2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series – Phoenix

After an overcast mud race at Anaheim, both racers and fans alike were ready for a solid dirt Supercross race with some reasonable weather. Thankfully, Phoenix offered up both great weather and a well-prepped track for the second round of the AMA Supercross Series. Chase Field, with its retractable roof and abundant amenities, opened its doors to the Supercross world and welcomed 46,121 fans. And these fans got to see a show! The Lites class offered intense battles throughout the night, the best coming in the main event. In the Supercross class, all eyes were on James Stewart and Chad Reed, intensely watching to see who would come out on top in Arizona.

LITES HEAT 1

The Pro Circuit rookie, Austin Stroupe, and the Yamaha pilots Broc Hepler and Jason Lawrence were under the spotlight when the first gate dropped. Austin Stroupe, unfortunately, ended up on the ground during the dash for the holeshot. By the end of the first lap Broc Hepler had jumped out front, redeeming himself from his dismal showing at Anaheim. Dan Reardon and the aggressive Jason Lawrence chased after BHep, and Michael Lapaglia settled into fourth place. J-Law took his opportunity early by putting a block pass on Reardon and set his sights on Hepler. In lap 4, Lawrence had hunted Hepler down and positioned himself to strike. Using the same turn where he passed Reardon, Lawrence cut to the inside of Hepler and took over the lead. He didn’t look back, snatching up the checkers. Lapaglia, meanwhile, kept his consistent pace and finished fourth behind Hepler and Reardon. Team Solitaire’s Robert Kiniry rounded out top 5.

Results
1. Jason Lawrence
2. Broc Hepler
3. Dan Reardon
4. Michael Lapaglia
5. Robert Kiniry
6. Eric Mccrummen
7. Jeff Northrop
8. Bradley Graham
9. Michael Blose

LITES HEAT 2

In Heat 2 of the Lites class, Kyle Cunningham blasted the holeshot and held off the pursuit of Ryan Dungey for the better part of three laps. However, Dungey made his move and ran up front for the rest of the heat. Cunningham kept his impressive pace, staying on Dungey’s rear tire all the way to the checkered flag. Billy Laninovich ran third from beginning to end with little immediate challenge. Jake Weimer, who has continued to increase his speed over his last few race appearances, held off of the Hahn brothers for fourth place. The excitement lasted all the way through the final lap, where Justin Brayton passed Andrew McFarlane just before the checkered flag for the final qualifying spot.

RESULTS
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Kyle Cunningham
3. Billy Laninovich
4. Jake Weimer
5. Tommy Hahn
6. Wil Hahn
7. Brett Metcalfe
8. Chris Blose
9. Justin Brayton

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1The premier class of Supercross reminded the fans in Phoenix why they came out to Chase field. Nathan Ramsey snatched up the holeshot, but Josh Hill hunted him down. Hill, as TransWorld predicted earlier this off-season, has quickly become comfortable aboard his 450 and he led the pack for the first three laps. Chad Reed, not surprisingly, quickly picked his way through the pack and set his sights on the young Hill. The two Yamaha riders battled through the second half of the third lap, but Chad won the top spot and ran to victory. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider Mike Alessi, who consistently gets good starts, stayed in the mix but gave up the third position to Andrew Short. Ivan Tedesco followed suit and reeled Alessi in, but he could not get by him before the checkered flag waved.

RESULTS
1. Chad Reed
2. Josh Hill
3. Andrew Short
4. Mike Alessi
5. Ivan Tedesco
6. Nathan Ramsey
7. Josh Hansen
8. Heath Voss
9. Paul Carpenter

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2

Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s James Stewart blasted the holeshot in heat 2 of the premier class and proceeded to completely check out and win by an extraordinary margin. Tim Ferry, continuing his podium-worthy speed, and Outdoor champ Grant Langston battled for the second place spot. ReBull Honda pilot Davi Millsaps and the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider David Vuillemin rounded out the top 5 mid way through the heat. Millsaps battled his way up a few spots, eventually taking over third, nearly catching Grant Cool G Langston at the finish line.

RESULTS
1. James Stewart
2. Grant Langston
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Timmy Ferry
5. David Vuillemin
6. Kevin Windham
7. Charles Summey
8. Bryan Johnson
9. Antonio Balbi

LITES LCQ

Andrew McFarlane grabbed the holeshot but couldn’t hold onto it. He blew out some tuff blocks and Chris Gosselaar took over the lead. Late in the heat, three riders, including Gavin Gracyk and Matt Lemoine gave everyone in attendance a scare, piling up in a rhythm section. Luckily, the crew from Asterisk was quick to assist. In the end, Chris Gosselaar took the LCQ win, followed by Wonder Warthog Racing’s Daniel Blair, Motosport/Xtreme/Kawasaki’s Andrew McFarlane, and and Richardson’s RV’s Adam Chatfield.

RESULTS
1.Chris Gosselaar
2. Daniel Blair
3. Andrew McFarlane
4.Adam Chatfield

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Nick Wey jumped out to an early lead with Cernics/Kawasaki’s Jeff Gibson in tow. Wey ran away with the LCQ win and assured himself a spot in the main. Wonder Warthog Racing’s Ryan Abrigo and Jiri Dostal just missed the Main, taking third and fourth respecticely. Ryan Abrigo was awarded the $750 Gas Card for his third place efforts.

RESULTS
1. Nick Wey
2. Jeff Gibson

LITES MAIN EVENT

The Lites class Main Event offered up some of the most exciting racing in quite some time. Battles, lead changes, wrecks, and bar banging made this Main one to remember.
Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Jake Weimer took the holeshot and the early lead with Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey close behind. Broc Hepler, aboard his factory Yamaha, moved into the third place position followed by Brett Metcalfe and Justin Brayton. Ryan Dungey made his first move and passed Weimer in lap 2. Hepler and Metcalfe viciously pursued Weimer as he tried to maintain his second place position and continue to battle for the lead.

In lap 3, Bhep put a block pass on Dungey, but Dungey quickly got it back. Hepler passed him yet again as Jason Lawrence scratched his way through the pack. Lawrence eventually caught Brayton and took over the fifth place position. At that point, Broc Hepler looked as if he would widen the gap between himself and second place, but just as he seemed to be in good positioning, Dungey, Metcalfe, and Weimer reeled him in and the battle continued. Lawrence, who was unwilling to be left out of this battle of epic proportions, got around Metcalfe just as Dungey took back the lead. Dungey, however, couldn’t hold onto the lead for long. Weimer continued to stay with Hep and Dungey as the three traded positions throughout the late laps. Just behind the battle for the top three spots, Brett Metcalfe, Justin Brayton, and J-Law traded passes of their own.
Just when we all thought it couldn’t get any more exciting, Dungey tagged a tuff block and Hepler took over the lead again. Weimer, too, got by Dungey, just as Hepler took a digger. Jake Weimer did not give up this lead and finished the last few laps holding of the pursuit of Dungey. Wiemer took the checkered flag to the roar of the crowd as Dungey and Metcalfe rounded out the podium spots. The excitement was almost too much to bear.

RESULTS
1. Jake Weimer
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Brett Metcalfe
4. Broc Hepler
5. Jason Lawrence
6. Justin Brayton
7. Wil Hahn
8. Dan Reardon
9. Kyle Cunningham
10. Billy Laninovich
11. Michael Lapaglia
12. Jeff Northrop
13. Eric Mccrummen
14. Tommy Hahn
15. Chris Gosselaar
16. Michael Blose
17. Chris Blose
18. Bradley Graham
19. Adam Chatfield
20. Daniel Blair
21. Andrew McFarlane
22. Robert Kiniry

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

In the premier class Main Event, Chad Reed lined up on the pole position, with his biggest rival, James Stewart to his right. When the gate dropped and the racers rounded the first turn, it was Mike Alessi who emerged with the Progressive Holeshot Award. Alessi, however, did not hold his lead past the first turn. James “Bubba Stewart jumped out to the lead with Chad Reed hot on his tail. Quickly, the two Supercross stars made it a two-man race as they widened the gap between themselves and the rest of the riders. In lap 2, Red Bull Honda pilot Davi Millsaps and Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry wadded up in a rhythm section, which took them out of the podium hunt. Both riders continued racing, but just couldn’t make their way back through the group. Most eyes turned to the battle for the lead. Bubba held the top spot, but Chad Reed would not let him break free. The two exchanged leads, but Stewart held on for the lead most of the race. Midway through, it looked as though Chad might have a pass opportunity, but as he closed the gap, Stewart’s rear tire caught Reed’s front tire and Chad’s momentum was washed temporarily. James kept the pace high and did not ever lose the lead again, but Reed kept him honest, staying right with him until the end.
Kevin Windham, meanwhile, ran smooth and consistent, and held the third place position for the majority of the race. Red Bull Honda teammates Ivan Tedesco and Andrew Short rounded out the top five, while Mike Alessi tried to reel them in. His speed, no doubt was hindered however, by a bail banner that got stuck in his swingarm Loyal to his sponsor, Alessi dragged the Makita banner for the better part of 8 laps. So where was the Outdoor champ, Grant Langston, you ask? The factory Yamaha racer suffered rear suspension problems and was forced to DNF. RESULTS
1. James Stewart
2. Chad Reed
3. Kevin Windham
4. Andrew Short
5. Ivan Tedesco
6. Mike Alessi
7. Nathan Ramsey
8. Josh Hansen
9. Charles Summey
10. Timmy Ferry
11. Josh Hill
12. Paul Carpenter
13. Heath Voss
14. Davi Millsaps
15. David Vuillemin
16. Nick Wey
17. Bryan Johnson
18. Antonio Balbi
19. Jeff Gibson
20. Grant Langstonst rival, James Stewart to his right. When the gate dropped and the racers rounded the first turn, it was Mike Alessi who emerged with the Progressive Holeshot Award. Alessi, however, did not hold his lead past the first turn. James “Bubba Stewart jumped out to the lead with Chad Reed hot on his tail. Quickly, the two Supercross stars made it a two-man race as they widened the gap between themselves and the rest of the riders. In lap 2, Red Bull Honda pilot Davi Millsaps and Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry wadded up in a rhythm section, which took them out of the podium hunt. Both riders continued racing, but just couldn’t make their way back through the group. Most eyes turned to the battle for the lead. Bubba held the top spot, but Chad Reed would not let him break free. The two exchanged leads, but Stewart held on for the lead most of the race. Midway through, it looked as though Chad might have a pass opportunity, but as he closed the gap, Stewart’s rear tire caught Reed’s front tire and Chad’s momentum was washed temporarily. James kept the pace high and did not ever lose the lead again, but Reed kept him honest, staying right with him until the end.
Kevin Windham, meanwhile, ran smooth and consistent, and held the third place position for the majority of the race. Red Bull Honda teammates Ivan Tedesco and Andrew Short rounded out the top five, while Mike Alessi tried to reel them in. His speed, no doubt was hindered however, by a bail banner that got stuck in his swingarm Loyal to his sponsor, Alessi dragged the Makita banner for the better part of 8 laps. So where was the Outdoor champ, Grant Langston, you ask? The factory Yamaha racer suffered rear suspension problems and was forced to DNF. RESULTS
1. James Stewart
2. Chad Reed
3. Kevin Windham
4. Andrew Short
5. Ivan Tedesco
6. Mike Alessi
7. Nathan Ramsey
8. Josh Hansen
9. Charles Summey
10. Timmy Ferry
11. Josh Hill
12. Paul Carpenter
13. Heath Voss
14. Davi Millsaps
15. David Vuillemin
16. Nick Wey
17. Bryan Johnson
18. Antonio Balbi
19. Jeff Gibson
20. Grant Langston