Race Report: Anaheim 2
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

Cool temperatures and mild weather greeted racers at the third round of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series—the fifth round of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Series—at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, this Saturday night. This race also marked the first round of the season that Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael wouldn’t be competing, so needless to say, with RC out, Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart was the favorite for the win.

All day Stewart was easily the quickest rider on the track, as he posted the fastest times in both practices, and took that momentum into the evening program where he scored the win in his heat race, and then the main event. For Stewart, the win was his third consecutive of the season, and boosted his series lead to 13 points ahead of Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed.

In the Lites class, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took yet another win to take over the points lead. The win marked Villopoto’s second of the season, and third time on the podium in as many tries.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

When the first race of the night got underway, it was Team Motosport/MDK/Kawasaki’s Steve Boniface with the holeshot ahead of MB1/Fox/Honda’s Kyle Partridge, but before the completion of the first lap, Partridge took over the lead. Behind the two riders, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel sat in third while Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Kyle Cunningham held down fourth.

On the third lap, Pourcel moved into second over the first triple, and began to quickly catch Partridge out front. One lap later, Pourcel made a nearly identical pass to take over the lead. From there, Pourcel cruised in to take the win. Boniface took second after passing Partridge on the final lap. Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/No Fear/Honda’s Jake Weimer held off Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill for fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw)
  2. Steve Boniface (Kaw)
  3. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  4. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  5. Josh Hill (Yam)
  6. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
  7. Dusty Klatt (Yam)
  8. Justin Keeney (Kaw)
  9. Martin Davalos (KTM)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

When the gate dropped for the second Lites Heat it was Team MB1/Fox/Honda’s Daniel Sani with the holeshot followed closely by Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. After only a few turns, however, Villopoto was in the lead and pulling away. Behind him, Team Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen had moved into second ahead of Villopoto’s teammate Chris Gosselaar and Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/No Fear/Honda’s Josh Grant.

After only a few laps, Villopoto had a 10-second lead over Hansen, while Grant moved into third ahead of Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence. One lap later, though, and the running order quickly changed, as Lawrence moved past Grant for third after the Honda rider made a mistake. From there things never changed much.

When the checkered flag flew after six laps, Villopoto had an even bigger advantage over Hansen in second. Lawrence held on for third, while Grant crossed the line fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  2. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  3. Jason Lawrence (Yam)
  4. Josh Grant (Hon)
  5. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  6. Michael LaPaglia (Yam)
  7. Troy Adams (Suz)
  8. Matt Lemoine (Yam)
  9. Daniel Sani (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

When the first Supercross class Heat thundered into the first turn, it was Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed with the holeshot followed closely by Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco. Behind them, a group of riders went down in the first turn, which included many of the favorites ke Team Xyience/MDK Honda’s David Vuillemin and Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne.

As the race continued, Reed began to pull out to a comfortable lead over Tedesco. Meanwhile, Honda-mounted Cole Siebler held on to third while Team Bloodshot/Rockstar/Suzuki’s Tyler Evans began to hunt him down. As the laps ticked away, Reed continued to extend his lead over Tedesco in second while Siebler held down third. When the checkered flag flew, Reed cross the line 12 seconds ahead of Tedesco. Siebler finished third.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed (Yam)
  2. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  3. Cole Siebler (Hon)
  4. Tyler Evans (Suz)
  5. Manuel Rivas (Kaw)
  6. Heath Voss (Hon)
  7. Antonio Balbi (Hon)
  8. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  9. Kyle Mace (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

When the gate hit the dirt and the riders raced to the first turn, it was Team Monster Kawasaki’s James Stewart with the holeshot, followed by Kawasaki-mounted Jacob Marsack and Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/No Fear/Honda’s Kevin Windham. Before the end of the first lap, Windham had moved into second and Stewart had already amassed an enormous lead. Behind them, Marsack attempted to fight-off a hard-charging Nick Wey, but a few laps later the Xyience/MDK/Honda rider found a way around and into third.

When the white flag came out, Stewart had a commanding lead over Windham, and as they completed the final lap, things didn’t change. Stewart took the win followed by Windham, with Wey in third.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  3. Nick Wey (Hon)
  4. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  5. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)
  6. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  7. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  8. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
  9. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

With only a few more transfer positions up for grabs, the pack raced into the first turn. Kawasaki-mounted Tyler Keefe took the holeshot and was followed by Richardson’s RV’s/Honda rider Richie Owens. Keefe held the lead for a few laps, but halfway through the third lap, Owens made a pass while the two pounded over the second set of whoops. From there, Owens held on to take the win, followed by Keefe, Yamaha-mounted Chris Blose, and Owens’ teammate Logan Darien.

RESULTS:

  1. Richie Owens (Hon)
  2. Tyler Keefe (Kaw)
  3. Chris Blose (Yam)
  4. Logan Darien (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

After a crash in his heat race, Team Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne found himself in the LCQ. But once the gate dropped, he quickly took the holeshot and never looked back. Behind him, Butler Brothers/Honda’s Jason Thomas and KTM-mounted Joe Oehlhof fought for second. After only a few laps, Byrne had opened up a commanding lead over Thomas while Oehlhof remained in third. On the final lap, Butler Brothers/Honda’s Bryan Johnson passed Oehlhof for third. When the checkered flag came out, Byrne took the win followed by Thomas, Johnson, and Oehlhof respectively.

RESULTS:

  1. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  2. Jason Thomas (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

The start saw Team Motosport/MDK/Kawasaki rider Steve Boniface take the holeshot followed by Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/No Fear/Honda’s Josh Grant and Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. As the pack circulated the course, Grant tried to make a move on Boniface before the second triple, but was pinched off and forced to not make the jump. The mistake allowed Villopoto to take over second. One lap later, Villopoto made a pass on Boniface for first, and from there, quickly opened up a lead over the French rider. Meanwhile, a battle began to ensue for third between Team Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos, Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill, and Grant. Grant eventually pulled away from the others, but Hill and Davalos continued to battle with Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence. Two laps later, Lawrence had won the battle and begun to make a charge to the front, and made quick work of both Grant and Boniface. Once into second, however, Lawrence couldn’t catch Villopoto, as the Kawasaki rider’s lead was too big.

By the halfway point, Villopoto had a 12-second lead over Lawrence, while Hill had moved into third ahead of Boniface and Grant. At the end, Villopoto crossed the line with nearly a 20-second lead over Lawrence. Hill completed the podium; Grant finished fourth.

As for last week’s winner Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel, he started the main, but hurt his ankle and had to pull off after only a few laps.

“It was a good night,” Villopoto said on the podium. “I had a little problem with the starts, but luckily it worked out for me once I got past the guys that were in front of me.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  2. Jason Lawrence (Yam)
  3. Josh Hill (Yam)
  4. Josh Grant (Hon)
  5. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  6. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  7. Steve Boniface (Kaw)
  8. Troy Adams (Suz)
  9. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  10. Martin Davalos (KTM)
  11. Matt Lemoine (Yam)
  12. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
  13. Justin Keeney (Kaw)
  14. Michael LaPaglia (Yam)
  15. Dusty Klatt (Yam)
  16. Logan Darien (Hon)
  17. Daniel Sani (Hon)
  18. Chris Blose (Yam)
  19. Richie Owens (Hon)
  20. Tyler Keefe (Kaw)
  21. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw)
  22. Josh Hansen (KTM)

AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST STANDINGS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (72 points)
  2. Jason Lawrence (55)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (49)
  4. Christophe Pourcel (47)
  5. Matt Lemoine (42)
  6. Steve Boniface (40)
  7. Jake Weimer (38)
  8. Josh Hill (36)
  9. Troy Adams (36)
  10. Josh Hansen (33)
  11. Kyle Cunningham (29)
  12. Justin Keeney (28)
  13. Martin Davalos (23)
  14. Kyle Partridge (22)
  15. Josh Grant (18)
  16. Michael Lapaglia (16)
  17. Richie Owens (15)
  18. Kyle Chisholm (12)
  19. Dennis Jonon (9)
  20. Dusty Klatt (8)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

Team Xyience/MDK/Honda’s Nick Wey took the holeshot at the start of the Supercross main. Behind him, Team Monster Kawasaki’s James Stewart, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco, and Reed battled for position. Before the end of the lap, Stewart took over first, and from there, began to build up a substantial lead over Wey, Tedesco, and Reed. A few laps later, Reed moved into third and began to set his sights on Wey for second, but in an attempt to make a move, the Yamaha rider lost ground when he made a mistake over a tricky rhythm section. One lap later, Reed was right on the rear fender of Wey once more, but once again, a mistake allowed Wey to pull out a small gap on the Yamaha rider. Finally on the seventh lap, Reed made a pass stick to take over second. At that point, however, Stewart was too far out front for Reed to even come close to catching him.

Near the halfway point of the race, Stewart had a 10-second lead over Reed with Wey third and Stewart’s teammate Timmy Ferry fourth. Former fourth-place Tedesco had dropped way back.

When the checkered flag flew, Stewart took the win by over 13 seconds. Reed finished second while Wey held on to take his first podium of the season.

“I’m just out there having fun,” Stewart said of the race. “The first few corners were hectic, and I kind of slid in the first corner. After that, I just got a rhythm going, and it seemed to work.”

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw Yamaha’s Josh Hill, and Grant. Grant eventually pulled away from the others, but Hill and Davalos continued to battle with Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence. Two laps later, Lawrence had won the battle and begun to make a charge to the front, and made quick work of both Grant and Boniface. Once into second, however, Lawrence couldn’t catch Villopoto, as the Kawasaki rider’s lead was too big.

    By the halfway point, Villopoto had a 12-second lead over Lawrence, while Hill had moved into third ahead of Boniface and Grant. At the end, Villopoto crossed the line with nearly a 20-second lead over Lawrence. Hill completed the podium; Grant finished fourth.

    As for last week’s winner Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel, he started the main, but hurt his ankle and had to pull off after only a few laps.

    “It was a good night,” Villopoto said on the podium. “I had a little problem with the starts, but luckily it worked out for me once I got past the guys that were in front of me.”

    RESULTS:

    1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
    2. Jason Lawrence (Yam)
    3. Josh Hill (Yam)
    4. Josh Grant (Hon)
    5. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
    6. Jake Weimer (Hon)
    7. Steve Boniface (Kaw)
    8. Troy Adams (Suz)
    9. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
    10. Martin Davalos (KTM)
    11. Matt Lemoine (Yam)
    12. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
    13. Justin Keeney (Kaw)
    14. Michael LaPaglia (Yam)
    15. Dusty Klatt (Yam)
    16. Logan Darien (Hon)
    17. Daniel Sani (Hon)
    18. Chris Blose (Yam)
    19. Richie Owens (Hon)
    20. Tyler Keefe (Kaw)
    21. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw)
    22. Josh Hansen (KTM)

    AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST STANDINGS:

    1. Ryan Villopoto (72 points)
    2. Jason Lawrence (55)
    3. Chris Gosselaar (49)
    4. Christophe Pourcel (47)
    5. Matt Lemoine (42)
    6. Steve Boniface (40)
    7. Jake Weimer (38)
    8. Josh Hill (36)
    9. Troy Adams (36)
    10. Josh Hansen (33)
    11. Kyle Cunningham (29)
    12. Justin Keeney (28)
    13. Martin Davalos (23)
    14. Kyle Partridge (22)
    15. Josh Grant (18)
    16. Michael Lapaglia (16)
    17. Richie Owens (15)
    18. Kyle Chisholm (12)
    19. Dennis Jonon (9)
    20. Dusty Klatt (8)

    SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

    Team Xyience/MDK/Honda’s Nick Wey took the holeshot at the start of the Supercross main. Behind him, Team Monster Kawasaki’s James Stewart, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco, and Reed battled for position. Before the end of the lap, Stewart took over first, and from there, began to build up a substantial lead over Wey, Tedesco, and Reed. A few laps later, Reed moved into third and began to set his sights on Wey for second, but in an attempt to make a move, the Yamaha rider lost ground when he made a mistake over a tricky rhythm section. One lap later, Reed was right on the rear fender of Wey once more, but once again, a mistake allowed Wey to pull out a small gap on the Yamaha rider. Finally on the seventh lap, Reed made a pass stick to take over second. At that point, however, Stewart was too far out front for Reed to even come close to catching him.

    Near the halfway point of the race, Stewart had a 10-second lead over Reed with Wey third and Stewart’s teammate Timmy Ferry fourth. Former fourth-place Tedesco had dropped way back.

    When the checkered flag flew, Stewart took the win by over 13 seconds. Reed finished second while Wey held on to take his first podium of the season.

    “I’m just out there having fun,” Stewart said of the race. “The first few corners were hectic, and I kind of slid in the first corner. After that, I just got a rhythm going, and it seemed to work.”

    RESULTS:

    1. James Stewart (Kaw)
    2. Chad Reed (Yam)
    3. Nick Wey (Hon)
    4. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)
    5. Michael Byrne (Suz)
    6. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    7. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
    8. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
    9. Josh Summey (Hon)
    10. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
    11. David Vuillemin (Hon)
    12. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
    13. Heath Voss (Hon)
    14. Cole Siebler (Hon)
    15. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
    16. Jason Thomas (Hon)
    17. Tyler Evans (Suz)
    18. Manuel Rivas (Kaw)
    19. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
    20. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)

    AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS:

    1. James Stewart (75)
    2. Chad Reed (62)
    3. Tim Ferry (50)
    4. Nick Wey (46)
    5. Ricky Carmichael (44)
    6. Michael Byrne (42)
    7. Kevin Windham (40)
    8. Travis Preston (36)
    9. Ivan Tedesco (34)
    10. Heath Voss (32)
    11. Paul Carpenter (26)
    12. David Vuillemin (25)
    13. Nathan Ramsey (21)
    14. Jeff Gibson (21)
    15. Manuel Rivas (15)
    16. Tyler Evans (13)
    17. Jason Thomas (13)
    18. Josh Summey (12)
    19. Eric Sorby (11)
    20. Jeff Dement (8)

    FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP STANDINGS:

    1. James Stewart (117 points)
    2. Chad Reed (107)
    3. Ricky Carmichael (91)
    4. Tim Ferry (84)
    5. Nick Wey (74)
    6. David Vuillemin (64)
    7. Heath Voss (56)
    8. Travis Preston (55)
    9. Paul Carpenter (53)
    10. Michael Byrne (51)
    11. Jeff Gibson (49)
    12. Nathan Ramsey (38)
    13. Jason Thomas (37)
    14. Ian Tedesco (36)
    15. Ryan Clark (26)
    16. Cole Siebler (23)
    17. Josh Summey (20)
    18. Jeff Dement (20)
    19. Tyler Evans (18)
    20. Jiri Dostal (13)

    (Kaw)

  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Nick Wey (Hon)
  4. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)
  5. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  6. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  7. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  8. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  9. Josh Summey (Hon)
  10. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
  11. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  12. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  13. Heath Voss (Hon)
  14. Cole Siebler (Hon)
  15. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
  16. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  17. Tyler Evans (Suz)
  18. Manuel Rivas (Kaw)
  19. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  20. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)

AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (75)
  2. Chad Reed (62)
  3. Tim Ferry (50)
  4. Nick Wey (46)
  5. Ricky Carmichael (44)
  6. Michael Byrne (42)
  7. Kevin Windham (40)
  8. Travis Preston (36)
  9. Ivan Tedesco (34)
  10. Heath Voss (32)
  11. Paul Carpenter (26)
  12. David Vuillemin (25)
  13. Nathan Ramsey (21)
  14. Jeff Gibson (21)
  15. Manuel Rivas (15)
  16. Tyler Evans (13)
  17. Jason Thomas (13)
  18. Josh Summey (12)
  19. Eric Sorby (11)
  20. Jeff Dement (8)

FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (117 points)
  2. Chad Reed (107)
  3. Ricky Carmichael (91)
  4. Tim Ferry (84)
  5. Nick Wey (74)
  6. David Vuillemin (64)
  7. Heath Voss (56)
  8. Travis Preston (55)
  9. Paul Carpenter (53)
  10. Michael Byrne (51)
  11. Jeff Gibson (49)
  12. Nathan Ramsey (38)
  13. Jason Thomas (37)
  14. Ian Tedesco (36)
  15. Ryan Clark (26)
  16. Cole Siebler (23)
  17. Josh Summey (20)
  18. Jeff Dement (20)
  19. Tyler Evans (18)
  20. Jiri Dostal (13)