2017 Supercross & Motocross Race Team Predictions

List of changes to the paddock for next year


2017 AMA Pro Motocross Numbers

How does this list match up with our earlier predictions?

With the racing season over, all attention has turned to 2017 and beyond. Riders and teams are in the final stages of negotiations for their future and if they aren’t by now, then damn, they’re running way behind. This has been the most unusual signing year that we can remember because more riders than ever are battling for the limited spots. To make matters worse a few teams, like Yoshimura Suzuki, have ceased operations totally. In just a few days (October 1st to be exact), many contracts will expire and a rider’s next deal will begin. So we’ve got to post this now. Listed below are every major team with either their signed or expected riders, plus a rundown of the guys that scored national numbers from the AMA for 2017 and what we think they’ll do. Next week will likely be a flurry of press announcements, so keep this on tab and see if we were right with any predictions.

Photos | Swanberg


Team Honda HRC
Team Manager – Dan Betley

94. Ken Roczen | 450 Class

The newest red rider, Roczen's three-year deal with Honda was announced last week after months of speculation.

14. Cole Seely | 450 Class

A longtime Honda rider, Seely's success in the premier class and close relationship with the brand has earned him a contract extension through 2018.


Team Manager – Mike Larocco

6. Jeremy Martin | 250 Class

A change in career plans will keep Martin on a 250 for one more season and calls for a move to the 450 in 2018, all with the support of GEICO Honda.

31. RJ Hampshire | 250 Class

A contract extension signed in 2016 will keep Hampshire on Honda bikes through the end of his 250 career.

47. Malcolm Stewart (Unconfirmed) | 450 Class

Despite plans to end their 450 program with Team Honda HRC, it sounds like they'll fill the spot again with their recent 250 SX champion Malcolm Stewart. If things follow past examples, Stewart will ride a factory bike with GEICO Honda graphics and will work out of the Team Honda HRC truck. UPDATE: As of late October, Stewart’s deal with the team is still unsigned. UPDATE TWO (Nov 22): A return to GEICO Honda is very unlikely for Stewart, as the team will not field a 450 as originally planned. With this news, Stewart plans to race the first SX events as a privateer with hopes of a ride coming from any team through the season.

48. Christian Craig | 250 Class

After a brief time away from the sport, Craig returned to racing in 2016 and was an immediate presence at the front of the field. He'll stay with the team for a few more years.

57. Jimmy Decotis | 250 Class

Decotis will run a Supercross-only contract with GEICO Honda in 2017, with intentions of being a fill-in rider if needed during the summer.

Chase Sexton | 250 Class

Sexton will turn pro at the start of the National season. UPDATE (Nov 22): Sexton’s progress on the SX track has reportedly pushed his debut up to the SX season. Although it’s unconfirmed, he will likely race the East Coast.


RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing
Team Manager – Kyle Bentley

The RCH squad will undergo a massive change this offseason. Ken Roczen has moved to another team, but they've become the official factory MX operation for Suzuki in the United States. As of now, they have not announced riders but two are closely linked to the guaranteed spots and there is talk regarding a possible third position. UPDATE: Sounds like the team will gain a new title sponsor, possibly Motorcycle Superstore, that their riders will all share the same gear sponsor, and that a few other sponsors will change. You’ll notice below that Dean Wilson has been added to the discussion. We’ve been told a full announcement should come in the next few weeks. UPDATE TWO (Nov 22): Rumors of the team’s fate have spread in recent weeks, but both Broc Tickle and Justin Bogle have spent days testing on full race bikes, while Dean Wilson’s name is no longer associated. A full confirmation regarding the team should come soon. Team co-owner Carey Hart recently joined Jason Ellis for a podcast and discussed the issues faced in the last few weeks.

20. Broc Tickle | 450 Class

Tickle and RCH have often agreed on one-year contracts, and with that, they're back at the negotiation table for 2017. It's likely that Tickle will return, given their long history together and improvements in each season. UPDATE (Nov 22): Tickle has spent recent weeks testing with the team and is set for a full return in 2017.

19. Justin Bogle | 450 Class

A number of factors have tied Bogle to the RCH team (Bogle & Hart are both represented by the same management agency, Bogle is said to have an outside sponsor, etc), and as of now it seems likely that he will fill the second spot. UPDATE: Bogle is currently riding a borrowed Suzuki RM-Z450 around the Southern California practice tracks. UPDATE TWO (Nov 22): Bogle has spent recent days in Southern California riding with the team aboard a full race bike.

15. Dean Wilson (Unconfirmed) | 450 Class

Wilson has now been tied to a third spot with the team, and like Bogle is riding a borrowed Suzuki RM-Z450 around the Southern California practice tracks. UPDATE (Nov 22): Wilson is no longer tied to the team, and has instead earned the attention from Yamaha. More on that below…

12. Jake Weimer (Unconfirmed) | 450 Class

Weimer joined RCH as a fill-in rider for the 2016 SX season and then worked a testing role during the summer months. He and team have expressed an interest in working together in the future, but nothing is set yet. UPDATE: As of late October, Weimer’s status with the team is still unclear.


Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki
Team Manager – Gregg Albertson

With changes to Suzuki's program for 2017, expect this second-year operation to grow tremendously. They have a few riders already locked in for 2017 and are in talks to sign others. UPDATE: Albertson told us at the Monster Energy Cup that he will not be the official 250 team for Suzuki in 2017 and that Motorcycle Superstore has pulled their support from the independent team. What happens next for Albertson, Osby, and Cunninham is uncertain.

42. Kyle Cunningham | 250 Class

Cunningham has signed a contract extension to stay with the team in 2017. UPDATE (Nov 22): Cunningham is currently racing the ADAC German SX series, but his future in the United States is uncertain. He will likely race as a privateer in 2017.

Josh Osby | 250 Class

After an eventful rookie season, it seems like Osby will stay with the team for another year. UPDATE (Nov 22): Osby’s status for 2017 is uncertain.

67. Jimmy Albertson | 250 Class

Albertson is in a unique position as rider/team owner. He would like to continue racing, but if the duties of the team owner role become too much, he could put a pause on racing. UPDATE (Nov 22): Albertson has maintained a few sponsors from 2016 and will race Supercross in the 250 class.

Brian Hsu (Unconfirmed) | 250 Class

The European racer has a long-term contract with Suzuki as a whole and has expressed great desire to come to the US, which Suzuki is in the process of organizing. He'll land on some Suzuki-backed team with a 250, yet where is still not set. Seeing how Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki is the official 250 team for the brand, it's likely he'll be here. UPDATE from motocrossplanet.com: After a stint in the US Hsu was unable to find a team for 2017. He and his family have returned to Europe, and he recently signed a contract with a Husqvarna-supported team to contest the German ADAC series and the MX2 class of the World Championship.


Monster Energy Kawasaki
Team Manager – Dan Fahie

3. Eli Tomac | 450 Class

This will be the second year and final year of Tomac's initial contract with Monster Energy Kawasaki. Rider and team had their share of struggles in the early months together, particularly with the setup of an all-new KX450F, but showed signs of improvement and should bring big improvements to 2017. It'll be interesting to see how their relationship goes in the next few months, because it'll determine if he signs a contract extension with green or goes elsewhere.

33. Josh Grant | 450 Class

After two stints as a fill-in rider, Grant has signed a full-time contract to race for the factory squad in 2017.


Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
Team Manager – Mitch Payton

17. Joey Savatgy | 250 Class

Savatgy will stay with PC in what should be his last year in the 250 class.

24. Austin Forkner | 250 Class

A rookie sensation in the 2016 Nationals, Forkner will run both Supercross and the Nationals in 2017.

36. Adam Cianciarulo | 250 Class

2017 marks the final year of Adam Cianciarulo's contract with Kawasaki. What he'll ride in 2018 and beyond will be determined by the upcoming season.

46. Justin Hill | 250 Class

After riding for KTM teams for two years, Justin Hill returns to PC for 2017.


Red Bull KTM
Team Manager – Roger Decoster

5. Ryan Dungey | 450 Class

The defending SX champion is back for the final year of his current contract with Red Bull KTM. There have been rumors that Dungey could either be coming to the close of his career or ready to sign another extension with the Austrian brand. We'll know more about what'll happen at some point in the next few months.

25. Marvin Musquin | 450 Class

With his rookie season in the 450 season complete, Musquin is back for the final year of his current contract with Red Bull KTM. With the long relationship that rider and team have shared (back to Musquin's two MX2 world titles), we'd be surprised to see them part ways in the future.

41. Trey Canard (CONFIRMED) | 450 Class

Trey Canard is the newest addition to the Red Bull KTM team, although the team has not yet confirmed his inclusion. One thing is for sure and that is Honda and Canard will no longer work together. Expect this announcement to come very soon. UPDATE: On October 3rd, Red Bull KTM announced Canard’s inclusion to the team for 2017.


Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM
Team Manager – Tyler Keefe

26. Alex Martin | 250 Class

A breakout season in 2016 made the elder Martin a sought-after rider for 2017. He'll join TLD KTM for a multi-year deal. CONFIRMED: Martin released the news with an Instagram post on October 5th.

28. Mitchell Oldenburg | 250 Class

Oldenburg took a chance on short-term contracts with TLD, but it's paid off because he will race full-time with the team in 2017.

38. Shane McElrath | 250 Class

A contract extension keeps McElrath under the TLD tent for a few more years and through the end of his 250 career.

44. Jordon Smith | 250 Class

Midway through the summer it became known that Smith was changing teams for 2017. He'll be aboard KTM bikes full-time in 2017. CONFIRMED: Smith broke the news with a post on his Instagram account on October 3rd.


Factory Yamaha (Formerly Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Valli/Yamaha)
Team Manager – Jim Perry

After bringing the factory team out of storage, Yamaha grows to a two-man effort. Considering Reed's status as a Supercross-only rider, there is hope that another rider could be added for the summer months. There could be a change in certain sponsors for 2017, but expect Monster Energy to remain at the top.

22. Chad Reed | 450 Class

Reed is partly the reason Yamaha brought back their in-house factory team and he will return for another Supercross-only deal in 2017.

2. Cooper Webb | 450 Class

The most sought-after rider for 2017, Webb reportedly signed his deal with Factory Yamaha very early in the year. He will contest the full SX & MX schedule in 2017 aboard a YZ450F.

15. Dean Wilson | 450 Class (Unconfirmed)

With RCH off the table, Wilson has earned the attention of Yamaha and has spent recent time in Southern California aboard a YZ450F. Although unconfirmed, there is a chance that Wilson joins the team after Reed’s SX season comes to a close.


Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha
Team Manager – Brad Hoffman

23. Aaron Plessinger | 250 Class

Plessinger will continue his contract with the team in 2017 with participation in the 250 class indoors and outdoors.

39. Colt Nichols | 250 Class

An impressive SX season has earned Nichols a full-time deal with the Star Racing outfit in 2017. CONFIRMED: Nichols announced his new deal with an Instagram post on October 4th. UPDATE (Nov 22): Nichols suffered a broken femur from a practice crash in late November and will likely miss the SX season. His possible replacement rider is mentioned below.

45. Mitchell Harrison | 250 Class

With his rookie season complete, Harrison will continue his multi-year contract with the team.

Dylan Ferrandis | 250 Class

The French rider has announced that he will leave the FIM Motocross World Championship for a chance to ride in America with Star Racing.

Dan Reardon | 250 Class (Unconfirmed)

UPDATE (Nov 22): The Australian has expressed interest at a return to the United States over the last two years and with Nichols now on the sidelines, it sounds like he will run a 250 for Star Racing.


Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna
Team Manager – Bobby Hewitt

21. Jason Anderson | 450 Class

Anderson signed a long-term contract with the Husqvarna factory team in 2015 and will stay with the brand through the 2018 season.

377. Christophe Pourcel | 450 Class

With his rookie season in the 450 class complete, Pourcel returns for the final year of his current contract with the Husqvarna team. We'd be surprised to see Pourcel change brands at the end of the year, because his attitude seems to flow well with the team and he often praises the chassis of the motorcycle.

17. Zach Osborne | 250 Class

A recent agreement will keep Osborne on Husqvarna for what will be his final season in the 250 class and likely graduation to the 450 class. UPDATE (Nov 22): A broken wrist severely impacted Osborne’s offseason prep and it now looks like he will race the 250 East Coast SX series.

30. Martin Davalos | 250 Class

Davalos will remain aboard a Husqvarna in the 250 class.


Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM (Formerly BTO Sports KTM, new title sponsor)
Team Manager – Forrest Butler

Big changes for the Butler Brothers outfit, as they'll switch title sponsors (BTO was not an owner of the team like many assumed) and make changes to their roster. UPDATE: The team announced their new title sponsor on October 7th.

4. Blake Baggett | 450 Class

A new addition to the team, Baggett has a multi-year deal to race the 450 class both indoors and outdoors.

18. Davi Millsaps | 450 Class

After fulfilling a SX-only contract with the team in 2016, Millsaps has inked a multi-year contract that will have him on the 450 in SX and the Nationals.

34. Benny Bloss | 250 Class SX, 450 Class MX

Bloss has re-signed with the team, but with a unique deal. For Supercross he’ll compete aboard a KTM 250 SX-F and then move to the 450 for the summer.

Bracken Hall (UPDATE) | 250 Class SX

Thanks to his ties to the new title sponsor, there is talk that Hall will have a 250 SX-only ride with the team. UPDATE: Hall will not ride for the KTM team as originally expected. Instead, it sounds like he and Kyle Chisholm will ride Honda motorcycles on a totally separate team that will have Rocky Mountain ATV/MC as a sponsor.


JGRMX/Suzuki Factory Racing (Formerly AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/Toyota/Yamaha)
Team Manager – Jeremy Albrecht

After months of speculation, there is talk that JGRMX will indeed switch from Yamaha to Suzuki equipment for 2017 and beyond. This is a massive change for the team, as they've been on blue bikes since the start and there is a chance that other sponsors of the team could change. In fact, there is talk that JGRMX could form a second operation for 2017, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

UPDATE: Barcia was originally slated to the SMX Riders Cup for Yamaha in Germany, but was forced to pull out “due to a conflict with team contracts.”

SECOND UPDATE: Suzuki has announced their new partnership with JGRMX for 2017 and beyond. Most interesting part of the new deal? JGR will now have two fully-supported 250 riders join Barcia/Peick/Nicoletti. So in a way, that’s like the start of the second team. The two 250 riders will be announced at a later time.

THIRD UPDATE: Nicoletti and Bisceglia have been assigned as the two 250 riders for the team.

51. Justin Barcia | 450 Class

Barcia is signed to JGR through 2018.

37. Phil Nicoletti | 450 Class, possibly 250 Class SX

Nicoletti has been a part of JGR for some time, but in a unique way as a fill-in rider for Supercross and full-time rider for outdoors. Nicoletti has expressed an interest in changing to a full-time deal, which is likely in 2017. UPDATE: Nicoletti will remain in his “part-time” role for 2017. UPDATE: During an interview on the PulpMX Show, Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht neither confirmed nor denied the rumors that Phil Nicoletti could race in the 250 class during the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series. UPDATE TWO (Nov 22): The AMA approved the request for Nicoletti to return to the 250 class and he will race one coast of the SX series aboard the Suzuki RM-Z250.

32. Weston Peick | 450 Class

Peick's deal with JGR recently ended and negotiations between rider and team were still underway as of a few weeks ago. If they'll stay together or part ways is uncertain as of now. UPDATE: A post on Instagram by Peick sounds like he and the team have reached an agreement. Peick has confirmed to us that he will stay with JGR for the 2017 season.

43. Matt Bisceglia | 250 Class

With the new 250 spots, there’s a chance that Bisceglia winds up here. As a fill-in rider during the 2016 Nationals, Bisceglia was often the only rider on the track for the now defunct Yoshimura Suzuki squad and there is talk that brand would like to thank him for his services with a ride at JGR. UPDATE (Nov 22): Bisceglia has been hired to race the 250 class full-time for JGR and Suzuki in 2017.


SmarTop/MotoConcepts Racing
Team Manager – Tony Alessi

No surprise that MCR will stay much the same in 2017, with Mike Alessi and Vince Friese aboard white Honda bikes. Team Owner Mike Genova has expressed an interest at adding a third rider to the team, either on a 250 or 450, which is still uncertain. UPDATE: MCR will have at least one rider in the 250 class for 2017 with Cameron McAdoo, but there is also talk of a third 450 rider. The official team announcement will occur in December.

800. Mike Alessi | 450 Class

Alessi returns for another Supercross season with MCR. The veteran racer told us in January 2016 that he plans to race through 2018.

61. Vince Friese | 450 Class

Friese returns for another Supercross season with MCR.

10. Justin Brayton | 450 Class

The veteran racer has left the Butler Brothers team after a few years together and as of now, is unsigned for 2017. In the meantime Brayton has landed a spot with Honda's supported team in the Australian SX season and will contest other overseas events. UPDATE (Nov 22): With support from Honda, it seems like that Brayton will race in 2017 under the SmarTop/MotoConcepts Racing operation.

Cameron McAdoo | 250 Class

The 2016 Monster Energy Cup Amateur All-Stars class winner will make his professional debut with the team during the 250 East Coast SX portion of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series.


CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha
Team Manager – Christina Denney

74. Bradley Taft | 250 Class

Taft turned pro after Loretta Lynn's in 2016 and contested the final rounds of the Nationals. He'll race Supercross and the Nationals in the 250 class in 2017.

85. Tommy Hahn | 450 Class

Hahn re-signed with the team and will contest a 450 for the full 2017 season.

Lorenzo Locurcio | 250 Class

Locurcio is a longtime member of Rock River Yamaha's amateur program and will move to the pro ranks in 2017.


Traders Racing Kawasaki
Team Manager – Kenny Day

No official news regarding this team yet, but it's likely that they stick with their roster from 2016. UPDATE: Traders Racing Kawasaki has announced their 2017 lineup, which brings back Nick Gaines and adds Luke Renzland. Both riders will race the 250 East Coast SX series and the complete Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

50. Luke Renzland | 250 Class

78. Nick Gaines | 250 Class

Barn Pros Racing/Home Depot/Yamaha
Team Manager – Scot Steffy

The Yamaha supported team returns for another run on the 250 West Coast SX series with two riders and MX icon Rick Johnson as an advisor.

58. Chris Alldredge | 250 Class

76. Scott Champion | 250 Class



7. James Stewart | 450 Class

Almost unbelievable to think the multi-time champion is without a ride. Stewart has very few options for 2017, but there's also a chance he starts his own team as a rebuilding effort. UPDATE (Nov 22): Still nothing confirmed for Stewart, aside from a few laps on a Yamaha at his home track and a recent post on Instagram.

10. Justin Brayton | 450 Class

The veteran racer has left the Butler Brothers team after a few years together and as of now, is unsigned for 2017. In the meantime Brayton has landed a spot with Honda's supported team in the Australian SX season and will contest other overseas events. UPDATE (Nov 22): With support from Honda, it seems like that Brayton will race in 2017 under the SmarTop/MotoConcepts Racing operation.

11. Kyle Chisholm | 450 Class

With Rocky Mountain ATV/MC taking their support to another team, it's likely Chisholm's 2016 team will fold up, which leaves Chisholm without a spot. UPDATE: Sounds like Chisholm and Bracken Hall will ride Honda motorcycles on a small team with Rocky Mountain ATV/MC as a sponsor.

15. Dean Wilson | 450 Class

Speed isn’t a problem for the former 250 National Champion; it’s more a matter of injuries, which have sidelined him over the last two years. UDPATE: Wilson is now linked to the RCH team. UPDATE TWO (Nov 22): Wilson is currently linked to a spot Yamaha.

19. Justin Bogle | 450 Class

Future ride is still unannounced, but many signs point to RCH. UPDATE (Nov 22): Now publically riding with RCH Suzuki.

20. Broc Tickle | 450 Class

Future ride is still unannounced, but many signs point to a continuation at RCH. UPDATE (Nov 22): Now publically riding with RCH Suzuki.

27. Nick Wey | 450 Class

The veteran retired before the start of the 2016 season, but then came back for a spot at Tedder Racing. Will he do the same or call it quits? It's NYK, no one really knows.

35. Arnaud Tonus | 250 Class

With his term PC done, Tonus has a few options. There's a chance he could return to Europe with a 450/MXGP team or stay in America with Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki. UPDATE: Tonus is set to return to Europe and ride the MXGP/450 class aboard Yamaha equipment. UPDATE (Nov 22): Tonus will race the MXGP class for Wilvo Yamaha.

40. Fredrik Noren | 250 Class SX, 450 Class MX

Noren is in the same spot as Chisholm due to the change in sponsorship from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.

49. Anthony Rodriguez | 250 Class or 450 Class

Rodriguez is out at Traders Racing Kawasaki, uncertain where he will go in 2016.


52. Tyler Bowers | 250 Class

After two years with PC, Bowers was told that he would not be with the team for 2017 or beyond. He is currently competing with riders like Bisceglia for possible fifth spots at TLD KTM or Star Racing. UPDATE (Nov 22): Bowers has signed a contract with 51Fifty Energy Yamaha for the 250 West Coast SX series.

53. Cole Martinez | 450 Class

No news on where Martinez will go in 2017, but there are a number of smaller independent teams that could nab him in the next few weeks.

54. Gannon Audette | 250 Class

Audette is out at Traders Racing Kawasaki, uncertain where he will go in 2016.

56. Kyle Peters | 250 Class

Does Peters go back to the Ride365.com/Crossland Racing team or get one of the coveted spots at Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki? In the meantime, Peters is racing Supercross in Australia.


58. Chris Alldredge | 250 Class

Alldredge was not kept on at Pro Circuit and like many, is said to be in the running for a spot at Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki. If this doesn't work out, there is a chance he heads to Europe for the MX2 class in the Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship. And if that doesn't work out, he's told us that he could quit racing professional altogether. UPDATE: Alldredge will spend a portion of the offseason racing for a Honda-supported team in the Australian SX series. There is no new news for his future in the United States. UPDATE: Alldredge has signed with the Barn Pros Racing/Home Depot/Yamaha team for the 250 West Coast SX portion of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series.

59. Noah McConahy | 450 Class

The Northwestern racer will likely stay a privateer, but could get a spot with a smaller team.

60. Tristan Charboneau | 250 Class

A last-minute addition to GEICO Honda for the 2016 Nationals, it sounds like the team is full for 2017. Still, there is a chance Charboneau could land a spot if a rider was injured. UPDATE: Charboneau has signed a deal with the BUD Racing Kawasaki team from Europe. He will race the first portion of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross 250 West Coast SX championship, then move to Europe to contest the 250 EMX championship that runs in conjunction with rounds of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship.

62. Jesse Wentland | 250 Class SX, 450 Class MX

The Minnesota native will likely stay with RSR Racing, his longtime team. UPDATE: Wentland will not race for RSR Racing as initially expected.

63. Alex Frye | 250 Class

The 250 SX Rookie of the Year is without a ride after an injury ended his summer. Frye recently enrolled in college classes and from the sound of things, could be done racing professionally.

64. Hayden Mellross | 250 Class SX, 450 Class SX

Mellross has often worked with the smaller teams on the West Coast, like 51Fifty Energy Yamaha in 2016, and we expect the same for next year. UPDATE: Mellross seems set to stay with 51 Fifty Energy Yamaha.

65. Paul Coates | 250 Class

Will likely again run as a privateer.


66. Michael Leib | 250 Class SX

Leib is currently on the mend from a correctional surgery to his leg. He raced for Blue Buffalo/Slater Skins/Yamaha in 2016, but there's no news on if he'll return to the team, be a privateer, or sit out 2017.

68. Heath Harrison | 450 Class

The Southeast-based privateer will likely hit well-paying independent Arenacross events in the winter between random SX rounds, then join the 450 class for the Nationals.


69. Wil Hahn | 450 Class

Hahn will not return to Monster Energy Kawasaki, but is still getting support from the team for his efforts in the Australian SX series. Hahn hasn’t announced what he'll do in 2017. UPDATE (Nov 22): Wil Hahn has retired from professional racing.

70. Dakota Alix | 250 Class

Expect Alix to again run as a privateer on the East Coast 250 SX series.

71. Justin Starling | 250 Class

Expect Starling to again run as a privateer on the East Coast 250 SX series.

73. Marshal Weltin | 250 Class

Will likely again run as a privateer.

75. Nick Schmidt | 450 Class

The Milestone Assassin will probably pick up where he left off in 2016, with a grip of sponsors and a spot under The Privateer Journey tent for Supercross.

76. Scott Champion | Unknown

The California-based rider could race either class in SX, likely with help from a smaller West Coast team. UPDATE: Champion returns to the Barn Pros Racing/Home Depot/Yamaha team for the 250 West Coast SX series.

77. Ben Lamay | 450 Class

Lamay is expected to return to the AMSOIL Arenacross Series.

78. Nick Gaines | Unknown

Gaines likely returns to the Traders Racing Kawasaki team.


79. Darryn Durham | 250 Class

Durham's privateer tour with friend Tyler Bereman was very popular in 2016, but it doesn't sound like it earned him a spot with a big team or if he'll do the same program in 2017.

80. Cade Clason | Unknown

Clason will either land a spot on a small team for the East Coast or under The Privateer Journey tent for Supercross, then head back to Canada for the Rockstar Energy National Championship.

81. Henry Miller | 250 Class

Will likely again run as a privateer.

82. Luke Clout | 250 Class

Clout signed a two-year deal with Dirt Candy/MAD Racing/Suzuki, but it sounds like that team won't be around for 2017. With that, we're unsure what the Australian does, because he is a capable Supercross rider in the 250 class.

83. Jackson Richardson | 250 Class

Like many mentioned already, Richardson would be a good addition to any small 250 team on the West Coast, but could again wind up a full privateer.

84. Daniel Herrlein | 250 Class

Likely returns to the AMSOIL Arenacross Series or races East Coast SX as a privateer.

86. Trevor Reis | 250 Class

The Southern California native currently holds a full-time job at Maxima Racing but is a common sight at 250 West Coast SX races. If he races in 2017, it'll likely be as a privateer. UPDATE (Nov 22): Reis will race 250 West Coast SX with Team Rockwell Time, teammate will be Zac Commans.

87. Chris Howell | Unknown

Will likely run as a privateer.

88. John Short | Unknown

Will likely again run as a privateer.

89. Austin Howell | Unknown

Will likely again run as a privateer.

90. Dillan Epstein | 250 Class

Will likely again run as a privateer on the 250 West Coast SX tour.

91. Jacob Williamson | Unknown

Will likely again run as a privateer.

92. Jason Brooks | Unknown

Will likely again run as a privateer.

93. Josh Cartwright | 250 Class

Raced 250 East Coast SX for Blue Buffalo/Slater Skins/Yamaha in 2016, unclear what will happen for 2017.

95. AJ Catanzaro | 250 Class or 450 Class

Will likely again run as a privateer.

96. Vann Martin | 250 Class

Will likely again run as a privateer.

97. Ryan Sipes | GNCC

Does not race SX, instead will follow the full GNCC series and hit select rounds of the MX Nationals aboard a well-funded Husqvarna.

98. Matthew Babbitt | Unknown

Will likely again run as a privateer.

Ronnie Stewart | 450 Class

Will likely again run as a privateer with his own well-funded small team.

Dakota Tedder | Unknown

Will again run as a privateer with his well-funded family team, likely in the 250 class.