Race Report: Dallas
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

After one of the most powerful storms in recent history rocked Dallas, Texas, in the days leading up to the 13th round of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series—sixth round of the East Coast Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites Series—riders were greeted on race day with a little mud, but near perfect weather. As for the racing action, it didn’t disappoint, and even though Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart took yet another win, his series rival Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed didn’t let him have it easy. The Australian rider hounded Stewart in the closing laps and crossed the line only a few bike lengths behind the Kawasaki rider.

In the Lites class, things were, as usual, unpredictable. Last week’s winner Team Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey got out to the early lead, but a fall caused him to hand the point position over to Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley. From there Townley, ran away from everyone on the way to his third win of the season. Series points leader Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais finished fourth and hangs on to the lead by a mere three points.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

When the pack thundered down the moist start straight for the first time of the night it was Motoworldracing.com/Yamaha’s Sean Hackley taking the holeshot followed by Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Ben Townley and Darcy Lange respectively. Two laps into the race, though, both Townley and Lange found a way around Hackley and looked to be in control of the race—Townley led followed by Lange. A few laps later, however, Lange took over the lead while Hackley dropped into second behind the speedy Canadian after a mistake caused Townley to relinquish the top two positions. When the checkered flag flew, Lange took the win with Hackley a few seconds back in second. Townley completed the top three.

RESULTS:

  1. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  2. Sean Hackley (Yam)
  3. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  4. Robert Kiniry (Kaw)
  5. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  6. Branden Jessemen (Yam)
  7. Jeff Alessi (KTM)
  8. Ronny Jackson (Kaw)
  9. Zach Osborne (KTM)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Matt Goerke grabbed the holeshot for the start of the second Lites heat race. He was followed closely by Yamaha mounted Tucker Hibbert, though, and before the end of the first lap, Hibbert took over the lead. From there, the part-time Snowcross racer never looked back, as he turned in a flawless performance. Behind him, Goerke’s teammate Ryan Morais made a move into second while Team Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey held strong in third. As the race continued, Dungey began to pick up his pace and made his way into second. By the time the checkered flag flew, the young Suzuki rider was close enough to see Hibbert in first, but ran out of time to fully catch him. Hibbert took the win—his first heat race victory this season—followed by Dungey in second, and Goerke third. Morais finished fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. Tucker Hibbert (Yam)
  2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  3. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  4. Ryan Morais (Yam)
  5. Matt Boni (Kaw)
  6. Kelly Smith (Suz)
  7. Fred Karrie (Suz)
  8. Eric Nye (KTM)
  9. Cory Green (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

This heat race was all about Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed, as the Australian rider took the holeshot and never looked back. Behind him, Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham held strong in second until crashing on the second lap and dropping out of the race. After that, Team Honda’s Andrew Short took over second, while Team Yamaha’s Grant Langston sat comfortably in third, with Team Xyience/MDK/Honda’s David Vuillemin fourth. From there, thrunning order never changed much, as the top riders took the checkered flag in that order. By the end of the race, Reed’s lead grew to nearly five seconds over Short.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed (Yam)
  2. Andrew Short (Hon)
  3. Grant Langston (Yam)
  4. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  5. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  6. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  7. Josh Demuth (Kaw)
  8. Brock Sellards (Hon)
  9. Cole Seibler (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

The start of this race saw Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco take the holeshot. Before the end of the first lap, however, Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart caught up and took over the lead after getting off the gate in third. From there—much like Reed in the first heat—Stewart ran away from the field. Behind him, Tedesco held strong in second, while Stewart’s teammate Tim Ferry was in command of the third position. Except for the positions that were swapped on the opening lap, not much changed throughout the race, as Stewart took yet another heat race win. Tedesco finished close behind, while Ferry completed the podium.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  3. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  4. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  5. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  6. Josh Summey (Hon)
  7. Joe Oehlhof (Kaw)
  8. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
  9. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

After some bad luck in their heat races, Team Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi and Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Billy Laninovich found themselves in the LCQ. And while it would have been a good bet to think the two of them would be battling for the win, it wasn’t the case. Team Star Racing/Yamaha’s Broc Tickle jumped out to the early lead and never made a mistake on his way to the win. Laninovich and Alessi remained in second and third respectively for the entire race, as neither one of them could catch the speedy Tickle.

RESULTS:

  1. Broc Tickle (Yam)
  2. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  3. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  4. Travis Sewell (Suz)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Team Tamer Kawasaki’s Eric Sorby led this race from the drop of the gate to the finish. Behind him the action wasn’t too exciting, as Team Cernic’s/Kawasaki’s Jeff Gibson held down a comfortable second while Team Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis gave it his all to try and catch the Kawasaki rider. Also in this race was Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham. Unfortunately for Windham, however, a bad start didn’t allow him to finish in a qualifying position, as he finished fourth.

When the checkered flag flew, Sorby finished over a second ahead of Gibson, while Lewis finished third—just outside of a qualifying position.

RESULTS:

  1. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
  2. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN

As the screaming pack of Lites riders raced towards the first turn, it was Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley taking the Progressive Direct Holeshot award, but was quickly overtaken by his teammate Darcy Lange. Behind the top two was Ryan Dungey, and Sean Hackley, respectively. Before the end of the first lap, however, Hackley dropped out of the hunt, while Dungey made a move past Townley for second, and began to focus on Lange out front.

On the third lap, after battling briefly with Lange, Dungey made a pass stick and took over the lead. From there, it appeared to be Dungey’s race to lose as he motored away from Lange and Townley. At about the halfway point, however, Dungey fell over in a tricky rutted turn following the finish line double. The mistake allowed Townley and Lange to get by, it also gave Townley the opportunity to sneak by Lange and take over the lead. After that, the top-three running order didn’t change much. Townley continued to hold down a steady distance between himself and Lange, while Lange did the same with Dungey.

Behind the lead trio, a battle took place for fourth place between Ryan Morais and Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn. For the first six laps, Hahn held down fourth, but on the seventh lap, Morais managed to work his way around the Honda rider. From there, Morais pulled out to a comfortable gap.

When the 15 laps concluded, Townley had his third win of the season. Lange finished second, while Dungey completed the podium. Morais held on to take fourth, and with it, retained a slim points lead heading into the final round of the series.

RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  2. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  3. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  4. Ryan Morais (Yam)
  5. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  6. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  7. Branden Jessemen (Yam)
  8. Kelly Smith (Suz)
  9. Broc Tickle (Yam)
  10. Tucker Hibbert (Yam)
  11. Robert Kiniry (Kaw)
  12. Matt Boni (Kaw)
  13. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  14. Zach Osborne (KTM)
  15. Jeff Alessi (KTM)
  16. Sean Hackley (Yam)
  17. Fred Karrle (Suz)
  18. Travis Sewell (Suz)
  19. Ronny Jackson (Kaw)
  20. Corry Green (Hon)
  21. Eric Nye (KTM)
  22. Mike Alessi (KTM)

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST COAST SERIES POINTS STANDING (After 6 of 7 rounds):

  1. Ryan Morais (114)
  2. Ben Townley (111/3 wins)
  3. Darcy Lange (106)
  4. Branden Jessemen (88/1 win)
  5. Matt Goerke (83)
  6. Ryan Dungey (73/2 wins)
  7. Mike Alessi (71)
  8. Justin Brayton (68)
  9. Billy Laninovich (67)
  10. Tommy Hahn (64)
  11. Jeff Alessi (54)
  12. Broc Tickle (47)
  13. Robert Kiniry (44)
  14. Matt Boni (41)
  15. Kelly Smith (38)
  16. Tucker Hibbert (38)
  17. Ryan Sipes (37)
  18. Zach Osborne (36)
  19. Ricky Renner (34)
  20. Greg Schnell (14)

SUPERCROSS MAIN

The start of this race saw holeshot artist Chad Reed round the first turn in the lead; however, he was quickly overtaken by Team Honda’s Andrew Short. Before the first lap was over, James Stewart moved around Reed as well, and began to chase down Short up front.

By the end of the third lap, Stewart had taken over the lead and was followed by Reed in second, while Short continued to hold down third. From there, Stewart opened up a comfortable gap over Reed, while Short began to feel pressure from his teammate Davi Millsaps. Behind both of them, Stewart’s teammate Tim Ferry began to put on a charge for the podium.

Just before the end of the sixth lap, Millsaps passed Short for third, while Ferry also moved around Andrew to take over fourth. As the laps continued to wind down, Ferry continued to make up time on Millsaps. At the halfway point, Ferry made his move into third, and after that, the top-five running order remained the same. As the race approached the end, though, Reed appeared to pick up his pace, and quickly closed the gap between him and Stewart up front. On the last lap, only a few bike lengths separated the two riders, but Stewart crossed the finish line first while pointing back at Reed. Ferry finished second, while Millsaps was fourth, and Short fifth.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  4. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  5. Andrew Short (Hon)
  6. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  7. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  8. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  9. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  10. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  11. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)
  12. Joe Oehlhof (Kaw)
  13. Brock Sellards (Hon)
  14. Grant Langston (Yam)
  15. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)

    Behind the lead trio, a battle took place for fourth place between Ryan Morais and Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn. For the first six laps, Hahn held down fourth, but on the seventh lap, Morais managed to work his way around the Honda rider. From there, Morais pulled out to a comfortable gap.

    When the 15 laps concluded, Townley had his third win of the season. Lange finished second, while Dungey completed the podium. Morais held on to take fourth, and with it, retained a slim points lead heading into the final round of the series.

    RESULTS:

    1. Ben Townley (Kaw)
    2. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
    3. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
    4. Ryan Morais (Yam)
    5. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
    6. Matt Goerke (Yam)
    7. Branden Jessemen (Yam)
    8. Kelly Smith (Suz)
    9. Broc Tickle (Yam)
    10. Tucker Hibbert (Yam)
    11. Robert Kiniry (Kaw)
    12. Matt Boni (Kaw)
    13. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
    14. Zach Osborne (KTM)
    15. Jeff Alessi (KTM)
    16. Sean Hackley (Yam)
    17. Fred Karrle (Suz)
    18. Travis Sewell (Suz)
    19. Ronny Jackson (Kaw)
    20. Corry Green (Hon)
    21. Eric Nye (KTM)
    22. Mike Alessi (KTM)

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST COAST SERIES POINTS STANDING (After 6 of 7 rounds):

    1. Ryan Morais (114)
    2. Ben Townley (111/3 wins)
    3. Darcy Lange (106)
    4. Branden Jessemen (88/1 win)
    5. Matt Goerke (83)
    6. Ryan Dungey (73/2 wins)
    7. Mike Alessi (71)
    8. Justin Brayton (68)
    9. Billy Laninovich (67)
    10. Tommy Hahn (64)
    11. Jeff Alessi (54)
    12. Broc Tickle (47)
    13. Robert Kiniry (44)
    14. Matt Boni (41)
    15. Kelly Smith (38)
    16. Tucker Hibbert (38)
    17. Ryan Sipes (37)
    18. Zach Osborne (36)
    19. Ricky Renner (34)
    20. Greg Schnell (14)

    SUPERCROSS MAIN

    The start of this race saw holeshot artist Chad Reed round the first turn in the lead; however, he was quickly overtaken by Team Honda’s Andrew Short. Before the first lap was over, James Stewart moved around Reed as well, and began to chase down Short up front.

    By the end of the third lap, Stewart had taken over the lead and was followed by Reed in second, while Short continued to hold down third. From there, Stewart opened up a comfortable gap over Reed, while Short began to feel pressure from his teammate Davi Millsaps. Behind both of them, Stewart’s teammate Tim Ferry began to put on a charge for the podium.

    Just before the end of the sixth lap, Millsaps passed Short for third, while Ferry also moved around Andrew to take over fourth. As the laps continued to wind down, Ferry continued to make up time on Millsaps. At the halfway point, Ferry made his move into third, and after that, the top-five running order remained the same. As the race approached the end, though, Reed appeared to pick up his pace, and quickly closed the gap between him and Stewart up front. On the last lap, only a few bike lengths separated the two riders, but Stewart crossed the finish line first while pointing back at Reed. Ferry finished second, while Millsaps was fourth, and Short fifth.

    RESULTS:

    1. James Stewart (Kaw)
    2. Chad Reed (Yam)
    3. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
    4. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
    5. Andrew Short (Hon)
    6. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    7. Michael Byrne (Suz)
    8. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
    9. David Vuillemin (Hon)
    10. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
    11. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)
    12. Joe Oehlhof (Kaw)
    13. Brock Sellards (Hon)
    14. Grant Langston (Yam)
    15. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
    16. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
    17. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
    18. Cole Seibler (Hon)
    19. Josh Demuth (Kaw)
    20. Josh Summey (Hon)
    21. Jason Thomas (Hon)

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES POINTS STANDINGS (After 13 of 16 rounds):

    1. James Stewart (310/10 wins)
    2. Chad Reed (275/1 win)
    3. Tim Ferry (223)
    4. Kevin Windham (182)
    5. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
    6. Ivan Tedesco (158)
    7. Michael Byrne (158)
    8. David Vuillemin (154)
    9. Heath Voss (134)
    10. Paul Carpenter (113)
    11. Travis Preston (98)
    12. Jeff Gibson (94)
    13. Nick Wey (80)
    14. Josh Summey (68)
    15. Nathan Ramsey (67)
    16. Davi Millsaps (55)
    17. Grant Langston (55)
    18. Eric Sorby (54)
    19. Cole Seibler (51)
    20. Tyler Evans (47)
    21. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
    22. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
    23. Cole Seibler (Hon)
    24. Josh Demuth (Kaw)
    25. Josh Summey (Hon)
    26. Jason Thomas (Hon)

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES POINTS STANDINGS (After 13 of 16 rounds):

    1. James Stewart (310/10 wins)
    2. Chad Reed (275/1 win)
    3. Tim Ferry (223)
    4. Kevin Windham (182)
    5. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
    6. Ivan Tedesco (158)
    7. Michael Byrne (158)
    8. David Vuillemin (154)
    9. Heath Voss (134)
    10. Paul Carpenter (113)
    11. Travis Preston (98)
    12. Jeff Gibson (94)
    13. Nick Wey (80)
    14. Josh Summey (68)
    15. Nathan Ramsey (67)
    16. Davi Millsaps (55)
    17. Grant Langston (55)
    18. Eric Sorby (54)
    19. Cole Seibler (51)
    20. Tyler Evans (47)