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Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Experiences Tremendous Growth and Exceptional Competition During 2010 Season

Published October 19th, 2010

Historic Season Ushers in New Decade of American Motocross

The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship experienced tremendous growth during the 2010 season with an increase in attendance, television viewership, and online traffic. Thanks to unprecedented availability, fans from all over the globe now have the chance to catch the world’s most prestigious championship through live television coverage and exclusive online content, highlighted by live event streams.

Since partnering with Alli Sports to assume control of the administrative and operational side of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, MX Sports Pro Racing has emphasized the growth of viewership of the outdoor nationals. Thanks to exclusive television partnerships with NBC Sports and SPEED, American motocross fans can now see nearly every round of the world’s most prestigious championship either live or same-day. This was highlighted by two events in 2010 – Washougal and Pala – that featured live coverage of both the 450 and 250 classes. In all, over 5 million viewers tuned in to watch the best motocross riders on the planet domestically while an international television package has brought American motocross into 207 million homes across 80 countries, including live coverage of every round in Brazil, Australia, and throughout Europe.

Domestic Television Viewership

Hangtown: 629,000

Freestone: 282,000

High Point: 753,000

Budds Creek: 361,000

Thunder Valley: 367,000

RedBud: 663,000

Spring Creek: 439,000

Washougal: 296,000

Unadilla: 811,000

Moto-X 338: 240,000

Steel City: 305,000

Pala: 226,000

Total: 5,372,000

MX Sports Pro Racing also expanded its live coverage to an even larger platform thanks to its partnership with Alli Sports, hosting live internet streaming of the first motos at each round of the 2010 season. Fans logged on to www.AlliSports.com, the official website of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, and saw the action unfold along with the thousands of fans in attendance. As a result, online traffic for the series is greater than ever with over 400,000 viewers participating in the live stream, in addition to regular visits to the website.

Online Live Stream Viewership

Hangtown: 98,905

Freestone: 28,391

High Point: 26,412

Budds Creek: 32,216

Thunder Valley: 26,812

RedBud: 24,991

Spring Creek: 32,665

Washougal: 29,191

Unadilla: 47,992

Moto-X 338: 36,705

Steel City: 36,832

Pala: 38,334

Total: 459,446

On site, attendance is higher than ever despite tough economic times throughout the United States. This season, over a quarter of a million fans attended each of the 12 rounds of the championship, spanning from California to Massachusetts. Additionally, the on-track action that makes the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship the world’s premier outdoor motocross series was better than ever, thanks to a historic season that featured the rise of a new rookie star, the emergence of a resilient champion for the future, and the return of a female motocross legend to the top of her game.

On-Site Attendance

Hangtown: 20,500

Freestone: 17,300

High Point: 18,600

Budds Creek: 18,740

Thunder Valley: 18,350

RedBud: 22,380

Spring Creek: 20,475

Washougal: 19,650

Unadilla: 20,500

Moto-X 338: 15,250

Steel City: 16,800

Pala: 21,750

Total: 230,295

As Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard and Jessica Patterson stood atop the rest as the national champions in the respective 450, 250 and Women’s Motocross classes, the AMA Pro Motocross Championship also welcomed five new faces to the all-time winners’ list in the professional men’s classes: Ryan Dungey (450), Eli Tomac (250), Tyla Rattray (250), Dean Wilson (250) and Trey Canard (250). Additionally, Dungey completed the most successful rookie season in premier-class history en route to becoming the first rider in AMA history to win both 450 championships (supercross and motocross) in his first year, while Canard had one of the most impressive comebacks in the history of the sport, overcoming a 50-plus-point deficit in the second half of the season to win his first motocross title.

2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Final Statistics

  • 450 Class debutant Ryan Dungey is the first rider in AMA history to win both the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross premier-class titles as a rookie.
  • Since capturing his first career title in the 2009 AMA Supercross Lites West Region, Ryan Dungey has won four consecutive championships.
  • Dungey is the youngest rider in history to win all four AMA championships and the first to do so consecutively.
  • After a poor start to the season in which he finished eighth overall, Ryan Dungey went on to win 19 of the next 22 motos and 10 of the 11 remaining rounds. His average finish jumped from 8.0 to 3.3. He was the only rider in the class to win more than one moto.
  • Andrew Short led all riders with 11 holeshots, capturing at least one in eight of the 12 rounds. Eight different riders claimed holeshots in both classes in 2010.
  • Dungey led 48% of the laps completed in 2010 in the 450 Class.
  • Brett Metcalfe and Nick Wey are the only two 450 Class riders to score points in all 24 motos.
  • With his win at Steel City, Kevin Windham became the oldest winner in AMA history.
  • With five different winners throughout the 12 rounds of the championship, the 250 Class experienced the most parity since the 2005 season that featured six different winners.
  • Of the five different winners in the 250 Class, four experienced victory for the first time in their careers.
  • Trey Canard overcame a 55-point deficit over the second half of the season to win the 250 Class title.
  • Through the first half of the season, Christophe Pourcel won seven of the 12 250 Class motos with at least one win at each of the first six rounds. In the second half he won just two motos over the final 12. His average finish fell from 2.5 to 6.9 over that span.
  • Tyla Rattray holds the unique statistic of two overall victories in 2010 despite leading just one lap in the 250 Class. Both of his overall wins came via a pair of runner-up finishes.
  • Dean Wilson claimed Rookie of the Year honors with two overall wins and a fourth place championship result in the 250 Class.
  • Eli Tomac became the first rider in history to win his professional debut.
  • GEICO Powersports Honda and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki won every 250 Class moto in 2010 and split overall wins with six apiece.
  • Jessica Patterson became just the second factory-backed rider to win a WMX title.
  • Ashley Fiolek captured an astonishing 13 of 16 holeshots but still came up short in her bid for a third consecutive title, despite an average finish of 1.9.
  • Patterson and Fiolek were the only riders to lead a lap in the WMX class in 2010.
  • Alexah Pearson captured Rookie of the Year honors and a Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championship title.

2010 450 Class:

  • Suzuki won its 10th 450 Championship:

    Tony DiStefano – ’75, ’76, ’77

    Kent Howerton – ’80,’81

    Greg Albertyn – ’99

    Ricky Carmichael – ’05, ’06

    Chad Reed – ’09

    Ryan Dungey – ’10
  • Suzuki has also won four of the last six championships in the 450 Class.
  • Ryan Dungey becomes the 22nd different rider to win a 450 Class championship and the 13th different rider to win a Supercross and Motocross title in the premier class:

    Bob Hannah, Donnie Hansen, David Bailey, Jeff Ward, Rick Johnson, Jeff Stanton, J.M. Bayle, Jeremy Mcgrath, Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey
  • Dungey has 10 career 450 Class wins. He is tied with Kevin Windham for 10th all time.
  • Dungey’s 10 wins as a rookie is the most in history by a first-year rider. His point total of 543 is also a record.
  • Dungey becomes just the fourth rookie in AMA Motocross history to win the 450 Class championship:

    Jeff Ward – 1985

    Jean Michel Bayle – 1991

    Ricky Carmichael – 2000

    Ryan Dungey – 2010

Final Point Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 543
  2. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 398
  3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 393
  4. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 321
  5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 314
  6. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 266
  7. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 260
  8. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha, 234
  9. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda, 224
  10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Kawasaki, 223

Overall Wins

Ryan Dungey – 10

Chad Reed – 1

Kevin Windham – 1

450 Class Moto Wins

Ryan Dungey – 19

Mike Alessi – 1

Josh Grant – 1

Chad Reed – 1

Andrew Short – 1

Kevin Windham – 1

Wins by Brand

Suzuki – 10

Honda – 1

Kawasaki – 1

Laps Led

Ryan Dungey – 187

Andrew Short – 65

Brett Metcalfe – 39

Ben Townley – 20

Mike Alessi – 19

Josh Grant – 19

Chad Reed – 16

Kevin Windham – 14

Clement Desalle – 4

Total: 383

Holeshots

Andrew Short – 11

Brett Metcalfe – 4

Ryan Dungey – 2

Kevin Windham – 2

Mike Alessi – 1

Justin Brayton – 1

Chad Reed – 1

Ryan Sipes – 1

Top Average Finishers

Ryan Dungey – 3.3

Brett Metcalfe – 5.3

Andrew Short – 6.7

Top Average Starters

Andrew Short – 4.3

Ryan Dungey – 4.8

Ben Townley – 6.6

Top Average Qualifiers

Ryan Dungey – 3.3

Josh Grant – 4.2

Chad Reed – 5.9

2010 250 Class:

  • Honda won its 13th 250 Championship

    Marty Smith – ’74, ’75

    Johnny O’Mara – ’83

    Ron Lechien – ’85

    Micky Dymond – ’86, ’87

    George Holland – ’88

    Mike Kiedrowski – ’89

    Doug Henry – ’93, ’94

    Steve Lamson – ’95, ’96

    Trey Canard – ’10
  • Trey Canard’s title ends a 13-year drought for Honda.
  • Canard becomes the 24th different rider to win a 250 Class championship.
  • Canard’s championship for Honda results in a two-year drought for Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team – the longest since capturing its inaugural title in 1997.
  • Canard becomes the eighth rider in AMA history to win an AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross title in the smaller displacement.
  • Canard has five career 250 Class wins. He sits 26th all-time, tied with Ben Townley, Broc Hepler, Ryan Hughes and fellow Oklahoman Robbie Reynard.

Final Point Standings

  1. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 474
  2. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 446
  3. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 443
  4. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 437
  5. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 348
  6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 327
  7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 287
  8. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 285
  9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha, 251
  10. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 213

Overall Wins

Trey Canard – 5

Christophe Pourcel – 2

Tyla Rattray – 2

Dean Wilson – 2

Eli Tomac – 1

Moto Wins

Christophe Pourcel – 9

Trey Canard – 8

Dean Wilson – 3

Justin Barcia – 2

Tyla Rattray – 1

Eli Tomac – 1

Wins by Brand

Honda – 6

Kawasaki – 6

Laps Led

Trey Canard – 106

Christophe Pourcel – 104

Dean Wilson – 81

Justin Barcia – 35

Eli Tomac – 35

Wil Hahn – 13

Tommy Searle – 2

Tyla Rattray – 1

Total: 377

Holeshots

Dean Wilson – 6

Eli Tomac – 5

Christophe Pourcel – 4

Trey Canard – 3

Wil Hahn – 3

Justin Barcia – 1

Nico Izzi – 1

Tyla Rattray – 1

Top Average Finishers

Trey Canard – 3.8

Tyla Rattray – 4.2

Dean Wilson – 4.4

Top Average Starters

Christophe Pourcel – 4.4

Dean Wilson – 5.0

Trey Canard – 5.5

Top Average Qualifiers

Christophe Pourcel – 1.4

Trey Canard – 5.1

Broc Tickle – 5.4

2010 WMX Class:

  • Jessica Patterson claimed her record sixth WMX Class title, making her the most successful female rider in AMA history.
  • Patterson never finished below second all season, winning six of the eight rounds and boasting an average finish of 1.4.

Final Point Standings

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha, 382
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 360
  3. Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda, 295
  4. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha, 252
  5. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha, 239
  6. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki, 230
  7. Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., KTM, 219
  8. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., Yamaha, 202
  9. Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha, 179
  10. Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., Yamaha, 154

WMX Class Overall Wins

Jessica Patterson – 6

Ashley Fiolek – 2

WMX Class Moto Wins

Jessica Patterson – 10

Ashley Fiolek – 6

WMX Class Wins by Brand

Yamaha – 6

Honda – 2

WMX Class Laps Led

Jessica Patterson – 69

Ashley Fiolek – 48

Total: 117

WMX Class Holeshots

Ashley Fiolek – 13

Jessica Patterson – 3

WMX Class Top Average Finishers

Jessica Patterson – 1.4

Ashley Fiolek – 1.9

Tarah Gieger – 4.0

WMX Class Top Average Starters

Jessica Patterson – 2.2

Ashley Fiolek – 2.8

Sara Price – 5.9

WMX Class Top Average Qualifiers

Jessica Patterson – 1.8

Ashley Fiolek – 2.0

Tarah Gieger – 2.5

Series Awards

Rockstar Energy Fast Lap Award

Hangtown

Mike Alessi – 2:15.130

Freestone

Ryan Dungey – 2:09.704

High Point

Andrew Short – 2:20.949

Budds Creek

Ryan Dungey – 2:01.398

Thunder Valley

Ryan Dungey – 2:11.857

RedBud

Ryan Dungey – 2:17.154

Spring Creek

Ryan Dungey – 2:09.355

Washougal

Brett Metcalfe – 2:11.784

Unadilla

Ryan Dungey – 2:10.542

Moto-X 338

Ryan Dungey – 2:02.764

Steel City

Ryan Dungey – 2:27.474

Pala

Ryan Dungey – 2:20.170

Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award

Hangtown

Ben Evans, Ryan Morais, Jake Moss / +14 spots

Freestone

Ben Townley / +21 spots

High Point

Jake Weimer / +21 spots

Budds Creek

Weston Peick / +16 spots

Thunder Valley

Jake Weimer / +26 spots

RedBud

Justin Brayton / +20 spots

Spring Creek

Martin Davalos / +22 spots

Washougal

Mike Alessi / +22 spots

Unadilla

Blake Wharton / +12 spots

Moto-X 338

Brett Metcalfe / +27 spots

Steel City

Michael Byrne / +16 spots

Pala

Broc Tickle / +27 spots

Muscle Milk Recovery Rider of the Day Award

Hangtown

250 Class: Travis Baker – M1: 23rd / M2: 10th

450 Class: Andrew Short – M1: 15th / M2: 5th

Freestone

250 Class: Max Anstie – M1: 15th / M2: 4th

450 Class: Mike Alessi – M1: 12th / M2: 5th

High Point

250 Class: Trey Canard – M1: 14th / M2: 4th

450 Class: Tommy Hahn – M1: 11th / M2: 4th

Budds Creek

250 Class: Jake Weimer – M1: 21st / M2: 7th

450 Class: Ben Townley – M1: 14th / M2: 3rd

Thunder Valley

250 Class: Justin Barcia – M1: 16th / M2: 7th

450 Class: Matt Moss – M1: 28th / M2: 19th

RedBud

250 Class: Alex Martin – M1: 20th / M2: 10th

450 Class: Steven Clarke – M1: 16th / M2: 14th

Spring Creek

250 Class: Max Anstie – M1: 31st / M2: 13th

450 Class: Brett Metcalfe – M1: 16th / M2: 6th

Washougal

250 Class: Martin Davalos – M1: 22nd / M2: 5th

450 Class: Trent Pugmire – M1: 31st / M2: 17th

Unadilla

250 Class: Darryn Durham – M1: 33rd / M2: 7th

450 Class: Derek Anderson – M1: 29th / M2: 19th

Moto-X 338

250 Class: Ian Trettel – M1: 17th / M2: 10th

450 Class: Ryan Sipes – M1: 32nd / M2: 8th

Steel City

250 Class: Dean Wilson – M1: 17th / M2: 3rd

450 Class: Jason Lawrence – M1: 28th / M2: 15th

Pala

250 Class: Martin Davalos – M1: 14th / M2: 6th

450 Class: Weston Peick – M1: 23rd / M2: 11th

MotorcycleUSA WMX Holeshot Award

Hangtown

M1: Ashley Fiolek / M2: Jessica Patterson

Freestone

M1: Ashley Fiolek / M2: Ashley Fiolek

Thunder Valley

M1: Ashley Fiolek / M2: Jessica Patterson

RedBud

M1: Ashley Fiolek / M2: Ashley Fiolek

Spring Creek

M1: Ashley Fiolek / M2: Ashley Fiolek

Moto-X 338

M1: Ashley Fiolek / M2: Ashley Fiolek

Steel City

M1: Jessica Patterson / M2: Ashley Fiolek

Pala

M1: Ashley Fiolek / M2: Ashley Fiolek

WMX Top Rekluse Rider

Hangtown

Jacqueline Strong

Freestone

Jacqueline Strong

Thunder Valley

Jacqueline Strong

RedBud

Nicole Madsen

Spring Creek

Jacqueline Strong

Moto-X 338

Nicole Madsen

Steel City

Sherri Cruse

Pala

Sherri Cruse


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