10 Highest Earners from the 2014 Supercross Season

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In the end, it was all James Stewart © Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool
By Eric Wright

The money issue in Supercross is often a topic of hot debate. Most contend that the 450 main event purse of $98,615 is a paltry sum when compared to the gargantuan payrolls associated with many stick-and-ball sports, which, purely objectively, it is. Factory riders earn salaries and contingency money from sponsors when they podium, so they are often less concerned with the actual purse money (which often pales in comparison to their race bonuses). But still there isn't any rider making LeBron money. 

That said, the top tier riders aren't suffering from money woes. To estimate how much the top riders made, we dug into the numbers and reviewed how riders performed on the podium. We then estimated an aggregate bonus earnings of $100,000 for a 1st place finish, $35,000 for 2nd, and $15,000 for 3rd, based on educated guesses and industry rumors. Actual rider payouts will vary drastically based on their contracts and sponsors. Since we took a few liberties, this list is by no means science. Rather it's a ballpark gauge on the top 10 highest earners in the 2014 SX season so far.

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1. Ryan Villopoto
Purse Earnings: $103,790
Estimated Bonus Earnings: $640,000
Estimated Total Earnings: $743,790

2. James Stewart
Purse Earnings: $96,305
Estimated Bonus Earnings: $605,000
Estimated Total Earnings: $701,305

3. Ken Roczen
Purse Earnings: $70,250
Estimated Bonus Earnings: $315,000
Estimated Total Earnings: $385,250

4. Ryan Dungey
Purse Earnings: $66,025
Estimated Bonus Earnings: $260,000
Estimated Total Earnings: $326,025

 

5. Justin Barcia
Purse Earnings: $45,980
Estimated Bonus Earnings: $100,000
Estimated Total Earnings: $145,980

6. Chad Reed
Purse Earnings: $37,360
Estimated Bonus Earnings: $100,000 (note: Though Reed had two wins and two other podiums, his numbers were adjusted lower because he is not actually a factory rider, therefore likely does not earn the same amount in bonuses.)
Estimated Total Earnings: $137,360

7. Justin Brayton
Purse Earnings: $39,490
Estimated Bonus Earnings: $35,000
Estimated Total Earnings: $74,490

8. Andrew Short
Purse Earnings: $39,070

9. Mike Alessi
Purse Earnings: $34,095

10. Nick Wey
Purse Earnings: $31,365

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