Leading the way for Pirelli is Joe Gibbs Racing’s Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha team, which marks its sixth season as a sponsored partner, and looking for its best year ever. Rider Justin Barcia comes off a stellar National motocross season eager to make his mark on the 450 class as he looks to add to his two premier class Monster Energy Supercross wins. Teammate Weston Peick made several charges during last year’s Supercross season and will be looking to make a mark of his own for the JGRMX team. While not racing a full supercross schedule, JGRMX has brought back Phil Nicoletti as its interim rider when needed while the season is indoors. He will race the full motocross schedule.
A Pirelli sponsored partner since 2012, BTO Sports/WPS/KTM will showcase a trio of riders during the 2016 supercross season. Returning for the third-straight season is Andrew Short, who will unfortunately be starting the season from the sidelines with a shoulder injury. His teammates Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton are more than capable of leading the team with potential wins and podiums.
The newly formed Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki team will feature four riders showcasing Pirelli tires in the 250 East/West class. Jimmy Albertson will lead the charge as he returns to the 250 East/West class for the first time since 2009. Albertson and teammate Kyle Cunningham will offer veteran guidance to rookie riders Mark Worth and Josh Osby.
The second of the two new teams this season running the dependable Pirelli tires is the factory-backed Yoshimura/Dirt Candy Graphics/Suzuki team of Matt Bisceglia and Daniel Baker. Baker will be racing his first 250 Supercross series , while Bisceglia will enter his third season.
In addition to assisting the above teams, Pirelli will help Privateer Journey Racing Team members Killian Auberson, Nick Schmidt, Dustin Pipes and Teddy Parks, while independent Supercross riders Alex Ray and Ronnie Stewart will also receive Pirelli support throughout the season.