Silly Season: Early Look at 2023 450 Class

Silly season is pretty much done except for a few big name riders. Where will Ken Roczen land? We should know soon. What about Joey Savatgy? Crazy we haven’t heard anything on him.

Either way, things are starting to take shape for 2023. We have a new schedule, riders going to new teams, and more.

Here is an early look at the 2023 season in the 450 Class.

Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha

Eli Tomac (Supercross-only): Tomac won anything and everything in 2022. He returns for another year with Star but it’s on a SX-only deal for now.

Dylan Ferrandis: DF is back for another year with the team. 

Side note: Justin Cooper has pointed out of 250SX. At this time, he is expected to ride a 250 in Pro Motocross and skip Supercross. Maybe he rides a 450 indoors?

Honda HRC

Chase Sexton: Another year for Sexton at Honda HRC. He is signed through the 2023 season with the team.

Colt Nichols (Supercross-only): After Roczen and Honda HRC split, the team inked Nichols to a supercross-only contract for 2023. 

Jett Lawrence (450 for Pro Motocross): It’s expected Jett will defend his 250SX title then move up to the 450 for Pro Motocross.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna 

Christian Craig: Craig inked a two-year deal with the team and will move to the 450 full-time in 2023.

Malcolm Stewart: Mookie is back for another year.

Red Bull KTM

Cooper Webb: Webb signed a one-year extension with the team for Supercross-only with an option to race Pro Motocross. We’ll see if he riders outdoors or not.

Aaron Plessinger: AP returns for another year with KTM.

Marvin Musquin (Supercross-only): Same deal as last year for Marv, as he continues on a SX-only deal.

TLD/Red Bull/GasGas

Justin Barcia: BamBam returns for another year under the TLD tent.

Monster Energy Kawasaki

Jason Anderson: JA is back with Kawi.

Adam Cianciarulo: AC signed a new deal with the team. We’ve heard it will run through the 2024 season.

Twisted Tea/HEP Suzuki presented by Progressive Insurance

Brandon Hartfrant: The Brick returns and will ride the 450 Class.

Side note: Will Roczen join? Is 722 back? Nothing official on either at this time.

FirePower Honda

Dean Wilson: After a number of years with Rockstar Husqvarna, Wilson moves over to FirePower Honda on a SX-only deal.

Team Tedder

Justin Hill: Is back! He will race for the first time since 2020.

Josh Hill: Hill bro affair on this team for 2023. Josh is back to full-time racing.

Partzilla/PRMX Kawasaki

Cade Clason: Cade joins the team for 2023.

Chase Marquier: Marquier signed with the team for 2023.


Ken Roczen: Where will Ken land? That is a big question right now.

Justin Bogle: Maybe World Supercross only for Bogle?

Joey Savatgy: Shocking Joe Dog doesn’t have anything in place right now.

Logan Karnow: His own deal with OnlyFans as a sponsor.

Justin Starling: Star Dog continues to put his own deal together under JSR Motorsports.

Main image: Honda HRC

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  1. My prediction for JS17 for this 2023 supercross season. He will pit with Monster Energy. Mitch is very loyal man. He knows Joey really well. He put together a bike for Joey that fits Joey. He likes to win. Joey won on Mitch’s 450. I think this could be a real cool feel good story for this year.

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