Who will be on top of the podium by the end of the weekend?
If you’ve been a fan of motocross within the past 10 years, this weekend you’re seeing something that hasn’t happened in a very long time: the AMA Motocross championship is coming down to the final race of the season! And it’s not just between two riders; in fact, there are only 15 points separating the top four riders, who are all on different brands. With a total of 50 points up for grabs at each race, for this installment of Motosport Outlet Bench Racing Ammo, we’re going to analyze a few possible scenarios that will affect the outcome of this championship.
First off, here are the current point standings after 11 of 12 races:
It would take forever to go over every possible scenario, so we’re just going to try to figure out what each guy has to have happen to win the championship—assuming they go 1-1. And that assumption is a stretch, as the last rider to go 1-1 was Ricky Carmichael at Millville.
photo: Matt Ware
For Team Honda’s Andrew Short to win the championship with a 1-1, Grant Langston would have to finish 3-3 (40) or worse. If Langston finishes 2-3, he would earn 42 points, and he and Short would actually tie in overall points (436), but Langston would win the championship based on overall wins (Langston has two).
Assuming Tim Ferry goes 1-1, he would end the series with a total of 431 points. Langston would need to finish 4-4 (36) or worse. Short finishing 2-2 wouldn’t be a factor, as Ferry only trails Andrew by five points, and he would gain six on him with a 1-1.
Finally, for Red Bull KTM to get their first AMA Motocross championship, Mike Alessi would need a 1-1, giving him 429, and Grant Langston would need a 4-5, or worse, which would give him a final tally of 428. Alessi would also need Short to finish 2-3 or worse.
We all know the chances of a 1-1 are very slim, but it could happen. So when you’re packing up for this weekend, throw in a calculator with your sunscreen, because you’re going to need it to figure this one out!