2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Indianapolis

By Chris Kinman

Indianapolis welcomed the Monster Energy AMA Supercross to the RCA Dome for the final ticketed event before the lights go out permanently in the old home of the Indianapolis Colts. Coming into the night, the field looked a bit different than previous races this season. Injury and illness have forced a few to sit out the weekend, including Timmy Ferry and Nick Wey. Wey is attempting to recover from pneumonia, and Ferry is nursing an injury sustained in practice earlier this week. Also, Billy Laninovich was slated to race in the 450cc class, but a gnarly get-off in the first practice kept him from lining up at race time.

Meanwhile, Ryan Dungey, who sits just behind Jason Lawrence in the West Coast Lites Series points standings, made the trip out to Indy as well to try his luck in the premier class. For Dungey, it would allow him some more seat time free from the pressure of the West Coast championship.

Indianapolis also marked the first Chad Reed-designed track. Featuring step-on-step-offs in almost every section, a big straightaway, and an unusually small number of whoops, the track was sure to offer up some exciting racing. So how did the riders like it? Read on…

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE
When the gates dropped for the opening heat of the night, Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Josh Grant jumped out front, but teammate Trey Canard took the inside line and grabbed the lead. Grant then bobbled, and lost a few more spots. Unable to keep his composure, Grant went down before finish line jump and found himself in last place. Red Bull Honda’s Ben Coisy and MDK/KTM’s Martin Davalos chased Canard, but young Trey was too quick. Canard continued to open up his lead, eventually checking out completely. MDK/KTM’s Matt Goerke and Yamaha of Troy’s Tyler Bowers battled for fourth, exchanging bumps. Bowers, however, came out ahead and did his best to put in a bid for Martin Davalos. Davalos and his KTM would have nothing of it, though, and Bowers had to settle for fourth. Meanwhile, Josh Grant did his best Payton Manning impression of a game-winning drive, and managed to finish in the last qualifying position. After the race, Trey Canard addressed his early success: “There is no pressure on me; only the pressure I put on myself. I am just trying to do my best out here.”

RESULTS
1. Trey Canard
2. Ben Coisy
3. Martin Davalos
4. Tyler Bowers
5. Matt Goerke
6. Kyle Partridge
7. Shane Sewell
8. William Browning
9. Josh Grant

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO
With only a DNF at Atlanta under his belt, Ryan Villopoto was focused and ready to get back some points. The gates dropped for the second heat and RV2 reached out and grabbed the holeshot with MDK/KTM’s Ryan Sipes nipping at his heels. RV’s fellow Pro Cicuiteer, Branden Jesseman followed suit in the third place position. After the first lap, it was clear RV wasn’t letting his wreck at Atlanta bother him. He quickly widened the gap between himself and second position. Meanwhile, Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais fixed his gaze on Jesseman’s rear wheel, but could not reel him in. At this point, Villopoto packed his bags and checked out. With RV well out in front, the focus moved to the battle for second. Jesseman inched his way closer to Sipes and on the sixth lap, Jesseman made his move. Just off the pace, youngster Nico Izzi chalked up one consistent lap after another and found his way into the fifth position.

RESULTS
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Branden Jesseman
3. Ryan Sipes
4. Ryan Morais
5. Nico Izzi
6. Travis Sewell
7. Zach Ames
8. Jimmy Albertson
9. Nathan Skaggs

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT ONE
The west coast Lites contender, Rn Dungey, must be comfortable with the 450’s, because when the gates dropped for the first heat of the premier class, Dungey tore off the line aboard his new RM-Z450 and snatched up the holeshot. His view out front, however, didn’t last as Chad Reed put his Yamaha right next to the Suzuki pilot out of the first turn. Neck and neck, the two flew through the first rhythm section; but it was Reed who would take over the lead into the second turn. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham quickly took Reed’s place next to Dungey and the two go went battle. K-Dub soon found his way around Dungey and set his sights on Reed.

Meanwhile, DNA Energy/BTO Sports’ Jason Thomas and WWR’s Heath Voss exchanged their best moves for fifth place. Out in front of them, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Josh Hansen motored his Yamaha all by himself in fourth position. The gap between third and fourth had grown dramatically, as did the gap between Hanny and fifth position. Reed widens gap. Reed and Windham pulled away from Dungey and made their way into the lapper traffic by the end of the sixth lap. By this time Jason Thomas had won the battle with Voss, but he would not be able to close the gap between himself and Hansen. When the checkers flew, Reed soared over the finish line first with Windham in tow. Dungey scored third place in his first-ever 450cc heat, showing he can compete on any bike Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki has for him. After the race, Chad commented on his track design: “I just tried to have some features that would be fun for riders and would also be fun to watch for the fans.”

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. Kevin Windham
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Josh Hansen
5. Jason Thomas
6. Heath Voss
7. Paul Carpenter
8. Manuel Rivas
9. Bryan Johnson

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT TWO
Red Bull Honda’s Davi “Formerly Known as Donut” Millsaps blasted out of the gates and scored the holeshot, with teammate Andrew Short close behind. Factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill, however, thought he should have that second spot and squeezed past Shorty. Shorty luck quickly got worse as he went down coming off the finish line jump. Left in last place, Shorty had his work cut out for him if he wanted to avoid the LCQ. The now-lone Monster Kawasaki pilot, Travis Preston, found himself in third where he settled in nicely. Charles Summey tried to catch Preston, but the friendly giant rode mistake-free and left no window for Summey to strike. Millsaps, meanwhile, continued to build his lead lap after lap despite Josh Hill’s best efforts to close the gap. Though the heat was just a mere 8 laps, Andrew Short managed to make his way through the pack; all the way up to ninth, in fact, by the end of fifth lap. Just ahead of Short, Eric Sorby, Summey, Troy Adams, and Nathan Ramsey exchanged positions multiple times. It was Summey who would hold onto the fourth spot, leaving Adams and Ramsey to hold off Sorby.
“Chad likes to keep us on our toes. It’s a little rutted, so we will have to stay focused all night,” Millsaps said of the track after his convincing heat race victory.

RESULTS
1. Davi Millsaps
2. Josh Hill
3. Travis Preston
4. Charles Summey
5. Troy Adams
6. Nathan Ramsey
7. Eric Sorby
8. Andrew Short
9. Jeff Gibson

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ
22 riders lined up to battle for the final four spots in the Lites main event. These guys had but just four laps to get out front and snatch up a gate spot. But before even a full lap could be put in the books, five riders decided to become temporary geologists; each taking dirt samples for analysis. When the dust cleared, Michael McDade had the lead, and he wouldn’t give it up. Billy Payne and his Honda CRF250R made chase, but Jake Moss turned it on from way back in the pack, passing all the way up to second. Moss tried to catch McDade, but couldn’t reel him in before the checkers waved at the finish line. Billy Payne and Leighton Lillie held strong and scored the final two positions in the main.

RESULTS
1. Michael McDade
2. Jake Moss
3. Billy Payne
4. Leighton Lillie

SUPERCROSS CLASS LCQ
A small group lined up for the LCQ. After a dismal showing his heat race, David Vuillemin came out hard in the LCQ and scored the holeshot. DV12 wasted no time and checked out almost immediately. Antonio Balbi and Ryan Clark fought hard for the second position. Clark tried to make a move, but a bobble forced him back into third where he would have to wait for another opportunity. Meanwhile Jacob Marsack slowly made his way up to the fourth position and within striking distance of Clark and Balbi.

On the final lap, Clark put his move on Balbi, seemingly assuring himself a qualifying position. But Balbi struck back almost immediately with a hard block pass. Unfortunately for Balbi, his attempt failed and he ended up on the ground as Clark rode away. Little did Clark know that Marsack had made up quite a bit of time and had reeled him in. As Clark blasted through the final straightaway and into the final corner, Marsack slid into the inside and forced Clark off the track minus his clutch lever. Marsack snatched up the final spot to the dismay of the clutchless Clark.

RESULTS
1. David Vuillemin
2. Jacob Marsack

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT
A full house performed the wave as the Lites’ best fired up their engines for the main event. All eyes were on Ryan Villopoto and last week’s winner Trey Canard. Who would come out on top?

The gates finally dropped and Pro Circuit’s Branden Jesseman jumped out to take the holeshot. Trey Canard slid in next to him and moved right into the lead. Villopoto quickly gained ground and started his campaign for Canard. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Nico Izzi settled into fourth with Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Josh Grant reeling him in. A couple bike lengths, however, would be all the closer Grant would get to Izzi.
Ryan Morais looked as though he would stage a campaign of his own, but instead he found the tuff blocks on the high side of a turn and fell to dead last. RV2’s campaign looked more promising, as he moved past his teammate, Jesseman, and set in on Canard. The Frenchman and new Red Bull Honda pilot, Ben Coisy found some speed and began reeling in the consistent Izzi.

Villopoto, seeming to find all the right lines, closed the gap between himself and Canard. But just as soon as it looked like we were about to have an epic battle on our hands, it ended before it started. As Canard and Villopoto pinned it through the straightaway, RV looked to have the inside, but he came in way too hot and caught Canard’s wheel. The connection sent RV over the bars and face-first into the tuff blocks on the high side of the turn. Canard bobbled and tipped the bike over, but lost only one position. He was able to keep the Honda running and hop right back on it. Branden Jesseman slid into the lead, but Canard was hot on his tail. On the very next lap, in the very same corner as RV’s get-off, Jesseman stalled bike, allowing Canard to capitalize. Izzi, too, slid by and into the second position. As well, Coisy was able to pick up one position from Jessesman’s misfortune.

Villopoto wasn’t going down without a fight, and by the eighth lap, RV was back up to the fifth spot. Ryan Sipes, at this point, was in fourth and looking to close in on Coisy. RV, however, blasted by him, and then Coisy. By the last lap, RV made his way past Izzi as well, but Canard was just too far ahead. Canard pumped his fist as he rode down the straightaway and into the whoops. He knew he’d done it again…two in a row fos tried to catch McDade, but couldn’t reel him in before the checkers waved at the finish line. Billy Payne and Leighton Lillie held strong and scored the final two positions in the main.

RESULTS
1. Michael McDade
2. Jake Moss
3. Billy Payne
4. Leighton Lillie

SUPERCROSS CLASS LCQ
A small group lined up for the LCQ. After a dismal showing his heat race, David Vuillemin came out hard in the LCQ and scored the holeshot. DV12 wasted no time and checked out almost immediately. Antonio Balbi and Ryan Clark fought hard for the second position. Clark tried to make a move, but a bobble forced him back into third where he would have to wait for another opportunity. Meanwhile Jacob Marsack slowly made his way up to the fourth position and within striking distance of Clark and Balbi.

On the final lap, Clark put his move on Balbi, seemingly assuring himself a qualifying position. But Balbi struck back almost immediately with a hard block pass. Unfortunately for Balbi, his attempt failed and he ended up on the ground as Clark rode away. Little did Clark know that Marsack had made up quite a bit of time and had reeled him in. As Clark blasted through the final straightaway and into the final corner, Marsack slid into the inside and forced Clark off the track minus his clutch lever. Marsack snatched up the final spot to the dismay of the clutchless Clark.

RESULTS
1. David Vuillemin
2. Jacob Marsack

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT
A full house performed the wave as the Lites’ best fired up their engines for the main event. All eyes were on Ryan Villopoto and last week’s winner Trey Canard. Who would come out on top?

The gates finally dropped and Pro Circuit’s Branden Jesseman jumped out to take the holeshot. Trey Canard slid in next to him and moved right into the lead. Villopoto quickly gained ground and started his campaign for Canard. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Nico Izzi settled into fourth with Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Josh Grant reeling him in. A couple bike lengths, however, would be all the closer Grant would get to Izzi.
Ryan Morais looked as though he would stage a campaign of his own, but instead he found the tuff blocks on the high side of a turn and fell to dead last. RV2’s campaign looked more promising, as he moved past his teammate, Jesseman, and set in on Canard. The Frenchman and new Red Bull Honda pilot, Ben Coisy found some speed and began reeling in the consistent Izzi.

Villopoto, seeming to find all the right lines, closed the gap between himself and Canard. But just as soon as it looked like we were about to have an epic battle on our hands, it ended before it started. As Canard and Villopoto pinned it through the straightaway, RV looked to have the inside, but he came in way too hot and caught Canard’s wheel. The connection sent RV over the bars and face-first into the tuff blocks on the high side of the turn. Canard bobbled and tipped the bike over, but lost only one position. He was able to keep the Honda running and hop right back on it. Branden Jesseman slid into the lead, but Canard was hot on his tail. On the very next lap, in the very same corner as RV’s get-off, Jesseman stalled bike, allowing Canard to capitalize. Izzi, too, slid by and into the second position. As well, Coisy was able to pick up one position from Jessesman’s misfortune.

Villopoto wasn’t going down without a fight, and by the eighth lap, RV was back up to the fifth spot. Ryan Sipes, at this point, was in fourth and looking to close in on Coisy. RV, however, blasted by him, and then Coisy. By the last lap, RV made his way past Izzi as well, but Canard was just too far ahead. Canard pumped his fist as he rode down the straightaway and into the whoops. He knew he’d done it again…two in a row for the rookie.
Canard told us after the race, “I received a couple presents out there tonight with Jesseman crashing. I tried to ride hard and smart, but I am really excited about this win. These last two weeks have been amazing.”

RESULTS
1. Trey Canard
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Nico Izzi
4. Ben Coisy
5. Ryan Sipes
6. Branden Jesseman
7. Tyler Bowers
8. Billy Payne
9. Matt Goerke
10. Martin Davalos
11. Jake Moss
12. Josh Grant
13. Travis Sewell
14. Ryan Morais
15. Nathan Skaggs
16. Michael McDade
17. Jimmy Albertson
18. William Browning
19. Leighton Lillie
20. Zach Ames
21. Kyle Partridge
22. Shane Sewell

EAST COAST REGIONAL STANDINGS
1. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 50
2. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 36
3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 33
4. Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki, 33
5. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha, 31
6. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 30
7. Ben Coisy, Manosque, France, Honda, 29
8. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 23
9. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 22
10. Jake Moss, Australia., Yamaha, 18

SUPERCROSS CLASS MAIN EVENT
The capacity crowd roared as the 450s came to life and the main event of the evening got underway. The San Manuel/L&M/Yamaha pilot, Chad Reed boosted off the line and grabbed the holeshot. Red Bull Honda’s Andrew “Get it Shorty” Short kept tight on Reed’s wheel, as teammate Davi Millsaps and temporary 450cc pilot Ryan Dungey made chase. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin “K-Dub” Windham didn’t want to be left out of the party, so he made his move on Dungey and set his sights on Millsaps. The lone Factory Yamaha pilot, Josh Hill, liked K-Dub’s idea and made his move on Dungey as well. His impressive pass, however, was followed by a small bobble, allowing Joe Gibbs Racing’s Josh Hansen to move in on Hill. But despite Hanny’s best effort, Hill kept his composure and reset his sights on the leaders.

Into the second lap, K-Dub caught up to Millsaps and the two Honda riders went to battle. On the third lap, Windham had enough and got around Millsaps. Reedy, meanwhile, was trying to check out. However, Shorty was holding strong in second and keeping Reed honest. With Millsaps behind him, K-Dub set his sights on Shorty, although Shorty held strong. Just behind the frontrunners, another battle was ensuing. Heath Voss, Paul Carpenter, David Vuillemin, and Charles Summey flew around the track like a swarm. None could shake the others. Lap after lap, they changed positions, swapped passes, and kept it interesting for the crowd. Up front, Josh Hill had reeled in Ryan Dungey, and on lap six, Hill made it stick. Dungey battled back, but the Yamaha rider held his ground and started after Millsaps.

By the tenth lap, Chad Reed found himself into lapper traffic and his lap times suffered a bit. No matter; his lead was large enough that the traffic didn’t affect his lead much.

Millsaps finally found his way around Andrew Short in the twelfth lap, all the while, K-Dub seemed to be losing speed. Josh Hill forced his way around #14 and quickly caught Shorty. Dungey, still on Hill’s tail, also passed Windham, as the Mississippi man continued to fatigue.

In the end, Chad found comfort in his design, and ran away with the win. Josh Hill took second with Short behind him in third. After the race, Chad said he somehow knew when he got up to the line that he was going to win the holeshot. Well, he did just that, and he didn’t look back until he had the checkers.

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. Josh Hill
3. Andrew Short
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Kevin Windham
6. Travis Preston
7. Paul Carpenter
8. Nathan Ramsey
9. David Vuillemin
10. Josh Hansen
SUPERCROSS CLASS POINTS STANDINGS
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 209
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 175
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 143
4. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 137
5. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 127
6. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 114
7. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 106
8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 84
9. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 84
10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 84

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Canard told us after the race, “I received a couple presents out there tonight with Jesseman crashing. I tried to ride hard and smart, but I am really excited about this win. These last two weeks have been amazing.”

RESULTS
1. Trey Canard
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Nico Izzi
4. Ben Coisy
5. Ryan Sipes
6. Branden Jesseman
7. Tyler Bowers
8. Billy Payne
9. Matt Goerke
10. Martin Davalos
11. Jake Moss
12. Josh Grant
13. Travis Sewell
14. Ryan Morais
15. Nathan Skaggs
16. Michael McDade
17. Jimmy Albertson
18. William Browning
19. Leighton Lillie
20. Zach Ames
21. Kyle Partridge
22. Shane Sewell

EAST COAST REGIONAL STANDINGS
1. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 50
2. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 36
3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 33
4. Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki, 33
5. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha, 31
6. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 30
7. Ben Coisy, Manosque, France, Honda, 29
8. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 23
9. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 22
10. Jake Moss, Australia., Yamaha, 18

SUPERCROSS CLASS MAIN EVENT
The capacity crowd roared as the 450s came to life and the main event of the evening got underway. The San Manuel/L&M/Yamaha pilot, Chad Reed boosted off the line and grabbed the holeshot. Red Bull Honda’s Andrew “Get it Shorty” Short kept tight on Reed’s wheel, as teammate Davi Millsaps and temporary 450cc pilot Ryan Dungey made chase. Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin “K-Dub” Windham didn’t want to be left out of the party, so he made his move on Dungey and set his sights on Millsaps. The lone Factory Yamaha pilot, Josh Hill, liked K-Dub’s idea and made his move on Dungey as well. His impressive pass, however, was followed by a small bobble, allowing Joe Gibbs Racing’s Josh Hansen to move in on Hill. But despite Hanny’s best effort, Hill kept his composure and reset his sights on the leaders.

Into the second lap, K-Dub caught up to Millsaps and the two Honda riders went to battle. On the third lap, Windham had enough and got around Millsaps. Reedy, meanwhile, was trying to check out. However, Shorty was holding strong in second and keeping Reed honest. With Millsaps behind him, K-Dub set his sights on Shorty, although Shorty held strong. Just behind the frontrunners, another battle was ensuing. Heath Voss, Paul Carpenter, David Vuillemin, and Charles Summey flew around the track like a swarm. None could shake the others. Lap after lap, they changed positions, swapped passes, and kept it interesting for the crowd. Up front, Josh Hill had reeled in Ryan Dungey, and on lap six, Hill made it stick. Dungey battled back, but the Yamaha rider held his ground and started after Millsaps.

By the tenth lap, Chad Reed found himself into lapper traffic and his lap times suffered a bit. No matter; his lead was large enough that the traffic didn’t affect his lead much.

Millsaps finally found his way around Andrew Short in the twelfth lap, all the while, K-Dub seemed to be losing speed. Josh Hill forced his way around #14 and quickly caught Shorty. Dungey, still on Hill’s tail, also passed Windham, as the Mississippi man continued to fatigue.

In the end, Chad found comfort in his design, and ran away with the win. Josh Hill took second with Short behind him in third. After the race, Chad said he somehow knew when he got up to the line that he was going to win the holeshot. Well, he did just that, and he didn’t look back until he had the checkers.

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. Josh Hill
3. Andrew Short
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Kevin Windham
6. Travis Preston
7. Paul Carpenter
8. Nathan Ramsey
9. David Vuillemin
10. Josh Hansen

SUPERCROSS CLASS POINTS STANDINGS
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 209
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 175
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 143
4. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 137
5. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 127
6. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 114
7. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 106
8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 84
9. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 84
10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 84

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4. Ryan Dungey
5. Kevin Windham
6. Travis Preston
7. Paul Carpenter
8. Nathan Ramsey
9. David Vuillemin
10. Josh Hansen

SUPERCROSS CLASS POINTS STANDINGS
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 209
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 175
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 143
4. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 137
5. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 127
6. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 114
7. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 106
8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 84
9. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 84
10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 84