Race Report: High Point
2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF

The AMA Toyota Motocross Championship made the long trip across these great United States for the second round of the series at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, PA. Although the weatherman threatened possible thunderstorms all weekend, the weather held up and allowed for some great racing out on the track. And by the time is was all over, and the fans were filing away from the track, Josh Grant was the overall winner in the Lites class, and Ricky Carmichael was victorious once again in the premiere class. Read on for the details…

LITES MOTO ONE

Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey jumped off the gate faster than the other 39 Lites riders at the start of moto number one. But Dungey’s lead didn’t last very long, as Sobe No Fear/Samsung/Honda’s Josh Grant moved into the top spot a few turns into the race. At the end of the opening lap, the top five consisted of Josh Grant, Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, Jason Lawrence, and Bob Kiniry.

Crossing the finish line in dead last on lap one was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Ben Townley. At the start of the moto Townley went down less than 50 yards from the starting gate, and had to pull into mechanics row to have his front tire swapped out after losing some spokes to another rider’s foot peg.

Just a few exciting laps into the race, Josh Grant started to open a comfortable lead on the rest of the field, and although there was still plenty of action going on behind him, would never face a serious challenge as he rode to the eventual win.

As the race wore on, the suspense in the air thickened as a J-law/Villopoto battle for third place began to shape up. With a little over five minutes to go, Ryan Villopoto was closing on Jason Lawrence in third, and began to press harder as he attempted to setup for a pass. At about this same time, both Lawrence and Villopoto made it past Ryan Dungey, and then with just two laps left in the moto, Villopoto caught up to Lawrence, and made an outside pass in the slow right-hand hairpin turn at the center of the track. Villopoto made his pass stick and finished in second place, followed by Lawrence in third.

Amazingly, Townley rode back from his dead last start, to finish in tenth place.

RESULTS:

  1. Josh Grant
  2. Ryan Villopoto
  3. Jason Lawrence
  4. Ryan Dungey
  5. Jake Weimer
  6. Tommy Hahn
  7. Josh Hill
  8. Robert Kiniry
  9. Broc Tickle
  10. Ben Townley

MX MOTO ONE

Not to be outdone by the great Lites action, the MX class also turned in some memorable racing in moto number one. Not surprisingly, most of the excitement came at the front of the pack as Ricky Carmichael chased down James Stewart for the eventual moto win.

The race started with a holeshot by Honda’s Davi Millsaps, who was followed closely by Mike Alessi. But as the pack headed towards the “tunnel jump” just two turns into the moto, Mike Alessi ran off the track and had to deal with what — from where we were standing — looked like a loose gas cap. By the time Mike got going again he was towards the back of the pack, but would go on to finish eleventh in the moto.

Out front, Millsaps was holding off a charging James Stewart, and Ricky Carmichael was sitting in about fifth place on the opening lap. Stewart made it past Davi for the lead on lap number two, and Ricky Carmichael — who was in fourth at the time — tipped over on the same lap, but just two laps later made it past Andrew Short and Davi Millsaps to move into second place — about six seconds behind Stewart.

Once we had #7 and #4 out front, the crowd started cheering wildly as the two flat out flew around the track. RC started to make up time on James in part by turning the “tunnel jump” — which everyone else was scrubbing — into a very challenging double. After a f laps, Stewart also started doing the tricky jump, and looked like he might be able to hold of Carmichael. But with just a handful of laps left in the moto, Stewart got a little sideways after jumping the step-down double that he had crashed over last year, and gave Carmichael a chance to get right on his tail.

Less than half a lap later, RC and Bubba were side-by-side through the downhill rhythm section, and another quarter of a lap further down the track, Ricky made the move into first with an outside pass on the big downhill section.

Stewart hung with RC for a little while, but by the time the 2-card came out, RC had about a three second lead over the Monster Energy/Kawasaki rider, and was able to hang on for the win.

Behind all the excitement out front, Tim Ferry quietly made his way by Millsaps and Short to finish in third place.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. James Stewart
  3. Tim Ferry
  4. Davi Millsaps
  5. Andrew Short
  6. Kevin Windham
  7. Grant Langston
  8. Michael Byrne
  9. David Vuillemin
  10. Josh Summey

LITES MOTO TWO

Josh Grant grabbed the holeshot at the start of Lites moto two, followed by Ryan Dungey and Ben Townley. Townley had already demonstrated his passing skills with his last-to-tenth performance in moto one, and he immediately put them on display again in moto two; passing Dungey on lap one, and getting by Josh Grant for the lead on lap number two.

At the end of lap two the top-five running order consisted of Townley, Grant, Villopoto, Dungey, Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill, and Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Kyle Cunningham. From that point, Townley basically checked out and rode away with the moto win. However, despite Townley’s manhandling of the rest of the class, the race was far from over; Ryan Villopoto and Josh Grant still had to decide the overall winner.

Although Villopoto got by Grant for second place on lap seven, if Josh could hang on to finish behind Villopoto, the overall victory would be his, but Ryan Dungey didn’t make it easy. About twenty minutes into the race, Dungey started to move within striking distance of Grant, who perhaps feeling the heat from the #62 RM-Z250, seemed to turn it up a notch and put some space between himself and RD.

In the end it was Townley out front, followed by Villopoto, Grant, Dungey, and Tommy Hahn. Jason Lawrence battled back form a 17th place start to finish in sixth place in the moto.

With their close finish in the moto, Grant and Villopoto finished first and second overall, respectively, followed by an impressive Ben Townley with the third place trophy.

RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley
  2. Ryan Villopoto
  3. Josh Grant
  4. Ryan Dungey
  5. Tommy Hahn
  6. Jason Lawrence
  7. Jake Weimer
  8. Broc Tickle
  9. Matt Goerke
  10. Josh Hill

LITES OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Josh Grant 1-3
  2. Ryan Villopoto 2-2
  3. Ben Townley 10-1
  4. Ryan Dungey 4-4
  5. Jason Lawrence 3-6
  6. Tommy Hahn 6-5
  7. Jake Weimer 5-7
  8. Broc Tickle 9-8
  9. Josh Hill 7-10
  10. Matt Goerke 12-9
  11. Andrew McFarlane 14-11
  12. Matt Lemoine 11-17
  13. Kelly Smith 15-14
  14. Ryan Morais 13-16
  15. Robert Kiniry 8-32
  16. Kyle Chisholm 19-13
  17. Billy Laninovich 36-12
  18. Dusty Klatt 25-15
  19. Daniel Sani 18-18
  20. Joaquim Rodrigues 16-26

LITES SEASON STANDINGS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (91 points)
  2. Ben Townley (83/1 win)
  3. Josh Grant (78/1 win)
  4. Ryan Dungey (76)
  5. Jason Lawrence (67)
  6. Tommy Hahn (59)
  7. Broc Tickle (52)
  8. Jake Weimer (48)
  9. Josh Hill (36)
  10. Matt Goerke (33)
  11. Brett Metcalfe (32)
  12. Matt Lemoine (22)
  13. Andrew McFarlane (21)
  14. Martin Davalos (20)
  15. Matt Boni (17)
  16. Kyle Chisholm (17)
  17. Dusty Klatt (16)
  18. Joaquim Rodrigues (15)
  19. Kelly Smith (14)
  20. Robert Kiniry (13)

MX MOTO TWO

Surprise, surprise… The #118 CRF450R of Davi Millsaps was out front with the holeshot — again — at the start of moto two, but Ricky Carmichael wasted no time moving around Millsaps to take the lead. As is so often the case, once out front, RC was gone with a capitol “G.” In classic Ricky fashion — and demonstrating why he is clearly the G.O.A.T. — Carmichael rode home to the dominant victory; leading Stewart in second place by as much as 25 seconds late in the race.

Millsaps yielded second place to Stewart on lap two, but held on for third place in the moto and in the overall results. Davi’s Factory Honda teammate, Andrew Short, rode solid early in the moto; holding onto fifth place until lap eight, when Tim Ferry passed him. Shorty gave up another spot to Yamaha’s Grant Langston three laps later. From there, the top five of Carmichael, Stewart, Millsaps, Ferry, and Langston settled into their paces all the way to the checkered flag.

RESULTS:

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

MX OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael 1-1
  2. James Stewart 2-2
  3. Davi Millsaps 4-3
  4. Tim Ferry 3-4
  5. Andrew Short 5-6
  6. Grant Langston 7-5
  7. Kevin Windham 6-7
  8. Michael Byrne 8-9
  9. Mike Alessi 11-8
  10. David Vuillemin 9-10
  11. Gavin Gracyk 12-12
  12. Jason Thomas 13-13
  13. Cole Siebler 14-14
  14. Nick Wey 18-11
  15. Adam Chatfield 16-15
  16. Josh Summey 10-34
  17. Jeff Alessi 15-22
  18. Ryan Clark 21-16
  19. Barry Carsten 22-17
  20. Doug Dehaan 20-18

MX SEASON STANDINGS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (97 points/2 wins)
  2. James Stewart (87)
  3. Tim Ferry (78)
  4. Davi Millsaps (76)
  5. Grant Langston (61)
  6. Kevin Windham (59)
  7. Andrew Short (59)
  8. Mike Alessi (50)
  9. Michael Byrne (48)
  10. David Vuillemin (43)
  11. Jeff Alessi (26)
  12. Gavin Gracyk (25)
  13. Jason Thomas (24)
  14. Ryan Clark (23)
  15. Cole Siebler (22)
  16. Antonio Balbi (18)
  17. Nick Wey (17)
  18. Adam Chatfield (16)
  19. Kyle Lewis (14)
  20. Josh Summey (11)

oc Tickle (52)

  • Jake Weimer (48)
  • Josh Hill (36)
  • Matt Goerke (33)
  • Brett Metcalfe (32)
  • Matt Lemoine (22)
  • Andrew McFarlane (21)
  • Martin Davalos (20)
  • Matt Boni (17)
  • Kyle Chisholm (17)
  • Dusty Klatt (16)
  • Joaquim Rodrigues (15)
  • Kelly Smith (14)
  • Robert Kiniry (13)
  • MX MOTO TWO

    Surprise, surprise… The #118 CRF450R of Davi Millsaps was out front with the holeshot — again — at the start of moto two, but Ricky Carmichael wasted no time moving around Millsaps to take the lead. As is so often the case, once out front, RC was gone with a capitol “G.” In classic Ricky fashion — and demonstrating why he is clearly the G.O.A.T. — Carmichael rode home to the dominant victory; leading Stewart in second place by as much as 25 seconds late in the race.

    Millsaps yielded second place to Stewart on lap two, but held on for third place in the moto and in the overall results. Davi’s Factory Honda teammate, Andrew Short, rode solid early in the moto; holding onto fifth place until lap eight, when Tim Ferry passed him. Shorty gave up another spot to Yamaha’s Grant Langston three laps later. From there, the top five of Carmichael, Stewart, Millsaps, Ferry, and Langston settled into their paces all the way to the checkered flag.

    RESULTS:

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

    MX OVERALL RESULTS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael 1-1
    2. James Stewart 2-2
    3. Davi Millsaps 4-3
    4. Tim Ferry 3-4
    5. Andrew Short 5-6
    6. Grant Langston 7-5
    7. Kevin Windham 6-7
    8. Michael Byrne 8-9
    9. Mike Alessi 11-8
    10. David Vuillemin 9-10
    11. Gavin Gracyk 12-12
    12. Jason Thomas 13-13
    13. Cole Siebler 14-14
    14. Nick Wey 18-11
    15. Adam Chatfield 16-15
    16. Josh Summey 10-34
    17. Jeff Alessi 15-22
    18. Ryan Clark 21-16
    19. Barry Carsten 22-17
    20. Doug Dehaan 20-18

    MX SEASON STANDINGS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (97 points/2 wins)
    2. James Stewart (87)
    3. Tim Ferry (78)
    4. Davi Millsaps (76)
    5. Grant Langston (61)
    6. Kevin Windham (59)
    7. Andrew Short (59)
    8. Mike Alessi (50)
    9. Michael Byrne (48)
    10. David Vuillemin (43)
    11. Jeff Alessi (26)
    12. Gavin Gracyk (25)
    13. Jason Thomas (24)
    14. Ryan Clark (23)
    15. Cole Siebler (22)
    16. Antonio Balbi (18)
    17. Nick Wey (17)
    18. Adam Chatfield (16)
    19. Kyle Lewis (14)
    20. Josh Summey (11)