2010 Rider Line Ups? It always seems a little hard to tell who is going where and when and this year is no exception. Usually the who is going where is sorted by team, however with so many riders moving around I thought I would take it from the top meaning guys who are actually in consideration and we as a board can piece the rest together as it goes.Ã‚Â As time goes on members can email articles or information regarding riderÃ¢Â€Â™s futures. If you have some info and would like to update us just PM me and we will check it out and update the rider. Guys this is just for fun so donÃ¢Â€Â™t take anything here to serious! The main seats out there are the second Honda seat, the second Suzuki seat and what sounds like a second Kawasaki seat. The rest of the teams typically deal in year to year contracts so letÃ¢Â€Â™s see what we think we know. The major team developments are that the
Ryan Villopoto Ã¢Â€Â“ Sounds like he is staying with Monster Kawasaki so far. There have been rumors although nothing to deep that things are not 100%. There is no way Suzuki can afford him, KTM could have the money but I doubt at this point in his career he would risk this change, Yamaha would most likely be JGR if it happened and I doubt RV is going to move to NC so either their policy would have to change or it just wouldnÃ¢Â€Â™t happen. So that leaves Honda who could use a veteran that could actually be a title threat to go along side a 450 rookie. In the end though I expect we will see him back on a Monster Kawi ready to go at A1.
Ryan Dungey Ã¢Â€Â“ Signed sealed and delivered and the man to beat.
James Stewart Ã¢Â€Â“ Sounds like things are close with L&M and I think James falls in the same boat as RV that even if he was to test the waters where is he going to go. Honda or KTM are the only real suitors and once again Honda could be considered a good option, but I am not sure Honda is not into the Ã¢Â€ÂœMTVÃ¢Â€Â thingÃ¢Â€Â¦..
Grant Langston Ã¢Â€Â“ Not too much info and Grant may do select races next year. He had some moments this year, particularly Daytona, where you started to remember how many championships this guy won. There is no doubt Grant is past his prime, but he is always a fan favorite and a guy you want to pull for.
Ivan Tedesco Ã¢Â€Â“ I havenÃ¢Â€Â™t heard or read much here. As long as Valli is still racing next year I think it makes sense for them both to stick together. Ivan didnÃ¢Â€Â™t ride badly and his vacation away from the NatÃ¢Â€Â™s didnÃ¢Â€Â™t help, but he did show signs in SX that he can still push towards the front every now and then. This year will be tough though with new fast rookies and some Euro guys looking hungry to run up front. Ivan could go from a solid top ten guy to a solid eleven to fifteen real quick.
Thomas Hahn Ã¢Â€Â“ I just donÃ¢Â€Â™t know what to make of Tommy. He just seems up and down all the time. Just when you think he is putting it together he seems to just slip through the weekend quietly with mediocre results. Tommy rode SX much better than I expected and for a competitive privateer team he could be a target. His current team is now the official Ã¢Â€Âœ250Ã¢Â€Â team so one would assume either Tommy would move up to the second Suzuki or move on to say either Ã‚Â Valli, Motoconcepts or the other Kawi seat, oh wait we donÃ¢Â€Â™t know what is up with that seat.
Ã‚Â Jake Weimer Ã¢Â€Â“ Jakes name has been hot topic lately, but not for the reasons one might think. After SX he was already in talks with teams, but his outdoor results have suffered. I have no idea if he slowed down because he has a deal or he slowed down from the pressure of trying to get it done. Jake missed the last race and I would think he is a good pick for a second bike at either Kawi or Suzuki. I think the thing with both these two open factory seats is price coming in has to be right and breaking the top five will be exceeding expectations.
Kevin Windham Ã¢Â€Â“ Sounds like KW may be back for one more Geico year. For some reason that stupid commercial song just came into my head.
Justin Barcia Ã¢Â€Â“ Justin will return for another year with the Geico team. Justin has had an up and down season with some drama mixed in. Ã‚Â Next year will be looked at as a championship year and there is no doubt he is there #1 riderÃ¢Â€Â¦..for now.
David Millsaps Ã¢Â€Â“ Well I think it is safe to say Davi will not be back with Honda. I could see Davi slotting in at JGR and with the Davi being an East Coast guy this might work. In the end though I think the results would not be there and it could end up being a long year. On the flip side of the coin the guy won quite a few heat races and if he has his stuff together can win races. A championship contender no longer though…
Tommy Searle Ã¢Â€Â“ Back to the GpÃ¢Â€Â™s to ride a PC bike. It sounds like he may ride SX for Mitch then back the the GPÃ¢Â€Â™s in late spring. With the sounds of things the west coast may have an influx of top GP talent. Smart move!
Broc Tickle Ã¢Â€Â“ Brock has also been rumored for some time to have already signed a new deal with Mitch. If this is the case I think it is a great signing and I put him for as a title contender on the east coast. Brock has the tools and has taken a less than competitive bike to the front on many occasions. Broc is not an old guy, but if he wants to be taken serious for the future this will be his chance.
Blake Wharton Ã¢Â€Â“ This is a tough one. You can tell Blake is riding like a guy needing a new contract, but after SX this year you have to be a little suspect if you are Geico. They have invested time into him and I am sure they would hate to see things not work out, but with Tomac and someone else in the pipeline you have to hold your breath for him. I could easily seem him land on the Rockstar squad and a change of scenery may do him good.
Chad Reed Ã¢Â€Â“ Who knows whatÃ¢Â€Â™s up with this guy? I never thought Chad looked like he got along with the green machine and to be straight forward this year has sucked for him. I think Chad is ready to move on, but like most great champions Chad wonÃ¢Â€Â™t throw in the towel yet. I think his mind is saying yes and his heart is saying no. Chad has nothing to prove despite what us critics think and could retire today with a guaranteed spot in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Originally I thought he was on a two year deal, but I have read that he has already been released. I donÃ¢Â€Â™t put too much too it, but not much has come out saying otherwise and I guess at the moment there is no need to. If he does return, and not with Kawi, then it will have to be with Honda, KTM or JGR. But really other than KTM I donÃ¢Â€Â™t think on paper the other two would pass up the younger, cheaper and hungrier talent and in ChadÃ¢Â€Â™s mind I am sure KTM would be considered a step down and a place Alessi could be his teammate again.
Justin Brayton Ã¢Â€Â“ Nothing much here. Justin had an ok year and I suspect he will end up on one of the top privateer 450 rides. And at this point most of those are blue and I think Justin has one more year and then things are going to get tough. Justin will need podiums this year and the stray one here and there wonÃ¢Â€Â™t help.
Brett Metcalfe Ã¢Â€Â“ If you Brett you are probably smiling on the inside. Brett has proven something many have thought for a while and that is that this boy can bring it on a 450. BrettÃ¢Â€Â™s rides are impressive and are easily a top Ã¢Â€ÂœBÃ¢Â€Â ride for consideration. Maybe he stays where he is at and runs a second 450 for Geico or TLD bike.
Michael Byrne Ã¢Â€Â“ IÃ¢Â€Â™m thinking the burner is burnt out and will probably make a living back home or on the GPÃ¢Â€Â™s. It really has been a great career for the guy and I wish him luck.
Nicholas Wey Ã¢Â€Â“ I think NYK will have one more year in him as well. Nick has made the most of his cameo at Kawi, but I think we will see him on an Alan Brown bike next year probably sponsored by a pickle and thankful for NickÃ¢Â€Â™s leftovers from a ridiculous MSR deal from a few years back.
Tyla Rattray Ã¢Â€Â“ Tyla should be back on the PC team and will be considered a real title threat again. I bet he heads up the west coast in what will look like somewhat of a GP race.
Andrew Short Ã¢Â€Â“ Short is having a strong finish to the year and with the recent Des Nations pick Andrew must feel in the clouds. I am sure his name is still out there for the Honda seat, but it would be a tough pick considering he is not a title contender. With Canard being a rookie I think this seat will go to someone with a chance to win. If the Kawi spot opens up that could be a possible fit, maybe TLD, but a solid every weekend guy for a team looking for stabilityÃ¢Â€Â¦hmm hmm hmmÃ¢Â€Â¦Kawasaki.
Josh Grant Ã¢Â€Â“ Rumor is JG wants to go home. Josh has a baby on the way and is ready to head back to the 909. I think JGR and all parties were expecting a better year and one has to wonder how he is going to rebound. If JGR budges on some policies he could stay and I think it just may be worth one more year. Josh has that something you need to win, but like many other the clock is ticking.
Trey Canard Ã¢Â€Â“ Factory HondaÃ¢Â€Â¦watch out for the new flying freckle. Good kid, good support crew, good bike. Trey should be around the top five all year. If Trey keeps the good starting technique he could maybe get a break away win.
Kyle Regal Ã¢Â€Â“ Who knows. The kid can ride, but I still think there are some concerns about his management. Maybe he can run alongside Alessi on a KTM both dads as mechanicsÃ¢Â€Â¦
Austin Stroupe Ã¢Â€Â“ I heard Austin pointed out, but I have no idea. If he did his only hope is Suzuki gambling on what they saw early last year. Austin was fast, but a James in the making and that is not Rogers style. I think we will just have to wait and see. Last year the DNA team had his name kicked around so donÃ¢Â€Â™t be surprised if you see him land there.
Ryan Sipes Ã¢Â€Â“ Looks good where he rides now and the team would be smart to keep him there and riding a 450 on his off coast and outdoors.
William Hahn Ã¢Â€Â“ Rumored to be signed at GeicoÃ¢Â€Â¦.maybe WhartonÃ¢Â€Â™s seat or for BlakeÃ¢Â€Â™s sake he will fill TreyÃ¢Â€Â™s vacant spot.
Ã‚Â Jason Lawrence Ã¢Â€Â“ Riding a bike sponsored by nuts. My guess is he may show up sitting on his agents back at the gate for A-1. Homologating Scott may be a problem though.
Kyle Chisholm Ã¢Â€Â“ Probably staying put.
Blake Baggett Ã¢Â€Â“ Rumored for PC and Rockstar Suzuki (250) team.
Josh Hill Ã¢Â€Â“ Josh is still recovering from major injuries. When he makes it back it will probably only be with L&M or as a fill in for someone else hurt on another team.
Martin Davalos Ã¢Â€Â“ I think Martin may have to really expand his options. Either privateer or GPÃ¢Â€Â™s.
Ryan Morais Ã¢Â€Â“ I really thought this guy was finally going to win one this year. InjuryÃ¢Â€Â™s kept him out and I think he found a good fit where he is. Next year Ryan is my west coast sleeper pick for the championship and as the theme continues one of his last chances for a good ride.
Josh Hansen Ã¢Â€Â“ Josh is now dating OzzyÃ¢Â€Â™s kid and is more Hollywood than ever. I think he will keep his Monster ride and have a year similar to the one he had this year. Can he keep out the distractionsÃ¢Â€Â¦..uh no.
Christophe Pourcel Ã¢Â€Â“ Perhaps the premier Ã¢Â€Âœfree agentÃ¢Â€Â of the silly season. He is rumored everywhere for pretty good money. At this point it sounds like it is coming down to a bidding war between Honda and KTM, but the KTM rumor is just gaining steam so we will see. Suzuki canÃ¢Â€Â™t afford him and RD so this seems like it is at minimum logical. I have a feeling between he and RV they will set the lower pieces falling once he signs.
Mike Alessi Ã¢Â€Â“ Mike will either be on a KTM or riding a Motoconcepts Yamaha. Nothing more to say here!
Marvin Musquin is coming over to a rumored Ã¢Â€ÂœnewÃ¢Â€Â factory effort from KTM and should be a pleasant addition to the series. Marv looks like he has that typical silky smooth French style and I do expect good things from him.
Clemente DeSalle Ã¢Â€Â“ Just today an interview confirmed Teka Suzuki would like to bring both Clemente and Roczen over, but the details sound like they still need to be ironed out.