Race Report: San Diego
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross

Sunny blue skies and warm weather greeted the Supercross series in San Diego this weekend. As the last west coast stop until the series returns to the Pacific time zone for the Seattle round in April, Qualcomm stadium was packed with 60,529 screaming Supercross fans that were treated to a great night of racing.

Coming into the race, Ryan Villopoto needed only a fifth place or higher finish to clinch the Amp’d Mobile AMA West Coast Lites championship. It should come as no surprise that Ryan not only finished in the top-five; he won his sixth race of the year to bring another AMA title under the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki tent.

In the Supercross class, James Stewart had a dramatic crash midway through the main event, Chad Reed captured his first AMA Supercross win of the year, and Kevin Windham made his way back on the podium. It was quite a night of racing indeed…

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

After a somewhat rocky opening ceremony, the racing finally got under way with Lites Heat number one. When the gate hit the dirt, it was Chris Gosselaar aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki that claimed the holeshot. Behind Chris, several riders got caught in a first turn pileup, including Matt Lemoine, Richie Owens, Kyle Cunningham, and others. With the new semi-final-less racing format, this would make for some great racing in the LCQ later in the night.

After the dust settled on the first lap, Chris Gosselaar held the lead, followed by Josh Hansen, Josh Grant, and Tyler Keefe. Gosselaar didn’t hold onto first place very long, however, as we was passed by Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen at the end of the opening lap, and within two laps Sobe No Fear/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant got by both of them. By lap three the top-five running order was Grant, Hansen, Gosselaar, Davalos, and Keefe. Before the wave of the checkered flag, Michael Willard moved his KTM 250SXF into fifth position. The top four remain unchanged.

RESULTS:

  1. Josh Grant
  2. Josh Hansen
  3. Chris Gosselaar
  4. Martin Davalos
  5. Michael Willard
  6. Vernon McKiddie
  7. Kyle Partridge
  8. Tyler Keefe
  9. Ryan Grantom

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

As Lites Heat number two came off the line, it looked like Factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill was on his way to his first holeshot. But as the pack stormed into turn one, things got ugly. Another rider came underneath Hill, holding him up, and a slew of riders either went down or bobbled their way across the Progressive Direct Holeshot marker. Eventually, Jake Weimer emerged from the dust and mess to take the holeshot, with Ryan Villopoto right on his tail. And for four laps Jake rode the spokes off of his Sobe No Fear/Samsung Mobile/Honda CRF250R, as he held off Villopoto. Although Jake was able to keep RV behind him for a few laps, eventually the hard-charging Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider was able to get by Weimer with a wide-open dash to turn one at the start of lap number five. Once Villopoto was out front he quickly opened up a sizeable lead, and from there it was a steady running order to the end; with Villopoto and Weimer in first and second, followed by Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence and Josh Hill.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Jake Weimer
  3. Jason Lawrence
  4. Josh Hill
  5. Dusty Klatt
  6. Michael Lapaglia
  7. Brady Sheren
  8. Chris Blose
  9. Joaquim Rodrigues

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

The first heat race of the big bike class started just about how most people would have expected, with a Chad Reed holeshot, followed by the opening of a huge gap between Reed and the rest of the field. However, although Chad had a commanding lead all the w to the finish, there was plenty of racing going on behind him.

For several laps, Reed’s San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha teammate Nathan Ramsey and Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry mixed it up for second place, with Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne briefly showing them his front tire as well. When the battle for second was over, Ferry had moved ahead of both Byrne and Ramsey, who both went down after Ferry had started to pull away. Byrne quickly remounted and was able to finish the race in third, but Ramsey appeared to run into some mechanical problems after his crash and was unable to finish the race. Paul Carpenter and Tyler Evans moved into fourth and fifth place, respectively, to finish out the heat race.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Michael Byrne
  4. Paul Carpenter
  5. Tyler Evans
  6. Jeff Gibson
  7. Jason Thomas
  8. Manuel Rivas
  9. Ryan Clark

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

Although he didn’t get the holeshot, James Stewart quickly made his way to the front of the pack in Supercross Heat number two and that, as they say, was all she wrote. Stewart quickly opened up a huge lead on the rest of the field, which included Ivan Tedesco, Eric Sorby, Kevin Windham, and Josh Summey in second through fifth place on lap one. By the end of the rather uneventful heat race, Windham, David Vuillemin, and Travis Preston made their way past Eric Sorby to round out the top-five.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. David Vuillemin
  5. Travis Preston
  6. Heath Voss
  7. Eric Sorby
  8. Josh Summey
  9. Jacob Saylor

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

First turn pileups in both of the Lites heat races meant there were a lot of very fast riders on the line for the Last Chance Qualifier. But it was Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Troy Adams who turned a holeshot into a run away win—a solid strategy for success in the short LCQ races. By lap number two, Matt Lemoine had settled into a comfortable second place, while behind him there was some very tight racing in third through fifth place as Richie Owens, Adam Chatfield and Kyle Cunningham fought to earn a spot in the main event. On the final lap of the short four lap LCQ, Cunningham made his way past Chatfield to grab the fourth and final transfer spot behind Owens in third.

RESULTS:

  1. Troy Adams
  2. Matt Lemoine
  3. Richie Owens
  4. Kyle Cunningham

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Jacob Marsack copied Troy Adams’ winning recipe by riding out front all the way from the holeshot to the win in the Supercross LCQ. Butler Bros MX/DNA/BTO Sports’ Bryan Johnson finished in second place to also earn a spot in the main event.

RESULTS:

  1. Jacob Marsack
  2. Bryan Johnson

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

Apparently Chris Gosselaar figured out the secret to the start and tricky first turn in San Diego; he started the Lites main event with his second holeshot of the night. Little Goose hung on to the lead for about three-fourths of the first lap, but by the time the pack came across the finish line to complete lap one it was Ryan Villopoto out front, with Chris Gosselaar, Martin Davalos, Josh Hansen, and Jason Lawrence in tow. Once out front, Villopoto set his sights on securing the West Coast Lites championship, and ran away with the victory and the number one plate.

For most of the race, Gosselaar had a firm hold on second place, ahead of Davalos in third. However, all the while, Jason Lawrence was gradually making up time on the runner-up position, and on lap seven, J-Law started making his move. His first move was getting by Josh Hansen in fourth place on lap seven, then two laps later he moved by Davalos for third. Two more laps, and Lawrence made his way by Gosselaar for second—where he would eventually finish the race.

Factory Yamaha Lites rider Josh Hill turned in solid performances all night; including during the main event. Josh had better starts in San Diego than we’ve seen from him this year, but bad luck and pileups in the first turn kept him closer to mid-pack than he would like. Riding smooth, but aggressive, Josh pushed through the pack to fourth place by the closing laps of the main, and just before the final turn on the last lap, Hill looked like he might get past Gosselaar to land on the podium. But Chris was able to hold off the Josh and his YZ250F as they crossed the checkered flag. After the race Hill told us he didn’t realize they were on the final lap, “I didn’t see the white flag, so I thought we had one more lap.”

After the race, Ryan Villopoto and the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team celebrated the West Coast Lites championship. From the podium Villopoto credited his team for all the success he has had in his short two years as a pro, “I got a good start, but I can’t thank the team enough for what they’ve done for me; they’ve put me where I am right now.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Jason Lawrence
  3. Chris Gosselaar
  4. Josh Hill
  5. Josh Hansen
  6. Martin Davalos
  7. Jake Weimer
  8. Troy Adams
  9. Michael Lapaglia
  10. Kyle Cunningham
  11. Dusty Klatt
  12. Matt Lemoine
  13. Josh Grant
  14. Joaquim Rodrigues
  15. Kyle Partridge
  16. Michael Willard
  17. Chris Blose
  18. Vernon McKiddie
  19. Tyler Keefe
  20. Bryan Grantom
  21. Brady Sheren
  22. Richie Owens

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST SERIES STANDINGS (After 7 of 8 rounds)

  1. Ryan Villopoto 172 points (clinched championship/6 wins)
  2. Jason Lawrence 135
  3. Jake Weimer 103
  4. Chris Gosselaar 97
  5. Josh Grant 92
  6. Josh Hill 88
  7. Josh Hansen 87
  8. Matt Lemoine 86
  9. Troy Adams 71
  10. Kyle Cunningham 66
  11. Martin Davalos 65
  12. Steve Boniface 61
  13. Kyle Partridge 57
  14. Michael Lapaglia 50
  15. Christophe Pourcel 48 (1 win)
  16. Dusty Klatt 42
  17. Justin Keeney 32
  18. Dennis Jonon 22
  19. Michael Willard 22
  20. Chris Blose 22

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The Supercross main event in San Diego started off with an Ivan Tedesco holeshot followed by Chad Reed taking over the lead and holding it for the first three laps. While Chad was out front, he was followed closely by James Stewart who stayed within a few bike lengths behind Reed, and then on lap four made it by the Aussie over one of the big triples, and made the pass stick in the following turn. At this point it looked like we would see a repeat of several of this year’s main events, as James started to run away from the field. Then, on lap number eight, that all changed in dramatic fashion.

As Stewart made his way over finish line jump to conclude eighth lap of the 20 lap main event, he apparently clipped a tuff block and was thrown off his KX450F. James quickly jumped back on his bike, but struggled to get the big four stroke restarted. By the time he got his bike running and re-entered the track, Stewart had fallen back to eighth place. Although he put on a charge to try and get back in contention, with half the race completed, there was just too much time between James and the front-runners. When it was over, Stewart finished in fifth place, and Chad Reed captured his first AMA Supercross win of the season (second FIM World SX GP win).

Factory Yamaha Lites rider Josh Hill turned in solid performances all night; including during the main event. Josh had better starts in San Diego than we’ve seen from him this year, but bad luck and pileups in the first turn kept him closer to mid-pack than he would like. Riding smooth, but aggressive, Josh pushed through the pack to fourth place by the closing laps of the main, and just before the final turn on the last lap, Hill looked like he might get past Gosselaar to land on the podium. But Chris was able to hold off the Josh and his YZ250F as they crossed the checkered flag. After the race Hill told us he didn’t realize they were on the final lap, “I didn’t see the white flag, so I thought we had one more lap.”

After the race, Ryan Villopoto and the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team celebrated the West Coast Lites championship. From the podium Villopoto credited his team for all the success he has had in his short two years as a pro, “I got a good start, but I can’t thank the team enough for what they’ve done for me; they’ve put me where I am right now.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Jason Lawrence
  3. Chris Gosselaar
  4. Josh Hill
  5. Josh Hansen
  6. Martin Davalos
  7. Jake Weimer
  8. Troy Adams
  9. Michael Lapaglia
  10. Kyle Cunningham
  11. Dusty Klatt
  12. Matt Lemoine
  13. Josh Grant
  14. Joaquim Rodrigues
  15. Kyle Partridge
  16. Michael Willard
  17. Chris Blose
  18. Vernon McKiddie
  19. Tyler Keefe
  20. Bryan Grantom
  21. Brady Sheren
  22. Richie Owens

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST SERIES STANDINGS (After 7 of 8 rounds)

  1. Ryan Villopoto 172 points (clinched championship/6 wins)
  2. Jason Lawrence 135
  3. Jake Weimer 103
  4. Chris Gosselaar 97
  5. Josh Grant 92
  6. Josh Hill 88
  7. Josh Hansen 87
  8. Matt Lemoine 86
  9. Troy Adams 71
  10. Kyle Cunningham 66
  11. Martin Davalos 65
  12. Steve Boniface 61
  13. Kyle Partridge 57
  14. Michael Lapaglia 50
  15. Christophe Pourcel 48 (1 win)
  16. Dusty Klatt 42
  17. Justin Keeney 32
  18. Dennis Jonon 22
  19. Michael Willard 22
  20. Chris Blose 22

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The Supercross main event in San Diego started off with an Ivan Tedesco holeshot followed by Chad Reed taking over the lead and holding it for the first three laps. While Chad was out front, he was followed closely by James Stewart who stayed within a few bike lengths behind Reed, and then on lap four made it by the Aussie over one of the big triples, and made the pass stick in the following turn. At this point it looked like we would see a repeat of several of this year’s main events, as James started to run away from the field. Then, on lap number eight, that all changed in dramatic fashion.

As Stewart made his way over finish line jump to conclude eighth lap of the 20 lap main event, he apparently clipped a tuff block and was thrown off his KX450F. James quickly jumped back on his bike, but struggled to get the big four stroke restarted. By the time he got his bike running and re-entered the track, Stewart had fallen back to eighth place. Although he put on a charge to try and get back in contention, with half the race completed, there was just too much time between James and the front-runners. When it was over, Stewart finished in fifth place, and Chad Reed captured his first AMA Supercross win of the season (second FIM World SX GP win).

While all this was going on at the front of the pack, Kevin Windham was quietly turning in his best performance of the season. K-Dub started the race in fourth place and made a pass for third in the opening laps of the race. From there, Kevin—who was wearing a Leatt Brace for the first time in competition—rode confidently to his first podium finish of 2007. In front of Windham, Tim Ferry earned a spot on the podium for his third straight race, with a second place finish.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. James Stewart
  6. Michael Byrne
  7. Heath Voss
  8. Paul Carpenter
  9. David Vuillemin
  10. Travis Preston
  11. Eric Sorby
  12. Josh Summey
  13. Jeff Gibson
  14. Ryan Clark
  15. Manuel Rivas
  16. Bryan Johnson
  17. Jacob Marsack
  18. Tyler Evans
  19. Jason Thomas
  20. Jacob Saylor

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS (After 7 of 16 rounds)

  1. James Stewart 163 points (5 wins)
  2. Chad Reed 151 (1 win)
  3. Tim Ferry 132
  4. Kevin Windham 104
  5. Michael Byrne 103
  6. Travis Preston 87
  7. Ivan Tedesco 84
  8. Heath Voss 83
  9. David Vuillemin 74
  10. Paul Carpenter 70
  11. Ricky Carmichael 69 (1 win)
  12. Nick Wey 60
  13. Jeff Gibson 54
  14. Nathan Ramsey 47
  15. Manuel Rivas 38
  16. Tyler Evans 37
  17. Josh Summey 34
  18. Eric Sorby 26
  19. Cole Siebler 24
  20. Ryan Clark 20

AMP’D MOBILE FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP SERIES STANDINGS (After 9 of 18 rounds)

  1. James Stewart 207 points (5 wins)
  2. Chad Reed 196 (2 wins)
  3. Tim Ferry 164
  4. Ricky Carmichael 116 (2 wins)
  5. David Vuillemin 114
  6. Michael Byrne 112
  7. Travis Preston 110
  8. Heath Voss 110
  9. Nick Wey 108
  10. Paul Carpenter 100
  11. Ivan Tedesco 90
  12. Jeff Gibson 85
  13. Nathan Ramsey 66
  14. Ryan Clark 47
  15. Tyler Evans 46
  16. Josh Summey 45
  17. Cole Siebler 41
  18. Jason Thomas 41
  19. Eric Sorby 34
  20. Jeff Dement 26

While all this was going on at the front of the pack, Kevin Windham was quietly turning in his best performance of the season. K-Dub started the race in fourth place and made a pass for third in the opening laps of the race. From there, Kevin—who was wearing a Leatt Brace for the first time in competition—rode confidently to his first podium finish of 2007. In front of Windham, Tim Ferry earned a spot on the podium for his third straight race, with a second place finish.

RESULTS:

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. James Stewart
  6. Michael Byrne
  7. Heath Voss
  8. Paul Carpenter
  9. David Vuillemin
  10. Travis Preston
  11. Eric Sorby
  12. Josh Summey
  13. Jeff Gibson
  14. Ryan Clark
  15. Manuel Rivas
  16. Bryan Johnson
  17. Jacob Marsack
  18. Tyler Evans
  19. Jason Thomas
  20. Jacob Saylor

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS (After 7 of 16 rounds)

  1. James Stewart 163 points (5 wins)
  2. Chad Reed 151 (1 win)
  3. Tim Ferry 132
  4. Kevin Windham 104
  5. Michael Byrne 103
  6. Travis Preston 87
  7. Ivan Tedesco 84
  8. Heath Voss 83
  9. David Vuillemin 74
  10. Paul Carpenter 70
  11. Ricky Carmichael 69 (1 win)
  12. Nick Wey 60
  13. Jeff Gibson 54
  14. Nathan Ramsey 47
  15. Manuel Rivass 38
  16. Tyler Evans 37
  17. Josh Summey 34
  18. Eric Sorby 26
  19. Cole Siebler 24
  20. Ryan Clark 20

AMP’D MOBILE FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP SERIES STANDINGS (After 9 of 18 rounds)

  1. James Stewart 207 points (5 wins)
  2. Chad Reed 196 (2 wins)
  3. Tim Ferry 164
  4. Ricky Carmichael 116 (2 wins)
  5. David Vuillemin 114
  6. Michael Byrne 112
  7. Travis Preston 110
  8. Heath Voss 110
  9. Nick Wey 108
  10. Paul Carpenter 100
  11. Ivan Tedesco 90
  12. Jeff Gibson 85
  13. Nathan Ramsey 66
  14. Ryan Clark 47
  15. Tyler Evans 46
  16. Josh Summey 45
  17. Cole Siebler 41
  18. Jason Thomas 41
  19. Eric Sorby 34
  20. Jeff Dement 26