Bench Racing Ammo: Doing the DoubleThursday, April 18, 2013 | 10:30 AM
Red Bull KTM Anaheim 3 Ryan Dungey/Ken Roczen
Red Bull KTM Minneapolis Ryan Dungey/Marvin Musquin
GEICO Honda Daytona Kevin Windham/Trey Canard
GEICO Honda St. Louis Kevin Windham/Trey Canard
Suzuki Indianapolis Ricky Carmichael/Davi Millsaps
A young Davi Millsaps and The GOAT led Suzuki to double wins in 2005.
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Kawasaki Phoenix Ezra Lusk/James Stewart
Yamaha Las Vegas Doug Henry/Kevin Windham (Dave Coombs Sr. East West Shootout)
Honda Dallas Jeremy McGrath/Doug Henry
Honda Charlotte Jeremy McGrath/Doug Henry
Honda Pontiac Jeremy McGrath/Doug Henry
Honda Indianapolis Jeremy McGrath/Doug Henry
Yamaha San Jose Doug Dubach/Jeff Emig
Kawasaki Dallas Jeff Ward/Jeff Matiasevich
Despite two solid SX seasons from Team Pro Circuit, Team Honda pulled its 125 team back in-house for 1993. Doug Henry was a recruit, and he delivered the 125 East SX title. Don't worry, Mitch Payton's PC team turned out okay with Kawasaki!
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Kawasaki Houston Jeff Ward/Jeff Matiasevich
Kawasaki Seattle 2 Ron Lechien/Jeff Matiasevich
Kawasaki Anaheim Jeff Ward/Jeff Matiasevich
Here’s where things start to get murky. The 125 SX class started in 1985, and in the early days it was considered a feeder class and SX training ground as opposed to a full-blown championship starring factory-backed riders. Back then, the fastest 125cc riders had factory rides outdoors, but raced 250cc supercross (such as Ron Lechien, Mickey Dymond, George Holland and Mike Kiedrowski, who won the 125 National MX Titles from 1985-1988 but raced 250 supercross for Team Honda).
Below, you’ll see winners with some 125cc Honda and Kawasaki support, but they were not quite members of the full-blown factory team. But, they were as close as you could get in those days. We’ll throw them in the mix, anyway.
Windham and Canard scored double wins twice for GEICO Honda in 2008.
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Honda Atlanta Rick Johnson/Keith Turpin
Honda Daytona Rick Johnson/Keith Turpin
Honda Pontiac 2 David Bailey/Keith Turpin
Honda Dallas David Bailey/Keith Turpin
Honda Tempe Rick Johnson/Willie Surratt
Honda L.A. Rick Johnson/Willie Surratt
Kawasaki Atlanta Mark Barnett/Eddie Warren
Kawasaki Houston Jeff Ward/Eddie Warren
Honda Orlando Ron Lechien/Larry Brooks
Honda L.A. David Bailey/Larry Brooks
Honda Pasadena Johnny O’Mara/Larry Brooks
In 2003, Ezra Lusk and James Stewart connected on double wins for Kawasaki.
Simon Cudby photo
As you can see, doubles don’t happen very often these days, as five years had passed between GEICO Honda’s doubles with Windham and Canard in ’08, and Red Bull KTM’s wins this year. In the last ten years, it had only happened four times prior to this year. Obviously, satellite teams have changed the game.But back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s when factory teams used to directly employ riders in both classes, it happened with regularity. What’s the best year all time for double wins? That would have to be 1993, when 250 SX rookie Jeremy McGrath and 125 East rider Doug Henry doubled up four times for Team Honda. That’s a lot of celebrating for one team!
Kawasaki did it a bunch of times as well, and probably one of most unique records you can find if you’re stretching an assignment out doing a good job of analyzing stats, is that Kawasaki did it three times (1987, 1988 and 1989) with riders that were both named Jeff (Ward/Matiasevich).
Use the comments section to let us know what interesting trends and facts you see in the data above.
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