The List: Big Data

The List: Big Data

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By Aaron Hansel and Jason Weigandt 

What’s Silicon Valley going to do with all this big data? What’s the NSA got on you? What Ivy-League educated mathematician is ready to revolutionize stick-and-ball sports through new stats?

Numbers are the rage now, and since we’ve got a full season of Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross under our belt, we decided to do some data mining ourselves for this week’s The List.

First, the Grand National Champion. A long, long, time ago the AMA handed out a Grand National Championship to the rider who collected the most total combined points in supercross and motocross. That title hasn’t been handed out since the 1980s, but such a total still makes for easy bench racing fodder. Who were the best riders when you combine the season’s 450 SX and 450 MX points? Have a look.

Rider   MX Points   SX Points    O/A Points
Ryan Dungey   518   304   822
Ken Roczen   532   285   817
Trey Canard   468   77   545
Andrew Short   302   218   520
James Stewart   226   272   498
Eli Tomac   319   115   434
Weston Peick   290   120   410
Ryan Villopoto   0   368   368
Josh Grant   259   98   357
Justin Brayton   155   196   351
Brett Metcalfe   334   0   334
Chad Reed   198   111   309
Justin Barcia   52   250   302
Matt Goerke   149   75   224
Fredrik Noren   207   0   207
Ben LaMay   164   20   184
Jake Weimer   93   73   166
Josh Hill   0   159   159
Phil Nicoletti   131   23   154
Malcolm Stewart 128   1   129
Broc Tickle   0   126   126
             

Wow, look at how close Dungey and Roczen are! Amazing to think that after twenty-nine races over the course of nine months, just 5 points separated their season totals. Equally well done for KTM, who adds Andrew Short here to take three of the top four slots in combined points standings.  

Just 5 points would separate Ryan Dungey (front) and Ken Roczen. Photo: Simon Cudby
Just 5 points would separate Ryan Dungey (front) and Ken Roczen. Photo: Simon Cudby

Now to look at the points from a manufacturer perspective. With KTM’s rise, Kawasaki reeling off another 450SX title, Yamaha jumping into the rejuvenation machine, and Honda winning races in both classes, this is a good time for parity between brands in the sport. Here’s a look at how each brand did in each class this year, combining supercross and motocross points. 

*Note: We only grabbed points from the top twenty overall finishers in each class and each series.

250

Bike KX250F CRF250 RM-Z250 250 SX-F YZ250F
SX Wins 10 4 0 4 1
Moto Wins 5 1 0 4 14
SX Points 977 1866 0 345 499
MX Points 891 1432 0 905 1570
O/A Bike Points 1868 3298 0 1250 2069

Wow, check out Honda’s huge advantage! The brand gets a nice boost from having two top-notch 250 teams in GEICO Honda and Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda, but the real MVPs were all the privateers who rode CRF250Rs throughout the season, like third-ranked 250SX East Region pilot Vince Friese.

450

Bikes KX450F CRF450 RM-Z450 450SX-F YZ450F
SX Wins 9 0 5 3 0
Moto Wins 0 6 3 14 1
SX Points 654 642 800 882 294
MX Points 625 1126 516 1674 787
O/A Bike Points 1279 1768 1316 2556 1081

Well, judging by what you know from the Grand National points above, did you expect anything less from the KTM 450SX-F?

Manufacturer Kawsaki Honda Suzuki KTM Yamaha
SX Wins 19 4 5 7 1
Moto Wins 5 7 3 18 15
SX Points 1631 2508 800 1227 793
MX Points 1516 2558 516 2579 2357
O/A Brand Points 3147 5066 1316 3806 3150
Helped by a big season from Trey Canard, Honda had the most combined points on the year.  Photo: Simon Cudby
Helped by a big season from Trey Canard, Honda had the most combined points on the year.  Photo: Simon Cudby

So, who scored the most total points with all classes and series’ combined? Honda wins it, which is impressive considering the brand locked down just one title (250SX East Region with Justin Bogle) and had all four of its main 450 riders (Trey Canard, Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, and Wil Hahn) miss a ton of time with injury. Overall, the gates had plenty of red this year, though, which made up the difference. 

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