Morning Espresso: Vurb’s 2024 Team Previews: MotoConcepts Racing

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Welcome to the offseason and our new ongoing “Team Previews” column. Every week from now until the Monster Energy Supercross season starts in January we will be profiling a big team in the sport. We’ll go through the changes that have been made, analyze results, and give each team a grade on all of their offseason moves. This week we have MotoConcepts Racing and you will find the full schedule below.

The Biggest Question Mark: Can Mitchell Oldenburg grab a podium for MotoConcepts in 2024?

Who’s In:
#41 Carson Mumford – 250SX West
#55 Mitchell Oldenburg – 250SX West
#125 Vince Friese – 450SX
#943 Noah Viney- 250SX Futures and 250SX West

Who’s Out:
Anthony Rodriguez
Cole Seely

Last Season’s Supercross Results:
Carson Mumford – 12th (250SX West)
Mitchell Oldenburg – 5th (250SX West)
Vince Friese – Did Not Race.
Noah Viney – Did Not Race.

Last Season’s Motocross Results:
Carson Mumford – 16th Overall (250MX)
Mitchell Oldenburg – Did Not Race.
Vince Friese – Did Not Race.
Noah Viney – Did Not Race.

Best 2023 SX Finish:
Carson Mumford – 7th (250SX/East Rutherford)
Mitchell Oldenburg – 4th (250SX/Anaheim 1 and Anaheim 2)
Vince Friese – Did Not Race.
Noah Viney – Did Not Race.

Best 2023 MX Finish:
Carson Mumford- 8th Overall (250MX Budds Creek)
Mitchell Oldenburg – Did Not Race.
Vince Friese – Did Not Race.
Noah Viney -Did Not Race.

Offseason Grade: B

The Rundown:
The MotoConcepts Racing program has now been around for 15 seasons. Team owner Mike Genova and team manager Tony Alessi have proved their bikes and program are capable of running up front over and over again. So, Mumford, Oldenburg, Friese, and Viney all have what it takes to be successful in 2024.

Mumford is coming off of two very identical seasons in 2022 and 2023. He’s ridden for a few teams in that span and is coming off of a fill-in ride with Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Mumford was a Team Green kid coming up in the amateur ranks back in the day and it was full circle to see what he could on a factory machine. He held his own and finished in the top 10 seven times out of the 11 races he did in 2023. Going to the MotoConcepts bike should be a lateral move as far as results go for Mumfy. It’s also important to remember that Mumford was once a standout amateur and had GEICO Honda support ride before the team went away. With another offseason done and dusted and a new program behind him, his progression will jump him up a few places in the results as well.

Mitchell Oldenburg is now a crafty veteran, which is hard to believe. He’s been very consistent in supercross the past two seasons finishing fourth in points in the 250SX East Region in 2022 and fifth in the 250SX West Region in 2023. Both seasons were nearly identical in points with 132 in 2022 to 131 in 2023. You’d have to think that things will stay the same in the new year. He’s consistent, fast, and almost had podium speed at some rounds last year. It’s the perfect mix for another great season in SX for the Texan.

Vince Friese is also a veteran who knows how to get starts and make it very difficult for the top riders in the sport to make a move on him. He’s got all of the tricks and when he’s racing things get interesting. You’re going to see the same Friese that you’re used to in 2024 450SX. He’ll get great starts, run up front, and be on the cusp of the top ten, which is honestly impressive in a field this deep. Whether you love him or hate him, Friese has made a long time living in this sport and he’s progressed so much as a racer since turning pro back at the end of 2008.

Then we have the rookie Noah Viney, who will start the season in 250SX Futures. With the proven MotoConcepts program and bike he should be a top five guy in those races, which will translate to him joining the 250SX West Region at some point. When he makes that transition he should be a main event guy off of the bat and aiming for the top 15 at his peak. As long as he’s progressing, showing speed, and making all the races he should have a successful rookie season. 

2024 Rider Projections:
Carson Mumford –
If Mumford can stay healthy he will be on the cusp of the top ten most rounds and in the standings as well. He’ll peak in the 5-10 range.

Mitchell Oldenburg – A sleeper for the top five on any given weekend, Oldenburg will be giving the factory riders fits all SX season.

Vince Friese – Friese won’t back down from anyone. He’ll get great starts and will do everything he can to stay up front. He’ll be in the 15-10 place range early in the season and will make some top tens towards the end.

Noah Viney – Viney has a great team and bike to have success in 2024. He’ll be in the top five 250SX Futures and make his SX debut soon after if it all goes right. He’ll make the main events and shoot for the top fifteen.

Thanks for reading my series of team previews for the coming season. If you’d like to talk about these or any of the other stories that I’ve written you can email me at [email protected] You can also reach me on Twitter/Instagram: @troydogvurb.

2024 Team Preview Schedule:

10/13 – Troy Lee Designs / Red Bull /  GASGAS Factory Race Team

10/20 – Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki

10/27 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

11/5 – HRC Honda

11/12 – Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing

11/18 – AEO Powersports KTM

11/21 – Partzilla PRMX

11/27 – Heartbeat Hot Sauce/Team Solitaire

11/28 – Rock River Yamaha

12/4 – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

12/6 – Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha

12/13 – HBI Racing Kawasaki

12/15 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

12/20 – HEP Motorsports

12/26 – Liqui Moly Beta Racing

12/27 – Madd Parts Kawasaki

12/28 – Triumph Racing

12/30 – MotoConcepts Racing

12/31 – Firepower Honda

1 /3 – Phoenix Racing Honda

1/ 5- Bar-X Suzuki

Main image: MotoConcepts

Written by Troy Dog

Faster than Slaw Dog. Editor-in-Chief

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