Bench Racing Ammo: Winning Matters

Bench Racing Ammo Winning Matters

April 12, 2017 5:05pm

In racing lore, Damon Bradshaw's 1992 season always gets some play because he won a then-record nine races in a season, but still lost the title to Jeff Stanton, who only won three events. Due to a dramatic final round, and Bradshaw's famous dust ups with Jeff "Chicken" Matiasevich during the season, 1992 sticks out as the ultimate cautionary tale that winning races doesn't always result in winning the title. (We even referenced it as the last time someone won the most races but didn’t win the title. We were wrong about that, as you’ll see below.)

As it turns out, there are less-heralded seasons where this has happened, as well. Since 2003, it has actually happened three times, as in 2003, 2006, and 2010, the series’ champion was not the rider than won the most races.


Quick Hits:

- In 10 of the last 14 seasons, at least four different riders have won at least one race.

- In six of the last 14 seasons, at least five different riders have won at least one race.

- The least amount of race winners since 2003 is three, which happened in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007.

- Six straight seasons (2010 through 2015) saw at least five different race winners.

- The most race winners since 2003 came in 2015, when six different riders won at least one race.

- Since 2003, the eventual champion has won an average of 8.42 races per year.

- The most wins in a season (since 2003) came in 2007 when James Stewart won 13 races.

- The least amount of wins from the eventual champion is six, which has happened three times: Ricky Carmichael in 2006, Ryan Dungey in 2010, and Ryan Villopoto in 2011.

- Since 2003, Chad Reed has won at least once in 11 of 14 seasons. He failed to grab a win in 2010, 2013, and 2016.


Supercross Winners By Year

2003

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ricky Carmichael 7 Ricky Carmichael
Chad Reed 8
Ezra Lusk 1

2004

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Chad Reed 10 Chad Reed
Kevin Windham 5
Mike LaRocco 1

Reed DQd for fuel in Irving, Texas and lost points, but kept the win.

2005

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ricky Carmichael 7 Ricky Carmichael
Chad Reed 5
James Stewart 3
Kevin Windham 1

2006

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ricky Carmichael 6 Ricky Carmichael
James Stewart 8
Chad Reed 2

2007

Winners Number of Wins Champion
James Stewart 13 James Stewart
Ricky Carmichael 2
Chad Reed 1

2008

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Chad Reed 9 Chad Reed
Kevin Windham 4
Davi Millsaps 2
Josh Hill 1

2009

Winners Number of Wins Champion
James Stewart 11 James Stewart
Chad Reed 3
Ryan Villopoto 2
Josh Grant 1

2010

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ryan Dungey 6 Ryan Dungey
Ryan Villopoto 7
Kevin Windham 2
James Stewart 1

Davi Millsaps 1

2011

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ryan Villopoto 6 Ryan Villopoto
James Stewart 5
Trey Canard 3
Chad Reed 2

Ryan Dungey 1

2012

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ryan Villopoto 9 Ryan Villopoto
Ryan Dungey 4
James Stewart 2
Andrew Short 1

Chad Reed 1 Chad Reed - 1

2013

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ryan Villopoto 10 Ryan Villopoto
Justin Barcia 2
Davi Millsaps 2
Ryan Dungey 2

James Stewart 1

2014

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ryan Villopoto 7 Ryan Villopoto
James Stewart 5
Ken Roczen 2
Chad Reed 2

Ryan Dungey 1

2015

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ryan Dungey 8 Ryan Dungey
Eli Tomac  3
Ken Roczen  2
Trey Canard 2

Chad Reed 1
Cole Seely  1

2016

Winners Number of Wins Champion
Ryan Dungey 9 Ryan Dungey
Ken Roczen 5
Jason Anderson 2
Eli Tomac 1