Race Report:
Vancouver
2007 Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP

While rain poured down outside B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, yet another exciting race between some of the sport’s fastest racers took place inside the confines of the stadium. While last week’s race in Toronto, Ontario, was truly one of the most exciting and controversial races in recent memory, Vancouver was back to the status-quo, as Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael beat out Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed for the win at what will be the multi-time champion’s final appearance at a Supercross race in Canada. As for Stewart, he gutted out an incredible performance, considering the shape that his injured ankle was in coming into the race. Stewart actually led the first 15 laps of the main event before mistakes—and the injury—allowed Carmichael to take over the point position. Last week’s winner Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/Nike/Yamaha’s Chad Reed finished a respectable third.

In the Lites class, Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s newest recruit Ryan Sipes took his first victory aboard his new ride. Sipes rode a strong race, and after a small mistake in the beginning, took over the lead and never looked back. Behind him, in his first-ever Supercross race, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey finished second, while Team Red Bull KTM’s Zach Osborne completed the podium.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

When the gate hit the dirt for the start of the first race of the night it was Ryan Sipes out front with the holeshot; Sipes’ teammate Jake Weimer, KTM’s Michael Willard, and Team Makita Suzuki’s young racer Ryan Dungey followed close behind.

As the race progressed, not much changed in the running order, as Sipes continued to lead while Weimer remained in second not far behind. Meanwhile, Dungey began to pressure Willard, and after only three laps, took over the final podium position.

When the checkered flag flew, Sipes crossed the line first followed by Weimer only a few seconds back, and Dungey third. As it turned out, all three of the top finishers didn’t race the previous round in Toronto. The win for Sipes marked his first in quite a long time.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Sipes (Hon)
  2. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  3. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  4. Michael Willard (KTM)
  5. Greg Davenport (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

This heat race was all about the Red Bull KTM team, as their newest recruit—and the opening round winner—Martin Davalos took the holeshot, while his teammate Zack Osborne followed close behind in second. Yamaha privateer Jimmy Albertson rounded the first turn third. Behind them, Brady Sheren circulated the course in fourth.

By the halfway point in the race, Davalos began to open up a relatively comfortable lead while Osborne continued to follow; Albertson remained in a comfortable third. By this point in the race, the running order began to settle down and the top three riders cruised in for the checkered flag.

RESULTS:

  1. Martin Davalos (KTM)
  2. Zack Osborne (KTM)
  3. Jimmy Albertson (Yam)
  4. Brady Sheren (Hon)
  5. Troy Adams (Suz)

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

Team Xyience/MDK/Honda’s Nick Wey took the holeshot at the start of the first premier class heat race. Following close behind, though, was San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/Nike/Yamaha’s Chad Reed, and after only a few straights, Reed made his move to take over first. Behind the duo, Wey’s teammate David Vuillemin tried his best to match the pace.

By the midway point, Reed had pulled out to a comfortable lead, while Vuillemin began to pressure Wey for second. A few laps later, Vuillemin and Wey began to battle, and it wasn’t long before DV had moved into second. Meanwhile, behind the two battling riders Team WBR/Rockstar/Suzuki’s Michael rne was steadily beginning to inch his way up, but as it would turn out it didn’t last long. The Australian rider went over the bars in a tricky rhythm section, but remounted to still finish fourth.

At the end of the race, Reed took the win ahead of Vuillemin with Wey third and Byrne fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed (Yam)
  2. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  3. Nick Wey (Hon)
  4. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  5. Brian Johnson (Yam)
  6. Josh Summey (Hon)
  7. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  8. Joe Oehlhof (Kaw)
  9. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  10. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

The start of this race belonged to Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael. RC took the holeshot and was followed by Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart and his teammate Timmy Ferry.

As the race continued, RC and Stewart began to check-out as they put on a riding clinic for the rest of the field. Behind them, Ferry continued to ride strong, as he rode the race unchallenged. Further back, Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Travis Preston worked his way up past Cole Siebler for fourth. As the laps began to wear down, the running order didn’t change. Carmichael and Stewart remained way out front, and were followed by Ferry and Preston. This is how they finished.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. James Stewart (Kaw)
  3. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)
  4. Travis Preston (Hon)
  5. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
  6. Cole Siebler (Hon)
  7. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  8. Heath Voss (Hon)
  9. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
  10. Tyler Evans (Suz)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

When the pack raced to the first turn it was Yamaha-mounted Kyle Beaton who got there first for the holeshot. After that, the race for first was pretty much over, as Beaton quickly pulled out to a commanding lead over the rest of the field. At the finish, Beaton had a gap of nearly 10 seconds over runner-up Honda rider Kevin Urquhart.

RESULTS:

  1. Kyle Beaton (Yam)
  2. Kevin Urquhart (Hon)
  3. Lee Coutts (Hon)
  4. Dan Moore (Suz)
  5. Jimmy Hazel (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

KTM’s Marco Dube took the holeshot, but was promptly block-passed a few turns later by Doug DeHaan, and not long after that, a few more riders got around the Canadian. A lap later, those same riders get tangled up and crash, allowing DeHaan to pull out to a rather comfortable lead. Meanwhile, Butler Brothers Racing’s Jason Thomas took over second. On the last lap, Rockstar/Suzuki rider Tyler Evans and Yamaha-mounted Keith Johnson got into a fight after colliding in a turn and both crashing; the two had to be pulled apart by officials.

In the end, DeHaan took the win followed by Thomas and Jacob Marsack.

RESULTS:

  1. Marco Dube (Hon)
  2. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  3. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)
  4. Greg Crater (Yam)
  5. Shawn Skinner (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

The start of this race was pretty exciting, as Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Ryan Sipes took the holeshot, but he got kicked sideways when entering the tricky moguls following the first turn. Sipes didn’t crash, but was relegated back to third while KTM’s Michael Willard briefly took over first before giving it up to Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos.

A lap later, second-placed Willard went down in the whoops and allowed Sipes to get close to Davalos in first. Before the end of the second lap Sipes was back into the lead and pulling away. Behind him, Davalos began to fade, as Team Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey took over second, and a few laps later, Davalos’ teammate Zach Osborne moved past for the final podium position. From there, the running order didn’t really change and Sipes continued to remain comfortably ahead of a charging Dungey. Sipes took the win followed by Dungey in second and Osborne third. Last week’s winner, Davalos, finished fourth.

When it was all over, Sipes was happy that he got the win for his new team. “My new team is awesome, and the new bike is really good, it’s almost like it has an auto-pilot switch on it—it almost rides itself.”

Likewise, Dungey was ecstatic to finish second in his first-ever Supercross race. “I felt really good,” Dungey said of his night. “I wasn’t really surprised, though, because I knew I could do it. I’m just really happy with my performance tonight.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Sipes (Hon)
  2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  3. Zach Osborne (KTM)
  4. Martin Davalos (KTM)
  5. Kyle Beaton (Yam)
  6. Jimmy Albertson (Yam)
  7. Bobby Garrison (Yam)
  8. Greg Davenport (Kaw)
  9. Dennis Jonon (KTM)
  10. Kevin Urquhart (Hon)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

Once the pack of thundering 450cc four-strokes raced towards the first turn, it was James Stewart with the holeshot, followed by Team WBR/Rockstar/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne, and Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry. Behind them, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael hunted for a way up to the rear fender of Stewart. Before the first few laps were over, RC found his way up to second, and began to set his sights on Stewart for first. Behind them, Chad Reed sat in fourth.

On the third lap, Reed moved into third past Byrne, but by this time, Stewart and RC were too far out front for the Australian rider to catch. As the race progressed, Stewart continued to lead RC, but by about the 14th lap, the Floridian began to give in to the persistent Suzuki rider. A lap later, Ricky made his pass, and after that, all it took were a few mistakes from Stewart and Carmichael had a comfortable cushion. From there, not much changed as Carmichael took the win followed by Stewart and Reed respectively.

After the race, the true pain of Stewart’s injured ankle shown through, as he could hardly walk up to the podium. “I rode pretty good considering what happened last week,” Stewart said after the race. “I was going to bring crutches to the airport to get around, but my Pops told be that if I had to use crutches, I wasn’t going to race. I think it was on about out lap 12 that I over-jumped an on-off section and hit my ankle pretty good. That was almost the end of the story right there.”

As for Carmichael, he was happy to get the win, but also impressed with the performance that Stewart gutted out. “It was an epic battle for sure. Me and Stewart have some sick races—almost like me and MC (Jeremy McGrath) did,” Carmichael said. “It’s so much fun to race like that.”

Even though he finished third, Reed was happy since he knows what he needs to work on before Anaheim comes, “I was in a great position right behind Ricky—I was ready to battle, but it didn’t happen,” Reed said. “I think it’s maybe a good thing, though, at this point. I think last week we maybe did better than expected and this is a little bit of a reality check.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. James Stewart (Kaw)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  5. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)
  6. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
  7. Travis Preston (Hon)
  8. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  9. Nick Wey (Hon)
  10. Jason Thomas (Hon)

FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP SERIES POINT STANDINGS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (47 points)
  2. Chad Reed (45)
  3. James Stewart (42)
  4. David Vuillemin (34)
  5. Tim Ferry (34)
  6. Nick Wey (27)
  7. Jeff Gibson (24)
  8. Heath Voss (22)
  9. Paul Carpenter (22)
  10. ere, the running order didn’t really change and Sipes continued to remain comfortably ahead of a charging Dungey. Sipes took the win followed by Dungey in second and Osborne third. Last week’s winner, Davalos, finished fourth.

    When it was all over, Sipes was happy that he got the win for his new team. “My new team is awesome, and the new bike is really good, it’s almost like it has an auto-pilot switch on it—it almost rides itself.”

    Likewise, Dungey was ecstatic to finish second in his first-ever Supercross race. “I felt really good,” Dungey said of his night. “I wasn’t really surprised, though, because I knew I could do it. I’m just really happy with my performance tonight.”

    RESULTS:

    1. Ryan Sipes (Hon)
    2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
    3. Zach Osborne (KTM)
    4. Martin Davalos (KTM)
    5. Kyle Beaton (Yam)
    6. Jimmy Albertson (Yam)
    7. Bobby Garrison (Yam)
    8. Greg Davenport (Kaw)
    9. Dennis Jonon (KTM)
    10. Kevin Urquhart (Hon)

    SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

    Once the pack of thundering 450cc four-strokes raced towards the first turn, it was James Stewart with the holeshot, followed by Team WBR/Rockstar/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne, and Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry. Behind them, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael hunted for a way up to the rear fender of Stewart. Before the first few laps were over, RC found his way up to second, and began to set his sights on Stewart for first. Behind them, Chad Reed sat in fourth.

    On the third lap, Reed moved into third past Byrne, but by this time, Stewart and RC were too far out front for the Australian rider to catch. As the race progressed, Stewart continued to lead RC, but by about the 14th lap, the Floridian began to give in to the persistent Suzuki rider. A lap later, Ricky made his pass, and after that, all it took were a few mistakes from Stewart and Carmichael had a comfortable cushion. From there, not much changed as Carmichael took the win followed by Stewart and Reed respectively.

    After the race, the true pain of Stewart’s injured ankle shown through, as he could hardly walk up to the podium. “I rode pretty good considering what happened last week,” Stewart said after the race. “I was going to bring crutches to the airport to get around, but my Pops told be that if I had to use crutches, I wasn’t going to race. I think it was on about out lap 12 that I over-jumped an on-off section and hit my ankle pretty good. That was almost the end of the story right there.”

    As for Carmichael, he was happy to get the win, but also impressed with the performance that Stewart gutted out. “It was an epic battle for sure. Me and Stewart have some sick races—almost like me and MC (Jeremy McGrath) did,” Carmichael said. “It’s so much fun to race like that.”

    Even though he finished third, Reed was happy since he knows what he needs to work on before Anaheim comes, “I was in a great position right behind Ricky—I was ready to battle, but it didn’t happen,” Reed said. “I think it’s maybe a good thing, though, at this point. I think last week we maybe did better than expected and this is a little bit of a reality check.”

    RESULTS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. James Stewart (Kaw)
    3. Chad Reed (Yam)
    4. David Vuillemin (Hon)
    5. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)
    6. Nathan Ramsey (Yam)
    7. Travis Preston (Hon)
    8. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
    9. Nick Wey (Hon)
    10. Jason Thomas (Hon)

    FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP SERIES POINT STANDINGS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (47 points)
    2. Chad Reed (45)
    3. James Stewart (42)
    4. David Vuillemin (34)
    5. Tim Ferry (34)
    6. Nick Wey (27)
    7. Jeff Gibson (24)
    8. Heath Voss (22)
    9. Paul Carpenter (22)
    10. Ryan Clark (21)
    11. Travis Preston (19)
    12. Jason Thomas (18)
    13. Nathan Ramsey (15)
    14. Kevin Johnson (12)
    15. Cole Siebler (12)
    16. Ryan Clark (21)
    17. Travis Preston (19)
    18. Jason Thomas (18)
    19. Nathan Ramsey (15)
    20. Kevin Johnson (12)
    21. Cole Siebler (12)