2. Team America

Ben Spies

Team America is well represented in 2013, with Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards. But with Hayden and Spies on the struggling Ducati and Edwards adapting to his Kawasaki-powered CRT, it’s hard to expect a big splash from this trio unless something goes wrong at the pointy end of the field.

However, let’s not forget Spies is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and has a point to prove this year after leaving Yamaha. Longtime crew chief Tom Houseworth has followed Spies to Ducati and thinks the former World Superbike champ will turn some heads after the shoulder heals and Ben gets back to full fitness. Meanwhile, Hayden wants to earn his lead rider status at Ducati after Rossi’s departure, and Edwards has his eye on being top CRT.