Bench Racing Ammo:  Season Stats Part II

Bench Racing Ammo: Season Stats Part II

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Unlike many of the so called “stick and ball” sports that are deeply rooted in a variety of statistical merits, motocross is often looked at through a transparent mirror where riders are measured only by wins and championships—not the number of laps you lead or the number of holeshots you grabbed. Many can recite the number of wins McGrath or Carmichael achieved throughout their illustrious careers, but do you remember how many laps they lead or holeshots they took? With that being said we’ve decided to take a more in-depth look into the 2011 season statistics and stack them up against the 2010 season.

Total Points

- How strong was Dean Wilson en route to his 250 Championship? He scored 538 points while Trey Canard scored 474 in 2010.

- Ryan Dungey's superb 2010 season saw him score 543 points. Battling against Dungey, Ryan Villopoto took this year's crown by scoring 526 points.

Laps Led

- Both 2010 and 2011 saw the 250 Championship come down to the wire with Trey Canard and Christophe Pourcel trading blows until the final round at Pala in 2010, while 2011 saw the Pro Circuit stable of thoroughbreds—Dean Wilson, Tyla Rattray and Blake Baggett—galloping down the stretch before Wilson kicked it into another gear late in the season. But a resounding statistic tells a different story. In 2010 Canard’s 106 laps lead only bested Christophe Pourcel (104) by two laps. While 2011 saw Wilson (150) lead a mind blowing seventy-one more laps than Baggett (79). Quite the contrast if I must say so myself.

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Wilson lead an astounding seventy-one more laps than Baggett in 2011.
Photo: Simon Cudby

- Ryan Dungey ran away with the 450 title in ’10 and lead an astonishing 187 laps en route to a dominating championship run. Dungey’s 187 laps led bested Andrew Short (65) to the tune of 122 laps. The ’11 season saw a much tighter point’s battle, but Ryan Villopoto (144) was still able to top Dungey (92) by a difference of 52 laps.

Moto Wins

- In 2010 the 250 Class saw six different moto winners: Christophe Pourcel (9), Trey Canard (8), Dean Wilson (3), Justin Barcia (2), Eli Tomac (1), and Tyla Rattray (1). In contrast to last year’s parity filled 2010 season only four riders were able to put their stamp on top of the podium in 2011: Dean Wilson (11), Blake Baggett (8), Tyla Rattray (4), and Gareth Swanepoel (1).

- 2010 belonged to Ryan Dungey, as he decimated the field en route to a resounding 19 moto wins. Picking up the slack were Mike Alessi, Andrew Short, Josh Grant, Chad Reed, and Kevin Windham—all of whom grabbed a moto win in 2010. While 2011 saw closer competition at the top, it was concentrated on only a select few. Unlike last year—which saw six different riders win a moto—only four riders took home moto wins in 2011: Ryan Villopoto (10), Chad Reed (7), Ryan Dungey (6) and Justin Barcia (1).

Overall Wins

- Once again 2010 proved to be a breeding ground for riders in search of overall wins with five different riders—Trey Canard (5),Tyla Rattray (2), Christophe Pourcel (2), Dean Wilson (2) and Eli Tomac (1)—pouncing on the top spot. In comparison only three riders topped the box in ‘11—Blake Baggett (5), Tyla Rattray (4), Dean Wilson (3).

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RV was unable to match Dungey's 2010 performance—10 overalls—but he still managed to win the outdoor title.
Photo: Simon Cudby

- Did we mention that Ryan Dungey owned the 450 Class in ’10? Here are more stats to prove it. Dungey’s 10 overalls in 2010 highlighted a season that will live in motocross lore. Veterans Chad Reed and Kevin Windham also topped the box in ’10, but the season belonged to Dungey. If 2010 was the “Season of Domination,” 2011 was the “Season of Diversification.” A three-way battle headlined the ’11 season with Dungey, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed pushing each other to the limit and beyond. While ’11 only saw one more rider grab an overall in comparison to ’10 they were much more spread out with Reed and Dungey each taking home four overalls, Villopoto three, and Brett Metcalfe scoring his first career overall.


The 350 Debate

One of the more ballyhooed topics surrounding the motocross industry has been the KTM 350SX-F. Often crucified for its lack of pure horsepower compared to the 450F, the 350 has been a hot topic around the industry. Mike Alessi made the surprising—and often criticized—decision in 2010 to skip the supercross season to debut the 350 outdoors. When Alessi’s results began to plummet, the 350 was the easy scapegoat. Alessi returned in ’11 aboard the 450 with teammate Andrew Short, coming off a career best season in ’10, giving the 350 a whirl. Take a look at the chart below to see how it all broke down.

 

Category

Alessi '10 (350)

Alessi '11(450)

Short '10 (450)

Short '11 (350)

Overall

5th

5th

3rd

8th

Moto Wins

1

0

1

0

Avg. Start

10.6

7.8

4.3

11.7

Avg. Finish

8.4

7

6.7

11.7

Laps Lead

19

15

65

0

Holeshots

1

3

11

0

There are extenuating circumstances surrounding both seasons and riders—injuries (Alessi missed the first two rounds this year, and Short missed the last three), the return of a healthy Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed, new blood in the mix (Trey Canard)—but the stats are there for you to draw your own conclusions, and bench race amongst yourselves.

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Let the debate continue.
Photo: Andrew Fredrickson

 

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