TWMX Race Report: Amp¿d Mobile World Supercross GP, Vancouver, B.C. 2005

James Stewart picked up right where he left off at the second round of Amp¿d Mobile World SXGP competition this weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia, securing his second victory in as many races. ¿I¿ve come a long way since the U.S. Open,¿ Bubba said in the post-race press conference, referring to the 7.5-second lead that he enjoyed in the main event this weekend, and his successful return to racing after battling a nagging stomach illness.

Race fans may not have been treated to the same intense battling as they were during last week¿s Toronto round, but at the end of the day in Vancouver the results were the same¿Ricky Carmichael once again followed Stewart across the finish line for second, while Chad Reed sat back a considerable distance in third.

In the Supercross Lites division Nathan Ramsey emerged on top, collecting the retribution he sought after last week¿s disappointing crash and subsequent DNF. Following Ramsey to the checkers in the Lites class was a hard-charging Davi Millsaps, who came from 18th to a close second by the end of the 15-lap main event. Team Sobe/Samsung/Honda rider Billy Laninovich rounded out the top-three on the podium. Here¿s how the night went down¿

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

Though Colt Facciotti snagged the first holeshot of the night, it wasn¿t too long before the real battle shaped up in front. Both Andrew Short and Ryan Sipes moved past Facciotti to slug it out for the top spot. The dogfight was great, but short-lived as Sipes went down and Andrew cruised ahead to the lead. Behind Andrew, Team Red Bull/KTM¿s Josh Hansen worked his way up to a close second where he eventually finished, some 2.5 seconds back from Short. Hometown hero and Arenacross master Darcy Lange was third, Jake Weimer fourth, and Sipes dusted himself off for fifth.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

The second Supercross Lites heat was all Davi Millsaps. Last week¿s main event winner Millsaps proved that Toronto¿s dominance was no freak occurrence, as he pulled a fairly comfortable lead that he was never really challenged for. Nathan Ramsey followed Millsaps in second place, keeping the Honda rider in sight for the entire race but never offering much of a threat. Billy Laninovich was a little further back in the third spot, trailed by Ryan Morais in fourth. Morais¿s teammate Michael LaPaglia, who was competing in his first-ever Supercross race, finished an impressive fifth and was able to transfer directly from his heat without having to compete in the LCQ.

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

Team Makita/Suzuki took control of Supercross Heat One, but believe it or not, it wasn¿t defending 2004 250cc Supercross Champ Ricky Carmichael with the holeshot and lead early on. Instead, his teammate Ivan Tedesco enjoyed those honors. Hot Sauce came out swinging from the get-go and took early control of the first heat race, leaving RC to scrap with Kawaski¿s Michael Byrne behind his #9 RM-Z. It was close racing for a few minutes, but not surprisingly, RC got the best of both riders and eventually checked out to an over 12-second lead by the end of the eight laps. Tedesco held Byrne off for second, and way back behind the top-three sat new Team Solitaire rider Justin Buckelew in fourth. Tyler Evans was fifth, which gave him an e-ticket ride to the semis along with the remainder of the pack.

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

RC and Tedesco competing in the first heat together could only mean one thing; that¿s right, heat number two was stacked up with the likes of James Stewart and Chad Reed. The holeshot belonged to the YZ450F of Reed, but instead of Stewart¿s KXF directly behind him in the opening laps, it was Nick Wey¿s CRF that hounded Reedy. So where was Bubba? He got caught up with several other riders in the tight left-hand first turn, and though he didnsquo;t go down in the melee, his rear fender was snapped off at the seat and his silencer hung loosely on the frame. Still, that didn¿t stop Bubba, who was on a mission to show Chad who was boss of this particular heat race. Stewart did just that, catching and passing Reed to check out to a nearly 15-second lead by the end. David Vuillemin proved that two-strokes are alive and well, finishing third to the pair of speedsters aboard his BooKoo Energy-backed Honda CR250R. Wey grabbed the final transfer position of fourth.

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN

Last week¿s round of competition in Toronto was disappointing for Nathan Ramsey, to say the least, but N8 Dawg more than made up for the DNF he suffered seven days ago with a picture-perfect night in Vancouver. Ramsey started things off with a holeshot, and never looked back on his way to collecting the checkers. This was Ramsey¿s second Vancouver win in a row, as he also dominated last year¿s event in the same B.C. Place Stadium. ¿I¿ve been practicing my starts a lot, and I knew that first turn would be messy,¿ said Ramsey after the race. ¿I think my start was pretty much the main thing that did it for me. It gets crazy out there, and the first three laps can get pretty ugly.¿

What Ramsey was referring to when he mentioned the messy first turn was a tight, 90-degree left-hand first corner that followed the long, fast start straight. The corner claimed quite a number of riders before the night was through. One such victim of a poor start was eventual second-place finisher Davi Millsaps. Though he didn¿t actually go down, Millsaps began lap one in 18th position. Davi didn¿t let the dismal opening lap get him down, though, andbegan a maniacal charge towards the front. ¿I don¿t even know what place start I got, but I know that I was pretty far back¿ Too far back!¿ said Davi afterwards. Millsaps rode like a man possessed, though, and made his way to just four seconds behind Ramsey¿s rear wheel by the checkers. ¿I ran out of time. There was nothing I could do,¿ explained Millsaps of falling slightly short of his goal to unseat winner Ramsey. Billy Laninovich rode his CRF250R to third, about three seconds back from Davi. Sipes was behind Lano in fourth, and Andrew Short rounded out the top-five.

SUPERCROSS MAIN

The secret to success in Vancouver seemed to lie in the holeshot, and though Kyle Lewis¿s Moto XXX Honda was the first bike to enter turn number one, it was only a matter of seconds until James Stewart squeaked past Lewis for a lead that he would never relinquish. The combination of Stewart¿s blistering lap times and his great start added up to defeat for the rest of the Supercross pack in B.C. Place stadium¿s main event, to the tune of nearly eight seconds at the end.

The obviously relieved Stewart will now take even more confidence into the first round of United States competition in Anaheim. ¿We got through these two races smart and safe, and now it is time to take what we learned here and go home to work even harder. There is a lot of work left to do, and I¿m still learning about the 450. This is only my second race on the bike,¿ Stewart said.

Behind Stewart, Carmichael struggled with a marginal start that left him battling it out with Reed while Bubba cruised to a comfortable lead out front. ¿I don¿t know what my problem is. I got great starts in Vegas (at the U.S. Open),¿ said Ricky after the main. RC went on to say ¿(I¿ve got) no excuses. You have to get a good start, and I didn¿t do that. I would like to get up there and battle. It really made for a boring race for the fans. I was back there battling with Chad, then kind of broke away, but by then I was in no-man¿s land.¿ Carmichael also made this comment: ¿We got beat, but I don¿t think they should give the trophy out quite yet,¿ referring to the fact that it is a long series and that there are plenty more races to go.

The final podium position went to Reed, who was nursing a sore knee, the result of a hard get-off in the whoops earlier in the day during practice. Chad was almost 30 seconds behind race winner Stewart, but after Reed, it was another 30-second gap back to fourth-place finisher Ivan Tedesco. Hot Sauce settled into a comfortable pace ahead of Michael Byrne, who rounded out the top-five and was actually lapped by his teammate Stewart.

From here the series takes a break until Anaheim¿s first round of competition, scheduled to take place on January 7th, 2006.

Supercross Lites Heat One

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  3. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  4. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  5. Ryan Sipes (Suz)

Supercross Lites Heat Two

  1. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  2. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  3. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  4. Ryan Morais (Suz)
  5. Michael LaPaglia (Suz)

Supercross Heat One

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  3. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  4. Justin Buckelew (Hon)
  5. Tyler Evans (Suz)

Supercross Heat Two

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  4. Nick Wey (Hon)
  5. Jeff Gibson (Hon)

Supercross Lites Main

  1. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  2. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  3. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  4. Ryan Sipes (Suz)
  5. Andrew Short (Hon)

Supercross Main

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  5. Michael Byrne (Kaw)

but I don¿t think they should give the trophy out quite yet,¿ referring to the fact that it is a long series and that there are plenty more races to go.

The final podium position went to Reed, who was nursing a sore knee, the result of a hard get-off in the whoops earlier in the day during practice. Chad was almost 30 seconds behind race winner Stewart, but after Reed, it was another 30-second gap back to fourth-place finisher Ivan Tedesco. Hot Sauce settled into a comfortable pace ahead of Michael Byrne, who rounded out the top-five and was actually lapped by his teammate Stewart.

From here the series takes a break until Anaheim¿s first round of competition, scheduled to take place on January 7th, 2006.

Supercross Lites Heat One

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  3. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  4. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  5. Ryan Sipes (Suz)

Supercross Lites Heat Two

  1. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  2. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  3. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  4. Ryan Morais (Suz)
  5. Michael LaPaglia (Suz)

Supercross Heat One

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  3. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  4. Justin Buckelew (Hon)
  5. Tyler Evans (Suz)

Supercross Heat Two

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  4. Nick Wey (Hon)
  5. Jeff Gibson (Hon)

Supercross Lites Main

  1. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  2. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  3. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  4. Ryan Sipes (Suz)
  5. Andrew Short (Hon)

Supercross Main

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  5. Michael Byrne (Kaw)