Race Report: Las Vegas
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

After clinching the championship one week ago in Seattle, Washington, the final round of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series in Las Vegas, Nevada, was more for fun than anything else for Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart. “This is Vegas and it’s all about fun out here,” Stewart said before the race began, “but everyone is going to go out there and give it their best, so I’m going to give it my all for the win.” Once the checkered flag flew at the conclusion of the main event, though, you wouldn’t have even known that the championship was already wrapped up for him, as the Floridian racer rode a near-flawless race to take his 13th win of the season. The win also marked his seventh consecutive win at the venue.

In the Supercross Lites class, mechanical problems took both Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki champions Ben Townley and Ryan Villopoto out of the hunt early in the main event. The win actually went to young rookie Team Makita Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey. With the win — which marked Dungey’s fourth of the year in the Lites class — Dungey was awarded a new Toyota Tundra.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

The start of this race was all about Team Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto as he rocketed out of the first turn in the lead and quickly began to open up a sizeable gap over Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill. Behind them, Villopoto’s teammate Chris Gosselaar, Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Jake Weimer and MB1/Honda’s Kyle Partridge looked to begin battling. It only took one lap before the running order changed slightly, as Weimer made his way around Gosselaar. From there, things seemed to settle down. Villopoto began to pull away even more, while Hill sat in a comfortable second with Weimer third, Gosselaar fourth, Partridge fifth, and Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen sixth. With two laps remaining, Hansen moved into fifth through the whoops before the finish.

When the checkered flag flew, Villopoto crossed the line with a substantial lead over Hill. Weimer completed the podium with Gosselaar fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  2. Josh Hill (Yam)
  3. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  4. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  5. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  6. Josh Grant (Hon)
  7. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  8. Troy Adams (Suz)
  9. Steve Boniface (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

When the pack rounded the turn into the stadium it was Team Motosport Outlet/Kawasaki’s Robert Kiniry with the holeshot followed by Team Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley, Team Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, and Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Matt Goerke. Before the end of the first lap, Townley was right on Kiniry and began pressuring him. As the race continued, Townley finally made a pass on Kiniry through the first rhythm section. Meanwhile, Alessi went over the bars hard at the end of the first whoop section, allowing Goerke to take over third. One lap later, Goerke then took over second, and kept Townley in sight for the remainder of the race. Behind the top two spots, though, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey was quickly moving up, and stole third from Kiniry on the fourth lap.

At the end of the race, Townley took the win ahead of Goerke, with Dungey completing the podium.

RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  2. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  3. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  4. Ryan Morais (Yam)
  5. Branden Jesseman (Yam)
  6. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  7. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  8. Robert Kiniry (Kaw)
  9. Justin Brayton (Yam)

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

As the first Supercross class heat raced into Sam Boyd Stadium, it was Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed with the holeshot followed closely by Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco, Honda-mounted Heath Voss, and Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda Kevin Windham. As the riders continued to click off the laps, Tedesco kept Reed in sight, while Windham began to slowly move up, as he was into third halfway through the second lap. Throughout the race, Tedesco appeared to be matching Reed’s pace, and only remained a few seconds back nearly the entire time. Unfortunately, bad luck struck Tedesco, as he went down with only a few laps remaining. The fall allowed Windham to move into second, while Team Honda’s hard-charging Davi Millsaps took over third. Tedesco dropped all the way back to 10th.

The end of the race saw Reed take the win followed by Windham, Millsaps, and Team Rockstar Suzuki’s Michael Byrne. Tedesco finished just outside a transfer position in 10th.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed (Yam)
  2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  3. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  4. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  5. Heath Voss (Hon)
  6. Keith Johnson (Yam)
  7. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  8. Bryan Johnson (Hon)
  9. Ryan Clark (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

The start of the second Supercross class heat race saw James Stewart take the holeshot followed closely by his teammate Tim Ferry, Honda rider Brock Sellards, and Team Xyience/MDK/Honda’s David Vuillemin. Before the end of the first lap, Stewart already had a relatively large lead over Ferry with Sellards in third, Vuillemin fourth, and Team Honda’s Andrew Short fifth. As the laps continued, Stewart’s lead grew even more, while Short began to work his way up into third just ahead of Vuillemin. Behind those two riders, however, Team Yamaha’s Grant Langston began to put on a charge, as he sat in fifth after suffering from a poor start.

When the checkered flag flew, Stewart crossed the line nearly 18 seconds ahead of Ferry, with Short in third, Vuillemin fourth, and Langston fifth.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)
  3. Andrew Short (Hon)
  4. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  5. Grant Langston (Yam)
  6. Brock Sellards (Hon)
  7. Josh Summey (Hon)
  8. Robbie Reynard (Hon)
  9. Kyle Lewis (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Billy Laninovich took the holeshot at the start of this race followed by Red Bull KTM teammates Jeff Alessi and Martin Davalos, and Team Rockstar Suzuki’s Kelly Smith. By the second lap, Davalos had worked his way up to Laninovich and made a pass for the lead as the riders entered the stadium. Davalos’ turn in the lead didn’t last long, though, as Laninovich stuffed the KTM rider and stole the position back. Behind them, Jason Lawrence had moved up to third with Alessi close behind in fourth. When the checkered flag came out, Laninovich crossed the line just ahead of Lawrence who had passed Davalos just before the finish of the final lap to take over second.

RESULTS:

  1. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  2. Jason Lawrence (Yam)
  3. Martin Davalos (KTM)
  4. Jeff Alessi (KTM)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

When the pack thundered into the stadium it was Suzuki rider Tyler Evans taking the holeshot. Kawasaki privateer Josh Demuth quickly passed him, though, while Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco sat back in fourth. Before the end of the first lap, however, Tedesco had worked his way up to second and began setting his sights on first. It was at this point that the race was red flagged due to a malfunction on the gate caused by a rider jumping the start. The racers were held at the starting line while the gate was fixed.

When the gate dropped for the second time it was Tedesco taking the holeshot, followed by Cernic’s Kawasaki’s Paul Carpenter and Tamer/Kawasaki’s Eric Sorby. By the end of the first lap, Tedesco had already opened up a commanding lead, while Sorby began pressuring Carpenter for the final transfer position. For most of the race, the two riders battled, with the block-passing beginning with a few laps remaining. Sorby block-passed Carpenter, and then threw down a nac-nac over the following triple. On the next lap, Carpenter re-passed Sorby after the whoops, and from there, the two swapped positions a few more times before Carpenter took the final transfer position when the checkered flag flew. Tedesco took the win.

RESULTS:

  1. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  2. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN

The holeshot of this year’s East/West Lites Shootout went to Team Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley, however, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey took over the lead after the first straight. Behind them, Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill held onto third. After crossing the finish line after the first lap, Townley pulled over when his chain derailed. Meanwhile, Townley’s teammate Ryan Villopoto had run into mechanical problems caused during a crash on the first lap, and sat in dead last. Both Townley and Villopoto were unable to finish the race.

Up front, Dungey and Hill began to battle, as Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Jake Weimer held on to third. One lap later, things changed as Hill and Dungey came together just before the finish line. Dungey went over the berm while Hill fell over in the turn. Dungey recovered to remain up front, but Hill couldn’t get his bike started in time and dropped way back in the pack. The incident allowed Weimer to move into second, while Motoworldracing.com/Yamaha’s Branden Jesseman took over third with Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos in fourth. Weimer’s teammate Josh Grant held down fifth.

At the halfway point, Dungey held onto first by just over a second, Weimer was second, with Jesseman third and Davalos fourth. Behind them, Grant, Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn, and Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence battled for fifth. As they battled, the trio began to catch Jesseman. With three laps remaining, Hahn moved past Grant for fifth, while Lawrence passed Grant a few turns later for sixth. After that, Hahn began to close slightly on Jesseman, and on the section outside of the stadium, the Honda rider took over fourth, leaving Jesseman and Lawrence to battle for fifth. On the final lap, Lawrence passed Hahn for fourth.

When the checkered flag flew, Dungey took his fourth win of the season, followed by Weimer, with Davalos completing the podium. Lawrence finished fourth. Hahn finished fifth.

“Its just amazing,” Dungey said on the podium. “We were sitting here watching this time last year; its crazy how far I’ve come in one year. Hard work pays off, and we’re just going to keep at it.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  2. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  3. Martin Davalos (KTM)
  4. Jason Lawrence (Yam)
  5. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  6. Josh Grant (Hon)
  7. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  8. Ryan Morais (Yam)
  9. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  10. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  11. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  12. Branden Jesseman (Yam)
  13. Steve Boniface (Kaw)
  14. Jeff Alessi (KTM)
  15. Troy Adams (Suz)
  16. Robert Kiniry (Kaw)
  17. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  18. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  19. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  20. Josh Hill (Yam)
  21. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  22. Ben Townley (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS MAIN

Decked out in his custom one-off pink Fox gear, Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart took the holeshot, followed by Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed, Timmy Ferry, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco, and Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham. As the field completed the first lap, Stewart and Reed began to slowly pull away from everyone else. Ferry sat in third with Windham moving past Tedesco for fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  2. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN

The holeshot of this year’s East/West Lites Shootout went to Team Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley, however, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey took over the lead after the first straight. Behind them, Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill held onto third. After crossing the finish line after the first lap, Townley pulled over when his chain derailed. Meanwhile, Townley’s teammate Ryan Villopoto had run into mechanical problems caused during a crash on the first lap, and sat in dead last. Both Townley and Villopoto were unable to finish the race.

Up front, Dungey and Hill began to battle, as Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Jake Weimer held on to third. One lap later, things changed as Hill and Dungey came together just before the finish line. Dungey went over the berm while Hill fell over in the turn. Dungey recovered to remain up front, but Hill couldn’t get his bike started in time and dropped way back in the pack. The incident allowed Weimer to move into second, while Motoworldracing.com/Yamaha’s Branden Jesseman took over third with Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos in fourth. Weimer’s teammate Josh Grant held down fifth.

At the halfway point, Dungey held onto first by just over a second, Weimer was second, with Jesseman third and Davalos fourth. Behind them, Grant, Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn, and Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence battled for fifth. As they battled, the trio began to catch Jesseman. With three laps remaining, Hahn moved past Grant for fifth, while Lawrence passed Grant a few turns later for sixth. After that, Hahn began to close slightly on Jesseman, and on the section outside of the stadium, the Honda rider took over fourth, leaving Jesseman and Lawrence to battle for fifth. On the final lap, Lawrence passed Hahn for fourth.

When the checkered flag flew, Dungey took his fourth win of the season, followed by Weimer, with Davalos completing the podium. Lawrence finished fourth. Hahn finished fifth.

“Its just amazing,” Dungey said on the podium. “We were sitting here watching this time last year; its crazy how far I’ve come in one year. Hard work pays off, and we’re just going to keep at it.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  2. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  3. Martin Davalos (KTM)
  4. Jason Lawrence (Yam)
  5. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  6. Josh Grant (Hon)
  7. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  8. Ryan Morais (Yam)
  9. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  10. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  11. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  12. Branden Jesseman (Yam)
  13. Steve Boniface (Kaw)
  14. Jeff Alessi (KTM)
  15. Troy Adams (Suz)
  16. Robert Kiniry (Kaw)
  17. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  18. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
  19. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  20. Josh Hill (Yam)
  21. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  22. Ben Townley (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS MAIN

Decked out in his custom one-off pink Fox gear, Team Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart took the holeshot, followed by Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed, Timmy Ferry, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco, and Team Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham. As the field completed the first lap, Stewart and Reed began to slowly pull away from everyone else. Ferry sat in third with Windham moving past Tedesco for fourth.

Three laps in, Stewart already began to open up a lead over Reed. Behind the top two, Windham started to close on Ferry for third. Meanwhile, Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps went down hard in the difficult whoop section while running eighth; he later got up and walked off the track assisted by medical personnel. A few laps later, Windham had moved into third ahead of Ferry, while Stewart had opened his lead up to nearly 10 seconds over Reed.

At the halfway mark, Stewart sat comfortably out front, with Reed second, Windham third and closing on Reed, Ferry fourth, Tedesco fifth, and Team Honda’s Andrew Short sixth. On lap 11, Windham closed the gap to only a bike length from Reed, and in the whoop section, Windham made a pass on Reed, but the Yamaha rider passed him right back to take over second again. From there, Reed managed to hold Windham off for the remainder of the race. With only four laps remaining, Ferry fell over in the turn before the finish line, handing fourth place to Tedesco, and Ferry dropped back to sixth.

At the finish, Stewart crossed the line with a 15-second lead, Reed finished second, and Windham completed the podium.

“It felt great I was making a great run on Chad, but I had a couple bobbles and he was able to open up the gap between us,” Windham said of his exceptional third-place ride. “Vegas has always been good to me; I love this town and this race.”

“I thought I had that holeshot, but I just went a little too deep into the first turn and James got it,” Reed said on the podium. “I was just struggling in the whoops and James was hauling butt. James rode awesome, and I would like to congratulate him on a great season.”

“I had a perfect 20 laps out there and made no mistakes. Chad was riding good in the beginning, but I just felt like I had really good lines and was able to inch away a little bit,” Stewart said after the race.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  5. Andrew Short (Hon)
  6. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)
  7. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  8. Josh Summey (Hon)
  9. Heath Voss (Hon)
  10. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  11. Brock Sellards (Hon)
  12. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  13. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  14. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  15. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  16. Keith Johnson (Yam)
  17. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  18. Bryan Johnson (Yam)
  19. Grant Langston (Yam)
  20. Robbie Reynard (Hon)
  21. Davi Millsaps (Hon)

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

  1. James Stewart (385/13 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (334/1 win)
  3. Timmy Ferry (276)
  4. Kevin Windham (240)
  5. Ivan Tedesco (197)
  6. David Vuillemin (196)
  7. Michael Byrne (189)
  8. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
  9. Heath Voss (160)
  10. Paul Carpenter (143)
  11. Jeff Gibson (118)
  12. Josh Summey (103)
  13. Travis Preston (98)
  14. Nick Wey (80)
  15. Davi Millsaps (79)
  16. Andrew Short (77)
  17. Nathan Ramsey (67)
  18. Grant Langston (66)
  19. Eric Sorby (57)
  20. Cole Siebler (51)

AMP’D MOBILE WORLD SUPERCROSS GP POINTS (After 17 of 17 rounds):

  1. James Stewart (404/12 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (364/2 wins)
  3. Timmy Ferry (302)
  4. David Vuillemin (240)
  5. Michael Byrne (211)
  6. Ivan Tedesco (206)
  7. Paul Carpenter (194)
  8. Heath Voss (189)
  9. Ricky Carmichael (185/3 wins)
  10. Jeff Gibson (171)
  11. Josh Summey (124)
  12. Travis Preston (122)
  13. Nick Wey (108)
  14. Nathan Ramsey (91)
  15. Jason Thomas (89)
  16. Cole Siebler (81)
  17. Eric Sorby (79)
  18. Tyler Evans (68))
  19. Ryan Clark (67)
  20. Kevin Johnson (65)

ree laps in, Stewart already began to open up a lead over Reed. Behind the top two, Windham started to close on Ferry for third. Meanwhile, Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps went down hard in the difficult whoop section while running eighth; he later got up and walked off the track assisted by medical personnel. A few laps later, Windham had moved into third ahead of Ferry, while Stewart had opened his lead up to nearly 10 seconds over Reed.

At the halfway mark, Stewart sat comfortably out front, with Reed second, Windham third and closing on Reed, Ferry fourth, Tedesco fifth, and Team Honda’s Andrew Short sixth. On lap 11, Windham closed the gap to only a bike length from Reed, and in the whoop section, Windham made a pass on Reed, but the Yamaha rider passed him right back to take over second again. From there, Reed managed to hold Windham off for the remainder of the race. With only four laps remaining, Ferry fell over in the turn before the finish line, handing fourth place to Tedesco, and Ferry dropped back to sixth.

At the finish, Stewart crossed the line with a 15-second lead, Reed finished second, and Windham completed the podium.

“It felt great I was making a great run on Chad, but I had a couple bobbles and he was able to open up the gap between us,” Windham said of his exceptional third-place ride. “Vegas has always been good to me; I love this town and this race.”

“I thought I had that holeshot, but I just went a little too deep into the first turn and James got it,” Reed said on the podium. “I was just struggling in the whoops and James was hauling butt. James rode awesome, and I would like to congratulate him on a great season.”

“I had a perfect 20 laps out there and made no mistakes. Chad was riding good in the beginning, but I just felt like I had really good lines and was able to inch away a little bit,” Stewart said after the race.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  5. Andrew Short (Hon)
  6. Timmy Ferry (Kaw)
  7. David Vuillemin (Hon)
  8. Josh Summey (Hon)
  9. Heath Voss (Hon)
  10. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  11. Brock Sellards (Hon)
  12. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  13. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)
  14. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  15. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  16. Keith Johnson (Yam)
  17. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)
  18. Bryan Johnson (Yam)
  19. Grant Langston (Yam)
  20. Robbie Reynard (Hon)
  21. Davi Millsaps (Hon)

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

  1. James Stewart (385/13 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (334/1 win)
  3. Timmy Ferry (276)
  4. Kevin Windham (240)
  5. Ivan Tedesco (197)
  6. David Vuillemin (196)
  7. Michael Byrne (189)
  8. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
  9. Heath Voss (160)
  10. Paul Carpenter (143)
  11. Jeff Gibson (118)
  12. Josh Summey (103)
  13. Travis Preston (98)
  14. Nick Wey (80)
  15. Davi Millsaps (79)
  16. Andrew Short (77)
  17. Nathan Ramsey (67)
  18. Grant Langston (66)
  19. Eric Sorby (57)
  20. Cole Siebler (51)

AMP’D MOBILE WORLD SUPERCROSS GP POINTS (After 17 of 17 rounds):

  1. James Stewart (404/12 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (364/2 wins)
  3. Timmy Ferry (302)
  4. David Vuillemin (240)
  5. Michael Byrne (211)
  6. Ivan Tedesco (206)
  7. Paul Carpenter (194)
  8. Heath Voss (189)
  9. Ricky Carmichael (185/3 wins)
  10. Jeff Gibson (171)
  11. Josh Summey (124)
  12. Travis Preston (122)
  13. Nick Wey (108)
  14. Nathan Ramsey (91)
  15. Jason Thomas (89)
  16. Cole Siebler (81)
  17. Eric Sorby (79)
  18. Tyler Evans (68)
  19. Ryan Clark (67)
  20. Kevin Johnson (65)

ans (68)

  • Ryan Clark (67)
  • Kevin Johnson (65)