Detroit AMA Supercross – Key Insights and Fascinating Facts


While RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki Factory Racing's Ken Roczen enjoyed the spoils of victory at the previous stop of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, defending 450SX Class Champion and current points leader Ryan Dungey continued his historic start to the 2016 season, setting a new all-time mark in consecutive podium finishes.

The top two riders in the championship will lead their field competitors into this weekend's annual visit to Detroit's Ford Field for the 11th race of the season, this Saturday, March 19. In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class, three different riders have stood atop the podium through the championship's first three races.

Some facts and insights to watch heading into this Saturday night's race include:

  • Ken Roczen's seventh career 450SX Class win moved him into a tie for 22nd on the all-time wins list with Jeff Emig, Johnny O'Mara and David Vuillemin.

  • Roczen is the only active rider to have multiple victories in each of the past three seasons and has the second most wins since 2014.

  • Ryan Dungey finished third for his 26th consecutive podium, breaking Reed's previous record of 25 straight. It was his 110th career 450SX Class start and his 83rd career podium.

  • Marvin Musquin has only finished outside of the top-10 once in his 14 career 450SX Class starts.

  • Justin Hill's victory was KTM's first 250SX Class win of 2016.

  • Hill and Jeremy Martin are the only two riders in the Eastern Region with top five finishes in each race.

  • Matt Bisceglia's third career podium finish made him the sixth different rider to finish inside the top three this season.

Some Key Historical Facts:

Monster Energy Supercross has raced in Detroit since 1976, racing for 29 years at the Pontiac Silverdome ('76-'05), before moving to Ford Field in 2006. This year will be the sixth race at Ford Field.

Detroit became one of the championship's beloved races when it introduced weekend doubleheaders in 1977, a tradition that carried on inside the Silverdome for 16 seasons from '77-'93. Two races were held in Detroit during the 2000 season, but not on consecutive days.

Another unique and iconic element of the Detroit Supercross featured track layouts that ran into the stands of the Silverdome. That tradition continues at Ford Field.

Detroit is affectionately known as "The Motor City" since it served as the heart of America's automotive industry. The Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Chrysler are all headquartered in Detroit.

450SX Class Stats:

2015 podium: Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey, Cole Seely

The first 450SX Class race held in Detroit was on March 27, 1976. Marty Smith won on a Honda for his first career victory.

This will be the 52nd time the gate will drop for a 450SX Class race in Detroit. A total of 24 different riders have earned a 450SX Class win in that span.

As a result of the doubleheader races in Detroit, Bob Hannah's nine wins at the Silverdome is the most for any rider at any single venue in Monster Energy Supercross history.

Hannah also has the record for most consecutive wins at a venue, claiming six straight at the Silverdome by sweeping the doubleheaders from '77-'79. He shares this distinction with Jeremy McGrath, who won six consecutive years at the Minneapolis Metrodome in Minnesota from '94-'99.

Doubleheader sweeps at the Silverdome happened eight times in 16 seasons with five different riders - David Bailey, Damon Bradshaw, Hannah, Donnie Hansen and Ricky Johnson. McGrath swept both races in 2000, when the visits were held on separate weekends.

Chad Reed won the last three 450SX Class race held at the Pontiac Silverdome from '03-'05.

James Stewart has won three of the five races held at Ford Field, including the debut in 2006.

Davi Millsaps and Eli Tomac are the only other riders to win at Ford Field. Millsaps earned his second career 450SX Class victory in Ford Field in 2008, as did Tomac in 2015.

Ricky Carmichael, Mike LaRocco, Nathan Ramsey, and Stewart have all won Detroit in both the 250SX and 450SX Classes. Justin Bogle, Ryan Dungey and Josh Grant each have the opportunity to join this group.

Nathan Ramsey's one and only 450SX Class win came in Detroit in 2002.

Suzuki had not won a 450SX Class race in Detroit since 1983 before Stewart took the checkered flag in 2014.

Neither Husqvarna nor KTM has ever won a 450SX Class race in Detroit.

All-Time Wins in Detroit
Bob Hannah - 9
Jeremy McGrath - 6
Damon Bradshaw - 4
Chad Reed - 3
James Stewart - 3
Davie Bailey - 2
Mark Barnett - 2
Jean-Michel Bayle - 2
Donnie Hansen - 2
Ricky Johnson - 2
Ezra Lusk - 2
Jeff Ward - 2

All-Time Wins By Brand in Detroit (Last Win)

Honda: 19 (2015)
Yamaha: 19 (2005)
Kawasaki: 9 (2007)
Suzuki: 4 (2014)

Brand Sweeps in Detroit (450SX & 250SX)

1986 Race 2: Honda - David Bailey & Keith Turpin
1991 Race 1: Honda - Jean-Michel Bayle & Jeromy Buehl
1993 Race 2: Honda - Jeremy McGrath & Doug Henry
1994: Honda - Jeremy McGrath & Mike Brown
1995: Kawasaki - Mike LaRocco & Mickael Pichon
2000 Race 1: Yamaha - Jeremy McGrath & Stephane Roncada
2000 Race 2: Yamaha - Jeremy McGrath & Stephane Roncada
2003: Yamaha - Chad Reed & Ivan Tedesco
2015: Honda - Eli Tomac & Justin Bogle

Riders to Win in Both Classes in Detroit

Damon Bradshaw
Ricky Carmichael
Mike LaRocco
Nathan Ramsey
James Stewart

First Time Winners in Detroit

1976: Marty Smith
2002: Nathan Ramsey

Past Winners in Detroit
1976: Marty Smith, Honda
1977: Bob Hannah, Yamaha
1977: Bob Hannah, Yamaha
1978: Bob Hannah, Yamaha
1978: Bob Hannah, Yamaha
1979: Bob Hannah, Yamaha
1979: Bob Hannah, Yamaha
1980: Mike Bell, Yamaha
1980: Kent Howerton, Suzuki
1981: Bob Hannah, Yamaha
1981: Mark Barnett, Suzuki
1982: Donnie Hansen, Honda
1982: Donnie Hansen, Honda
1983: Bob Hannah, Honda
1983: Mark Barnett, Suzuki
1984: Bob Hannah, Honda
1984: Johnny O‰ÛªMara, Honda
1986: David Bailey, Honda
1986: David Bailey, Honda
1987: Jeff Ward, Kawasaki
1987: Ron Lechien, Kawasaki
1988: Rick Johnson, Honda
1988: Rick Johnson, Honda
1989: Ron Lechien, Kawasaki
1989: Jeff Ward, Kawasaki
1990: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
1990: Jean-Michel Bayle, Honda
1991: Jean-Michel Bayle, Honda
1991: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
1992: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
1992: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
1993: Mike Kiedrowski, Kawasaki
1993: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
1994: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
1995: Mike LaRocco, Kawasaki
1996: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
1997: Ezra Lusk, Yamaha
1998: Ezra Lusk, Honda
1999: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha
2000: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha
2000: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha
2001: Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki
2002: Nathan Ramsey, Honda
2003: Chad Reed, Yamaha
2004: Chad Reed, Yamaha
2005: Chad Reed, Yamaha
2006: James Stewart, Kawasaki
2007: James Stewart, Kawasaki
2008: Davi Millsaps, Honda
2014: James Stewart, Suzuki
2015: Eli Tomac, Honda

250SX Class Stats:

2015 Podium: Justin Bogle, Marvin Musquin, Joey Savatgy

The first 250SX Class race held in Detroit was on April 12, 1986. Ron Tichenor won on a Kawasaki for his first career victory.

This will be the 35th time the gate will drop for a 250SX Class race in Detroit.

Josh Hansen won the last 250SX Class race held at the Silverdome in 2005. Josh Grant won the inaugural 250SX Class race at Ford Field in 2006.

There has never been a repeat 250SX Class winner at Ford Field, and that will continue with Bogle's move to the 450SX Class in 2016.

There has not been a repeat 250SX Class winner in Detroit since the 2000 season. A total of 10 races have been held in Detroit during that span.

Doubleheader sweeps at the Silverdome happened four times in eight seasons with four different riders - Damon Bradshaw, Doug Henry, Denny Stephenson and Brian Swink. Stephane Roncada swept both races in 2000, when the visits were held on separate weekends.

All-Time Wins in Detroit

Stephane Roncada - 3
Brian Swink - 3
Damon Bradshaw - 2
Doug Henry - 2
Denny Stephenson - 2
Ron Tichenor - 2
Keith Turpin - 2

All-Time Wins By Brand in Detroit (Last Win)

Honda: 10 (2015)
Suzuki: 9 (2007)
Yamaha: 8 (2003)
Kawasaki: 6 (2014)
KTM: 1 (2005)

First Time Winners in Detroit

1986: Ron Tichenor
1988: Mike LaRocco
1994: Mike Brown
1999: Brock Sellards
2002: Branden Jesseman
2003: Ivan Tedesco

Past Winners in Detroit
1986: Ron Tichenor, Honda
1986: Keith Turpin, Honda
1987: Keith Turpin, Suzuki
1987: Ron Tichenor, Suzuki
1988: Mike LaRocco, Yamaha
1988: Todd DeHoop, Suzuki
1989: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
1989: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
1990: Denny Stephenson, Suzuki
1990: Denny Stephenson, Suzuki
1991: Brian Swink, Honda
1991: Jeromy Buehl, Honda
1992: Brian Swink, Suzuki
1992: Brian Swink, Suzuki
1993: Doug Henry, Honda
1993: Doug Henry, Honda
1994: Mike Brown, Honda
1995: Mickael Pichon, Kawasaki
1996: John Dowd, Yamaha
1997: Stephane Roncada, Honda
1998: Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki
1999: Brock Sellards, Honda
2000: Stephane Roncada, Yamaha
2000: Stephane Roncada, Yamaha
2001: Nathan Ramsey, Yamaha
2002: Branden Jesseman, Suzuki
2003: Ivan Tedesco, Yamaha
2004: James Stewart, Kawasaki
2005: Josh Hansen, KTM
2006: Josh Grant, Honda
2007: Ryan Dungey, Suzuki
2008: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
2014: Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki
2015: Justin Bogle, Honda

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