How many more different riders can we get on the podium?
Tickle is the newest 450 rider to taste some podium pie.
Photos: James Lissimore
The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season is shaping up to be the year of the podium. In just nine rounds of racing this year we’ve had ten different riders in the 450 class grace the podium.
It’s kind of out of the ordinary to see this many riders on the steps so soon. In fact I thought it would be kind of cool to look back the past ten supercross seasons and see how many riders made it onto the box each year.
2017 – 10 Riders (Through 9 rounds) Ken Roczen Ryan Dungey Eli Tomac Marvin Musquin Cole Seely Jason Anderson Chad Reed Blake Baggett Cooper Webb Broc Tickle
2016 – 7 Riders Ryan Dungey Ken Roczen Jason Anderson Eli Tomac Chad Reed Cole Seely Marvin Musquin
2015 – 9 Riders Ryan Dungey Eli Tomac Cole Seely Chad Reed Trey Canard Jason Anderson Weston Peick Ken Roczen Blake Baggett
2014 – 10 Riders Ryan Villopoto Ryan Dungey Ken Roczen Justin Barcia James Stewart Justin Brayton Josh Hill Eli Tomac Chad Reed Cole Seely
2013 – 7 Ryan Villopoto Davi Millsaps Ryan Dungey Justin Barcia Chad Reed Trey Canard James Stewart
2012 – 10 Riders Ryan Villopoto Davi Millsaps Ryan Dungey Justin Brayton Jake Weimer James Stewart Kevin Windham Chad Reed Andrew Short Ken Roczen
The underrated BB4 made his second 450SX podium in Atlanta.
2011 – 5 Riders Ryan Villopoto Chad Reed Ryan Dungey James Stewart Trey Canard
2010 – 12 Riders Ryan Dungey Kevin Windham Davi Millsaps Ryan Villopoto Justin Brayton Josh Hill Tommy Hahn Ivan Tedesco Andrew Short Trey Canard Chad Reed James Stewart
2009 – 11 Riders James Stewart Chad Reed Andrew Short Josh Grant Kevin Windham Ryan Villopoto Davi Millsaps Mike Alessi Josh Hill Broc Hepler Jason Lawrence
2008 – 9 Riders Chad Reed Kevin Windham Andrew Short Davi Millsaps Josh Hill Tim Ferry James Stewart Ryan Dungey Jake Marsack
*Fun Fact: Marsack had two podiums in 2008 and they were both mud races.
2007 – 7 Riders James Stewart Chad Reed Tim Ferry Kevin Windham Ricky Carmichael Nick Wey Davi Millsaps
Webb got on the box before he got injured...we'll see more for him in the future.
The question is how many more guys will we see get on the podium this year? We’ve got eight rounds yet to run and plenty of capable riders looking to get one. I have to be honest that I didn’t see Tickle getting third last weekend in Toronto. It’s not that I don’t think that Tickle is not fast enough. It’s just that he never has gotten a 450SX podium and I didn’t see one coming in 2017.
Baggett’s third in Atlanta was arguably not as surprising as Tickle’s considering he’s climbed the podium in his 450 career already. However, I really thought that Millsaps would be the one to give the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM team its first premier class one.
Who is left that I think will get on the box before the season ends? Well, I have three that really stand out to me with Justin Bogle, Dean Wilson, and Millsaps. I’m surprised Millsaps doesn’t already have one this year considering he’s been riding very well. Bogle is going to only get better and I think with the final rounds he can get into his groove after taking a few rounds off early in the season due to injury. Wilson is proving that with each round he is getting better and is coming off of an eighth heading into Daytona.
Who is your pick to land on the podium? Have we seen everyone who is going to get one, or is there more to give? Daytona is the roughest race of the season and something crazy usually happens, so will that shake some things up? In a few weeks we’ll go back in the archives a bit more to see what season holds the record of most riders on the podium in a season. For now we just need three more riders to break 2010s record of 12 riders. Can we do it?
Only 31 different riders have graced a 450SX podium over the last decade. It may seem like a lot, but that is a ton of racing that only a small selct few have seen the top of this sport. Also, what do riders like Alessi, Webb, Lawrence, Tickle, Hepler, T. Hahn, and Weimer all have in common? Jake Marsack has more 450SX podiums than they do...not a rip on anyone, but underdogs are cool.
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