Race Report: Anaheim 3
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

With Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael not racing once again, the fifth round of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series—seventh round of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP—in Anaheim, California, was easily Team Kawasaki/Monster Energy’s James Stewart’s to loose. All day Stewart was the fastest rider on the track, as he set the fastest lap time in both practice sessions and went on to take the win in his heat race. In the main event, Stewart was equally untouchable. The Kawasaki rider got out to the early lead, and after a brief battle with Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed, he took the win. For Stewart, it was his third win at Anaheim this year in as many tries. The victory also added to the already enormous points lead that he currently enjoys.

In the Lites class, things were slightly less eventful than the previous round in San Francisco, however, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto picked up right where he left off by running away with yet another win. The win marked the young Kawasaki rider’s fourth victory of the season. As of now, the championship is his to lose. And baring any major catastrophe, the Washington native should be able to add this number one plate to his growing list of accomplishments.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

When the gate hit the dirt for the start of the night’s first race, it was Wonder Warthog Racing’s Vernon McKiddie with the holeshot, however, after only a few turns Team Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos took over the lead while Team Monster/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar moved into second, and Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Kyle Cunningham took over third. Behind them, MB1/Fox/Honda’s Daniel Sani held onto fourth. As for the holeshot winner McKiddie, he was buried back in the pack.

As the race progressed, things stayed the same. Davalos continued to stretch out his lead over Gosselaar, while Cunningham continued to hold down a comfortable third, with Sani in fourth. When the checkers flew, Davalos crossed the line first—just barely—followed by Gosselaar, Cunningham, Sani, and Team MotoSport Outlet/Kawasaki’s Steve Boniface.

RESULTS:

  1. Martin Davalos (KTM)
  2. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  3. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
  4. Daniel Sani (Hon)
  5. Steve Boniface (Kaw)
  6. Chris Blose (Yam)
  7. Jason Lawrence (Yam)
  8. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  9. Joaquim Rodrigues (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

The holeshot in this race went to Team Star Racing/Yamaha’s Matt Lemoine who was followed closely by Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, and Team Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen. Midway through the next lap, though, Villopoto found a way around Lemoine in the second whoop section. After that, it would have been easy to guess that RV immediately checked out, however, Lemoine battled back, and even passed the Kawasaki rider before dropping back and assuming second position one lap later. Meanwhile, Hansen held down third with a hard-charging Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda rider Josh Grant in fourth. A few turns later Grant made an amazing move, as he passed both Lemoine and Hansen in one turn. The dramatic pass caused Lemoine to tip over and drop back to seventh. From there, things didn’t change much, and Villopoto took an easy win followed by Grant, Hansen, an impressive Team Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki rider Troy Adams, and Team MB1/Fox/Honda’s Kyle Partridge in fifth.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  2. Josh Grant (Hon)
  3. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  4. Troy Adams (Suz)
  5. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  6. Michael LaPaglia (Yam)
  7. Dusty Klatt (Yam)
  8. Brad Graham (Kaw)
  9. Logan Darien (Hon)

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT ONE

When the pack raced to the first turn r the opening heat race of the premier class, it was Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco with the holeshot followed closely by Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed, Team Xyience/MDK’s David Vuillemin, Team Kawasaki/Monster Energy’s Tim Ferry, and Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Travis Preston. A few turns into the race, Reed made an aggressive pass on Tedesco, as he pushed him wide in a turn. From there, the Yamaha rider began to open up a commanding lead. Behind the top two, Preston took over third, dropping Ferry back to fourth. The race was then red-flagged after only a couple laps, due to a downed rider in the second whoop section. The rider got up, but was unable to restart the race.

The restart was nearly identical to the first, however, it took Reed one extra turn to take over the lead. From there, the Yamaha rider opened up a comfortable margin over Tedesco, while Ferry sat in third with Vuillemin breathing down his neck in fourth. On the third lap, Preston caught up to Vuillemin and began to put pressure on the French rider. One lap later, and Preston was into fourth, however, he was too far back from third-placed Ferry to take advantage.

When the checkered flag flew, Reed took the win followed by Tedesco, Ferry, Preston, and Vuillemin.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed (Yam)
  2. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  3. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  4. Travis Preston (Hon)
  5. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  6. Heath Voss (Hon)
  7. Tyler Evan (Suz)
  8. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  9. Manuel Rivas (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS CLASS HEAT TWO

When the pack thundered into the first turn it was Team Kawasaki/Monster Energy’s James Stewart with a huge holeshot, followed by Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham, Team Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne, Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Nathan Ramsey, and Team Xyience/MDK’s Nick Wey. From there, Stewart promptly threw down huge whips off both of the triples while his competition was left to watch from behind him.

As the race wore on, it proved to be quite boring. Stewart checked out and the running order behind him never really changed much. When the checkered flag flew, Stewart crossed the line with roughly 16 seconds to spare over Windham. Byrne took third, and was followed by Ramsey and Wey, respectively.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  3. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  4. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
  5. Nick Wey (Hon)
  6. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  7. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
  8. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  9. Eric Vallejo (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

The holeshot of this race went to Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill followed by KTM’s Michael Willard, and Star Racing/Yamaha’s Matt Lemoine. Behind them Wonder Warthog Racing’s Adam Chatfield held on to a comfortable fourth place, while Kawasaki rider Tyler Keefe and Honda privateer Nathan Tearney battled for the fifth position. When the checkered flag came out, it was Hill with an easy win, followed by Lemoine, Willard, and Chatfield. As for the battle behind them, Keefe took fifth—just out of a transfer position.

RESULTS:

  1. Josh Hill (Yam)
  2. Matt Lemoine (Yam)
  3. Michael Willard (KTM)
  4. Adam Chatfield (Yam)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Moto XXX’s Josh Summey took the holeshot, while Yamaha rider Eric Vallejo crashed and took four riders out of the running. From there, Summey took over the lead unchallenged, followed by Honda-mounted Bryan Johnson, and Yamaha rider Jacob Saylor. After that, Summey pulled out to a comfortable lead ahead of the rest of the field. As the laps wore on, though, Butler Brother’s Racing/Honda’s Jason Thomas began to put pressure on Saylor for third, and by the fourth lap, had taken over the position. On the final lap, Thomas made his way up to second, but with only one more straight left Johnson took over second for good and crossed the line.

RESULTS:

  1. Josh Summey (Hon)
  2. Bryan Johnson (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

The holeshot of the final Lites class race of the night went to Team Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen followed by Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence, and Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Josh Grant. The race was red flagged after one lap, however, after Grant’s teammate Jake Weimer went down in the first turn and remained there for quite some time.

After the helmet cam that Weimer was wearing was cleaned off, the riders lined up again and waited for the gate to drop. This time the holeshot went to Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto who was followed by Grant, and Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos. Behind them, Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Gosselaar and Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Troy Adams battled it out for fourth. After only a few straights, however, Goose took over and began closing on Davalos for third—Adams dropped way back.

As the race wore on, Villopoto began to open up a commanding lead over Grant, Davalos and Gosselaar. Meanwhile, Josh Hansen had moved into fifth. Behind the KTM rider was Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence. The two riders circulated the course for numerous laps while only being separated by a few bike-lengths, all the while making time up on Gosselaar in fourth. Then suddenly, Hansen, Lawrence, and Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill all moved around the Kawasaki rider after a mistake caused him to lose ground. A lap later, Lawrence passed Hansen for fourth. From there the running order didn’t change until Davalos—in third—cased the first triple and allowed Lawrence to take over third, while Hansen moved into fourth and Davalos dropped way back. With only a few laps remaining, Hill moved around Hansen for fourth. After that, Villopoto took an easy win followed by Grant, Lawrence, Hill, and Hansen.

RESULTS:

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

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES SERIES POINTS STANDINGS (After 5 of 8 rounds):

  1. Ryan Villopoto (122/4 wins)
  2. Jason Lawrence (91)
  3. Jake Weimer (74)
  4. Chris Gosselaar (65)
  5. Josh Grant (64)
  6. Matt Lemoine (63)
  7. Josh Hansen (62)
  8. Steve Boniface (61)
  9. Josh Hill (52)
  10. Kyle Partridge (51)
  11. Christophe Pourcel (48/1 win)
  12. Troy Adams (47)
  13. Kyle Cunningham (42)
  14. Michael LaPaglia (37)
  15. Martin Davalos (34)
  16. Justin Keeney (32)
  17. Dusty Klatt (22)
  18. Adam Chatfield (18)
  19. Richie Owens (16)
  20. Michael Willard (15)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The start of this race was all about Team Kawasaki/Monster Energy’s James Stewart, as he took the holeshot ahead of Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed, Team Kawasaki/Monster Energy’s Tim Ferry, Team Xyience/MDK’s Nick Wey, and Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco. After only one lap, Stew and by the fourth lap, had taken over the position. On the final lap, Thomas made his way up to second, but with only one more straight left Johnson took over second for good and crossed the line.

RESULTS:

  1. Josh Summey (Hon)
  2. Bryan Johnson (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

The holeshot of the final Lites class race of the night went to Team Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen followed by Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence, and Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Josh Grant. The race was red flagged after one lap, however, after Grant’s teammate Jake Weimer went down in the first turn and remained there for quite some time.

After the helmet cam that Weimer was wearing was cleaned off, the riders lined up again and waited for the gate to drop. This time the holeshot went to Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto who was followed by Grant, and Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos. Behind them, Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Gosselaar and Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Troy Adams battled it out for fourth. After only a few straights, however, Goose took over and began closing on Davalos for third—Adams dropped way back.

As the race wore on, Villopoto began to open up a commanding lead over Grant, Davalos and Gosselaar. Meanwhile, Josh Hansen had moved into fifth. Behind the KTM rider was Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence. The two riders circulated the course for numerous laps while only being separated by a few bike-lengths, all the while making time up on Gosselaar in fourth. Then suddenly, Hansen, Lawrence, and Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill all moved around the Kawasaki rider after a mistake caused him to lose ground. A lap later, Lawrence passed Hansen for fourth. From there the running order didn’t change until Davalos—in third—cased the first triple and allowed Lawrence to take over third, while Hansen moved into fourth and Davalos dropped way back. With only a few laps remaining, Hill moved around Hansen for fourth. After that, Villopoto took an easy win followed by Grant, Lawrence, Hill, and Hansen.

RESULTS:

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

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES SERIES POINTS STANDINGS (After 5 of 8 rounds):

  1. Ryan Villopoto (122/4 wins)
  2. Jason Lawrence (91)
  3. Jake Weimer (74)
  4. Chris Gosselaar (65)
  5. Josh Grant (64)
  6. Matt Lemoine (63)
  7. Josh Hansen (62)
  8. Steve Boniface (61)
  9. Josh Hill (52)
  10. Kyle Partridge (51)
  11. Christophe Pourcel (48/1 win)
  12. Troy Adams (47)
  13. Kyle Cunningham (42)
  14. Michael LaPaglia (37)
  15. Martin Davalos (34)
  16. Justin Keeney (32)
  17. Dusty Klatt (22)
  18. Adam Chatfield (18)
  19. Richie Owens (16)
  20. Michael Willard (15)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The start of this race was all about Team Kawasaki/Monster Energy’s James Stewart, as he took the holeshot ahead of Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed, Team Kawasaki/Monster Energy’s Tim Ferry, Team Xyience/MDK’s Nick Wey, and Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco. After only one lap, Stewart had already begun to open up a lead over Reed, while Ferry held down a comfortable third over Wey in fourth. As the race wore on, Reed began to hunt down Stewart and match his speed. Then on the fourth lap, a mistake by Stewart allowed Reed to move up to the back wheel of the Kawasaki rider. On the following lap, after a tricky rhythm section, Reed made a close block pass on Stewart and moved into first. From there, Stewart didn’t give up and promptly stuffed the Yamaha rider a few turns later to take over the point position once again. Meanwhile, behind them the running order didn’t change much, as Ferry held down third, followed by Wey, Michael Byrne, and Ivan Tedesco.

Halfway through the race, Stewart had everything under control and began to pull out to a relatively comfortable lead over Reed with Ferry in third; Wey still held down fourth with Byrne fifth, however, Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham had moved up to sixth, past Tedesco.

By the end of the race, Stewart crossed the line a mere three seconds ahead of Reed after lappers got in the way; Ferry was another 30 seconds back in third. Wey finished fourth with Byrne fifth.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  4. Nick Wey (Hon)
  5. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  6. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
  7. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  8. Heath Voss (Hon)
  9. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  10. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  11. Travis Preston (Hon)
  12. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  13. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  14. Manuel Rivas (Kaw)
  15. Tyler Evans (Suz)
  16. Cole Seibler (Hon)
  17. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  18. Bryan Johnson (Hon)
  19. Josh Summey (Hon)
  20. Eric Sorby (Kaw)

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES POINTS STANDINGS (After 5 of 16 rounds):

  1. James Stewart (122/4 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (104)
  3. Tim Ferry (90)
  4. Michael Byrne (73)
  5. Ricky Carmichael (69/1 win)
  6. Kevin Windham (66)
  7. Nick Wey (60)
  8. Travis Preston (60)
  9. Heath Voss (55)
  10. Ivan Tedesco (53)
  11. David Vuillemin (51)
  12. Nathan Ramsey (45)
  13. Paul Carpenter (45)
  14. Jeff Gibson (42)
  15. Josh Summey (25)
  16. Tyler Evans (25)
  17. Manuel Rivas (24)
  18. Eric Sorby (15)
  19. Cole Siebler (14)
  20. Jeff Dement (13)

Stewart had already begun to open up a lead over Reed, while Ferry held down a comfortable third over Wey in fourth. As the race wore on, Reed began to hunt down Stewart and match his speed. Then on the fourth lap, a mistake by Stewart allowed Reed to move up to the back wheel of the Kawasaki rider. On the following lap, after a tricky rhythm section, Reed made a close block pass on Stewart and moved into first. From there, Stewart didn’t give up and promptly stuffed the Yamaha rider a few turns later to take over the point position once again. Meanwhile, behind them the running order didn’t change much, as Ferry held down third, followed by Wey, Michael Byrne, and Ivan Tedesco.

Halfway through the race, Stewart had everything under control and began to pull out to a relatively comfortable lead over Reed with Ferry in third; Wey still held down fourth with Byrne fifth, however, Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham had moved up to sixth, past Tedesco.

By the end of the race, Stewart crossed the line a mere three seconds ahead of Reed after lappers got in the way; Ferry was another 30 seconds back in third. Wey finished fourth with Byrne fifth.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  4. Nick Wey (Hon)
  5. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  6. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
  7. Kevin Windham (Hon)<
  8. Heath Voss (Hon)
  9. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  10. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  11. Travis Preston (Hon)
  12. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  13. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  14. Manuel Rivas (Kaw)
  15. Tyler Evans (Suz)
  16. Cole Seibler (Hon)
  17. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  18. Bryan Johnson (Hon)
  19. Josh Summey (Hon)
  20. Eric Sorby (Kaw)

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES POINTS STANDINGS (After 5 of 16 rounds):

  1. James Stewart (122/4 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (104)
  3. Tim Ferry (90)
  4. Michael Byrne (73)
  5. Ricky Carmichael (69/1 win)
  6. Kevin Windham (66)
  7. Nick Wey (60)
  8. Travis Preston (60)
  9. Heath Voss (55)
  10. Ivan Tedesco (53)
  11. David Vuillemin (51)
  12. Nathan Ramsey (45)
  13. Paul Carpenter (45)
  14. Jeff Gibson (42)
  15. Josh Summey (25)
  16. Tyler Evans (25)
  17. Manuel Rivas (24)
  18. Eric Sorby (15)
  19. Cole Siebler (14)
  20. Jeff Dement (13)