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

Perfect weather greeted thousands of fans as they flocked to the historic Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, to witness some insane Supercross action this Friday. In what was to be Ricky Carmichael’s final race at the venue, many people were looking for him to add another victory to his already record setting five at the rough track. As it turned out, however, his on-track rival James Stewart turned an excellent start into a lead that RC could not overcome. And by the end of the grueling race, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider crossed the finish line with a comfortable margin to spare over the soon-to-be retired Carmichael. The win marked Stewart’s first Supercross Class win at Daytona and padded his growing points lead in the AMA Supercross Championship.

In the Supercross Lites class, it was yet again another exceptional weekend for the powerful Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad, as last week’s winner Ben Townley took his first ever Daytona victory. The win was also important to the former World Champ, as it moved him up significantly in the series points standings—he now sits in third, just six points down from first.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

When the gate dropped and the pack raced to the first turn, it was Team Motoworldracing.com/Yamaha’s Branden Jesseman with the holeshot, followed closely by Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Ryan Sipes; however, it didn’t take long before Sipes took over the lead and began to check out. As the race continued, the front running order didn’t change much, as Star Racing/Yamaha’s rookie racer Broc Tickle held down a comfortable third behind Sipes and Jesseman, but ahead of a battling duo of Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy teammates. Both Matt Goerke and Ryan Morais swapped the fourth-place position behind Tickle numerous times throughout the race. At the finish, Sipes crossed the line first followed by Jesseman, Tickle, Goerke, and Morais, respectively.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Sipes (Hon)
  2. Branden Jessemen (Yam)
  3. Broc Tickle (Yam)
  4. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  5. Ryan Morais (Yam)
  6. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  7. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  8. Matt Boni (Kaw)
  9. Ricky Renner (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

The start of the second race of the night saw Team Motosport Outlet/Kawasaki’s Bobby Kiniry take the early lead followed by Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn. The start, though, claimed numerous top riders, as Team Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Billy Laninovich, and Team Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi all went down in first turn incidents.

As the laps continued to tick away, Hahn moved past Kiniry to take over first, while Kelly Smith moved into the third position. Meanwhile, all three of the riders that went down in the first turn were frantically attempting to make up enough time to move into a qualifying position. By the end of the race, Hahn had a comfortable lead and crossed the line ahead of Kiniry in second and Smith in third. Of the three riders that went down in the first turn, only Alessi worked up to a qualifying position in eighth.

RESULTS:

  1. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  2. Bobby Kiniry (Kaw)
  3. Kelly Smith (Suz)
  4. Jeff Alessi (KTM)
  5. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  6. William Browning (Suz)
  7. Kyle Tobin (Yam)
  8. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  9. Tucker Hibbert (Yam)

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

Team Moto XXX’s holeshot artist Kyle Lewis rounded the first turn in the lead just ahead of Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco and Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart. It didn’t take long, though, for both Tedesco and Stewart to find their way around the veteran racer, as both of them did so only a few turns into the race. Meanwhile, Tedesco’s teammate Ricky Carmichael was sy picking himself up off the ground in the first turn after his front wheel washed out, causing him to go down.

In only a few laps, Stewart opened up a commanding lead over Tedesco. Behind Hot Sauce, Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham held down the third position, but at just past the halfway point in the race, a hard-charging Carmichael caught him and began to apply pressure. Fortunately for Windham, however, RC just couldn’t find a way around. When the checkers flew, Stewart cross the line nearly 24 seconds ahead of Tedesco. Windham completed the podium, while Carmichael had to settle for fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  4. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  5. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  6. Travis Preston (Hon)
  7. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  8. Jacob Saylor (Hon)
  9. Heath Voss (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

The holeshot of this race went to Team Tamer/Kawasaki’s Eric Sorby followed by Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry and Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed. In about one lap, though, Reed passed both riders in front of him and began to open up a comfortable lead. From there, not much changed, as Reed appeared to cruise in for the win. Ferry finished second while the holeshot winner Sorby finished third.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed (Yam)
  2. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  3. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
  4. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  5. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  6. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  7. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  8. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
  9. Grant Langston (Yam)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

The line for this race could have very well been for the main event, as many top riders had yet to qualify. When the gate hit the soft Daytona soil though, it was Team Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Andrew McFarlane taking the holeshot ahead of Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Billy Laninovich and the rest of the field. Billy made quick work of the Suzuki rider and moved into the lead never to be challenged again for the remainder of the race. Behind him, McFarlane battled with Honda privateer Greg Schnell, however, Schnell got the best of McFarlane and moved into second. When the checkered flag came out, Laninovich took the win followed by an impressive Schnell, while McFarlane completed the podium.

RESULTS:

  1. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  2. Greg Schnell (Hon)
  3. Andrew McFarlane (Suz)
  4. Robert Marshall (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

For as short as this race was, there certainly was a lot of action. Brandon Butler aboard his BTO Motosports Honda took the holeshot, but was quickly passed and dropped back. With that, Team Tamer Kawasaki’s Jacob Marsack took over the lead. Meanwhile behind him, a battle waged for the final transfer position between Team Moto XXX’s Josh Summey and Team Cernic’s Racing/Kawasaki’s Jeff Gibson and Paul Carpenter. The three battled all race long until on the last lap, when it appeared that Carpenter had control of second, Summey took over second, and with it moved on to the main event. Marsack finished first.

RESULTS:

  1. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)
  2. Josh Summey (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN

Once the 30-second board went sideways and the gate dropped, it was on. Team Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Andrew McFarlane took the holeshot, however, he quickly dropped out of the hunt and gave the lead up to Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley while Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn also slipped by. In the beginning, Townley had to hold back Hahn, but after a couple laps, the Kawasaki rider managed to open up a lead over Hahn when the Honda rider made a mistake and began riding tight. Behind the top two, Team Red Bull KTM’s Mike and Jeff Alessi battled briefly for the third spot before Mike managed to move around his brother for third. From there, things didn’t change much, as Townley continued to pull away from Hahn and Alessi. At the finish, Townley crossed the line ahead of Hahn, while Alessi completed the podium. As for his brother Jeff, he finished seventh.

RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  2. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  3. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  4. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  5. Ryan Morais (Yam)
  6. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  7. Jeff Alessi (KTM)
  8. Branden Jesseman (Yam)
  9. Ryan Sipes (Hon)
  10. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  11. Ricky Renner (Hon)
  12. Matt Goerke (yam)
  13. Bobby Kiniry (Kaw)
  14. Matt Boni (Kaw)
  15. Broc Tickle (Yam)
  16. Kyle Tobin (Yam)
  17. Tucker Hibbert (Yam)
  18. Kelly Smith (Suz)
  19. Greg Schnell (Hon)
  20. Robert Marshall (Kaw)
  21. Andrew McFarlane (Suz)
  22. William Browning (Suz)

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST COAST SERIES STANDINGS (After 3 of 7 rounds):

  1. Ryan Morais (56)
  2. Darcy Lange (52)
  3. Ben Townley (50/2 wins)
  4. Matt Goerke (49)
  5. Mike Alessi (38)
  6. Justin Brayton (37)
  7. Ryan Sipes (37)
  8. Jeff Alessi (36)
  9. Billy Laninovich (34)
  10. Branden Jesseman (29)
  11. Ryan Dungey (28/1 win)
  12. Zach Osborne (26)
  13. Tommy Hahn (25)
  14. Robbie Renner (25)
  15. Broc Tickle (22)
  16. Matt Boni (22)
  17. Tucker Hibbert (16)
  18. Bobby Kiniry (15)
  19. Kelly Smith (14)
  20. Kyle Tobin (13)

SUPERCROSS MAIN

With both Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael and Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart on the line, everyone was expecting a race-long battle. Another bad start for Carmichael, however, ended any chance of that, because while Stewart didn’t get the holeshot—that went to Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis for the second time of the night—he did get a good start and moved into the lead after only a few turns. From there, the Kawasaki rider checked out. Behind him, Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham held down second, but it wasn’t for long, as Carmichael took over the position on the fourth lap. Then on lap 10, Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed moved past Windham for third when he blasted down a gnarly whoop section and around K-Dub. After that, things didn’t change much—Stewart’s lead was just too much for RC to eat away at and Reed was too far behind to catch Carmichael. When the checked flag waved, Stewart took the win followed by Carmichael, and Reed.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  5. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  6. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  7. Grant Langston (Yam)
  8. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  9. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  10. Josh Summey (Hon)
  11. Heath Voss (Hon)
  12. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  13. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  14. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  15. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
  16. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  17. Jacob Saylor (Yam)
  18. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
  19. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)
  20. Travis Preston (Hon)

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES (After 10 or 16 rounds):

  1. James Stewart (235/7 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (211/1 win)
  3. Tim Ferry (167)
  4. Kevin Windham (153)
  5. Ricky Carmichael (138/2 wins)
  6. Michael Byrne (123)
  7. Ivan Tedesco (118)
  8. Heath Voss (117)
  9. David Vuillemin (114)
  10. Travis Preston (98)
  11. Paul Carptight. Behind the top two, Team Red Bull KTM’s Mike and Jeff Alessi battled briefly for the third spot before Mike managed to move around his brother for third. From there, things didn’t change much, as Townley continued to pull away from Hahn and Alessi. At the finish, Townley crossed the line ahead of Hahn, while Alessi completed the podium. As for his brother Jeff, he finished seventh.

    RESULTS:

    1. Ben Townley (Kaw)
    2. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
    3. Mike Alessi (KTM)
    4. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
    5. Ryan Morais (Yam)
    6. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
    7. Jeff Alessi (KTM)
    8. Branden Jesseman (Yam)
    9. Ryan Sipes (Hon)
    10. Justin Brayton (Yam)
    11. Ricky Renner (Hon)
    12. Matt Goerke (yam)
    13. Bobby Kiniry (Kaw)
    14. Matt Boni (Kaw)
    15. Broc Tickle (Yam)
    16. Kyle Tobin (Yam)
    17. Tucker Hibbert (Yam)
    18. Kelly Smith (Suz)
    19. Greg Schnell (Hon)
    20. Robert Marshall (Kaw)
    21. Andrew McFarlane (Suz)
    22. William Browning (Suz)

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST COAST SERIES STANDINGS (After 3 of 7 rounds):

    1. Ryan Morais (56)
    2. Darcy Lange (52)
    3. Ben Townley (50/2 wins)
    4. Matt Goerke (49)
    5. Mike Alessi (38)
    6. Justin Brayton (37)
    7. Ryan Sipes (37)
    8. Jeff Alessi (36)
    9. Billy Laninovich (34)
    10. Branden Jesseman (29)
    11. Ryan Dungey (28/1 win)
    12. Zach Osborne (26)
    13. Tommy Hahn (25)
    14. Robbie Renner (25)
    15. Broc Tickle (22)
    16. Matt Boni (22)
    17. Tucker Hibbert (16)
    18. Bobby Kiniry (15)
    19. Kelly Smith (14)
    20. Kyle Tobin (13)

    SUPERCROSS MAIN

    With both Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael and Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart on the line, everyone was expecting a race-long battle. Another bad start for Carmichael, however, ended any chance of that, because while Stewart didn’t get the holeshot—that went to Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis for the second time of the night—he did get a good start and moved into the lead after only a few turns. From there, the Kawasaki rider checked out. Behind him, Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham held down second, but it wasn’t for long, as Carmichael took over the position on the fourth lap. Then on lap 10, Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed moved past Windham for third when he blasted down a gnarly whoop section and around K-Dub. After that, things didn’t change much—Stewart’s lead was just too much for RC to eat away at and Reed was too far behind to catch Carmichael. When the checked flag waved, Stewart took the win followed by Carmichael, and Reed.

    RESULTS:

    1. James Stewart (Kaw)
    2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    3. Chad Reed (Yam)
    4. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
    5. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    6. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
    7. Grant Langston (Yam)
    8. David Vuillemin (Hon)
    9. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
    10. Josh Summey (Hon)
    11. Heath Voss (Hon)
    12. Michael Byrne (Suz)
    13. Ryan Clark (Hon)
    14. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
    15. Kevin Johnson (Yam)
    16. Jason Thomas (Hon)
    17. Jacob Saylor (Yam)
    18. Eric Sorby (Kaw)
    19. Jacob Marsack (Kaw)
    20. Travis Preston (Hon)

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES (After 10 or 16 rounds):

    1. James Stewart (235/7 wins)
    2. Chad Reed (211/1 win)
    3. Tim Ferry (167)
    4. Kevin Windham (153)
    5. Ricky Carmichael (138/2 wins)
    6. Michael Byrne (123)
    7. Ivan Tedesco (118)
    8. Heath Voss (117)
    9. David Vuillemin (114)
    10. Travis Preston (98)
    11. Paul Carpenter (84)
    12. Nick Wey (80)
    13. Jeff Gibson (73)
    14. Nathan Ramsey (67)
    15. Tyler Evans (46)
    16. Josh Summey (45)
    17. Eric Sorby (42)
    18. Manuel Rivas (37)
    19. Cole Siebler (34)
    20. Ryan Clark (31)Carpenter (84)
    21. Nick Wey (80)
    22. Jeff Gibson (73)
    23. Nathan Ramsey (67)
    24. Tyler Evans (46)
    25. Josh Summey (45)
    26. Eric Sorby (42)
    27. Manuel Rivas (37)
    28. Cole Siebler (34)
    29. Ryan Clark (31)