450 Words: The Numbers Game

450 Words: The Numbers Game

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Ok people, the 2014 national numbers are right here—sort of, anyways. And I’m terribly sorry for the all caps in some spots but I feel I need to make some points.

Thanks to Dan Truman who actually updates these year after year. Here's what we're thinking the numbers are going to look like. First though, a refresher:

If you win a 250MX, 450MX or 450SX title you get a career number and it CAN be a single digit number if you would like. Eli Tomac won his first title this year (a 250SX TITLE DOES NOT COUNT FOR A PERMANENT NUMBER) and has hinted that he'll go with #3 because Mike Brown—the previous #3 holder—did NOT score the required number of points (25) to hold onto it for life. So we're going with the fact that Tomac will run with #3.

If you score a top-ten position in COMBINED points (250SX, 250MX, 450MX and 450SX), you get a TWO-DIGIT career number to keep forever (unless you win one of those titles like Tomac did, then you can switch to a single-digit number). The only new rider we have this year is Zach Osborne, who has gone on the record saying he likes #16 (John Dowd did NOT score the 25 points he needed to in order to hold onto it). So we're also going off the fact Osborne will take #16.

You CANNOT take a three-digit number for a career number. However, Mike Alessi is grandfathered in and that's why he has #800. And yes, Zach is bummed about this decision because he would’ve picked #338.

The number 13 is a little superstitious, so the AMA gives the rider the right to not take it if they don't want to. Jason Anderson finished 14th in combined points this year and was also the FIRST rider who does not have a career number. Therefore, he gets the lowest OPEN number, and that number is #13. In a text message, he indicated that he does NOT want that number and will take #14.

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Will Tomac go with #3 or another route?
Simon Cudby photo

Below is the combined points order of the riders this year and the number they should have on the left. There are 22 riders that now have career numbers.

P.S. - The fact that the AMA made the decision to allow 250SX points for riders’ national numbers is still ridiculous one year later (in my opinion). Kyle Peters probably loves it though.

P.S.S. - Although Mike Brown, John Dowd and Kevin Windham did not meet the requirement to keep their numbers, I would not be surprised if the AMA just "allows" them to keep their numbers for another year and therefore renders some of this list moot.

P.S.S.S. - Even though Ivan Tedesco did not race in 2013 and no one wanted his number, I would also not be surprised that if he DOES race in 2014 (doubtful), he comes back with #9. I'm ok with this.

P.S.S.S.S. - Like Osborne last year when he raced some supercross rounds, riders with FIM licenses like Desalle and Strjibos do NOT count for national points, hence why they are listed in the combined points but do not have numbers. We’re not sure about Akita Narita way down there at the bottom. He could get a number.

Projected numbers for 2014:

1
Ryan Villopoto 934
5 Ryan Dungey 844
3 Eli Tomac 787
94 Ken Roczen 692
51 Justin Barcia 688
25 Marvin Musquin 606
41 Trey Canard 553
29 Andrew Short 476
16 Zach Osborne 468
7 James Stewart 463
12 Jake Weimer 432
20 Broc Tickle 412
4 Blake Baggett 402
14 Jason Anderson 399
22 Chad Reed 396
10 Justin Brayton 391
17 Jeremy Martin 371
19 Cole Seely 371
21 Wil Hahn 370
23 Kyle Cunningham 342
18 Davi Millsaps 338
800 Mike Alessi 336
30 Martin Davalos 302
28 Tyla Rattray 297
31 Justin Bogle 291
32 Malcolm Stewart 285
34 Justin Hill 285
33 Josh Grant 268
35 Blake Wharton 256
36 Cooper Webb 255
37 Phil Nicoletti 248
38 Ryan Sipes 222
39 Weston Peick 207
40 Vince Friese 189
42 Joey Savatgy 187
43 Matt Goerke 182
44 Darryn Durham 171
45 Adam Cianciarulo 138
46 Kyle Peters 133
47 Ben LaMay 122
15 Dean Wilson 120
48 Gavin Faith 116
49 Jessy Nelson 107
50 Cole Thompson 104
75 Josh Hill 93
52 Christian Craig 87
53 Lance Vincent 87
54 Jimmy Decotis 82
55 Alex Martin 82
56 AJ Catanzaro 81
24 Brett Metcalfe 81
57 Travis Baker 80
58 PJ Larsen 79
59 Jackson Richardson 78
60 Austin Politelli 76
61 Mitchell Oldenburg 75
62 Robert Kiniry 73
63 Les Smith 72
64 Zack Freeberg 63
65 Tyler Bowers 59
66 Jake Canada 59
Clement Desalle 58
67 Chris Blose 50
26 Michael Byrne 50
68 Levi Kilbarger 49
27 Nick Wey 48
69 Brady Kiesel 47
Kevin Strijbos 45
70 Zach Bell 43
71 Daniel Herrlein 43
72 Dillan Epstein 42
73 Steven Clarke 40
74 Jimmy Albertson 38
11 Kyle Chisholm 38
76 Max Anstie 38
77 Matt Lemoine 34
78 Ryan Zimmer 30
79 Kyle Partridge 29
80 Josh Cachia 29
81 Fredrik Noren 29
82 Scott Champion 28
83 Dakota Tedder 28
84 Nico Izzi 26
85 Derek Anderson 26
86 Shane McElrath 24
87 Jesse Wentland 23
88 Kevin Windham 21
89 Jean Ramos 21
90 Michael Lieb 21
91 Jacob Baumert 20
92 Killy Rusk 19
93 Adam Gulley 19
Akira Narita 19
95 Topher Ingalls 18
96 Evgeny Mikhaylov 18
97 Matt Bisceglia 18
98 Broc Schmelyun 17
99 Justin Starling 15
Cody Gilmore 14
Gareth Swanepoel 14
Zach Williams 13
Justin Sipes 13
Chris Plouffe 13
Travis Bright 13
Kyle Hussey 12
Austin Howell 11
Mike Brown 10
Travis Preston 9
Tommy Weeck 9
Kade Mosig 9
Landon Powell 9
Kyle Regal 8
Gared Steinke 8
Tyler Bereman 7
Bradley Ripple 7
Robbie Marshall 6
Ross Johnson 6
Adam Enticknap 6
Jeremy Medaglia 5
Jason Brooks 5
Trevor Reis 5
Aaron Siminoe 5
David Buller 5
Tucker Hibbert 5
Cedric Soubeyras 4
Casey Hinson 4
Chad Gores 4
Ozzy Barbaree 4
Travis Sewell 3
Gannon Audette 3
Preston Mull 3
Nicholas Schmidt 3
Chad Crawford 3
Austin Coon 3
Maxx Malatia 3
John Dowd 2
Erki Kahro 2
Michael Horban 2
Tevin Tapia 2
Bryce Stewart 2
Kurtis Mccabe 2
Shawn Rife 2
Vann Martin 2
Jake Mohnike 2
Trevor Ivey 1
Bracken Hall 1
Jacob Hayes 1
Heath Harrison 1
Sean Hackley 1
Ricky Dietrich 1
Joey Peters 1
Brandon Scharer 1
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