Race Report: St. Louis
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

It was an incredible night of racing as the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series headed north from Atlanta to St. Louis, home of the 2000 Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams. It was cold and snowing outside but intense racing action kept things warm inside the Edward Jones Dome.

By the time the main events were over, the crowd had been treated to numerous dramatic passes and lead changes that eventually led to Ben Townley rebounding from mechanical problems last week to take the Lites win, and Ricky Carmichael coming out on top in the Supercross class. And that’s not to mention the aggressive block passes between James Stewart and Chad Reed that would have them exchanging heated words after the race.

Be sure to come back to transworldmx.com for Monday Kickstart, where you’ll get all the behind the scenes news and hear directly from James and Chad on their aggressive battles on the track. For now, here’s a recap of how the racing went down…

LITES HEAT ONE

Lites Heat number one kicked off with a holeshot by Ryan Sipes aboard his Sobe No Fear/Samsung/Honda. Right behind Sipes was Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, who would pass the Honda rider when he bobbled on about lap four. To start lap five, the running order was Dungey out front, followed by Ben Townley, Ryan Sipes, Jeff Alessi and Mike Alessi. By the time the heat race was over, Jeff Alessi would move past Sipes into third.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Ben Townley
  3. Jeff Alessi
  4. Ryan Sipes
  5. Mike Alessi
  6. Tucker Hibbert
  7. Matt Boni
  8. Zach Osborne
  9. Broc Tickle

LITES HEAT TWO

In the second Lites heat race, Rockstar/WBR/Yoshimura/Suzuki’s Kelly Smith looked to have the holeshot, but then went wide in turn one and Factory Honda’s Tommy Hahn was able to sneak inside of him for the early lead. However, as they finished turn one and headed into the sand section of the track that immediately followed the start, Hahn went down and was unable to finish the race. Yamaha of Troy/Boost/Fly Racing’s Matt Goerke took advantage of the situation and moved into the lead, only to give it up to Darcy Lange a few laps later when Goerke ran into some tuff blocks. At the end, Darcy Lange’s Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki was the first bike across the finish line, followed by Goerke, and Justin Brayton.

RESULTS:

  1. Darcy Lange
  2. Matt Goerke
  3. Justin Brayton
  4. Ryan Morais
  5. Billy Laninovich
  6. Teddy Maier
  7. Kyle Tobin
  8. Kelly Smith
  9. Ricky Renner

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

Ricky Carmichael grabbed the holeshot and then quickly piloted his Makita/Suzuki RM-Z450 out to a sizeable lead. Rockstar/WBR/Yoshimura/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne was running in second for the first few turns, but was quickly passed by San Manual Band of Mission Indians/L&M Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Reed and then a few laps later, Kevin Windham also maneuvered his Sobe No Fear/Samsung/Honda CRF450R past Byrne. At this point the top three was set with Carmichael out front, followed by Reed, and Windham, and then Byrne and Travis Preston rounding out the top five; and that is how they would eventually finish.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Chad Reed
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Michael Byrne
  5. Travis Preston
  6. Davi Millsaps
  7. Kevin Johnson
  8. Jeff Gibson
  9. Cole Siebler

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

Another Supercross Heat race, another James Stewart win. There’s not much more to say about this one than that. Makita/Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco and Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry followed James across the finish line in second and third place, respectively.

RULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Timmy Ferry
  4. Nathan Ramsey
  5. Josh Summey
  6. David Vuillemin
  7. Eric Sorby
  8. Paul Carpenter
  9. Jacob Marsack

LITES LCQ

Despite his nasty get-off in his heat race, Tommy Hahn lined up for the Lites LCQ and started things off right with a big holeshot that he turned into a comfortable early lead. Just when things seemed to be working in Tommy’s favor, he toppled over his bars as his bike ran off the track in a 180-degree left-hand bowl turn that followed the second set of whoops—this turn would claim more victims as the night went on.

Tommy’s spectacular crash would also claim Motosport/MDK/MSR/Kawaski’s Bob Kiniry, who rode into Hahn after he went down. Both Hahn and Kiniry were unable to finish the race and appeared to be in considerable pain as the Asterisk Medical crew escorted them off the track.

As the dust settled on the first lap crash, Ronny Jackson had emerged out front of the pack, followed by Tommy Hofmaster, Eric Nye and Justin Sipes.

RESULTS:

  1. Ronny Jackson
  2. Thomas Hofmaster
  3. Eric Nye
  4. Justin Sipes

SUPERCROSS LCQ

The Supercross LCQ was comparatively uneventful. Kyle Lewis was the first one through turn one aboard his Moto XXX Honda. And although Ryan Clark would pass Lewis for the lead, Kyle was able to hand on to second place and move on to the Supercross Main Event.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Clark
  2. Kyle Lewis

LITES MAIN EVENT

Although the heat races may have seemed rather humdrum, the LCQs had given a small glimpse into the excitement that was in store during the Main Events.

Ben Townley took the holeshot to start things off in the Lites Main Event, followed closely by Mike Alessi, Ryan Dungey, and Darcy Lange. As Alessi and Dungey battled for second place, Lange was able to get past both of them on lap two, and within a couple of laps Dungey moved by Alessi for third place. By lap six the running order was Townley, Lange, Dungey, Alessi, and Ryan Morais in the top five.

As the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates ran seemingly side-by-side out front, Dungey was gradually putting space between himself and Alessi, and starting to move up on the leaders. Then on about lap eight Townley got hung up in the same bowl turn that claimed Hahn and Kiniry in the LCQ; briefly giving the lead to Lange and allowing Dungey to get right into the mix with them. On the following lap Dungey made it by Lange for second place. At this point, the top three settled in, with Morais, Goerke and Mike Alessi further back in fourth through sixth.

When it started to seem like the race was going to finish with Townley, Lange and Dungey on the podium, things went terribly wrong for last week’s Lites winner. Ryan was heading through the second set of whoops and ran into a tuff block that had been knocked onto the track. Dungey went down hard and struggled to re-fire his flooded RM-Z250. Ryan would eventually get his bike going again, but by that time he had been lapped and would finish back in 18th place.

After Dungey’s crash, Townley and Lange were once again running out front and seemed to have a one-two Kawasaki finish locked up as they exchanged the lead back and forth in the closing laps. Then things took yet another unfortunate twist when Lange went down in the second-to-last turn of the race (yes, it was the same 180-degree bowl turn we keep talking about). With Darcy down, Ben Townley cruised home to the win, and the patience of Yamaha of Troy teammates Ryan Morais and Matt Goerke paid off in a podium finish that also pushed them into a tie for first place in the East Coast Lites Series point standings.

RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley
  2. Ryan Morais
  3. Matt Goerke
  4. Mike Alessi
  5. Broc Tickle
  6. Darcy Lange
  7. Jeff Alessi
  8. Ryan Sipes
  9. Zach Osborne
  10. Justin Brayton
  11. Tucker Hibbert
  12. Ricky Renner
  13. Kyle Tobin
  14. Billy Laninovich
  15. Justin Sipes
  16. Thomas Hofmaster
  17. Teddy Maier
  18. Ryan Dungey
  19. Matt Boni
  20. Ronny Jackson
  21. Eric Nye
  22. Kelly Smith

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST COAST SERIES STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Morais 40 points
  2. Matt Goerke 40
  3. Darcy Lange 37
  4. Ryan Dungey 28 (1 win)
  5. Justin Brayton 26
  6. Zach Osborne 26
  7. Ben Townley 25 (1 win)
  8. Ryan Sipes 25
  9. Jeff Alessi 22
  10. Mike Alessi 18
  11. Broc Tickle 16
  12. Branden Jesseman 16
  13. Billy Laninovich 16
  14. Matt Boni 15
  15. Ricky Renner 15
  16. Tucker Hibbert 12
  17. Kelly Smith 11
  18. Sean Collier 10
  19. Kyle Tobin 8
  20. Robert Kiniry 7

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

The Supercross Main Event would not be outdone by the Lites class in the excitement and drama department. Chad Reed charged off the starting gate to take the holeshot, while behind him both Ivan Tedesco and Tim Ferry went down in the sand section, and Ricky Carmichael was sitting just outside the top-five. As the pack moved into the final turn of lap one—a right-hand off-camber one-eighty—James Stewart tried to make a pass around Chad Reed and the two came together and went down. Although Chad quickly got going again, he was sitting back in eighth place. James Stewart, who struggled to get restarted, was in dead last.

This mess allowed Eric Sorby to move into first place, followed by Kevin Johnson, Nathan Ramsey, Davi Millsaps, and Josh Summey. Sorby held the lead until lap three, when Ricky Carmichael—who had been moving through the top-five—took over the lead, and never looked back. Although both Reed and Stewart were able to rebound from their first lap troubles, neither ever seriously challenged Ricky for first place.

Stewart in particular put on an amazing display as he rode from last place at the end of lap one, all the way to third place by lap nine. Once in third Stewart set his sights on Reed, and with an aggressive pass in the same corner they tangled in earlier, took over second place on about lap ten. The aggressive move would have the two riders exchanging heated words at the end of the race, and blaming one another for overly aggressive riding (more on that in Monday Kickstart).

Behind all the action out front, Kevin Windham quietly rode to a solid fourth place, and Nathan Ramsey had his best finish of the year in fifth.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. James Stewart
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Kevin Windham
  5. Nathan Ramsey
  6. David Vuillemin
  7. Paul Carpenter
  8. Heath Voss
  9. Eric Sorby
  10. Cole Siebler
  11. Kevin Johnson
  12. Jeff Gibson
  13. Jacob Marsack
  14. Kyle Lewis
  15. Michael Byrne
  16. Davi Millsaps
  17. Tim Ferry
  18. Ryan Clark
  19. Ivan Tedesco
  20. Josh Summey
  21. Travis Preston

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

  1. James Stewart 210 points (6 wins)
  2. Chad Reed 191 (1 win)
  3. Tim Ferry 149
  4. Kevin Windham 137
  5. Ricky Carmichael 116
  6. Michael Byrne 114
  7. Heath Voss 107
  8. Ivan Tedesco 103
  9. David Vuillemin 101
  10. Travis Preston 97
  11. Paul Carpenter 84
  12. Nick Wey 8dings.

    RESULTS:

    1. Ben Townley
    2. Ryan Morais
    3. Matt Goerke
    4. Mike Alessi
    5. Broc Tickle
    6. Darcy Lange
    7. Jeff Alessi
    8. Ryan Sipes
    9. Zach Osborne
    10. Justin Brayton
    11. Tucker Hibbert
    12. Ricky Renner
    13. Kyle Tobin
    14. Billy Laninovich
    15. Justin Sipes
    16. Thomas Hofmaster
    17. Teddy Maier
    18. Ryan Dungey
    19. Matt Boni
    20. Ronny Jackson
    21. Eric Nye
    22. Kelly Smith

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST COAST SERIES STANDINGS

    1. Ryan Morais 40 points
    2. Matt Goerke 40
    3. Darcy Lange 37
    4. Ryan Dungey 28 (1 win)
    5. Justin Brayton 26
    6. Zach Osborne 26
    7. Ben Townley 25 (1 win)
    8. Ryan Sipes 25
    9. Jeff Alessi 22
    10. Mike Alessi 18
    11. Broc Tickle 16
    12. Branden Jesseman 16
    13. Billy Laninovich 16
    14. Matt Boni 15
    15. Ricky Renner 15
    16. Tucker Hibbert 12
    17. Kelly Smith 11
    18. Sean Collier 10
    19. Kyle Tobin 8
    20. Robert Kiniry 7

    SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

    The Supercross Main Event would not be outdone by the Lites class in the excitement and drama department. Chad Reed charged off the starting gate to take the holeshot, while behind him both Ivan Tedesco and Tim Ferry went down in the sand section, and Ricky Carmichael was sitting just outside the top-five. As the pack moved into the final turn of lap one—a right-hand off-camber one-eighty—James Stewart tried to make a pass around Chad Reed and the two came together and went down. Although Chad quickly got going again, he was sitting back in eighth place. James Stewart, who struggled to get restarted, was in dead last.

    This mess allowed Eric Sorby to move into first place, followed by Kevin Johnson, Nathan Ramsey, Davi Millsaps, and Josh Summey. Sorby held the lead until lap three, when Ricky Carmichael—who had been moving through the top-five—took over the lead, and never looked back. Although both Reed and Stewart were able to rebound from their first lap troubles, neither ever seriously challenged Ricky for first place.

    Stewart in particular put on an amazing display as he rode from last place at the end of lap one, all the way to third place by lap nine. Once in third Stewart set his sights on Reed, and with an aggressive pass in the same corner they tangled in earlier, took over second place on about lap ten. The aggressive move would have the two riders exchanging heated words at the end of the race, and blaming one another for overly aggressive riding (more on that in Monday Kickstart).

    Behind all the action out front, Kevin Windham quietly rode to a solid fourth place, and Nathan Ramsey had his best finish of the year in fifth.

    RESULTS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael
    2. James Stewart
    3. Chad Reed
    4. Kevin Windham
    5. Nathan Ramsey
    6. David Vuillemin
    7. Paul Carpenter
    8. Heath Voss
    9. Eric Sorby
    10. Cole Siebler
    11. Kevin Johnson
    12. Jeff Gibson
    13. Jacob Marsack
    14. Kyle Lewis
    15. Michael Byrne
    16. Davi Millsaps
    17. Tim Ferry
    18. Ryan Clark
    19. Ivan Tedesco
    20. Josh Summey
    21. Travis Preston

    AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

    1. James Stewart 210 points (6 wins)
    2. Chad Reed 191 (1 win)
    3. Tim Ferry 149
    4. Kevin Windham 137
    5. Ricky Carmichael 116
    6. Michael Byrne 114
    7. Heath Voss 107
    8. Ivan Tedesco 103
    9. David Vuillemin 101
    10. Travis Preston 97
    11. Paul Carpenter 84
    12. Nick Wey 80
    13. Jeff Gibson 73
    14. Nathan Ramsey 67
    15. Tyler Evans 45
    16. Eric Sorby 39
    17. Manuel Rivas 37
    18. Josh Summey 34
    19. Cole Siebler 34
    20. Brian Johnson 30

    ey 80

  13. Jeff Gibson 73
  14. Nathan Ramsey 67
  15. Tyler Evans 45
  16. Eric Sorby 39
  17. Manuel Rivas 37
  18. Josh Summey 34
  19. Cole Siebler 34
  20. Brian Johnson 30