Race Report:
Glen Helen, 2006

This weekend the AMA caravan rolled into Glen Helen Raceway for the final round of the AMA Toyota National Motocross Championships. By the end of the day, Ryan Villopoto would be crowned the 2006 Lites Champion-in his rookie season no less, James Stewart would grab his third win of the season, and RC’s ability to race the MXdN in three weeks would be in question. There’s no doubt the over 25,000 fans on hand for Sunday’s races were treated to some excitement, suspense, and a little bit of drama. Not that any of that is unusual for an Outdoor National.

Be sure to check Monday Kickstart in the morning for all the details on these stories and more. For now, read-on for the TWMX race report.

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LITES MOTO ONE

As the Lites class rolled onto the starting gate, Ryan Villopoto stood poised to secure the championship. As we have seen many times this year, the Lites jumped off the gate with number 800 out front, and on the first lap, the running order was Alessi, Grant, McFarlane, Townley, and Metcalfe, with Alessi pulling out to a substantial early lead. Villopoto came across the finish line in eighth place on lap one, but quickly charged past the front-runners and moved into second place behind Alessi by lap four. Once in position, it wasn’t long before the Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rookie overtook first place. Ryan grabbed the top position on lap nine and held it to the end of the moto, securing not only the moto win, but the Championship as well.

This was of course Villopoto’s first AMA National Championship, considering this is his rookie season. While on the podium and handing over the number one plate, the AMA’s Steve Whitelock said he expects to hand more titles to Villopoto in the coming years, referring to him as possibly “the next RC.”

Behind Villopoto and Alessi, the running order remained consistent, with Townley finishing the moto in third, Josh Grant in fourth and Brett Metcalfe grabbing yet another top five moto finish with fifth place in moto one.

RESULTS
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Mike Alessi
3. Ben Townley
4. Josh Grant
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. Broc Hepler
7. Nathan Ramsey
8. Sean Collier
9. Andrew McFarlane
10. Ryan Sipes
11. Tommy Hahn
12. Kyle Chisholm
13. Jason Lawrence
14. Martin Davalos
15. Chris Gosselaar
16. Matt Goerke
17. Steve Boniface
18. Josh Hill
19. Ryan Dungey
20. Jimmy Albertson

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MOTOCROSS MOTO ONE

It is strange to glance down the list of results below and not see Ricky Carmichael’s name. Motocross moto one started with a James Stewart holeshot, and for the first five laps the crowd was treated to a tight battle for first between RC and Bubba, with several lead changes. Unfortunately for Carmichael, that would all stop on lap six.

Glen Helen is famous for being one of the roughest tracks on the National circuit, with deep ruts and patches of mud forming throughout the course. Many riders have fallen victim to the treacherous raceway, and today that list would include Ricky Carmichael.

Towards the back section of the track, before the famous “Yamaha hill,” RC caught a rut and went down hard, bruising his shoulder. Stewart was directly behind Carmichael at the time. “I was pretty close to where I could see him when he went down. He caught an edge and just went right over. It was pretty bad. I hope he’s alright,” said Stewart in the post-race press conference. The official announcement was that RC-who left Glen Helen immediately to return home to Florida for further testing-suffered a contusion to his left shoulder.

After Carmichael dropped out of the moto, Stewart checked out to a moto win, putting as much as 30 seconds or more between himsf and Kevin Windham in second place. Davi Millsaps charged to a third place finish, and Travis Preston combined a great start with a solid moto to finish in fourth with Michael Byrne behind him in fifth.

RESULTS
1. James Stewart
2. Kevin Windham
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Travis Preston
5. Michael Byrne
6. Nick Wey
7. Josh Summey
8. Adam Chatfield
9. Josh Demuth
10. David Vuillemin
11. Ryan Clark
12. Daniel Sani
13. Bobby Garrison
14. Michael Blose
15. Yoshitaka Atsuta
16. Michael Lapaglia
17. Cole Siebler
18. Justin Buckelew
19. Adam Miller
20. Doug Dehaan

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LITES MOTO TWO

With the Championship secured, Villopoto came out in moto two sporting the gear and bike graphics he and his teammates will be running at the upcoming Motocross des Nations. The second moto was very similar to what was seen in the opening Lites moto, with Alessi taking the holeshot, only to be passed by Villopoto early on. Villopoto cruised home to a 1-1 finish, with Mike Alessi in second and Ben Townley once again in third. Tommy Hahn had a strong second moto, finishing in fourth place, followed by Brett Metcalfe in fifth.

RESULTS
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Mike Alessi
3. Ben Townley
4. Tommy Hahn
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. Josh Grant
7. Kyle Chisholm
8. Danny Smith
9. Martin Davalos
10. Steve Boniface
11. Matt Walker
12. Jason Lawrence
13. Paul Carpenter
14. Robert Kiniry
15. Jake Weimer
16. Broc Hepler
17. Michael Willard
18. Yohei Kojima
19. Nathan Ramsey
20. Kelly Smith

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LITES OVERALL RESULTS

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Mike Alessi
3. Ben Townley
4. Josh Grant
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. Tommy Hahn
7. Kyle Chisholm
8. Broc Hepler
9. Martin Davalos
10. Jason Lawrence
11. Nathan Ramsey
12. Steve Boniface
13. Danny Smith
14. Sean Collier
15. Andrew McFarlane
16. Ryan Sipes
17. Matt Walker
18. Paul Carpenter
19. Robert Kiniry
20. Jake Weimer

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LITES CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Ryan Villopoto (483)
2. Mike Alessi (448)
3. Josh Grant (372)
4. Andrew Short (359)
5. Brett Metcalfe (335)
6. Broc Hepler (293)
7. Andrew McFarlane (281)
8. Matt Goerke (195)
9. Nathan Ramsey (195)
10. Troy Adams (191)

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MOTOCROSS MOTO TWO

Like fellow Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto, Stewart came out in moto two relaxed and sporting his red, white and blue MXdN gear. Also like Villopoto, Bubba quickly built a comfortable lead on the rest of the field and cruised home to a 1-1 victory. Behind James, Davi Millsaps rode a solid race, holding onto second place the entire moto. It was Behind Davi, in third, that some interesting position changes took place.

At the start of the moto, Windham was in third and seemed to have a solid hold on that spot, contesting Millsaps at times for second. However, on lap four, K-Dub ran into some mechanical problems when apparently his ignition box came loose and was dangling from his bike. When he realized what was happening, Windham pulled into the mechanics area, where the Sobe/Samsung/Mobile/Honda crew patched things back together. By the time he got back on the track, Kevin was in eighth place, and Travis Preston and taken over third. At the end of the moto, Preston finished in third, which combined with his fourth place finish in moto one, gave him third place overall. This was the first podium finish of the year for the likable Honda rider. In an almost unbelievable irony, Travis’ solid finish puts even greater emphasis on the fact that he has not yet secured a contract for next season. More info to follow on both Windham and Preston in Monday Kickstart.

RESULTS
1. James Stewart
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Travis Preston
4. Tim Ferry
5. Nick Wey
6. Michael Byrne
7. Kevin Windham
8. David Vuillemin
9. Josh Summey
10. Bobby Garrison
11. Yoshitaka Atsuta
12. Daniel Sani
13. Robbie Reynard
14. Antonio Jorge Balbi Jr.
15. Thierry Bhethys
16. Mason Phillips
17. Adam Chatfield
18. Justin Buckelew
19. Ryan Clark
20. Doug Dehaan

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MOTOCROSS OVERALL RESULTS

1. James Stewart
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Travis Preston
4. Kevin Windham
5. Nick Wey
6. Michael Byrne
7. Josh Summey
8. David Vuillemin
9. Bobby Garrison
10. Tim Ferry
11. Daniel Sani
12. Adam Chatfield
13. Yoshitaka Atsuta
14. Ryan Clark
15. Josh Demuth
16. Robbie Reynard
17. Antonio Jorge Balbi, Jr.
18. Michael Blose
19. Thierry Bhethys
20. Justin Buckelew

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MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Ricky Carmichael (539)
2. Kevin Windham (407)
3. Davi Millsaps (400)
4. James Stewart (381)
5. Travis Preston (334)
6. Chad Reed (333)
7. David Vuillemin (314)
8. Nick Wey (303)
9. Tim Ferry (265)
10. Josh Summey (181)

With the 2006 AMA Toyota National Motocross Championships wrapped up, fans can look forward to several big off-season races, including the Jeremy McGrath Invitational, the U.S. Open and of course, the Motocross des Nations in England. Be sure to keep your web browser locked onto transworldmx.com for full coverage of these events and more!

rall. This was the first podium finish of the year for the likable Honda rider. In an almost unbelievable irony, Travis’ solid finish puts even greater emphasis on the fact that he has not yet secured a contract for next season. More info to follow on both Windham and Preston in Monday Kickstart.

RESULTS
1. James Stewart
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Travis Preston
4. Tim Ferry
5. Nick Wey
6. Michael Byrne
7. Kevin Windham
8. David Vuillemin
9. Josh Summey
10. Bobby Garrison
11. Yoshitaka Atsuta
12. Daniel Sani
13. Robbie Reynard
14. Antonio Jorge Balbi Jr.
15. Thierry Bhethys
16. Mason Phillips
17. Adam Chatfield
18. Justin Buckelew
19. Ryan Clark
20. Doug Dehaan

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MOTOCROSS OVERALL RESULTS

1. James Stewart
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Travis Preston
4. Kevin Windham
5. Nick Wey
6. Michael Byrne
7. Josh Summey
8. David Vuillemin
9. Bobby Garrison
10. Tim Ferry
11. Daniel Sani
12. Adam Chatfield
13. Yoshitaka Atsuta
14. Ryan Clark
15. Josh Demuth
16. Robbie Reynard
17. Antonio Jorge Balbi, Jr.
18. Michael Blose
19. Thierry Bhethys
20. Justin Buckelew

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MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Ricky Carmichael (539)
2. Kevin Windham (407)
3. Davi Millsaps (400)
4. James Stewart (381)
5. Travis Preston (334)
6. Chad Reed (333)
7. David Vuillemin (314)
8. Nick Wey (303)
9. Tim Ferry (265)
10. Josh Summey (181)

With the 2006 AMA Toyota National Motocross Championships wrapped up, fans can look forward to several big off-season races, including the Jeremy McGrath Invitational, the U.S. Open and of course, the Motocross des Nations in England. Be sure to keep your web browser locked onto transworldmx.com for full coverage of these events and more!