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

After two long weeks off, the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series went back to work on Saturday at Detroit’s Ford Field.

Heading into the weekend, the most anticpated part of the race was the finale of the East Coast Lites Series; Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais was holding a slim three-point lead in the series standings, with the Monster Energy/Kawasaki/Pro Circuit duo of Ben Townley and Darcy Lange hot on his heels. The series was finally decided here in Detroit, when in the last main event of the season Ben Townley secured the championship with a second place finish, ahead of Ryan Morais in fifth.

In the Supercross class there wasn’t quite as much drama, as James Stewart and Chad Reed turned in another one-two finish.

LITES HEAT ONE

Lites Heat One was all about Mike Alessi; the young Red Bull KTM rider piloted his KTM250SX-F to a holeshot to begin the race, and then quickly opened up a sizable lead on the rest of the field. While Mike was cruising to his seemingly easy win, behind him Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey was battling from a less-than-stellar start to eventually move up into second place by the end of the heat race.

RESULTS:

  1. Mike Alessi
  2. Ryan Dungey
  3. Billy Laninovich
  4. Tommy Hahn
  5. Tyler Bright
  6. Robert Kiniry
  7. Jeff Alessi
  8. Ricky Renner
  9. Zach Osborne

LITES HEAT TWO

On the starting gate for Lites Heat number two were all three riders in contention for the championship; Ryan Morais, Ben Townley, and Darcy Lange. Grabbing the holeshot, however, was Rockstar/Suzuki’s Kelly Smith, who quickly relinquished the lead to Lange. Lange and Smith would go on to finish in first and second place, respectively. While behind them, Ryan Morais was holding onto third place, but on about lap three he was passed by Ben Townley, and that is how they would finish the race.

RESULTS:

  1. Darcy Lange
  2. Kelly Smith
  3. Ben Townley
  4. Ryan Morais
  5. Sean Hackley
  6. Broc Tickle
  7. Tucker Hibbert
  8. Fred Karrle
  9. Bradley Ripple

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

With James Stewart and Chad Reed both slated for heat number two, the door was wide open in Supercross Heat one, and Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry wasted no time slamming that door shut on the rest of the field. Timmy made it cleanly through turn one to take the holeshot, and from there, rode home to a comfortable win. Behind Ferry at the start of the race, some first turn carnage held up a few riders, including David Vuillemin, who would have to run the LCQ to make it into the main event.

Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco had to move through some traffic, but found his way into second place by the end of the race. Rounding out the top five was Heath Voss, Sobe No Fear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham, and Team Honda’s Andrew Short.

RESULTS:

  1. Tim Ferry
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Heath Voss
  4. Kevin Windham
  5. Andrew Short
  6. Jason Thomas
  7. Jacob Marsack
  8. Tyler Evans
  9. Joshua Summey

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing’s Chad Reed grabbed the holeshot and early lead to start Supercross Heat Two, with Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Rockstar/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne in tow. Stewart didn’t waste much time, however, as he quickly passed Reed in dramatic fashion as the two riders went over the second big triple.

Stewart held on for the win, with Reed in second; and behind them Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps made it to third place, followed by Byrne and Cernics/Kawasaki’s Paul Carpenter.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. <>Chad Reed

  3. Davi Millsaps
  4. Michael Byrne
  5. Paul Carpenter
  6. Keith Johnson
  7. Brock Sellards
  8. Eric Sorby
  9. Josh Demuth

LITES LCQ

Motosport/Kawasaki’s Matt Boni had the holeshot in the Lites LCQ, and as is so often the case in the short LCQ race, was able to turn that into a win and a spot in the main. Although he started the race a few bikes behind Boni, Branden Jesseman battled his way into second place, and by the end of the race was followed across the finish line by Nathan Skaggs, and Teddy Maeir.

Unfortunately for Yamaha of Troy’s Matt Goerke and MotoWorldRacing.com’s Justin Brayton, they got caught up in separate crashes at the start of the LCQ and were unable to move into a transfer spot.

RESULTS:

  1. Matt Boni
  2. Branden Jesseman
  3. Nathan Skaggs
  4. Teddy Maier

SUPERCROSS LCQ

David Vuillemin led every lap of the Supercross LCQ aboard his Xyience/MDK/Honda CRF450R. Robbie Reynard hung with DV12 throughout the race and secured the final transfer position.

RESULTS:

  1. David Vuillemin
  2. Robbie Reynard

LITES MAIN EVENT

With the heat races and LCQs out of the way, we could finally get down to business with the Lites Main Event that would decide the 2007 Lites East Series Champion. Neither Ryan Morais nor Ben Townley needed to win the race to secure the championship, but with only a three point difference in the standings, Morais needed the finish to be close to bring the number one plate to the Yamaha of Troy team.

Although not in the championship hunt, Ryan Dungey also factored into the race in a big way. The young Minnesota native took the holeshot and went on to lead every lap of the main to earn his third win of the season.

Morais — who has has struggled with his starts this year — was right behind Dungey at the start of the race, with Townley not far behind in fourth. Then, just when things were shaping up for a thrilling championship showdown, Morais ran into trouble; stalling his bike in the far corner of the track on lap number two, dropping him back to tenth place.

Billy Laninovich moved into second place when Morais stalled, followed closely by Townley. And by lap nine, Townley took over second position, and from there wisely rode a smooth and steady pace, knowing that if he could just stay ahead of Morais, the championship was his. Morais put on a valiant effort to capture the championship, clawing all the way to fifth place, but just wasn’t able to catch Townley.

When it was all over, Dungey had his third win of the season; Ben Townley won the title; and Ryan Morais, even though he was undoubtedly overwhelmed with frustration, shook Ben’s hand and congratulated him on his victory.

After the race, Ben told us, “This is the dream that I’ve wanted for a long time. I set out after it and I’ve finally achieved it. It feels every bit as good as I thought it would.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Ben Townley
  3. Tommy Hahn
  4. Billy Laninovich
  5. Ryan Morais
  6. Branden Jesseman
  7. Kelly Smith
  8. Mike Alessi
  9. Matt Boni
  10. Darcy Lange
  11. Robert Kiniry
  12. Zach Osborne
  13. Tucker Hibbert
  14. Teddy Maier
  15. Ricky Renner
  16. Tyler Bright
  17. Broc Tickle

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST SERIES STANDINGS

  1. Ben Townley (133 points/3 wins)
  2. Ryan Morais (130)
  3. Darcy Lange (117)
  4. Branden Jesseman (103/1 win)
  5. Ryan Dungey (98/3 wins)
  6. Billy Laninovich (85)
  7. Tommy Hahn (84)
  8. Mike Alessi (84)
  9. Matt Goerke (83)
  10. Justin Brayton (68)
  11. Jeff Alessi (57)
  12. Robert Kiniry (54)
  13. Matt Boni (53)
  14. Kelly Smith (52)
  15. Broc Tickle (51)
  16. Tucker Hibbert (46)
  17. Zach Osborne (45)
  18. Ricky Renner (40)
  19. Ryan Sipes (37)
  20. Greg Schnell (14)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

At the front of the pack, the Supercross Main Event was rather uneventful; James Stewart and his number seven KX450F led every lap of the main event en route to his eleventh win of the season. Chad Reed, meanwhile, started the race in the sixth place, but eventually made his way through traffic — which included Ivan Tedesco, Heath Voss, Andrew Short, and Tim Ferry — to second place by lap fifteen.

Tim Ferry ran a solid race, holding on to second for most of the twenty laps, and behind him Andrew Short also turned in a strong performance; running in third for the first eight laps, and finishing in fifth. Kevin Windham also ran well in Detroit; starting the race in seventh, but moving up to fourth before the checkered flag waved.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Chad Reed
  3. Tim Ferry
  4. Kevin Windham
  5. Andrew Short
  6. David Vuillemin
  7. Heath Voss
  8. Ivan Tedesco
  9. Paul Carpenter
  10. Jason Thomas
  11. Josh Summey
  12. Jeff Gibson
  13. Keith Johnson
  14. Brock Sellards
  15. Michael Byrne
  16. Jacob Marsack
  17. Josh Demuth
  18. Eric Sorby
  19. Tyler Evans
  20. Robbie Reynard
  21. Davi Millsaps

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

  1. James Stewart (335 points/11 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (297/1 win)
  3. Tim Ferry (243)
  4. Kevin Windham (200)
  5. Ivan Tedesco (171)
  6. David Vuillemin (169)
  7. Michael Byrne (164)
  8. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
  9. Heath Voss (148)
  10. Paul Carpenter (125)
  11. Jeff Gibson (103)
  12. Travis Preston (98)
  13. Nick Wey (80)
  14. Josh Summey (78)
  15. Nathan Ramsey (67)
  16. Eric Sorby (57)
  17. Davi Millsaps (56)
  18. Grant Langston (55)
  19. Cole Siebler (51)
  20. Tyler Evans (49)

4)

  • Matt Goerke (83)
  • Justin Brayton (68)
  • Jeff Alessi (57)
  • Robert Kiniry (54)
  • Matt Boni (53)
  • Kelly Smith (52)
  • Broc Tickle (51)
  • Tucker Hibbert (46)
  • Zach Osborne (45)
  • Ricky Renner (40)
  • Ryan Sipes (37)
  • Greg Schnell (14)
  • SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

    At the front of the pack, the Supercross Main Event was rather uneventful; James Stewart and his number seven KX450F led every lap of the main event en route to his eleventh win of the season. Chad Reed, meanwhile, started the race in the sixth place, but eventually made his way through traffic — which included Ivan Tedesco, Heath Voss, Andrew Short, and Tim Ferry — to second place by lap fifteen.

    Tim Ferry ran a solid race, holding on to second for most of the twenty laps, and behind him Andrew Short also turned in a strong performance; running in third for the first eight laps, and finishing in fifth. Kevin Windham also ran well in Detroit; starting the race in seventh, but moving up to fourth before the checkered flag waved.

    RESULTS:

    1. James Stewart
    2. Chad Reed
    3. Tim Ferry
    4. Kevin Windham
    5. Andrew Short
    6. David Vuillemin
    7. Heath Voss
    8. Ivan Tedesco
    9. Paul Carpenter
    10. Jason Thomas
    11. Josh Summey
    12. Jeff Gibson
    13. Keith Johnson
    14. Brock Sellards
    15. Michael Byrne
    16. Jacob Marsack
    17. Josh Demuth
    18. Eric Sorby
    19. Tyler Evans
    20. Robbie Reynard
    21. Davi Millsaps

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

    1. James Stewart (335 points/11 wins)
    2. Chad Reed (297/1 win)
    3. Tim Ferry (243)
    4. Kevin Windham (200)
    5. Ivan Tedesco (171)
    6. David Vuillemin (169)
    7. Michael Byrne (164)
    8. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
    9. Heath Voss (148)
    10. Paul Carpenter (125)
    11. Jeff Gibson (103)
    12. Travis Preston (98)
    13. Nick Wey (80)
    14. Josh Summey (78)
    15. Nathan Ramsey (67)
    16. Eric Sorby (57)
    17. Davi Millsaps (56)
    18. Grant Langston (55)
    19. Cole Siebler (51)
    20. Tyler Evans (49)