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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Hangtown Historical Notes Package

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  • The name “Hangtown” comes from the nickname given to the city of Placerville, site of the original race, during the California Gold Rush. 
  • Hangtown is the oldest race on the schedule, predating the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with its first race 47 years ago in 1969.
  • When it first joined the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in 1974, Hangtown served as the opening round for 10 consecutive seasons.
  • In 2004 Hangtown returned to its position as the opening round of the championship and has served that role for 10 of the last 13 seasons. No track has hosted more opening rounds than Hangtown (20).
  • The Hangtown track layout for the 2015 season spans 1.2 miles.

450 Class Stats

  • 2015 Overall Podium: Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey, Jason Anderson
  • The first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship race held at Hangtown was on April 8, 1974. Billy Grossi won on a Honda.
  • Hangtown is the only track in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship that defending champion Ryan Dungey has never won at, in either class. He has finished second for five consecutive seasons. 
  • Dungey has won the opening round just once in his 450 Class career, at Glen Helen in 2014.
  • Hangtown is the only track in the championship where each of the six participating manufacturers has won. 
  • Ricky Carmichael is the winningest rider at Hangtown with a combined seven total victories – five in the 450 Class and two in the 250 Class.
  • James Stewart earned his first 450 Class victory at Hangtown in 2006, and went on to win two additional times in 2008 and 2012. 
  • The rider to win at Hangtown has gone on to win the 450 Class title 16 times in 43 seasons.
  • Yamaha has not won at Hangtown since 2000 when David Vuillemin earned his first 450 Class victory.
  • From 2002 to 2008, only two riders won at Hangtown – Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart. Since 2009, six different riders have won over the last seven seasons.
  • Mike Alessi and Ken Roczen each earned his first-career victory in both the 250 Class and 450 Class at Hangtown.

All-Time Wins at Hangtown (Total Wins)

Ricky Carmichael (5)
Rick Johnson (4)
Bob Hannah (3)
Kent Howerton (3)
Mike Kiedrowski (3)
James Stewart (3)
Jeremy McGrath (2)
Chad Reed (2)
Jeff Ward (2)

All-Time Wins by Brand at Hangtown (Last Win)

Honda: 17 (2015)
Kawasaki: 9 (2013)
Suzuki: 7 (2012)
Yamaha: 6 (2000)
Can-Am: 1 (1976)
Husqvarna: 1 (1975)
KTM: 1 (2014)

First time winners at Hangtown

1974: Billy Grossi (Honda)
1977: Marty Smith (Honda)
1980: Kent Howerton (Suzuki)
1984: Alan King (Honda)
1989: Jeff Stanton (Honda)
1991: John Dowd (Honda)
1992: Rick Johnson (Yamaha)
1999: Kevin Windham (Honda)
2000: David Vuillemin (Yamaha)
2006: James Stewart (Kawasaki)
2009: Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
2014: Ken Roczen (KTM)

Brand sweeps at Hangtown (450 Class & 250 Class)

2008: Kawasaki – James Stewart & Ryan Villopoto
1996: Honda – Jeremy Mcgrath & Steve Lamson
1981: Suzuki – Kent Howerton & Mark Barnett
1980: Suzuki – Kent Howerton & Mark Barnett
1978: Yamaha – Bob Hannah & Broc Glover
1974: Honda – Bill Grossi & Marty Smith

Riders to Win at Hangtown in Both Classes (Years Won)

Mike Alessi (250 Class ’06 / 450 Class ‘09)
Damon Bradshaw (250 Class ’89 / 450 Class ‘92)
Ricky Carmichael (250 Class ‘97 / 450 Class ‘02)
Bob Hannah (250 Class ’76 / 450 Class ’83)
Jeremy McGrath (250 Class ’93 / 450 Class ’98)
Ken Roczen (250 Class ’13 / 450 Class ’14)
James Stewart (250 Class ’02 / 450 Class ’06)
Eli Tomac (250 Class ’10 / 450 Class ’15)
Ryan Villopoto (250 Class ’08 / 450 Class ’13)
Jeff Ward (250 Class ’84 / 450 Class ’85)

Past Winners at Hangtown

May 16, 2015 / Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO / Honda
May 31, 2014 / Ken Roczen, Germany / KTM
May 18, 2013 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
May 19, 2012 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Suzuki
May 21, 2011 / Chad Reed, Australia / Honda
May 22, 2010 / Chad Reed, Australia / Kawasaki
May 30, 2009 / Mike Alessi, Victorville, CA / Suzuki
June 1, 2008 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
May 20, 2007 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
May 21, 2006 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
May 22, 2005 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
May 16, 2004 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
May 18, 2003 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
May 19, 2002 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
May 20, 2001 / Sebastien Tortelli, France / Honda
May 21, 2000 / David Vuillemin, France / Yamaha
May 16, 1999 / Kevin Windham, Ethel, LA / Honda
May 17, 1998 / Jeremy McGrath, Menifee, CA / Yamaha
May 4, 1997 / Greg Albertyn, South Africa / Suzuki
May 5, 1996 / Jeremy McGrath, Menifee, CA / Honda
May 7, 1995 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
May 1, 1994 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
June 20, 1993 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
June 14, 1992 / Damon Bradshaw, Mooresville, NC / Yamaha
March 24, 1991 / John Dowd, Chicopee, MA / Honda
April 1, 1990 / Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA / Kawasaki
April 23, 1989 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
March 27, 1988 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
March 22, 1987 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
April 6, 1986 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
March 31, 1985 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki
April 8, 1984 / Alan King, Troy, MI / Honda
March 27, 1983 / Bob Hannah, Carson City, NV / Honda
March 28, 1982 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
March 29, 1981 / Kent Howerton, San Antonio, TX / Suzuki
March 23, 1980 / Kent Howerton, San Antonio, TX / Suzuki
March 25, 1979 / Bob Hannah, Carson City, NV / Yamaha
April 9, 1978 / Bob Hannah, Carson City, NV / Yamaha
April 10, 1977 / Marty Smith, San Diego, CA / Honda
April 4, 1976 / Jim Ellis, East Hampton, CT / Can-Am
April 6, 1975 / Kent Howerton, San Antonio, TX / Husqvarna
April 8, 1974 / Bill Grossi, Santa Cruz, CA / Honda

250 Class Stats

  • 2015 Overall Podium: Jeremy Martin, Marvin Musquin, Chris Alldredge
  • The first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250 Class race held at Hangtown was April 8, 1974. Marty Smith won on a Honda.
  • After a 22-year gap between Hangtown wins, Jeremy Martin has given Yamaha back-to-back victories.
  • Martin is chasing his third straight Hangtown victory and his third consecutive opening-round win. Mark Barnett is the only 250 Class in history to win three in a row at Hangtown.
  • Eli Tomac made history in 2010 by becoming the first rider in history to win his professional debut. He added his name to the 450 Class wins list last season.
  • Jeremy McGrath earned his first professional motocross victory at Hangtown in 1993.
  • Hometown rider Steve Lamson, along with Mark Barnett, are the winningest 250 Class riders at Hangtown with four wins apiece. Barnett won his four races consecutively.
  • Six different riders have earned their first career 250 Class wins at Hangtown over the last 10 seasons – Mike Alessi (’06), Ben Townley (’07), Christophe Pourcel (’09), Eli Tomac (’10), Blake Baggett (’11), and Ken Roczen (’13).
  • Despite not having won since 1994, Suzuki still has just one less victory than the all-time winningest brand at Hangtown, Kawasaki.

All-Time Wina at Hangtown (Total Wins)

Mark Barnett (4)
Steve Lamson (4)
Blake Baggett (2)
Ricky Carmichael (2)
Guy Cooper (2)
Ryan Hughes (2)
Grant Langson (2)
Jeremy Martin (2)
James Stewart (2)

All-Time Wins by Brand at Hangtown (Last Win)

Kawasaki: 12 (2012)
Suzuki: 11 (1994)
Honda: 8 (2010)
Yamaha: 7 (2015)
KTM: 4 (2013)

First time winners at Hangtown

1974: Marty Smith (Honda)
1976: Bob Hannah (Yamaha)
1979: Brian Myerscough (Suzuki)
1991: Doug Henry (Yamaha)
1992: Steve Lamson (Honda)
1993: Jeremy McGrath (Honda)
1994: Damon Huffman (Suzuki)
2006: Mike Alessi (KTM)
2007: Ben Townley (Kawasaki)
2009: Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki)
2010: Eli Tomac (Honda)
2011: Blake Baggett (Kawasaki)
2014: Ken Roczen (KTM)

Past Winners at Hangtown

May 16, 2015 / Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN / Yamaha
May 24, 2014 / Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN / Yamaha
May 18, 2013 / Ken Roczen, Germany / KTM
May 19, 2012 / Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, CA / Kawasaki
May 21, 2011 / Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, CA / Kawasaki
May 22, 2010 / Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO / Honda
May 30, 2009 / Christophe Pourcel, France / Kawasaki
June 1, 2008 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
May 20, 2007 / Ben Townley, New Zealand / Kawasaki
May 21, 2006 / Mike Alessi, Victorville, CA / KTM
May 22, 2005 / Grant Langston, South Africa / Kawasaki
May 16, 2004 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
May 18, 2003 / Ryan Hughes, Temecula, CA / KTM
May 19, 2002 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
May 20, 2001 / Grant Langston, South Africa / KTM
May 21, 2000 / Steve Lamson, Murrieta, CA / Honda
May 16, 1999 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
May 17, 1998 / Steve Lamson, Riverside, CA / Honda
May 4, 1997 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
May 5, 1996 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
May 7, 1995 / Ryan Hughes, Escondido, CA / Kawasaki
May 1, 1994 / Damon Huffman, Saugus, CA / Suzuki
June 20, 1993 / Jeremy McGrath, Murrieta, CA / Honda
June 14, 1992 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
March 24, 1991 / Doug Henry, Fairfield, CT / Yamaha
April 1, 1990 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki
April 23, 1989 / Damon Bradshaw, Charlotte, NC / Yamaha
March 28, 1988 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki
March 22, 1987 / George Holland, Kerman, CA / Suzuki
April 6, 1986 / Erik Kehoe, Granada Hills, CA / Suzuki
March 31, 1985 / Ron Lechien, El Cajon, CA / Honda
April 8, 1984 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki
March 27, 1983 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
March 28, 1982 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
March 29, 1981 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
March 23, 1980 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
March 25, 1979 / Brian Myerscough, Calimesa, CA / Suzuki
April 9, 1978 / Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
April 10, 1977 / Danny LaPorte, Yucca Valley, CA / Suzuki
April 4, 1976 / Bob Hannah, Whittier, CA / Yamaha
April 6, 1975 / Tim Hart, Torrance, CA / Yamaha
April 8, 1974 / Marty Smith, San Diego, CA / Honda