Bench Racing Ammo: Stat ChatWednesday, August 28, 2013 | 5:00 PM
By Chase Stallo and Jason Weigandt
RC Hard Charger Award
This award is presented to the rider who passes the most riders in a moto each weekend. The officials simply look at the first lap positions and the final lap positions and see who moved up the most, so the majority of these trophies go to riders who went down on the first lap.
There is an actual RC Hard Charger trophy that is handed out each weekend at the rider's meeting. They idea is to honor Ricky Carmichael's never-give-up spirit, and we get that. But honestly, RC somehow hardly ever went down in the first turn at a National. When you're good, you're good.
|Hangtown||Malcolm Stewart & Cole Seely|
|Thunder Valley||Jason Anderson|
|High Point||Broc Schmelyun|
|Budds Creek||Phil Nicoletti|
|Moto-X 338||Ryan Villopoto|
|Spring Creek||Ryan Villopoto|
|Lake Elsinore||Adam Cianciarulo|
He's from Florida, he rides a Kawasaki, ruled Loretta's on a minicycle, trains with Aldon Baker ... and now Adam Cianciarulo has two RC Hard Charger Awards. The similarity is frightening!
Oakley Bomb Award
Handed out each week to the fastest qualifier in each class.
|Thunder Valley||450||Ryan Villopoto||02:03.4|
|High Point||450||Ryan Villopoto||02:13.5|
|Budds Creek||450||James Stewart||01:58.6|
|Moto-X 338||450||James Stewart||01:55.0|
|Spring Creek||450||Ryan Villopoto||01:53.3|
|Lake Elsinore||450||Josh Grant||02:09.6|
Eli Tomac won nine of these and Ryan Villopoto won seven. Yeah, consistency, podiums, blah blah, blah. Speed wins championships.
Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot Award
The actual rules for the end of the year holeshot bonus is a little complicated. A moto 1 holeshot is worth 1 holeshot point, a moto 2 is worth 2, and getting both in one day gives you a bonus for a total of four.
That's all well and good as it leads to a $25,000 bounty in the 450 class and $15,000 in the 250s. But it kind of muddles up the stats on who is really the best starter. So let's just tell you who got the holeshot in each moto this year.
|Thunder Valley||450M1||Justin Barcia|
|High Point||450M1||Justin Barcia|
|Budds Creek||450M1||Mike Alessi|
|Moto-X 338||450M1||James Stewart|
|Spring Creek||450M1||Justin Barcia|
|Lake Elsinore||450M1||Josh Grant|
|Number of Holeshots|
|Justin Barcia||5||Wil Hahn||8|
|James Stewart||5||Zach Osborne
|Justin Brayton||1||Blake Baggett||1|
The actual Motorcycle-Superstore.com bonus came down to these stats below. Hahn seemed to have the 250 award wrapped up the day he showed up for his first race of the year. Stewart had to sweat out Barcia and Villopoto, who each had a shot at the $25,000 in the final race of the year. Luckily for Stewart, JGR Yamaha men Grant and Brayton nailed the starts and locked Barcia and Villopoto out. Look at that, JGR is still helping Stewart make money!
|450 Class||250 Class|
|Justin Brayton||2||Ken Roczen||2|
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