Jamie’s Race Report: Pontiac, Michigan

What a memorable night of racing it was. It began with a very patriotic opening ceremony and was followed by some very emotional racing. This was the first time this year that Clear Channel wanted to change up the ceremonies. We had all of the same aspects as normal from the anthem singer to the Marines and rider introductions but it was arranged differently. It was very moving and will be even better in Dallas next weekend.

It was an amazing night in the 125 East series final. We had a first-time winner, Ivan Tedesco, a first-time title recipient, Branden Jesseman and a local boy who took his first podium of the year, Kelly Smith. There were tears, frustration, celebration, crashing and even a blown motor to top off the 125 main.

The 250 main didn’t prove to be as exciting, but for Yamaha and Chad Reed, it couldn’t have been sweeter. Yamaha swept the night by winning both classes Saturday night. That makes it three in a row for Reed and five on the season. He closed the gap by three points, narrowing Carmichael’s lead to 16.


Heat Races

125 Heat 1: Arenacross rider Tommy Hofmaster took the holeshot. Mike Brown took the lead just before lap two. Brock Sellards got off the start in fourth. He and Jeff Gibson had a good battle for third on lap three before Sellards took him. They would finish in that order. This heat would end up being two seconds faster than heat two.

125 Heat 2: Branden Jesseman took the holeshot with Kelly Smith all over his back wheel. Brett Metcalfe had a good battle with Josh Summey for a lap until Metcalfe got him for third. Matt Lalloz then passed Summey for fourth and took on Metcalfe for third on lap six. Jesseman took the win with about a five-second lead over Smith.

250 Heat 1: Sean Hamblin took the holeshot over Chad Reed. They battled side-by-side for the entire lap. Reed took the lead at the green flag. Nick Wey passed Ernesto Fonseca for third on the second lap. Ernie took it back on lap seven. Reed won by about six seconds with Hamblin in second.

250 Heat 2: Ricky Carmichael took the holeshot with Clark Stiles in second. Larry Ward moved from fourth to third on lap three and Heath Voss moved into fourth. It was a three-man battle for second with Stiles, Ward and Voss. On lap four, Ward got around Stiles for second. On lap six Voss moved into third around Stiles.

125 LCQ: Ivan Tedesco was forced to go to the LCQ after bad start and finish in his heat. He took the win. Tiger Lacey took the holeshot. Brad Ripple took home the $250 Asterisk Medic card.

250 Semi 1: Jason Thomas jumped out front immediately with top privateer Keith Johnson in second. Johnson got around Thomas on lap two. He went on to take his first ever supercross win with Ryan Clark in second.

250 Semi 2: Local boy Matthew Maximoff took the holeshot. He started on the far right side of the start straight with about eight empty gates between he and the doghouse. It worked! Tyler Evans went from fourth all the way to firstt in the whoop section on lap one. He’s been working with Rick Johnson on the whoops and it showed. He took home the win.

250 LCQ: Casey Lytle avoided a huge first turn pileup for the holeshot. Brian Mason took the final qualifying spot. Doug DeHaan took home the $750 Gas Card.


125cc Main

Lap 1: Tiger Lacey took the holeshot for the third time this year. But Brock Sellards quickly jumped to the lead. Ivan Tedesco and Kelly Smith had a fierce battle for second. Mike Brown started in seventh and Branden Jesseman started about 18th.

Lap 2: Brown moves all the way to fourth. Sellards had a commanding lead with Tedesco in second and Metcalfe in third. Jesseman moved to 14th.

Lap 3: Brown got around Metcalfe for third. Jesseman was in 12th.

Lap 4: Jesseman moved into about ninth posion. If Brown took home the win, Jesseman would have to finish eighth or better for the championship.

Lap 5: Jesseman went down and was on the ground. Brown was closing in on Tedesco. I wonder if team tactics are playing here with Troy Racing. Will Tedesco, whose out of the points, pass his teammate Sellards for the lead? Jesseman is back in 12th again.

Lap 7: Tedesco moved around Sellards for the lead. Brown was close behind.

Lap 9: Sellards blew his transmission! His bike was smoking terribly through the whoops. He went down and Brown ran into him. Sellards slowly got off the track and was limping. Brown’s bike was tangled with Sellards. Tedesco was checking out.

Lap 10: Jesseman moved up to seventh. At that point, we knew he could still take the championship. Sellards told me his bike kicked into neutral and he couldn’t get it back in gear.

Lap 12: Tedesco was the leader with Metcalfe in second, Smith in third and Brown in fourth. Jesseman was still in seventh.

Lap 14: Metcalfe’s bike was smoking! We didn’t know if he blew a motor or what. He then went for the triple and when he landed, he threw the bike away and was laying on the track. We have now heard that he blew his shock, it had been leaking and he possibly broke a couple ribs. Smith moved into second and Brown finished on the podium with third.

Final lap: The order stayed the same and Yamaha of Troy rushed Ivan Tedesco in the middle of the track and Team Suzuki celebrated as Jesseman took home the championship after all.

125cc Results

  1. Ivan Tedesco
  2. Kelly Smith
  3. Mike Brown
  4. Matthieu Lalloz
  5. Steve Boniface
  6. Branden Jesseman
  7. Joshua Summey
  8. Michael Blose
  9. Jeff Gibson
  10. Thomas Hofmaster
  11. Tyson Hadsell
  12. Barry Carsten
  13. Tommy Harrison
  14. Jacob Martin
  15. Jacob Marsack
  16. David Hill
  17. Brett Metcalfe
  18. Scott Metz
  19. Brock Sellards
  20. Erick Vallejo
  21. Kevin Johnson
  22. Tiger Lacey


250 Main

Lap 1: Sean Hamblin took the holeshot but Chad Reed took the lead in the second turn. Fonseca was third followed by Larry Ward. Carmichael started in sixth. Local boy Nick Wey went down in the first turn.

Lap 2: Sean Hamblin stayed surprisingly close to Reed for the lead. Fonseca was in third. Heath Voss took over fourth place with Ward in fifth and RC in sixth.

Lap 3: RC moved into fourth past Ward and Voss. He then moved past Fonseca quickly for third.

Lap 4: RC got around Hamblin for second.

Lap 5: RC got sideways through the whoops with his feet off the pegs. Any other rider would have taken a dirt sample for sure! He held on but lost about four seconds. Keith Johnson was all over Larry Ward for sixth. Reed is about seven seconds ahead.

Lap 8: RC was about two seconds behind Reed and Hamblin about five seconds behind RC. Johnson moved around Ward for sixth and Ryan Clark was knocking on the door as well.

Lap 10: Fonseca moved around Hamblin in the whoops section. Hamblin was looking quite fatigued at that point.

Lap 13: RC closed the gap a bit on Reed, they were racing in the same lane, about two seconds apart. Fonseca was about 25 seconds back in third.

Lap 18: RC has closed the gap to about 3/4 of a second behind Reed. Fonseca is about 30 seconds behind.

Final Lap: Chad Reed caught a tough block right before the finish line and is forced to single it. RC finished just under a second behind. Fonseca unofficially finished 33 seconds back with Hamblin in fourth and Voss in fifth. Reed lapped up to fourth! Voss was passed on the last lap! Unbelievable speed Saturday night!

250cc Results

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Ernesto Fonseca
  4. Sean Hamblin
  5. Heath Voss
  6. Keith Johnson
  7. Larry Ward
  8. Nick Wey
  9. Ryan Clark
  10. Josh Demuth
  11. Joseph Oehlhof
  12. Casey Lytle
  13. Brian Mason
  14. Jason Thomas
  15. Tyler Evans
  16. Greg Schnell
  17. James Povolny, Jr.
  18. Jimmy Wilson
  19. Ted Campbell
  20. Clark Stiles

Talk to you next weekend from Dallas, TX where Chad Reed will be crowned the first-ever THQ World Supercross GP champion. The AMA Supercross title will unlikely be known until the Las Vegas final.

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  1. Chad Reed
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Ernesto Fonseca
  4. Sean Hamblin
  5. Heath Voss
  6. Keith Johnson
  7. Larry Ward
  8. Nick Wey
  9. Ryan Clark
  10. Josh Demuth
  11. Joseph Oehlhof
  12. Casey Lytle
  13. Brian Mason
  14. Jason Thomas
  15. Tyler Evans
  16. Greg Schnell
  17. James Povolny, Jr.
  18. Jimmy Wilson
  19. Ted Campbell
  20. Clark Stiles

Talk to you next weekend from Dallas, TX where Chad Reed will be crowned the first-ever THQ World Supercross GP champion. The AMA Supercross title will unlikely be known until the Las Vegas final.