Race Report: Anaheim 1
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

With the first two Amp’d Mobile World rounds in Canada under our belts, we headed to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, for round number one of the highly anticipated 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. The riders and Anaheim faithful were treated to cool but clear skies in the SoCal Mecca, and the racing action went off without a hitch at 7:36 PM sharp. Heading into the event, the big news stories were the injury to Yamaha’s Chad Reed, which proved not to be severe enough to put too large of a dent in his championship hopes, as well as the kickoff of the Western Region Lites Championship series. When all was said and done and the stadium lights dimmed at the end of the night, it was Kawasaki’s James Stewart in the Supercross class and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto in the Lites class who took home opening round glory. If you missed the live television coverage on SPEED, read on for all of the racing highlights…

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

Capturing the first holeshot of the 2007 Supercross Lites season was Yamaha/Troy Racing’s Jason Lawrence, but unfortunately for J-Law, the new blue pilot entered turn number four a bit too hot and went down, handing the lead over to Team Sobe/NoFear/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Jake Weimer. Behind Weimer, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar overtook the second spot from rookie Matt Lemoine on lap three, only to go down just a few turns later. Gosselaar picked himself up to rebound for a sixth place qualifying finish in the end. After a mediocre start, Team Sobe/NoFear/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant charged his way forward to take over the second spot behind his teammate Weimer, who rode a near flawless race to hold on for the heat one win. Fresh off of a plane from France, MX2 World Champion Christophe Pourcel joined Mitch Payton’s Pro Circuit squad for a partial Supercross season, and showed blazing speed in his first U.S. Supercross heat, qualifying for the main in the fourth spot.

RESULTS:

  1. Jake Weimer
  2. Josh Grant
  3. Matt Lemoine
  4. Christophe Pourcel
  5. Michael Lapaglia
  6. Chris Gosselaar
  7. Justin Keeney
  8. Jason Lawrence
  9. Dennis Jonon

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos, who won round number one in Toronto, and Ryan Villopoto charged neck-n-neck into turn number one, but they were both passed on the inside by Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen as they entered turn two. Villopoto stalked Hansen for a few laps before making a pass on the inside that would stick for the remainder of the heat, and he motored on to a seemingly easy win. Behind the lead two, Rockstar Energy/WBR/Yoshimura/Suzuki’s Troy Adams slowly crept up on Hansen, but the number 34 RM-Z fell just a couple seconds short at the checkers.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Josh Hansen
  3. Troy Adams
  4. Steve Boniface
  5. Martin Davalos
  6. Kyle Chisholm
  7. Kyle Cunningham
  8. Adam Chatfield
  9. Richie Owens

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

Supercross heat number one featured an Ivan Tedesco holeshot, with Eric Sorby and Team Yamaha’s Grant Langston hot on his tail. Langston and Sobe/NoFear/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Travis Preston both worked their way passed Sorby within a lap, and Ricky Carmichael, who suffered an uncharacteristic poor start, began his charge toward the front. Also moving forward after a bad start was Kevin Windham aboard his Sobe/NoFear/Samsung Mobile/Honda, but unfortunately for K-Dub, he was only able to work his way up to the fifth spot by the end of the heat. On lap four, RC made his move on Hot Sauce for the lead after Ivan bobbled going over a double, with Langston following shortly thereafter. Tedesco definitely showed signs of his ailing hand injury, eveually giving way to both Preston and Windham, as well, but showed a ton of heart as he finished in fourth, qualifying for the main. RC slowly worked his way to a solid eight second lead by heat’s end, with Langston finishing in second, and Preston coming in a close third.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Grant Langston
  3. Travis Preston
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Kevin Windham
  6. Heath Voss
  7. Eric Sorby
  8. Jiri Dostal
  9. Jeff Gibson

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

The heat two holeshot went to Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart, who ran off to a convincing 22-second win in just eight qualifying laps. Behind Bubba came Team Rockstar Energy/WBR/Yoshimura/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne, piloting his RM-Z450 in nearly five seconds ahead of Team Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry after a pretty uneventful race. Chad Reed rode what was clearly a difficult and painful heat, piloting his YZ450F to a well-off-the-pace eighth, but qualifying position. Reed’s goal on the night was simply to collect as many points as physically possible, and qualifying for the main was the crucial first step.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Michael Byrne
  3. Tim Ferry
  4. David Vuillemin
  5. Nick Wey
  6. Jason Thomas
  7. Tyler Evans
  8. Chad Reed
  9. Manuel Gomes Rivas

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

France’s Marvin Musquin grabbed the holeshot to start the Lites LCQ, but moving up quickly was Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill after having to pull off just a couple laps into his heat earlier in the evening. Hill took over the lead on lap number two and ran away with a relatively easy win. Qualifying for the main behind Hill was Australia’s Cody Mackie, Musquin, and Michael Willard.

RESULTS:

  1. Josh Hill
  2. Cody Mackie
  3. Marvin Musquin
  4. Michael Willard

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Ripping through the turn one with the Supercross LCQ’s early lead was Kyle Lewis, but he was quickly displaced by Cernics/Kawasaki’s Paul Carpenter. Pauly looked strong and began checking out, but at the start of lap number three he went down as he exited a short rhythm section, and was unable to remount quickly enough to qualify for the main. Kyle Mace was the beneficiary of Carpenter’s crash, but he was unable to hold off Ryan Clark who made a final lap pass to take the win. Behind Clark came Mace, Nathan Ramsey (after a first turn incident), and Kyle Lewis.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Clark
  2. Kyle Mace
  3. Nathan Ramsey
  4. Kyle Lewis

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

And the Anaheim 1 Lites-class main event holeshot goes to…Christophe Pourcel! Behind the Frenchman came KTM-mounted Josh Hansen, but Ryan Villopoto made quick work of him and set his sights on his new teammate. Villo made his move on Pourcel at the start of lap three, and the young phenom never looked back, finishing some eight seconds ahead at the wave of the checkers.

Behind Villopoto and Pourcel in the early going came Hansen, Jason Lawrence, and Chris Gosselaar. As the race developed and the riders began sorting themselves out, Lawrence made a move on Hansen for third, and then appeared to have his sights set on Pourcel, but he was only able to close to within five seconds when all was said and done. Next to get by Hansen was Sobe/NoFear/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Jake Weimer to take the fourth spot, but a small mistake allowed Hansen back by, and the two finished the main in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Absent from the main event starting gate was series championship hopeful Josh Grant, who injured his lung in a crash during practice. We checked in with Josh’s team after the race to find out how he was doing, and it turns out that he had to be treated at a local hospital following the injury in practice, and although he gave it his best during the heat race, was unable to go for the main. The Sobe/NoFear/Samsung crew is hopeful that Josh will be fully recovered and ready to go next weekend in Phoenix.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Christophe Pourcel
  3. Jason Lawrence
  4. Josh Hansen
  5. Jake Weimer
  6. Troy Adams
  7. Matt Lemoine
  8. Chris Gosselaar
  9. Kyle Chisholm
  10. Justin Keeney
  11. Steve Boniface
  12. Richie Owens
  13. Kyle Cunningham
  14. Adam Chatfield
  15. Cody Mackie
  16. Michael Willard
  17. Dennis Jonon
  18. Michael Lapaglia
  19. Josh Hill
  20. Martin Davalos
  21. Marvin Musquin

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped for the final race of the night—the kickoff of the 2007 Amp’d Mobile Supercross Series—it was Chad Reed who rocketed out with the early lead. Behind Reedy, James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael charged close in tow, with Bubba striking first before the end of lap one. RC made his move passed the blue 22 to start lap number two, but a small bobble allowed Reed back by just one turn later. RC got back by the Australian on lap three, setting his sights on Bubba up front, but it was quite astonishing to see the magical powers of Reed at work, as he somehow pulled amazing speed out of his hat for the main event. Behind the top three, Michael Byrne, Grant Langston, and Travis Preston rounded out the top six.

To start lap four, Bubba slid his KX450F out in a slick left-hander just after the finish line, and RC took quick advantage of the mistake, taking the lead away. James quickly caught back up to the G.O.A.T., however, and the two began a dogfight that allowed them to walk away from Reed in third. On lap seven, Bubba got back by RC, and slowly began inching his way back to a couple second cushion. With eight laps to go, RC got out of shape at the end of a tricky rhythm section, forcing himself high into the following right hand corner where he hit a tough block and went down. RC was still able to remount in the second spot, but he was left some 15 seconds behind Stewart by the time he set sail. Behind the lead two, Reed maintained a steady third place ride, with Travis Preston, aboard his privateer Sobe/NoFear/Samsung Mobile/Honda, in a very respectable fourth place. Rounding out the top five, Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry cruised in with a comfortable margin over sixth place David Vuillemin.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Travis Preston
  5. Tim Ferry
  6. David Vuillemin
  7. Nick Wey
  8. Heath Voss
  9. Kevin Windham
  10. Michael Byrne
  11. Paul Carpenter
  12. Tyler Evans
  13. Jiri Dostal
  14. Ivan Tedesco
  15. Jeff Gibson
  16. Eric Sorby
  17. Ryan Clark
  18. Manuel Gomes Rivas
  19. Kyle Mace
  20. Grant Langston
  21. Jason Thomas

ng, and it turns out that he had to be treated at a local hospital following the injury in practice, and although he gave it his best during the heat race, was unable to go for the main. The Sobe/NoFear/Samsung crew is hopeful that Josh will be fully recovered and ready to go next weekend in Phoenix.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Christophe Pourcel
  3. Jason Lawrence
  4. Josh Hansen
  5. Jake Weimer
  6. Troy Adams
  7. Matt Lemoine
  8. Chris Gosselaar
  9. Kyle Chisholm
  10. Justin Keeney
  11. Steve Boniface
  12. Richie Owens
  13. Kyle Cunningham
  14. Adam Chatfield
  15. Cody Mackie
  16. Michael Willard
  17. Dennis Jonon
  18. Michael Lapaglia
  19. Josh Hill
  20. Martin Davalos
  21. Marvin Musquin

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped for the final race of the night—the kickoff of the 2007 Amp’d Mobile Supercross Series—it was Chad Reed who rocketed out with the early lead. Behind Reedy, James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael charged close in tow, with Bubba striking first before the end of lap one. RC made his move passed the blue 22 to start lap number two, but a small bobble allowed Reed back by just one turn later. RC got back by the Australian on lap three, setting his sights on Bubba up front, but it was quite astonishing to see the magical powers of Reed at work, as he somehow pulled amazing speed out of his hat for the main event. Behind the top three, Michael Byrne, Grant Langston, and Travis Preston rounded out the top six.

To start lap four, Bubba slid his KX450F out in a slick left-hander just after the finish line, and RC took quick advantage of the mistake, taking the lead away. James quickly caught back up to the G.O.A.T., however, and the two began a dogfight that allowed them to walk away from Reed in third. On lap seven, Bubba got back by RC, and slowly began inching his way back to a couple second cushion. With eight laps to go, RC got out of shape at the end of a tricky rhythm section, forcing himself high into the following right hand corner where he hit a tough block and went down. RC was still able to remount in the second spot, but he was left some 15 seconds behind Stewart by the time he set sail. Behind the lead two, Reed maintained a steady third place ride, with Travis Preston, aboard his privateer Sobe/NoFear/Samsung Mobile/Honda, in a very respectable fourth place. Rounding out the top five, Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry cruised in with a comfortable margin over sixth place David Vuillemin.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Travis Preston
  5. Tim Ferry
  6. David Vuillemin
  7. Nick Wey
  8. Heath Voss
  9. Kevin Windham
  10. Michael Byrne
  11. Paul Carpenter
  12. Tyler Evans
  13. Jiri Dostal
  14. Ivan Tedesco
  15. Jeff Gibson
  16. Eric Sorby
  17. Ryan Clark
  18. Manuel Gomes Rivas
  19. Kyle Mace
  20. Grant Langston
  21. Jason Thomas