Yeah, this is a bit behind, our apologies. Our best attempts at getting this up earlier in the week were overwhelmed by meetings, magazine work, other features on the site, and necessary rest after two weeks of travel here and abroad. But now Kickstart from RedBud is finally up and we’re pretty stoked on what we saw and heard at the sixth round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Like what? Here you go…
– Jeremy Martin’s deal for 2017 is done and it’s not what so many of us expected. The RCH ride is off, as Martin has decided to remain in the 250 class for at least another season in order to figure out his flaws in Supercross. What team it’s with is the real question. A few weeks ago we were told that he’d remain on Yamaha, but under the factory tent alongside Chad Reed and Cooper Webb, and would ride a 250 indoors and 450 outdoors. Now it sounds like that might be off as well, because Steve Matthes at @pulpmx stated in his Tuesday night show that Martin will be going to GEICO Honda. As expected, Martin is staying tight-lipped about his future team.
– Along with the usual roster changes of bikes and staff, there will be a few big shakeups to the title sponsors of some teams in 2017.
– Wil Hahn and the Monster Energy Kawasaki team have a tentative plan to possibly catch the last few Nationals and the two MXGP rounds in the US. Results in these races will be key for Hahn, as he is out at Kawasaki next year and in need of a contract.
– Marvin Musquin was again the lone rider under the Red Bull KTM tent at Red Bull, but that should change at Millville with the return of Dean Wilson. Now fully healed from his torn ACL and back on the bike, Wilson would like to salvage something from 2016 and have something to build on for the future.
– Like Wil Hahn, Chris Alldredge might catch the final MX rounds and the MXGP. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider injured his hip in a wild crash at the Las Vegas SX finale and has been on the sidelines since, but like Hahn, needs to prove to the industry that he still has plenty of talent to merit a new contract.
– Gear, goggle, and boots deals for the future are already in the works. There will be a few guys with massive changes to the kit in the coming months.
– With Josh Grant on the sidelines for the next few months, Monster Energy Kawasaki has brought Tyler Bowers to fill-in for their fill-in. This was the first time Bowers had lined up for a National since 2009 and although he was a bit rusty on the track, he stayed in the top-twenty through both motos. Despite his injury, it sounds like Grant has locked up the second spot at Kawasaki for 2017.
– That one chick wasn’t afraid to show off “the goods” during the podium celebrations. We’re sure she wasn’t the only one going for even tan lines on Saturday.