We all predicted there would be four different first time winners in the 250 class this year, right?!
It’s a bit surprising when you consider the line-up on both coasts. Colt Nichols and Christian Craig have predictably won most of the races in the east. While it’s fair to say that most expected Jett Lawrence would get his first win, the injury to Austin Forkner almost guaranteed it.
On the west, I think most would agree they expected Jeremy Martin, Jordon Smith, and Justin Cooper to be the primary race winners. But I don’t believe folks would’ve said that 4 rounds in we’d have Seth Hammaker, Cameron McAdoo, and Hunter Lawrence each with a win. Alas, with Jeremy Martin out injured and a black cloud following Jordon Smith’s every move, this is exactly what’s happened.
But how do these first time winners stack up to the Top 10 winningest supercross riders in the history of the sport?!
Here’s the scoop…
2021 First Time Winners
Seth Hammaker won in just his 3rd main event.
Hunter Lawrence won in his 6th main event.
Jett Lawrence won in his 8th main event and got his 2nd win in his 13th main.
Cameron McAdoo won in his 26th main event.
Top 10 Winningest Supercross Riders
Jeremy McGrath won in his 10th main event (Las Vegas, Mar 17th, 1990)
James Stewart won in his 2nd main event (Jan 12, 2002). He won his 2nd in his 4th main.
Ricky Carmichael won in his 3rd main event (Atlanta, Feb 22, 1997). He won his 2nd in his 5th main.
Ryan Villopoto won in his 7th main event (Apr 22, 2006). He won his 2nd in his 10th main.
Chad Reed won in his 5th main event and his 2nd 250 main (Feb 9, 2002). He won another 5 in a row after his first.
Eli Tomac won in his 6th main event (Feb 19, 2011). He won his 2nd in his 8th main.
Ryan Dungey won his 1st main event (Feb 24, 2007). He won his 2nd in his 4th main.
Kevin Windham won in his 8th main event (Jan 20, 1996). He won another 3 in a row after his first.
Rick Johnson won in his 26th main event (Feb 12, 1984). He won his 2nd in his 32nd main.
Bob Hannah won in his 4th main event (Mar 5, 1977). He won his 2nd in his 5th main.
Keep in mind that riders like Bob Hannah and Rick Johnson started racing in the premier class championship.
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