We’re not even completely through the 2017 race season, but one team has already announced their plans for the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series. MotoConcepts/Honda has confirmed they will take 0n the full schedule with a three-rider 450cc class effort that includes returning riders Justin Brayton and Vince Friese, along with new addition Jake Weimer. The team also states that their partnership with American Honda, which began in 2017, will continue in the next year. The new lineup for the team will make their race debut at the 2017 Monster Energy Cup in October.
Now, where does this leave Mike Alessi? We’ve been told by MA800 directly this year that he was uncertain what his future in SX would be and that he planned to end his career totally after the 2018 race season. Per the press release, he is not included in MCR’s lineup for Supercross. Alessi’s SX season in 2017 was cut short by a broken collarbone during the press day riding session of the 2017 St. Louis SX.
The press release is posted in full below…
MotoConcepts Racing (MCR) is proud to unveil its 2018 rider lineup and race schedule.
Following a solid 2017 Supercross season, MCR is pleased to welcome the return of the #10 of Justin Brayton who will be competing for wins in the 450 class alongside his 2017 teammate Vince Friese.
"Brayton's experience and maturity allows consistently strong starts and top ten finishes making him a strong podium contender," said MCR team manager, Tony Alessi. "Friese, who is proven to be one of the strongest starters in the 450 class continues to display growth that will enable him to be a top-ten finisher. I look forward to working with both of these talented riders again."
A new addition to the 2018 lineup is a multi-time race winner and past 250 West champion, Jake Weimer. Weimer, who also holds a King of Bercy title and is a member of the winning 2009 Des Nations Motocross team, brings proven success and talent. "While looking to add a third 450 rider, we had multiple ex-champions to choose from," said Alessi. "After speaking with Jake, we felt with the proper training, testing and time to prepare, Jake will possess the needed confidence to perform at a high level. It is our believe Jake has plenty left in the tank to be competitive."
"I'm enthused about our 2018 team program," said MCR team owner, Mike Genova. "MCR will have more 450 riders on the track than any other team in the paddock and the quality of our riders is quite impressive."
MCR is pleased to announce a continued partnership with American Honda for the 2018 race season. "I'm excited to go into a second year with a group like Honda," said Genova. "We found last year's experience to be productive, enjoyable and effective for all parties involved and expect the relationship to only improve."
MCR's 2018 race plan includes the upcoming Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas as well as the full Monster Energy AMA Supercross series.