2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Dallas

By Sam Griebenow

The Monster Energy AMA Supercross traveled back down south this weekend as the racing action returned to the Texas Stadium for the 29th time. Texas stadium features a giant “hole” in the roof, reportedly so that God could watch the Cowboys play. However, after the racing that took place there Saturday night, we’re sure that God had a front row seat to some of the most exciting action to take place in the stadium. The Ivan Tedesco designed track (which was little more than a copy of the 2004 San Diego Supercross track) was made up of some super hard packed dirt and featured a few tricky rhythm sections allowing for multiple lines, which played host to some amazing racing.

The heated battle in the Supercross Lites class was set to resume after a three week hiatus, with rookie sensation Trey Canard leading pre-season favorite Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto by 24 points in the championship hunt. Bound and determined, Ryan Villopoto got the day off to a solid start by setting the fastest lap in timed practice with teammate Branden Jesseman close in tow. Torco Racing Fuel/Honda’s Trey Canard wasn’t too far off pace though, setting the stage for an interesting night.

Meanwhile, Torco Racing Fuel/Honda’s Kevin Windham has kept the season in the Supercross class close with only a 20 point deficit to Chad Reed. K-Dub has been methodically chipping away at Reedy’s points lead, which had been as high as 35 points leaving round six in San Diego. After a string of bad luck, Reed hoped to build some momentum off of his win last week in Toronto. With a season high pre-race entry list, however, there was a gate full of riders who were dead set on making that as difficult as possible.

Supercross Lites Heat One

The gates dropped for the first heat of the night and Justin Buckelew powered his Kawasaki to a slim holeshot, barely edging out Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Josh Grant. As the rest of the field muscled their way through the first corner, Grant and Buckelew quickly put several bike-lengths between themselves and the roaring pack behind them. Wasting no time, Grant made his move for first, block passing Justin just before the tricky second triple, forcing both riders to double. After being passed by Grant, Buckelew drifted further back in the pack until landing in fifth, where he would finish out the race. Further back in the pack, chaos ensued and Martin Davalos was punted off the track on the second lap, a crash he never really recovered from, sending him straight to the LCQ. Suffering from a mediocre start, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Branden Jesseman began picking off riders by the handful, doing his very best to land his Kawasaki on the podium. Jesseman found his way by Boost Mobile/Yamaha’s Ryan Morais and MDK/KTM’s Matt Goerke cleanly in the first rhythm section after the finishline into second place on lap five.

Results
1. Josh Grant
2. Branden Jessemen
3. Matt Goerke
4. Ryan Morais
5. Justin Buckelew
6. Gray Davenport
7. Kyle Chisholm
8. Travis Sewell
9. Justin Sipes

Supercross Lites Heat Two

Needing every advantage he could get, Ryan Villopoto got each and every knobby of his Bridgestone tires to hook up as he rocketed his Kawasaki to a massive holeshot. The rest of the pack poured into the first turn behind Villopoto, with Kyle Keylon, Ryan Sipes, Jimmy Alberston, and Nico Izzi all getting good starts. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Izzi quickly made his way past Alberston and began to pressure Sipes. While Villopoto began to put large chunks of real estate between himself and the rest of the pack in no time at a, Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Trey Canard experienced a hard get off in the second corner tweaking his bars. Though Canard remounted, he stopped in the mechanic’s area several times to try and get his bike straightened out, costing him precious time, and relegating him to the dreaded LCQ. Villopoto had packed his bags and completely checked out by lap three, but the battle for second raged on in his wake. After giving up second to Izzi, Sipes mysteriously pulled off into the mechanic’s area, grabbed his mechanic, and left the track leaving Jimmy Albertson in third. When the checkered flag waved it was Ryan Villopoto who took the heat win with Nico Izzi a full 20 seconds behind in second, and Albertson in third.

Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Nico Izzi
3. Jimmy Albertson
4. Sean Hackley
5. Tyler Bowers
6. Matt Boni
7. Billy Payne
8. Roberto Castro
9. Zach Ames

Supercross Heat One

When the dust settled from first turn, it was Yamaha’s Josh Hill that had barely squeaked out of the first corner in the lead, where he would stay for the remainder of the heat race. Behind Hill, Charles Summey settled into second place with Eric Sorby and Tim Ferry battling for third just behind him. Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ferry finally got the better of Sorby after a block pass before the whoops section on the second lap, and then went to work on Summey. After logging the second fastest lap in practice, Honda’s Andrew Short didn’t get the start to the night he wanted, and had to work his way through the pack after a mid-pack start. Short quickly went to work, and by the end of lap three, he settled into fourth place where he would finish the heat. Ahead of Short, Ferry flew past Summey on lap five, in hopes of catching Hill. Ferry made up gobs of time on Hill in a hurry, but it was too little too late and he had to settle for second.

Results
1. Josh Hill
2. Tim Ferry
3. Charles Summey
4. Andrew Short
5. Troy Adams
6. Eric Sorby
7. Paul Carpenter
8. Bryan Johnson
9. Jason Thomas

Supercross Heat Two

Heat two got off to an interesting start with Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham grabbing the holeshot, followed closely by Tommy Hahn and a few faces that aren’t usually seen up at the front – Dusty Klatt, Heath Voss, and Travis Preston. Buried further back in the pack, San Manuel/Yamaha’s Chad Reed came around the first turn with a mediocre start just inside the top ten. As the lead pack entered the whoop section on the first lap, Preston got a massive drive out of the corner and rocketed past Voss and Hahn and into third place. Reed began working his way through the pack, but just after the finish line jump on lap two, he stalled his bike. By the time Reedy got his steed fired back up, he was sitting well outside of the top ten and had his work cut out for him. Meanwhile, up front K-Dub sailed comfortably around the track well ahead of the competition all the way to the checkered flag. Behind Windham, however, riders were jostling for position. Travis Preston leaped past Dusty Klatt with Hahn following suit about midway through the race. Slashing his way through the pack, current points leader Chad Reed worked his way past both Hahn and Preston, and found himself all the way up to an impressive second place by the last lap. Preston began losing steam in the latter laps of the heat race, letting Hahn back by, but managed to hold on to fourth, just ahead of a hard-charging Davi Millsaps. In the very last corner, Reed’s teammate Nathan Ramsey made an aggressive move on Antonio Balbi for the final transfer spot – sending Balbi into the tough blocks and on to the LCQ.

Results
1. Kevin Windham
2. Chad Reed
3. Thomas Hahn
4. Travis Preston
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Dusty Klatt
7. Keith Johnson
8. Heath Voss
9. Nathan Ramsey

Supercross Lites LCQ

Making up for his lack-luster start in his heat race, Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Trey Canard snagged the holeshot and simply checked out. Behind him Kyle Keylon and Atomic Racing’s Jack Carpenter came out of the first turn sitting second and third, just ahead of Martin Davalos. Davalos found his way around Carpenter on the second lap and looked as if he was going to pressure Keylon, but ended up settling for third. After Davalos’s pass on Carpenter, the top four simply cruised around the track and finished the race nearly in the same positions as they had started.

Results
1. Trey Canard
2. Kyle Keylon
3. Martin Davalos
4. Jack Carpenter

Supercross LCQ

The Supercross class last chance qualifier got underway with Rockstar/Hart & Huntington’s Josh Demuth grabbing the holeshot. Though Demuth got the start he needed, he couldn’t put together a solid race and a stream of riders had gone past him by the halfway point. Jeff Gibson, Kevin Johnson, Antonio Balbi, and Tyler Bright sat one, two, three, and four and were all viciously fighting for a transfer spot. On lap five Bright moved past Balbi just as Gibson and Johnson made contact right in front of him, which allowed him to slip past Kevin Johnson and into second place, while Gibson retained the lead. Almost as quickly as Bright had captured second place, he relinquished it back to Johnson when he got out of control in the whoop section and found himself lying amongst the tough blocks. Taking advantage of the situation, Balbi made his move on Johnson just before the second triple, forcing both riders to double it. Balbi barely managed to beat Johnson in the drag race to the finish line and captured the final transfer spot.

Results
1. Jeff Gibson
2. Antonio Balbi

Supercross Lites Main Event

The stadium roared to life as the gates dropped for the Supercross Lites main event. Both Josh Grant and Ryan Villopoto got a phenomenal leap off of the gate, with Grant stealing the holeshot from RV2 by a fender and Martin Davalos in hot pursuit of the speedy duo. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki both had a rider at the front of the pack, and both had a rider go down in the first turn. When the dust settled Canard and Jesseman found themselves starting the race in 18th and 19th respectively. Canard wasted no time in gathering up as many points as he could and began passing riders in groves. Up front, Canard’s teammate Josh Grant was coming under heavy pressure from Villopoto for the lead. Behind the lead battle, Nico Izzi, Tyler Bowers, and Martin Davalos all fought tooth and nail for third. After showing a Grant his front wheel throughout the second lap, Villopoto made a textbook block-pass on the Honda rider for the lead just before the whoop section on the third lap. Grant gave chase, determined not to let RV slip out of his sights. As Villopoto began to stretch out his lead, Canard was tearing through the rest of the field as if they were standing still. Though the top ten riders were fairly spaced out, Canard managed to close the gap, and pass each rider that stood in his way up until he ran out of time – just short of passing Martin Davalos for third place. By lap seven, it was apparent that Villopoto was on rails – well on his way to his second win of the season and reducing Ce LCQ.

Results
1. Kevin Windham
2. Chad Reed
3. Thomas Hahn
4. Travis Preston
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Dusty Klatt
7. Keith Johnson
8. Heath Voss
9. Nathan Ramsey

Supercross Lites LCQ

Making up for his lack-luster start in his heat race, Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Trey Canard snagged the holeshot and simply checked out. Behind him Kyle Keylon and Atomic Racing’s Jack Carpenter came out of the first turn sitting second and third, just ahead of Martin Davalos. Davalos found his way around Carpenter on the second lap and looked as if he was going to pressure Keylon, but ended up settling for third. After Davalos’s pass on Carpenter, the top four simply cruised around the track and finished the race nearly in the same positions as they had started.

Results
1. Trey Canard
2. Kyle Keylon
3. Martin Davalos
4. Jack Carpenter

Supercross LCQ

The Supercross class last chance qualifier got underway with Rockstar/Hart & Huntington’s Josh Demuth grabbing the holeshot. Though Demuth got the start he needed, he couldn’t put together a solid race and a stream of riders had gone past him by the halfway point. Jeff Gibson, Kevin Johnson, Antonio Balbi, and Tyler Bright sat one, two, three, and four and were all viciously fighting for a transfer spot. On lap five Bright moved past Balbi just as Gibson and Johnson made contact right in front of him, which allowed him to slip past Kevin Johnson and into second place, while Gibson retained the lead. Almost as quickly as Bright had captured second place, he relinquished it back to Johnson when he got out of control in the whoop section and found himself lying amongst the tough blocks. Taking advantage of the situation, Balbi made his move on Johnson just before the second triple, forcing both riders to double it. Balbi barely managed to beat Johnson in the drag race to the finish line and captured the final transfer spot.

Results
1. Jeff Gibson
2. Antonio Balbi

Supercross Lites Main Event

The stadium roared to life as the gates dropped for the Supercross Lites main event. Both Josh Grant and Ryan Villopoto got a phenomenal leap off of the gate, with Grant stealing the holeshot from RV2 by a fender and Martin Davalos in hot pursuit of the speedy duo. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki both had a rider at the front of the pack, and both had a rider go down in the first turn. When the dust settled Canard and Jesseman found themselves starting the race in 18th and 19th respectively. Canard wasted no time in gathering up as many points as he could and began passing riders in groves. Up front, Canard’s teammate Josh Grant was coming under heavy pressure from Villopoto for the lead. Behind the lead battle, Nico Izzi, Tyler Bowers, and Martin Davalos all fought tooth and nail for third. After showing a Grant his front wheel throughout the second lap, Villopoto made a textbook block-pass on the Honda rider for the lead just before the whoop section on the third lap. Grant gave chase, determined not to let RV slip out of his sights. As Villopoto began to stretch out his lead, Canard was tearing through the rest of the field as if they were standing still. Though the top ten riders were fairly spaced out, Canard managed to close the gap, and pass each rider that stood in his way up until he ran out of time – just short of passing Martin Davalos for third place. By lap seven, it was apparent that Villopoto was on rails – well on his way to his second win of the season and reducing Canard’s points lead to 17.

Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Josh Grant
3. Martin Davalos
4. Trey Canard
5. Tyler Bowers
6. Ryan Morais
7. Nico Izzi
8. Branden Jesseman
9. Matt Goerke
10. Billy Payne
11. Gray Davenport
12. Travis Sewell
13. Kyle Chisholm
14. Justin Sipes
15. Roberto Castro
16. Jack Carpenter
17. Justin Buckelew
18. Zach Ames
19. Kyle Keylon
20. Sean Hackley
21. Jimmy Alberston
22. Matt Boni

East Coast Regional Standings
1. Trey Canard (111 points)
2. Ryan Villopoto (94)
3. Martin Davalos (73)
4. Josh Grant (69)
5. Nico Izzi (68)
6. Ryan Sipes (67)
7. Tyler Bowers (61)
8. Ben Coisy (53)
9. Billy Payne (53)
10. Branden Jesseman (52)

Supercross Class Main Event

When the gates dropped Tim Ferry rocketed his Monster Energy Kawasaki to an uncharacteristically good start, only to be edged out for the holeshot by his teammate Travis Preston. The Kawi boys were followed closely through the first turn by Yamaha teammates Chad Reed and Josh Hill, who both jumped their way past Ferry in the first rhythm section. Halfway through lap one, Reedy had found his way past Hill, and set his sights on the rear tire of Travis Preston. Preston logged the first lap lead of his season, but was passed shortly thereafter by a determined Chad Reed. Hill found his way past Preston in the first turn of lap three and set off to try and make up as much time as he could on teammate Chad Reed. Just behind the top three, Tim Ferry was under attack from Honda’s Davi Millsaps, who pulled the trigger in the whoop section on lap three, rocketing by Ferry, and carried his momentum on past Travis Preston as well. As Chad Reed began to distance himself from the rest of the field, a three way battle for second was begging to form. Kevin Windham had found his way around Preston and Ferry and was nipping at the heels of his Honda stable-mate, Davi Millsaps. The two red riders battled their way up to Yamaha’s Josh Hill, and then the war for second erupted. Lap after lap, Davi would show Hill a wheel, have the door closed, and then find himself under heavy pressure from K-dub. The three riders fought for every inch for the last eight laps of the race. Hill held on for second, and Davi was just barely able to hold off K-Dub in the last corner to pick up the final step on the podium.

Results
1. Chad Reed
2. Josh Hill
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Kevin Windham
5. Tim Ferry
6. Andrew Short
7. Charles Summey
8. Paul Carpenter
9. Troy Adams
10. Travis Preston
11. Nathan Ramsey
12. Heath Voss
13. Jason Thomas
14. Nick Wey
15. Eric Sorby
16. Dusty Klatt
17. Antonio Balbi
18. Jeff Gibson
19. Bryan Johnson
20. Keith Johnson
21. Thomas Hahn

Supercross Class Points Standings
1. Chad Reed (287 points)
2. Kevin Windham (260)
3. Andrew Short (205)
4. Davi Millsaps (204)
5. Josh Hill (173)
6. Tim Ferry (167)
7. Nathan Ramsey (147)
8. David Vuillemin (123)
9. Paul Carpenter (120)
10. Nick Wey (117)

ng Canard’s points lead to 17.

Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Josh Grant
3. Martin Davalos
4. Trey Canard
5. Tyler Bowers
6. Ryan Morais
7. Nico Izzi
8. Branden Jesseman
9. Matt Goerke
10. Billy Payne
11. Gray Davenport
12. Travis Sewell
13. Kyle Chisholm
14. Justin Sipes
15. Roberto Castro
16. Jack Carpenter
17. Justin Buckelew
18. Zach Ames
19. Kyle Keylon
20. Sean Hackley
21. Jimmy Alberston
22. Matt Boni

East Coast Regional Standings
1. Trey Canard (111 points)
2. Ryan Villopoto (94)
3. Martin Davalos (73)
4. Josh Grant (69)
5. Nico Izzi (68)
6. Ryan Sipes (67)
7. Tyler Bowers (61)
8. Ben Coisy (53)
9. Billy Payne (53)
10. Branden Jesseman (52)

Supercross Class Main Event

When the gates dropped Tim Ferry rocketed his Monsteer Energy Kawasaki to an uncharacteristically good start, only to be edged out for the holeshot by his teammate Travis Preston. The Kawi boys were followed closely through the first turn by Yamaha teammates Chad Reed and Josh Hill, who both jumped their way past Ferry in the first rhythm section. Halfway through lap one, Reedy had found his way past Hill, and set his sights on the rear tire of Travis Preston. Preston logged the first lap lead of his season, but was passed shortly thereafter by a determined Chad Reed. Hill found his way past Preston in the first turn of lap three and set off to try and make up as much time as he could on teammate Chad Reed. Just behind the top three, Tim Ferry was under attack from Honda’s Davi Millsaps, who pulled the trigger in the whoop section on lap three, rocketing by Ferry, and carried his momentum on past Travis Preston as well. As Chad Reed began to distance himself from the rest of the field, a three way battle for second was begging to form. Kevin Windham had found his way around Preston and Ferry and was nipping at the heels of his Honda stable-mate, Davi Millsaps. The two red riders battled their way up to Yamaha’s Josh Hill, and then the war for second erupted. Lap after lap, Davi would show Hill a wheel, have the door closed, and then find himself under heavy pressure from K-dub. The three riders fought for every inch for the last eight laps of the race. Hill held on for second, and Davi was just barely able to hold off K-Dub in the last corner to pick up the final step on the podium.

Results
1. Chad Reed
2. Josh Hill
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Kevin Windham
5. Tim Ferry
6. Andrew Short
7. Charles Summey
8. Paul Carpenter
9. Troy Adams
10. Travis Preston
11. Nathan Ramsey
12. Heath Voss
13. Jason Thomas
14. Nick Wey
15. Eric Sorby
16. Dusty Klatt
17. Antonio Balbi
18. Jeff Gibson
19. Bryan Johnson
20. Keith Johnson
21. Thomas Hahn

Supercross Class Points Standings
1. Chad Reed (287 points)
2. Kevin Windham (260)
3. Andrew Short (205)
4. Davi Millsaps (204)
5. Josh Hill (173)
6. Tim Ferry (167)
7. Nathan Ramsey (147)
8. David Vuillemin (123)
9. Paul Carpenter (120)
10. Nick Wey (117)