2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series – Anaheim 1

After a rain-induced delay caused by a storm that ripped through Southern California into the wee hours of Saturday morning, the plastic tarps were finally rolled back at 4:30 PM to kickoff practice number one of the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. Though a bit sloppy during the first couple of sessions, the track healed up nicely to host an incredible night of racing. Save for a couple light, sporadic sprinkles that landed randomly throughout the day, the skies gradually cleared completely, and the evening’s racing action went off without a hitch.

In the Supercross Lites class, after fending off early charger Jason Lawrence, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey rode off to an impressive opening round win. In the premier Supercross class, Chad Reed, showing blazing speed and taking advantage of an early James Stewart crash, laid down lap after consistent lap to dominate the main event. Interested in more of the juicy details? Read on…

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE
After a fresh prepping of the track and the customary opening ceremonies filled with fireworks and rider introductions, the first gate of the 2008 season dropped, and it was Jake Weimer aboard his Torco Racing Fuels Honda who charged into turn one with the holeshot. Just moments later, however, Weimer went down after swapping off of the first rhythm double on the track, and was never able to rejoin the race. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey took over the lead midway through lap number one, with Justin Brayton and Gavin Grayck in second and third, respectively. As the only rider on the track consistently jumping the triples in the still semi-slick conditions, Dungey opened up a massive lead in no time flat, never to look back. Brayton and Blose held on for second and third, respectively.

RESULTS
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Justin Brayton
3. Chris Blose
4. Gavin Gracyk
5. Broc Hepler
6. Michael Lapaglia
7. Dan Reardon
8. Shaun Skinner
9. Kyle Cunningham

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO
Holeshot number two on the night went to Jason Lawrence aboard his Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy YZ250F. To end lap number one, Lawrence’s teammate Zach Osborne held down spot number two, with Matt Lemoine, Austin Stroupe, and Brett Metcalfe rounding out the top-five. With just three laps to go, and despite leading wire-to-wire, Lawrence was forced to huck his goggles off to the side of the track, likely do to some muddy roost from a lapped rider. Still, the speedy Yamaha pilot charged forward to win by a comfortable margin. Behind him, both Stroupe and Osborne had mishaps in the same slick rhythm section just one lap apart, but each managed to remount to finish within qualifying position.

RESULTS
1. Jason Lawrence
2. Brett Metcalfe
3. Matt Lemoine
4. Zach Osborne
5. Austin Stroupe
6. Mathew Willard
7. Adam Chatfield
8. Michael Blose
9. Jeff Northrop

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

When the gate dropped for Supercross heat one, Chad Reed and Jeff Gibson shared turn number one as they nearly banged bars, with Gibson grabbing the upper hand after a Reed bobble heading into the following rhythm section. Behind Gibson and Reed to end lap number one, Mike Alessi piloted his Rockstar Makita Suzuki into the third spot, only to go down just two turns later in a tough whoop section. Not to be outdone, Reed threw it away just a few turns later, ultimately dropping him outside of the top-10. After inheriting a comfortable cushion thanks to Reed’s mistake, Gibson began feeling the heat from Yamaha’s Josh Hill by lap number five. Meanwhile, Reed began charging back toward the front of the pack, passing Yamaha teammate and U.S. Open champ Grant Langston for the fifth spot on the very same lap. Hill kept charging to take over the lead for a lap, but in an incredible charge to end the moto, Reed moved all the way back to the front, blowing by Hill to take the win. Hill hung on for the second spot, however, and Tim Ferry got by Gibson toward mots end to finish in third.

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. Josh Hill
3. Tim Ferry
4. Jeff Gibson
5. Grant Langston
6. Troy Adams
7. Nick Wey
8. Josh Hansen
9. Nathan Ramsey

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO
It was none other than James “Bubba Stewart who stormed into turn number one of the final Supercross-class heat race of the night to take early control of the race. Behind him, the Honda freight rain of Kevin Windham, Andrew Short, and Ivan Tedesco took over the remainder of the top-four spots. In the early going, K-Dub worked hard to stay within a straight-away of Bubba, but the incredible speed of the Kawasaki phenom was simply no match when all was said and done. As the race settled behind Stewart, Windham rode smart and smooth to maintain that second spot, though Tedesco broke free from Short to slowly inch his way closer toward the wave checkers.

RESULTS
1. James Stewart
2. Kevin Windham
3. Ivan Tedesco
4. Andrew Short
5. Erick Sorby
6. David Vuillemin
7. Bryan Johnson
8. Davi Millsaps
9. Jeff Alessi

SUPERCROSS LITES LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER
In the Lites LCQ, Eric McCrummen took the early lead, with Andrew McFarlane and Rob Kiniry rounding out the top-three spots. On the last lap, McFarlane made a move on McCrummen to take over the top spot, but it was short-lived, as McCrummen fired right back with a last second pass to take the win. Brothers Tommy and Wil Hahn claimed the final two qualifying positions, finishing third and fourth, respectively.

RESULTS
1. Eric McCrummen
2. Andrew McFarlane
3. Tommy Hahn
4. Wil Hahn

SUPERCROSS LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER
Mike Alessi grabbed the holeshot to kick off the start of the Supercross-class LCQ, but immediately dropped a couple positions after a slight bobble in a rhythm section. Inheriting the lead, Antonio Balbi completed lap number one looking good aboard his Honda, but it didn’t take long for Alessi to move his way back to the front. Once in the lead, Alessi looked a bit tight, and Balbi actually got back by on lap number four for another run at the win. That run ran dry quickly, however, as Balbi went down, handing the lead and the first of the two remaining passports to the main event back to Alessi. Behind him, Jason Thomas rolled in to take the second and final transfer position.

1. Mike Alessi
2. Jason Thomas
SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT
Wooo Hooo! The first main event of the 2008 racing season, and the holeshot goes to… Torco Racing Fuels Dan Reardon! Behind the speedy Aussie, Austin Stroupe and Ryan Dungey scrapped early on, with Dungey eventually pulling a slight edge. While Stroupe slipped back two positions after a couple mistakes, Dungey looked to be headed to the front, but a bobble midway through lap three saw him drop back momentarily. Meanwhile, Jason Lawrence charged to the front after a so-so start, blasting by Reardon on lap number five. Quickly slipping back into form, Dungey diced his way back to second, quickly putting the heat on J-Law for the lead.

On lap eight, Lawrence got bottle-necked behind some lapped riders and was unable to jump a triple. Dungey, on the other hand, displayed large amounts of sack as he hucked the section without a hitch, passing for the lead. After another bobble on the same lap, Lawrence was passed by Justin Brayton for the second spot, as well, while Dungey continued to extend his lead. Lawrence battled his way back by Brayton after another lap of action, but Dungey’s pace up front was to strong and consistent to make up any significant ground. Dungey took the win with plenty of room to breathe, with Lawrence taking second with the same luxury. Behind the top-two standouts, Brayton, Reardon, and Stroupe rounded out the top-five.

RESULTS
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Jason Lawrence
3. Justin Brayton
4. Dan Reardon
5. Austin Stroupe
6. Tommy Hahn
7. Gavin Gracyk
8. Andrew McFarlane
9. Chris Blose
10. Wil Hahn
11. Broc Hepler
12. Jeff Northrop
13. Michael Lapaglia
14. Michael Blose
15. Michael Willard
16. Adam Chatfield
17. Kyle Cunningham
18. Matt Lemoine
19. Brett Metcalfe
20. Eric McCrummen
21. Shaun Skinner
22. Zach Osborne

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
As the 30-second board tipped sideways, the near capacity Anaheim crowd went nuts for what was to be the first premier class main event of the year. Rounding turn number one with the holeshot, Grant Langston and Chad Reed banged bars hard to share the honors, while simultaneously, James Stewart went down! That’s right, with Bubba on the ground, Reed took over the early lead, with Langston, Alessi, Ferry, and Wey rounding out the top-five. Bubba found himself 18-seconds back at the completion of the opening lap. Just before the end of lap two, Reed stalled his bike in a corner, giving up the lead. Though Langston and Alessi both got by quickly, Reed charged his way back to the second spot by displacing the number 800 a lap or so later. Meanwhile, on lap number four, Bubba had already charged his way back to the tenth spot! Out front, Langston quickly began feeling the heat from Reed, as the determined Yamaha pilot charged his way back to the front just a half-dozen laps in.

To start lap 10, Reed charged forward with a more-than-comfortable lead, with Bubba remarkably charging all the way back into the second spot. Behind the top-two, Langston appeared to have a bit of a problem, as Ferry quickly got by and began gapping the ’07 National champ. Heading into the final five laps of the race, Reed continued to plow forward, losing no ground to a charging Bubba in second. Behind them, Ferry and Langston had settled into third and fourth, respectively, as Windham put a pass on Alessi to take over the fifth spot. At the wave of the checkers, Reed had lapped his way all the way up to the sixth spot, taking the first win of the ’08 Supercross series!

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. James Stewart
3. Tim Ferry
4. Grant Langston
5. Kevin Windham
6. Mike Alessi
7. Davi Millsaps
8. Andrew Short
9. Nick Wey
10. David Vuillemin
11. Nathan Ramsey
12. Erick Sorby
13. Paul Carpenter
14. Heath Voss
15. Ivan Tedesco
16. Josh Hill
17. Jeff Alessi
18. B. Johnson
19. Troy Adams
20. Josh Hansen
21. Jeff Gibson
22. Jason Thomas12. Jeff Northrop
13. Michael Lapaglia
14. Michael Blose
15. Michael Willard
16. Adam Chatfield
17. Kyle Cunningham
18. Matt Lemoine
19. Brett Metcalfe
20. Eric McCrummen
21. Shaun Skinner
22. Zach Osborne

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
As the 30-second board tipped sideways, the near capacity Anaheim crowd went nuts for what was to be the first premier class main event of the year. Rounding turn number one with the holeshot, Grant Langston and Chad Reed banged bars hard to share the honors, while simultaneously, James Stewart went down! That’s right, with Bubba on the ground, Reed took over the early lead, with Langston, Alessi, Ferry, and Wey rounding out the top-five. Bubba found himself 18-seconds back at the completion of the opening lap. Just before the end of lap two, Reed stalled his bike in a corner, giving up the lead. Though Langston and Alessi both got by quickly, Reed charged his way back to the second spot by displacing the number 800 a lap or so later. Meanwhile, on lap number four, Bubba had already charged his way back to the tenth spot! Out front, Langston quickly began feeling the heat from Reed, as the determined Yamaha pilot charged his way back to the front just a half-dozen laps in.

To start lap 10, Reed charged forward with a more-than-comfortable lead, with Bubba remarkably charging all the way back into the second spot. Behind the top-two, Langston appeared to have a bit of a problem, as Ferry quickly got by and began gapping the ’07 National champ. Heading into the final five laps of the race, Reed continued to plow forward, losing no ground to a charging Bubba in second. Behind them, Ferry and Langston had settled into third and fourth, respectively, as Windham put a pass on Alessi to take over the fifth spot. At the wave of the checkers, Reed had lapped his way all the way up to the sixth spot, taking the first win of the ’08 Supercross series!

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. James Stewart
3. Tim Ferry
4. Grant Langston
5. Kevin Windham
6. Mike Alessi
7. Davi Millsaps
8. Andrew Short
9. Nick Wey
10. David Vuillemin
11. Nathan Ramsey
12. Erick Sorby
13. Paul Carpenter
14. Heath Voss
15. Ivan Tedesco
16. Josh Hill
17. Jeff Alessi
18. B. Johnson
19. Troy Adams
20. Josh Hansen
21. Jeff Gibson
22. Jason Thomas