2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – St. Louis

By Philip Urkov

The Monster Energy AMA Supercross traveled a bit south this weekend as the racing action returned to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Missouri. Located in a very historic part of St. Louis, history would be made when a pivotal point in the premiere class took place and a new East Coast champion was crowned. Though the Dome can hold a large capacity of attendees only half of the seats were filled for the night festivities.

In the Supercross class, Chad Reed threw down the fastest lap in the first practice session but was eventually penalized when he stopped on the track to check out one of the trickier sections. Kevin Windham was given the fastest lap and eventually set the fastest lap in the second practice. With a championship on the line, all eyes were on Reed and Windham. Reed was obviously still in pain but fought hard all night.

The East Coast Lites series practice session saw Ryan Villopoto claim both the first and second fastest laps while Josh Grant and Trey Canard both logged fast laps of their own. And it was Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Trey Canard who made history at the end of the night by clinching the East Coast Lites Regional Series Championship.

LITES HEAT ONE

When the gate dropped for the start of the first six-lap Supercross Lites heat race MDK/KTM”s Ryan Sipes blasted off to an early lead only to be hunted down and passed by Canard and Ryan Morias on lap two. Redux Beverages/Brawndo’s Kyle Partridge also had a great start and held pace with the two up front. Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Josh Grant had a bad start and was caught well back in the pack but eventually made his way to ninth place. Canard powered on to take the checkered flag, followed by Morias and Partridge. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi slammed hard into the first turn pile-up just behind the leading pack. He eventually re-mounted and finished the heat in a respectable seventh place but was checked out and cleared by the Asterisk Medical Team.
After the heat Canard commented, ” I felt surprisingly relaxed and really just cant wait for the Main event”

RESULTS

1. Trey Canard (Hon)
2. Ryan Morais (Yam))
3. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
4. Billy Payne (Hon)
5. Tyler Bowers (Yam)
6. Ryan Sipes (Ktm)
7. Nico Izzi (Suz)
8. Kyle Keylon (Hon)
9. Joshua Grant (Hon)
10.Nathan Skaggs (Hon)

LITES HEAT TWO

Red Bull Honda’s Ben Coisy stole the holeshot just in front of Ryan Villopoto after the gates dropped for second Lites heat of the night. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit’s Branden Jesseman, who also laid down a great start, blasted past Coisy with Villopoto just next to him. By the end of lap two the Pro Circuit teammates all but checked out as they both set pace and ran the six laps well ahead of the competition. Coisy would do all he could but could not catch RV. Villopoto would finish the six laps almost 17 seconds in front of the almost forgotten Ben Coisy. Rounding out the top five were Team Motosport Extreme’s Kyle Chisholm and MDK/KTM’s Matthew Goerke.

RESULTS

1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Branden Jesseman (Kaw)
3. Ben Coisy (Hon)
4. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
5. Matthew Goerke (KTM)
6. Travis Sewell (Suz)
7. Justin Sipes (Suz)
8. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)
9. Jason Hussey (Hon)
10. Levi Kilbarger (Hon)

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT ONE

MDK/KTM’s Nick Wey grabbed the holeshot to start the first premiere class race of the evening, but the KTM machine had Davi Millsaps hot on his heels, and Motosport Extreme Kawasaki’s Tommy Hahn close behind. Millsaps’ teammate Andrew Short took a spill and fell to dead last when the results came through f lap one. For the first few laps Wey built a solid lead, but just before the midway point of the eight-lap race Millsaps seemed to push harder and within a couple more turns pressured Hahn enough to make him washout in one of the many bowl turns. Short worked all he could out of the heat and made his way up to the seventh position.
Millsaps rode hard as ever eventually taking the checkers eight seconds in front of Tommy Hahn. Kelly Smith proudly held on for third place.

RESULTS

1. David Millsaps (Hon)
2. Thomas Hahn (Kaw)
3. Kelly Smith (Kaw)
4. Eric Sorby (Hon)
5. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
6. Nicholas Wey (Ktm)
7. Andrew Short (Hon)
8. Bryan Johnson (Hon)
9. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
10.Chad Johnson (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT TWO

MDK/KTM’s Justin Brayton and Yamaha’s Josh Hill were neck and neck for the holeshot, but it was Brayton that moved to the front of the pack. Reed had a dismal start and finished the first lap mid-pack. Hill passed Bryaton and took off. Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham made his charge, passing Nathan Ramsey and Brayton, then settled in behind Hill. They battled throughout the eight-lap event, keeping the crowd on their toes. Hill however, did not yield to K-Dub. The crafty Yamaha pilot kept charging and finding new lines to hold off the seasoned veteran, including a blitz through the whoops that seemed to be the fastest attempt of the night.
Not to be left to far behind, Justin Brayton, finished six seconds behind winner Josh Hill. San Manuel Yamaha Nathan Ramsey would take the fourth spot opting not to join the back of the pack in the LCQ.

RESULTS

1. Joshua Hill (Yam)
2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
3. Justin Brayton (Ktm)
4. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
5. Chad Reed (Yam)
6. Troy Adams (Hon)
7.Paul Carpenter (Hon)
8.Travis Preston (Kaw)
9. Jason Thomas (Hon)
10.Heath Voss (Hon)

LITES LCQ

Levi Kilbarger stole the holeshot at the start of the Supercross Lites LCQ, but had Mondak Motosports Tanner Reidman hot on his tail front the get-go. Tanner and good old boy Ricky Renner attacked the tricky rhythm sections feeling the urgency of the last chance of the East Coast SX Season. Once into the point position, Levi set the pace while Tanner and Ricky closely followed. With only four positions moving on to the night show all were on the gas, in the end, Levi and Tanner would hold their spots. Renner and Caswell Cycles Bruce Dehn would also complete the LCQ successfully. They moved on to the main event.

RESULTS

1. Levi Kilbanger (Hon)
2. Tanner Reidman (Suz)
3. Ricky Renner (Kaw)
4. Bruce Dehn (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS CLASS LCQ

Timmy Ferry, David Vuillemin and Charles Summey all made uncharacteristic appearances in the LCQ. After a lack-luster start in his heat race, Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider David Vullimen made up for his terrible heat race and pulled away from the pack. Heath Voss soon caught up to the #12 and gave him a battle for he entire six laps. Surprise Factory rider Timmy Ferry rode the entirety of the LCQ obviously in pain. During his heat race he slammed hard into one of the many rhythm sections and simply never recovered. With only two riders going on into the main event the heat was on. Sadly Chad and Keith Johnson could not match the pace of the two leaders. Vuillemin and Voss finished 10 seconds in front of the pack breathing a tad easier now headed to the big show.

RESULTS

1. David Vuillemin (Suz)
2. Heath Voss (Hon)
3.Chad Johnson (Kaw)
4.Keith Johnson (Yam)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

With only a few points separating the two top leaders, all were focused on Trey Canard aboard his Honda and Ryan Villopoto aboard his Kawasaki.
After some last minute maintenance to the track the gate dropped and they were off. Into the first turn Pro Cicuit’s Branden Jesseman slammed on the brakes and crossed the holeshot line first. Behind him a dream scenario was about to unfold. Trey Canard and Josh Grant held the second and third positions while Ryan Villopoto sat in fourth. Jesseman who looked very strong all night held the pack off for the first half of the Main.

RV made quick work of Grant and passed him on lap two. He knew it was now or never and twisted the pinned his 250F throughout the challenging track. Mean while up front, Branden held the top position but Canard was about to pour it on.

Canard eventually caught and passed Jesseman on lap five allowing Villopoto to squeak by as well. Lap after lap the two would pressure each other to the limit; well knowing the title would be decided tonight. In a drastic turn of events the two came together just before the finish line. Villopoto was sent off the face of the double and off the track. The crowd erupted. Canard had pulled a commanding lead, as RV2 was forced to re-mount his bike and his charge toward a title.

Canard took the last laps well knowing that RV was not on his tail, but still not out of the race. He turned some very fast laps that gave little chance for the #2 to come back. Meanwhile Jesseman was catching Canard and finished only two seconds behind Canard when it was all over. Canard had taken the East Coast Championship and he was stoked. After the race he even apologized to the disgruntled Villopoto who was obviously felt cheated. Branden Jesseman would take second place and Canards teammate Josh Grant would take third. Ryan would eventually come across the line in fourth.

On the podium Trey was ecstatic commenting,” I’m speechless” “When I started racing professionally I never thought a championship would come, especially so soon.”

RESULTS

1. Trey Canard (Hon)
2. Branden Jesseman (Kaw)
3. Joshua Grant (Hon)
4. Ryan Villopoto. (Kaw)
5. Ryan Morias (Yam)
6. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
7. Ryan Sipes (Ktm)
8. Nico Izzi (Suz)
9. Matthew Goerke (Ktm)
10. Billy Payne (Hon)
11. Tyler Bowers (Yam)
12. Travis Sewell (Suz)
13. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
14. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)
15. Justin Sipes (Suz)
16. Ricky Renner (Kaw)
17. Levi Kilbarger (Hon)
18. Tanner Reidman (Suz)
19. Jason Hussey (Hon)
20. Kyle Keylon (Hon)
21. Bruce Dehn (Kaw)
22. Ben Coisy (Hon)

EASTERN REGION SUPERCROSS LITES SERIES FINAL POINTS:

1. Trey Canard (147)
2. Ryan Villopoto (137)
3. Nico Izzi (99)
4. Branden Jesseman (94)
5. Josh Grant (91)
6. Tyler Bowers (86)
7. Ryan Morias (84)
8. Ryan Sipes (84)
9. Martin Davalos (73)
10. Billy Payne (71)
11. Matthew Goerke (62)
12. Kyle Chisholm (62)
13. Ben Coisy (53)
14. Kyle Partridge (49)
15. Travis Sewell (46)
16. Jimmy Albertson (33)
17. Matt Boni (30)
18. Jake Moss (28)
19. Ricky Renner (21)
20. Justin Sipes (21)
21.Zach Ames (18)
22. Willy Browning (17)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

While the Torco Racing Fuels Honda camp was having a sensational evening with Trey Canard taking home the East Coast Lites Supercross title, they were hoping K-Dub would take another win in the Premier Class. As the 21-rider field barreled down the rather short start-straight it was Areanacross star, Kelly Smith, who took the Progressive Holeshot Award with Davi Millsaps running a close second. However, with half a lap in the books, Millsaps jumped into Kelly Smith, causing both riders to go flying off the track. While Smith and Davi were picking themselves up y a few points separating the two top leaders, all were focused on Trey Canard aboard his Honda and Ryan Villopoto aboard his Kawasaki.
After some last minute maintenance to the track the gate dropped and they were off. Into the first turn Pro Cicuit’s Branden Jesseman slammed on the brakes and crossed the holeshot line first. Behind him a dream scenario was about to unfold. Trey Canard and Josh Grant held the second and third positions while Ryan Villopoto sat in fourth. Jesseman who looked very strong all night held the pack off for the first half of the Main.

RV made quick work of Grant and passed him on lap two. He knew it was now or never and twisted the pinned his 250F throughout the challenging track. Mean while up front, Branden held the top position but Canard was about to pour it on.

Canard eventually caught and passed Jesseman on lap five allowing Villopoto to squeak by as well. Lap after lap the two would pressure each other to the limit; well knowing the title would be decided tonight. In a drastic turn of events the two came together just before the finish line. Villopoto was sent off the face of the double and off the track. The crowd erupted. Canard had pulled a commanding lead, as RV2 was forced to re-mount his bike and his charge toward a title.

Canard took the last laps well knowing that RV was not on his tail, but still not out of the race. He turned some very fast laps that gave little chance for the #2 to come back. Meanwhile Jesseman was catching Canard and finished only two seconds behind Canard when it was all over. Canard had taken the East Coast Championship and he was stoked. After the race he even apologized to the disgruntled Villopoto who was obviously felt cheated. Branden Jesseman would take second place and Canards teammate Josh Grant would take third. Ryan would eventually come across the line in fourth.

On the podium Trey was ecstatic commenting,” I’m speechless” “When I started racing professionally I never thought a championship would come, especially so soon.”

RESULTS

1. Trey Canard (Hon)
2. Branden Jesseman (Kaw)
3. Joshua Grant (Hon)
4. Ryan Villopoto. (Kaw)
5. Ryan Morias (Yam)
6. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
7. Ryan Sipes (Ktm)
8. Nico Izzi (Suz)
9. Matthew Goerke (Ktm)
10. Billy Payne (Hon)
11. Tyler Bowers (Yam)
12. Travis Sewell (Suz)
13. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
14. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)
15. Justin Sipes (Suz)
16. Ricky Renner (Kaw)
17. Levi Kilbarger (Hon)
18. Tanner Reidman (Suz)
19. Jason Hussey (Hon)
20. Kyle Keylon (Hon)
21. Bruce Dehn (Kaw)
22. Ben Coisy (Hon)

EASTERN REGION SUPERCROSS LITES SERIES FINAL POINTS:

1. Trey Canard (147)
2. Ryan Villopoto (137)
3. Nico Izzi (99)
4. Branden Jesseman (94)
5. Josh Grant (91)
6. Tyler Bowers (86)
7. Ryan Morias (84)
8. Ryan Sipes (84)
9. Martin Davalos (73)
10. Billy Payne (71)
11. Matthew Goerke (62)
12. Kyle Chisholm (62)
13. Ben Coisy (53)
14. Kyle Partridge (49)
15. Travis Sewell (46)
16. Jimmy Albertson (33)
17. Matt Boni (30)
18. Jake Moss (28)
19. Ricky Renner (21)
20. Justin Sipes (21)
21.Zach Ames (18)
22. Willy Browning (17)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

While the Torco Racing Fuels Honda camp was having a sensational evening with Trey Canard taking home the East Coast Lites Supercross title, they were hoping K-Dub would take another win in the Premier Class. As the 21-rider field barreled down the rather short start-straight it was Areanacross star, Kelly Smith, who took the Progressive Holeshot Award with Davi Millsaps running a close second. However, with half a lap in the books, Millsaps jumped into Kelly Smith, causing both riders to go flying off the track. While Smith and Davi were picking themselves up off the ground, L&M Yamaha’s Chad Reed and Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham capitalized on their mistakes and took over the top two positions. While K-Dub studied the lines of CR22, Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry was pulling off the track after a first turn crash, which sent him flying over the berm. Back up front it was Reed, Windham, and Motosports/Xtreme Kawasaki rider Tommy Hahn in the third position. Just before the conclusion of lap four, Windham made his move on the injured Reed through the whoops and started to put distance between himself and CR. While the number 14 machine walked away from the rest of the field, Reed settled into the second spot and Red Bull Honda rider Andrew Short made his way around Hahn to take the third spot. One position behind Short was Reed’s teammate, Nathan Ramsey. N8te Dawg was riding the best race of his ’08 campaign. Heat race winner, Josh Hill, was hoping to translate his momentum come main event time. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out, as Hill was buried in the back of the pack and unable to slice his way through the field. When the conclusion of the 450 main event emerged it was Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham taking the win over Chad Reed, and Shorty. Ramsey was able to hang on to fourth place, and Tommy Hahn took fifth place.

SUPERCROSS FINAL RESULTS

1. Kevin Windham (Hon)
2. Chad Reed (Yam)
3. Andrew Short (Hon)
4. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
5. Thomas Hahn (Kaw)
6. David Millsaps (Hon)
7. Justin Brayton (Ktm)
8. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
9. Travis Preston (Kaw)
10. Jason Thomas (Hon)
11. Nicholas Wey (Ktm)
12. David Vullimen (Suz)
13. Heath Voss (Hon)
14. Eric Sorby (Hon)
15. Bryan Johnson (Hon)
16. Joshua Hill (Yam)
17. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
18. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
19. Troy Adams (Hon)
20. Kelly Smith (Kaw)
21. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS OVERALL POINT STANDINGS

1. Chad Reed (318)
2. Kevin Windham (305)
3. David Millsaps (244)
4. Andrew Short (241)
5. Josh Hill (196)
6. Timmy Ferry (190)
7. Nathan Ramsey (173)
8. David Vullimen (146)
9. Paul Carpenter (136)
10. Nick Wey (131)
11. Charles Summey (120)
12. Heath Voss (109)
13. Travis Preston (93)
14. Jason Thomas (86)
15. Eric Sorby (83)
16. Troy Adams (74)
17. Mike Alessi (69)
18. Jacob Marsack (66)
19. Ivan Tedesco (53)
20. Ryan Dungey (51)
21. James Stewart (21)
22. Josh Hansen (46)

up off the ground, L&M Yamaha’s Chad Reed and Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham capitalized on their mistakes and took over the top two positions. While K-Dub studied the lines of CR22, Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry was pulling off the track after a first turn crash, which sent him flying over the berm. Back up front it was Reed, Windham, and Motosports/Xtreme Kawasaki rider Tommy Hahn in the third position. Just before the conclusion of lap four, Windham made his move on the injured Reed through the whoops and started to put distance between himself and CR. While the number 14 machine walked away from the rest of the field, Reed settled into the second spot and Red Bull Honda rider Andrew Short made his way around Hahn to take the third spot. One position behind Short was Reed’s teammate, Nathan Ramsey. N8te Dawg was riding the best race of his ’08 campaign. Heat race winner, Josh Hill, was hoping to translate his momentum come main event time. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out, as Hill was buried in the back of the pack and unable to slice his way through the field. When the conclusion of the 450 main event emerged it was Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham taking the win over Chad Reed, and Shorty. Ramsey was able to hang on to fourth place, and Tommy Hahn took fifth place.

SUPERCROSS FINAL RESULTS

1. Kevin Windham (Hon)
2. Chad Reed (Yam)3. Andrew Short (Hon)
4. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
5. Thomas Hahn (Kaw)
6. David Millsaps (Hon)
7. Justin Brayton (Ktm)
8. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
9. Travis Preston (Kaw)
10. Jason Thomas (Hon)
11. Nicholas Wey (Ktm)
12. David Vullimen (Suz)
13. Heath Voss (Hon)
14. Eric Sorby (Hon)
15. Bryan Johnson (Hon)
16. Joshua Hill (Yam)
17. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
18. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
19. Troy Adams (Hon)
20. Kelly Smith (Kaw)
21. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS OVERALL POINT STANDINGS

1. Chad Reed (318)
2. Kevin Windham (305)
3. David Millsaps (244)
4. Andrew Short (241)
5. Josh Hill (196)
6. Timmy Ferry (190)
7. Nathan Ramsey (173)
8. David Vullimen (146)
9. Paul Carpenter (136)
10. Nick Wey (131)
11. Charles Summey (120)
12. Heath Voss (109)
13. Travis Preston (93)
14. Jason Thomas (86)
15. Eric Sorby (83)
16. Troy Adams (74)
17. Mike Alessi (69)
18. Jacob Marsack (66)
19. Ivan Tedesco (53)
20. Ryan Dungey (51)
21. James Stewart (21)
22. Josh Hansen (46)