Joe Gibbs Racing Signs Kyle Regal

At this time of year, it can often feel like a carousel as motocross riders move from team to team. The early departure of James Stewart from Joe Gibbs Racing has left a hole on the team, which the managers quickly filled by announcing the signing of Kyle Regal.

The talented 21-year-old rider showed promise while racing in AMA Motocross in 2010, according to Cycle News. Regal raced for Merge Honda and finished ninth overall in the series despite missing several races due to injury. In 2011, however, Regal suffered a bit of bad luck when he joined the San Manuel Yamaha team, only to have them pull out from the series and leave him without a bike to compete on. Now, Regal will have just a few short days to learn the intricacies of a Yamaha after mainly racing Hondas for most of his career.

“We are coming off a great supercross season with Davi Millsaps, and both Davi and Kyle are turning some very fast laps at our test track,” said JGRMX team manager Jeremy Albrecht. “We are excited about the upcoming outdoor national season.”

The AMA Motocross season kicks off with the Hangtown Classic in Sacramento, California, on May 19.