Race Report: San Francisco
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

As is the norm here at round number four of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series, scattered rain and threats of even greater downpours welcomed us as we rolled into San Francisco, CA, late Friday afternoon. Still putting the finishing touches on the circuit within the confines of AT&T Park, the track crew scrambled to get the track covered upon completion, but some minor rain damage had already been done. By Saturday morning, light scattered showers continued to peruse their way through the Bay Area, so AMA officials made the decision to eliminate the first round of practice that normally gets underway at 12:30pm in an attempt to conserve the track. With only one practice session to get a feel for the layout, the first group was unleashed at 3:05pm sharp, and the rest of the afternoon went off without a hitch. Mother Nature spared racers and fans of any additional moisture by about 5:00pm local time, and the track shaped up to be nearly perfect for heat number one.

The big news heading into the weekend, of course, was the return of Ricky Carmichael to racing action after a one-week hiatus, and what a return it was! The G.O.A.T. helped to make this night one that racing fans will not soon forget. Read on to find out why… And in the Lites class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto made it two in a row, but not before some chaotic Lites-class heat races. What are we talking about? You know the routine. Read on to find out…

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SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

Capturing the first holeshot of the night was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar, with Steve Boniface and Kyle Partridge close in tow. On lap number two, Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen went down while trying to come in hot on the inside of Josh Grant, ending his chance of qualifying out of the heat. On the next lap, Grant was pushed wide in the same corner again, but this time by Jason Lawrence. The two got together when Lawrence came in hard on the inside, forcing Grant off the side of the track, and himself to the ground. Unfortunately for Grant, and the innocent bystander chillin’ on the side of the track, the sidelines were so slick that Grant’s rear end came out on him, taking out the legs of the, once, standing man. With homeboy laid out, Grant struggled to get his CRF250R going again, as his rear wheel did nothing but spin cookies. Poor Grant went down one more time before finally rejoining the race, and when he did, it was obvious in his body language that he was not a happy camper.

Meanwhile, out front, Lil’ Goose made it look easy, as he cruised on to a convincing win ahead of Boniface and Partridge. At the conclusion of the race, a fight nearly broke out between Lawrence and Grant in the middle of the start straight, but team members and officials cooled it off before any blows were thrown.

RESULTS:

  1. Chris Gosselaar
  2. Steve Boniface
  3. Kyle Partridge
  4. Adam Chatfield
  5. Dusty Klatt
  6. Michael Willard
  7. Jason Lawrence
  8. Dennis Jonon
  9. Vernon McKiddie

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

After the chaos in heat one, we couldn’t wait to see what would go down in the second. At the drop of the gate, Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos grabbed the holeshot, with Sobe/NoFear/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Jake Weimer and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto in second and third, respectively. Villopoto made quick work of the two up front, taking over the lead to kick off lap number two. From there on out it was all Villopoto, although Davalos rode very respectably in second, finishing just 2.3 seconds behind Villo as they crossed the finish. Behind them, Weimer and Yamaha’s Josh Hill began battling for the third spot, with Weimer geing the upper hand when all was said and done. Okay, not nearly as cool as heat one, but nobody said that all heats were created equal.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Martin Davalos
  3. Jake Weimer
  4. Josh Hill
  5. Troy Adams
  6. Matthew Lemoine
  7. Daniel Sani
  8. Justin Keeney
  9. Michael Lapaglia

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

Supercross heat number one featured a Chad Reed holeshot, with Team Rockstar/WBR/Yoshimura/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne and Kawasaki’s James Stewart hot on his tail. Bubba made quick work of Byrner just a few turns in, however, and then promptly overtook Reed as they crossed the finish line to complete lap one. Stewart and Reed quickly pulled away from Byrne, who had a hard-charging Kevin Windham coming up quickly behind him. Up front, Bubba had a tough time pulling away from Reed initially, but the Aussie made a mistake that forced him off the side of the track upon landing off of a triple. By the time Reed re-entered the race, Stewart had established a seven-second buffer, which he ultimately went on to win by. Behind Bubba at the checkers came Reed, Windham, and Byrne

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Chad Reed
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Michael Byrne
  5. Jeff Gibson
  6. Bryan Johnson
  7. Paul Carpenter
  8. Jeff Dement
  9. Heath Voss

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

The heat two holeshot went to none other than Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael, who ran off to a convincing 16-second win in just eight qualifying laps. Behind RC out of the gate was his teammate Ivan Tedesco, Team Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry, and Team San Manuel Band of Indians Yamaha’s Nathan Ramsey. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Ferry began pulling to within striking distance of Tedesco on lap five, but he slid his KX450F out in a tight corner momentarily, and dropped back to the fourth spot where he would later finish. Hot Sauce rode what was possibly the strongest heat of his ’07 Supercross campaign, pulling out a 10-second buffer between himself and third place Ramsey by the wave of the checkers.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Nathan Ramsey
  4. Tim Ferry
  5. Eric Sorby
  6. Josh Summey
  7. Kyle Mace
  8. Tyler Evans
  9. Nick Wey

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

With the crazy happenings that went down in Lites heat one, the LCQ featured a couple heavy-hitters in the form of Josh Grant and Josh Hansen. Grant snatched the holeshot aboard his CRF250R when the gate dropped, and Hansen was forced to work his way up after starting several positions back. Once in second, Hansen tried his best to catch Grant, but in the end, the number 24 Honda crossed the line just 2.2 seconds ahead.

RESULTS:

  1. Josh Grant
  2. Josh Hansen
  3. Bradley Graham
  4. Chris Blose

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Jacob Saylor started the Supercross LCQ with a holeshot, but on lap number two he was passed by Sobe/NoFear/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Travis Preston, who struggled in his heat race after sitting out all week due to injury. Preston cruised in for an easy win, but behind him, Jason Thomas was parked in the very last corner by David Vuillemin, who had come from way back to capture the final qualifying position. Riding his butt of to make the main, DV12’s aggressive pass is somewhat understandable, but we’re guessing that Thomas didn’t see it that way.

RESULTS:

  1. Travis Preston
  2. David Vuillemin

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

With 22 of the fastest Lites-class Supercross riders in the world loaded into the gate, it was Chris Gosselaar who captured yet another holeshot, with Ryan Villopoto, Martin Davalos, and Josh Grant following close behind. Villopoto wasted no time and took over the lead on lap one, never looking back again. Behind the young Kawi phenom, Davalos and his KTM were all over Gosselaar for the first several laps. With Grant sitting just behind watching the battle, the under-pressure Gosselaar lost his front end heading into a high-speed left-hand corner, leaving Davalos with absolutely nowhere to go. Davalos plowed into Lil’ Goose who was already on the ground, and went down himself. While Gosselaar was helped off the track by medical personal, Davalos remounted quickly, but spent several laps trying to restart his bike. During the incident, Grant inherited the second spot, and teammate Jake Weimer flew by just a few seconds behind him in third.

While trying to make an inside pass on Kyle Partridge for fourth, Jason Lawrence touched into the side of Partridge’s bike, causing him to shoot sideways, doubling off to the side of a triple. Lawrence landed so hard that he compressed and got shot back over his handlebars. Lawrence remounted quickly, however, and eventually made his way back up to the fifth spot. Back up front, Villopoto slowly lengthened his lead over Grant, eventually winning the race by 7.6 seconds. This was Villopoto’s second win in a row, and he now holds down a healthy points lead. For Grant, the race marked his first podium of the series, and for Weimer, his first podium ever.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Josh Grant
  3. Jake Weimer
  4. Josh Hill
  5. Jason Lawrence
  6. Kyle Partridge
  7. Steve Boniface
  8. Josh Hansen
  9. Michael Lapaglia
  10. Troy Adams
  11. Matt Lemoine
  12. Adam Chatfield
  13. Michael Willard
  14. Chris Blose
  15. Dennis Jonon
  16. Bradley Graham
  17. Dusty Klatt
  18. Justin Keeney
  19. Vernon McKiddie
  20. Daniel Sani
  21. Chris Gosselaar
  22. Martin Davalos

AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST STANDINGS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (97)
  2. Jason Lawrence (71)
  3. Jake Weimer (59)
  4. Steve Boniface (55)
  5. Matt Lemoine (54)
  6. Chris Gosselaar (51)
  7. Christophe Pourcel (48)
  8. Troy Adams (47)
  9. Josh Hansen (46)
  10. Josh Grant (42)
  11. Kyle Partridge (38)
  12. Josh Hill (34)
  13. Justin Keeney (32)
  14. Kyle Cunningham (30)
  15. Michael Lapaglia (29)
  16. Martin Davalos (24)
  17. Adam Chatfield (16)
  18. Richie Owens (16)
  19. Dennis Jonon (14)
  20. Michael Willard (13)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped for the final race of the night, it was Chad Reed who flew into the first turn with the lead. Hot on Reedy’s heals came James Stewart in second, and nearly getting taken out through turn one, RC escaped tragedy to move into third before the end of the lap. The lead trio immediately began checking out. Bubba threw down a pass on Reed just before the start of lap four, but Reed quickly got him back just a few lanes later after a slight bobble by Bubba. Meanwhile, RC crept up behind them, appearing to be content as the hunter early on, but over-jumped the finish line double and nearly went down. Soon after, Bubba got by Reed again just before the start of lap seven as the two approached and passed lapped rider Sorby. Reed later said in the press conference that Sorby appeared to have intentionally interrupted his flow. Regardless, Bubba went down just a few sections later after hitting a false neutral in the middle of a rhythm section. Though remounting extremely quickly, Stewart then found himself chasing Reed and RC from the third spot. Capitalizing on the mistakes being made around him, RC quickly put the numaar who captured yet another holeshot, with Ryan Villopoto, Martin Davalos, and Josh Grant following close behind. Villopoto wasted no time and took over the lead on lap one, never looking back again. Behind the young Kawi phenom, Davalos and his KTM were all over Gosselaar for the first several laps. With Grant sitting just behind watching the battle, the under-pressure Gosselaar lost his front end heading into a high-speed left-hand corner, leaving Davalos with absolutely nowhere to go. Davalos plowed into Lil’ Goose who was already on the ground, and went down himself. While Gosselaar was helped off the track by medical personal, Davalos remounted quickly, but spent several laps trying to restart his bike. During the incident, Grant inherited the second spot, and teammate Jake Weimer flew by just a few seconds behind him in third.

While trying to make an inside pass on Kyle Partridge for fourth, Jason Lawrence touched into the side of Partridge’s bike, causing him to shoot sideways, doubling off to the side of a triple. Lawrence landed so hard that he compressed and got shot back over his handlebars. Lawrence remounted quickly, however, and eventually made his way back up to the fifth spot. Back up front, Villopoto slowly lengthened his lead over Grant, eventually winning the race by 7.6 seconds. This was Villopoto’s second win in a row, and he now holds down a healthy points lead. For Grant, the race marked his first podium of the series, and for Weimer, his first podium ever.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Josh Grant
  3. Jake Weimer
  4. Josh Hill
  5. Jason Lawrence
  6. Kyle Partridge
  7. Steve Boniface
  8. Josh Hansen
  9. Michael Lapaglia
  10. Troy Adams
  11. Matt Lemoine
  12. Adam Chatfield
  13. Michael Willard
  14. Chris Blose
  15. Dennis Jonon
  16. Bradley Graham
  17. Dusty Klatt
  18. Justin Keeney
  19. Vernon McKiddie
  20. Daniel Sani
  21. Chris Gosselaar
  22. Martin Davalos

AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST STANDINGS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (97)
  2. Jason Lawrence (71)
  3. Jake Weimer (59)
  4. Steve Boniface (55)
  5. Matt Lemoine (54)
  6. Chris Gosselaar (51)
  7. Christophe Pourcel (48)
  8. Troy Adams (47)
  9. Josh Hansen (46)
  10. Josh Grant (42)
  11. Kyle Partridge (38)
  12. Josh Hill (34)
  13. Justin Keeney (32)
  14. Kyle Cunningham (30)
  15. Michael Lapaglia (29)
  16. Martin Davalos (24)
  17. Adam Chatfield (16)
  18. Richie Owens (16)
  19. Dennis Jonon (14)
  20. Michael Willard (13)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped for the final race of the night, it was Chad Reed who flew into the first turn with the lead. Hot on Reedy’s heals came James Stewart in second, and nearly getting taken out through turn one, RC escaped tragedy to move into third before the end of the lap. The lead trio immediately began checking out. Bubba threw down a pass on Reed just before the start of lap four, but Reed quickly got him back just a few lanes later after a slight bobble by Bubba. Meanwhile, RC crept up behind them, appearing to be content as the hunter early on, but over-jumped the finish line double and nearly went down. Soon after, Bubba got by Reed again just before the start of lap seven as the two approached and passed lapped rider Sorby. Reed later said in the press conference that Sorby appeared to have intentionally interrupted his flow. Regardless, Bubba went down just a few sections later after hitting a false neutral in the middle of a rhythm section. Though remounting extremely quickly, Stewart then found himself chasing Reed and RC from the third spot. Capitalizing on the mistakes being made around him, RC quickly put the number four Suzuki on Reed’s hindquarters, and on lap nine was applying some intense pressure. At this point in the race, the lapped riders were as deep as Donald Trumps pockets, and with the pressure on, Reed made a huge mistake in a small rhythm section, allowing RC to takeover the lead. It wasn’t over yet, however, as James was not too far behind, and Reedy was able to keep his YZF running and rejoined the battle quickly. Still with thick lapped riders to deal with, RC navigated through like the champ that he is, and finally began opening up a comfortable enough cushion to cruise through a well-earned final and celebratory lap. Five seconds behind at the wave of the checkers came Bubba, and Reed funneled through a few seconds later.

Fourth you ask? Well, fourth went to Tim Ferry, but the racing between the top three was so insane, we really can’t comment on how Timmy settled where he did. Sorry, Timmy…

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. James Stewart
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Tim Ferry
  5. Nick Wey
  6. David Vuillemin
  7. Travis Preston
  8. Michael Byrne
  9. Jeff Gibson
  10. Kevin Windham
  11. Josh Summey
  12. Heath Voss
  13. Nathan Ramsey
  14. Ivan Tedesco
  15. Paul Carpenter
  16. Jeff Dement
  17. Tyler Evans
  18. Kyle Mace
  19. Eric Sorby
  20. Brian Johnson

AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (97)
  2. Chad Reed (82)
  3. Tim Ferry (70)
  4. Ricky Carmichael (69)
  5. Michael Byrne (57)
  6. Kevin Windham (52)
  7. Travis Preston (50)
  8. Nick Wey (42)
  9. David Vuillemin (42)
  10. Ivan Tedesco (42)
  11. Heath Voss (42)
  12. Jeff Gibson (34)
  13. Paul Carpenter (33)
  14. Nathan Ramsey (30)
  15. Josh Summey (23)
  16. Tyler Evans (19)
  17. Manuel Rivas (17)
  18. Eric Sorby (14)
  19. Jeff Dement (13)
  20. Cole Siebler (9)

FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP STANDINGS

  1. James Stewart (139)
  2. Chad Reed (127)
  3. Ricky Carmichael (116)
  4. Tim Ferry (102)
  5. Nick Wey (90)
  6. David Vuillemin (79)
  7. Travis Preston (69)
  8. Heath Voss (66)
  9. Michael Byrne (64)
  10. Jeff Gibson (61)
  11. Paul Carpenter (60)
  12. Nathan Ramsey (47)
  13. Ivan Tedesco (44)
  14. Jason Thomas (37)
  15. Josh Summey (31)
  16. Ryan Clark (26)
  17. Jeff Dement (26)
  18. Tyler Evans (23)
  19. Cole Siebler (23)
  20. Eric Sorby (17)

For more photos click the link to the far right.

number four Suzuki on Reed’s hindquarters, and on lap nine was applying some intense pressure. At this point in the race, the lapped riders were as deep as Donald Trumps pockets, and with the pressure on, Reed made a huge mistake in a small rhythm section, allowing RC to takeover the lead. It wasn’t over yet, however, as James was not too far behind, and Reedy was able to keep his YZF running and rejoined the battle quickly. Still with thick lapped riders to deal with, RC navigated through like the champ that he is, and finally began opening up a comfortable enough cushion to cruise through a well-earned final and celebratory lap. Five seconds behind at the wave of the checkers came Bubba, and Reed funneled through a few seconds later.

Fourth you ask? Well, fourth went to Tim Ferry, but the racing between the top three was so insane, we really can’t comment on how Timmy settled where he did. Sorry, Timmy…

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. James Stewart
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Tim Ferry
  5. Nick Wey
  6. David Vuilllemin
  7. Travis Preston
  8. Michael Byrne
  9. Jeff Gibson
  10. Kevin Windham
  11. Josh Summey
  12. Heath Voss
  13. Nathan Ramsey
  14. Ivan Tedesco
  15. Paul Carpenter
  16. Jeff Dement
  17. Tyler Evans
  18. Kyle Mace
  19. Eric Sorby
  20. Brian Johnson

AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (97)
  2. Chad Reed (82)
  3. Tim Ferry (70)
  4. Ricky Carmichael (69)
  5. Michael Byrne (57)
  6. Kevin Windham (52)
  7. Travis Preston (50)
  8. Nick Wey (42)
  9. David Vuillemin (42)
  10. Ivan Tedesco (42)
  11. Heath Voss (42)
  12. Jeff Gibson (34)
  13. Paul Carpenter (33)
  14. Nathan Ramsey (30)
  15. Josh Summey (23)
  16. Tyler Evans (19)
  17. Manuel Rivas (17)
  18. Eric Sorby (14)
  19. Jeff Dement (13)
  20. Cole Siebler (9)

FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS GP STANDINGS

  1. James Stewart (139)
  2. Chad Reed (127)
  3. Ricky Carmichael (116)
  4. Tim Ferry (102)
  5. Nick Wey (90)
  6. David Vuillemin (79)
  7. Travis Preston (69)
  8. Heath Voss (66)
  9. Michael Byrne (64)
  10. Jeff Gibson (61)
  11. Paul Carpenter (60)
  12. Nathan Ramsey (47)
  13. Ivan Tedesco (44)
  14. Jason Thomas (37)
  15. Josh Summey (31)
  16. Ryan Clark (26)
  17. Jeff Dement (26)
  18. Tyler Evans (23)
  19. Cole Siebler (23)
  20. Eric Sorby (17)

For more photos click the link to the far right.