2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Minneapolis

by Kyle Cowling

While frigid weather was just outside the Minneapolis Metrodome, over 40,000 Supercross fans took refuge inside the warm stadium to witness round eleven of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. The 2008 season is beginning to turn into an exciting championship battle, both in the Lites and the Supercross classes.

In 2004 we saw what would be the only Supercross race inside the Metrodome for four years, and Kevin Windham is the last man credited with a win in Minneapolis. K-Dub was looking for a repeat in 2008, but he had a very determined Chad Reed to contend with in order to do so… Windham has been steadily chipping away at Reed’s points lead, and was only 24 points behind Chad coming into Minneapolis.

In the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class, Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Trey Canard has been dominant, winning the first three Supercross races in a row. However, 22 other riders had a different picture in their minds about how this weekend would go down. Ryan Villopoto set the precedent, setting the fastest lap time of the day in the Lites class, with Josh Grant close in tow. RV and Grant have been unable to keep it on two wheels in recent weeks; however, both riders were looking to turn things around this weekend inside the Metrodome, and they did not disappoint. Curious to see what happened this weekend in Minneapolis? Read on for all the details…

LITES HEAT ONE:

When the initial Lites class gate hit terrafirma for the first heat race of the evening, it was Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Josh Grant that emerged with the holeshot. Unfortunately, Branden Jesseman and Matt Goerke were involved in a first turn crash, forcing them to slice their way through the field. By the end of lap one, Grant had already opened up a sizable lead over second-place rider and French native, Ben Coisy. Just behind the two leaders, Ryan Morais made a pass on Suzuki City/OTSFF/Rockstar rider Tyler Medaglia to take the third spot. After finding his way into third, Morais set his sights on Coisy, and was slowly making an effort to pass the Red Bull/Honda rider; however, Morais was running out of steam as a hard-charging Jesseman almost made the pass for third just a few feet before the checkers.

1. Joshua Grant (Hon)
2. Ben Coisy (Hon)
3. Ryan Morais (Yam)
4. Branden Jesseman (Kaw)
5. Ryan Mills (Hon)
6. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
7. Nathan Skaggs (Hon)
8. Tyler Medaglia (Suz)
9. Kyle Gills (Kaw)

LITES HEAT TWO:
Lites heat race number two saw Ryan Villopoto take the holeshot, with Martin Davalos and Trey Canard right behind the Monster Energy/Kawasaki rider. By the end of lap one, Canard made an attempt at passing the Davalos for second, but was unable to make it stick, as Davalos continued to hold his own. Second place overall in the series point standings, Ryan Sipes was all the way back in the ninth position after a so-so start. Halfway through lap three Davalos was picking himself off the ground, allowing Canard to sneak by for the second spot. Once the rookie sensation moved his way into second, he was already a ways behind Villopoto, as RV2 seemingly checked out. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider Nico Izzi and Boost Mobile/Yamaha’s Tyler Bowers sat in fourth and fifth when Davalos worked his way up to the group, making it a three-way battle. With only one turn left before the checkered flag, Davalos managed to find his way around Izzi with a rather aggressive pass to move into the fifth position. After the dust settled, it was RV who captured the heat race win.

1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Trey Canard (Hon)
3. Jake Moss (Yam)
4. Tyler Bowers (Yam)
5. Martin Davalos (KTM)
6. Nico Izzi (Suz)
7. Philip Nicoletti (Kaw)
8. Ryan Sipes (KTM)
9. Travis Sewell (Suz)

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT ONE:

It was Josh Hansen who grabbed the SX Heat One holeshot aboard his Joe Gibbs/Yama. Just behind Hansen was Chad Reed in second, followed closely by Davi Millsaps. With a half-lap in the books, Reedy made quick work of Lil’ Hanny, taking over the lead. Hansen had something to say about that, however, as he put a block pass on Reed in turn one, causing both riders to nearly come to a complete stop. Only a single straightaway later, Reed put yet another block pass on Josh, and this time it would stick… Both Millsaps and Josh Hill found their way around Hansen, dropping the Joe Gibbs/Yamaha rider to the fourth spot. Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Travis Preston also made his way around Hansen, who was fading quickly. Shortly after dropping back to fifth place, Hansen found himself on the ground just before the finish line and was no longer in a qualifying position. Full-time Lites rider, Tommy Hahn, made his first appearance in the 450cc class this weekend in Minneapolis, running a solid fifth place throughout his heat race. Reed, try as he might, was unable to really separate himself from second place rider, Millsaps, as he and Hill stayed on Chad’s rear wheel until the checkers were waving. Going back a few positions, privateer Manuel Rivas ran a strong heat race, qualifying in eighth. At the conclusion of the first Supercross class heat race it was Chad Reed with the win, while Millsaps and Hill rounded out the top-three.

1. Chad Reed (Yam)
2. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
3. Joshua Hill (Yam)
4. Travis Preston (Kaw)
5. Tommy Hahn (Kaw)
6. Nicholas Wey (Ktm)
7. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
8. Manuel Rivas (Kaw)
9. Heath Voss (Hon)

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT TWO:

It was none other than Kevin Windham who led the rest of the field down the start straight and into turn one. Just behind K-Dub it was Joshua Summey in second and DNA Energy Drink/BTO Sports/Honda rider Bryan Johnson running in the third spot at the end of lap one. Meanwhile, fan favorite Andrew Short was struggling from a first turn mishap. On lap two, hometown local Ryan Dungey made his way by Johnson for the pass to take third place. Running a somewhat distant, yet respectable, second place was Joe Gibbs/Yamaha’s Charles Summey. Shorty was able to slice his way through the field, making his way up to fifth place once lap six came around. Up front, Dungey made an aggressive attempt on Summey for the second spot; however, Ryan was unable to make the pass stick. With only one lap remaining and just a couple of corners to go, Dungey was able to muscle his way around Summey to steal the second spot. Meanwhile, Windham had put it into cruise control to take the heat race win.

1. Kevin Windham (Hon)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Charles Summey (Yam)
4. David Vuillemin (Suz)
5. Andrew Short (Hon)
6. Eric Sorby (Hon)
7. Jason Thomas (Hon)
8. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
9. Bryan Johnson (Hon)

LITES LCQ:

When the gate dropped for the Lites LCQ, Minneapolis fans would see Billy Payne grab the holeshot. Just before the finish line, however, Payne made a mistake, allowing Zach Ames to sneak by. Billy wasted no time, quickly finding his way back into the first position. Behind the two leaders, there was a six way battle going on for the last transfer positions. Matt Boni, Kyle Partridge, and Sean Hackley were among the riders trying to find there way into the Lites Main Event. On the last lap, with only a few corners left, Jimmy Albertson attempted to execute very aggressive pass on Partridge. Unfortunately, for the Suzuki rider, it would turn out disastrous as he clipped a jump, cartwheeling and being slammed by his bike. Thankfully, Albertson was able to walk off on his own after lying on the ground for a few moments. At the conclusion of the Lites LCQ Billy Payne took the win and secured himself a spot in the Main Event.

1. Billy Payne (Hon)
2. Zach Ames (Hon)
3. Matt Boni (Hon)
4. Kyle Partridge (Hon)

SUPERCROSS CLASS LCQ:

In the 450 LCQ it was James Povolny who captured the holeshot. Josh Hansen made a few “physical” passes, which enabled him to work his way into second place by the time the green flag was waving. On lap two, Hansen tried to make a pass for the lead; however, he ended up washing out and fell all the way back to last place. Up front, Povolny and Dusty Klatt put on a show for the fans, until Klatt found his way around the Honda rider to take over the lead. On the last lap, a five-way battle evolved for the final transfer position. With only one turn to go before the checkered flag, Chris Gosselaar attempted a pass in the exact same place that Lites rider Jimmy Albertson tried to make his pass, and the results were almost identical. Lil’ Goose overshot the step-on, step-off and was ejected from his bike, flying through the air like Superman. As Gosselaar picked himself up off the ground it would be Dusty Klatt and Tyler Bright taking the last two available gates for the Main Event.

1. Dusty Klatt (Kaw)
2. Tyler Bright (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT:

After some routine track maintenance, it was time for the gate to drop on the third round of the Eastern Regional SX Lites series. As the fireworks went off it was Josh Grant who again emerged with the holeshot. Ryan Villopoto was right behind him in the second spot and SVM/MDK rider Billy Payne sat in third. Series point leader, Trey Canard, was mired towards the back of the pack, trying to work his way up to the front-runners. On lap two, Martin Davalos made the pass on Payne through the whoops for third place. Grant and RV quickly left the 22-rider field in their wake as they battled toe-to-toe for fifteen solid laps. By lap four, Canard had worked himself into the fifth spot, just behind Jake Moss. Moss soon felt the pressure from Canard, which was apparent as he tipped over on lap four, allowing Trey to slide into fourth place. Back in the pack, Kyle Partridge made a pass on Tyler Bowers for seventh place. Bowers looked to be struggling, as Jesseman also found a way around the Boost Mobile/Yamaha rider. Lap nine; RV and Grant were still scrapping, only a bike-length away from another. Grant looked to be faster on the second half of the track, pulling a slight gap on Villopoto every lap. By lap 13, Canard had finally reeled in Davalos, who sat in third place, and was starting to plot a way around the factory KTM rider for the third spot. Holeshot winner Billy Payne quickly faded back to the tenth position. As the white flag waved, it was Grant and RVstill wheel-to-wheel. RV tried to make a quick pass; however, he was unable to make it stick, allowing Grant to pull away just a few bike lengths. With only one turn to go, Villopoto and Grant were side by side. RV2 went for the pass, and both riders ran into each other in the air, causing Grant to hit the dirt with only 20 feet of racetrack between him and his first Supercross win of the year. Canard ran out of time to grab a podium position, as he was only a bike-length behind MDK/KTM rider Martin Davalos, who finished third. When it was all said and done, Josh Grant told us, “I rode amazing tonight! This is the Josh Grant everybody needs to see!” Clearly excited about his performance, this should give the Torco Racing Fuels/Honda rider the confidence he needs to finish out the season strong.

1. Ryan Villopoto. (Kaw)
2. Joshua Grant (Hon)
3. Martin Davalos (Ktm)
4. Trey Canard (Hon)
5. Ryan Sipes (Ktm)
6. Tyler Bowers (Yam)
7. Ryan Morias (Yam)
8. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
9. Nico Izzi (Suz)
10. Billy Payne (Hon)
11. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
12. Branden Jesseman (Kaw)
13. Travis Sewell (Suz)
14. Matt Boni (Hon)
15. Ben Coisy (Hon)
16. Zach Ames (Hon)
17. Tyler Medaglia (Suz)
18. Phillip Nicoletti (Kaw)
19. Kyle Gills (Kaw)
20. Nathan Skaggs (Hon)
21. Jake Moss (Yam)
22. Ryan Mills (Hon)

EASTERN REGION SUPERCROSS LITES SERIES POINT STANDINGS:

1. Trey Canard (93)
2. Ryan Villopoto (69)
3.t. Josh Hansen made a few “physical” passes, which enabled him to work his way into second place by the time the green flag was waving. On lap two, Hansen tried to make a pass for the lead; however, he ended up washing out and fell all the way back to last place. Up front, Povolny and Dusty Klatt put on a show for the fans, until Klatt found his way around the Honda rider to take over the lead. On the last lap, a five-way battle evolved for the final transfer position. With only one turn to go before the checkered flag, Chris Gosselaar attempted a pass in the exact same place that Lites rider Jimmy Albertson tried to make his pass, and the results were almost identical. Lil’ Goose overshot the step-on, step-off and was ejected from his bike, flying through the air like Superman. As Gosselaar picked himself up off the ground it would be Dusty Klatt and Tyler Bright taking the last two available gates for the Main Event.

1. Dusty Klatt (Kaw)
2. Tyler Bright (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT:

After some routine track maintenance, it was time for the gate to drop on the third round of the Eastern Regional SX Lites series. As the fireworks went off it was Josh Grant who again emerged with the holeshot. Ryan Villopoto was right behind him in the second spot and SVM/MDK rider Billy Payne sat in third. Series point leader, Trey Canard, was mired towards the back of the pack, trying to work his way up to the front-runners. On lap two, Martin Davalos made the pass on Payne through the whoops for third place. Grant and RV quickly left the 22-rider field in their wake as they battled toe-to-toe for fifteen solid laps. By lap four, Canard had worked himself into the fifth spot, just behind Jake Moss. Moss soon felt the pressure from Canard, which was apparent as he tipped over on lap four, allowing Trey to slide into fourth place. Back in the pack, Kyle Partridge made a pass on Tyler Bowers for seventh place. Bowers looked to be struggling, as Jesseman also found a way around the Boost Mobile/Yamaha rider. Lap nine; RV and Grant were still scrapping, only a bike-length away from another. Grant looked to be faster on the second half of the track, pulling a slight gap on Villopoto every lap. By lap 13, Canard had finally reeled in Davalos, who sat in third place, and was starting to plot a way around the factory KTM rider for the third spot. Holeshot winner Billy Payne quickly faded back to the tenth position. As the white flag waved, it was Grant and RVstill wheel-to-wheel. RV tried to make a quick pass; however, he was unable to make it stick, allowing Grant to pull away just a few bike lengths. With only one turn to go, Villopoto and Grant were side by side. RV2 went for the pass, and both riders ran into each other in the air, causing Grant to hit the dirt with only 20 feet of racetrack between him and his first Supercross win of the year. Canard ran out of time to grab a podium position, as he was only a bike-length behind MDK/KTM rider Martin Davalos, who finished third. When it was all said and done, Josh Grant told us, “I rode amazing tonight! This is the Josh Grant everybody needs to see!” Clearly excited about his performance, this should give the Torco Racing Fuels/Honda rider the confidence he needs to finish out the season strong.

1. Ryan Villopoto. (Kaw)
2. Joshua Grant (Hon)
3. Martin Davalos (Ktm)
4. Trey Canard (Hon)
5. Ryan Sipes (Ktm)
6. Tyler Bowers (Yam)
7. Ryan Morias (Yam)
8. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
9. Nico Izzi (Suz)
10. Billy Payne (Hon)
11. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
12. Branden Jesseman (Kaw)
13. Travis Sewell (Suz)
14. Matt Boni (Hon)
15. Ben Coisy (Hon)
16. Zach Ames (Hon)
17. Tyler Medaglia (Suz)
18. Phillip Nicoletti (Kaw)
19. Kyle Gills (Kaw)
20. Nathan Skaggs (Hon)
21. Jake Moss (Yam)
22. Ryan Mills (Hon)

EASTERN REGION SUPERCROSS LITES SERIES POINT STANDINGS:

1. Trey Canard (93)
2. Ryan Villopoto (69)
3. Ryan Sipes (67)
4. Nico Izzi (54)
5. Martin Davalos (53)
6. Ben Coisy (53)
7. Josh Grant (47)
8. Tyler Bowers (45)
9. Billy Payne (42)
10. Branden Jesseman (39)
11. Ryan Morais (31)
12. Matt Boni (30)
13. Jake Moss (28)
14. Kyle Partridge (27)
15. Jimmy Albertson (26)
16. Matt Goerke (22)
17. Kyle Chisholm (22)
18. Willy Browning (17)
19. Ricky Renner (16)
20. Tyler Sewell (13)

SUPERCROSS CLASS MAIN EVENT:

After a nail-biting race in the Lites class, everybody inside the Metrodome was looking forward to seeing more of the same in the Supercross class. That’s exactly what they got. As the 450 machines thundered down the start-straight, it was hometown hero, Ryan Dungey, grabbing the Progressive Holeshot Award. Kevin Windham was in third and series point’s leader, Chad Reed, was in fifth place at the end of lap one. Josh Hill found himself in the second spot, and was putting pressure on Dungey for the lead. Just behind them Andrew Short was in fourth showing K-dub a wheel every chance he got. Hill made his way around Dungey for the lead on for the fourth lap and was starting to pull away from the rest of the field. Reed got by Windham for third on lap four. Behind the podium battle, Davi Millsaps was found back in the eighth position, just a little bit behind Tommy Hahn. On lap six, Reedy made his move on Dungey for the second spot and set his sights on fellow Yamaha rider, Josh Hill. Reed slowly closed the gap on Josh as he blazed through the whoops. On lap eight Chad went down trying to close the gap between Hill and himself. By the time lap nine rolled around it was Hill, Dungey, Windham, Short, and David Vuillemin rounding out the top-five, with Reed still all the way back in ninth position. Meanwhile, back up front Hill was slowly putting distance between himself and Dungey, easily carving his way through lapped traffic. While Dungey rode to a solid second place, K-Dub, (who sat in third place) was losing ground to the Suzuki rider, and was never able to reel him in. Once the white flag waved, Reed had made his way back up to seventh place, where he would finish the night. Meanwhile, Hill crossed the finish line, taking his very first win in his entire professional career. Dungey wound up second, and Windham rounded out the podium in third place. We caught up with Josh Hill after the race, and Hill simply said, “Man, I can’t really put it into words right now. I’ve been dreaming about this since I was five or six years old. Now that it’s become a reality, it’s crazy! It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.” Check back for an exclusive interview with Minneapolis race winner Josh Hill early this week on www.transworldmotocross.com.

1. Joshua Hill (Yam)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
4. Andrew Short (Hon)
5. Tommy Hahn (Kaw)
6. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
7. Chad Reed (Yam)
8. David Vuillemin (Suz)
9. Travis Preston (Kaw)
10. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
11. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
12. Charles Summey (Yam)
13. Eric Sorby (Hon)
14. Heath Voss (Hon)
15. Nicholas Wey (Ktm)
16. Tyler Bright (Hon)
17. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
18. Dusty Klatt (Kaw)
19. Jason Thomas (Hon)
20. Manuel Rivas (Kaw)
21. Bryan Johnson (Hon)

AMA SUPERCROSS CLASS SEASON POINT STANDINGS:

1. Chad Reed (237)
2. Kevin Windham (220)
3. Andrew Short (172)
4. Davi Millsaps (164)
5. Tim Ferry (137)
6. Joshua Hill (135)
7. Nathan Ramsey (134)
8. David Vuillemin (115)
9. Paul Carpenter (97)
10. Nicholas Wey (95)
11. Charles Summey (81)
12. Heath Voss (74)
13. Mike Alessi (69)
14. Jake Marsack (61)
15. Eric Sorby (55)
16. Ivan Tedesco (53)
17. Ryan Dungey (51)
18. Travis Preston (48)
19. James Stewart (47)
20. Troy Adams (47)

r>3. Ryan Sipes (67)
4. Nico Izzi (54)
5. Martin Davalos (53)
6. Ben Coisy (53)
7. Josh Grant (47)
8. Tyler Bowers (45)9. Billy Payne (42)
10. Branden Jesseman (39)
11. Ryan Morais (31)
12. Matt Boni (30)
13. Jake Moss (28)
14. Kyle Partridge (27)
15. Jimmy Albertson (26)
16. Matt Goerke (22)
17. Kyle Chisholm (22)
18. Willy Browning (17)
19. Ricky Renner (16)
20. Tyler Sewell (13)

SUPERCROSS CLASS MAIN EVENT:

After a nail-biting race in the Lites class, everybody inside the Metrodome was looking forward to seeing more of the same in the Supercross class. That’s exactly what they got. As the 450 machines thundered down the start-straight, it was hometown hero, Ryan Dungey, grabbing the Progressive Holeshot Award. Kevin Windham was in third and series point’s leader, Chad Reed, was in fifth place at the end of lap one. Josh Hill found himself in the second spot, and was putting pressure on Dungey for the lead. Just behind them Andrew Short was in fourth showing K-dub a wheel every chance he got. Hill made his way around Dungey for the lead on for the fourth lap and was starting to pull away from the rest of the field. Reed got by Windham for third on lap four. Behind the podium battle, Davi Millsaps was found back in the eighth position, just a little bit behind Tommy Hahn. On lap six, Reedy made his move on Dungey for the second spot and set his sights on fellow Yamaha rider, Josh Hill. Reed slowly closed the gap on Josh as he blazed through the whoops. On lap eight Chad went down trying to close the gap between Hill and himself. By the time lap nine rolled around it was Hill, Dungey, Windham, Short, and David Vuillemin rounding out the top-five, with Reed still all the way back in ninth position. Meanwhile, back up front Hill was slowly putting distance between himself and Dungey, easily carving his way through lapped traffic. While Dungey rode to a solid second place, K-Dub, (who sat in third place) was losing ground to the Suzuki rider, and was never able to reel him in. Once the white flag waved, Reed had made his way back up to seventh place, where he would finish the night. Meanwhile, Hill crossed the finish line, taking his very first win in his entire professional career. Dungey wound up second, and Windham rounded out the podium in third place. We caught up with Josh Hill after the race, and Hill simply said, “Man, I can’t really put it into words right now. I’ve been dreaming about this since I was five or six years old. Now that it’s become a reality, it’s crazy! It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.” Check back for an exclusive interview with Minneapolis race winner Josh Hill early this week on www.transworldmotocross.com.

1. Joshua Hill (Yam)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
4. Andrew Short (Hon)
5. Tommy Hahn (Kaw)
6. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
7. Chad Reed (Yam)
8. David Vuillemin (Suz)
9. Travis Preston (Kaw)
10. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
11. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
12. Charles Summey (Yam)
13. Eric Sorby (Hon)
14. Heath Voss (Hon)
15. Nicholas Wey (Ktm)
16. Tyler Bright (Hon)
17. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
18. Dusty Klatt (Kaw)
19. Jason Thomas (Hon)
20. Manuel Rivas (Kaw)
21. Bryan Johnson (Hon)

AMA SUPERCROSS CLASS SEASON POINT STANDINGS:

1. Chad Reed (237)
2. Kevin Windham (220)
3. Andrew Short (172)
4. Davi Millsaps (164)
5. Tim Ferry (137)
6. Joshua Hill (135)
7. Nathan Ramsey (134)
8. David Vuillemin (115)
9. Paul Carpenter (97)
10. Nicholas Wey (95)
11. Charles Summey (81)
12. Heath Voss (74)
13. Mike Alessi (69)
14. Jake Marsack (61)
15. Eric Sorby (55)
16. Ivan Tedesco (53)
17. Ryan Dungey (51)
18. Travis Preston (48)
19. James Stewart (47)
20. Troy Adams (47)