2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Daytona

By Phil Urkov

The winds reached speeds of up to 80 mph as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series blew into Daytona this weekend to help cap off the infamous Daytona Bike Week. Not only is the Daytona Supercross unique for its motorcycle heritage, it also offers the most “motocross” style track in the series. Earlier in the week, meteorologists predicted heavy rains in the Daytona area over the weekend, but by Saturday it was clear that rain was only part of the experience. Severe winds and torrential rain pounded the Daytona Speedway, forcing officials to cancel most of practice and abbreviate the lap count in the heats and main events. Nevertheless, the gates still dropped for the rain-soaked fans and the anxious viewers glued to their televisions.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 1

When the gates dropped for the first heat of the evening, Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Trey Canard grabbed the holeshot in the 4-lap race. Chaplin Kawasaki’s Ricky Renner and Suzuki City’s Jimmy Albertson nipped closely at the rookie’s heels. As expected, most were covered by mud by the end of the first lap. Many chose to lose their goggles rather than fumble with tear-offs or roll-offs. Trey rode as consistently as the conditions allowed, holding steady lead in front of Renner throughout the entire race. Albertson held his third place spot throughout the mud bog and rolled the finish line.

RESULTS

1) Trey Canard (HON)
2) Ricky Renner (SUZ)
3) Jimmy Alberton (SUZ)
4) Billy Payne (HON)
5) Jake Moss (YAM)
6) Kyle Partridge (HON)
7) Joshua Grant (HON)
8) Ryan Morias (YAM)
9) Justin Sipes (SUZ)
10) Augie Lieber (KAW)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 2

Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto grabbed the second holeshot of the night, followed by Serious MX’s Michael McDade. During the very short 4 laps, RV appeared calm and collected as he waded through the puddles and ruts. Second place McDade stalled his bike on the third lap in one of the many puddles. Villopoto was practically the only clean rider as he rolled the checkered flag. After the heat, RV commented, “It’s the survival of the fittest out there.”

RESULTS

1) Ryan Villopoto (KAW)
2) Ben Coisy (HON)
3) Matthew Goerke (KTM)
4) William Browning (SUZ)
5) Matt Boni (HON)
6) Tyson Hadsell (HON)
7) Mitchell Dougherty (HON)
8) Shane Sewell (KAW)
9) Nico Izzi (SUZ)
10) Ryan Sipes (KTM)

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1

When the gates dropped for the first heat of premier class, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Josh Summey and Factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill got stuck in the gate and stalled both of their bikes. Cernics/Kawasaki’s Dusty Klatt grabbed the holeshot only to get stuck in one of the water holes before he could complete a lap. Antonio Balbi passed the drowned Klatt and held strong for the first two laps. On lap three Kevin Windham made a solid push toward the leader but eventually settled in behind Balbi, who rode on to the win. As for the two riders who got stuck in the gate, Hill sixth and Summey, fifth. Windham rode strong finishing second just in front of Red Bull Honda’s David Millsaps.

RESULTS

1) Antonio Balbi (HON)
2) Kevin Windham (HON)
3) David Millsaps HON)
4) Eric Sorby (HON)
5) Charles Summey (YAM)
6) Joshua Hill (YAM)
7) Tyler Bright (HON)
8)&np; Heath Voss (HON)
9) Nicholas Wey KTM)
10) Jeff Gibson (KAW)

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2

When the gate dropped in the second Supercross heat race, Atomic Racing’s Paul Carpenter snatched up the holeshot. San Manuel/Yamaha’s Chad Reed and Red Bull Honda’s Andrew Short battled for position in the first turn, but Reed found his way past Shorty coming out of the first turn and settled behind Carpenter in second. Just before the beginning of the third lap, Reedy snuck by Carpenter with ease and took off nailing the doubles and some of the triples. In the middle of lap 4, Andrew Short took a spill burying himself in mud from head to toe. He finished the race in ninth. Chad went on to win Heat 2 while Rockstar/Hart & Huntington’s Cole Siebler took second and Bad Boy Power Drink’s Jacob Marsack rounded out the top three.

1) Chad Reed (YAM)
2) Cole Siebler (HON)
3) Jacob Marsack (HON)
4) Pail Carpenter (HON)
5) Bryan Johnson (HON)
6) David Vuillemin (SUZ)
7) Ryan Dungey (SUZ)
8) Travis Preston (KAW)
9) Andrew Short (HON)
10) Ryan Clark (HON)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

Chaplin Kawasaki’s Robert Marshall grabbed the early lead in the Supercross LCQ. The short three-lap moto instilled quite a sense of urgency as most riders fell at least once. Robert Marshall took the win followed by MDK/KTM’s Ryan Sipes and Motosport/Xtreme Kawasaki’s Phillip Nicoletti.

1) Robert Marshall (KAW)
2) Ryan Sipes (KTM)
3) Phillip Nicoletti (KAW)
4) Kyle Gills (KAW)
5) Tyler Bowers (YAM)
6) Kyle Chisholm (KAW)
7) Tyler Medaglia (SUZ)
8) Levi Kilbarger (HON)
9) Leighton Lillie (HON)
10) Sean Hackley (SUZ)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Under heavy weather the LCQ ‘s gate dropped with Cernics/Kawasaki’s Jeff Gibson took the holeshot. Teammate Dusty Klatt gave Jeff a battle throughout the entire race. San Manuel/ Yamaha’s Nathan Ramsey fought hard but had to settle for third place.

1) Dusty Klatt (KAW)
2) Jeff Gibson (KAW)
3) Nathan Ramsey (YAM)
4) Troy Adams (HON)
5) Ryan Clark (HON)
6) Shaun Skinner (HON)
7) Barry Carsten (SUZ)
8) Jiri Dostal (KAW)
9) Kevin Johnson (Yam)
10) Tim Hawthorne (HON)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

The rain poured down as the gate dropped for the Lites Main event. Into the first turn Josh Grant almost had the holeshot but Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Trey Canard snuck in and took over the lead. Monster Energy’s Ryan Villopoto skied his Kawasaki over some of the more jumpable doubles and triples, giving all he had to catch Canard.
On lap three Villopoto caught Canard only to lose the lead and eventually fall. Trey re-gathered himself and put it into cruise control knowing that one little mistake would cost him the lead. By lap eight the rain poured so hard that every jump held a deep puddle before and after. Canard went on to win the Lites Main event riding smooth with both legs out, keeping balanced. Villopoto came across in second obviously bummed. Ryan said, “After my fall my brakes were absolutely gone.” Red Bull Honda’s Ben Coisy dropped one position as DNA Energy Drink’s Matt Boni snuck into the third spot. After the race, Canard told us, “Everything that was going on with the weather played a lot with your mind. I was as prepared as possible so I could give it everything I had every lap out there.”

RESULTS

1) Trey Canard (HON)
2) Ryan Villopoto KAW)
3) Matt Boni (HON)
4) Ben Coisy (HON)
5) Jimmy Albertson (SUZ)
6) Ryan Sipes (KTM)
7) William Browning (SUZ)
8) Shane Sewell (KAW)
9) Ricky Renner (KAW)
10) Billy Payne (HON)
11) Matthew Goerke (KTM)
12) Nico Izzi (SUZ)
13) Robert Marshall (KAW)
14) Phillip Nicoletti (KAW)
15) Tyson Hadsell (HON)
16) Kyle Partridge (HON)
17) Justin Sipes (SUZ)
18 Kyle Gills (KAW)
19) Joshua Grant (HON)
20) Mitchell Dougherty (HON)
21) Ryan Morias (YAM)
22) Jake Moss (YAM)

EAST COAST POINT STANDINGS
1) Trey Canard (75)
2) Ryan Sipes (51)
3) Ben Coisy (47)
4) Ryan Villopoto (44)
5) Nico Izzi (42)
6) Martin Davalos (33)
7) Billy Payne (31)
8) Tyler Bowers (30)
9) Brandon Jesseman (30)
10) Jake Moss (28)
11) Jimmy Alberton (26)
12) Josh Grant (25)
13) Matt Boni (23)
14) Matt Goerke (22)
15) William Browning (17)
16) Ryan Morias (17)
17) Robbie Renner (16)
18) Kyle Partridge (14)
19) Stephen Sewell (8)
20) Ryan Mills (8)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

Atomic Racing’s Paul Carpenter nearly grabbed his second holeshot of the night, but Chad Reed had another idea and snuck into the early lead.
Into lap two Torco Racing Fuel/Honda’s Kevin Windham battled into second place and closed in on Reed. The crowd came back to life, as the two top seeded riders exchanged places. Reedy made a small bobble letting Kevin by only to drop into one of the many Daytona potholes and stall his bike.
Reed passed K-Dub, but only a half lap later he was kicked sideways off a double and ended up on the infield. Windham, who was able to catch Reed for another two turn battle. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey slowly, but meticulously, caught the two up front, but crashed dropped back to 15th.
Reedy took off with Davi Millsaps and Jacob Marsack pulling up into third and fourth respectively. Davi’s bike sounded strong, as he was one of the few riders not to crash. Halfway through, Windham unexpectedly took a small pit stop to grab some fresh goggles (as he rode the two laps prior with out any). Reedy also fell victim to the goggle difficulties and eventually threw his goggles off.
With only a few turns left the worst happened to the #22. After coming down hard off a double he drifted a little wide got stuck in a deep mud hole, the Yamaha could not take anymore. Chad kicked, kicked and kicked, but his bike had blown up. K-Dub, Millsaps, and Marsack were able to cruise by and snatch up the podium spots. K-Dub took the win while Chad settled for a disappointing sixth. Technically, he didn’t finish the race, but he had lapped up to sixth before his bike bit the bullet, so he was fortunate enough to log a sixth place finish.

RESULTS

1) Kevin Windham (HON)
2) David Millsaps (HON)
3) Jacob Marsack (HON)
4) David Vuillemen (SUZ)
5) Antonio Balbi (HON)
6) Chad Reed (YAM)
7) Heath Voss (HON)
8) Andrew Short (HON)
9) Eric Sorby (HON)
10) Ryan Dungey (SUZ)
11) Bryan Johnson (HON)
12) Nathan Ramsey (YAM)
13) Dusty Klatt (KAW)
14) Travis Preston (KAW)
15) Paul Carpenter (HON)
16) Nichhe weather played a lot with your mind. I was as prepared as possible so I could give it everything I had every lap out there.”

RESULTS

1) Trey Canard (HON)
2) Ryan Villopoto KAW)
3) Matt Boni (HON)
4) Ben Coisy (HON)
5) Jimmy Albertson (SUZ)
6) Ryan Sipes (KTM)
7) William Browning (SUZ)
8) Shane Sewell (KAW)
9) Ricky Renner (KAW)
10) Billy Payne (HON)
11) Matthew Goerke (KTM)
12) Nico Izzi (SUZ)
13) Robert Marshall (KAW)
14) Phillip Nicoletti (KAW)
15) Tyson Hadsell (HON)
16) Kyle Partridge (HON)
17) Justin Sipes (SUZ)
18 Kyle Gills (KAW)
19) Joshua Grant (HON)
20) Mitchell Dougherty (HON)
21) Ryan Morias (YAM)
22) Jake Moss (YAM)

EAST COAST POINT STANDINGS
1) Trey Canard (75)
2) Ryan Sipes (51)
3) Ben Coisy (47)
4) Ryan Villopoto (44)
5) Nico Izzi (42)
6) Martin Davalos (33)
7) Billy Payne (31)
8) Tyler Bowers (30)
9) Brandon Jesseman (30)
10) Jake Moss (28)
11) Jimmy Alberton (26)
12) Josh Grant (25)
13) Matt Boni (23)
14) Matt Goerke (22)
15) William Browning (17)
16) Ryan Morias (17)
17) Robbie Renner (16)
18) Kyle Partridge (14)
19) Stephen Sewell (8)
20) Ryan Mills (8)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

Atomic Racing’s Paul Carpenter nearly grabbed his second holeshot of the night, but Chad Reed had another idea and snuck into the early lead.
Into lap two Torco Racing Fuel/Honda’s Kevin Windham battled into second place and closed in on Reed. The crowd came back to life, as the two top seeded riders exchanged places. Reedy made a small bobble letting Kevin by only to drop into one of the many Daytona potholes and stall his bike.
Reed passed K-Dub, but only a half lap later he was kicked sideways off a double and ended up on the infield. Windham, who was able to catch Reed for another two turn battle. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey slowly, but meticulously, caught the two up front, but crashed dropped back to 15th.
Reedy took off with Davi Millsaps and Jacob Marsack pulling up into third and fourth respectively. Davi’s bike sounded strong, as he was one of the few riders not to crash. Halfway through, Windham unexpectedly took a small pit stop to grab some fresh goggles (as he rode the two laps prior with out any). Reedy also fell victim to the goggle difficulties and eventually threw his goggles off.
With only a few turns left the worst happened to the #22. After coming down hard off a double he drifted a little wide got stuck in a deep mud hole, the Yamaha could not take anymore. Chad kicked, kicked and kicked, but his bike had blown up. K-Dub, Millsaps, and Marsack were able to cruise by and snatch up the podium spots. K-Dub took the win while Chad settled for a disappointing sixth. Technically, he didn’t finish the race, but he had lapped up to sixth before his bike bit the bullet, so he was fortunate enough to log a sixth place finish.

RESULTS

1) Kevin Windham (HON)
2) David Millsaps (HON)
3) Jacob Marsack (HON)
4) David Vuillemen (SUZ)
5) Antonio Balbi (HON)
6) Chad Reed (YAM)
7) Heath Voss (HON)
8) Andrew Short (HON)
9) Eric Sorby (HON)
10) Ryan Dungey (SUZ)
11) Bryan Johnson (HON)
12) Nathan Ramsey (YAM)
13) Dusty Klatt (KAW)
14) Travis Preston (KAW)
15) Paul Carpenter (HON)
16) Nicholas Wey (KTM)
17) Josh Hill (YAM)
18) Charles Summey (YAM)
19) Cole Siebler (HON)
20) Jeff Gibson (KAW)
21) Tyler Bright (HON)

SUPERCLASS POINTS OVERALL STANDINGS

1) Chad Reed (224)
2) Kevin Windham (200)
3) Andrew Short (154)
4) Davi Millsaps (149)
5) Timmy Ferry (137)
6) Nathan Ramsey (123)
7) Josh Hill (110)
8) David Vuillemen (102)
9) Nick Wey (89)
10) Paul Carpenter (87)
11) Charles Summey (72)
12) Mike Alessi (69)
13) Heath Voss (66)
14) Jacob Marsack (61)
15) Ivan Tedesco (53)
16) James Stewart (47)
17) Eric Sorby (47)
18) Troy Adams (47)
19) Josh Hansen (46)
20) Jason Thomas (43)
21) Grant Langston (38)
22) Travis Preston (36)

Nicholas Wey (KTM)
17) Josh Hill (YAM)
18) Charles Summey (YAM)
19) Cole Siebler (HON)
20) Jeff Gibson (KAW)
21) Tyler Bright (HON)

SUPERCLASS POINTS OVERALL STANDINGS

1) Chad Reed (224)
2) Kevin Windham (200)
3) Andrew Short (154)
4) Davi Millsaps (149)
5) Timmy Ferry (137)
6) Nathan Ramsey (123)
7) Josh Hill (110)
8) David Vuillemen (102)
9) Nick Wey (89)
10) Paul Carpenter (87)
11) Charles Summey (72)
12) Mike Alessi (69)
13) Heath Voss (66)
14) Jacob Marsack (61)
15) Ivan Tedesco (53)
16) James Stewart (47)
17) Eric Sorby (47)
18) Troy Adams (47)
19) Josh Hansen (46)
20) Jason Thomas (43)
21) Grant Langston (38)
22) Travis Preston (36)