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

Seattle greeted the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series with uncharacteristically sunny skies as the series finally made the trek back to the west coast after spending the past several months in the central and eastern time zones. Seattle delivered great weather, and Live Nation and the AMA delivered an incredible night of racing; complete with a post-race fight, new faces on the podium, and a new champion in the Supercross class.

With the championship in the Lites class already wrapped up by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, all attention was on James Stewart. Coming into the night, James needed to finish in ninth-place or higher to secure the AMA Supercross championship. Not surprisingly, when the dust finally settled on a great night of racing, James had won his 12th race of the year and more importantly his first AMA Supercross class title. Here’s how it all went down…

LITES HEAT ONE

Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Kyle Cunningham was at the front of the pack as they rounded the first turn in Lites Heat race number one, but MB1/Deluge’s Kyle Partridge quickly navigated his CRF250R past Cunningham. On lap four Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos started to challenge Partridge for the top spot, showing him a tire through several turns, but Partridge was able to hold him off.

Behind the front runners, Factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill was charging up from a fourth place start, and on lap five overtook first place and held onto it for the heat race win; much to the delight of the northwestern crowd. Meanwhile, behind the young Oregonian, some drama was shaping up.

Partridge and Davalos were still dicing it up in the second and third positions, and just as the two approached the finish line jump on the final lap of the race, Davalos made an aggressive pass on Kyle, knocking him over the tuff blocks. Partridge was still able to cross the finish line in a transfer position, but he immediately rode over to Davalos and after some heated words a good old fashion brawl ensued. After the two were separated, the AMA announced that both riders had been disqualified from the race. Check back in Monday Kickstart for more on the post-race action.

RESULTS:

  1. Josh Hill
  2. Kyle Cunningham
  3. Jake Weimer
  4. Josh Hansen
  5. Gray Davenport
  6. Vernon McKiddie
  7. Bradley Graham
  8. Adam Chatfield
  9. Jerry Lymburner

LITES HEAT TWO

The second Lites heat race also started with a Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy holeshot; this time it was Cunningham’s teammate, Jason Lawrence with his YZ250F out front to start the race. Unfortunately for J-Law his lead didn’t last very long, as Ryan Villopoto took over the top spot through the rhythm section on lap number one. By lap three Villopoto opened up a comfortable lead and cruised to the win, followed by Lawrence, Sobe No Fear/Samsung/Honda’s Josh Grant, and Rockstar/Suzuki’s Troy Adams.

The report on this heat race wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Michael Willard. Willard rode a KTM North America-supported 125SX to a ninth place finish, and a spot in the main. That’s right, a two-stroke. Willard rode the two-stroke as part of a bet/wager/campaign that started on Mototalk, a popular motocross message board. We’ll have more on this in Monday Kickstart.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Jason Lawrence
  3. Josh Grant
  4. Troy Adams
  5. Joaquim Rodrigues
  6. Ryan Grantom
  7. Dusty Klatt
  8. Chris Blose
  9. Michael Willard

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

Kevin Windham was on it in Supercross Heat one, masterfully piloting his Sobe No Fear/Samsung/Honda CRF450R from the holeshot to the win in the eight-lap race. By just the second lap, K-Dub had open up a comfortable five-second lead on Kyle Lewis in second and Chad Reed in third. And although Reed moved into second place on lap two and started to narrow the gap between himself and Windham, he was never able to get close enough to put on a serious challenge for the top spot.

RESULTS:

  1. Kevin Windham
  2. Chad Reed
  3. David Vuillemin
  4. Kyle Lewis
  5. Jacob Saylor
  6. Bryan Johnson
  7. Josh Summey
  8. Tim Ferry
  9. Jeff Gibson

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

Although Makita/Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco held the lead for about one turn to start Supercross Heat number two, James Stewart quickly found his way to the front of the pack and — as we’ve come to expect — never looked back as he rode on to the win. Behind James, Tedesco finished second, with a comfortable lead on Rockstar/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne in third.

Although James had a seemingly easy time in the heat race, several other top riders didn’t have the same luck. Grant Langston, Heath Voss, and Davi Millsaps got caught in a pile up just before the whoops section on lap number one; sending all of them to the Last Chance Qualifier.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Michael Byrne
  4. Andrew Short
  5. Kevin Johnson
  6. Robbie Reynard
  7. Brock Sellards
  8. Paul Carpenter
  9. Joe Oehlhof

LITES LCQ

A tangle between Matt Lemoine and Chris Gosselaar in the final laps of their heat race landed both riders in the Lites LCQ, and although both of them would finish in position to transfer to the main event, it was Lemoine that would finish on top. Behind them, Steve Boniface battled back from a crash at the start of the race to challenge Tyler Keefe for the fourth and final transfer spot, but he wasn’t able to make a pass before the short four-lap race was over.

RESULTS:

  1. Matt Lemoine
  2. Michael Lapaglia
  3. Chris Gosselaar
  4. Tyler Keefe

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Thanks to all the fast guys that ended up in the Supercross LCQ due to the heat race pile up, it turned out to be one of the better races of the night. Out front, Honda’s Davi Millsaps showed that he doesn’t belong in the LCQ by taking the holeshot and a convincing win.

Heath Voss held onto second place — which is also the last transfer spot — for most of the six-lap race. But as the LCQ winded down, Yamaha’s Grant Langston put on an incredible charge through the pack; battling from about fifth position to within just a few bike lengths of Voss. As the two rounded the final section of track before the finish line, Langston closed in and made a dramatic pass to grab second place and a spot on the main event starting line.

RESULTS:

  1. Davi Millsaps
  2. Grant Langston

LITES MAIN EVENT

Perhaps letting out some of his frustration from his heat race woes, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar was looking very aggressive as he charged to the front of the pack to secure the holeshot at the start of the Lites Main Event. Little Goose went on to ride a solid race, holding the lead for the opening lap and hanging on for fifth place when it was all over.

Taking the lead from Gosselaar on lap two was Josh Hill. The rookie looked strong as he rode out front for five laps before Ryan Villopoto passed him on lap six. As has become the norm for Villopoto, once he got out front, “that was all she wrote,” and Ryan cruised home to his seventh win of the season.

Although Ryan had a lock on first place, there was still plenty of racing going on behind him. On about lap nine, both Jason Lawrence and Josh Grant made it past Josh Hill, and on the following lap, Grant blitzed through an on-off tabletop section to get by Lawrence, but then went off the track in the following long rhythm section. By the time Grant got going again, he was way back in lapped traffic.

From there Lawrence held on for second, and Josh Hill settled into third place. Behind them Jake Weimer and Chris Gosselaar were racing for fourth place, with Weimer eventually finishing ahead of Gosselaar.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Jason Lawrence
  3. Josh Hill
  4. Jake Weimer
  5. Chris Gosselaar
  6. Michael Lapaglia
  7. Troy Adams
  8. Dusty Klatt
  9. Kyle Cunningham
  10. Josh Hansen
  11. Adam Chatfield
  12. Ryan Grantom
  13. Vernon McKiddie
  14. Gray Davenport
  15. Michael Willard
  16. Jerry Lymburner
  17. Bradley Graham
  18. Tyler Keefe
  19. Joaquim Rodrigues
  20. Josh Grant
  21. Chris Blose
  22. Matt Lemoine

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST SERIES STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (197 points/7 wins)
  2. Jason Lawrence (157)
  3. Josh Hill (128)
  4. Jake Weimer (120)
  5. Chris Gosselaar (111)
  6. Josh Hansen (98)
  7. Josh Grant (91)
  8. Matt Lemoine (85)
  9. Troy Adams (84)
  10. Kyle Cunningham (77)
  11. Martin Davalos (64)
  12. Michael Lapaglia (64)
  13. Steve Boniface (60)
  14. Kyle Partridge (56)
  15. Dusty Klatt (54)
  16. Christophe Pourcel (47/1 win)
  17. Justin Keeney (31)
  18. Adam Chatfield (28)
  19. Michael Willard (28)
  20. Dennis Jonon (22)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

As soon as everyone saw James Stewart’s KX450F out front on lap one, they knew he was on his way to clinching the championship, and that’s just what he did; leading the 20-lap Supercross Main Event from start to finish en route to his first AMA Supercross class title. An emotionally overwhelmed Stewart rode directly to his dad after the race and broke down in tears as the two hugged and celebrated his championship.

Stewart’s win wasn’t all that happened in the Supercross main. Behind Stewart, Davi Millsaps rode to his best finish of the year. After a lap three crash pushed him back to fifth place, Millsaps used some creative lines through the long, tricky rhythm section to move back into second place.

The final podium spot went to Kevin Windham. Although K-Dub couldn’t hold off Davi in the aforementioned rhythm section, he was looking strong after his heat race win, and continued his solid performance in the main event, for his second podium finish of the year.

Noticeably absent from the podium was Chad Reed. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha rider tangled with Ivan Tedesco on the opening lap, but was able to salvage sixth place after crossing the finish line dead last on lap one.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Davi Millsaps
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Tim Ferry
  5. Andrew Short
  6. Chad Reed
  7. Michael Byrne
  8. David Vuillemin
  9. Josh Summey
  10. Jeff Gibson
  11. Paul Carpenter
  12. Grant Langston
  13. Ivan Tedesco
  14. Brock Sellards
  15. Robbie Reynard
  16. Joe Oehlhof
  17. Kevin Johnson
  18. Bryan Johnson
  19. Jacob Saylor
  20. Kyle Lewis

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

  1. James Stewart (360 points/12 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (312/1 win)
  3. Tim Ferry (261)
  4. Kevin Windham (220)
  5. David Vuillemin (182)
  6. Ivan Tedesco (179)
  7. Michael Byrne (178)
  8. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
  9. and on the following lap, Grant blitzed through an on-off tabletop section to get by Lawrence, but then went off the track in the following long rhythm section. By the time Grant got going again, he was way back in lapped traffic.

    From there Lawrence held on for second, and Josh Hill settled into third place. Behind them Jake Weimer and Chris Gosselaar were racing for fourth place, with Weimer eventually finishing ahead of Gosselaar.

    RESULTS:

    1. Ryan Villopoto
    2. Jason Lawrence
    3. Josh Hill
    4. Jake Weimer
    5. Chris Gosselaar
    6. Michael Lapaglia
    7. Troy Adams
    8. Dusty Klatt
    9. Kyle Cunningham
    10. Josh Hansen
    11. Adam Chatfield
    12. Ryan Grantom
    13. Vernon McKiddie
    14. Gray Davenport
    15. Michael Willard
    16. Jerry Lymburner
    17. Bradley Graham
    18. Tyler Keefe
    19. Joaquim Rodrigues
    20. Josh Grant
    21. Chris Blose
    22. Matt Lemoine

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES WEST SERIES STANDINGS

    1. Ryan Villopoto (197 points/7 wins)
    2. Jason Lawrence (157)
    3. Josh Hill (128)
    4. Jake Weimer (120)
    5. Chris Gosselaar (111)
    6. Josh Hansen (98)
    7. Josh Grant (91)
    8. Matt Lemoine (85)
    9. Troy Adams (84)
    10. Kyle Cunningham (77)
    11. Martin Davalos (64)
    12. Michael Lapaglia (64)
    13. Steve Boniface (60)
    14. Kyle Partridge (56)
    15. Dusty Klatt (54)
    16. Christophe Pourcel (47/1 win)
    17. Justin Keeney (31)
    18. Adam Chatfield (28)
    19. Michael Willard (28)
    20. Dennis Jonon (22)

    SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

    As soon as everyone saw James Stewart’s KX450F out front on lap one, they knew he was on his way to clinching the championship, and that’s just what he did; leading the 20-lap Supercross Main Event from start to finish en route to his first AMA Supercross class title. An emotionally overwhelmed Stewart rode directly to his dad after the race and broke down in tears as the two hugged and celebrated his championship.

    Stewart’s win wasn’t all that happened in the Supercross main. Behind Stewart, Davi Millsaps rode to his best finish of the year. After a lap three crash pushed him back to fifth place, Millsaps used some creative lines through the long, tricky rhythm section to move back into second place.

    The final podium spot went to Kevin Windham. Although K-Dub couldn’t hold off Davi in the aforementioned rhythm section, he was looking strong after his heat race win, and continued his solid performance in the main event, for his second podium finish of the year.

    Noticeably absent from the podium was Chad Reed. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha rider tangled with Ivan Tedesco on the opening lap, but was able to salvage sixth place after crossing the finish line dead last on lap one.

    RESULTS:

    1. James Stewart
    2. Davi Millsaps
    3. Kevin Windham
    4. Tim Ferry
    5. Andrew Short
    6. Chad Reed
    7. Michael Byrne
    8. David Vuillemin
    9. Josh Summey
    10. Jeff Gibson
    11. Paul Carpenter
    12. Grant Langston
    13. Ivan Tedesco
    14. Brock Sellards
    15. Robbie Reynard
    16. Joe Oehlhof
    17. Kevin Johnson
    18. Bryan Johnson
    19. Jacob Saylor
    20. Kyle Lewis

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

    1. James Stewart (360 points/12 wins)
    2. Chad Reed (312/1 win)
    3. Tim Ferry (261)
    4. Kevin Windham (220)
    5. David Vuillemin (182)
    6. Ivan Tedesco (179)
    7. Michael Byrne (178)
    8. Ricky Carmichael (160/2 wins)
    9. Heath Voss (148)
    10. Paul Carpenter (135)
    11. Jeff Gibson (114)
    12. Travis Preston (98)
    13. Josh Summey (90)
    14. Nick Wey (80)
    15. Davi Millsaps (78)
    16. Nathan Ramsey (67)
    17. Grant Langston (64)
    18. Andrew Short (61)
    19. Eric Sorby (57)
    20. Cole Siebler (51)

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  10. Heath Voss (148)
  11. Paul Carpenter (135)
  12. Jeff Gibson (114)
  13. Travis Preston (98)
  14. Josh Summey (90)
  15. Nick Wey (80)
  16. Davi Millsaps (78)
  17. Nathan Ramsey (67)
  18. Grant Langston (64)
  19. Andrew Short (61)
  20. Eric Sorby (57)
  21. Cole Siebler (51)