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

The thermometer in the dashboard of our rental car registered a chilly 42 degrees this morning as we headed to Chase Field for the second round of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series in Phoenix, Arizona. The cold weather, however, didn’t seem to bother the Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, who by night’s end would sweep the Lites podium. In the Supercross main event, the crowd of 44,953 was treated to an epic battle between Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael and Monster Kawasaki’s James Stewart after a restart in the red-flagged main event. All in all, it was an exciting night of racing in Phoenix; here’s how it went down…

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

Talk about a stacked starting gate; Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence, and Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant and Jake Weimer were all on the starting line for Lites heat number one. When the gate dropped, Villopoto had his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit KX250F through the first turn ahead of everyone else. Things got a little sketchy right away, however, when several riders, including Yamaha-mounted Chris Blose got tangled up over the big triple. Villopoto came up a little short over the same triple, but was able to hang on, and by lap two was starting to open up his lead over MotoSport/Kawasaki’s Steve Boniface in second, and Honda-mounted Kyle Partridge in third.

At the start of lap four, Grant moved ahead of Partridge into third, when Villopoto, who looked to have the win in hand, crashed in a tricky rhythm section. By the time Ryan restarted his bike and got turned back around facing the right direction on the racetrack, he had fallen towards the back of the pack. Seemingly un-phased, Villopoto turned on the afterburner, and was able to finish in ninth position to avoid having to run the LCQ.

With Villopoto out of the top spot, Steve Boniface was now out front, but he had Grant’s CRF250R Honda nipping at his heals, and in the closing laps of the heat race, Grant momentarily took over the top spot, but was unable to hold on. When it was over, Boniface took the win, followed by Grant, Partridge, Lawrence, and Canadian racer Dusty Klatt rounding out the top-five.

RESULTS:

  1. Steve Boniface
  2. Josh Grant
  3. Kyle Partridge
  4. Jason Lawrence
  5. Dusty Klatt
  6. Troy Adams
  7. Jake Weimer
  8. Justin Keeney
  9. Ryan Villopoto

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

Kyle Cunningham had his Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy YZ250F at the front of the pack to grab the holeshot, but just a few seconds later in turn two, he found himself launching over the tuff blocks after banging bars with Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen. With a clear track ahead of him, Hansen held down first, followed by Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s French import Christophe Pourcel and Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill. They would hold that running order until lap three, when Pourcel and Hansen went back and forth, exchanging the lead three times before Pourcel finally took over the lead—where he eventually finished. On lap four, Hill made it past Hansen to move into second. From there, the running order did not change, as Pourcel took a relatively unchallenged win.

RESULTS:

  1. Christophe Pourcel
  2. Josh Hill
  3. Josh Hansen
  4. Matt Lemoine
  5. Martin Davalos
  6. Dennis Jonon
  7. Michael Lapaglia
  8. Andres Guzman
  9. Richie Owens

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

It was a rather uneventful first heat in the Supercross class. James Stewart came flying off the gate to grab the holeshot, and from there, checked out to take the win by a nine-second interval. Behind James, Xyience/MDK Racing teammates David Vuillemin and Nick Wey fought a clean battle for second, whi included several position changes. By the checkered flag, though, DV held on for second, while Wey and Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco followed close behine. San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/Yamaha’s Chad Reed, who got a poor start, finished fifth when it was done.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. David Vuillemin
  3. Nick Wey
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Chad Reed
  6. Heath Voss
  7. Jeff Dement
  8. Manuel Rivas
  9. Jake Marsack

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

Just like Stewart, Ricky Carmichael took command of his heat race from the holeshot to the finish. For the first lap at least, Kevin Windham aboard his Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda kept Ricky honest, as K-Dub seemed to re-discover some of the speed he was lacking last week in Anaheim. Although he was 10 seconds behind Carmichael, Windham held on for a comfortable second at the finish. The duo was followed across the line by Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne and Windham’s teammate Travis Preston in fourth, respectively.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Kevin Windham
  3. Michael Byrne
  4. Travis Preston
  5. Nathan Ramsey
  6. Tim Ferry
  7. Jeff Gibson
  8. Antonio Balbi
  9. Cole Siebler

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

Chris Gosselaar continued the holeshot-to-win trend we had been seeing all night by starting and finishing the Lites LCQ in first. Behind Little Goose, Hog Haven rider Ryan Grantom, and Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Kyle Cunningham dueled for second. It seemed like Cunningham was still running a little hot after his heat race as he muscled by Grantom to finish in second place. Richardson RV/Team ECC/PPG’s Logan Darien took the final transfer position by finishing behind Grantom in fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. Chris Gosselaar
  2. Kyle Cunningham
  3. Ryan Grantom
  4. Logan Darien

SUPERCROSS LCQ

The Supercross LCQ win went to Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis who was followed by Rene Reyes in second. For the first few laps, it looked like the Kawasaki rider Eric Sorby might challenge Reyes for the last main event transfer spot, but a bobble by Sorby near the mechanics area allowed a lurking BBR/Honda-mounted Jason Thomas to set himself up to take advantage when Reyes later crashed in one of the difficult rhythm sections. When it was over, Lewis and Thomas were the final two riders moving on to the Supercross main event.

RESULTS:

  1. Kyle Lewis
  2. Jason Thomas

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

The $1,000 Progressive Direct holeshot award went into the pocket of Red Bull KTM rider Martin Davalos as he muscled past Ryan Villopoto, who’s failed attempt to go wide into the holeshot left him outside the top-10. Unfortunately for Davalos, his main event lead only lasted about two-and-a-half turns as he yielded the top spot to a hard-charging Christophe Pourcel in turn three. Once the Frenchman got out front, that was all she wrote; Pourcel put on a show as he displayed his MX2 Grand Prix Championship winning speed to take home a seemingly easy win.

Although no one ever challenged Pourcel, the Lites main was far from boring. Further back in the field, Villopoto steadily picked through the pack and took advantage of several crashes to quickly move his KX250F into third. From there the Washington native quickly set his sights on rookie Star Racing/Yamaha rider Matt Lemoine. Perhaps feeling the heat from Villopoto, Lemoine had a small bobble before the finish line on lap eight that forced him to single the finish line double, and hand over second to RV.

Josh Grant, who didn’t start the main last week due to injuries suffered during the A1 timed practice, struggled in the Phoenix main event as he went down twice and eventually pulled off the track for a DNF.

Once Pourcel and Villopoto had first and second seemingly locked up, the crowd started to search through the pack for their Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate, Chris Gosselaar. Sure enough, he was in fourth and starting to gain on Lemoine. Then, with just two laps to go, Gosselaar slid past Lemoine to seal up the all Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Lites podium.

RESULTS:

  1. Christophe Pourcel
  2. Ryan Villopoto
  3. Chris Gosselaar
  4. Matt Lemoine
  5. Steve Boniface
  6. Josh Hansen
  7. Josh Hill
  8. Jason Lawrence
  9. Kyle Cunningham
  10. Martin Davalos
  11. Kyle Partridge
  12. Justin Keeney
  13. Troy Adams
  14. Jake Weimer
  15. Michael Lapaglia
  16. Dennis Jonon
  17. Richie Owens
  18. Ryan Grantom
  19. Dusty Klatt
  20. Andres Guzman
  21. Logan Darien
  22. Josh Grant

AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST STANDINGS:

  1. Christophe Pourcel (47/1 win)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (47/1 win)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (33)
  4. Jason Lawrence (33)
  5. Josh Hansen (33)
  6. Matt Lemoine (32)
  7. Steven Boniface (26)
  8. Jake Weimer (23)
  9. Troy Adams (23)
  10. Kyle Cunningham (20)
  11. Justin Keeney (20)
  12. Josh Hill (16)
  13. Richie Owens (13)
  14. Kyle Chisholm (12)
  15. Martin Davalos (12)
  16. Kyle Partridge (10)
  17. Michael Lapaglia (9)
  18. Dennis Jonon (9)
  19. Adam Chatfield (7)
  20. Cody Mackie (6)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The Supercross main started with a holeshot by Nick Wey, who was quickly passed by James Stewart. RC was back in fifth place and it looked like James might start to put some distance between himself and the number four Suzuki, when just a few laps into the race, the crowd let out a simultaneous gasp as David Vuillemin crashed violently in the same rhythm section that had claimed Ryan Villopoto earlier in the night. DV seemed to be knocked out by the crash as he lay motionless for several seconds. After rushing to his aid, the Asterisk medical crew and AMA officials made the decision to red flag the race. Fortunately, Vuillemin would eventually walk off the track and onto the medical cart under his own power to a roar of cheers from the crowd. Check back in Monday Kickstart for more on how DV12 is doing.

Once the track was cleared, the riders retook their original positions on the starting line for a restart of the main. Under AMA rules, a red flag results in a complete restart of the race, as if the three or four laps that had been completed never happened.

The second time around, the holeshot went to Jeff Dement. But this time, instead of Stewart quickly moving to the front of the pack, it was RC—Stewart was back in about fifth. That running order didn’t last very long, however, as Bubba quickly jumped into second place as the pack went through the third turn. As the race continued, Bubba’s line through the whoops and into turn three proved to be critical.

At this point, RC and James were running a very tight battle and putting distance between themselves and the rest of the field. Stewart was right on RC’s heels, and it seemed that James was faster through the whoops, but for several laps Ricky’s line selection allowed him to hold Stewart at bay. Eventually, though, at roughly the halfway mark through the race, James made a pass on Ricky in turn three, and thanks to his enormous amount of speed through the whoops, good line selection, and some lapped traffic, Stewart was able to hold on for the win. RC was right on his rear fender the whole time.

Behind the two front-runners, Reed was turnstruggled in the Phoenix main event as he went down twice and eventually pulled off the track for a DNF.

Once Pourcel and Villopoto had first and second seemingly locked up, the crowd started to search through the pack for their Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate, Chris Gosselaar. Sure enough, he was in fourth and starting to gain on Lemoine. Then, with just two laps to go, Gosselaar slid past Lemoine to seal up the all Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Lites podium.

RESULTS:

  1. Christophe Pourcel
  2. Ryan Villopoto
  3. Chris Gosselaar
  4. Matt Lemoine
  5. Steve Boniface
  6. Josh Hansen
  7. Josh Hill
  8. Jason Lawrence
  9. Kyle Cunningham
  10. Martin Davalos
  11. Kyle Partridge
  12. Justin Keeney
  13. Troy Adams
  14. Jake Weimer
  15. Michael Lapaglia
  16. Dennis Jonon
  17. Richie Owens
  18. Ryan Grantom
  19. Dusty Klatt
  20. Andres Guzman
  21. Logan Darien
  22. Josh Grant

AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST STANDINGS:

  1. Christophe Pourcel (47/1 win)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (47/1 win)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (33)
  4. Jason Lawrence (33)
  5. Josh Hansen (33)
  6. Matt Lemoine (32)
  7. Steven Boniface (26)
  8. Jake Weimer (23)
  9. Troy Adams (23)
  10. Kyle Cunningham (20)
  11. Justin Keeney (20)
  12. Josh Hill (16)
  13. Richie Owens (13)
  14. Kyle Chisholm (12)
  15. Martin Davalos (12)
  16. Kyle Partridge (10)
  17. Michael Lapaglia (9)
  18. Dennis Jonon (9)
  19. Adam Chatfield (7)
  20. Cody Mackie (6)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The Supercross main started with a holeshot by Nick Wey, who was quickly passed by James Stewart. RC was back in fifth place and it looked like James might start to put some distance between himself and the number four Suzuki, when just a few laps into the race, the crowd let out a simultaneous gasp as David Vuillemin crashed violently in the same rhythm section that had claimed Ryan Villopoto earlier in the night. DV seemed to be knocked out by the crash as he lay motionless for several seconds. After rushing to his aid, the Asterisk medical crew and AMA officials made the decision to red flag the race. Fortunately, Vuillemin would eventually walk off the track and onto the medical cart under his own power to a roar of cheers from the crowd. Check back in Monday Kickstart for more on how DV12 is doing.

Once the track was cleared, the riders retook their original positions on the starting line for a restart of the main. Under AMA rules, a red flag results in a complete restart of the race, as if the three or four laps that had been completed never happened.

The second time around, the holeshot went to Jeff Dement. But this time, instead of Stewart quickly moving to the front of the pack, it was RC—Stewart was back in about fifth. That running order didn’t last very long, however, as Bubba quickly jumped into second place as the pack went through the third turn. As the race continued, Bubba’s line through the whoops and into turn three proved to be critical.

At this point, RC and James were running a very tight battle and putting distance between themselves and the rest of the field. Stewart was right on RC’s heels, and it seemed that James was faster through the whoops, but for several laps Ricky’s line selection allowed him to hold Stewart at bay. Eventually, though, at roughly the halfway mark through the race, James made a pass on Ricky in turn three, and thanks to his enormous amount of speed through the whoops, good line selection, and some lapped traffic, Stewart was able to hold on for the win. RC was right on his rear fender the whole time.

Behind the two front-runners, Reed was turning in another solid third-place performance as he continues to recover from his injuries suffered prior to A1. Travis Preston and Tim Ferry rounded out the top-five, effectively matching the Stewart, Carmichael, Reed, Preston, and Ferry top-five from last week in Anaheim.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Travis Preston
  5. Tim Ferry
  6. Michael Byrne
  7. Ivan Tedesco
  8. Kevin Windham
  9. Nick Wey
  10. Heath Voss
  11. Nathan Ramsey
  12. Manuel Rivas
  13. Jeff Dement
  14. Jason Thomas
  15. Jeff Gibson
  16. Kyle Lewis
  17. Antonio Balbi
  18. Jacob Marsack
  19. Paul Carpenter
  20. David Vuillemin
  21. Cole Siebler

AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (50/2 wins)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (44)
  3. Chad Reed (40)
  4. Travis Preston (36)
  5. Tim Ferry (32)
  6. Michael Byrne (26)
  7. Nick Wey (26)
  8. Kevin Windham (25)
  9. Heath Voss (24)
  10. Ivan Tedesco (21)
  11. David Vuillemin (16)
  12. Paul Carpenter (12)
  13. Manuel Rivas (12)
  14. Jeff Gibson (12)
  15. Nathan Ramsey (10)
  16. Tyler Evans (9)
  17. Jeff Dement (8)
  18. Jiri Dostal (8)
  19. Jason Thomas (8)
  20. Kyle Lewis (5)

WORLD SUPERCROSS GP STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (92)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (91/1 win)
  3. Chad Reed (85/1 win)
  4. Tim Ferry (66)
  5. Travis Preston (55)
  6. Nick Wey (54)
  7. David Vuillemin (53)
  8. Heath Voss (47)
  9. Jeff Gibson (39)
  10. Paul Carpenter (38)
  11. Michael Byrne (35)
  12. Jason Thomas (31)
  13. Nathan Ramsey (26)
  14. Ryan Clark (26)
  15. Ivan Tedesco (22)
  16. Jeff Dement (20)
  17. Cole Siebler (15)
  18. Tyler Evans (13)
  19. Jiri Dostal (13)
  20. Kevin Johnson (12)

turning in another solid third-place performance as he continues to recover from his injuries suffered prior to A1. Travis Preston and Tim Ferry rounded out the top-five, effectively matching the Stewart, Carmichael, Reed, Preston, and Ferry top-five from last week in Anaheim.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Travis Preston
  5. Tim Ferry
  6. Michael Byrne
  7. Ivan Tedesco
  8. Kevin Windham
  9. Nick Wey
  10. Heath Voss
  11. Nathan Ramsey
  12. Manuel Rivas
  13. Jeff Dement
  14. Jason Thomas
  15. Jeff Gibson
  16. Kyle Lewis
  17. Antonio Balbi
  18. Jacob Marsack
  19. Paul Carpenter
  20. David Vuillemin
  21. Cole Siebler

AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (50/2 wins)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (44)
  3. Chad Reed (40)
  4. Travis Preston (36)
  5. Tim Ferry (32)
  6. Michael Byrne (26)
  7. Nick Wey (26)
  8. Kevin Windham (25)
  9. Heath Voss (24)
  10. Ivan Tedesco (21)
  11. David Vuillemin (16)
  12. Paul Carpenter (12)
  13. Manuel Rivas (12)
  14. Jeff Gibson (12)
  15. Nathan Ramsey (10)
  16. Tyler Evans (9)
  17. Jeff Dement (8)
  18. Jiri Dostal (8)
  19. Jason Thomas (8)
  20. Kyle Lewis (5)

WORLD SUPERCROSS GP STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (92)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (91/1 win)
  3. Chad Reed (85/1 win)
  4. Tim Ferry (66)
  5. Travis Preston (55)
  6. Nick Wey (54)
  7. David Vuillemin (53)
  8. Heath Voss (47)
  9. Jeff Gibson (39)
  10. Paul Carpenter (38)

  11. Michael Byrne (35)
  12. Jason Thomas (31)
  13. Nathan Ramsey (26)
  14. Ryan Clark (26)
  15. Ivan Tedesco (22)
  16. Jeff Dement (20)
  17. Cole Siebler (15)
  18. Tyler Evans (13)
  19. Jiri Dostal (13)
  20. Kevin Johnson (12)