2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – San Diego


The Monster Energy AMA Supercross series was welcomed by classic southern California sunny skies as it rolled into San Diego, CA for round six of the series, which is also the last west coast stop until Seattle in late April.  By the time the night was over we were left with a new points leader in the Lites class as Jason Lawrence notched his third straight victory, and in the Supercross class there was the first-ever clean sweep of the California rounds as Chad Reed collected another win.

LITES HEAT 1

Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Dan Reardon grabbed a sizeable holeshot in Lites Heat number one as several riders piled up behind him in turn one–including Austin Stroupe and Bret Metcalfe, among others.  As the riders sorted themselves out it was Reardon out front, followed by Ryan Dungey, Michael Lapaglia, Carlos Gonzalez, and Tiger Lacey rounding out the top five at the end of lap one.  But it didn’t take Dungey long to jump out to the lead, passing Reardon for the top spot one turn into the second lap.  From there Dungey checked out en route to a solid win with about a five-second gap between himself and Reardon at the checkered flag.  Michael Lapaglia, Tiger Lacey, and Michael Willard rounded out the top five.

Not to be forgotten is Austin Stroupe, who made his way through the pack after that first turn crash to finish in seventh place and avoid the dreaded LCQ.

RESULTS:

1. Ryan Dungey

2. Dan Reardon

3. Michael Lapaglia

4. Tiger Lacey

5. Michael Willard

6. Jeff Northrop

7. Austin Stroupe

8. Michael Blose

9. Carlos Gonzalez

LITES HEAT 2

Jake Weimer seemed to have reclaimed some of the speed he had on display back at his round two win in Phoenix.  Weimer charged to the front of the pack aboard his Torco Racing Fuels Honda CRF250R to claim the holeshot and from there the young Idaho native never looked back.  Within two laps Jake had opened up a three second gap on Tommy Hahn in second; a lead that he would stretch even further on his way to the heat race win.

Behind Weimer there was even more first turn carnage at the start of the race.  Several riders tangled through the sandy left-hander, including Yamaha of Troy/Boost Mobile’s Jason Lawrence; but the rou start didn’t deter J-Law. Once he righted his ship Lawrence rode like a man possessed as charged aggressively through the pack, and by the final lap he had climbed to about sixth place.  But with just three turns to go Lawrence tangled with another rider in a tricky off-camber right-hander and it looked like he would be headed to the LCQ.  Somehow, however, Jason managed to remount his YZ250F in time to salvage a ninth place finish that ensured a direct transfer to the main event.

Zach Osborne and Fun Center/Suzuki/Rockstar’s Chris Blose diced it up for first place for most of the early laps, but by the checkered flag it was Blose that got the better of that battle; finishing in third.  Osborne crossed the checkered flag in fourth, and Wil Hahn rounded out the top five.

RESULTS:

1. Jake Weimer

2. Tommy Hahn

3. Chris Blose

4. Zach Osborne

5. Wil Hahn

6. Justin Brayton

7. Gavin Gracyk

8. Robert Kiniry

9. Jason Lawrence

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1

Tim Ferry grabbed the holeshot to start the first premiere class race of the evening, but Red Dog had Davi Millsaps hot on his heels, and Millsaps’ Honda Red Bull Racing teammate Andrew Short not far behind in third.  For the first few laps Ferry built a solid lead, but at the midway point of the eight-lap race Millsaps seemed to push harder and within a couple more laps was pulling alongside Ferry’s rear axle.  

Just when it looked like Millsaps was going to slingshot himself into the lead, a slight bobble down the long straightaway gave Timmy a little bit more breathing room, and a few turns later Ferry slowed coming out of turn four, causing Millsaps to collide with him.  The crash left Millsaps with a third place finish, while Andrew Short crossed the line in second.

RESULTS

1. Tim Ferry

2. Andrew Short

3. Davi Millsaps

4. Josh Hansen

5. Paul Carpenter

6. Jacob Marsack

7. Troy Adams

8. David Vuillemin

9. Greg Crater

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2

Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham and Hooters/Tamer Billet/Moto XXX’s Eric Sorby were neck and neck for the holeshot, but it was Windham that quickly moved to the front of the pack.  Not far behind in fifth place was San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/Yamaha’s Chad Reed, and it wasn’t long before he had moved into second place and within a few seconds of K-Dub.

Windham, however, did not yield to Reed.  The crafty veteran kept charging and finding new lines to hold off the current points leader, including a triple into the off-camber right hand turn that no one else had yet attempted.  Within a few laps Reed also started doing the challenging triple, but it wasn’t enough as Windham was able to hold him off during an exciting final lap that brought the crowd to their feet.

Reed’s path to second place included a pass on Travis Preston who recently returned to racing by filling in on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team.  With only two races under his belt TP turned in a solid fourth place in the heat race–not bad for someone fresh out of temporary retirement.

RESULTS:

1. Kevin Windham

2. Chad Reed

3. Nick Wey

4. Travis Preston

5. Eric Sorby

6. Jason Thomas

7. Kevin Johnson

8. Charles Summey

9. Josh Hill

LITES LCQ

Bret Metcalfe was one of many riders to get caught in a first turn pile up during the heat races, and hence the frequent podium finisher had to run tonight’s Last Chance Qualifier.  The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider showed that he doesn’t belong in the LCQ by taking the holeshot and the win.  Matt Lemoine chased very close behind Metcalfe in second

7. Troy Adams

8. David Vuillemin

9. Greg Crater

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2

Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham and Hooters/Tamer Billet/Moto XXX’s Eric Sorby were neck and neck for the holeshot, but it was Windham that quickly moved to the front of the pack.  Not far behind in fifth place was San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/Yamaha’s Chad Reed, and it wasn’t long before he had moved into second place and within a few seconds of K-Dub.

Windham, however, did not yield to Reed.  The crafty veteran kept charging and finding new lines to hold off the current points leader, including a triple into the off-camber right hand turn that no one else had yet attempted.  Within a few laps Reed also started doing the challenging triple, but it wasn’t enough as Windham was able to hold him off during an exciting final lap that brought the crowd to their feet.

Reed’s path to second place included a pass on Travis Preston who recently returned to racing by filling in on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team.  With only two races under his belt TP turned in a solid fourth place in the heat race–not bad for someone fresh out of temporary retirement.

RESULTS:

1. Kevin Windham

2. Chad Reed

3. Nick Wey

4. Travis Preston

5. Eric Sorby

6. Jason Thomas

7. Kevin Johnson

8. Charles Summey

9. Josh Hill

LITES LCQ

Bret Metcalfe was one of many riders to get caught in a first turn pile up during the heat races, and hence the frequent podium finisher had to run tonight’s Last Chance Qualifier.  The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider showed that he doesn’t belong in the LCQ by taking the holeshot and the win.  Matt Lemoine chased very close behind Metcalfe in second place and towards the end of the short race looked like he might attempt a pass, but the second year pro settled for runner up and a secure spot in the main event.  

RESULTS:

1. Bret Metcalfe

2. Matt Lemoine

3. Justin Keeney

4. Billy Laninovich

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Jeff Alessi had his Bad Boy Power Drinks Honda at the front of the pack to start the Supercross LCQ, but not far behind him were San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/Yamaha’s Nathan Ramsey in second, and Team Solitaire/MB1’s Ryan Clark in third.  The tightly bunched leaders quickly built a respectable gap on the rest of the field as Alessi charged through the multiple rhythm sections of the track to maintain the lead.  Ramsey stayed right on Alessi’s back tire throughout the race but wasn’t able to make a pass for the lead.  

RESULTS:

1. Jeff Alessi

2. Nathan Ramsey

LITES MAIN EVENT

Jason Lawrence railed through the sand in turn one to pull a fat holeshot at the start of the Lites main event.  But J-Law wasn’t content with just a holeshot; the current runner up in the season points standings quickly opened up a sizeable gap on Tommy Hahn in second place, a gap that he continued to build on as the main event wore on.  We know winning a supercross race is never easy, but Lawrence sure made it look that way tonight.

Lawrence never faced a serious challenge for the lead, and at the same time Tommy Hahn and Bobby Kiniry rode comfortably in the second and third positions.

Where was Ryan Dungey you ask?  Unfortunately for Ryan he had a rough go of it tonight.  The Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider started the race in fifth place but quickly started picking off riders, making his way to fourth by the end of lap number one.  At the start of the following lap Dungey was nipping at Kiniry’s heals as he tried to move into third.  Then as the two made their way through the sandy first turn, Dungey bumped Kiniry’s back tire and, as he attempted to recover, ended up tumbling end-over-end in the tricky whoop section.  Dungey quickly jumped to his feet and ripped off what was left of his helmet visor, but by the time he got going again he was mid-pack.  A few laps later Dungey crashed again, this time in the same turn where Ferry and Millsaps had tangled during their heat race.  From there, it was all Dunge