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Stat Sheet: Fun SX Facts

A handful of statistics to bear in mind

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Knowing unique facts adds another element to the racing, therefore making it a lot more enjoyable. It was that thought process that inspired this exclusive MX Vice feature. The top-twenty 450SX finishers from the previous Monster Energy Supercross season are listed below, plus a statistic that applies to their racing and career. There are some intriguing things that are uncovered.

– Jason Anderson (356 points): Jason Anderson had an average finish of fourth whilst en route to that 450SX title last year. When was the last time that a premier-class champion had an average finish as high as that? It has not actually happened since the 450SX class was introduced. The results that are available online cover the last fifteen seasons and, in that time, every single champion has had an average finish of third or less. This may say more about the competition than it does Jason Anderson.

Consistency was the greatest strength that Jason Anderson had in 2018 (Husqvarna Motorcycles/Simon Cudby)

– Marvin Musquin (347 points): Marvin Musquin will inevitably reach a milestone this season; he needs just three more podium finishes to take his career total in the 450SX class to thirty. Musquin has ended in third eight times in the last three years, occupied the runner-up position thirteen times and claimed six wins in that same time frame. Musquin has started fifty-three premier-class mains and therefore stood on the box in just over fifty percent of those.

– Eli Tomac (318 points): Anaheim has not exactly been too kind to Eli Tomac since he stepped into the 450SX class four years ago. Tomac crashed out of his premier-class debut at Anaheim 1 in 2014, then consequently missed the following two races in Angel Stadium and has had an average finish of eighth at that venue since then. Tomac finally won in Anaheim last season, but that is the only time he has occupied a spot in the top two in a premier-class race at Angel Stadium. Will the tide turn this weekend?

– Blake Baggett (285 points): Blake Baggett had a turbulent term a year ago, for a few different reasons, yet he was arguably the most consistent guy across the seventeen-round series. Baggett was the only guy who ended in the top twelve at every round last year and only fell outside of the top ten once, which was at the opening round at Angel Stadium. ‘4' has actually been in the top twelve in the last twenty-eight 450SX main events.

Blake Baggett was quietly very successful in the previous 450SX term (RMATVMC KTM/Simon Cudby)

– Justin Brayton (275 points): Justin Brayton became the oldest 450SX winner ever a year ago, after claiming his maiden win in Daytona. Brayton was just four days away from his thirty-fourth birthday when he walked up to the top step of the box for the first time. It is also worth noting that he had started one hundred and thirty-one main events before that triumph and should hit a milestone, one hundred and fifty starts, in just a couple of months.

– Weston Peick (251 points): The path that Weston Peick has followed to this point has been unconventional, but well-documented. Gradual progress each year has helped him to cement his spot on an elite team like JGR Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing. The average finishes that he has had each season, which can be seen below, show just how gradual that progress has been. A facial injury will stop him from making similar leaps forward in Monster Energy Supercross this year.

2010

16th

2011

15th

2012

13th

2013

13th

2014

13th

2015

9th

2016

12th

2017

8th

2018

7th

– Dean Wilson (208 points): Anaheim 2 is not an event that has been kind to Dean Wilson. When he entered the premier class four seasons ago, he tore his ACL whilst preparing for A2 and then, one year later, he tore his ACL at that very event. Wilson got through Anaheim 2 unscathed two years ago and finished in eleventh, but then the odd run of bad luck struck last year. Wilson tore his ACL at Anaheim 2 again! Weird, huh? It is important that he breaks through round three without any major issues this year.

– Broc Tickle (184 points): When gates drop at Anaheim 1 on Saturday, it would have been two hundred and sixty-three days since the FIM revealed that Broc Tickle failed an anti-doping test and was suspended from competition. Although a considerable amount of time has now passed since that announcement, there has still been no news on just how long he is suspended for. Tickle remains in flux for the time being and, sadly, will probably not compete in Monster Energy Supercross at all in 2019.

– Cooper Webb (181 points): Consistency is seemingly a fault that Cooper Webb must address, as he has not completed a full 450SX season yet and drops outside of the top ten a lot. The most top-ten finishes that he has had in a row in the premier-class is four; he ended fifth, fourth, fifth and then third in Arlington, Tampa, Atlanta and Daytona last year. The streak came to an end when he bowed out of the St. Louis event, which took place the week after Daytona, with a shoulder injury.

Cooper Webb is in desperate need of some success with Red Bull KTM (KTM Images/Simon Cudby)

– Justin Barcia (177 points): Justin Barcia was hailed as the next big thing when he entered the premier class, yet he has only amassed two main-event wins in the six years that he has spent in 450SX. The last time that he sprayed champagne from the top step of the podium was at Seattle in 2013. How long ago was that? It would be two thousand and eighty-seven days ago when gates drop at Anaheim 1 on Saturday night. Is the drought going to end?

– Malcolm Stewart (169 points): The fact that Malcolm Stewart is able to hold it together in a heat race and grab a noteworthy result has been really well-documented. Are those claims true? Fourth was the position that Stewart occupied, on average, in the heats that he completed last season and then thirteenth was his average finish in the main events. Expect to see that heat-race speed frequently this year, now that he has a solid base to build off of.

– Vince Friese (168 points): Vince Friese often puts himself in a position to succeed, as he is known for getting great starts. Did the way that he performed in Monster Energy Supercross last year reflect that? Friese had an average starting position of tenth over the seventeen rounds, then an average finish of thirteenth in the mains. Those starts will serve him well in the deeper field this year and undoubtedly infuriate a handful of his competitors at times.

– Chad Reed (159 points): Chad Reed had a tricky time of it in Monster Energy Supercross, because of injuries and the inconvenience that comes with running his privateer team. There was a good thing that came from the season though, as he broke the record for the most career starts. Reed registered his two hundred and twenty-eighth start in Tampa, Florida, in February last year and will continue to build on that. If he qualifies in Angel Stadium, then it will be his two hundred and thirty-eighth start. Incredible!

Chad Reed is going to have support from a factory team again this year (Suzuki Racing)

– Tyler Bowers (149 points): When dissecting the results that Tyler Bowers posted a year ago, it is quite clear where he fit in. Bowers, who had an average finish of fourteenth during the season, had an average-starting position of fourteenth as well! Interestingly, his average-starting position did not improve once he got onto the factory bike at the seventh round. The average-starting position from that point on was fourteenth as well. Oh, he was fourteenth in the points too.

– Benny Bloss (140 points): Although Benny Bloss occupies a position on an elite team in the Monster Energy Supercross series, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM, he has very limited experience indoors. Bloss has finished seven 250SX races, all of those being in the 250SX East category, and then just fourteen 450SX rounds. It is going to be impossible for him to gain more knowledge this year too, as a torn ACL will stop him from lining up until Lucas Oil Pro Motocross begins.

– Christian Craig (134 points): Christian Craig entered the 450SX class in Atlanta last year, hence why his final ranking is skewed somewhat. What if the season had started in Atlanta? Below is what the standings would look like, if points were tallied up from round nine on. This offers a glimpse at the potential that he has on the bigger bike.

1st

Marvin Musquin

205

2nd

Eli Tomac

202

3rd

Christian Craig

175

4th

Blake Baggett

151

5th

Justin Brayton

150

6th

Dean Wilson

138

7th

Christian Craig

134

8th

Weston Peick

126

Christian Craig was quite successful in his 450SX stint one year ago (GEICO Honda/Simon Cudby)

– Cole Seely (124 points): Cole Seely is typically very consistent. Are you in need of proof? Seely has lined up in fifty-nine 450SX main events in his career, dating back to the initial fill-in rides with HRC in 2012, and has finished in the top ten in forty-nine of those. It is almost unheard of to be so reliable! This statistic alone is proof of the fact that he is an ideal second rider for a factory squad, such as Honda HRC. This is a very handy stat to bear in mind when creating fantasy teams.

– Ken Roczen (102 points): Ken Roczen has taken part in fifty-six (out of a possible eighty-nine) premier-class main events in his career and finished on the box in thirty of those, which is fifty-three percent. Roczen has had eleven victories, twelve runner-up finishes and seven third-place finishes in the premier division. When Saturday rolls around, seven hundred and twenty-two days would have been and gone since he last won a 450SX main. That was at San Diego 1 in 2017.

– Kyle Cunningham (99 points): There is always one rider in the top twenty in the 450SX points who uses his consistency as leverage: Kyle Cunningham was that rider last year. Cunningham was the only guy in the top twenty in the final standings who did not finish inside of the top ten in a single main. Vince Friese was the only rider to do that two years ago and the season before that also. The 2015 season was an anomaly (two riders managed it), but then Nick Wey was the only guy in 2014. Who will it be this year?

– Josh Grant (83 points): Josh Grant is injury-prone, as most are aware, but just how many main events does he finish each season? After adding up all of his results from the last ten years, it became apparent that he has finished eight races out of seventeen on average in that time. Mind-blowing, right? Grant has lined up for every single 450SX main in a season just once in his premier-class career, which was in 2015. The ranking that he secured that year was eleventh.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Honda Racing Corporation

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