There isn’t a trophy or bonus given to the rider who scores the most combined points in Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, but there should be. Riders who rank high in this collective category are the true assassins of racing, capable of scoring kills in just about any situation, whether under bright stadium lights or in the scorching Saturday afternoon heat in the middle of nowhere. So who are this year’s 450 aces? We added up the points to find out.
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Obviously, 2015 was the year of the Dunge. The Red Bull KTM rider took the Monster Energy Supercross 450SX Championship and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 National Championship in the same year for the second time. That’s impressive enough by itself, but it’s even more amazing when you look at the number of points he accumulated along the way, both indoors and out. Between supercross and motocross, the maximum number of points a rider can earn is 1,025. Well, Dungey collected 937, which means he ended up with 91.41 percent of the max. That’s incredible!
Blake Baggett takes this one, but that’s no real surprise. In fact, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if Cole Seely, Jason Anderson, or Dean Wilson took this honor—they’re all very talented riders. The real surprise is that Baggett was third overall out of anyone this year. No disrespect to Baggett by any means, but there are some pretty heavy hitters in the 450 Class, and it’s not often you see a rookie complete an entire season without experiencing any major adversity or drop-offs in the points. Look at Baggett’s fellow rookies—Wilson and Seely both missed multiple races with injury, and Anderson struggled with consistency. If Baggett was this good in his first year on a 450, how good is he going to be in 2016 with experience?
Chalk one up for Team Chiz, and congrats to Kyle Chisholm for doing a lot with a little. Here’s hoping something comes through for next year—Team Chiz is expecting a baby sometime in March.
Top Manufacturer (Counting the top twenty only)
Score one for Suzuki, thanks to the solid trio of Broc Tickle, Ken Roczen, and Baggett. The three earned a total of 1,691 points to runner-up KTM (1,411). Honda earned 1,343; Yamaha 1,250; Kawasaki 1,002; and Husky 888. (Ben LaMay scored points on three different brands—Yamaha, Husqvarna, and KTM.) Just think if Suzuki had also had James Stewart out there!
RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Suzuki Factory Racing - 1,108
Ken Roczen 603, Broc Tickle 505
Red Bull KTM – 1,020
Ryan Dungey 937, Dean Wilson 83
AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGR Yamaha – 926
Justin Barcia 543, Weston Peick 383
Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna – 843
Jason Anderson 520, Christophe Pourcel 323
Honda HRC – 703
Cole Seely 381, Trey Canard 322
Yoshimura Suzuki – 583
Blake Baggett 583, James Stewart 0
GEICO Honda – 473
Eli Tomac 430, Justin Bogle 43
Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports – 463
Chad Reed 287, Josh Grant 176 (Grant scored 118 points of his 294 points while filling in with Monster Energy Kawasaki.)
BTOSports.com KTM – 467
Andrew Short 255, Justin Brayton 212
Monster Energy Kawasaki – 265
Davi Millsaps 147, Josh Grant 118 (Wil Hahn scored 99 points in 2015.)
*In situations where there were more than two riders, like JGR, we counted the top two racers.