Analysis: Transfers in MXGP

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There is so much that goes on in the second half of the season. The exciting action keeps rolling on, of course, and then contracts are being discussed behind the scenes. In order to stay on top of the latter, this column is going to feature all of the decisions that have been made. There will be no rumours in here, as this is solely for the facts. Speculation will be in additional columns on MX Vice.

July 2018

Glenn Coldenhoff: Glenn Coldenhoff was one of the biggest pieces of the silly-season puzzle and other dominos should begin to fall, now that he has slotted into place. Coldenhoff signed a two-year deal with the Standing Construct KTM outfit that will ensure that will ensure his departure from Red Bull KTM will not be too turbulent. Coldenhoff did not really have option to stay beneath the factory awning, of course, as they had to make room to ensure that Pauls Jonass could jump up to the premier division.

June 2018

Jeremy Van Horebeek: Jeremy Van Horebeek wrote a heartfelt statement on social media, which confirmed that he has been told that there is not going to be room for him beneath the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing awning next season. Where is he going to go? The team below this paragraph is an option, of course, but there are no firm rumours at this point. It is early! Van Horebeek has struggled with injuries since the final moto at the second round, hence why he has not returned to the top five since then. The way that he started the season was solid though!

Jeremy Van Horebeek will not return to Yamaha next season (Yamaha Racing)

Standing Construct: Standing Construct returned to the Grand Prix paddock this season with support from KTM and have done a pretty good job, hence why the Austrian manufacturer felt the need to chuck a new contract onto the table. The multi-year deal will ensure that the pair continue their relationship for many years to come. Look for Standing Construct KTM to appear in this column a lot more in the coming months, as a ton of riders are chasing after their second spot. Kevin Strijbos is expected to retire at the end of the season and vacate that.

Max Anstie: Max Anstie confirmed in the MX Vice post-race podcast at the Grand Prix of Lombardia that he is not going to return to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing awning next season. Anstie does not have a contract signed at the time of writing, however, so his name will pop back up in this column at some point. There is no doubt that he will be just fine, following that impressive showing at the previous race, and he has already been linked to a couple of high-profile seats as well. It will be a couple of months until his plans are made official.

February 2018

Antonio Cairoli: This one was a surprise. Antonio Cairoli and Red Bull KTM announced a new deal before the current term had even started, which would ensure that he will remain at the highest level until the end of 2020. This is huge, because he will continue to go up against Jeffrey Herlings in the years to come. Although there are some who like to speculate that he is going to pull the plug early, for that very reason, it does not seem as though there are any signs of that. There is not going to be too much movement on the MXGP side of the Red Bull KTM awning.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna/J.P Acevedo

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