MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT BY DARYL ECKLUND

#WHIPITWEDNESDAY

Rider: Levi Sherwood
Location: Sam Boyd Stadium
Photographer: John Basher
Lens: 70-200mm
Exposure: 1/800 sec.
F-stop: 5.6
ISO: 250

TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: 1992 PEAK HONDA CR125

This is a 99.9% replica 1992 Peak Honda CR125 that I’ve spent quite a few years building. In fact, once I finished it, it was too nice to ride, so I built another exactly the same (with a few extra parts like the 1991 Mugen PowerUp Kit etc.) that I’m currently leading the UK EVO Championship on.

I also have a 1994 Ryan Hughes replica Splitfire KX125 that I raced the last two Farleigh Castle Vet MXDN races on.

SUPERCROSS KNOWLEDGE: LAS VEGAS FINALE

By Broc Bridges

1. Ryan Dungey finished fourth in Las Vegas which was enough to clinch his fourth career 450SX Class championship, tying him with Ryan Villopoto for third most all-time (Jeremy McGrath 7, Ricky Carmichael 5, Dungey/Villopoto 4). He also joins those same names as riders with three consecutive championships.

2. Dungey finished the season with three streaks still active: 3 in-a-row-championships, 88 straight starts, and 52 straight top five finishes.

3. Dungey’s first title came in 2010 when he was a rookie. That means there were seven seasons separating Dungey’s first championship and last championship, which ties McGrath for the most seasons between first and last championships. McGrath won his first one in 1993 and his last in 2000.


4. Jason Anderson snuck his way into the lead on the very last lap to secure his third career 450SX Class victory. The race was his 49th career start and he also earned his 15th career podium.

5. Eli Tomac earned his 30th career podium with a runner-up finish to Dungey. It was his 64th career start and he finished just five points behind Dungey in the championship standings.

6. Josh Grant rode to his first podium of the season and first since Rd. 14 of 2012 with a third place finish. It was the fifth podium of his career and was his third top five finish of the season.

7. Dean Wilson earned his second career top five finish and first since Arlington with his fifth place performance in Las Vegas. He finished in a career high eighth place in the final 450SX Class points standings.

8. Adam Cianciarulo won a crazy 250SX Class finale for his fifth career victory, but came up just two points short of Zach Osborne for the championship. The victory ties Cianciarulo with Branden Jesseman, Cole Seely, Ken Roczen, and Anderson for 36th on the all-time 250SX Class wins list.

9. Osborne’s seventh place finish gave him enough points to overtake Joey Savatgy to give Husqvarna their first ever Supercross championship. Justin Hill had already secured the 250SX Class West Coast Championship before the last race.

10. Chad Reed earned his 199th top-10 finish in Vegas with a sixth place ride. This season marks the 12th time Reed has finished inside the top-10 of the final points standings.

11. Blake Baggett rode to his 30th career top-10 finish in his 43rd career start with a seventh place.

12. This season marked the 11th time the Supercross series has been decided by 10 points or less and only the sixth time it has been decided by five points or less.

13. For only the seventh time in Supercross history (1974) the rider with the most wins in a season did not win the championship.

2017 SUPERCROSS SEASON STATISTICS

Podiums by Brand
KTM: 24 (Dungey, Musquin, Baggett)
Kawasaki: 13 (Tomac, Grant)
Husqvarna: 6 (Anderson)
Honda: 5 (Roczen, Seely, Martin)
Yamaha: 2 (Webb, Reed)
Suzuki: 1 (Tickle)

Podiums by Rider
Dungey: 13
Tomac: 12
Musquin: 10
Anderson: 6
Seely: 2
Roczen: 2
6 riders: 1

Win by Brand
Kawasaki: 9 (Tomac)
KTM: 5 (Dungey, Musquin)
Honda: 2 (Roczen)
Husqvarna: 1 (Anderson)

Wins by Rider
Tomac: 9
Dungey: 3
Roczen: 2
Musquin: 2
Anderson: 1

Average Finish for Top Five in Points
Dungey: 2.5
Tomac: 3.3
Musquin: 5.7
Anderson: 5.25
Millsaps: 7.5

Closest Points Standings Finishes (All-time Supercross)
1983…2 points
1985…2 points
2006…2 points
1992…3 points
2013…4 points
2017…5 points

Supercross Titles by First Name
Ryan…8
Jeremy… 7
Jeff.6

Final Points Standings by Brand in the 450 class
1. KTM
2. Kawasaki
3. KTM
4. Husqvarna
5. KTM
6. KTM
7. Honda
8. Husqvarna
9. Yamaha
10. Kawasaki

–The European brand bikes took over Supercross in 2017. In one race KTM and Husqvarna were 1-5 in the results and another four times they had four of the top five bikes.

IT’S ALL ABOUT RYAN DUNGEY

–Eight consecutive seasons being inside the top three in the final points standings
–Four titles, three consecutive, and eight seasons between his first and last championship.
–52 consecutive top five finishes
–Has started all but five races since 2010
–Has seven complete seasons under his belt (Reed has 10 and McGrath had nine).
–Nine seasons with a podium, seven seasons with 10+ podiums
–Nine seasons with a top five finish, eight seasons with 11+ top five finishes
–All-time record top five percentage at 91% and top-10 percentage at 98%
–Eight top five finishes in Las Vegas
–Eight consecutive top five finishes in Rd. 1
–Average finish of 3.1 in career

Positions in Supercross Record Books
9th- All-time Starts
6th- All-time Wins
5th- Consecutive starts
4th- Top fives
4th- Seasons with a win
4th- AMA Wins (SX and MX)
3rd- All time podiums
3rd- AMA Titles (SX and MX)

RYAN DUNGEY AND KTM TEAM TALK ABOUT HIS RETIREMENT

Ryan Dungey and his crew.

Ryan Dungey: “It’s hard to believe that this day has come but after a lot of thinking and praying over the last several months, today I announce my retirement from racing professional Supercross and Motocross. This decision has not been an easy one. I’ve achieved more than I ever could have imagined or dreamed of and for all of this I am incredibly humbled and honored. I’ve gone as hard as I can for as long as I can but the reality is that our sport is tough, the seasons are long and it takes a huge amount of sacrifice, hard work and discipline to stay on top. Physically I feel that I’m in the best shape of my life, race craft-wise I’m in the best shape of my life and I have the equipment to win, there’s no doubt about that. However, this year I have struggled mentally. I have always raced because I love it and want so badly to win, but this season was just different for me. Getting my head into the game each week just wasn’t the same and lining up and being able to focus like I always had in the past was just different. I never thought I would get to a place where I had to talk myself into starting a race but that’s how it was for me – and the truth is that bothers me a lot. I could easily take the paycheck and just race to finish but that’s not who I am and not how I want to race, nor be remembered. I said on the podium in Las Vegas a week and a half ago that this championship win meant the most out of all my Supercross titles because the truth is, I had to fight the hardest for this one. Not necessarily because of the battles on the track, though those were good and tough, but because I had to mentally push myself like never before to get it done. And to come out on top and hold onto the championship title for the third year in a row is an unbelievable blessing that I’m incredibly proud of. I love racing and I love our sport but I just feel it in my heart that I am ready to step away now – happy, healthy and feeling totally blessed. I’ve accomplished everything that I set out to do and so much more. Although I’m taking a step back from racing, I still plan to be involved in the sport and continue to try to make it better in any way that I can. This sport has blessed me beyond belief and I’ll forever be grateful for the memories I’ve made and friendships I’ve developed along the way. As this chapter of my life comes to a close, I’m excited to see what the next chapter has in store for me.”

Stefan Pierer (CEO KTM GROUP): “For six years Ryan has been a part of the KTM family, beginning in 2012 when he came to KTM following Roger De Coster. Since then, Ryan has written a very important part of our history and together with Roger they brought KTM to the pinnacle of the sport worldwide. Ryan is outstanding. His performance and his personality brought KTM to the next level and we thank him for that. We are wishing him all the best for the next step and we are very happy to look for his next ambitious goals in the KTM family.”

Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsports Director): “First of all I would like to congratulate Ryan for this amazing 2017 Supercross title. It was a tough fight but at the end he took the title home to our KTM family and it just makes us really, really proud. It’s nice for our Company to work with an athlete like Ryan, who brings always 100 percent for the brand. Ryan made history for KTM – he won the first Supercross race for us and the first Supercross title, and together with the U.S. team they’ve been the game changers. I’m looking forward to working with Ryan in the future to keep our first-class team on the same position and look for young riders, which I’m sure he will give us the right hand.”

Roger De Coster (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager): “It has been an honor to work with Ryan for over ten years together. In that time he never failed to end a championship on the podium and I can say that I have never worked with a rider who took his job so seriously. This is the end of an era but we know Ryan will stay involved with our team although it is not completely defined yet. He has already begun helping Marvin prepare for the Nationals and we are excited to continue our relationship with him. We wish Ryan and Lindsey all the best for their future.”

MATRIX CONCEPTS NEW MOBILE SITE

Matrix Concepts launches new mobile website experience. Check out our new easy to navigate website on your favorite device at www.matrixracingproducts.com. The new site includes everything Matrix Concepts, new products, Specials section and all the products the factory teams use.

PHOTO OF THE PAST: 2001 SUPERCROSS SERIES

From left to right: Ezra Lusk, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael.

2017 RACE SCHEDULES: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE

The next stop on the MXGP series is in Germany on May 21.

2017 LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 20…Hangtown…Sacramento, CA
May 27…Glen Helen…San Bernardino, CA
June 3…Thunder Valley…Lakewood, CO
June 17…High Point…Mount Morris, PA
June 24…Muddy Creek…Blountville, TN
July 1…Red Bud…Buchanan, MI
July 8…Southwick…Southwick, MA
July 22…Spring Creek…Millville, MN
July 29…Washougal…Washougal, WA
August 12…Unadilla…New Berlin, NY
August 19…Budds Creek…Mechanicsville, MD
August 26…Ironman…Crawfordsville, IN
* Visit http://www.promotocross.com/mx/tickets to buy tickets

2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
February 25…Losail…Qatar
March 5…Pangkal Pinang…Indonesia
March 19…Neuquen…Argentina
April 2…Leon…Mexico
April 16…Trentino…Italy
April 23…Valkenswaard…The Netherlands
May 7…Kegums…Latvia
May 21…Teutschenthal…Germany
May 28…Ernee…France
June 11…Orlyonok…Russia
June 25…Maggiora…Italy
July 2…Agueda…Portugal
July 23…Loket…Czech Republic
August 6…Lommel…Belgium
August 13…Frauenfeld…Switzerland
August 20…Uddevalla…Sweden
September 3…Charlotte…USA
September 10…Assen…The Netherlands
September 17…Villars sous Ecot…France

2017 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS SERIES
January  7…Angel Stadium…Anaheim, CA (West)
January 14…Petco Park…San Diego, CA (West)
January 21…Angel Stadium…Anaheim, CA (West)
January 28…University of Phoenix…Glendale, AZ (West)
February 4…Alameda Coliseum…Oakland, CA (West)
February 11…AT&T Stadium…Arlington, TX (West)
February 18…U.S. Bank Stadium…Minneapolis, MN (East)
February 25…Georgia Dome…Atlanta, GA (East)
March 4…Rogers Centre…Toronto, Canada (East)
March 11…Daytona Speedway…Daytona, FL (East)
March 18…Lucas Oil Stadium…Indianapolis, IN (East)
March 25…Ford Field…Detroit, MI (East)
April 1…America’s Center…St. Louis, MO (East)
April 8…CenturyLink Field…Seattle, WA (West)
April 22…Rice-Eccles Stadium…Salt Lake City, UT (West)
April 29…MetLife Stadium…East Rutherford, NJ (East)
May 6…Sam Boyd Stadium…Las Vegas, NV (East/West)

2017 AMSOIL ARENACROSS SERIES
January 7-8…U.S. Bank Arena…Cincinnati, OH
January 13-15…Van Andel Arena…Grand Rapids, MI
January 20-22…Royal Farms Arena…Baltimore, MD
January 28-29…Bridgestone Arena…Nashville, TN
February 4-5…Freedom Hall…Louisville, KY
February 18-19…Sprint Center…Kansas City, MO
February 24-26…Georgia Dome…Atlanta, GA
March 3-5…Landers Center…Southaven, MS
March 11-12…Smoothie King Center…New Orleans, LA
March 18-19…Moda Center…Portland, OR
March 24-26…Livestock Events Center…Reno, NV
April 1-2…Golden I Center…Sacramento, CA
April 22-23…Denver Coliseum…Denver, CO
May 5-7…Orleans Arena…Las Vegas, NV

 

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