Silly season is in full motion now the 2017 season has drawn to a close. We have drawn up a list on the current rider line up’s for the 2018 season.
? – Still to be confirmed.
Red Bull Factory KTM – Antonio Cairoli, Glenn Coldenhoff & Jeffrey Herlings (Herlings will stay in the MX2 awning)
Marchetti KTM – Jose Butron
KTM UK – Graeme Irwin
Standing Construct KTM – Valentin Guillod & Kevin Strijbos?
BOS Suspension (team name to be confirmed) – Jordi Tixier. The team are thought to be interested in running two riders.
Ice One Husqvarna – Max Anstie & Gautier Paulin
62 Motorsport – Klemen Gercar
8Biano Massignani Husqvarna? – Rumoured to concentrate on MX2 which would mean Rui Goncalves is without a ride for 2018 as of right now. Tanel Leok has confirmed he will contest MXGP again next year but as a privateer.
Kawasaki Racing Team – Clement Desalle & Julien Lieber
Gebben Kawasaki – Maxime Desprey & Alessandro Lupino
Dixon Racing Team: Tommy Searle
Factory TM – Max Nagl
HRC Gariboldi Honda – Tim Gajser & Brian Bogers
Assomotor Honda – The Assomotor Honda team haven’t got any confirmed riders for the 2018 season yet but both Lupino and Guillod have left. The team have been linked to the likes of Evgeny Bobryshev, Arminas Jasikonis and Petar Petrov.
Carglass-Honda? – The Carglass-Honda team ran Ander Valentin this year, their main focus is on the EMX250 series so don’t expect them to name their MXGP rider after they announce their full EMX250 line up.
24MX Honda? – Damon Graulus? & ?
Factory Yamaha – Romain Febvre & Jeremy Van Horebeek
Wilvo Yamaha – Arnaud Tonus & Shaun Simpson & Jeremy Seewer?
JK Yamaha – Ivo Monticelli
Castrol Suzuki (European rounds): Stefan Ekerold
MX2 teams 2018
Red Bull Factory KTM – Jorge Prado (rumoured to be in the De Carli KTM awning), Pauls Jonass
KTM UK – Conrad Mewse
Marchetti KTM – Morgan Lesiardo
LRT KTM – Davy Pootjes
CreyMert KTM? – ?
VHR KTM – Alexis Verhaeghe & David Herbreteau (European rounds)
Silver Action KTM – Stephen Rubini
KTM Rocket Juniors – Zach Pichon (European rounds)
Factory Husqvarna – Thomas Covington, Thomas Kjer Olsen
8Biano Massignani Husqvarna – Iker Larranaga, ?
STC Husqvarna: Henry Jacobi & ?
Dixon Racing Team – Darian Sanayei. DRT had been linked with Brent van Doninck but now it’s thought he might end up elsewhere which means the team might only run one rider in each class.
F & H Kawasaki – Ruben Fernandez, Adam Sterry & Jed Beaton
BUD Kawasaki: Brian Hsu (MX2 World Championship European rounds only).
HRC Honda – Calvin Vlaanderen
114 Motorsports Honda: Hunter Lawrence & Bas Vaessen
Martin Racing Technology: Michele Cervellin
Vamo Honda – Marshal Weltin?
Kemea Yamaha Jago Geerts, Vsevolod Brylyakov & Ben Watson
Ausio Yamaha – Jorge Zaragoza?
SM Action-Errzetta Yamaha – Simone Furlotti & Alvin Ostlund
JK Yamaha – Anton Gole
Factory TM – Samuele Bernardini