Race Report: Budds Creek
2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF

Warm temperatures, partly sunny skies, and a great (albeit smoother than normal) course welcomed the AMA pros to Budds Creek this weekend, but at the end of the day, it was once again Ricky Carmichael who showed the other guys who’s boss after a long day of battling his nemesis, James Stewart. RC collected a 2-1 moto tally in his second-to-last race ever at the famed Maryland circuit. In Lites action, Ryan Villopoto walked away with both moto wins to take his first victory of the season.

LITES MOTO ONE

Starting from the far inside of the gate, Ryan Villopoto and Josh Grant battled down the start stretch to the first turn, where Grant just barely edged out Villopoto for the first holeshot of the day. Josh Grant enjoyed a very brief lead, however, as RV squirted by the Honda rider just two straights into the race. By the end of the first lap, RV had already pulled ahead to a 12-bike-length lead over Grant, Jason Lawrence, Ben Townley, and Bobby Kiniry. Townley was the man on the move, though, as he flew past J-Law and set his sights on Grant. RV was now 13 seconds ahead and enjoying a comfortable lead, while Townley and Lawrence were now both by Grant. Meanwhile, behind them, Brock Tickle was making his way to the front, passing Kiniry by about the 10-minute mark and having a nice little battle with Andrew McFarlane. Up front, the top-three separated themselves by quite a distance, leaving no real battles. At the finish line, it was Villopoto, Townley, Lawrence, and Grant. “The track seems pretty good, but not super rough, said Villopoto on the podium following the race. “I’m looking forward to the next race to see what we can bring to the table.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Ben Townley
  3. Jason Lawrence
  4. Josh Grant
  5. Ryan Dungey
  6. Jake Weimer
  7. Andrew McFarlane
  8. Matt Goerke
  9. Josh Hill
  10. Robert Kiniry

MX MOTO ONE

The hoards of Budds Creek fans couldn’t have asked for a better start from the first moto of the MX class, as #7, James Stewart, and #4, Ricky Carmichael, jumped out from the pack right away to form an early lead. Behind them, Chad Reed rode in third, while Kevin Windham was fourth, and Andrew Short rounded out the top-five. As the rest of the pack battled behind, Carmichael and Stewart stayed up front and within a few bike-lengths of each other for the entire moto. By roughly the midway point, a great battle began to develop between Short, Windham and Ferry, with Mike Alessi about a straightaway behind. K-Dub eventually made a mistake that allowed Ferry by, giving Short some breathing room. As the race developed, Ferry began closing in on Short, and with less than two laps to go, Red Dog made his move for fourth. Quite some distance ahead of him was Reed in third. RC stayed close to Stewart until the end, despite tossing his goggles at about the midway point after a rock thrown from Stewart’s rear wheel popped his lens off. At the checkers, Stewart was four seconds ahead of RC and 38 seconds ahead of Reed. Ferry and Short rounded out the top-five.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Tim Ferry
  5. Andrew Short
  6. Kevin Windham
  7. Grant Langston
  8. Mike Alessi
  9. Davi Millsaps
  10. David Vuillemin

LITES MOTO TWO

The second Lites moto of the day started out much the same as the first, with Ryan Villopoto pulling the holeshot and promptly checking out from the rest of the pack, enjoying a full straightaway lead by lap two over second place rider Ben Townley. Grant was right on his heels, with Jason Lawrence and Ryan Dungey all giving chase. As the top-two distanced themselves from the pack, one of the best battles of the day developed for third place, withrant, J-Law, and Dungey all within a couple of bike-lengths of each other for several laps. Dungey eventually went by Lawrence, and then set his sights on Grant. Eventually both riders got the best of Grant, leaving Lawrence and Dungey to scrap for the final podium position. With just a few laps remaining, however, Dungey lost the front end, finally awarding the spot to Lawrence. Up front, Villopoto cruised to another easy moto victory, with Townley back a bit. “I won here last year, and I just really like the track here, it suits me well. Today was good, said Villopoto of his victory.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Ben Townley
  3. Jason Lawrence
  4. Ryan Dungey
  5. Josh Grant
  6. Josh Hill
  7. Chris Gosselaar
  8. Steve Boniface
  9. Broc Tickle

LITES OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto 1-1
  2. Ben Townley 2-2
  3. Jason Lawrence 3-3
  4. Ryan Dungey 5-4
  5. Josh Grant 4-5
  6. Josh Hill 9-6
  7. Jake Weimer 6-13
  8. Broc Tickle 11-9
  9. Steve Boniface 13-8
  10. Robert Kiniry 10-12
  11. Chris Gosselaar 16-7
  12. Matt Goerke 8-16
  13. Andrew McFarlane 7-17
  14. Kyle Chisholm 15-11
  15. Matt Lemoine 24-10
  16. Dusty Klatt 18-14
  17. Daniel Sani 12-22
  18. Joaquim Rodrigues 17-18
  19. Billy Laninovich 14-40
  20. Ryan Morais 37-15

LITES SEASON STANDINGS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (188 points/1 win)
  2. Ben Townley (174/2 wins)
  3. Ryan Dungey (150)
  4. Josh Grant (146/1 win)
  5. Jason Lawrence (141)
  6. Josh Hill (90)
  7. Broc Tickle (80)
  8. Jake Weimer (78)
  9. Tommy Hahn (74)
  10. Matt Goerke (64)
  11. Kyle Chisholm (60)
  12. Andrew McFarlane (53)
  13. Robert Kiniry (52)
  14. Billy Laninovich (44)
  15. Dusty Klatt (43)
  16. Steve Boniface (40)
  17. Matt Lemoine (34)
  18. Brett Metcalfe (32)
  19. Daniel Sani (31)
  20. Joaquim Rodrigues (22)

MX MOTO TWO

Just like the second Lites moto, the start of MX Moto Two was almost identical to the first, with James Stewart narrowly edging out Ricky Carmichael for holeshot honors. This time Mike Alessi grabbed a much better start and sat behind the Dynamic Duo in third, while Tim Ferry was left picking himself up off the ground in a first turn spill. As the pack made its way around the course for the first time, it was Stewart, Carmichael, Alessi, Millsaps, and Windham in the top-five. Behind K-Dub was Ivan Tedesco and Andrew Short, who were all close enough to pose a threat. As the race wore on, Stewart and RC put on a battle of their own, leaving the rest of the pack far behind. Meanwhile, Short was making his way to the front, passing Tedesco on lap three. Ahead of him, Windham and Millsaps battled for fourth, but by lap seven Short had gone by both of his Honda teammates to sit in fourth. Meanwhile, Reed, who suffered a mid-pack start, was making his way to the front, as well. On lap 13 Short made his move on Alessi, dropping him to fourth; two laps later Reed also passed Alessi. But up front was where the real action could be found; RC and Stewart began one of the best battles in recent history, with RC finally making his move just five laps from the finish. A couple of small bobbles from Stewart following the pass was all Carmichael needed to easily walk away with the moto win, as well as the overall; his 100th career National victory.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. James Stewart
  3. Andrew Short
  4. Chad Reed
  5. Mike Alessi
  6. Ivan Tedesco
  7. Grant Langston
  8. Tim Ferry
  9. Kevin Windham
  10. Michael Byrne

MX OVERALLL RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael 2-1
  2. James Stewart 1-2
  3. Chad Reed 3-4
  4. Andrew Short 5-3
  5. Tim Ferry 4-8
  6. Mike Alessi 8-5
  7. Grant Langston 7-7
  8. Kevin Windham 6-9
  9. Ivan Tedesco 12-6
  10. Michael Byrne 11-10
  11. David Vuillemin 10-11
  12. Shaun Skinner 14-14
  13. Nick Wey 17-13
  14. Davi Millsaps 9-36
  15. Antonio Balbi 22-12
  16. Troy Adams 16-17
  17. Ryan Mills 15-18
  18. Gavin Gracyk 19-15
  19. Josh Summey 13-39
  20. Jason Thomas 20-16

MX SEASON STANDINGS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (194 points/4 wins)
  2. James Stewart (178)
  3. Andrew Short (129)
  4. Grant Langston (129)
  5. Tim Ferry (127)
  6. Mike Alessi (107)
  7. Kevin Windham (106)
  8. Davi Millsaps (102)
  9. David Vuillemin (87)
  10. Michael Byrne (80)
  11. Gavin Gracyk (59)
  12. Jeff Alessi (41)
  13. Chad Reed (38)
  14. Jason Thomas (37)
  15. Troy Adams (32)
  16. Nick Wey (29)
  17. Antonio Balbi (27)
  18. Adam Chatfield (26)
  19. Kyle Lewis (26)
  20. Josh Summey (25)
  • Michael Byrne
  • MX OVERALLL RESULTS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael 2-1
    2. James Stewart 1-2
    3. Chad Reed 3-4
    4. Andrew Short 5-3
    5. Tim Ferry 4-8
    6. Mike Alessi 8-5
    7. Grant Langston 7-7
    8. Kevin Windham 6-9
    9. Ivan Tedesco 12-6
    10. Michael Byrne 11-10
    11. David Vuillemin 10-11
    12. Shaun Skinner 14-14
    13. Nick Wey 17-13
    14. Davi Millsaps 9-36
    15. Antonio Balbi 22-12
    16. Troy Adams 16-17
    17. Ryan Mills 15-18
    18. Gavin Gracyk 19-15
    19. Josh Summey 13-39
    20. Jason Thomas 20-16

    MX SEASON STANDINGS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (194 points/4 wins)
    2. James Stewart (178)
    3. Andrew Short (129)
    4. Grant Langston (129)
    5. Tim Ferry (127)
    6. Mike Alessi (107)
    7. Kevin Windham (106)
    8. Davi Millsaps (102)
    9. David Vuillemin (87)
    10. Michael Byrne (80)
    11. Gavin Gracyk (59)
    12. Jeff Alessi (41)
    13. Chad Reed (38)
    14. Jason Thomas (37)
    15. Troy Adams (32)
    16. Nick Wey (29)
    17. Antonio Balbi (27)
    18. Adam Chatfield (26)
    19. Kyle Lewis (26)
    20. Josh Summey (25)