Hangtown Stats and Facts

Hangtown kickstart

We crunch the numbers ahead of gate drop this weekend for the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

Hangtown kickstart
  • The name “Hangtown” comes from the nickname given to the city of Placerville, site of the original race, during the California Gold Rush.
  • Hangtown is the oldest race on the schedule, predating the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with its first race 47 years ago in 1969.
  • When it first joined the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in 1974, Hangtown served as the opening round for 10 consecutive seasons.
  • In 2004 Hangtown returned to its position as the opening round of the championship and has served that role for 10 of the last 13 seasons.
  •  No track has hosted more opening rounds than Hangtown (20).

450 Class Stats

  • 2015 Overall Podium: Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey, Jason Anderson
  • The first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship race held at Hangtown was on April 8, 1974. Billy Grossi won on a Honda.
  • Hangtown is the only track in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship that defending champion Ryan Dungey has never won at, in either class. He has finished second for five consecutive seasons.
  • Dungey has won the opening round just once in his 450 Class career, at Glen Helen in 2014.
  • Hangtown is the only track in the championship where each of the six participating manufacturers has won.
  • Ricky Carmichael is the winningest rider at Hangtown with a combined seven total victories – five in the 450 Class and two in the 250 Class.
  • James Stewart earned his first 450 Class victory at Hangtown in 2006, and went on to win two additional times in 2008 and 2012.
  • The rider to win at Hangtown has gone on to win the 450 Class title 16 times in 43 seasons.
  • Yamaha has not won at Hangtown since 2000 when David Vuillemin earned his first 450 Class victory.
  • From 2002 to 2008, only two riders won at Hangtown – Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart. Since 2009, six different riders have won over the last seven seasons.
  • Mike Alessi and Ken Roczen each earned his first-career victory in both the 250 Class and 450 Class at Hangtown.

All-Time Wins at Hangtown (Total Wins)

Ricky Carmichael (5)

Rick Johnson (4)

Bob Hannah (3)

Kent Howerton (3)

Mike Kiedrowski (3)

James Stewart (3)

Jeremy McGrath (2)

Chad Reed (2)

Jeff Ward (2)

All-Time Wins by Brand at Hangtown (Last Win)

Honda: 17 (2015)
Kawasaki: 9 (2013)
Suzuki: 7 (2012)
Yamaha: 6 (2000)
Can-Am: 1 (1976)
Husqvarna: 1 (1975)

KTM: 1 (2014)


250 Class Stats

  • 2015 Overall Podium: Jeremy Martin, Marvin Musquin, Chris Alldredge
  • The first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250 Class race held at Hangtown was April 8, 1974. Marty Smith won on a Honda.
  • After a 22-year gap between Hangtown wins, Jeremy Martin has given Yamaha back-to-back victories.
  • Martin is chasing his third straight Hangtown victory and his third consecutive opening-round win. Mark Barnett is the only 250 Class in history to win three in a row at Hangtown.
  • Eli Tomac made history in 2010 by becoming the first rider in history to win his professional debut. He added his name to the 450 Class wins list last season.
  • Jeremy McGrath earned his first professional motocross victory at Hangtown in 1993.
  • Hometown rider Steve Lamson, along with Mark Barnett, are the winningest 250 Class riders at Hangtown with four wins apiece. Barnett won his four races consecutively.
  • Six different riders have earned their first career 250 Class wins at Hangtown over the last 10 seasons – Mike Alessi (’06), Ben Townley (’07), Christophe Pourcel (’09), Eli Tomac (’10), Blake Baggett (’11), and Ken Roczen (’13).
  • Despite not having won since 1994, Suzuki still has just one less victory than the all-time winningest brand at Hangtown, Kawasaki.

All-Time Wins at Hangtown (Total Wins)

Mark Barnett (4)

Steve Lamson (4)

Blake Baggett (2)

Ricky Carmichael (2)

Guy Cooper (2)

Ryan Hughes (2)

Grant Langson (2)

Jeremy Martin (2)

James Stewart (2)

All-Time Wins by Brand at Hangtown (Last Win)

Kawasaki: 12 (2012)
Suzuki: 11 (1994)
Honda: 8 (2010)
Yamaha: 7 (2015)
KTM: 4 (2013)

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