Here’s a recap of news, notes, and images from our weekend at the track. Just remember where you heard it when you try to “break the news” on a message board later today…
– The two US MXGP rounds will have some American draw star power, but the battle we’re already excited for will be between Cooper Webb and Jeffrey Herlings. The very confident MX2 riders know that the other will be looking to knock them down a peg, and we’re sure that everything will be left on the track at Charlotte (Webb is only racing Charlotte, and will use the week off to test the 450 for the Motocross of Nations).
– Justin Brayton’s summer has come to an abrupt end. Still feeling the effects from his second moto crash at Washougal, the Brayton announced late in the week that he’s made the decision to sit out the final races. This is also the end of his time with BTO Sports KTM, as their line-up is set for 2017. Brayton has told us in the past that he’d like a SX-only deal and there is one team in particular that thinks the same: MotoConcepts. The soonest we’d likely see JB10 race a new bike? The Sofia (Bulgaria) SX, which runs during the first weekend of October or at the Geneva (Switzerland) SX in mid-December.
– Jason Anderson will return to action this coming weekend in Indiana. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider originally aimed for Budds Creek, then decided to use the extra time to prepare for the MXON. There is a chance that JA21 uses the MXGP round at Glen Helen as a final warm-up before running overseas, but that decision will come next week.
– Speaking of Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna, their lineup in 2017 will be the exact same as it was in 2016: Zach Osborne and Martin Davalos on 250s, Jason Anderson and Christophe Pourcel on 450s.
– Marvin Musquin’s winter plans? The Red Bull KTM rider is off until October and will then do the Monster Energy Cup, Red Bull Straight Rhythm, Lille (France) SX, and Geneva (Switzerland) SX. All while training for SX 2017.
– Congratulations to the Star Racing and RCH teams for their titles in 2016. Star has become a powerhouse over the last few years, thanks in part to the powerful YZ250F and Yamaha’s support. RCH, meanwhile, is the first privately owned team to claim the 450 championship. To say they were excited would be an understatement.