Race Report:
2006 U.S. Open, Day One

With rain falling outside, the 2006 U.S. Open started with a thunderous clap of pyrotechnics and a rider introduction ceremony so flashy it could only happen in Vegas. By the end of the night, the crowd would be treated to an incredible second place finish from Ricky Carmichael, as James Stewart became poised to win the $250,000 Toyota Trucks Trifecta award after taking the main event win along with posting the fastest qualifying lap.

With a portion of the tight track venturing outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the elements looked to play a role early in the night’s race. The outdoor section of the track featured tight lines and sharp 180-degree corners that became that much more challenging as the falling rain made for a wet, slippery track surface that caused several riders to go down as the night wore on.

In the Lites class, Josh Grant continued to show impressive speed and smooth riding to take first in the main event, while Chris Gosselaar also looked good aboard his KX250F as he raced home for runner-up honors.

SUPER POLE QUALIFYING

The start of the night’s events was very reminiscent of last week’s Jeremy McGrath Invitational, as the field started by taking individual hot laps. Unlike the JMI, however, each rider took one solo lap, and the one with the fastest time took home $10,000 as part of the first leg of the new Toyota Trucks Trifecta bonus

By the end of Super Pole Qualifying, James Stewart posted the fastest lap time, and took home the $10,000.

Super Pole Qualifying Results:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Kevin Windham
  3. Tim Ferry
  4. Ricky Carmichael
  5. Michael Byrne

LITES HEAT #1

The racing action got started as the first group of Supercross Lites riders lined up on the starting gate for the eight-lap first heat. When the gate dropped, it was Tommy Hahn aboard his new Factory Honda CRF250R that took the all-important holeshot. Unfortunately for Hahn, his luck would quickly change when he went down after the finish-line jump on the first lap. Tommy got tangled up with Justin Brayton and was unable to restart his bike, eventually pushing it off the track for a DNF.

As the front of the pack came thundering back into the arena on lap three, it was Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen out front, followed by Matt Goerke, Eric Sorby, and Chris Gosselaar. As the short heat race went on, Chris Gosselaar charged up to third place, just barely behind Goerke at the checkered flag, as he attempted to make a last second pass. Josh Hansen finished with the win.

Lites Heat #1 Results:

  1. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  2. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  4. Eric Sorby (Hon)
  5. Sean Collier (Yam)
  6. Michael Willard (KTM)
  7. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  8. Charles Castloo (Yam)
  9. Leighton Lillie (Hon)
  10. Matthew Lemoine (Yam)
  11. Kyle Phenix (Yam)
  12. Tommy Hahn (Hon)

LITES HEAT #2

In the second heat it was Steve Boniface that piloted his Honda to the front of the pack to take the early lead. As the group came around to end lap one, Josh Grant put a good pass on Ben Townley to move into second place. From there it was Boniface out front, followed by Jake Weimer, Josh Grant, Ben Townley, and Troy Adams. Grant moved into second place by getting by his Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda teammate, Jake Weimer, who would eventually fall back to fourth. The pack would then settle into a running order of Boniface, Grant, Townley, Adams and Weimer. Just as they were about to cross the finish line, however, Kelly Smith put an aggressive pass on Weimer, knocking him off the track. The move gave Smith fifth and bumped Weimer back to sixth.

“I got a good art, and as everybody knows that is really important, said Boniface from the podium after the heat race.

Lites Heat #2 Results:

  1. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  2. Josh Grant (Hon)
  3. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  4. Troy Adams (Suz)
  5. Kelly Smith (Suz)
  6. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  7. Marvin Musquin (Kaw)
  8. Dennis Ewing (Hon)
  9. Sean Hackley (Yam)
  10. Clayton Miller (Hon)
  11. Greg Crater (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT #1

As the Supercross class jumped off the line for the first of two heat races, James Stewart snuck to the inside for the holeshot, and not surprisingly, from there, quickly pulled out to a big lead and eventual win.

Behind Stewart, Kevin Windham was trying to get by traffic from a mid-pack start. The tight, technical track, however, made passing difficult for Windham, as the initial running order settled into Stewart, Tedesco, Demuth, Siebler, and Windham. Eventually, Windham found a few spots on the track to make his move past Siebler and Demuth.

On lap five of the 10-lap race, Tedesco slid out in the turn just after the finish line jump, allowing Windham to get by and take second. Ivan quickly re-fired his RM-Z450 to jump back in the running in fifth place, where he would eventually finish and advance to the main event.

Stewart finished the heat out front, with Windham in second place. Josh Demuth and Cole Siebler crossed the finish line in third and fourth place, respectively.

Supercross Heat #1 Results:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  3. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  4. Cole Siebler (Hon))
  5. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  6. Justin Buckelew (Hon)
  7. Chad Johnson (Suz)
  8. Joe Oehlhof (Suz)
  9. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
  10. Isaiah Johnson (Yam)
  11. Jeff Willoh (Hon)
  12. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  13. Heath Voss (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT #2

In the second Supercross heat, Michael Byrne rocketed off the line to take the holeshot and the early lead ahead of Carmichael in second, followed by Danny Smith, Tim Ferry, and David Vuillemin. Byrne was able to hold off RC for just one lap, as the soon-to-be NASCAR driver got into first where he would finish the heat.

Further back, Tim Ferry put on an early charge to move past Brock Sellards and take over fifth place. About the same time, David Vuillemin was also moving up in the running order aboard his MDK Honda CRF450R to eventually finish in third.

Supercross Heat #2 Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  3. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  4. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  5. Brock Sellards (Hon)
  6. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  7. Jiri Dostal (Yam)
  8. Jeff Dement (Yam)
  9. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  10. Keith Johnson (Yam)
  11. Danny Smith (Hon)
  12. Jacob Marsack (Yam)

LITES LCQ

Jake Weimer piloted his CRF250R to a holeshot and early lead in the short four-lap Lites last chance qualifier. Jake never looked back, eventually finishing in first place and moving on to the Lites class main event. Tommy Hahn started the race in fourth place, but a get-off in the outdoor section of the track would lead to a disappointing DNF, keeping Hahn out of the main event. Behind Weimer, Justin Brayton rode a solid race aboard his Yamaha to also advance to the main.

Lites LCQ Results:

  1. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  2. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  3. Sean Hackley (Yam)
  4. Leighton Little (Hon)
  5. Matt Lemoine (Yam)
  6. Charles Castloo (Yam)
  7. Michael Willard (KTM)
  8. Dennis Ewing (Hon)
  9. Clayton Miller (Hon)
  10. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  11. Greg Crater (Hon)
  12. Kyle Phenix (Yam)
  13. Marvin Musquin (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

After taking the holeshot, Jason Thomas looked to be in good contention to win the Supercross LCQ and advance to the main; however, the wet outdoor part of the track would claim another victim, as Thomas went down and got tangled with the Yamaha of Jeff Dement. Chad Johnson used his 2005-06 AMA National Arenacross championship experience to win the LCQ and advance, along with Keith Johnson who finished second.

Supercross LCQ Results:

  1. Chad Johnson (Suz)
  2. Keith Johnson (Yam)
  3. Joe Oehlhof (Suz)
  4. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  5. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  6. Heath Voss (Hon)
  7. Jiri Dostal (Yam)
  8. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
  9. Justin Buckelew (Hon)
  10. Jacob Marsack (Yam)
  11. Jeff Willoh (Hon)
  12. Isaiah Johnson (Yam)
  13. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  14. Jeff Dement (Yam)
  15. Danny Smith (Hon)

LITES MAIN EVENT DAY ONE

On the tight Arenacross-style track at the U.S. Open, a good start is essential to a high-placing finish. Josh Grant took advantage of this by taking the holeshot on the outside of the pack in the Lites main event. Once out front, Josh ran away with it, as he appeared very comfortable and super smooth on his way to a win in the first night of racing at the 2006 U.S. Open.

Also impressive was Kawasaki rider, Chris Gosselaar. Chris started the race in fourth behind Justin Brayton in third, and Josh Hansen in second. By lap four, Gosselaar got by Hansen, moving into second. Much like Grant, Chris also began putting a big gap between him, and the rest of the field. In the end, Gosselaar came away with a solid second place.

Josh Hansen looked strong aboard his KTM250SX-F, but after Gosselaar passed him, Justin Brayton also got by. Then, on the next lap, Hansen pulled off the track.

By the halfway-mark the running order was Grant, Gosselaar, Brayton, Townley, and Weimer. Townley was charging hard, but a get-off in the outdoor section of the track would eventually leave him in tenth.

After Townley fell back, the front-runners settled into a steady order of Grant, Gosselaar, Brayton, Weimer and Collier. The order never changed when the checkered flag flew.

Lites Main Event Day One Results:

  1. Josh Grant (Hon)
  2. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  3. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  4. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  5. Sean Collier (Yam)
  6. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  7. Troy Adams (Suz)
  8. Kelly Smith (Suz)
  9. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  10. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  11. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  12. Eric Sorby (Hon)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT DAY ONE

If you asked anyone to describe this U.S. Open track, they would probably describe it as tight, and one-lined. But in the 25-lap Supercross main event, Ricky Carmichael set out to prove that description wrong.

On the start, RC appeared to lose traction and slide out, leaving him in dead last on the first lap, but Carmichael would not run in last place for very long. The Florida native put on an amazing charge through the pack of eleven other riders, to move into fourth place by lap nine. He then set his sights on his Makita Suzuki teammate, Ivan Tedesco. Tedesco held on as long as he could, but RC doubled past him in one of the few passing sections of the track before the finish line jump. Once in third, Ricky made quick work of a few lapped riders to get on Windham’s back tire and rocket past him in the long whoop section.

At the post-race press conference Ricky described hisnnis Ewing (Hon)

  • Clayton Miller (Hon)
  • Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  • Greg Crater (Hon)
  • Kyle Phenix (Yam)
  • Marvin Musquin (Kaw)
  • SUPERCROSS LCQ

    After taking the holeshot, Jason Thomas looked to be in good contention to win the Supercross LCQ and advance to the main; however, the wet outdoor part of the track would claim another victim, as Thomas went down and got tangled with the Yamaha of Jeff Dement. Chad Johnson used his 2005-06 AMA National Arenacross championship experience to win the LCQ and advance, along with Keith Johnson who finished second.

    Supercross LCQ Results:

    1. Chad Johnson (Suz)
    2. Keith Johnson (Yam)
    3. Joe Oehlhof (Suz)
    4. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
    5. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
    6. Heath Voss (Hon)
    7. Jiri Dostal (Yam)
    8. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
    9. Justin Buckelew (Hon)
    10. Jacob Marsack (Yam)
    11. Jeff Willoh (Hon)
    12. Isaiah Johnson (Yam)
    13. Jason Thomas (Hon)
    14. Jeff Dement (Yam)
    15. Danny Smith (Hon)

    LITES MAIN EVENT DAY ONE

    On the tight Arenacross-style track at the U.S. Open, a good start is essential to a high-placing finish. Josh Grant took advantage of this by taking the holeshot on the outside of the pack in the Lites main event. Once out front, Josh ran away with it, as he appeared very comfortable and super smooth on his way to a win in the first night of racing at the 2006 U.S. Open.

    Also impressive was Kawasaki rider, Chris Gosselaar. Chris started the race in fourth behind Justin Brayton in third, and Josh Hansen in second. By lap four, Gosselaar got by Hansen, moving into second. Much like Grant, Chris also began putting a big gap between him, and the rest of the field. In the end, Gosselaar came away with a solid second place.

    Josh Hansen looked strong aboard his KTM250SX-F, but after Gosselaar passed him, Justin Brayton also got by. Then, on the next lap, Hansen pulled off the track.

    By the halfway-mark the running order was Grant, Gosselaar, Brayton, Townley, and Weimer. Townley was charging hard, but a get-off in the outdoor section of the track would eventually leave him in tenth.

    After Townley fell back, the front-runners settled into a steady order of Grant, Gosselaar, Brayton, Weimer and Collier. The order never changed when the checkered flag flew.

    Lites Main Event Day One Results:

    1. Josh Grant (Hon)
    2. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
    3. Justin Brayton (Yam)
    4. Jake Weimer (Hon)
    5. Sean Collier (Yam)
    6. Steve Boniface (Hon)
    7. Troy Adams (Suz)
    8. Kelly Smith (Suz)
    9. Matt Goerke (Yam)
    10. Ben Townley (Kaw)
    11. Josh Hansen (KTM)
    12. Eric Sorby (Hon)

    SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT DAY ONE

    If you asked anyone to describe this U.S. Open track, they would probably describe it as tight, and one-lined. But in the 25-lap Supercross main event, Ricky Carmichael set out to prove that description wrong.

    On the start, RC appeared to lose traction and slide out, leaving him in dead last on the first lap, but Carmichael would not run in last place for very long. The Florida native put on an amazing charge through the pack of eleven other riders, to move into fourth place by lap nine. He then set his sights on his Makita Suzuki teammate, Ivan Tedesco. Tedesco held on as long as he could, but RC doubled past him in one of the few passing sections of the track before the finish line jump. Once in third, Ricky made quick work of a few lapped riders to get on Windham’s back tire and rocket past him in the long whoop section.

    At the post-race press conference Ricky described his crash. “I went into the turn too fast and laid the bike down, Carmichael said. “When I got up, I knew I had my work cut out for me, I knew I had to get to second place, because I believe I can challenge James tomorrow night. I’ve definitely made some friends out there along the way, because they didn’t make it tough to get by.

    Carmichael would ultimately finish the race in second place, leaving him in contention for the overall U.S. Open victory if he can win the main event Saturday night.

    While RC was putting on a passing clinic through the pack, Stewart was out front building a sizeable gap ahead of the rest of the field. Stewart rode flawlessly out front, taking home the win, as well as the first three legs of the trifecta, earning $50,000 along the way.

    Supercross Main Event Day One Results:

    1. James Stewart (Kaw)
    2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    4. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
    5. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
    6. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
    7. David Vuillemin (Hon)
    8. Josh Demuth (Hon)
    9. Chad Johnson (Suz)
    10. Keith Johnson (Yam)
    11. Brock Sellards (Hon)
    12. Cole Siebler (Hon)

    his crash. “I went into the turn too fast and laid the bike down, Carmichael said. “When I got up, I knew I had my work cut out for me, I knew I had to get to second place, because I believe I can challenge James tomorrow night. I’ve definitely made some friends out there along the way, because they didn’t make it tough to get by.

    Carmichael would ultimately finish the race in second place, leaving him in contention for the overall U.S. Open victory if he can win the main event Saturday night.

    While RC was putting on a passing clinic through the pack, Stewart was out front building a sizeable gap ahead of the rest of the field. Stewart rode flawlessly out front, taking home the win, as well as the first three legs of the trifecta, earning $50,000 along the way.

    Supercross Main Event Day One Results:

    1. James Stewart (Kaw)
    2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    4. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
    5. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
    6. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
    7. David Vuillemin (Hon)
    8. Josh Demuth (Hon)
    9. Chad Johnson (Suz)
    10. Keith Johnson (Yam)
    11. Brock Sellards (Hon)
    12. Cole Siebler (Hon)