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

With a larger crowd on-hand than the previous night, the MGM Grand Garden arena once again came alive on Saturday to host the final night of racing in the 2006 U.S. Open. With RC in position to take a come-from-behind overall win, James Stewart in contention to cash-in on $250,000 if he could again sweep the Toyota Trucks Trifecta, and several guys looking fast in the Lites class, the night definitely had plenty of excitement in-store for the Las Vegas crowd.

SUPER POLE QUALIFYING

Just like on the first night, the Saturday program kicked-off with a round of qualifying laps in which individual riders took one lap around the track in an attempt to put down the fastest lap time and win the $10,000 trifecta bonus. Several riders put down some impressive lap times, but only Kevin Windham was able to break the 42 second barrier with the fastest time of 41.7 seconds.

A bobble in the long whoop section kept Stewart off the pole and out of contention for the $250,000 trifecta bonus.

K-Dub grabbed the $10,000, but it was David Vuillemin that stole the show during Super Pole Qualifying by goon riding his entire lap around the track. Be sure to check Kickstart on Monday for more on Vuillemin’s hilarious qualifying lap.

Super Pole Qualifying Results:

  1. Kevin Windham (41.703 seconds)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (42.303)
  3. Michael Byrne (42.678)
  4. Tim Ferry (43.138)
  5. Ivan Tedesco (43.191)
  6. James Stewart (43.407)
  7. Heath Voss (45.165)
  8. Brock Sellards (45.668)
  9. Jason Thomas (46.832)
  10. Kyle Lewis (46.883)
  11. David Vuillemin (53.455)

LITES HEAT #1

Steve Boniface and Josh Grant once again squared-off in the first Lites heat. Last night Boniface was the fastest in their heat, but Grant went on to take the Lites main event win.

Tonight Grant was able to grab the first holeshot of the evening. Across the finish line for lap one it was Grant’s #24 Honda out front, followed by Justin Brayton, Steve Boniface, Kelly Smith and Marvin Musquin in the top five. Boniface was able to get by Brayton on lap two to hold down second position.

Unfortunately for Tommy Hahn, his bad luck from night one continued during the first heat as a bad start and a get-off on lap three had him sitting near the back of the pack and finishing outside the top five.

Josh Grant continued to display the same speed he had Friday night as he opened up a respectable lead on Boniface, and the rest of the field. From lap three, through to the end of the eight-lap heat race, the top five running order remained the same, with Grant taking the win, followed by Boniface, Brayton, Smith and Musquin

Lites Heat #1 Results:

  1. Josh Grant (Hon)
  2. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  3. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  4. Kelly Smith (Suz)
  5. Marvin Musquin (Kaw)
  6. Eric Sorby (Hon)
  7. Sean Hackley (Yam)
  8. Dennis Ewing (Hon)
  9. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  10. Charles Castloo (Yam)
  11. Kyle Phenix (Yam)

LITES HEAT #2

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit KX250F of Chris Gosselaar was the first bike around the long sweeping start in the second group of Lites heat racing. But Jake Weimer was right on Gosselaar’s tail, and as they came around the track into the outdoor section, Gosselaar fell down. Although Chris quickly got it going again, he lost several positions and Friday night’s second place main event finisher would have to battle to avoid going to the LCQ.

As they came around on lap two, Weimer was out in front, quickly followed by Ben Townley, and Troy Adams. Behind them several riders were battling for a top five transfer spot, including Matt Goerke, Mattemoine and Chris Gosselaar.

At the end of the heat race, Jake Weimer kept his Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda out front for the win. Ben Townley, Troy Adams, Matt Lemoine and Chris Gosselaar rounded out the top five riders that would move-on to the main event.

Lites Heat #2 Results:

  1. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  2. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  3. Matthew Lemoine (Yam)
  4. Troy Adams (Suz)
  5. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  6. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  7. Michael Willard (KTM)
  8. Leighton Lillie (Hon)
  9. Sean Collier (Yam)
  10. Clayton Miller (Hon)
  11. Greg Crater (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT #1

RC stole the holeshot from a hard charging Michael Byrne and fellow Makita/Suzuki rider, Ivan Tedesco. Byrne was able to get by Carmichael to take the lead on lap one, but it didn’t last very long, as RC ducked inside of Byrne two turns after the finish line jump on that same lap.

On the next lap, Tedesco copied the move of his Makita/Suzuki teammate to get by Byrne and grab second place. From there, the top-five settled in with Carmichael way out front, followed by Tedesco, Byrne, Windham and Danny Smith.

All this time, Josh Demuth was biting at Smith’s heels, trying to move into the important fifth position. But on lap nine, Demuth went down as he charged through the whoops, allowing Smith to finish comfortably in fifth.

Out front, RC rode to an easy win, with Tedesco, Byrne and K-Dub holding their positions throughout the race.

Supercross Heat #1 Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  3. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  5. Danny Smith (Hon)
  6. Brock Sellards (Hon)
  7. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
  8. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  9. Jeff Dement (Yam)
  10. Isaiah Johnson (Yam)
  11. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  12. Kyle Lewis (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT #2

James Stewart grabbed the holeshot on the tricky flat, sweeping start, and by lap three he pulled out to a sizeable lead, with Vuillemin, Tim Ferry, Cole Siebler, and Chad Johnson behind him.

Apparently DV was feeling comfortable after his goon-riding session that started the show, as he rode a strong race behind Stewart, putting some distance between himself and Stewart’s new Factory Kawasaki teammate, Tim Ferry, in third.

Chad Johnson challenged Siebler for fourth place several times during the race, and on lap seven the privateer rider from Idaho bobbled and hit a tuff block, allowing Johnson to move into fourth, and Kyle Partridge to take over fifth.

Supercross Heat #2 Results:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  3. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  4. Chad Johnson (Suz)
  5. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  6. Heath Voss (Hon)
  7. Jiri Dostal (Yam)
  8. Cole Siebler (Hon)
  9. Joe Oehlhof (Suz)
  10. Jacob Marsack (Yam)
  11. Justin Buckelew (Hon)
  12. Jeff Willoh (Hon)
  13. Keith Johnson (Yam)

LITES LCQ

Tommy Hahn must have been battling nerves on the gate for the Lites class LCQ, as last night Hahn ran into trouble in the LCQ as a get-off outside kept him out of the main event. When we spoke to Tommy in the pits this morning, he said he was feeling confident about making the main, however, another fall on Saturday had Hahn running the LCQ for a second night.

Motoworldracing.com/PPG rookie Sean Hackley took the holeshot, but Hahn quickly got past him with a hard charge through the whoops. Hahn rode the rest of the LCQ the way he had hoped to perform coming into this event, and took the win. Hackley took second place and the final main event transfer spot.

Lites LCQ Results:

  1. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  2. Sean Hackley (Yam)
  3. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  4. Sean Collier (Yam)
  5. Eric Sorby (Hon)
  6. Leighton Lillie (Hon)
  7. Michael Willard (KTM)
  8. Greg Crater (Kaw)
  9. Charles Castloo (Yam)
  10. Kyle Phenix (Yam)
  11. Clayton Miller (Hon)
  12. Dennis Ewing (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

The final group of Supercross riders hoping to transfer to the main, lined up for a quick six-lap LCQ race, and it was Cole Siebler that took the crucial holeshot and early lead. In second place on lap one was BooKoo Energy rider, Brock Sellards. But a few laps later Keith Johnson got past Sellards, with Voss moving up quickly in fourth. Then on the final lap, Voss—having made his way by Sellards—planted Johnson in one of the last corners to finish in second behind Siebler.

Supercross LCQ Results:

  1. Cole Siebler (Hon)
  2. Heath Voss (Hon)

LITES MAIN EVENT DAY TWO

The Lites class Main Event started off with a pile-up that included Danny Smith, Justin Brayton and Chris Gosselaar. While the riders hung-up by the crash were getting their bikes going again, Josh Grant had taken the holeshot. Behind Grant on lap one, the rest of the top five was Boniface, Weimer, Townley, and Troy Adams.

Josh Grant opened up a four second lead on Boniface early in the race as his teammate, Jake Weimer, started to move-up and contend for second. At the same time, Townley and Hahn were doing battle in the fourth/fifth spot as they put some distance on Troy Adams back in sixth.

As the race reached the half-way mark, Josh Grant was starting to move through lapped traffic, Weimer had moved into second, and Tommy Hahn had taken over third place. Boniface and Townley were battling for the fourth spot, and by lap fourteen Townley had taken firm control over fourth place. The running order was now set at Grant, Weimer, Hahn, Townley, Boniface, and that is how it would end as Josh Grant displayed more of that smooth, blazing speed we saw from him on Friday to take what looked like an easy win, and the 2006 U.S. Open Lites Overall win.

Lites Main Event Day Two Results:

  1. Josh Grant (Hon)
  2. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  3. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  4. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  5. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  6. Troy Adams (Suz)
  7. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  8. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  9. Sean Hackley (Yam)
  10. Matt Lemoine (Yam)
  11. Kelly Smith (Suz)
  12. Marvin Musquin (Kaw)

Lites Overall Results:

  1. Josh Grant (50 points)
  2. Jake Weimer (40)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (35)
  4. Justin Brayton (34)
  5. Steve Boniface (31)
  6. Ben Townley (29)
  7. Troy Adams (29)
  8. Kelly Smith (23)
  9. Tommy Hahn (20)
  10. Sean Collier (16)
  11. Sean Hackley (12)
  12. Matt Goerke (12)
  13. Matt Lemoine (11)
  14. Josh Hansen (10)
  15. Marvin Musquin (9)
  16. Eric Sorby (9)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT DAY TWO

The Progressive Direct holeshot award went to Ivan Tedesco, who piloted his RM-Z450 out front around the first turn, followed by Vuillemin, Stewart, Carmichael, Windham. Tedesco kept it out front on lap two, while behind him, Vuillemin held off James Stewart.

Then, on lap three, DV got by Tedesco, who went down just after the finish line jump, making the running order Vuillemin, Carmichael, Stewart, Windham, and Byrne, with Vuillemin holding onto a sizeable lead over the hard charging Carmichael and ain event transfer spot.

Lites LCQ Results:

  1. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  2. Sean Hackley (Yam)
  3. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  4. Sean Collier (Yam)
  5. Eric Sorby (Hon)
  6. Leighton Lillie (Hon)
  7. Michael Willard (KTM)
  8. Greg Crater (Kaw)
  9. Charles Castloo (Yam)
  10. Kyle Phenix (Yam)
  11. Clayton Miller (Hon)
  12. Dennis Ewing (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

The final group of Supercross riders hoping to transfer to the main, lined up for a quick six-lap LCQ race, and it was Cole Siebler that took the crucial holeshot and early lead. In second place on lap one was BooKoo Energy rider, Brock Sellards. But a few laps later Keith Johnson got past Sellards, with Voss moving up quickly in fourth. Then on the final lap, Voss—having made his way by Sellards—planted Johnson in one of the last corners to finish in second behind Siebler.

Supercross LCQ Results:

  1. Cole Siebler (Hon)
  2. Heath Voss (Hon)

LITES MAIN EVENT DAY TWO

The Lites class Main Event started off with a pile-up that included Danny Smith, Justin Brayton and Chris Gosselaar. While the riders hung-up by the crash were getting their bikes going again, Josh Grant had taken the holeshot. Behind Grant on lap one, the rest of the top five was Boniface, Weimer, Townley, and Troy Adams.

Josh Grant opened up a four second lead on Boniface early in the race as his teammate, Jake Weimer, started to move-up and contend for second. At the same time, Townley and Hahn were doing battle in the fourth/fifth spot as they put some distance on Troy Adams back in sixth.

As the race reached the half-way mark, Josh Grant was starting to move through lapped traffic, Weimer had moved into second, and Tommy Hahn had taken over third place. Boniface and Townley were battling for the fourth spot, and by lap fourteen Townley had taken firm control over fourth place. The running order was now set at Grant, Weimer, Hahn, Townley, Boniface, and that is how it would end as Josh Grant displayed more of that smooth, blazing speed we saw from him on Friday to take what looked like an easy win, and the 2006 U.S. Open Lites Overall win.

Lites Main Event Day Two Results:

  1. Josh Grant (Hon)
  2. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  3. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  4. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  5. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  6. Troy Adams (Suz)
  7. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  8. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  9. Sean Hackley (Yam)
  10. Matt Lemoine (Yam)
  11. Kelly Smith (Suz)
  12. Marvin Musquin (Kaw)

Lites Overall Results:

  1. Josh Grant (50 points)
  2. Jake Weimer (40)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (35)
  4. Justin Brayton (34)
  5. Steve Boniface (31)
  6. Ben Townley (29)
  7. Troy Adams (29)
  8. Kelly Smith (23)
  9. Tommy Hahn (20)
  10. Sean Collier (16)
  11. Sean Hackley (12)
  12. Matt Goerke (12)
  13. Matt Lemoine (11)
  14. Josh Hansen (10)
  15. Marvin Musquin (9)
  16. Eric Sorby (9)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT DAY TWO

The Progressive Direct holeshot award went to Ivan Tedesco, who piloted his RM-Z450 out front around the first turn, followed by Vuillemin, Stewart, Carmichael, Windham. Tedesco kept it out front on lap two, while behind him, Vuillemin held off James Stewart.

Then, on lap three, DV got by Tedesco, who went down just after the finish line jump, making the running order Vuillemin, Carmichael, Stewart, Windham, and Byrne, with Vuillemin holding onto a sizeable lead over the hard charging Carmichael and Stewart.

After a few laps, Carmichael and Stewart were beginning to close on Vuillemin, and in a flurry of passes at the end of lap eight, both Carmichael and Stewart got by Vuillemin, with Stewart ducking underneath both of them for the top spot.

“We started catching Vuillemin, and Ricky passed him, so I was like man the way David was block-passing Ricky, I’ve got to get around him. I didn’t want him holding me up, so I just went for both of them and made a good pass, said Stewart as he described his two-position pass on Carmichael and Vuillemin.

At the halfway point of the 25-lap main, Stewart was holding onto first place with Carmichael just a few bike-lengths behind him, and both riders starting to pull away from Vuillemin, Windham and Byrne.

The crowd kept their eyes fixed on Bubba and RC, as Carmichael stayed within striking distance, then the fans watched on the big screen as Stewart stalled his bike in a very tight 180-degree corner on the outdoor section of the track. Carmichael got hung up and went down as he tried to ride around James. Both riders scrambled to re-fire their big four strokes, but it was Stewart that got back underway in first, and he then had a big lead over Carmichael. With only a few laps to go, Bubba’s lead was too much for RC to overcome.

James threw one of his big signature whips over the finish line as he clinched the main event victory and overall win.

“That was a great main event, it was really fun, said Carmichael in the post-race press conference. “Now I know how car racing guys feel when they get taken out and slammed into the wall. I couldn’t do nothing, I really couldn’t. I was waiting for the mistake and unfortunately it came in a really tight part of the track, he went on to say about the hang-up with Stewart towards the end of the main event.

Carmichael gave Stewart credit for the win. “James was riding exceptionally well, and I just felt like I couldn’t get it going.

Supercross Main Event Day Two Results:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  5. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  6. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  7. Chad Johnson (Suz)
  8. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  9. Heath Voss (Hon)
  10. Cole Siebler (Hon)
  11. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  12. Danny Smith (Hon)

Supercross Overall Results:

  1. James Stewart (50)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (44)
  3. Kevin Windham (38)
  4. David Vuillemin (35)
  5. Tim Ferry (33)
  6. Michael Byrne (33)
  7. Ivan Tedesco (32)
  8. Chad Johnson (28)
  9. Cole Siebler (22)
  10. Josh Demuth (14)
  11. Heath Voss (13)
  12. Keith Johnson (12)
  13. Kyle Partridge (11)
  14. Brock Sellards (11)
  15. Danny Smith (10)

and Stewart.

After a few laps, Carmichael and Stewart were beginning to close on Vuillemin, and in a flurry of passes at the end of lap eight, both Carmichael and Stewart got by Vuillemin, with Stewart ducking underneath both of them for the top spot.

“We started catching Vuillemin, and Ricky passed him, so I was like man the way David was block-passing Ricky, I’ve got to get around him. I didn’t want him holding me up, so I just went for both of them and made a good pass, said Stewart as he described his two-position pass on Carmichael and Vuillemin.

At the halfway point of the 25-lap main, Stewart was holding onto first place with Carmichael just a few bike-lengths behind him, and both riders starting to pull away from Vuillemin, Windham and Byrne.

The crowd kept their eyes fixed on Bubba and RC, as Carmichael stayed within striking distance, then the fans watched on the big screen as SStewart stalled his bike in a very tight 180-degree corner on the outdoor section of the track. Carmichael got hung up and went down as he tried to ride around James. Both riders scrambled to re-fire their big four strokes, but it was Stewart that got back underway in first, and he then had a big lead over Carmichael. With only a few laps to go, Bubba’s lead was too much for RC to overcome.

James threw one of his big signature whips over the finish line as he clinched the main event victory and overall win.

“That was a great main event, it was really fun, said Carmichael in the post-race press conference. “Now I know how car racing guys feel when they get taken out and slammed into the wall. I couldn’t do nothing, I really couldn’t. I was waiting for the mistake and unfortunately it came in a really tight part of the track, he went on to say about the hang-up with Stewart towards the end of the main event.

Carmichael gave Stewart credit for the win. “James was riding exceptionally well, and I just felt like I couldn’t get it going.

Supercross Main Event Day Two Results:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  5. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  6. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  7. Chad Johnson (Suz)
  8. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  9. Heath Voss (Hon)
  10. Cole Siebler (Hon)
  11. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  12. Danny Smith (Hon)

Supercross Overall Results:

  1. James Stewart (50)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (44)
  3. Kevin Windham (38)
  4. David Vuillemin (35)
  5. Tim Ferry (33)
  6. Michael Byrne (33)
  7. Ivan Tedesco (32)
  8. Chad Johnson (28)
  9. Cole Siebler (22)
  10. Josh Demuth (14)
  11. Heath Voss (13)
  12. Keith Johnson (12)
  13. Kyle Partridge (11)
  14. Brock Sellards (11)
  15. Danny Smith (10)