2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Toronto

by Chris Kinman

The traveling circus that is the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series set up shop in Toronto, Canada this weekend, which was the lone FIM World Championship race. Most of the contenders for both the West Coast and East Coast Lites Regional Championships did not make the trip to the Great White North, for there were no points to gain for the respective 250cc riders.
As for the premier class, the Toronto round will be combined with the rest of the AMA rounds to determine the FIM World Champion. Coming into the lone Canadian round, San Mauel/Yamaha’s Chad Reed stood atop the points chase with Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham and Red Bull Honda’s Andrew Short rounding out the top three.
Unfortunately, the familiar fireworks, parade laps, and rider intros that make up opening ceremonies got underway with a relatively anemic turnout looking on. The “capacity” crowd wasn’t exactly capacity, but that didn’t stop Supercross’ finest from putting on a show for those who did attend.

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1

When the 450cc engines fired up for the first heat of the premier class, all eyes fixed their gaze on the gates. At the drop, Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham blasted out front, scooping up the holeshot with Chad Reed right on his rear tire. Factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill quickly settled into third with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Charles Summey behind him in fourth. Windham held strong out front, but the Aussie, Chad Reed, tenaciously reeled him in. On the third lap, however, Reed clipped K-Dub’s rear coming off a step on-step off, sending him down into the dirt. Josh Hill took advantage and squeezed his way into second where he set his sights on Windham. Reed, wasting no time, remounted his Yamaha and launched his charge through the crowd. As Reed dodged the slower riders, K-Dub signed his papers and checked out. Hill, as well, found himself way out in front of Summey. With just two laps to go, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Travis “Mr.T” Preston caught the Hart and Huntington pilot, Troy Adams (who was settling into fourth)and passed him before he knew the gentle giant was behind him. When the checkers flew, Windham took the victory, with Josh Hill in second. And although he wrecked, Chad Reed still was able to bounce back to round out the top five.


RESULTS

1. Kevin Windham
2. Josh Hill
3. Charles Summey
4. Travis Preston
5. Chad Reed
6. Troy Adams
7. Jacob Marsack
8. Dusty Klatt
9. Jason Thomas

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2

Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps grabbed the holeshot of the second heat of the night, boosting off the line and holding his line into the first sweeper uncontested. Millsaps’ teammate Andrew Short made chase, but Millsaps wanted nothing to do with the rest of the field and quickly pushed ahead. San Manuel/Yamaha’s Nathan “N8te Dawg” Ramsey and MDK/KTM’s Nick Wey moved in behind Short, but Cernics/Kawaski’s Jeff Gibson reeled in Wey. With just two laps in the books, Davi “The Artist Formerly Known as Donut” Millsaps had already checked out. Ramsey, meanwhile, suffered a string of bobbles and poor timing in the rhythm section, allowing Wey and Gibson to get by. Monster Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry, fresh off of an injury suffered in practice, found his rhythm and was able to close in on Ramsey. Feeling the pressure, Ramsey scooted around Gibson, but Ferry quickly followed suit. Never one to be left out, Atomic Racing’s Paul Carpenter snuck past Gibson while Ferry passed Wey in a rhythm section. Wey returned the favor, but Ferry didn’t let it last long. Ferry regained his position in front of Wey and quickly pulled away on final lap to make it stick. When the dust cleared, Millsaps had taken the easy win. Short and Ferry rounded out top three with Wey and Ramsey urth and fifth, respectively. When asked about what it would take to win the Main, Davi Millsaps replied, “It’s just going to take consistency. If I can keep the pace and stay consistent, I should do well.”

RESULTS

1. Davi Millsaps
2. Andrew Short
3. Tim Ferry
4. Nick Wey
5. Nathan Ramsey
6. Paul Carpenter
7. Jeff Gibson
8. David Vuillemin
9. Eric Sorby

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Tyler Bright jumped out and grabbed the holeshot and quickly widened his lead. His racing brilliance was short-lived, however, as he wadded in the rhythm section before the end of the first lap. Jiri Dostal, aboard the Wonder Warthog-backed Kawasaki, took advantage and settled in the first place spot. Fellow Warthogger, Heath Voss soon chased down Dostal and passed him just before the end of the third lap. Meanwhile, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Josh Hansen looked as though he might vie for a qualifying position, but Hanny went down could not recover. In the end, the MDK/WWR privateers took the two final qualifying positions.

RESULTS
1. Heath Voss
2. Jiri Dostal

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The excitement started even before the gates dropped; two crazy Canadians decided to rush the track just before the riders fired up their bikes. Always ready to take someone down, the Monster Energy AMA staff bee-lined for the culprits like linebackers hunting down a quarterback. Both men were spear-tackled to the delight of the crowd, then escorted away like “perps” in an episode of Cops. When the initial excitement finally settled, the gates dropped for the 450 riders and the San Manuel/Yamaha pilot, Chad Reed swiped up the Progressive Holeshot. Conversely, Dusty Klatt and Eric Sorby piled up inside the first turn. The field quickly spread out and Factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill found himself in the second spot, his eyes fixed to Reed’s rear wheel. The Red Bull Honda duo of Davi Millsaps and Andrew Short pursued the young Yamaha pilot with Torco Racing Fuels/Honda’s Kevin Windham in tow. K-Dub made his move on Short early, gaining control of the fourth place spot. Josh Hill, however, washed out and lost his second place spot. He quickly remounted his YZF450, but found the dirt again half a lap later, washing out again in the big sweeper turn. Meanwhile, Chad Reed began his early checkout. And while the Aussie gained more and more ground on the rest of the field, Kevin Windham reeled in Davi Millsaps and passed him. Andrew “Get It Shorty” Short followed K-Dub’s lead, and swiftly moved past Millsaps. Millsaps, though, did not take kindly to Shorty’s pass and made sure his teammate didn’t get far. Hart and Huntington’s Troy Adams and MDK/KTM’s Nick Wey made chase trying to catch the lead pack, while Millsaps made his way past Shorty once again.
At this points the ruts on the track had become treacherous, to say the least. Every turn, every jump face, and even most of the straightaways were rutted like an Outdoor National track. San Manuel/Yamaha’s Nathan Ramsey lost control on one of the stickier sections of the track and went down on the fifth lap. He wasn’t the first to be victim of the gnarly track, nor would he be the last. Josh Hill, meanwhile, battled through pack with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry all over him. Butler Bros. Racing’s Jason Thomas bobbled in front of Hill, forcing Hill to hit the brakes; and Ferry took the opportunity to make his move. While Ferry had found his way around Hill, Davi Millsaps was catching Windham. Millsaps made his move and regained the second spot. Windham, then, bobbled and almost lost it in a rhythm section, allowing Shorty to gain some ground.
As the Hondas were battling for podium spots, Reed was finding the lapper traffic early in the tenth lap. K-Dub eventually closed gap on Millsaps on 14th lap, and on the next lap around the track, he made his final pass on Millsaps. By this point, Reed was far enough ahead that even Travis Preston, David Vuillemin, and Paul Carpenter found themselves part of the lapper traffic. The last stitch of excitement came during the final two laps when Josh Hill battled his way back by Ferry then carried his momentum by Nick Wey as well. Though he crashed twice, Josh Hill still managed to finish in the top five. With two races he’d rather forget in the past few weeks behind him, Chad Reed found himself back on top of the podium. After the race Reedy said of the track, “The track was fun. You just had to be smart and choose lines.”

RESULTS

1. Chad Reed
2. Kevin Windham
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Andrew Short
5. Josh Hill
6. Nick Wey
7. Tim Ferry
8. Troy Adams
9. Charles Summey
10. Jason Thomas
11. Paul Carpenter
12. Eric Sorby
13. David Vuillemin
14. Travis Preston
15. Heath Voss
16. Jeff Gibson
17. Jacob Marsack
18. Nathan Ramsey
19. Jiri Dostal
20. Dusty Klatt

AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 262
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 242
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 190
4. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 184
5. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 151
6. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 151
7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 137
8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 123
9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 110
10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 107

*******

LITES RACING
There was a Lites race as well Saturday night, but it did not count for toward any AMA or FIM championship. Even so, many riders came out to try their luck on the treacherous Toronto track…

LITES MAIN EVENT
Ryan Smith held on for the holeshot but could not keep the pace. Butler Bros. Racing quickly took over. Kyle Cunningham, Matt Boni and Shaun Skinner took over the top three positions. Cunningham, however, found the tuff blocks on the second lap and ejected from his Honda. After four laps were in the books, Shaun Skinner found himself out front with teammate Matt Boni in tow. As was well with the Butler Bros. top two until Boni found himself taking an unwanted dirt sample in a rutted turn midway through the fifth lap. Brady Sheren of British Columbia snuck by and took over the second spot.
By the eighth lap, Boni was able to regain his composure and his second place position. In the end, the Butler Bros/DNA Energy/BTOSports Racing Team swept the podium. Shaun Skinner took the win with Matt Boni and Kyle Cunningham joining him on the box.

RESULTS
1. S. Skinner
2. M. Boni
3. K. Cunningham
4. B. Sheren
5. K. Tobin
6. L. KilBarger
7. N. Skaggs
8. K. Keylon
9. K. Keast
10. J. Carpenter

on Millsaps on 14th lap, and on the next lap around the track, he made his final pass on Millsaps. By this point, Reed was far enough ahead that even Travis Preston, David Vuillemin, and Paul Carpenter found themselves part of the lapper traffic. The last stitch of excitement came during the final two laps when Josh Hill battled his way back by Ferry then carried his momentum by Nick Wey as well. Though he crashed twice, Josh Hill still managed to finish in the top five. With two races he’d rather forget in the past few weeks behind him, Chad Reed found himself back on top of the podium. After the race Reedy said of the track, “The track was fun. You just had to be smart and choose lines.”

RESULTS

1. Chad Reed
2. Kevin Windham
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Andrew Short
5. Josh Hill
6. Nick Wey
7. Tim Ferry
8. Troy Adams
9. Charles Summey
10. Jason Thomas
11. Paul Carpenter
12. Eric Sorby
13. David Vuillemin
14. Travis Preston
15. Heath Voss
16. Jeff Gibson
17. Jacob Marsack
18. Nathan Ramsey
19. Jiri Dostal
20. Dusty Klatt

AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 262
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 242
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 190
4. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 184
5. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 151
6. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 151
7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 137
8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 123
9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 110
10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 107

*******

LITES RACING
There was a Lites race as well Saturday night, but it did not count for toward any AMA or FIM championship. Even so, many riders came out to try their luck on the treacherous Toronto track…

LITES MAIN EVENT
Ryan Smith held on for the holeshot but could not keep the pace. Butler Bros. Racing quickly took over. Kyle Cunningham, Matt Boni and Shaun Skinner took over the top three positions. Cunningham, however, found the tuff blocks on the second lap and ejected from his Honda. After four laps were in the books, Shaun Skinner found himself out front with teammate Matt Boni in tow. As was well with the Butler Bros. top two until Boni found himself taking an unwanted dirt sample in a rutted turn midway through the fifth lap. Brady Sheren of British Columbia snuck by and took over the second spot.
By the eighth lap, Boni was able to regain his composure and his second place position. In the end, the Butler Bros/DNA Energy/BTOSports Racing Team swept the podium. Shaun Skinner took the win with Matt Boni and Kyle Cunningham joining him on the box.

RESULTS
1. S. Skinner
2. M. Boni
3. K. Cunningham
4. B. Sheren
5. K. Tobin
6. L. KilBarger
7. N. Skaggs
8. K. Keylon
9. K. Keast
10. J. Carpenter