2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Las Vegas


It all came down to this. For the better part of four months, the riders of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series have battled it out over 16 rounds in the chase for the coveted AMA number one plate. With both of the Lites Regional Series champions already crowned, Las Vegas not only served the final battle for Supercross supremacy, it also played host to the ultimate battle royale among the East and West coast Lites riders. It was all about bragging rights for the Lites, but the Supercross championship was on the line for San Manuel/L&M/Yamaha’s Chad Reed and Geico Powersports Honda’s (formerly Torco Racing Fuels Honda) Kevin Windham. Reed came into the night with a 10 point lead on Windham, so Windham would need the win and a seventh-place or worse finish from the Yamaha pilot to steal the championship from Reed.
So who came out on top in Sin City?

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

After the fireworks burst and the jets flew over, the Lites lined up for the first heat of the evening. When the gates dropped Robert Kiniry took the holeshot into the stretched out straightaway just outside the stadium. But Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey swiftly bounded into the lead midway through the first lap. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Stroupe slid his KX250F into second with West Coast champ Jason Lawrence all over him. On the second lap, Stroupe referred to his notes from practice and blasted through the rhythm section and stole the lead from Dungey as they shot outside of the stadium into the Monster Alley. Just off the pace, Broc Hepler and Star Racing’s Wil Hahn battled, while Stroupe’s teammate, Brett Metcalfe settled into fourth in front of them. Dungey tried to reel Stroupe in, but the Pro Circuit rookie held on and took the checkers. When asked what his win meant to the team, Stroupe replied, “This was pretty big for us.”

RESULTS

1. Austin Stroupe
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Jason Lawrence
4. Brett Metcalfe
5. Bobby Kiniry
6. Broc Hepler
7. Wil Hahn
8. Matt Lemoine
9. Justin Keeney


SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

The East Coast Lites took to the line for the second heat of the night and it was the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rookie Nico Izzi who jumped out front for the holeshot. But Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto snuck past Izzi and into the lead early on. Red Bull Honda’s Ben Coisy found himself in third, but big Matt Goerke passed the Honda pilot aboard his MDK-backed KTM. Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais tried to catch the MDK/KTM rider, but Goerke held strong. Meanwhile, the East Coast champ, Trey Canard salvaged his mediocre start and put himself in position to pass Coisy. With the laps quickly stacking up, Canard squeezed past Coisy and set his sights on Goerke.
Canard managed to catch Goerke but the MDK/KTM rider was not willing to concede his position very easily. Canard, however made a pass stick near the end of the heat and he carried his momentum around the outside of a corner to zip past Izzi as well. Although, Goerke seemed to make up time on Canard in the whoops, it wasn’t enough to steal the second spot on the box away from the East Coast champ.

RESULTS

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Trey Canard
3. Matt Goerke
4. Nico Izzi
5. Ryan Morais
6. Ben Coisy
7. Ryan Sipes
8. Tyler Bowers
9. Kyle Chisholm

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT ONEspan>

With the crowd wound up form the Lites, the first group of 450s lined up on the gate for heat one of the Supercross class. At the drop, Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps shot his CRF450R out for the holeshot. MDK/KTM’s Nick Wey quickly settled into second with JGR’s Charles Summey behind him in third. As the riders entered the first rhythm section, Red Bull Honda’s Andrew Short reeled Summey and Wey in. As they entered the whoops, both Summey and Shorty got the better of Wey, and the two were around the KTM rider as they shot out of the dry, dusty whoop section.
Summey and Shorty make the pass out of the whoops. Shorty maintained his momentum and carried it around Summey and into second place. Millsaps, meanwhile, had quickly padded his lead; and by the halfway point, he already had chalked up a 6 second lead.
The top provateer, Paul Carpenter spent his early laps trying to catch Kelly Smith for seventh, while Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s David Vuillemin attempted to coax Robbie Reynard out of his position. And although Carpenter managed to get around Kelly Smith, a mistake by the top privateer opened the door for DV112 and Robbie Reynard to sneak by before the waving checkers came out. In the end, Davi Donut took the heat race win, with teammate Andrew Short behind him in second.

RESULTS

1. Davi Millsaps
2. Andrew Short
3. Charles Summey
4. Nick Wey
5. Robbie Reynard
6. David Vullemin
7. Paul Carpenter
8. Kelly Smith
9. Kevin Johnson

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT TWO

The second Supercross class heat of night featured both contenders Chad Reed and Kevin Windham. It was K-Dub, though, who jumped out first and grabbed the holeshot. Chad Reed was all over the Honda rider while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Travis Preston followed in third. And just as the heat came into full swing, Yamaha’s Josh Hill wadded in rhythm section, which forced him back to the end of the pack (Hill would end up in the LCQ). The first real battle erupted between Butler Bros/DNA/BTO Sports’ Jason Thomas and WWR’s Heath Voss as they challenged one another for the fifth place spot.
Voss did, however, get the best of Thomas, and would hold on for a fifth place finish. Meanwhile, Ferry caught Preston just before a step-on and scooted around him to lock in the third place spot. And although Reed did show Windham his front tire more than once, neither one really attempted a brake check or block pass. The two kept it gentlemanly through the eight laps and when the checkered flag waved, Windham delightfully took the win.
“That was a great heat. I’m pumped…I just saved fifteen percent by switching to Geico,” Windham quipped, referring to his new title sponsor after his heat race win.


RESULTS

1. Kevin Windham
2. Chad Reed
3. Tim Ferry
4. Travis Preston
5. Heath Voss
6. Jason Thomas
7. Tyler Bright
8. Josh Hansen
9. Eric Sorby

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

MDK/KTM’s Justin Brayton jumped out front for the holeshot with Jake Weimer in tow. Butler Bros/DNA/BTO’s Matt Boni and Kyle Cunningham charged hard for their own spot in the main event whileWeimer’s teammate Dan Reardon nipped at their heels. Weimer, who looked as though he might take the lead and run away, instead went down in a bowl turn and was unable to get the bike restarted. With just four short laps to get oneself into a qualifying position, not nearly enough time was available for Weimer to recover.


RESULTS

1. Justin Brayton
2. Matt Boni
3. Kyle Cunningham
4. Dan Reardon


SUPERCROSS CLASS LCQ

Wonder Warthog Racing’s Daniel Blair blasted his Yamaha out first for the holeshot of Supercross class LCQ, but factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill, who crashed in his heat race, quickly zipped by the privateer, and checked out almost immediately. Jeff Gibson and Brian Johnson battled with Blair for remaining qualifying spot for a brief spell, while Ryan Clark swiftly crept up on the three. Before long, Clark passed Blair and Johnson in the whoops then, a lap later, passed Gibson in the same whoop section to seal his spot in the main event.


RESULTS

1. Josh Hill
2. Ryan Clark

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

There wasn’t any points, or number plates, or championships at stake for the Lites class, but rather something far more important to some: bragging rights. The East West Shootout is the one chance to race against everyone and prove to everyone exactly where everyone stacks up. The stage was set; the respective coastal champs rocked their red number one plates as the best from the east and the west all lined up on one gate. When the bars hit the dirt, Pro Circuit powerhouse Ryan Villopoto catapulted out front for the holeshot, while Dungey, Reardon, and Canard made chase. Where was West Coast champ Jason Lawrence? J-Law found himself in sixth place after the first lap, although he didn’t seem to be overly concerned with his spot off the pace. Up front, while Canard passed Reardon, Villopoto quickly gained ground on Dungey. Dungey, in turn, began putting some distance between himself and East Coast champ Canard. J-Law, meanwhile, fell to eighth as both Nico Izzi and Matt Georke moved in front of him.
On the seventh lap, J-Law visibly backed off the throttle and before the end of the lap, the Yamaha of Troy rider pulled off the track. Out front, Dungey and RV2 continued to widen the space between themselves, as well as widen the gap in front of third place Canard. By the time eight laps were in the books, RV2 was well into lapper traffic, but a few laps later it was clear that Dungey was cutting down the space RV2 had created.
The crowd roared to life as RV2 bobbled and checked his speed; Dungey all over him on 13th lap. Then, on the final lap Dungey made the pass on Villopoto. The Suzuki rider took the win and glory for the second straight year.

RESULTS

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Trey Canard
4. Dan Reardon
5. Ryan Morais
6. Justin Brayton
7. Brett Metcalfe
8. Kyle Chisholm
9. Broc Hepler
10. Austin Stroupe
11. Matt Lemoine
12. Bobby Kiniry
13. Wil Hahn
14. Justin Keeney
15. Nico Izzi
16. Kyle Cunningham
17. Tyler Bowers
18. Matt Boni
19. Ryan Sipes
20. Ben Coisy
21. Matt Goerke
22. Jason Lawrence


SUPERCROSS CLASS MAIN EVENT

The 2008AMA championship came down to this final moto. Was it Reed or was it Windham? 20 fast laps decided everything. When the gates dropped, Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps grabbed his second holeshot of the night with none other than Kevin Windham nipping er to recover.


RESULTS

1. Justin Brayton
2. Matt Boni
3. Kyle Cunningham
4. Dan Reardon


SUPERCROSS CLASS LCQ

Wonder Warthog Racing’s Daniel Blair blasted his Yamaha out first for the holeshot of Supercross class LCQ, but factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill, who crashed in his heat race, quickly zipped by the privateer, and checked out almost immediately. Jeff Gibson and Brian Johnson battled with Blair for remaining qualifying spot for a brief spell, while Ryan Clark swiftly crept up on the three. Before long, Clark passed Blair and Johnson in the whoops then, a lap later, passed Gibson in the same whoop section to seal his spot in the main event.


RESULTS

1. Josh Hill
2. Ryan Clark

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

There wasn’t any points, or number plates, or championships at stake for the Lites class, but rather something far more important to some: bragging rights. The East West Shootout is the one chance to race against everyone and prove to everyone exactly where everyone stacks up. The stage was set; the respective coastal champs rocked their red number one plates as the best from the east and the west all lined up on one gate. When the bars hit the dirt, Pro Circuit powerhouse Ryan Villopoto catapulted out front for the holeshot, while Dungey, Reardon, and Canard made chase. Where was West Coast champ Jason Lawrence? J-Law found himself in sixth place after the first lap, although he didn’t seem to be overly concerned with his spot off the pace. Up front, while Canard passed Reardon, Villopoto quickly gained ground on Dungey. Dungey, in turn, began putting some distance between himself and East Coast champ Canard. J-Law, meanwhile, fell to eighth as both Nico Izzi and Matt Georke moved in front of him.
On the seventh lap, J-Law visibly backed off the throttle and before the end of the lap, the Yamaha of Troy rider pulled off the track. Out front, Dungey and RV2 continued to widen the space between themselves, as well as widen the gap in front of third place Canard. By the time eight laps were in the books, RV2 was well into lapper traffic, but a few laps later it was clear that Dungey was cutting down the space RV2 had created.
The crowd roared to life as RV2 bobbled and checked his speed; Dungey all over him on 13th lap. Then, on the final lap Dungey made the pass on Villopoto. The Suzuki rider took the win and glory for the second straight year.

RESULTS

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Trey Canard
4. Dan Reardon
5. Ryan Morais
6. Justin Brayton
7. Brett Metcalfe
8. Kyle Chisholm
9. Broc Hepler
10. Austin Stroupe
11. Matt Lemoine
12. Bobby Kiniry
13. Wil Hahn
14. Justin Keeney
15. Nico Izzi
16. Kyle Cunningham
17. Tyler Bowers
18. Matt Boni
19. Ryan Sipes
20. Ben Coisy
21. Matt Goerke
22. Jason Lawrence


SUPERCROSS CLASS MAIN EVENT

The 2008AMA championship came down to this final moto. Was it Reed or was it Windham? 20 fast laps decided everything. When the gates dropped, Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps grabbed his second holeshot of the night with none other than Kevin Windham nipping at his heels. The two Honda pilots entered the first turn side-by-side, but Millsaps maintained the advantage. Millsaps’ teammate, Andrew Short settled into third with Nick Wey right behind him. Chad Reed, on the other hand, found himself in sixth midway through the first lap but quickly moved up to fourth, passing both Tim Ferry and Nick Wey.
Millsaps and Windham battled tooth in nail over the lead. Though one might have expected Millsaps to let Windham past in hopes of helping him win the championship, the early leader made K-Dub work for it. But, Millsaps spun out after losing the lead to Windham and fell six spots into the pack. Shorty, then, found himself in second with Reed behind him in third. Reed quckily pulled in the Honda rider and methodically chose his chance to strike. Reed finally pounced, passing Short and left him with a nice 450 roost. Immediately, Reed cranked on the reel, slowly bringing Windham closer and closer. On the 13th lap, Reed showed Windham his front tire. Then, Reed put a clean block pass on Windham just before the finish line jump. The Yamaha pilot was just too much for Windham in the whoops. Where K-Dub looked average in the dry whoops, Reed charged hard through them and made much of his time up there.
Just off the pace, Millsaps found his way around Wey and settled into fifth before the fireworks shot into the air as Chad Reed flew over the finish line. The Australian took the checkers; took the win; took the championship. Chad Reed is the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Champion.


RESULTS

1. Chad Reed
2. Kevin Windham
3. Andrew Short
4. Josh Hill
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Nick Wey
7. Charles Summey
8. Travis Preston
9. Timmy Ferry
10. David Vuillemin
11. Heath Voss
12. Paul Carpenter
13. Jason Thomas
14. Kelly Smith
15. Ryan Clark
16. Kevin Johnson
17. Tyler Bright
18. Josh Hansen
19. Robbie Reynard
20. Eric Sorby

FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 365
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 352
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 281
4. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 278
5. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 228
6. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 218
7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 173
8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 169
9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 159
10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 145

ing at his heels. The two Honda pilots entered the first turn side-by-side, but Millsaps maintained the advantage. Millsaps’ teammate, Andrew Short settled into third with Nick Wey right behind him. Chad Reed, on the other hand, found himself in sixth midway through the first lap but quickly moved up to fourth, passing both Tim Ferry and Nick Wey.
Millsaps and Windham battled tooth in nail over the lead. Though one might have expected Millsaps to let Windham past in hopes of helping him win the championship, the early leader made K-Dub work for it. But, Millsaps spun out after losing the lead to Windham and fell six spots into the pack. Shorty, then, found himself in second with Reed behind him in third. Reed quckily pulled in the Honda rider and methodically chose his chance to strike. Reed finally pounced, passing Short and left him with a nice 450 roost. Immediately, Reed cranked on the reel, slowly bringing Windham closer and closer. On the 13th lap, Reed showed Windham his front tire. Then, Reed put a clean block pass on Windham just before the finish line jump. The Yamaha pilot was just too much for Windham in the whoops. Where K-Dub looked average in the dry whoops, Reed charged hard through them and made much of his time up there.
Just off the pace, Millsaps found his way around Wey and settled into fifth before the fireworks shot into the air as Chad Reed flew over the finish line. The Australian took the checkers; took the win; took the championship. Chad Reed is the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Champion.


RESULTS

1. Chad Reed
2. Kevin Windham
3. Andrew Short
4. Josh Hill
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Nick Wey
7. Charles Summey
8. Travis Preston
9. Timmy Ferry
10. David Vuillemin
11. Heath Voss
12. Paul Carpenter
13. Jason Thomas
14. Kelly Smith
15. Ryan Clark
16. Kevin Johnson
17. Tyler Bright
18. Josh Hansen
19. Robbie Reynard
20. Eric Sorby

FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 365
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 352
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 281
4. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 278
5. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 228
6. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 218
7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 173
8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 169
9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 159
10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 145