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

The Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series made its annual stop at Indianapolis’ RCA Dome on Saturday, and left in its wake a crowd of fans with little-to-nothing left of their voices after they spent the night screaming as they watched some incredible Supercross racing. By the end of the night, an ecstatic Ryan Dungey had collected his second win of the Supercross Lites East season, and James Stewart—in amazing come-from-behind fashion—had notched win number nine on what is very likely to soon be his championship belt.

LITES HEAT ONE

In Lites Heat number one, last week’s winner, Branden Jesseman, lined up along side Darcy Lange, Ben Townley, and 17 other very fast Lites riders to get the night started. When the gate dropped the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki duo of Lange and Townley were at the front of the pack, but on the second lap a small get-off dropped Townley back in the field, giving Lange a solid lead, with Jesseman, Mike Alessi, Justin Sipes and Kevin Hoge in tow. The top three held their spots to the end, but Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn made his way into fourth on about lap five, and Sipes finished in fifth. Townley was able to finish in the last transfer position to avoid the LCQ.

RESULTS:

  1. Darcy Lange
  2. Branden Jesseman
  3. Mike Alessi
  4. Thomas Hahn
  5. Justin Sipes
  6. Kelly Smith
  7. Broc Tickle
  8. Kevin Hoge
  9. Ben Townley

LITES HEAT TWO

Ryan Dungey had his Makita/Suzuki RM-Z250 at the front of the pack from lap one all the way to the end of Lites Heat number two. By lap three, Zach Ames, Ryan Morais, Matt Goerke, and Justin Brayton rounded out the top-five, but before it was over, Morais, Brayton and Goerke would make it past Ames.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Ryan Morais
  3. Justin Brayton
  4. Matt Goerke
  5. Zach Ames
  6. Matt Boni
  7. Greg Schnell
  8. Zach Osborne
  9. Jimmy Albertson

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

The starting line-up for the first Supercross Heat race was what we had been looking forward to all season long, as Grant Langston and Andrew Short lined up with Chad Reed and the boys. Apparently Factory Yamaha’s Grant Langston has knocked off the last of the post-injury rust, and came into Indy ready to go. A quick jump off the line had GL out front through turn one, but San Manual Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed was hot on his tail.

Langston held onto the lead through the first few laps, but Chad eventually made his move after the first set of whoops, briefly moving into the lead. We say briefly because a bobble over the ensuing step-on-step-off allowed Grant to move back into the top spot. On the next lap, however, Reed passed Langston in the same section and this time was able to make it stick, carrying the lead to the end of the race. About this same time Andrew Short had made his way into the top five, and would finish fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Grant Langston
  3. Timmy Ferry
  4. Andrew Short
  5. Eric Sorby
  6. Jeff Gibson
  7. Josh Summey
  8. Tyler Evans
  9. Brock Sellards

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

As the pack completed lap one of Supercross Heat number two, James Stewart had his Monster Energy/Kawasaki out front, followed by Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps in second. The leaders would hold their positions to the end of the heat race, but behind them, Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne moved into third place on about lap three, pushing Xyience/MDK/Honda’s David Vuillemin into fourth. Windham gradually moved up from about a mid-pack start to finish in fifth place.

RESULTS:

  1. Jes Stewart
  2. Davi Millsaps
  3. Michael Byrne
  4. David Vuillemin
  5. Kevin Windham
  6. Paul Carpenter
  7. Cole Siebler
  8. Keith Johnson
  9. Joe Oehlhof

LITES LCQ

We all know how it works in the LCQ; get a good start, and you will more than likely move on to the main. Unfortunately for Jeff Alessi, he got the good start, but a small crash in the last turn on lap one moved him towards the back of the pack and out of a transfer spot. Motosport/MDK/MSR/Kawasaki’s Robert Kiniry took advantage of the opportunity by holding onto first place and the eventual LCQ win.

RESULTS:

  1. Robert Kiniry
  2. Billy Laninovich
  3. Bradley Ripple
  4. Travis Sewell

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Two crashes in his heat race forced Team Makita/Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco to run the LCQ, and right from the start he showed why he hasn’t had to run one since the mud-fest in San Francisco last year. Hot Sauce kept his RM-Z450 out front throughout the short race. Behind him was Kevin Johnson, who looked like he might face a challenge from Heath Voss, but Voss ran out of laps and finished in third.

RESULTS:

  1. Ivan Tedesco
  2. Kevin Johnson

LITES MAIN EVENT

To be honest, other than a nasty first turn pile-up; the Supercross Lites Main Event wasn’t very exciting. Basically Ryan Dungey rode out front for all 16 laps, followed by Ben Townley and Branden Jesseman. But what made the Lites Main special was seeing Ryan Dungey’s youthful excitement after he secured the win. After a few tough weeks, Ryan was clearly ecstatic to take the win in tonight’s race, and after throwing too many arm pumps for us to count as he crossed the finish line, the rookie found his dad waiting for him by the podium and the two hugged each other in celebration of the win; truly a special moment.

Although the top-three never changed positions, Townley did start to inch closer to Dungey at a few points during the race, but was never able to catch him to pose a serious threat.

Behind the lead dogs, Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Matt Goerke held on to fourth place until lap thirteen, when he was passed by his teammate—and current Lites East points leader—Ryan Morais. On the final two laps, Justin Brayton and Mike Alessi also made it by Goerke.

The turn one crash at the start of the Lites Main seemed like it might lead to yet another red flag, but the track crew was able to clear enough riders off the track to avoid stopping the race. The carnage claimed several victims, but it appeared that Greg Schnell got the worst of it, as he had to be taken off the track in the Asterisk Medical Mule. Also caught up in the wreckage were Tommy Hahn and Darcy Lange. And although he was able to finish the race, the best Darcy could salvage was a ninth-place finish, which means that another consistent performance from Ryan Morais has him holding onto the series points lead.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Ben Townley
  3. Branden Jesseman
  4. Ryan Morais
  5. Justin Brayton
  6. Mike Alessi
  7. Matt Goerke
  8. Tommy Hahn
  9. Darcy Lange
  10. Broc Tickle
  11. Matt Boni
  12. Billy Laninovich
  13. Kelly Smith
  14. Justin Sipes
  15. Robert Kiniry
  16. Jimmy Albertson
  17. Brad Ripple
  18. Zach Osborne
  19. Kevin Hoge
  20. Zach Ames
  21. Travis Sewell
  22. Greg Schnell

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST SERIES STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Morais (96 points)
  2. Ben Townley (86/2 wins)
  3. Darcy Lange (84)
  4. Branden Jesseman (74/1 win)
  5. Mike Alessi (71)
  6. Matt Goerke (68)
  7. Justin Brayton (68)
  8. Billy Laninovich (59)
  9. Ryan Dungey (53/2 wins)
  10. Tommy Hahn (48)
  11. Jeff Alessi (48)
  12. Ryan Sipes (37)
  13. Broc Tickle (35)
  14. Robert Kiniry (34)
  15. Ricky Renner (34)
  16. Matt Boni (32)
  17. Zach Osborne (29)
  18. Tucker Hibbert (27)
  19. Kelly Smith (25)
  20. Greg Schnell (14)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

James Stewart has shown all season long that he is ready to move into the spotlight now that Ricky Carmichael has officially retired from Supercross, and his performance in tonight’s main event was yet another example of just how ready he is. The Indianapolis crowed was on their feet and cheering throughout the entire 20-lap main event, as Stewart hunted down Chad Reed after a poor start left James in nearly last place at the start of the race.

Meanwhile, Chad grabbed a big holeshot to start the main, which had the many Reed fans in the stands thinking they might see #22 steal a win in Indy. But James wasn’t having any of that. Although he started in nearly last place, Stewart crossed the finish line at the end of lap one in 14th. James had already gone to work; and with seemingly every Stewart pass—there were a lot of them—the crowd roared with excitement.

By lap three James was in eighth, and one lap later he was up to fifth. By lap number eight James was already in second place and was starting to close in on Reed. Once in second, it took him about six laps to get within striking distance of Chad, but once James made the pass—with some help from lapped traffic—on the Yamaha pilot, he made it stick.

Behind all the action up front, Tim Ferry, Grant Langston, and Ivan Tedesco quietly rode to solid third, fourth, and fifth place finishes, respectively. Davi Millsaps had his best performance—sixth place—since returning from injury.

RESULTS:

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

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

  1. James Stewart (285 points/9 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (253/1 win)
  3. Tim Ferry (203)
  4. Kevin Windham (167)
  5. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
  6. Ivan Tedesco (152)
  7. Michael Byrne (144)
  8. David Vuillemin (142)
  9. Heath Voss (134)
  10. Paul Carpenter (100)
  11. Travis Preston (98)
  12. Jeff Gibson (83)
  13. Nick Wey (80)
  14. Nathan Ramsey (67)
  15. Josh Summey (67)
  16. Eric Sorby (50)
  17. Grant Langston (48)
  18. Cole Siebler (48)
  19. Tyler Evans (47)
  20. Davi Millsaps (37)
  21. Manuel Rivas (37)

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  • Matt Goerke (68)
  • Justin Brayton (68)
  • Billy Laninovich (59)
  • Ryan Dungey (53/2 wins)
  • Tommy Hahn (48)
  • Jeff Alessi (48)
  • Ryan Sipes (37)
  • Broc Tickle (35)
  • Robert Kiniry (34)
  • Ricky Renner (34)
  • Matt Boni (32)
  • Zach Osborne (29)
  • Tucker Hibbert (27)
  • Kelly Smith (25)
  • Greg Schnell (14)
  • SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

    James Stewart has shown all season long that he is ready to move into the spotlight now that Ricky Carmichael has officially retired from Supercross, and his performance in tonight’s main event was yet another example of just how ready he is. The Indianapolis crowed was on their feet and cheering throughout the entire 20-lap main event, as Stewart hunted down Chad Reed after a poor start left James in nearly last place at the start of the race.

    Meanwhile, Chad grabbed a big holeshot to start the main, which had the many Reed fans in the stands thinking they might see #22 steal a win in Indy. But James wasn’t having any of that. Although he started in nearly last place, Stewart crossed the finish line at the end of lap one in 14th. James had already gone to work; and with seemingly every Stewart pass—there were a lot of them—the crowd roared with excitement.

    By lap three James was in eighth, and one lap later he was up to fifth. By lap number eight James was already in second place and was starting to close in on Reed. Once in second, it took him about six laps to get within striking distance of Chad, but once James made the pass—with some help from lapped traffic—on the Yamaha pilot, he made it stick.

    Behind all the action up front, Tim Ferry, Grant Langston, and Ivan Tedesco quietly rode to solid third, fourth, and fifth place finishes, respectively. Davi Millsaps had his best performance—sixth place—since returning from injury.

    RESULTS:

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

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

    1. James Stewart (285 points/9 wins)
    2. Chad Reed (253/1 win)
    3. Tim Ferry (203)
    4. Kevin Windham (167)
    5. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
    6. Ivan Tedesco (152)
    7. Michael Byrne (144)
    8. David Vuillemin (142)
    9. Heath Voss (134)
    10. Paul Carpenter (100)
    11. Travis Preston (98)
    12. Jeff Gibson (83)
    13. Nick Wey (80)
    14. Nathan Ramsey (67)
    15. Josh Summey (67)
    16. Eric Sorby (50)
    17. Grant Langston (48)
    18. Cole Siebler (48)
    19. Tyler Evans (47)
    20. Davi Millsaps (37)
    21. Manuel Rivas (37)