Supercross careers are rarely measured in decades, yet Geico Powersports Honda rider Kevin Windham has beaten the odds and set a new record for longevity and winning.
Windham is the first Supercross racer in history to have won events in three different decades: 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Windham has also set a new record for the largest gap between his first win and his most recent victory. Windham’s Seattle Supercross win this month on his CRF450R, comes 13 years and eight days after his first Supercross victory in 1997 in Charlotte.
In an interesting coincidence, Windham broke the record that was held by his boss, Geico Powersports Honda Team Manager Mike LaRocco. LaRocco’s record of 12 years, 11 months, and 15 days between his first and last victories began in Las Vegas in 1991 and ended in Indianapolis in 2004.
Windham, a Baton Rouge native who turned 32 this year, turned pro in 1994. He now lives in Centerville, Mississippi hopes to be mayor there when he retires from Supercross. His favorite tracks are Budds Creek and Washougal. Windham is a subscriber to Robb Report and enjoys music from Gwen Stefani, as well as Guns and Roses.
High points of Windham’s career:
1994: AMA Motocross Rookie of the Year. Rode on the Kawasaki MX support team.
1995: Five podium finishes in the 125cc East Region Supercross Series, including a second at Minneapolis. Rode for the Yamaha SX Team.
1996: Won 125cc West Region Supercross races at Minneapolis, Anaheim, Seattle, Houston, St. Louis and Denver. Won 125cc Motocross Nationals at San Bernardino, Calif., Mt. Morris, Pa., Binghamton, N.Y. and Delmont, PA. Rode for Team Yamaha.
1997: Won all but two rounds of the 125 West Region Supercross series. Won 125cc Motocross Nationals at Buchanan, Mich., New Berlin, N.Y., and Delmont, PA. Rode for Team Yamaha.
1998: Won the New Orleans and St. Louis 250cc Supercross rounds, and took five additional podium, finishing outside the Top 10 just once in the series. Rode for Team Yamaha.
1999: Won the Tampa and Dallas AMA 250cc Supercross races and took two additional podium finishes. He took the overall win at the Sacramento, Calif., Budds Creek, Maryland, Buchanan, Michigan, and Binghamton, N.Y., rounds of the AMA 250cc Motocross Nationals, and also took four additional overall podium finishes. Member of U.S. Motocross des Nations team. Raced with factory Honda.
2000: Won the Irving, Tex., round of the AMA EA Sports 250cc Supercross series, and took six additional podium finishes. He took four podium finishes in the AMA Chevy Trucks 250cc U.S. Motocross Championship, including his best result of second-place at Troy, Ohio. Raced with American Honda team.
2001: Windham took AMA 250cc Supercross series podium finishes at the second and third Anaheim, Calif., races, and at New Orleans, and St. Louis. Took the AMA 250cc motocross series overall victory at Washougal, Wash., and Delmont, Pa., and had five additional overall podium finishes. Raced with American Suzuki team.
2003 – After a yearlong hiatus due to injury, Windham was runner-up for the AMA 250cc U.S. Motocross Championship with overall wins at New Berlin, N.Y. and Washougal, Wash. Raced with Factory Connection Honda team.
2004 – Contested the AMA 250cc Supercross series, taking five wins and eight additional podium finishes. Raced in the AMA 250cc Motocross Championship, earning seven overall podium finishes Raced with Amsoil Honda team.
2005 – Earned a win at the AMA 250cc Supercross series season-opener in Anaheim, Calif. Windham. Raced in the AMA 250cc Motocross Championship, earning nine overall podium finishes. Raced with Amsoil Honda team.