Bench Racing Ammo:  Doing the Double

Bench Racing Ammo: Doing the Double

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In last week’s Bench Racing Ammo, we analyzed Rockstar Energy Racing’s major accomplishment of recording wins in both classes in a single season (with Millsaps and Wharton), despite not being a factory-supported effort. This week we’re going to take a look at teams (factory squads included this time) that have been able to win both classes on the same night, a feat that Red Bull KTM has pulled off twice this year. We’re not talking about situations like Honda Muscle Milk and GEICO Honda here, we’re referring to teams where the riders pit out of the same truck, under the same tent and are under the same management. As you’ll see, it’s a feat that is mighty rare these days.

2013

Red Bull KTM      Anaheim 3         Ryan Dungey/Ken Roczen

Red Bull KTM      Minneapolis       Ryan Dungey/Marvin Musquin

 

2008

GEICO Honda      Daytona            Kevin Windham/Trey Canard

GEICO Honda      St. Louis            Kevin Windham/Trey Canard

 

2005

Suzuki                Indianapolis       Ricky Carmichael/Davi Millsaps

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A young Davi Millsaps and The GOAT led Suzuki to double wins in 2005.
Simon Cudby photo

2003

Kawasaki            Phoenix             Ezra Lusk/James Stewart

 

1997

Yamaha              Las Vegas          Doug Henry/Kevin Windham (Dave Coombs Sr. East West Shootout)

 

1993

Honda                Dallas                Jeremy McGrath/Doug Henry

Honda                Charlotte           Jeremy McGrath/Doug Henry

Honda                Pontiac              Jeremy McGrath/Doug Henry

Honda                Indianapolis       Jeremy McGrath/Doug Henry

 

1991

Yamaha              San Jose            Doug Dubach/Jeff Emig

 

1989

Kawasaki            Dallas               Jeff Ward/Jeff Matiasevich

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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!
Fran Kuhn photo

1988

Kawasaki            Houston           Jeff Ward/Jeff Matiasevich

Kawasaki            Seattle 2           Ron Lechien/Jeff Matiasevich

 

1987

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.

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Windham and Canard scored double wins twice for GEICO Honda in 2008.
Carl Stone photo

1986

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

 

1985

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

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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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