki is a tremendous change. The two-year agreement is seen as a potential rejuvenator, as it pairs Anderson with mechanic Jason Montoya and crew chief Theo Lockwood, puts him on an aluminum-framed bike for the first time in his pro career, and spurred a move to Southern California for convenient prep and practice. Anderson kept sponsors Alpinestars, Airoh, and SCOTT.
Broc Tickle remains in his active testing role with Monster Energy Kawasaki, and may be called up as a fill-in rider should the team need it in 2022.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
Jo Shimoda | 250 SX & 250 MX
Austin Forkner | 250 SX & 250 MX
Seth Hammaker | 250 SX & 250 MX
Jett Reynolds | 250 SX & 250 MX
Cameron McAdoo | 250 SX & 250 MX
Team Principals | Mitch Payton, Ian Southwell
For the 29th consecutive year, Kawasaki’s 250 Class efforts will run through Mitch Payton’s Pro Circuit five-rider team. The KX250 platform remains the same as 2021, so although the late arrival of bikes hindered their efforts last year, they’ve now had ample time to sort out its performance and handling. Olly Stone and Colter Ahrens have moved on to other jobs, Stone at GASGAS and Ahrens with a trucking company, which prompted PC to hire Tony Archer.
Shimoda’s performance through 2021 netted him a multi-year deal with Kawasaki.
Forkner enters the last term of his current contract with Kawasaki. Per our understanding, this is a decisive year regarding the future of their working relationship and Forkner’s chances of a factory ride with Kawasaki in the 450 Class.
Highs (a 250 SX Main Event win) and lows (much of the season was missed due to illness) were the stories of Hammaker’s rookie season, but thanks to a multi-year contract, he’ll keep his spot at PC for another year.
Team Green’s latest amateur graduate has joined the PC squad and will jump directly into the deep end of the talent pool in 2022; his pro debut will happen in SX and roll into a full summer of MX.
McAdoo stays aboard the PC 250 and will work closely with riding coach Nick Wey and 450 SX/MX rider Adam Cianciarulo through the offseason.
Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports/Suzuki
Brandon Hartranft | 450 SX & 450 MX
Adam Enticknap | 450 SX
Justin Bogle | 450 SX & 450 MX
Team Principals | Dustin Pipes, Clark Jones, Dave Dye
The Suzuki-supported squad is set to get increased support from the Japanese OEM and the Boston-based booze brand in 2022 (Twisted Tea’s presence in MX seems set for a few years as they inked a lengthy extension with HEP and are exploring options with the SX-MX series). The technical development of the RM-Z450 will be managed by Clark Jones of NoleenJ6 and Dave Dye of Total Performance.
After a steep learning curve in SX, Hartranft adapted to the 450 Class, established himself as a top-15 finisher in MX, and signed on to stay with the Suzuki team for 2022.
Enticknap, a fan-favorite and friend of the HEP team, will stay in his spot for another year.
Bogle’s inclusion in the team benefits both parties: he has a history on Suzuki equipment, which could point the team in a good direction for setup, while HEP’s program offers him a chance to do what he wants on/off the bike and to train in Florida.
Carson Mumford | 250 SX & 250 MX
Dilan Schwartz | 250 SX & 250 MX
Preston Kilroy | 250 SX & 250 MX
Derek Drake | 250 SX & 250 MX
Team Principals | Larry Brooks
The longtime Suzuki amateur team continues to push into the pro ranks, with four young riders on their roster for Supercross and Pro Motocross.
After weighing out several team options through the summer, Mumford joined the Suzuki squad and will run the full season in the 250 Class. It will be the first time in six years that Mumford is not aboard a Honda.
A solid list of MX results put Schwartz on many people’s radar and reestablished the RM-Z in the 250 Class. He’ll return to the BARX team for his sophomore season.
A recent amateur graduate with a few 250 MX Nationals to his credit, Kilroy will spend his true rookie season on a Suzuki in 2022.
The young rider missed several races due to a lifelong heart condition, which required multiple surgeries, but will be back on the yellow bike in 2022.
Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM
Shane McElrath | 450 SX & 450 MX
Max Anstie | 450 SX & 450 MX
Joey Savatgy | 450 SX & 450 MX
Team Principals | Forrest Butler, Mark Mackenzie, Dylan Rash, Derek Rankin, Seth Rarick
Two tough years took a toll on the team, but they continue to move forward with a three-rider roster, new personnel (Dylan Rash as coordinator, Derek Rankin as crew chief, Seth Rarick as a trainer), and an investor (Mark Mackenzie). The group retained Rocky Mountain ATV-MC and WPS as title sponsors and will still receive KTM support, but have turned to Mark Johnson of Research Engineering Performance for their suspension needs.
A complicated back injury sidelined McElrath for practically all his rookie season in the 450 Class, but his potential and support within the industry helped him land a full-time ride for 2022. This will be McElrath’s second stint on Austrian equipment; the last was with TLD KTM as a 250 Class rider.
Anstie continues his time in the US through a new deal (he is said to have a history with Mackenzie) and a move to Florida for training at the 83 Compound. This will be Anstie’s second stint on Austrian equipment; the last was with Standing Construct KTM in Europe.
For the first time in his 450 Class career, Savatgy will get to spend a second year on the same bike. He will continue to put in laps at the 83 Compound.
FLY Racing has stepped up its presence on the riders and will handle the team’s goggle needs.
Justin Brayton | 450 SX
Vince Friese | 250 SX/450 SX
Mitchell Oldenburg | 250 SX/450 SX
Team Principals | Mike Genova, Tony Alessi
MCR has scaled back a bit for 2022, with one full-time 450 Class rider and two additional riders who will split their time between 450 SX and 250 SX. Fortunately, the team has secured their share of the new Honda CRF250R and has ample time to establish baseline settings.
Brayton returns to the team for 2022, with a Supercross-only deal billed as his final full season racing the 450 Class. Don’t call it a career yet; Brayton has expressed interest in lining up for limited races or overseas events in the future, should the opportunities line up.
Friese will drop down to the 250 Class for one region, then step up to the 450 Class when the series moves to the other side of the country.
The same goes for Oldenburg, who moved to MCR after two years with Muc-Off Honda and brought along mechanic Nate Alexander.
Brayton will wear FLY Racing and Gaerne; Oldenburg and Friese will wear Leatt.
Phoenix Racing Honda
Coty Schock | 250 SX & 250 MX*
Kyle Peters | 250 SX
Cullin Park | 250 SX
Josh Osby | 250 SX
Team Principals | David Eller
The East Coast-based, Honda-backed team has expanded its outlook for 2022. They will again field Kyle Peters and Cullin Park through the complete Kicker Arenacross Series, with plans for both riders to compete in 250 SX once the championship is completed, and retained Josh Osby for another year in 250 SX. All three riders will maintain training programs at CLUBMX throughout the year.
The most significant addition to the lineup is Coty Schock, who joins the squad at the strong recommendation of American Honda after the recent closure of FXR/Chaparral/Honda. Schock is confirmed to race an entire season with Phoenix Racing, first in the 250 Class during SX, but his bike size for the summer is to be determined; Honda could request he stay in the 250 Class or permit a move up to the 450 Class.
All four riders will wear Moose Racing, Alpinestars, and FMF Vision, while Schock has been spotted in a 6D Helmet.
Monster Energy/Lucas Oil/Team Tedder/KTM
Benny Bloss | 450 SX
Team Principals | Matt Tedder, Dakota Tedder
The Tedder Team will not have one of their own on the track in 2022; Dakota Tedder has decided to stop racing following years of wrist injuries and surgeries. Instead, they’ve tapped into the free-agent market and hired Benny Bloss. They, too, have turned to Mark Johnson of Research Engineering Performance for suspension setup.
Bloss has a history aboard KTM equipment and has enlisted in the training group run by Davi Millsaps. He will wear FLY Racing/100%/Alpinestars.
Chris Blose | 250 SX
Mitchell Harrison | 250 SX
Mitchell Falk | 250 SX
Team Principals | Tony Eyrich, Eric Burkhart, Dustin Turner
The Arizona-based team will field three-riders in 2022, with Chris Blose, Mitchell Harrison, and Mitchell Falk all aboard GASGAS MC 250F bikes. Oil brand Motul will continue to serve as title sponsor, while Aektiv Company has taken over the gear needs. Blose has spent a good portion of his recent career with the team (they are close to his AZ home), while Harrison and Falk are new additions.
CLUBMX/IAMACOMEBACK/FXR/ATVs & More/Jeffrey Homes/Yamaha
Alex Martin | 450 SX & 450 MX
Phil Nicoletti | 250 SX & 450 MX
Garrett Marchbanks | 250 SX & 250 MX
Enzo Lopes | 250 SX & 250 MX
Jace Owen | 250 SX
Dominique Thury | 250 SX
Team Principals | Brandon Haas
The East Coast-based team continues to grow and, for the first time, has committed to running a complete SX and MX season with riders in both 250 SX divisions and one full-time competitor in the 450 Class. Additionally, FXR has increased its presence on the team, with riders set to wear the company’s gear/goggles/co-branded helmets with 6D, plus Gaerne boots.
Alex Martin has made the big move to the 450 Class, and 2022 will be the first year that he pursues the full 29-race calendar. This is a big change for the elder Martin brother in many ways, partly because it required him to break from many personal sponsors (Arai, 100%, Answer Racing) and comes with increased expectations. He will split his time between the team’s compound in South Carolina and the Moto Sandbox in Florida.
Phil Nicoletti returns for 2022, but this year’s plan is much different from last: he will drop to the 250 Class during Supercross and then return to the 450 Class for Pro Motocross.
Garrett Marchbanks will be part of the CLUBMX crew for years to come, thanks to an extended deal the two parties inked in 2021. He will compete in the 250 Class full-time.
Enzo Lopes returns for his second stint with the South Carolina-based team and will race in the 250 Class.
Jace Owen and Dominique Thury, full-time residents at the practice facility that have retained support from the team through the years, will line up for a 250 SX region.
Jarrett Frye | 250 SX
Jordon Smith | 250 SX
Team Principals | Yarrive Konsky, Martin Davalos
Although some details of this project are being worked out, we know a few things: the Australian-owned team plans to be based out of the Millsaps Training Facility in Georgia, tapped Martin Davalos to serve as an advisor, has plans to support two riders in 250 SX, and has maintained relationships with partners like Twisted Development. Expect more information to come as we get closer to the new calendar year.
SGB Racing Honda
Alex Ray | 450 SX
Cade Clason | 450 SX & 450 MX
Jeremy Hand | 250 SX & 450 MX
Jace Kessler | 250 SX & 450 MX
Luke Neese | 250 SX
Team Principals | Jason Butschky, Alex Ray
The independently-owned East Coast team will take on 2022 with a new OEM, supporting dealer, and revamped rider lineup that focuses on the 250 Class. All five riders will be aboard Honda equipment and with gear supplied by O’Neal Racing.
Alex Ray and Cade Clason will head up the team’s 450 Class efforts, with Ray racing SX-only and Clason in for the full year. In addition to his racing efforts, Ray will also act as a team manager and coach.
Jeremy Hand, Jace Kessler, and Luke Neese will represent the team in the 250 Class during SX, but when Pro Motocross starts, Hand and Kessler will step up to the 450 Class.
Justin Hill | 450 SX
Hunter Sayles | 250 SX & 450 SX
Justin Thompson | 250 SX
Justin Rodbell | 250 SX
Julien Benek | 250 SX
Brandon Ray | 250 SX
Team Principals | Julien Perrier
The Canadian-based team continues to build and will carry six riders through the 2022 season. All six riders will be aboard Kawasaki motorcycles and will wear gear from O’Neal Racing.
Justin Hill’s addition is by far the biggest detail: it’s the first time that a former AMA champion has ridden for the team and brings Hill back to the track after a year away. The Supercross-only deal will put Hill in the 450 Class, with preseason training taking place at South of the Border in South Carolina. Hill will wear O’Neal gear and helmets.
Justin Rodbell is the team’s second big score of the signing season, and he will race the 250 Class during Supercross.
Journeyman privateer Hunter Sayles has earned a position within the group for 2022, and he intends to maximize his race time by lining up in both the 250 SX and 450 SX divisions.
Justin Thompson, Brandon Ray, and Julien Benek round out the team’s 250 Class effort.
Team Solitaire/Nuclear Blast Records/Yamaha
Ryan Surratt | 250 SX
Robbie Wageman | 250 SX
Team Principals | Chris Elliott, Ryan Clark
The Yamaha-supported, Supercross-only team will have one returning rider and one new rider in 2022. Although their focus will be on the 250 Class, the group is open to racing the 450 Class at select events in the opposite regions. Leatt remains the group’s head-to-toe apparel sponsor.
Robbie Wageman will stay in his spot, as 2022 marks his third aboard the team’s blue bike.
A stellar summer as a privateer in the 450 Class earned Surratt a spot on the team. Surratt has lined up for an assortment of events in the last three years, including off-road endurance races, Canadian MX, and 250 SX.
TiLube/Storm Lake Honda
Grant Harlan | 250 SX
Iziah Clark | 250 SX
Team Principals | Buddy Brooks
A staple of the Midwest, TiLube/Storm Lake Honda will support two riders during the 250 East Coast region of the Supercross season. Grant Harlan is doing his prep with Gregg Albertson at the GAME Moto facility in Oklahoma, and Iziah Clark is racing his way into shape through the Hoosier Tires Arenacross series.
International SX Race Team
Theodore Pauli | 450 SX
Joan Cros | 450 SX
Josh Cartwright | 250 SX
Team Principals | Theodore Pauli, Ryan Koontz
The Illinois-based operation has three riders ready for the 2022 Supercross season. Team owner Theodore Pauli will race alongside multi-time Spanish SX champion Joan Cros in the 450 Class, while new addition Josh Cartwright will line up in the 250 Class. All three will wear FXR/LS2/Forma/FLO Vision and be aboard Kawasaki motorcycles.
Revo Seven Kawasaki
Dylan Walsh | 250 SX
Team Principals | Mark Yates
Revo Seven Kawasaki is a new addition to the US SX paddock, but the European team’s connections should help alleviate any early issues as they follow the 250 West Coast region with New Zealander/MXGP racer Dylan Walsh. Walsh will wear SEVEN MX/Bell/100%/Gaerne.
Austin Black | 250 SX
Ty Masterpool | 250 SX
Derek Kelley | 250 SX
This is one group we have the least information about, but per recent conversations with people close to the group, the Southwest KTM/Husqvarna/GASGAS dealership-race team intends to support three riders in 250 SX, if not longer. Expect more information to come as we get closer to the new calendar year.