2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Detroit

by Chris Kinman
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series stopped in the Detroit Rock City this weekend for another exciting night of racing. Although the rain and wind made their presence known in the Motor City, Ford Field protected fans and racers from the elements while it hosted the 14th round of the series.
The drama unfolded early Saturday afternoon when Supercross class points leader Chad Reed wiped out in the first practice. The Aussie was carted off the track clutching his wrist and spitting up blood. Shortly thereafter, Reed took a ride in the ambulance to the nearest emergency room where he spent the rest of the afternoon. With his condition looming, practice sessions continued and most were left wondering how the San Manuel/Yamaha pilot was getting along. To most everyone’s surprise, Reed emerged from the shadows during opening ceremonies and told everyone he was going to give it a go.
And what of the Lites? Well, not so surprisingly, Pro Circuit’s Ryan Villopoto logged the fastest lap in practice, with Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Trey Canard just shy of his pace. For the 250F pilots, it was going to be anyone’s game.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

When the gates dropped for the opening heat of the night, Bainbridge, Ohio’s own Nathan Skaggs snatched up the holeshot with Butler Bros. Racing’s Matt Boni in tow. As the pack rounded the first turn into the lengthy whoop section, Pro Circuit’s Branden Jesseman ended up in the dirt. The Torco Racing Fuels/Honda teammates Josh Grant and Trey Canard, however, both suffered dismal starts and were mid pack in the early laps. Meanwhile, California native Billy Payne found himself in the second spot by the fourth lap and tried to reel in Boni. Instead, Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais came out of nowhere and pushed his way into second place.
Following Morais’ charge, MDK/KTM’s Matt Goerke chopped through the pack and settled into third.
When the short 6 laps came to a close, Boni took the checkers with Morais and Goerke in tow. Young Trey Canard salvaged fourth place while Josh Grant took seventh.
After the heat, Boni told us that he hoped his finish would help “prove that [he is] a top five guy.”

RESULTS

1. Matt Boni
2. Ryan Morais
3. Matt Goerke
4. Trey Canard
5. Tyler Bowers
6. Billy Payne
7. Josh Grant
8. Kyle Chisholm
9. Levi Killbarger
10. Nathan Skaggs

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

With the first heat in the books, the second Lites heat of the night kicked off with a monster holeshot by Michigan native Nico Izzi. The young Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki pilot jumped out front and stayed there for the first two laps, but Pro Circuit’s Ryan Villopoto was not going to settle for anything less than first. RV2 quickly bounced his way through the pack and settled briefly into the third spot behind MDK/KTM’s Martin Davalos. RV blasted by the Katoom pilot early in third lap and then almost as quickly jumped in front of Izzi. Davalos, on the other hand, bobbled and found himself in the dirt. His teammate, Ryan Sipes picked up where Davalos had left off and settled into the third spot before the checkers flew. After the heat, Villopoto was asked about his vie for the championship, and the Pro Circuit powerhouse replied, “Its going to be hard to make up 17 points. It’s going to come down to getting good starts and not making mistakes.”

RESULTS

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Nico Izzi
3. Ryan Sipes
4. Kyle Partridge
5. ZacAmes
6. Travis Sewell
7. Kyle Keylon
8. Shane Sewell
9. Gray Davenport
10. Justin Sipes

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT ONE

With Chad Reed’s condition looming, fans’ attention was fixed to the gates as the Supercross class lined up for the first heat of the night. As Reed rolled his Yamaha up to the line, his discomfort was obvious, as was the emergency room check-in bracelet around his wrist. When the gates dropped, it was everyone’s favorite Frenchman, David Vuillemin who grabbed the holeshot. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham slipped into the second spot, and Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps rounded out the top three at the end of the first lap. Where was the injured San Manuel/Yamaha rider? Reed could only get through about three laps before the discomfort took over and he was forced to pull off the track. Meanwhile, the two Hondas piloted by Windham and Millsaps shot past DV12, where Windham took control of the first place spot. Bad Boy Energy’s Jake Marsack did his best to reel in the top three, but Atomic Racing’s Paul Carpenter crept up on #66 and made his move. With Carpenter in fourth place, Vuillemin held strong and kept his third position. K-Dub and Millsaps, though, did not stick around the rest of the group. The two quickly built on the distance behind them and when the checkers came out, Windham crossed the finish line first with Davi Donut just behind him. After the heat Windham remarked, “Chad is doing everything he can to win a championship; and we are doing the same.”

RESULTS

1. Kevin Windham
2. Davi Millsaps
3. David Vuillemin
4. Paul Carpenter
5. Tommy Hahn
6. Charles Summey
7. Keith Johnson
8. Jake Marsack
9. Shaun Skinner
10. Jiri Dostal

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT TWO

Wonder Warthog’s Heath Voss gobbled up the holeshot of the second heat of the big bike, but could not hold a lead for long. Factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill quickly flew to the front of the pack and snuck by Voss before the end of the first lap. Voss held his second place spot for a while, but Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Travis Preston was breathing down his neck. Red Bull Honda’s Andrew Short kept Preston in his sights, and shortly after Preston passed Voss, Shorty followed suit. Eric Sorby apparently didn’t want to be left out, because he sucked up the whoops and made his way to the back of Voss’ rear wheel. Voss, however, held off the Hooters-backed rider and was able to finish fourth. Meanwhile, Josh Hill packed his bags and checked out. After battling back and forth with Travis Preston, Shorty made his pass on Preston stick in the second-to-last lap and crossed the finish line in second.
Hill commented after the heat, “All the work is starting to pay off.
It’s a bummer Chad crashed, but we still gotta go out there and race.”

RESULTS

1. Josh Hill
2. Andrew Short
3. Travis Preston
4. Heath Voss
5. Eric Sorby
6. Jason Thomas
7. Kelly Smith
8. Ryan Clark
9. Timmy Ferry
10. Jeff Gibson

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

With just four qualifying spots left up for grabs, the Lites got four more laps to ensure a spot in the Main. When the gates dropped, Pro Circuit’s Branden Jesseman held on for the holeshot, only to engage in battle with Nathan Skaggs. MDK/KTM’s Martin Davalos bounded through the whoops and into the third spot. Just behind Davalos, Justin Sipes clawed his way into the fourth spot. With just a mere four laps to get into a favorable position, there was little time for strategy. Whomever got the best start was going to qualify. Within those four laps, Davalos was able to sneak by Skaggs, but all four did what they had to do.

RESULTS

1. Branden Jesseman
2. Martin Davalos
3. Nathan Skaggs
4. Justin Sipes

SUPERCROSS CLASS LCQ

With just two spots in the main up for grabs, the Supercross class LCQ allowed 6 laps for the riders to battle for those precious gates. At the drop, MDK/KTM’s Nick Wey blasted his 450SX-F out into the lead and almost immediately checked out. Wey was not going to let the main event pass him by. Hart and Huntington’s Troy Adams had similar thoughts and attemptedto pull away with Wey. However, San Manuel/Yamaha’s Nathan Ramsey did not let Adams get away. For the duration of the short moto, Ramsey and Adams gave the fans plenty to keep them on edge. But, shortly after the white flag flew, Ramsey passed Adams and made it stick.

RESULTS

1. Nick Wey
2. Nathan Ramsey

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

The stage was set for the Lites Main Event. Fresh off two consecutive wins, Ryan Villopoto had his confidence intact, while Trey Canard and Josh Grant looked to regain some momentum. Nico Izzi, on the other hand, wanted to put on a show for his homestate crowd and Ryan Morais was riding some heat race momentum of his own. As we all know, anything can happen in Supercross and the Lites mains always deliver exciting racing. That said, it was no surprise when Ryan Villopoto zipped out front and clinched the Progressive Holeshot. From there, RV2 put his head down and proceeded to chalk up fast lap after fast lap. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Trey Canard muscled his way into second while Izzi and Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais battled for third. Josh Grant, meanwhile, did not get the start he would have liked and had to fight his way through pack. On the fifth lap, though, the whoops got the best of Grant and he cross-rutted. He was flung from his bike like a ragdoll straight onto the flat ground off of the track. Amazingly, Grant got back up and restarted his bike. Most probably would have called it a night, but Grant re-entered the race and did his best to salvage some points.
On Lap 6, the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider, Nico Izzi found himself in second, after a misjudgment sent Canard to the soil. Izzi’s comfortable position in second would last but a few laps. Ryan Morais thought he should have that spot instead and put the pass on Izzi late in the ninth lap. As for Villopoto, he didn’t even bother to bag some shampoos and soaps before he checked out; it was only six laps before he found himself in lapper traffic.
The big kids of the Lites class, MDK/KTM’s Matt Goerke and Yamaha of Troy’s Tyler Bowers battled for fifth into the late laps. Goerke seemed a bit more consistent in the whoops and it paid off; the KTM rider kept Bowers behind him and would eventually finish fifth. Izzi, on the other hand, looked to be cooling off as the laps stacked up, and Branden Jesseman made him pay for it. Probably still riding some momentum for the LCQ, Jesseman shot by the Suzuki rookie and assured himself a spot on the podium. When the checkered flag waved and the Monster Energy torches erupted, Ryan Villopoto flew over the finish line well ahead of second place finisher, Ryan Morais. After the race, Villopoto commented on Canard’s overall lead on him in the standings: “I was waiting for a mistake and I got it tonight. It feels good to be jlos bounded through the whoops and into the third spot. Just behind Davalos, Justin Sipes clawed his way into the fourth spot. With just a mere four laps to get into a favorable position, there was little time for strategy. Whomever got the best start was going to qualify. Within those four laps, Davalos was able to sneak by Skaggs, but all four did what they had to do.

RESULTS

1. Branden Jesseman
2. Martin Davalos
3. Nathan Skaggs
4. Justin Sipes

SUPERCROSS CLASS LCQ

With just two spots in the main up for grabs, the Supercross class LCQ allowed 6 laps for the riders to battle for those precious gates. At the drop, MDK/KTM’s Nick Wey blasted his 450SX-F out into the lead and almost immediately checked out. Wey was not going to let the main event pass him by. Hart and Huntington’s Troy Adams had similar thoughts and attemptedto pull away with Wey. However, San Manuel/Yamaha’s Nathan Ramsey did not let Adams get away. For the duration of the short moto, Ramsey and Adams gave the fans plenty to keep them on edge. But, shortly after the white flag flew, Ramsey passed Adams and made it stick.

RESULTS

1. Nick Wey
2. Nathan Ramsey

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

The stage was set for the Lites Main Event. Fresh off two consecutive wins, Ryan Villopoto had his confidence intact, while Trey Canard and Josh Grant looked to regain some momentum. Nico Izzi, on the other hand, wanted to put on a show for his homestate crowd and Ryan Morais was riding some heat race momentum of his own. As we all know, anything can happen in Supercross and the Lites mains always deliver exciting racing. That said, it was no surprise when Ryan Villopoto zipped out front and clinched the Progressive Holeshot. From there, RV2 put his head down and proceeded to chalk up fast lap after fast lap. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Trey Canard muscled his way into second while Izzi and Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais battled for third. Josh Grant, meanwhile, did not get the start he would have liked and had to fight his way through pack. On the fifth lap, though, the whoops got the best of Grant and he cross-rutted. He was flung from his bike like a ragdoll straight onto the flat ground off of the track. Amazingly, Grant got back up and restarted his bike. Most probably would have called it a night, but Grant re-entered the race and did his best to salvage some points.
On Lap 6, the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider, Nico Izzi found himself in second, after a misjudgment sent Canard to the soil. Izzi’s comfortable position in second would last but a few laps. Ryan Morais thought he should have that spot instead and put the pass on Izzi late in the ninth lap. As for Villopoto, he didn’t even bother to bag some shampoos and soaps before he checked out; it was only six laps before he found himself in lapper traffic.
The big kids of the Lites class, MDK/KTM’s Matt Goerke and Yamaha of Troy’s Tyler Bowers battled for fifth into the late laps. Goerke seemed a bit more consistent in the whoops and it paid off; the KTM rider kept Bowers behind him and would eventually finish fifth. Izzi, on the other hand, looked to be cooling off as the laps stacked up, and Branden Jesseman made him pay for it. Probably still riding some momentum for the LCQ, Jesseman shot by the Suzuki rookie and assured himself a spot on the podium. When the checkered flag waved and the Monster Energy torches erupted, Ryan Villopoto flew over the finish line well ahead of second place finisher, Ryan Morais. After the race, Villopoto commented on Canard’s overall lead on him in the standings: “I was waiting for a mistake and I got it tonight. It feels good to be just 3 points behind.”

RESULTS

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Morais
3. Branden Jesseman
4. Nico Izzi
5. Matt Goerke
6. Tyler Bowers
7. Kyle Partridge
8. Kyle Chisholm
9. Travis Sewell
10. Trey Canard
11. Kyle Keylon
12. Zach Ames
13. Nathan Skaggs
14. Billy Payne
15. Levi Killbarger
16. Gray Davenport
17. Justin Sipes
18. Ryan Sipes
19. Josh Grant
20. Shane Sewell
21. Martin Davalos
22. Matt Boni

EASTERN REGIONAL AMA SUPERCROSS LITES SEASON STANDINGS

1. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 122
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 119
3. Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki, 86
4. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha, 76
5. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 73
6. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 72
7. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 71
8. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 70
9. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 68
10. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda, 60

SUPERCROSS CLASS MAIN EVENT

Chad Reed took his provisional and lined up for the main event despite not being able to finish his heat nor the LCQ. He was set on chalking up at least one point, even if it meant rolling around for twenty laps in severe pain. So when everyone lined up for the main event of the evening, it was clear that Chad would not be joining the Monster girls on the podium after the race.
Hooters must have incredible wings because when the gates dropped for the final event, Eric Sorby flew out in front to snatch up the Progressive Holeshot. Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps kept the Hooters-backed pilot in his sights as they entered the whoops, follwed Tommy Hahn and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry.
Perhaps Millsaps ate some wings too, because the Honda rider wasted little time getting around Sorby. Ferry, too, looked to be on a mission and chipped away at Hahn’s short lead over him. On the third lap, Ferry clawed his way past Hahn and reset his sights on Millsaps, though Davi Donut was doing his best to sign the check and get out. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham decided to join the party and moved into third with Factory Yamaha’s Josh “I Still Need a Nickname” Hill nipping at his heels.
Courageously, Chad Reed stayed in the race, and lap after lap he cringed. Mid-pack, Reed’s teammate Nathan “N8te Dawg” Ramsey chipped away at Travis Preston. Up front, Millsaps continued to try and check out but Ferry kept up his nagging. With Millsaps and Ferry in comfortable position to podium, Windham and Hill scratched and clawed for that final spot. Windham held strong, though, and cemented his spot on the box. Hill would have to settle for fourth. On top of the podium, Millsaps commented, “Really, I didn’t feel all that good earlier today, but in the main I got a good start and was able to stay up front.”
When asked about his title contention, K-Dub told us, “It’ll be interesting to see how Chad [Reed] will bounce back from his injury.” Most surprisingly, Reed was able to finish a respectable 12th. He now holds a 16-point lead over Kevin Windham.

RESULTS

1. Davi Millsaps
2. Tim Ferry
3. Kevin Windham
4. Josh Hill
5. Andrew Short
6. Travis Preston
7. David Vuillemin
8. Charles Summey
9. Heath Voss
10. Jason Thomas
11. Kelly Smith
12. Chad Reed
13. Nathan Ramsey
14. Ryan Clark
15. Eric Sorby
16. Keith Johnson
17. Nick Wey
18. Paul Carpenter
19. Shaun Skinner
20. Jake Marsack
21. Tommy Hahn

AMA SUPERCROSS CLASS SEASON STANDINGS

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 296
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 280
3. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 229
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 221
5. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 191
6. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 189
7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 155
8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 137
9. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 123
10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 121

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RESULTS

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Morais
3. Branden Jesseman
4. Nico Izzi
5. Matt Goerke
6. Tyler Bowers
7. Kyle Partridge
8. Kyle Chisholm
9. Travis Sewell
>10. Trey Canard
11. Kyle Keylon
12. Zach Ames
13. Nathan Skaggs
14. Billy Payne
15. Levi Killbarger
16. Gray Davenport
17. Justin Sipes
18. Ryan Sipes
19. Josh Grant
20. Shane Sewell
21. Martin Davalos
22. Matt Boni

EASTERN REGIONAL AMA SUPERCROSS LITES SEASON STANDINGS

1. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 122
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 119
3. Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki, 86
4. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha, 76
5. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 73
6. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 72
7. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 71
8. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 70
9. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 68
10. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda, 60

SUPERCROSS CLASS MAIN EVENT

Chad Reed took his provisional and lined up for the main event despite not being able to finish his heat nor the LCQ. He was set on chalking up at least one point, even if it meant rolling around for twenty laps in severe pain. So when everyone lined up for the main event of the evening, it was clear that Chad would not be joining the Monster girls on the podium after the race.
Hooters must have incredible wings because when the gates dropped for the final event, Eric Sorby flew out in front to snatch up the Progressive Holeshot. Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps kept the Hooters-backed pilot in his sights as they entered the whoops, follwed Tommy Hahn and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry.
Perhaps Millsaps ate some wings too, because the Honda rider wasted little time getting around Sorby. Ferry, too, looked to be on a mission and chipped away at Hahn’s short lead over him. On the third lap, Ferry clawed his way past Hahn and reset his sights on Millsaps, though Davi Donut was doing his best to sign the check and get out. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham decided to join the party and moved into third with Factory Yamaha’s Josh “I Still Need a Nickname” Hill nipping at his heels.
Courageously, Chad Reed stayed in the race, and lap after lap he cringed. Mid-pack, Reed’s teammate Nathan “N8te Dawg” Ramsey chipped away at Travis Preston. Up front, Millsaps continued to try and check out but Ferry kept up his nagging. With Millsaps and Ferry in comfortable position to podium, Windham and Hill scratched and clawed for that final spot. Windham held strong, though, and cemented his spot on the box. Hill would have to settle for fourth. On top of the podium, Millsaps commented, “Really, I didn’t feel all that good earlier today, but in the main I got a good start and was able to stay up front.”
When asked about his title contention, K-Dub told us, “It’ll be interesting to see how Chad [Reed] will bounce back from his injury.” Most surprisingly, Reed was able to finish a respectable 12th. He now holds a 16-point lead over Kevin Windham.

RESULTS

1. Davi Millsaps
2. Tim Ferry
3. Kevin Windham
4. Josh Hill
5. Andrew Short
6. Travis Preston
7. David Vuillemin
8. Charles Summey
9. Heath Voss
10. Jason Thomas
11. Kelly Smith
12. Chad Reed
13. Nathan Ramsey
14. Ryan Clark
15. Eric Sorby
16. Keith Johnson
17. Nick Wey
18. Paul Carpenter
19. Shaun Skinner
20. Jake Marsack
21. Tommy Hahn

AMA SUPERCROSS CLASS SEASON STANDINGS

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 296
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 280
3. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 229
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 221
5. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 191
6. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 189
7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 155
8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 137
9. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 123
10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 121

; Josh Hill
5. Andrew Short
6. Travis Preston
7. David Vuillemin
8. Charles Summey
9. Heath Voss
10. Jason Thomas
11. Kelly Smith
12. Chad Reed
13. Nathan Ramsey
14. Ryan Clark
15. Eric Sorby
16. Keith Johnson
17. Nick Wey
18. Paul Carpenter
19. Shaun Skinner
20. Jake Marsack
21. Tommy Hahn

AMA SUPERCROSS CLASS SEASON STANDINGS

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 296
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 280
3. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 229
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 221
5. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 191
6. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 189
7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 155
8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 137
9. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 123
10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 121