Race Report:
Toronto
2007 Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Series

If the opening round of the 2007 Amp’d Mobile World SXGP series in Toronto, Ontario was any indication of the level of excitement that the remaining 17 races will bring, start ordering your tickets now! With all of the “Big Three, (Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, and Chad Reed), along with several other big-name racers in attendance, the level of competition in Canada was top-notch this year, but in the end it was Chad Reed that drew first blood at Rogers Centre Stadium.

“Three guys can win our championship, and it feels awesome to be one of those three, and to be challenging for the lead, said Reed at the press conference following the race. “I’m excited about getting a win; I haven’t had one in a while. After a disappointing season last year, just coming back from surgery, and being on a new race team, I have a lot of new things going on in my life. So to win tonight … I was pumped!

In the Lites division (which was not an official part of any points series, but more a practice round) Martin Davalos came out the big winner. Davalos finished ahead of newcomer Broc Tickle and fellow KTM teammate Zach Osborne, respectively, to take the first SXGP win of his career.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

Kicking the night off was the first Lites heat race. As the riders rocketed down the long, fast start stretch, it was William Ainsworth, Robert Marshall and Michael Willard fighting for the holeshot. At the end of the sweeping 180-degree turn, Willard took the lead, but it wasn’t long before Team Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki rider Troy Adams flew past the KTM rider in a whoop section to inherit the number one spot. Just when it appeared to be an Adams runaway, however, Troy went down and handed the lead back over to Willard, who would remain there to the checkers. Behind Willard was Ainsworth, followed by Honda rider Daryl Eckland in third.

Meanwhile, as the top-three began to settle into their positions, Adams dusted himself off and began his charge through the pack. Though Adams was only able to work his way back up to seventh at the end of six lap qualifying race, it was good enough for a ticket to the main event.

RESULTS:

  1. Michael Willard KTM
  2. William Ainsworth KAW
  3. Daryl Eckland HON
  4. Robert Marshall KAW
  5. Frank Burns HON
  6. Benjamin Ritter KAW
  7. Troy Adams SUZ
  8. Davey Fraser YAM
  9. Fletcher Shrvock KAW
  10. Kyle Preston KAW

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

Considering he posted the fastest lap time of the day in the Lites division timed practice sessions, it was no surprise to see brand-new KTM rider Martin Davalos up front and pulling away from the second SX Lites Heat race of the night. While Davalos made easy work of the field, behind him riders were scrambling to make their way into the main event. Suzuki-mounted Kevin Hoge held onto second in the opening moments of the moto, but it wasn’t long before Zach Osborne went past Hoge to claim the runner-up position. Behind the leaders, Star Racing’s Broc Tickle rode brilliantly, throwing down the fastest lap time of the heat around the halfway point. Though Tickle eventually made his way up to the rear fender of Osborne, it was too little, too late; Tickle had to settle for third. Kyle Beaton was fourth, while Hoge held on to round out the top-five.

RESULTS:

  1. Martin Davalos KTM
  2. Zack Osborne KTM
  3. Brock Tickle YAM
  4. Kyle Beaton YAM
  5. Kevin Hoge SUZ
  6. Logan Martin HON
  7. Brady Sheren HON
  8. Tyler Medaglia SUZ
  9. Justin Thompson HON
  10. Ryan Gauld YAM

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

The very first start of the 2007 SXGP racing season went to none other than privateer Nick Wey and his Xyience/MDK Honda, though it didn’t take long for Carmichael bully his way past Wey and take over the lead. Once there, RC never looked back, but behind him the battle for qualifying positions raged on between Chad Reed, Josh Summey, Michael Byrne and Wey. Summey bobbled and fell back to fifth, while Byrne stuffed his way past Nick for third. Up front RC put in some ridiculously fast laps, winning the heat race by nearly eight seconds over Reed, who finished second. Some 13 seconds behind Chad was third-placed Byrne, then Wey and Summey.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael SUZ
  2. Chad Reed YAM
  3. Michael Byrne SUZ
  4. Nick Wey HON
  5. Josh Summey HON
  6. Ryan Clark HON
  7. Bryan Johnson HON
  8. Cole Siebler HON
  9. Heath Voss HON
  10. Shaun Skinner HON

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

Yamaha rider Jeff Dement took the holeshot honors in the second and final Supercross heat of the night, but his lead was short-lived thanks to the Works Kawasakis of teammates James Stewart and Tim Ferry. Once the pair got around Dement, they opened up a huge gap on the rest of the field. When the checkers flew at the conclusion of the eight-lap heat race, Stewart had already amassed a 30-second lead over third-place rider Paul Carpenter, who was making his debut ride in the SX class.

Jason Thomas broke up the Kawasaki monopoly by grabbing fourth in the heat, while Reed’s new teammate Nathan Ramsey finished fifth on his Yamaha. Behind the top-five, a battle for the final transfer spot began between Team Solitaire’s Jiri Dostal and Dement, with the Dostal taking the spot and Dement having to go straight to the LCQ. (Tonight was the first night of the new qualifying format, where the SX division qualified through two heats and an LCQ, with no semi-qualifiers).

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart KAW
  2. Tim Ferry KAW
  3. Paul Carpenter KAW
  4. Jason Thomas HON
  5. Nathan Ramsey YAM
  6. David Vuillemin HON
  7. Jeff Gibson KAW
  8. Kevin Johnson YAM
  9. Jiri Dostal HON
  10. Jeff Dement YAM

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

Most of the heavy hitters made it in via heat races in the Lites division, but there were four remaining spots in the LCQ up for grabs. Jadd Knox took the early lead, with Carl Schlacht, Ryan Gauld and Zeb Dennis directly in tow. Knox, however, gets in trouble and goes down, leaving Schlacht and Gauld to fight for the winning spot. With less than a lap to go, this time it was Gauld who took a soil sample, leaving the number one spot to Schlacht. Dennis followed him closely to the finish line, with Kyle Preston and Scotty Maidman taking the final transfer positions.

RESULTS:

  1. Carl Schlacht HON
  2. Zeb Dennis HON
  3. Kyle Preston KAW
  4. Scotty Maidman KAW
  5. Trevor Middleton KTM

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Once again, it was Dement with another holeshot, but it wasn’t long before Travis Preston (who got a rock stuck in his front brake’s master cylinder in heat one) jumped out front and said goodbye to the field. Dement remained in second, which was the final transfer spot, while Joe Oehlof and Kyle Lewis finished just out of the money.

RESULTS:

  1. Travis Preston HON
  2. Jeff Dement YAM
  3. Joe Oehlhof KAW
  4. Kyle Lewis HON
  5. Keith Johnson YAM

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

Just as he did earlier in his heat race, Martin Davalos used the girthy power of his KTM 250SX-F to take the holeshot in the Lites class main event, and just like his heat race, Davalos led the main event wire-to-wire with little resistance from any of his competitors. Behind Davalos was fellow KTM pilot Michael Willard, followed by Troy Adams in third. Adams made a mistake, though, handing Tickle the third place position, with Osborne close behind the action.

Adams eventually snuck by Tickle while the two battled for position, but then handed the spot right back over after not getting enough drive to clear an upcoming triple. From there, things got even worse for Adams, after a battle with approaching rider Zach Osborne left Troy on the ground and back in 17th position.

Up front Davalos set the cruise control, though he never developed too big a lead over Tickle, who was on the gas and riding strong. Osborne remained in a distant third place at the checkers, nearly 18 seconds behind Davalos and 13 seconds behind Tickle.

“To be honest, I came up here to get used to the new bike and the new team, and just get some laps in, Davalos said after scoring the first Lites class win of the new season. “I treated it more like a practice day than anything, but it ended up working out pretty good for me. I didn’t expect [BRACKET “to win”] at all, but I’ve been training super hard, the team has been working hard, and the bike is awesome. I’m very happy with tonight.

RESULTS:

  1. Martin Davalos KTM
  2. Broc Tickle YAM
  3. Zack Osborne KTM
  4. Michael Willard KTM
  5. Troy Adams SUZ
  6. Tyler Medaglia SUZ
  7. William Ainsworth KAW
  8. Robert Marshall KAW
  9. Benjamin Ritter KAW
  10. Logan Martin HON
  11. Brady Sheren HON
  12. Zeb Dennis HON
  13. Kevin Hoge SUZ
  14. Justin Thompson HON
  15. Frank Burns HON
  16. Kyle Preston KAW
  17. Carl Schlacht HON
  18. Davy Fraser YAM
  19. Daryl Eckland HON
  20. Scotty Maidman KAW
  21. Fletcher Shrvock KAW
  22. Kyle Beaton YAM

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

With a gate full of the most talented Supercross riders in the world, the premier SX division tore out of the box and into turn one with none other than privateer Nick Wey grabbing the first main event holeshot award money of the year. Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed were breathing down Wey’s neck from the get-go, with Stewart behind them in around eighth position. Not wasting any time, Reed immediately began his attempt to get by Carmichael and Wey. Just as Reedy was in the process of doing so, RC made it a little easier for him by smacking a Tuff Block and going down, leaving only Wey between Chad and a clear track ahead.

Meanwhile, Carmichael picked himself up from the ground and rejoined the race, but was all the way back in about the 17th position. Up front it was Reed, Wey and Ferry in the top-three, and by that time Stewart had already climbed up to fourth and set his sights on Ferry. Bubba quickly made the pass, leaving only Wey and Reed in his way. Next on the list was Wey, and before long there was a battle royale brewing for the lead spot between Reed and Stewart. Stewart slowly but surely chipped away at Reed’s lead, and soon there was only a two-second gap separating the two, while Carmichael was also making his way up and already in seventh

By lap 12 Reed still enjoyed a very small lead, but it wasn’t for long—Stewart finally made the pass by diving inside of Chad in a 180-degree bowl turn. Just a few corners passed, though, when Reed darted back out front after a drag race following turn one. The two were then just a few feet apart when Stewart pulled the exact same move in the exact same turn to take back the lead. Once again, however, it was short-lived, as Reed and Stewart tangled while going off the finish line double, sending Bubba off the track and into the Tuff Blocks. As James remounted to join the race, he didn’t look over in time to see Travis Preston landing from the finish line double, and Preston slammed right into the side of James.

Now Carmichael was back in the mix, after catching up to third place. With James in obvious pain from e, though, handing Tickle the third place position, with Osborne close behind the action.

Adams eventually snuck by Tickle while the two battled for position, but then handed the spot right back over after not getting enough drive to clear an upcoming triple. From there, things got even worse for Adams, after a battle with approaching rider Zach Osborne left Troy on the ground and back in 17th position.

Up front Davalos set the cruise control, though he never developed too big a lead over Tickle, who was on the gas and riding strong. Osborne remained in a distant third place at the checkers, nearly 18 seconds behind Davalos and 13 seconds behind Tickle.

“To be honest, I came up here to get used to the new bike and the new team, and just get some laps in, Davalos said after scoring the first Lites class win of the new season. “I treated it more like a practice day than anything, but it ended up working out pretty good for me. I didn’t expect [BRACKET “to win”] at all, but I’ve been training super hard, the team has been working hard, and the bike is awesome. I’m very happy with tonight.

RESULTS:

  1. Martin Davalos KTM
  2. Broc Tickle YAM
  3. Zack Osborne KTM
  4. Michael Willard KTM
  5. Troy Adams SUZ
  6. Tyler Medaglia SUZ
  7. William Ainsworth KAW
  8. Robert Marshall KAW
  9. Benjamin Ritter KAW
  10. Logan Martin HON
  11. Brady Sheren HON
  12. Zeb Dennis HON
  13. Kevin Hoge SUZ
  14. Justin Thompson HON
  15. Frank Burns HON
  16. Kyle Preston KAW
  17. Carl Schlacht HON
  18. Davy Fraser YAM
  19. Daryl Eckland HON
  20. Scotty Maidman KAW
  21. Fletcher Shrvock KAW
  22. Kyle Beaton YAM

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

With a gate full of the most talented Supercross riders in the world, the premier SX division tore out of the box and into turn one with none other than privateer Nick Wey grabbing the first main event holeshot award money of the year. Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed were breathing down Wey’s neck from the get-go, with Stewart behind them in around eighth position. Not wasting any time, Reed immediately began his attempt to get by Carmichael and Wey. Just as Reedy was in the process of doing so, RC made it a little easier for him by smacking a Tuff Block and going down, leaving only Wey between Chad and a clear track ahead.

Meanwhile, Carmichael picked himself up from the ground and rejoined the race, but was all the way back in about the 17th position. Up front it was Reed, Wey and Ferry in the top-three, and by that time Stewart had already climbed up to fourth and set his sights on Ferry. Bubba quickly made the pass, leaving only Wey and Reed in his way. Next on the list was Wey, and before long there was a battle royale brewing for the lead spot between Reed and Stewart. Stewart slowly but surely chipped away at Reed’s lead, and soon there was only a two-second gap separating the two, while Carmichael was also making his way up and already in seventh

By lap 12 Reed still enjoyed a very small lead, but it wasn’t for long—Stewart finally made the pass by diving inside of Chad in a 180-degree bowl turn. Just a few corners passed, though, when Reed darted back out front after a drag race following turn one. The two were then just a few feet apart when Stewart pulled the exact same move in the exact same turn to take back the lead. Once again, however, it was short-lived, as Reed and Stewart tangled while going off the finish line double, sending Bubba off the track and into the Tuff Blocks. As James remounted to join the race, he didn’t look over in time to see Travis Preston landing from the finish line double, and Preston slammed right into the side of James.

Now Carmichael was back in the mix, after catching up to third place. With James in obvious pain from the Preston collision, RC motored by to finish second behind Reed at the finish. Stewart held on for third, while Ferry and David Vuillemin round out the top-five.

But wait, it’s not over yet! As if the racing wasn’t dramatic enough, things got even crazier in the moments immediately following the race. Stewart was apparently hurt pretty bad from the incident with Preston, and after rolling over the finish line, he threw his bike down and hit the ground writhing in pain. At the same time, Preston was crossing the finish line, saw James there, and began yelling at Stewart. Preston then ditched his bike and grabbed James by the helmet before being pulled away by track officials.

Stewart was eventually taken off the track by the medical staff, and as of the time this report was posted, there was no news on his condition. Keep checking back to TWMX.com for an update on Stewart as soon as one becomes available.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed YAM
  2. Ricky Carmichael SUZ
  3. James Stewart KAW
  4. Tim Ferry KAW
  5. David Vuillemin HON
  6. Nick Wey HON
  7. Ryan Clark HON
  8. Paul Carpenter KAW
  9. Heath Voss HON
  10. Jeff Gibson KAW
  11. Jeff Dement YAM
  12. Cole Siebler HON
  13. Kevin Johnson YAM
  14. Jason Thomas HON
  15. Michael Byrne SUZ
  16. Travis Preston HON
  17. Jiri Dostal HON
  18. Tyler Evans SUZ
  19. Josh Summey HON
  20. Bryan Johnson HON
  21. Nathan Ramsey YAMrom the Preston collision, RC motored by to finish second behind Reed at the finish. Stewart held on for third, while Ferry and David Vuillemin round out the top-five.

    But wait, it’s not over yet! As if the racing wasn’t dramatic enough, things got even crazier in the moments immediately following the race. Stewart was apparently hurt pretty bad from the incident with Preston, and after rolling over the finish line, he threw his bike down and hit the ground writhing in pain. At the same time, Preston was crossing the finish line, saw James there, and began yelling at Stewart. Preston then ditched his bike and grabbed James by the helmet before being pulled away by track officials.

    Stewart was eventually taken off the track by the medical staff, and as of the time this report was posted, there was no news on his condition. Keep checking back to TWMX.com for an update on Stewart as soon as one becomes available.

    RESULTS:

    1. Chad Reed YAM
    2. Ricky Carmichael SUZ
    3. James Stewart KAW
    4. Tim Ferry KAW
    5. David Vuillemin HON
    6. Nick Wey HON
    7. Ryan Clark HON
    8. Paul Carpenter KAW
    9. Heath Voss HON
    10. Jeff Gibson KAW
    11. Jeff Dement YAM
    12. Cole Siebler HON
    13. Kevin Johnson YAM
    14. Jason Thomas HON
    15. Michael Byrne SUZ
    16. Travis Preston HON
    17. Jiri Dostal HON
    18. Tyler Evans SUZ
    19. Josh Summey HON
    20. Bryan Johnson HON
    21. Nathan Ramsey YAM