AMA Supercross

Cooper Webb

2019 AMA Supercross FIM World Champion

Born on 10 November 1995 in Newport, USA 

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WEBB IS NEW SUPERSTAR OF SUPERCROSS 

Cooper Webb (KTM) confirmed his status as off-road racing’s new superstar, lifting the AMA Supercross FIM World Championship after a sensational 2019 season. Webb, who won his first amateur national championship at the age of six and was the AMA Youth Motocross Rider of the Year in 2010 before turning professional three years later, stepped up to the 450SX class in 2017, earning his first podium during an injury-hit rookie season.  

With only one podium to show for his 2018 efforts and following an inauspicious start to 2019, which wielded a fifth and a tenth at Anaheim I and Glendale, few could have predicted the sheer dominance that was to follow. A first ever win at Anaheim II capped off an almost perfect triple crown weekend - which features three main events rather than a single main - as Webb won the first two mains and swept the podium with a third-place finish in the final. 

Six more victories would follow as the twenty-three-year-old missed out on the podium on just four further occasions- Even though Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) started to threaten the North Carolinian in the closing rounds, Webb was able to manage his comfortable points lead. He eventually reached the final round in Las Vegas needing just a twentieth place finish to clinch the title, which he wrapped up with an eleventh podium finish from seventeen events. 

Webb, whose father was a professional surfer and owns a surf shop in North Carolina, is the twenty-second winner in the history of AMA Supercross. 

PALMARES

World title – 2019

Jason Anderson

2018 AMA Supercross FIM World Champion

Born on 19 February 1993 in Edgewood, New Mexico, USA

Jason Anderson was crowned the AMA Supercross FIM World Champion after a coming-of-age season that saw the boy turn into a man and justify his ‘El Hombre’ nickname. Struggling for results during his rookie season in 2015, Anderson almost lost his ride but clung on and began to show his true potential in 2016, taking a debut victory at the season opener in Anaheim to finish third overall.

However, after a disappointing 2017 that wielded just five podiums before a final-round victory in Las Vegas, few could have predicted the consistency that he would show in 2018. After taking second place in Anaheim I, Anderson took the win and the points lead at the second round in Houston and never let it go, racking up further victories at Oakland, San Diego and Atlanta as part of a run of thirteen top-four finishes from the next fifteen rounds.

Taking advantage of injuries to his main rivals Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen, Anderson built up a 41-point lead that was dramatically slashed in the penultimate round in Salt Lake City when he crashed and broke his front wheel. However, retaining a 14-point cushion over Musquin going into the decisive final round in Las Vegas, a fifth place finish was enough to make Anderson the 21st winner in AMA Supercross history. Quite a coincidence that he also races the number 21....

PALMARES

World title – 2018

Ryan Dungey

2017 AMA Supercross FIM World Champion

Born on 4 December 1989 in Belle Plaine, USA

DUNGEY BOWS OUT ON TOP

Ryan Dungey (KTM) signed off from a sport and a scene in which he has been one of the true stars and protagonists for almost a decade by clinching a hat-trick of championships in the premier 450SX division AMA Supercross FIM World Championship. The 2017 series was one of the best in recent memory and fittingly went down to a final-round showdown in the entertainment capital of the USA, Las Vegas.

From the start of the series it looked as though Dungey's main threat for the title would come from Ken Roczen (Honda), who took victories in the opening two rounds at Anaheim I and San Diego, only to be ruled out for the remainder of the season with a bad arm injury sustained at Anaheim II. In the absence of the former champion, Dungey stepped up with his first win of the campaign, which he would add to with just two more in Atlanta and New Jersey. However, it was his trademark consistency that kept Dungey on top, a virtually podium-perfect season holding Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) at bay with a gap of nine points going into a title-deciding Main Event at a packed Sam Boyd Stadium in Nevada. 

Thrillingly the pair settled the outcome on the dirt, sharing track space in an intense battle that saw Jason Anderson (Husqvarna) take the win from Tomac. Crossing the line in fifth place, Dungey had done enough to triumph by just five points, taking off his goggles for the final time as only the fifth athlete in Supercross history to gain three championships in a row and just the fourth to amass four titles.

PALMARES
4 Word titles – 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017
3 FIM Motocross of Nations titles - 2009 to 2011

 

 

2016 AMA Supercross FIM World Champion

DUNGEY DOUBLES IN SUPERCROSS

Ryan Dungey (KTM) defended the number 1 plate in the AMA Supercross FIM World Championship with a career-best nine wins and a record-breaking podium streak along the way. After ending his title-winning 2015 season with sixteen straight podiums, Dungey picked up where he left off at the first round of 2016, taking second place behind surprise package Jason Anderson (Husqvarna), who maintained the Anaheim tradition of producing rookie winners. A run of three-straight wins in the next three rounds put Dungey firmly in control of the championship, with Ken Roczen (Suzuki) emerging as his closest rival as the year progressed.

By round sixteen in East Rutherford, Dungey had taken a further five wins and extended his podium streak to thirty-one, putting himself within touching distance of the championship. Ironically it was his first non-podium finish of the season that secured the title, fourth place in a race won by Roczen enough to make Dungey just the sixth triple-champion in AMA Supercross history. Dungey ended his campaign back on the top step of the podium at the final round in Las Vegas, where Anderson completed a breakout season with second place and an impressive third in the championship behind Roczen.

PALMARES

3 Word titles – 2010, 2015, 2016
3 FIM Motocross of Nations titles - 2009 to 2011