MEN NOT NAMED
In motocross, especially in the 21st century, there is great disparity between the haves and have-nots. There are winners, and then there’s everyone else.
All glory goes to first place. No one celebrates finishing
second overall in a series, unless that rider was privateer
Larry Ward in 1995 at the conclusion of the Supercross
series. That was quite a feat indeed.
Over the past 15 years only seven riders have won
a 450 National title. Ricky Carmichael was king of the
jungle, and he made way for Grant Langston, James
Stewart, Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto, Ken Roczen and
Ryan Dungey. That leaves a lot of room for second
places. While MXA is courteous enough to list every
runner-up in every major series since the beginning of
time (click on www.motocrossactionmag.com to find
those kernels of history), no one else cares who finished
second. Or third. Or tenth for that matter.
The 2015 AMA 450 Nationals started out as Eli
Tomac’s title to lose, which he subsequently did when
he tucked his front end in Lakewood and blew out his
shoulders. From then on it was a Ryan Dungey, Ken
Roczen and Justin Barcia affair. The aforementioned
riders stood out in a sea of relative obscurity—or, as we
call them, the other guys. Meet the men who were oh-so-close to making life difficult for Ryan Dungey. These are
the other guys.