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This Week In Motocross: Hangtown 2017

49th Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic
Prairie City SVRA – Sacramento, California
Saturday, May 20

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  • The 2017 season signifies the 45th anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Since 1972, a total of 41 riders have withstood the rigors of the world’s most prestigious championship to become a 450 Class and/or 250 Class Champion.
  • Many of the 12 venues that compose the championship are some of the most storied tracks in motocross history. A total of eight rounds have been at the core of American motocross for more than 20 years, while six have a legacy than spans more than 30 years.
  • The 2017 television package will feature nearly 40 hours of live broadcast coverage, including three rounds that will reach millions of homes on NBC. In total, more than 60 hours of broadcast coverage will be showcased across MAVTV, NBC, and NBC Sports Network.
  • In addition to a comprehensive television package, the 2017 season will also include the introduction of NBC Sports Gold’s “Pro Motocross Pass.” This live streaming service will provide on-demand, commercial free access to the championship for just $49.99 for the season.

450 Class Championship Stats (1972-2016)

  • Unexpected Farewell: Ryan Dungey announced his retirement from racing on Tuesday, just 10 days after capturing his fourth supercross title. Dungey is a three-time 450 Class Champion, and made what would ultimately be his final start at the third round of the championship last season at Thunder Valley.
  • Cemented Legacy: Dungey will end his career as one of six riders with at least three titles, and is the second-most successful rider in history. He earned 39 overall wins and 69 podium finishes in 75 career starts, which places him behind only Ricky Carmichael in the all-time wins and podium lists.
  • Title Vacancy: With a season-ending injury to Ken Roczen and the retirement of Dungey, the 450 Class will welcome a first-time champion in 2017. The eventual winner will become the 24th different champion in 450 Class history.
  • Wide Open Field: There will be just four past winners in the 450 Class field – Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Josh Grant, and Eli Tomac – setting the stage for a wide open, parity-filled battle for the championship.
  • Rare Occurrence: For just the seventh time in 46 seasons there will not be a past 450 Class Champion on the gate at the opening round. This last occurred over the course of consecutive seasons in 2008 and 2009.
  • International Prestige: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has welcomed five different titleholders of international descent – Greg Albertyn (South Africa), Jean-Michel Bayle (France), Grant Langston (South Africa), Chad Reed (Australia), and Ken Roczen (Germany). Roczen became the first international rider to win multiple titles last season.

All-Time Championships (Years)
Ricky Carmichael – 7 (‘00, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06)
Tony DiStefano – 3 (‘75, ‘76, ‘77)
Ryan Dungey – 3 (‘10, ‘12, ‘15)
Rick Johnson – 3 (‘84, ‘86, ‘87)
Gary Jones – 3 (‘72, ‘73, ‘74)
Jeff Stanton – 3 (‘89, ‘90, ‘92)
Jeff Emig – 2 (‘96, ‘97)
Bob Hannah – 2 (‘78, ‘79)
Kent Howerton – 2 (‘80, ‘81)
Ken Roczen – 2 (’14, ’16)
Ryan Villopoto – 2 (‘11, ‘13)
Jeff Ward – 2 (‘85, ‘88)

International Champions (Year)
Jean-Michel Bayle – France (1991)
Greg Albertyn – South Africa (1999)
Grant Langston – South Africa (2007)
Chad Reed – Australia (2009)
Ken Roczen – Germany (2014, 2016)

Riders to Win Championships in Both Classes (Years Won)
Ricky Carmichael (450 Class ‘00 / 250 Class ’97)
Ryan Dungey (450 Class ‘10 / 250 Class ‘09)
Jeff Emig (450 Class ‘96 / 250 Class ‘92)
Bob Hannah (450 Class ‘78 / 250 Class ‘76)
Doug Henry (450 Class ‘98 / 250 Class ‘93)
Mike Kiedrowski (450 Class ‘93 / 250 Class ‘89)
Grant Langston (450 Class ‘07 / 250 Class ‘03)
James Stewart (450 Class ‘08 / 250 Class ‘02)
Ryan Villopoto (450 Class ’11 / 250 Class ’06)
Jeff Ward (450 Class ‘85 / 250 Class ‘84)

All-Time Championships By Brand (Years)
Honda – 14 (‘73, ‘82, ‘83, ‘86, ‘87, ‘89, ’90, ’91, ‘92, ‘94, ‘95, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04)
Kawasaki – 10 (‘85, ‘88, ‘93, ‘96, ‘97, ‘00, ‘01, ‘08, ‘11, ‘13)
Suzuki – 11 (‘75, ‘76, ‘77, ‘80, ‘81, ‘99, ‘05, ‘06, ‘09, ’10, ‘16)
Yamaha – 6 (‘72, ‘78, ‘79, ‘84, ‘98, ‘07)
KTM – 3 (‘12, ‘14, ‘15)
Can-Am – 1 (‘74)

All-Time Wins (Top 10)
Ricky Carmichael – 76
Ryan Dungey – 39
Bob Hannah – 27
Rick Johnson – 22
James Stewart – 20
Kent Howerton – 18
Jeff Emig – 16
Jeremy McGrath – 15
Ken Roczen – 15
Jeff Ward – 13

All-Time Wins by Brand
Honda – 134
Kawasaki – 105
Suzuki – 85
Yamaha – 76
KTM – 30
Husqvarna – 8
Bultaco – 4
Can-Am – 4
CZ – 3

All-Time Podiums (Top 10)
Ricky Carmichael – 84
Ryan Dungey – 69
Kevin Windham – 55
Mike LaRocco – 53
Chad Reed – 45
Rick Johnson – 43
Bob Hannah – 41
Jeff Emig – 39
James Stewart – 38
Jeff Ward – 35
Jeremy McGrath – 35

All-Time Champions
2016: Ken Roczen, Germany / Suzuki
2015: Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / KTM
2014: Ken Roczen, Germany / KTM
2013: Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
2012: Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / KTM
2011: Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
2010: Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
2009: Chad Reed, Australia / Suzuki
2008: James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
2007: Grant Langston, South Africa / Yamaha
2006: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
2005: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
2004: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
2003: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
2002: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
2001: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
2000: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
1999: Greg Albertyn, South Africa / Suzuki
1998: Doug Henry, Oxford, CT / Yamaha
1997: Jeff Emig, Independence, MO / Kawasaki
1996: Jeff Emig, Independence, MO / Kawasaki
1995: Jeremy McGrath, Sun City, CA / Honda
1994: Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Honda
1993: Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
1992: Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
1991: Jean-Michel Bayle, France / Honda
1990: Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
1989: Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
1988: Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA / Kawasaki
1987: Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
1986: Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
1985: Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA / Kawasaki
1984: Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
1983: David Bailey, Axton, VA / Honda
1982: Donnie Hansen, Canyon Country, CA / Honda
1981: Kent Howerton, San Antonio, TX / Suzuki
1980: Kent Howerton, San Antonio, TX / Suzuki
1979: Bob Hannah, Whittier, CA / Yamaha
1978: Bob Hannah, Whittier, CA / Yamaha
1977: Tony DiStefano, Morrisville, PA / Suzuki
1976: Tony DiStefano, Morrisville, PA / Suzuki
1975: Tony DiStefano, Morrisville, PA / Suzuki
1974: Gary Jones, Hacienda Heights, CA / Can-Am
1973: Gary Jones, Hacienda Heights, CA / Honda
1972: Gary Jones, Hacienda Heights, CA / Yamaha

250 Class Championship Stats (1974-2016)

  • Pursuit of Three: Two-time champion Jeremy Martin will chase a third 250 Class title in 2017, looking to become just the fifth rider in the history of the division to do so. If successful, he’d become just the second rider in history to win aboard two different brands. He’d also be the first not to win three titles consecutively.
  • Winning is Key: The 250 Class titleholder has at least held a share of the most wins in the division for eight of the past 10 seasons. The last time this did not happen was 2011 when Dean Wilson won the championship with three overall victories.
  • Battle of the Brands: Honda and Kawasaki currently sit tied with the most 250 Class titles in the history of the sport at 14 apiece. Each respective brand will have one of the two winningest riders in the division – Jeremy Martin (Honda) and Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki). Yamaha has dominated recently, winning three straight titles.
  • Brotherly Love: Jeremy and Alex Martin will chase history in 2017, looking to become the first siblings to finish 1-2 in the championship. They are already the first brothers to claim victory in a single season, doing so last summer.

All-Time Championships (Years)
Mark Barnett – 3 (‘80, ‘81, ‘82)
Ricky Carmichael – 3 (’97, ‘98, ‘99)
Broc Glover – 3 (’77, ’78, ‘79)
Ryan Villopoto – 3 (‘06, ‘07, ‘08)
Micky Dymond – 2 (‘86, ‘87)
Doug Henry – 2 (‘93, ’94)
Mike Kiedrowski – 2 (‘89, ‘91)
Steve Lamson – 2 (‘95, ’96)
Jeremy Martin – 2 (‘14, ‘15)
Marty Smith – 2 (‘74, ‘75)
James Stewart – 2 (‘02, ‘04)

International Champions (Year)
Grant Langston – South Africa (2003)
Dean Wilson – Scotland (2011)

All-Time Championships By Brand (Years)
Honda – 14 (‘74, ‘75, ‘83, ‘85, ‘86, ‘87, ’88, ’89, ‘93, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘10, ‘13)
Kawasaki – 14 (‘84, ‘91, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘01, ‘02, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, ’08, ‘11, ‘12)
Yamaha – 8 (‘76, ‘77, ‘78, ‘79, ‘92, ’14, ’15, ‘16)
Suzuki – 6 (‘80, ‘81, ‘82, ‘90, ‘00, ’09)
KTM – 1 (‘03)

All-Time Wins (Top 10)
James Stewart – 28
Ricky Carmichael – 26
Mark Barnett – 25
Steve Lamson – 20
Ryan Villopoto – 19
Guy Cooper – 16
Blake Baggett – 14
Broc Glover – 14
Jeff Emig – 13
George Holland – 13

All-Time Wins by Brand
Kawasaki – 147
Honda – 108
Suzuki – 87
Yamaha – 86
KTM – 20
Can-Am – 1
Husqvarna – 1

All-Time Podiums (Top 10)
Steve Lamson – 47
Mark Barnett – 40
Guy Cooper – 40
George Holland – 35
Ricky Carmichael – 32
Johnny O’Mara – 31
Ryan Villopoto – 31
Mike Brown – 30
Erik Kehoe – 30
Jeff Emig – 28
Broc Glover – 28
James Stewart – 28
Jeff Ward – 28

Rookies of the Year (Since 1979)
2016 – Austin Forkner, Richards, MO
2015 – Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, OH
2014 – Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, OR
2013 – Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN
2012 – Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, CA
2011 – Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, FL
2010 – Dean Wilson, Scotland
2009 – Justin Barcia, Monroe, NY
2008 – Nico Izzi, Rochester, MI
2007 – Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN
2006 – Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA
2005 – Juss Laansoo, Chatsworth, CA
2004 – Broc Hepler, Kittanning, PA
2003 – Brian Gray, St. Augustine, FL
2002 – James Stewart, Haines City, FL
2001 – Bobby Bonds, Bakersfield, CA
2000 – Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, MD
1999 – Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica
1998 – Nick Wey, Dewitt, MI
1997 – Brock Sellards, New Philadelphia, OH
1996 – Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL
1995 – Paul Currie, Naples, FL
1994 – Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA
1993 – Robbie Reynard, Moore, OK
1992 – Tim Ferry, Largo, FL
1991 – Butch Smith, Society Hill, SC
1990 – Buddy Antunez, Ontario, CA
1989 – Damon Bradshaw, Charlotte, NC
1988 – Donny Schmidt, Bloomington, MN
1987 – Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI
1986 – Larry Brooks, Alhambra, CA
1985 – Billy Frank, Orange, CA
1984 – Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK
1983 – Ron Lechien, El Cajon, CA
1982 – George Holland, Kerman, CA
1981 – Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA
1980 – Scott Burnworth, Jamul, CA
1979 – Larry Wosick, San Jose, CA

All-Time Champions
2016: Cooper Webb, Morehead City, NC / Yamaha
2015: Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN / Yamaha
2014: Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN / Yamaha
2013: Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO / Honda
2012: Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, CA / Kawasaki
2011: Dean Wilson, Scotland / Kawasaki
2010: Trey Canard, Shawnee, OK / Honda
2009: Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
2008: Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
2007: Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
2006: Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
2005: Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, NM / Kawasaki
2004: James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
2003: Grant Langston, South Africa / Kawasaki
2002: James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
2001: Mike Brown, Johnson City, TN / Kawasaki
2000: Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, MD / Suzuki
1999: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
1998: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
1997: Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
1996: Steve Lamson, Camino, CA / Honda
1995: Steve Lamson, Camino, CA / Honda
1994: Doug Henry, Oxford, CT / Honda
1993: Doug Henry, Oxford, CT / Honda
1992: Jeff Emig, Independence, MO / Yamaha
1991: Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
1990: Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki
1989: Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Honda
1988: George Holland, Kerman, CA / Honda
1987: Micky Dymond, Yorba Linda, CA / Honda
1986: Micky Dymond, Yorba Linda, CA / Honda
1985: Ron Lechien, El Cajon, CA / Honda
1984: Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA / Kawasaki
1983: Johnny O’Mara, Simi Valley, CA / Honda
1982: Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
1981: Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
1980: Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
1979: Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
1978: Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
1977: Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
1976: Bob Hannah, Whittier, CA / Yamaha
1975: Marty Smith, San Diego, CA / Honda
1974: Marty Smith, San Diego, CA / Honda

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