At the 2018 Las Vegas Supercross, we talked with the CycleTrader/Rock River Yamaha team and 51FIFTY Energy Yamaha about the riders on their teams. We were told that Hayden Mellross will move over to CycleTrader/Rock River Yamaha and join Brandon Hartranft for the full Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the 250 class, filling the spot that Bradley Taft leaves from his Supercross-only contract.
Mellross has not raced the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship since 2016, when he lined up for the last three rounds in the series aboard a 450.
There were also recent rumors that 51FIFTY Energy Yamaha was to cease operations, but we’ve been told that the team will be around in 2019. Craig Monty is leaving his post as Team Manager but Allan Brown will move into the role and pick up the responsibilities.
51FIFTY Energy Yamaha is a 250 West Coast Supercross focused team, but in 2018 they will offer some level of support to Kyle Chisholm as he takes on the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The current plan is to have the full semi at the early West Coast rounds, but then find someone to take Chisholm's bike to the remaining rounds while 51FIFTY Energy Yamaha provides support with engines and suspension.