Morning Espresso: Vurb’s 2024 Team Previews: Phoenix Racing Honda

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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 Phoenix Racing Honda team and you will find the full schedule below.

The Biggest Question Mark: Will the change to Honda benefit Dylan Ferrandis?

Who’s In:
#14 Dylan Ferrandis – 450SX/MX
#58 Cullin Park – 250SX East
#1 Kyle Peters – Arenacross and possibly some 250SX East

Who’s Out:
Coty Schock
Jace Owen
Caden Braswell

Last Season’s Supercross Results:
Dylan Ferrandis – 25th (450SX)
Cullin Park – 9th (250SX East)

Last Season’s Motocross Results:
Dylan Ferrandis – 2nd Overall (450MX)
Cullin Park – Did Not Race.

Best 2023 SX Finish:
Dylan Ferrandis – 4th (450SX Anaheim 1)
Cullin Park – 7th (250SX Detroit)

Best 2023 MX Finish:
Dylan Ferrandis – 2nd Overall (450MX/Hangtown)
Cullin Park – Did Not Race.

Offseason Grade: A+

The Rundown:
The biggest news out of the Phoenix Honda camp for the 2024 season is of course the addition of Dylan Ferrandis. This is the first time that this program has taken on a former 450 champion and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. Apparently Ferrandis has been wanting to ride a Honda for a while now. Another cool aspect of this team this year is that they have Factory Connection helping them out with suspension. This is the first time that FC will be involved heavily in a team since GEICO Honda went away in 2020.

Phoenix Honda will only run with two riders for the SuperMotocross Championship, which means they have downsized from previous years. Downsizing on riders and putting all their efforts into Ferrandis and Park is a great decision. 

Ferrandis when he’s on will compete for podiums indoors and out. If he’s comfortable he will be in the hunt for an outdoor title. Ferrandis actually had a really great year in 2023, although he got injured not long after SX started. He started the year going 4-6-5 in SX before the injury, then when he returned to outdoors he had six podiums and two races out of the top five overall. He eventually finished second in 450MX behind a dominant teenager who won every moto. In his eyes, sure he wanted to beat Jett, but he was clearly the second most consistent rider in the series and it gave him something to build off of for the new season. If Ferrandis stays injury free through SX, has his bike sorted, and he’s comfortable, we will see a very productive year from him both indoors and out.

Park enters his third supercross season and he’s been progressing very quickly, which is why Phoenix held onto him. Just last year he had seven top 10 finishes and finished ninth in points. He’s going to be trying to step it up in 2024 and reach the next group ahead of him to better his career best seventh. He’s young, hungry, in shape, and truly solid when it comes to SX. He’s got the skills to truly make a name for himself in the sport in the long run. He also is a taller and stronger rider, so if he made the move to a 450 outdoors that would benefit him greatly. The 250SX East Region is shaping up to be deep and a lot of riders are signed up for it. That shouldn’t bother Park one bit, he’s going to be a 5-10 guy no matter who shows up and is looking for more.

Kyle Peters is currently leading the points on his quest for his fifth Arenacross title, but we may see him race some East Region rounds as well.

2024 Rider Projections:
Dylan Ferrandis
– A weekly top five threat who will get on the podium a handful of times indoors and out.

Cullin Park – A 5-10 guy who is solid as they come and he keeps progressing.

Kyle Peters – Arenacross God.

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

1/1 – Firepower Honda

1 /3 – Phoenix Racing Honda

1/ 5- Bar-X Suzuki

Main image: Phoenix Racing Honda

Written by Troy Dog

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