So, how exactly did Andrew Short’s 1-4 beat Brett Metcalfe’s 3-2? Unlike local motocross events, which determine the overall by moto positions alone, the AMA uses a points system, so the highest point total wins the overall. (The tiebreaker in both amateur and pro racing is the best second-moto score.)
Andrew Short scored 25 points for his first moto win and 18 points for his fourth-place finish, for a total of 43 points. Yamaha of Troy’s Metcalfe, on the other hand, scored 20 points for third and 22 for his second-place in the second moto, for a total of 42 points. And Mike Alessi’s scores were opposite of Metcalfe's, giving him third overall, since Metty won the tiebreaker with a better second-moto finish. Add it all up and the top three finishers were separated by one point! In fact, when Short crossed the finish line, he was unaware that he won the overall until Jeff Stanton told him. And Metcalfe, maybe unaware of the points situation, crossed the line pumping his fist in the air (though he should have been absolutely stoked by his solid two-moto performance).
But the strangest of any AMA Motocross race we have come up with? Robbie Reynard's 7-1 for the overall at the '93 Steel City 125 National. It was the first of his five career 125cc national motocross victories, and he remains in the record books as the youngest winner ever of an AMA Motocross national.
Anyone recall any other unusual moto scores that took an overall win? DC said something about an Irishman named Alan Morrison winning a 125cc GP with a 4-2, but we’ll have to have our British readers confirm that one! And what about Max Tannenbaum, the kid who went 4-3-10 for the win in the 65cc Stock (7-9) class at the AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s last summer?
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