2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – San Francisco

This weekend at San Francisco the mud flew higher than the seagulls that circled the bay outside AT&T Park. Déjà vu…
So far this Supercross season, 50% of the races have been mud races following a week of torrential rain. After A1, we think most of the racers were over the mud. They were ready for dry, sculpted, fast tracks. To their dismay, however, San Fran was not going to offer those conditions. Instead, the Bay Area played host to downpours, enough to delay flights, flood parking lots, and force countless highway accidents and fender benders. But the racing must go on, rain or shine, and it went off with but a few hitches. Much like Anaheim 1, the weather broke Saturday morning, influencing false hopes in the pits. By 1pm, bits of sunshine peaked through and temperatures rose. Track crews, however, chose to keep the tarps on the track until 4pm. By that time, the temperature had started declining and the dirt had little time to air-out.
After a quick track walk and an expedited single practice, opening ceremonies kicked off the show with the rain beginning to threaten.

LITES HEAT 1
When the gates dropped into the sludge, Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Dan Reardon blasted out into the mud first, grabbing the holeshot. Pro Circuit’s Brett Metcalfe kept Reardon close while Michael Blose, Ryan Dungey, and Tommy Hahn made chase. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey went to work quickly making a pass for third place. By lap 3, Metcalfe had taken over the lead as Dungey, Reardon, and Hahn tore through the mud for the other top spots. In lap 4, Dungey found himself in second place and within striking distance of Metcalfe. However, a mismanagement of the triple almost put Dungey down and Metcalfe was able to continue out front with little competition. Dan Reardon also bobbled in lap five, and Tommy Hahn flew over the triple above Reardon, taking over the third place position. Reardon was able to recover and hold onto fourth, while Tommy’s brother, Wil, rounded out the top five.

RESULTS
1. Brett Metcalfe
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Tommy Hahn
4. Dan Reardon
5. Wil Hahn
6. Justin Brayton
7. Michael Blose
8. Eric Mccrummen

LITES HEAT 2
The heats cycled quickly as the rain increasingly became a factor. As the night drew on, the rain grew from sprinkles to a downpour in the Mains. So just as we caught our breath from the first Lites heat, the gates dropped for the second, and Jake Weimer grabbed another holeshot for the Torco Racing Fuels/Honda Team. On the contrary,Yamaha’s Broc Hepler had a terrible start and could not recover. Meanwhile, up front, Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Gavin Gracyk, Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence, and the new Pro Circuit 51 plate, Austin Stroupe battled fro the top spots. J-Law bobbled in during lap 2 and Stroupe is able to put himself into a position to battle. By lap 5, Stroupe and Lawrence exchange spots, but Stroupy is able to win the battle and the second place position. Weimer stayed out front for the duration of the heat, no doubt to keep the number plate and goggles clean. Gracyk held on for the fourth position and DNA/BTO Sports’ Kyle Cunningham rounded out the top five.

RESULTS
1. Jake Weimer
2. Austin Stroupe
3. Jason Lawrence
4. Gavin Gracyk
5. Kyle Cunningham
6. Kyle Beaton
7. Carlos Gonzalez
8. Michael Lapaglia
9. Michael Willard

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1
Keeping up the pace, the Supercross class lined up quickly and dug into the mud as soon as the Lites were off the track. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Mike Alessi did what he does best and holeshot the start, but Kevin Windham quickly pulled the rug out from under the holeshot master and checked out. Grant Langston, still reeling from two bouts of bad luck at the previous rounds, chased down Alessi alongside Windham, but blew off the track halfway through the first lap. He didn’t hesitate, though, and battled his way back into contention. Fellow Yamaha pilot, Josh Hill, looked comfortable inhe mud and did his best to catch proud new father Andrew Short, who was at Alessi’s rear wheel. Hill was able to get by GL when the Outdoor Champ bobbled in lap 6. When the checkers flew, KW easily took the win, with Alessi and Short in tow. Josh Hill and Bad Boy Energy’s Jacob Marsack rounded out the top five. After the heat, Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham stood poised on the podium to the roar of the crowd. He told the crowd he was focused and ready to challenge for the top spot of the Supercross class ranks.

RESULTS
1. Kevin Windham
2. Mike Alessi
3. Andrew Short
4. Josh Hill
5. Jacob Marsack
6. Grant Langston
7. Cole Siebler
8. Paul Carpenter
9. Jason Thomas

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2
Timmy Ferry must have put a paddle tire on before the race, because he floated that KX450F over the mud for the holeshot of Heat 2 with ease. After the second turn, Ferry was followed by current points leader Chad Reed and the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s David “DV12 Vuillemin. Reed didn’t enjoy all the mud flying up, so he passed Ferry midway through the first lap and stayed up front, ahead of the roost. Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps, apparently unwilling to be left out of the fun, passed DV12 over the triple and dashed through the mud to catch Reed. Millsaps teammate, Ivan “Tapatio Tedesco decided to give Millsaps a run for his money and the two went to battle. Timmy kept his pace, and briefly regained the lead, as Reed stalled his bike. Mud clumped up, pushing Reed’s brake pedal down, forcing the bike to stall out. Ferry’s lead didn’t last, however, as Reed was able to kick out enough mud to blast back up front. Reed took the checkers in front of Red Bull/Honda’s Davi Millsaps and Ivan Tedesco. Timmy Ferry and David Vullemin rounded out the top 5.

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Ivan Tedesco
4. Timmy Ferry
5. David Vuillemin
6. Charles Summey
7. Heath Voss
8. Eric Sorby
9. Nick Wey

LITES LCQ
After a poor heat race, Yamaha’s Broc Hepler found himself in his first LCQ of the season. However, his second start of the evening didn’t fair much better than the first, and BHep found himself way back in the pack of the SF LCQ. MDK/KTM’s Billy Laninovich had better luck when the gates dropped and he snatched up the holeshot. His lead didn’t last, however, as Team Solitaire’s Robert Kiniry shot through the mud with ease. Aboard his CRF250R, Kiniry put on a mud clinic, hanging onto the lead for the majority of the race. A frustrated Hepler charged his way through the Lites pack and found himself in striking distance of Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Chris Gosselaar. Hepler kept his composure and bumped the TLD pilot off for the final qualifying position.

RESULTS
1. Robert Kiniry
2. Broc Hepler

SUPERCROSS LCQ
As the Supercross class riders lined up for the LCQ, the rain reminded us of its presence. The sprinkling fell a little faster, and the puddlea around the track grew exponentially. Team Solitaire’s Ryan Clark holeshot the rainsoaked LCQ with Rockstar/Hart&Huntington’s Troy Adams on his tire. San Manuel/Yamaha’s Nathan Ramsey settled into third, but was unable to keep pace with the two frontrunners. Ryan made no mistakes for Adams to capitalize on, nor did Adams let up his pace. When the checkered flag flew, the two took sealed their spots in the Main Event.

RESULTS
1. Ryan Clark
2. Troy Adams

LITES MAIN EVENT
By the time the Lites lined up for the Mian Event, the sprinkles had transformed to fullblown showers and the riders took their gates spots under the protection of umbrellas. Unlike Anaheim 1,the rain didn’t hold off until after the Mains. Instead it decided to join the party, unwelcomed. Unphased by the showers, Pro Circuit’s Austin Stroupe twisted the throttle to the holeshot with Jason Lawrence on his tire. J-Law maneuvered around the young PC pilot and quickly made some space. The bad luck struck Broc Hepler again and the Yamaha rider went down early in the first lap and found himself in last place. Current points leader, Ryan Dungey, clawed his way through the pack after a dismal start and by the fourth lap found himself in the seventh spot. Brett Metcalfe, Dan Reardon, and Tommy Hahn didn’t let the rain and mud slow them down and they made their push for Lawrence. By the fifth lap, J-Law had made his way into lapper traffic, but continued to build his lead.
The rain really started to come down midway through the race and Jason Lawrence looked as though he would wrap up the victory, short of any major mistakes. Tommy Hahn, settled into the mud smoothly and roared his Motosport/Xtreme Kawasaki into the second place position. Metcalfe did his best to reel in the Texas native, but Hahn rode mistake-free and grabbed his first podium of 2008. Metcalfe held on for third. The two joined Jason Lawrence on the podium following the race, but the rain became so intense, that the Supercross class Main was forced to start early without a parade lap. The champaigne had to wait until after all the racing concluded.

RESULTS
1. Jason Lawrence
2. Tommy Hahn
3. Brett Metcalfe
4. Dan Reardon
5. Austin Stroupe
6. Gavin Gracyk
7. Ryan Dungey
8. Chris Blose
9. Wil Hahn
10. Michael Blose
11. Robert Kiniry
12. Broc Hepler
13. Justin Brayton
14. Michael Willard
15. Carlos Gonzalez
16. Kyle Cunningham
17. Michael Lapaglia
18. Eric Mccrummen
19. Chris Gosselaar
20. Kyle Beaton
21. Adam Metzler
22. Jake Weimer

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
Ponchos, umbrellas, and slickers, filled the stadium seats as the Supercross Main got set. The San Francisco fans did not let a little rain drown their chance to watch some live Supercross and the roars could be heard well over the showers onslaught of the field. When the gates slapped down, Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry grabbed his second holeshot of the night. But Kevin Windham didn’t let Ferry get far, passing him early in lap 1. Ferry chose not to hit the first triple in lap 1, and Davi Millsaps flew over him, followed by Chad Reed. Millsaps closed in on Windham, but Windham held him off. Chad Reed, however, did not let Windham hold him off. Reedy was able to get out front, with Windham and Millsaps behind. In the fifth lap, KW got squirrelly over the triple and boosts off the track. Davi took advantage and swooped up the second position. By lap 10, Reed had built a little comfort space, but the battle for second and third was not far behind. Davi could not hold his position and Windham snatched it back. Meanwhile, Grant Langston and Ivan Tedesco were making their way through the pack toward the podium spot battle. In lap 12 Red Bull/Honda riders, Ivan Tedesco and Davi Millsaps went down. Both were able to recover, but then Ivan went down again. GL was closing in on Tedesco, but by this time, both were off the podium spot pace.
Meanwhile, as all eyes are on the battle of the factory riders, Bad Boy Energy’s Jacob Marsack was tearing through the mud quietly in the fourth place position. He consistently maneuvered through the mud and made few to no mistakes. At the end of the fifteen laps, the soggy checkered flag waved Chad Reed over the finish line, with Kevin Windham and Davi Millaps finishing 2, 3 respectively. Marsack crossed over next for fourth, and although it didn’t come with a podium spot, he had to be proud of his finish. His fourth place marked the top Supercross finish for the Bad Boy rider. Hopefully he can carry some momentum into A3!

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. Kevin Windham
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Jacob Marsack
5. Grant Langston
6. Ivan Tedesco
7. Nick Wey
8. Heath Voss
9. Troy Adams
10. Timmy Ferry
11. Charles Summey
12. Cole Siebler
13. Andrew Short
14. Eric Sorby
15. Mike Alessi
16. Nathan Ramsey
17. Ryan Clark
18. Josh Hill
19. Jason Thoma
s20. David Vuillemin
21. Paul Carpenter DNF

AMA Supewn early in the first lap and found himself in last place. Current points leader, Ryan Dungey, clawed his way through the pack after a dismal start and by the fourth lap found himself in the seventh spot. Brett Metcalfe, Dan Reardon, and Tommy Hahn didn’t let the rain and mud slow them down and they made their push for Lawrence. By the fifth lap, J-Law had made his way into lapper traffic, but continued to build his lead.
The rain really started to come down midway through the race and Jason Lawrence looked as though he would wrap up the victory, short of any major mistakes. Tommy Hahn, settled into the mud smoothly and roared his Motosport/Xtreme Kawasaki into the second place position. Metcalfe did his best to reel in the Texas native, but Hahn rode mistake-free and grabbed his first podium of 2008. Metcalfe held on for third. The two joined Jason Lawrence on the podium following the race, but the rain became so intense, that the Supercross class Main was forced to start early without a parade lap. The champaigne had to wait until after all the racing concluded.

RESULTS
1. Jason Lawrence
2. Tommy Hahn
3. Brett Metcalfe
4. Dan Reardon
5. Austin Stroupe
6. Gavin Gracyk
7. Ryan Dungey
8. Chris Blose
9. Wil Hahn
10. Michael Blose
11. Robert Kiniry
12. Broc Hepler
13. Justin Brayton
14. Michael Willard
15. Carlos Gonzalez
16. Kyle Cunningham
17. Michael Lapaglia
18. Eric Mccrummen
19. Chris Gosselaar
20. Kyle Beaton
21. Adam Metzler
22. Jake Weimer

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
Ponchos, umbrellas, and slickers, filled the stadium seats as the Supercross Main got set. The San Francisco fans did not let a little rain drown their chance to watch some live Supercross and the roars could be heard well over the showers onslaught of the field. When the gates slapped down, Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry grabbed his second holeshot of the night. But Kevin Windham didn’t let Ferry get far, passing him early in lap 1. Ferry chose not to hit the first triple in lap 1, and Davi Millsaps flew over him, followed by Chad Reed. Millsaps closed in on Windham, but Windham held him off. Chad Reed, however, did not let Windham hold him off. Reedy was able to get out front, with Windham and Millsaps behind. In the fifth lap, KW got squirrelly over the triple and boosts off the track. Davi took advantage and swooped up the second position. By lap 10, Reed had built a little comfort space, but the battle for second and third was not far behind. Davi could not hold his position and Windham snatched it back. Meanwhile, Grant Langston and Ivan Tedesco were making their way through the pack toward the podium spot battle. In lap 12 Red Bull/Honda riders, Ivan Tedesco and Davi Millsaps went down. Both were able to recover, but then Ivan went down again. GL was closing in on Tedesco, but by this time, both were off the podium spot pace.
Meanwhile, as all eyes are on the battle of the factory riders, Bad Boy Energy’s Jacob Marsack was tearing through the mud quietly in the fourth place position. He consistently maneuvered through the mud and made few to no mistakes. At the end of the fifteen laps, the soggy checkered flag waved Chad Reed over the finish line, with Kevin Windham and Davi Millaps finishing 2, 3 respectively. Marsack crossed over next for fourth, and although it didn’t come with a podium spot, he had to be proud of his finish. His fourth place marked the top Supercross finish for the Bad Boy rider. Hopefully he can carry some momentum into A3!

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. Kevin Windham
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Jacob Marsack
5. Grant Langston
6. Ivan Tedesco
7. Nick Wey
8. Heath Voss
9. Troy Adams
10. Timmy Ferry
11. Charles Summey
12. Cole Siebler
13. Andrew Short
14. Eric Sorby
15. Mike Alessi
16. Nathan Ramsey
17. Ryan Clark
18. Josh Hill
19. Jason Thoma
s20. David Vuillemin
21. Paul Carpenter DNF

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 97
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 78
3. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 57
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 54
5. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 53
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 51
7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 47
8. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 43
9. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 43
10. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 40

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 86
2. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 67
3. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 63
4. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha, 59
5. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 58
6. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 55
7. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 55
8. Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 52
9. Gavin Gracyk, Blissfield, Ohio, Honda, 42
10. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 42

Supercross Class Season Standings

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 97
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 78
3. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 57
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 54
5. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 53
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 51
7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 47
8. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 43
9. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 43
10. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 40

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 86
2. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 67
3. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 63
4. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha, 59
5. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 58
6. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 55
7. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 55
8. Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 52
9. Gavin Gracyk, Blissfield, Ohio, Honda, 42
10. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 42