Jamie’s Race Report: Round 12, Houston

Photos by GuyB

A lot of history has been made in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. But at some point it’s time to go out with old and in with the new. So, this year we said farewell to the oldest stadium in the country and hello to the brand new and very beautiful Reliant Stadium.

Complete with a retractable roof and more than 65,000 seats, Reliant Stadium was christened with supercross this weekend. And what a first-time event it was! To sum up the night, Chad Reed once again proved he’s quite capable of stopping Carmichael. Winning his fourth race in the states and his fifth for the THQ World Supercross series, Reed took the win and narrowed the points gap to 19. We had some new faces on the podium as well as some old, familiar faces.

Everything from the KTM kids to the 125 LCQ was exciting last weekend. And if you weren’t thereto witness it or didn’t hear it on SXGP.com, here it is, play by play (according to my memory!).


Pit and Heat Race Notes:

The injured rider list continued to grow last weekend as Ezra Lusk crashed on Friday after cross-rutting the face of a triple. The X-ray showed nothing broken but Lusk flew home immediately to see a specialist. That brings us down to THREE full-time 250cc factory riders!

Danny Smith crashed hard during his heat race battle with Reed and “sprained his knee” according to Doctor Bodnar. Josh Wood also crashed during a qualifier. The KTM rider reportedly fractured his heel.

In the first 125cc heat race, Brett Metcalfe took the holeshot. This Australian kid is really showing some talent the last couple weeks! Mike Brown was right behind him out of turn two and it only took a lap-and-a-half to make the pass for the lead. Ivan Tedesco moved into third on lap number five and closed in on Brown’s rear wheel right at the finish line. Metcalfe finished fourth.

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In the second 125cc heat, Kelly Smith took the holeshot. Branden Jesseman immediately took over the lead. He pulled ahead of Smith by a second. Jeff Gibson worked his way from fifth to third where he found himself in a battle with Team Solitaire’s Michael Blose. They finished in that order. Shane Bess and Erick Vallejo got into a “scuffle” when they pulled off the track. After they blew off some steam, they shook hands and walked off. This heat was five seconds faster than the first.

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The first 250cc heat looked to be Greg Schnell off the start but he was pushed out and Danny Smith took the lead. Danny looked very confident. Chad Reed was all over him for the first four laps. They were side-by-side, and Smith held his line. As they came into the second corner after the finish line, Reed took the lead and immediately after, Danny looked to be busting a superman freestyle trick (unintentionally, of course!). His legs flew up in the air then came down to the left side of the bike and then he hit the ground and his bike landed on top of him. It looked terrible as the medics were on the track with him for a good five minutes, and Danny was escorted off the track in the medic mule. Reed then checked out, five seconds ahead of Nick Wey and Ernesto Fonseca. Wey and Fonseca battled for a while and Fonseca took over second on the sixth lap. They finished in that order. While Reed was being interviewed, Danny rode by on the medic mule and gave him a thumbs-up. Doc Bodnar said he sustained a “sprained knee.”

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The second 250cc heat saw Moto XXX’s Clark Stiles get the holeshot but Carmichael wasted no time taking the lead. On lap number two, RC’s front end washed out and he went down. He got up, clutch lever upside-down and got going again after losing about eight places and Stiles took over the lead. Sean Hamblin rode very impressively. He started in fourth and worked his way up to the lead on lap five. Stiles went wn in the whoops. Next lap saw Josh Woods go down hard as he settled into second. Hamblin won his first-ever 250 heat race and Carmichael finished second.

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The 125 LCQ saw Ryan Mills take the win for the second week in a row.

250 Semi one was won by Greg Schnell, his first win of the year.

250 Semi two saw Clark Stiles take the win, his first as well!

250 LCQ was won by Tyler Evans.


The Mains

125ccMain

The 125 main got off to an exciting start with Tiger Lacey and Kelly Smith practically nose-to-nose for the holeshot. SXGP.com gave it to Tiger Lacey. Brock Sellards and Lacey battled for the first lap. Shane Bess went down on lap one and was holding his ankle. The rundown was Lacey, Sellards, Smith, Metcalfe, Boniface and Mike Brown was about seventh. Jesseman started about fifteenth.

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Lap three: The running order was the same but Ivan Tedesco was moving up quickly and battled with Steve Boniface before overtaking him.

Lap four: Jesseman was in twelfth while Sellards ran away with the lead. Smith and Metcalfe remained in that order while Brown remained in seventh.

Lap five: Tedesco was on the move and took over third. Jesseman moved into tenth place. Lacey was going backwards, he was in fifth.

Lap eight: Tedesco made the move for second around Smith and was a second way from Sellards. Jesseman moved into eighth place while Brown moved up to fifth.

Lap eleven: Brown and Jesseman had a great battle going, side-by-side, until a tough block got in the way in the whoops and it made a perfect path for Jesseman to move around Brown and into fifth. Boniface jumped in there and made it a three-man battle for fifth. Brown took on Jesseman and made the move.

Lap thirteen: Jesseman closed the door on Brown for fifth. Kelly Smith made a mistake and went down! Metcalfe got around and secured third.

Final lap: Brock Sellards took his second win of the 125 east series followed by Tedesco and Metcalfe. Metcalfe didn’t know he made the podium until he was almost out of the stadium! He told me on the podium he thought Jesseman got around him and he finished fourth. Jesseman held onto the points lead.

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125cc East Main Event Results

  1. Brock Sellards (YAM)
  2. Ivan Tedesco (YAM)
  3. Brett Metcalfe (KTM)
  4. Branden Jesseman (SUZ)
  5. Mike Brown (KAW)
  6. Ryan Mills (HON)
  7. Steve Boniface (KTM)
  8. Tiger Lacey (YAM)
  9. Jeff Gibson (SUZ)
  10. Michael Blose (YAM)
  11. Josh Summey (YAM)
  12. Thomas Hofmaster (YAM)
  13. Matthieu Lalloz (SUZ)
  14. Jeremy Chaussee (YAM)
  15. Erick Vallejo (YAM)
  16. Ty Conner (HON)
  17. Kelly Smith (YAM)
  18. Colt Humphrey (YAM)
  19. Kyle Garro (YAM)
  20. Scott Metz (KTM)

250cc Main

The 250 main started off even more exiting than the 125main! Travis Preston came together with Carmichael, went down and took RC and Hamblin and Voss with him. By the time RC got back up and running, he was dead last and Larry Ward took the holeshot and the lead. Reed was about twelfth.

Lap three: Reed moved up to ninth. Hamblin went down again.

Lap five: The running order was Larry Ward, Clark Stiles, Ernesto Fonseca, Evans and Reed moved into fifth! Carmichael had already moved up to seventh. He looked to be the fastest rider on the track at the time. Reed got around Evans for fourth.

Lap six: Fonseca put the move on Stiles and moved into second. Reed quickly got around him as well for third. RC got around Evans for fifth. Reed and Fonseca were side-by-side through the whoops but Reed took him.

Lap eight: Reed was all over Ward. RC moved around Stiles for fourth. Reed took Ward right after the finish line for first.

Lap ten: Reed had about a one second lead over Ward. RC was on the back tire of Fonseca. He quickly got him and Ward within two seconds of each other. Reed was the leader by two seconds while Carmichael had secured second already! Ten laps it took him to go from dead last to second. Amazing.

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Lap fourteen: Reed was holding Ricky off by a second still. Third was Ernesto, followed by Ward and Stiles. Ricky picked up the pace a bit and Reed looked over his shoulder to see where he was.

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Final lap: Reed won by a couple of bike lengths after three intense laps. Second was Carmichael, and Fonseca was third for the second week in a row. The fans were on their feet applauding and loving the action!

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250 Main Event Results

  1. Chad Reed (YAM)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (HON)
  3. Ernesto Fonseca (HON)
  4. Larry Ward (HON)
  5. Nick Wey (YAM)
  6. Keith Johnson (YAM)
  7. Greg Schnell (YAM)
  8. Clark Stiles (HON)
  9. Sean Hamblin (SUZ)
  10. Ryan Clark (YAM)
  11. Heath Voss (YAM)
  12. Travis Preston (HON)
  13. Tyler Evans (SUZ)
  14. Casey Lytle (YAM)
  15. Doug DeHaan (HON)
  16. Jason Thomas (HON)
  17. Josh Demuth (YAM)
  18. Rene Reyes (KTM)
  19. Brian Mason (YAM)
  20. Ted Campbell (HON)

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Lap ten: Reed had about a one second lead over Ward. RC was on the back tire of Fonseca. He quickly got him and Ward within two seconds of each other. Reed was the leader by two seconds while Carmichael had secured second already! Ten laps it took him to go from dead last to second. Amazing.

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Lap fourteen: Reed was holding Ricky off by a second still. Third was Ernesto, followed by Ward and Stiles. Ricky picked up the pace a bit and Reed looked over his shoulder to see where he was.

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Final lap: Reed won by a couple of bike lengths after three intense laps. Second was Carmichael, and Fonseca was third for the second week in a row. The fans were on their feet applauding and loving the action!

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250 Main Event Results

  1. Chad Reed (YAM)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (HON)
  3. Ernesto Fonseca (HON)
  4. Larry Ward (HON)
  5. Nick Wey (YAM)
  6. Keith Johnson (YAM)
  7. Greg Schnell (YAM)
  8. Clark Stiles (HON)
  9. Sean Hamblin (SUZ)
  10. Ryan Clark (YAM)
  11. Heath Voss (YAM)
  12. Travis Preston (HON)
  13. Tyler Evans (SUZ)
  14. Casey Lytle (YAM)
  15. Doug DeHaan (HON)
  16. Jason Thomas (HON)
  17. Josh Demuth (YAM)
  18. Rene Reyes (KTM)
  19. Brian Mason (YAM)
  20. Ted Campbell (HON)