Morning Espresso: Vurb’s 2024 Team Previews: Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX Yamaha

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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 the Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX team and you will find the full schedule below.

The Biggest Question Mark: Will the new kids on the block make a splash in the big leagues?

Who’s In:
#6 Jeremy Martin (250SX East?/450MX?)
#26 Garrett Marchbanks (250SX West/450MX)
#36 Phil Nicoletti (250SX West/450MX)
#99 Jett Reynolds (250SX East/250MX)
#105 Mark Fineis (250SX Futures/250MX?)

Who’s Out:
Enzo Lopes
Preston Kilroy

Last Season’s Supercross Results:
Jeremy Martin – 6th (250SX East)
Garrett Marchbanks – Did Not Race.
Phil Nicoletti – 18th (250SX West)
Jett Reynolds – Did Not Race.
Mark Fineis – (Amateur)

Last Season’s Motocross Results:
Jeremy Martin – 33rd (250MX)
Garrett Marchbanks – 6th (450MX)
Phil Nicoletti – 13th (450MX)
Jett Reynolds – 26th (250MX)
Mark Fineis – 49th (250MX)

Best 2023 SX Finish:
Jeremy Martin – 4th (250SX East/Indianapolis and Detroit)
Garrett Marchbanks (Did Not Race)
Phil Nicoletti – 8th (250SX West/Anaheim 1 and San Diego)
Jett Reynolds – Did Not Race.
Mark Fineis – 2nd (250SX Futures/Salt Lake City)

Best 2023 MX Finish:
Jeremy Martin – 16th Overall (250MX/Hangtown)
Garrett Marchbanks- 5th Overall (450MX/Southwick)
Phil Nicoletti – 8th Overall (450MX/RedBud)
Jett Reynolds – 14th Overall (250MX/Fox Raceway)
Mark Fineis – 23rd Overall (250MX/Ironman)

Offseason Grade: C+

The Rundown:
The ClubMX team has been on the rise for quite a few seasons now. Ever since they signed Garrett Marchbanks they’ve been making waves as the next best team that doesn’t have factory backing. They just signed Jeremy Martin to a three-year extension to show that they mean business as well. 

Marchbanks is coming off of his best year in 450MX where he finished sixth overall. He even started the summer racing the first two rounds in the 250 class before switching classes for Thunder Valley. Marchbanks, who was forced to sit supercross out due to injury, found himself in a bit of a career reawakening with his outdoor rides. When he moved to the 450 class he never once finished outside of the top eight overall. The “Man Child” is 6’2 and pushing 200 pounds, so the 450 really is the best fit for him. Yet, he’ll make the move back to the 250 class in the hopes of winning a main event or two and landing on the podium as much as he can. It’s a tall order, however the ClubMX team is ready to make that next ascension in the results. Marchbanks has the tools to really have a full breakout year in 2024 as long as he stays healthy throughout. 

As listed earlier, J-Mart just signed a rare three-year deal with this team. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of spark the veteran has in store for the upcoming season. In his mind, he should win races and be in the hunt for both championships, however this is a challenging task. Sure, the Lawrence brothers have moved out of the class, but a lot of young talent has infiltrated the championship contender list and J-Mart’s name isn’t on it. He can be a weekly podium contender indoors and out and he’ll occasionally get to show that speed. J-Mart has had quite the trouble staying up when he’s pushing the envelope to win. He missed just about all of 2022 with injuries as well as nine Pro Motocross races this past summer. Martin is back riding and he’s been arguing with his teammate Phil Nicoletti at the track. He should be ready for the 250SX East Region. 

The fan favorite “Filthy” Phil Nicoletti is turning 35 years old in March, but don’t tell him that. He knows that he’s old. Yet, Phil keeps grinding and he puts in consistent results indoors and out. You’ll find him in the top eight in supercross as well as inside the top ten outdoors. Phil will suffer through and have another great season. 

Jett Reynolds makes the move from Kawasaki over to the BluCru. The most recent amateur prodigy to turn pro has had a rough go of it since he jumped to the big leagues, as he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. He’s hoping that a fresh change of teams is going to give him the refresh that he needs. The goal in 2024 will be to just make it through an entire season healthy and worry about the rest later. 

Mark Fineis will be racing SX Futures for the team and we’re assuming the newly announced SMX Next series. Depending on his progression he may race all or just some Pro Motocross races. His plan is not quite certain or laid out yet, but he’ll be making the transition to pro at some point with the team in 2024. 

Enzo Lopes leaving the team left a big hole to fill. He was strong and built to be a championship contender. He took an offer with Star and left ClubMX at the last minute to find some riders to take his spot. Preston Kilroy will also not be back with the team in 2024. He’s going to be doing his own program and looking to be a fill-in should a team need one.

2024 Rider Projections:
Jeremy Martin –
A podium guy indoors and out. He may dabble in some 450 races next year, which will put him inside of the top ten, especially outdoors.

Garrett Marchbanks – Expect more of the same out of Marchbanks when it comes to 450MX, inside of the top ten at every round. He can podium in SX and will be a top five guy more often than not in the 250 class.

Phil Nicoletti – Nicoletti is solid and consistent, meaning that he’ll be battling for the top ten in 250SX and 450MX all season. He may not make it all the time, but he will more often than not.

Jett Reynolds – Reynolds has the potential and a fresh start. The top ten is a great place to aim as he looks to complete all the rounds in 2024.

Mark Fineis – Getting through SX Futures healthy will pave the way for a podium year in the Pro Sport classes at the ranch or top 20 results in Pro Motocross.

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

12/9 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

12/12 – HEP Motorsports

12/13 – HBI Racing Kawasaki

12/14 – Triumph Racing

12/16 – Madd Parts Kawasaki

12/19 – Liqui Moly Beta Racing

12/22 – MotoConcepts Racing

12/29 – Firepower Honda

1 /3 – Phoenix Racing Honda

1/ 5- Bar-X Suzuki

Main image: ClubMX

Written by Troy Dog

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