Nice timing from RacerX about 250/Lites riders trying the 450/SX class.
Premier Premieres (Aaron Hansel)
The talent pool of the 450SX class is already overflowing, and with Eli Tomac making his 450 debut this weekend in Atlanta for the GEICO Honda team, the dam just might burst. To get some perspective on the situation, we delved into the Racer X Vault and looked at how some of the other moonlighters have done when diving into the premier class waters for the first time.
Kevin Windham – Seventh, Orlando 1996. On an interesting side note, Windham became the first rider in history to win while moonlighting in the premier class when he won the Charlotte Supercross in 1997. One year later, part-time big-biker John Dowd repeated the feat in the same venue. Both Windham and Dowd rode Yamahas at the time
Jeremy McGrath – Twentieth, Daytona 1992. Trust me, he got better—much better—in a hurry. That first race just didn't go very well!
Ryan Dungey – Fourth, Indianapolis 2008. After securing tenth in Daytona the following week, Dungey would take second in Minneapolis in the third 450SX race of his career.
Chad Reed – Sixth, Anaheim 1 2002. Remember, Chad was riding for Yamaha of Troy on a YZ250F in the East Region that year but we very anxious to move up and proved right away that he was almost ready.
Ken Roczen – Seventh, Houston 2011. The following year Roczen placed second aboard a KTM 350 in Seattle.
Trey Canard – Twentieth, Indianapolis 2010. After getting his debut out of the way, Canard would take second the following week in Atlanta before reeling off four consecutive thirds.
Cole Seely – Ninth, Indianapolis 2011.
Wil Hahn – Tenth, Toronto 2012.
Travis Pastrana – Fifth, Anaheim 1 2001. Remember, he had his big run-in with Ricky Carmichael there, and that brought out the boo-birds against RC.
Marvin Musquin – Ninth, St. Louis 2012. Musquin followed his debut up by taking fourth the following week in Daytona on a KTM 350, but that was as very wet race.
Damon Bradshaw - Third, San Diego 1989. As impressive as that result is, it was even more amazing when, one year later, Bradshaw won the very next two premier class supercross races of his career.
Ricky Carmichael - Sixth, Anaheim 1 1999.