Race Report: Atlanta
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

There was a palpable feeling of excitement in the cool Georgia air on Saturday as fans, riders, and industry regulars anticipated a great night of racing in Atlanta. With Ricky Carmichael competing in his last Supercross race under the Georgia Dome, and the start of the East Coast Lites Series, there was good reason to be excited; and the huge crowd of 70,649 was not disappointed.

By the time the racing was over and the pits had cleared out, those lucky enough to be on hand had been treated to rookie Ryan Dungey’s first career Supercross Lites win, and some good old fashioned aggressive racing in James Stewart’s sixth win of the year.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

After much anticipation, the East Coast Lites Series finally got underway with heat number one in Atlanta, and starting his season in style was Darcy Lange, who pulled the holeshot aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX250F. During his 2007 championship Boo Koo Arenacross season, Darcy showed that he understands how critically important a good start can be, and tonight he wasted no time turning his holeshot into a sizeable lead that he would carry all the way to the win.

Behind Darcy, the top five running order was Billy Laninovich in second, followed by Tommy Hahn, Sean Collier, and Mike Alessi. This order held fairly steady until lap four when Tommy Hahn crashed while going over one of the big triples. This moved Alessi up into third place, followed by Matt Goerke in fourth, and Collier in fifth. Hahn was able to quickly remount his bike, and finish in the ninth and final qualifying position.

RESULTS:

  1. Darcy Lange
  2. Billy Laninovich
  3. Mike Alessi
  4. Matt Goerke
  5. Sean Collier
  6. Justin Brayton
  7. Kevin Rookstool
  8. Greg Schnell
  9. Tommy Hahn

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

The second batch of Lites riders came storming out of the gate with Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungy and Red Bull KTM’s Zach Osborne at the front of the pack. The two riders came through turn one neck-and-neck, but from our angle, Dungey just barely edged out Osborne for the holeshot. By the end of lap number one, Zach Osborne had moved into the lead, followed by Dungey, Kelly Smith, Ben Townley, and Robert Kiniry.

Midway through lap number two, Dungey hunted down Osborne in the whoops and made a pass for first place. Once he had nothing but open track in front of him, Ryan quickly pulled out to a healthy four-second lead that he would carry to the checkered flag.

Meanwhile, Ben Townley was charging through the top five; passing Smith on lap four, and moving into second on the following lap. Then, as the Kiwi set his sights on the white flag, he dumped his Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX250F in a tricky right-hander. Townley struggled to re-fire his bike, and eventually finished in 14th, outside of a transfer spot. Ben was off to the Lites LCQ.

Zach Osborne, Robert Kiniry, Ryan Sipes, and Kelly Smith filled out the rest of the top five behind Dungey.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Zach Osborne
  3. Ryan Sipes
  4. Robert Kiniry
  5. Kelly Smith
  6. Ryan Morais
  7. Jeff Alessi
  8. Ricky Renner
  9. Tucker Hibbert

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed, and Davi Millsaps were lined up in Supercross Heat number one, leaving the crowd on the edge of their seats to see who would make it past the Progressive Direct Holeshot marker first. When the dust settled, Davi Millsaps aboard his Factory Honda CRF450R just barely edged out Ricky Carmichael for the holeshot. However, Davi’s lead didn’t last very long, as Carmichael made a dramatic mid-air pass over the first big triple to take the lead.

Then, as the lead riders prepared streak down the long straightaway at the end of lap one, out came the familiar red flag. Apparently a first lap pileup that included Michael Byrne and Jason Thomas—among others—couldn’t be cleared in time, and the race had to be restarted.

As it turns out, the red flag really didn’t affect things too much, as the restart featured another Davi Millsaps holeshot, followed by a Ricky Carmichael pass over the first big triple—nearly identical to the first start. As Carmichael and Millsaps headed for the final turn of lap number one Chad Reed dove underneath Davi for a clean, but aggressive pass for second place. At this point the top five were Carmichael, Reed, Millsaps, Bryan Johnson, and David Vuillemin.

As he normally does when in the lead, Carmichael immediately started to open up a sizeable lead, but went on to make a rare mistake as he over jumped a triple and had to ride off the racecourse momentarily. Ricky already had the crowd on their feet, but he really got them cheering when he re-entered the track in second place by jumping over the tuff blocks that line the course. Carmichael would slowly start closing the gap on Reed in first place, but another bobble in the same section of the course would force him to settle for second.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Davi Millsaps
  4. David Vuillemin
  5. Bryan Johnson
  6. Robbie Reynard
  7. Eric Sorby
  8. Nathan Ramsey
  9. Jeff Gibson

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

Makita/Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco almost stole the holeshot from the inside line, but James Stewart had his Monster Energy/Kawasaki KX450F pinned as he rode the outside line of turn one to take the holeshot in Supercross Heat number two. James immediately jumped out to a big lead, with Ivan Tedesco, Kevin Windham, Tim Ferry, and Kevin Johnson in tow.

Windham was able to get around Tedesco on lap five to move into second place, and Travis Preston moved past Johnson on lap eight. Otherwise, it was just another textbook heat race for Bubba, who held onto his huge lead all the way to the end of the race.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Kevin Windham
  3. Ivan Tedesco
  4. Tim Ferry
  5. Travis Preston
  6. Kevin Johnson
  7. Paul Carpenter
  8. Tyler Evans
  9. Heath Voss

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

The Supercross Lites LCQ started with Ben Townley out front aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, and that is exactly where he would finish the short four-lap race. Behind Townley, Matt Boni, Zach Ames, and Brandon Jesseman made it past several crashes and at least one pileup to round out the top four qualifying positions.

RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley
  2. Matt Boni
  3. Zach Ames
  4. Brandon Jesseman

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Although Eric Vallejo took the Supercross LCQ holeshot, Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne wasted no time getting by him to immediately take the lead. Fighting for the last main event transfer spot, Jason Thomas also got by Vallejo to move into second place. It seemed that was how the race would end as the top two settled into a steady pace, but before lap number two was over, Byrne crashed and was unable to finish the race. Byrne seemed to favor his leg as he slowly walked off the track—perhaps a carryover from the pileup at the start of his red-flagged heat race.

With Byrne out of the running, Jason Thomas and Brock Sellards took over first and second place, respectively, and were able to hold onto the transfer positions to get into the Supercross Main Event.

RESULTS:

  1. Jason Thomas
  2. Brock Sellards

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

Aboard his Red Bull KTM 250SX-F, Mike Alessi secured the holeshot, but he had Ben Townley hot on his heels. The two circulated the track together, and then Townley used a hard charge down the long straightaway to setup a pass on Alessi in the following corner. However, as Townley and Alessi rubbed shrouds, Ryan Dungey was able to sneak by and take over first place just before the end of the opening lap. Behind Dungey was Townley in second, followed by Ryan Sipes, Mike Alessi, and Matt Goerke.

From there, Dungey rode an incredibly smooth and consistent race on his way to the eventual win, although it certainly wasn’t easy for the young Minnesota native. Townley kept Ryan’s RM-Z250 in his sights and seemed poised to make a charge when his bike gave out on him at the end of lap eight. Townley was forced to pull out of the race.

Although Dungey stole the show with his first career win, Arenacross champion Darcy Lange also had an impressive main event performance as he found his way into the top five by lap two, only to get hung up and re-passed by several riders. Seemingly un-phased, Darcy continued to push, and by lap thirteen had made it past Matt Goerke for second place, where he would eventually finish.

Behind Dungey and Lange at the wave of the checkered flags were Matt Goerke, Ryan Morais, and Brandon Jesseman rounding out the top five.

After the race Dungey thanked Makita/Suzuki’s team manager Roger DeCoster for giving him his big break. “I just can’t thank Roger enough for putting me on this team,” said Dungey. Ryan went on to talk about how it felt to win his first race; “It’s definitely a big relief, I wanted to come out of here with a solid finish and I feel like I accomplished that goal.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Darcy Lange
  3. Matt Goerke
  4. Ryan Morais
  5. Brandon Jesseman
  6. Justin Brayton
  7. Zach Osborne
  8. Matt Boni
  9. Ran Sipes
  10. Kelly Smith
  11. Sean Collier
  12. Billy Laninovich
  13. Jeff Alessi
  14. Robert Kiniry
  15. Ricky Renner
  16. Zach Ames
  17. Greg Schnell
  18. Tommy Hahn
  19. Ticker Hibbert
  20. Kevin Rookstool

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST SERIES STANDINGS (After 1 of 8 rounds):

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Darcy Lange
  3. Matt Goerke
  4. Ryan Morais
  5. Branden Jesseman
  6. Justin Brayton
  7. Zach Osborne
  8. Matt Boni
  9. Ran Sipes
  10. Kelly Smith
  11. Sean Collier
  12. Billy Laninovich
  13. Jeff Alessi
  14. Robert Kiniry
  15. Ricky Renner
  16. Zach Ames
  17. Greg Schnell
  18. Tommy Hahn
  19. Ticker Hibbert
  20. Kevin Rookstool

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The Supercross Main Event started out with a Chad Reed holeshot, followed by some aggressive racing as riders contested for the top spot. Reed held onto the lead for most of the first lap but James Stewart was running right with him, and once James had the chance, he scratched and clawed his way past Reed.

Stewart started to pull away, while behind him Ricky Carmichael started to contest Reed for second. A small get off by Reed on lap three gave RC the chance he needed to start trying to catch up to Stewart. Reed quickly righted his YZ450F, and started charging back through the pack. Chad eventually made his way up to Tedesco—who was running in third—and after the two exchanged several aggressive passes, Chad was able to hang on to the podium spot.

Meanwhile, back at the front of the pack, RC was chasing down Stewart. However, because of the sizeable gap between the two, it took Ricky a few laps—and some help from lapped traffic—to get within striking distance. With just a few laps to go, Ricky started to p>Aboard his Red Bull KTM 250SX-F, Mike Alessi secured the holeshot, but he had Ben Townley hot on his heels. The two circulated the track together, and then Townley used a hard charge down the long straightaway to setup a pass on Alessi in the following corner. However, as Townley and Alessi rubbed shrouds, Ryan Dungey was able to sneak by and take over first place just before the end of the opening lap. Behind Dungey was Townley in second, followed by Ryan Sipes, Mike Alessi, and Matt Goerke.

From there, Dungey rode an incredibly smooth and consistent race on his way to the eventual win, although it certainly wasn’t easy for the young Minnesota native. Townley kept Ryan’s RM-Z250 in his sights and seemed poised to make a charge when his bike gave out on him at the end of lap eight. Townley was forced to pull out of the race.

Although Dungey stole the show with his first career win, Arenacross champion Darcy Lange also had an impressive main event performance as he found his way into the top five by lap two, only to get hung up and re-passed by several riders. Seemingly un-phased, Darcy continued to push, and by lap thirteen had made it past Matt Goerke for second place, where he would eventually finish.

Behind Dungey and Lange at the wave of the checkered flags were Matt Goerke, Ryan Morais, and Brandon Jesseman rounding out the top five.

After the race Dungey thanked Makita/Suzuki’s team manager Roger DeCoster for giving him his big break. “I just can’t thank Roger enough for putting me on this team,” said Dungey. Ryan went on to talk about how it felt to win his first race; “It’s definitely a big relief, I wanted to come out of here with a solid finish and I feel like I accomplished that goal.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Darcy Lange
  3. Matt Goerke
  4. Ryan Morais
  5. Brandon Jesseman
  6. Justin Brayton
  7. Zach Osborne
  8. Matt Boni
  9. Ran Sipes
  10. Kelly Smith
  11. Sean Collier
  12. Billy Laninovich
  13. Jeff Alessi
  14. Robert Kiniry
  15. Ricky Renner
  16. Zach Ames
  17. Greg Schnell
  18. Tommy Hahn
  19. Ticker Hibbert
  20. Kevin Rookstool

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST SERIES STANDINGS (After 1 of 8 rounds):

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Darcy Lange
  3. Matt Goerke
  4. Ryan Morais
  5. Branden Jesseman
  6. Justin Brayton
  7. Zach Osborne
  8. Matt Boni
  9. Ran Sipes
  10. Kelly Smith
  11. Sean Collier
  12. Billy Laninovich
  13. Jeff Alessi
  14. Robert Kiniry
  15. Ricky Renner
  16. Zach Ames
  17. Greg Schnell
  18. Tommy Hahn
  19. Ticker Hibbert
  20. Kevin Rookstool

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The Supercross Main Event started out with a Chad Reed holeshot, followed by some aggressive racing as riders contested for the top spot. Reed held onto the lead for most of the first lap but James Stewart was running right with him, and once James had the chance, he scratched and clawed his way past Reed.

Stewart started to pull away, while behind him Ricky Carmichael started to contest Reed for second. A small get off by Reed on lap three gave RC the chance he needed to start trying to catch up to Stewart. Reed quickly righted his YZ450F, and started charging back through the pack. Chad eventually made his way up to Tedesco—who was running in third—and after the two exchanged several aggressive passes, Chad was able to hang on to the podium spot.

Meanwhile, back at the front of the pack, RC was chasing down Stewart. However, because of the sizeable gap between the two, it took Ricky a few laps—and some help from lapped traffic—to get within striking distance. With just a few laps to go, Ricky started to make a surge and got to within just a couple bike lengths of Bubba. Then, just when the fans thought they might be treated to a classic Ricky/James battle, Stewart seemed to find a little extra something in his reserves and rebuilt his lead; finishing comfortably ahead of the Carmichael by the end of the race.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Kevin Windham
  6. Tim Ferry
  7. Bryan Johnson
  8. David Vuillemin
  9. Heath Voss
  10. Jeff Gibson
  11. Tyler Evans
  12. Travis Preston
  13. Jason Thomas
  14. Michael Byrne
  15. Brock Sellards
  16. Nathan Ramsey
  17. Keith Johnson
  18. Davi Millsaps
  19. Eric Sorby
  20. Paul Carpenter

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS (8 of 16 rounds):

  1. James Stewart 188 points (6 wins)
  2. Chad Reed 171 (1 win)
  3. Tim Ferry 145
  4. Kevin Windham 119
  5. Michael Byrne 108
  6. Ivan Tedesco 101
  7. Travis Preston 96
  8. Heath Voss 94
  9. Ricky Carmichael 91 (1 win)
  10. David Vuillemin 86
  11. Nick Wey 80
  12. Paul Carpenter 70
  13. Jeff Gibson 64
  14. Nathan Ramsey 51
  15. Tyler Evans 46
  16. Manuel Rivas 37
  17. Josh Summey 33
  18. Bryan Johnson 30
  19. Eric Sorby 27
  20. Cole Siebler 23

AMP’D MOBILE FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP SERIES STANDINGS (10 of 18 rounds):

  1. James Stewart 232 points (6 wins)
  2. Chad Reed 216 (2 wins)
  3. Tim Ferry 180
  4. Ricky Carmichael 138 (2 wins)
  5. David Vuillemin 127
  6. Heath Voss 121
  7. Travis Preston 120
  8. Michael Byrne 120
  9. Nick Wey 108
  10. Ivan Tedesco 108
  11. Paul Carpenter 104
  12. Jeff Gibson 97
  13. Nathan Ramsey 72
  14. Tyler Evans 60
  15. Jason Thomas 50
  16. Bryan Johnson 41
  17. Ryan Clark 47
  18. Josh Summey 45
  19. Cole Siebler 41

to make a surge and got to within just a couple bike lengths of Bubba. Then, just when the fans thought they might be treated to a classic Ricky/James battle, Stewart seemed to find a little extra something in his reserves and rebuilt his lead; finishing comfortably ahead of the Carmichael by the end of the race.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Kevin Windham
  6. Tim Ferry
  7. Bryan Johnson
  8. David Vuillemin
  9. Heath Voss
  10. Jeff Gibson
  11. Tyler Evans
  12. Travis Preston
  13. Jason Thomas
  14. Michael Byrne
  15. Brock Sellards
  16. Nathan Ramsey
  17. Keith Johnson
  18. Davi Millsaps
  19. Eric Sorby
  20. Paul Carpenter

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS (8 of 16 rounds):

  1. James Stewart 188 points (6 wins)
  2. Chad Reed 171 (1 win)
  3. Tim Ferry 145
  4. Kevin Windham 119
  5. Michael Byrne 108
  6. Ivan Tedesco 101
  7. Travis Preston 96
  8. Heath Voss 94
  9. Ricky Carmichael 91 (1 win)
  10. David Vuillemin 86
  11. Nick Wey 80
  12. Paul Carpenter 70
  13. Jeff Gibson 64
  14. Nathan Ramsey 51
  15. Tyler Evans 46
  16. Manuel Rivas 37
  17. Josh Summey 33
  18. Bryan Johnson 30
  19. Eric Sorby 27
  20. Cole Siebler 23

AMP’D MOBILE FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP SERIES STANDINGS (10 of 18 rounds):

  1. James Stewart 232 points (6 wins)
  2. Chad Reed 216 (2 wins)
  3. Tim Ferry 180
  4. Ricky Carrmichael 138 (2 wins)
  5. David Vuillemin 127
  6. Heath Voss 121
  7. Travis Preston 120
  8. Michael Byrne 120
  9. Nick Wey 108
  10. Ivan Tedesco 108
  11. Paul Carpenter 104
  12. Jeff Gibson 97
  13. Nathan Ramsey 72
  14. Tyler Evans 60
  15. Jason Thomas 50
  16. Bryan Johnson 41
  17. Ryan Clark 47
  18. Josh Summey 45
  19. Cole Siebler 41