Hangtown enters its 44th year as a motocross national. It is the oldest race on the schedule.
A total of seven different countries will be represented on the starting gate across both the 250 and 450 Classes on Saturday afternoon.
James Stewart has competed in just one Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship race since winning the 450 Class title in 2008 – the 2010 Unadilla National.
Ryan Dungey will look to give KTM its first overall win in the 450 Class this season.
Stewart and Dungey will each look to become the first multiple title winner since Ricky Carmichael, who retired following the 2007 season.
Ivan Tedesco won the 2005 championship in the 250 Class for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. Six seasons later, he returns to the division as a member of the same team. Tedesco has not competed in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship full time since the 2009 season.
Dean Wilson is the first 250 Class Champion to defend his title since Ryan Villopoto in 2008.
At 18 years of age, Ken Roczen is the youngest rider in the series.
The first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship race was held at Hangtown on April 8, 1974, with Bill Grossi winning on a Honda.
This will be the 39th time the gate will drop for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown.
Hangtown wins by brand:
- Last win at Hangtown by brand:
First time winners at Hangtown: Mike Alessi – 2009 (Suzuki); James Stewart Jr. - 2006 (Kawasaki); David Vuillemin - 2000 (Yamaha); Kevin Windham - 1999 (Honda); Rick Johnson - 1992 (Yamaha); John Dowd – 1991 (Honda); Jeff Stanton – 1989 (Honda); Alan King – 1984 (Honda); Kent Howerton – 1980 (Suzuki); Marty Smith – 1977 (Honda); Bill Grossi – 1974 (Honda).
Ricky Carmichael is the winningest rider at Hangtown with five victories.
James Stewart earned his first 450 Class victory at Hangtown in 2006.
Yamaha has not won at Hangtown since 2000 when David Vuillemin earned his inaugural 450 Class victory.
Chad Reed ended a six-year drought for Honda at Hangtown last season.
From 2002 to 2008, only two riders won at Hangtown: Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart. Carmichael captured four straight victories from 2002-2005. Since then, only two additional riders have won: Mike Alessi and Chad Reed.
Mike Alessi's first-career victory in both the 250 Class and 450 Class came at Hangtown.
The first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250 Class race was held April 8, 1974, with Marty Smith winning on a Honda.
This will be the 39th time the gate will drop for a Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250 Class race at Hangtown.
Hangtown wins by brand:
- Last win by brand at Hangtown:
First time winners at Glen Helen: Blake Baggett – 2011 (Kawasaki); Eli Tomac – 2010 (Honda); Christophe Pourcel – 2009 (Kawasaki); Mike Alessi - 2006 (KTM); Damon Huffman - 1994 (Suzuki); Jeremy McGrath - 1993 (Honda); Steve Lamson – 1992 (Honda); Doug Henry – 1991 (Yamaha); Brian Myerscough – 1979 (Suzuki); Bob Hannah – 1976 (Yamaha); and Marty Smith – 1974 (Honda).
Steve Lamson and Mark Barnett are the winningest 250 Class riders at Hangtown with four wins apiece. Barnett won his four races consecutively.
For the last three seasons, the Hangtown was the site of its winner's first career win – Blake Baggett, Eli Tomac and Christophe Pourcel.
Eli Tomac made history in 2010 by becoming the first rider in history to win his professional debut.
Jeremy McGrath earned his first professional motocross victory at Hangtown in 1993.
Yamaha and Suzuki have gone winless at Hangtown for a combined 31 years. Damon Huffman gave Suzuki its last Hangtown win in 1994. Doug Henry won for Yamaha in 1991.