Race Report: Unadilla
2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF

Weather looked like it might play a factor as the AMA Toyota Motocross Championships headed to Unadilla in New Berlin, NY for round six of the series. It started to rain Saturday night and into Sunday morning, but despite occasional showers at the start of the first Motocross moto, the slightly redesigned Unadilla circuit held up well and made for some great racing.

In the motocross class the heavily favored James Stewart knocked himself out of the running with a crash in practice on Sunday. Kevin Windham took advantage of the opportunity and went home with the overall win. In the Lites class, Ben Townley grabbed his third overall win of the year.

LITES MOTO ONE

Ryan Dungey bounced back from his concussion at Red Bud with a holeshot in the first Lites moto at Unadilla. Ben Townley, Josh Grant, Josh Hill, and Ryan Villopoto followed the team Makita/Suzuki rider on the opening lap, but a bobble by Villopoto on the back half of the track dropped him back several positions.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley overtook first place on lap two and never looked back, leading the remaining 15 laps of the race. Back in second place, Dungey kept Townley honest, but never made a serious threat to retake the lead.

There were all kinds of position changes happening behind the leaders. On lap two, Yamaha’s Broc Hepler—appearing in his first race of the season after suffering a concussion in January—got by Josh Grant to take over third place. At about the same time Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was making his way through the field and by lap four was right on Hepler’s rear tire. Just when it looked like Ryan would make a pass for third, he ran into Hepler and crashed in the turn just after “Gravity Cavity.” Villopoto limped through one more lap but then had to pull into the mechanic’s area and was unable to finish the race.

Townley held onto the lead, followed by Dungey and Hepler. And at about the midway point of the race Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence made his way by Josh Grant and Josh hill to finish in fourth place.

RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley
  2. Ryan Dungey
  3. Broc Hepler
  4. Jason Lawrence
  5. Josh Hill
  6. Josh Grant
  7. Jake Weimer
  8. Chris Gosselaar
  9. Andrew McFarlane
  10. Martin Davalos

MX MOTO ONE

Motocross moto number one started off with a Mike Alessi holeshot and then quickly developed into an exciting battle between the top six riders, which in the early goings included Red Bull/KTM’s Mike Alessi out front, followed closely by Sobe No Fear/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham, Honda’s Andrew Short, Makita/Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco, and Honda’s Davi Millsaps. On lap three Yamaha’s Grant Langston got by Millsaps, and just one lap later Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry also made it by Davi.

At about the midway point in the race, Alessi and K-Dub were out front battling for the lead, while behind them Short and Tedesco were dueling for third, and further back Langston and Ferry were hashing it out for fifth place. The three separate battles for position continued for several laps as the riders got within striking distance of each other in the corners, and then fanned out slightly down Unadilla’s straightaways. Then, on lap nine we started to see some position changes when Tedesco made it by Short, who dropped back to sixth place by the next lap.

Just a few laps later Tim Ferry started making his move. Red Dog moved as high as third place, but a crash on the final lap of the race sent him back to fifth when it was all over.

Out front, Mike Alessi had a small bobble of his own just a few turns after the finish line on lap thirteen. Alessi’s misstep allowed Windham to take over first place, which he held onto at the finish. Alessi finished in second, Langston mod up to third, and Tedesco and Ferry rounded out the top five.

RESULTS:

  1. Kevin Windham
  2. Mike Alessi
  3. Grant Langston
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Tim Ferry
  6. Andrew Short
  7. Davi Millsaps
  8. Michael Byrne
  9. Gavin Gracyk
  10. David Vuillemin

LITES MOTO TWO

Lites moto number two had the Unadilla faithful on their feet for nearly the entire race. Ryan Villopoto took the holeshot aboard his KX-250F and quickly jumped out to a sizeable lead that continued to grow all the way to the checkered flag. Following him across the line on lap one was Ryan Dungey, Josh Hill, Motosport/Kawasaki’s Steve Boniface, and Red Bull/KTM’s Martin Davalos.

Noticeable absent from the top-five on the opening lap was Villopoto’s teammate, Ben Townley. Townley fell down on the opening lap and was knocked back in the field. But as we’ve seen Ben do before, he wasted no time charging through the field and back towards the front of the pack. At the end of lap one Townley was in ninth place, and just three laps later he had jumped all the way up to third—just behind Yamaha’s Josh Hill and not far from Ryan Dungey. Townley needed to close the gap on Dungey to secure the overall win, and he ended up doing just that.

By lap number eight Ben was in third place behind Dungey and from there it was on. The two young Lites riders wrung out their machines as they flew around the track. Dungey may have thought he had a chance at the overall win if he finished ahead of Ben, but because Townley had the win in moto one—and the extra three points that comes with it—he just needed to finish behind Dungey, as long as Ryan didn’t win. Whatever the case may be, they both raced as though their lives depended on it for the last half of the race. Despite Townley’s hard charge, Dungey held onto second place.

When it was all over, Ryan Villopoto took the moto win, but Ben Townley had the overall victory with his 1-3 performance. Ryan Dungey finished second overall (2-2), and Jason Lawrence grabbed third place overall with a consistent 4-4 run.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Ryan Dungey
  3. Ben Townley
  4. Jason Lawrence
  5. Josh Grant
  6. Steve Boniface
  7. Andrew McFarlane
  8. Matt Goerke
  9. Robert Kiniry
  10. Kyle Chisholm

LITES OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley 1-3
  2. Ryan Dungey 2-2
  3. Jason Lawrence 4-4
  4. Josh Grant 6-5
  5. Andrew McFarlane 9-7
  6. Broc Hepler 3-15
  7. Ryan Villopoto 37-1
  8. Robert Kiniry 11-9
  9. Matt Goerke 13-8
  10. Jake Weimer 7-14
  11. Steve Boniface 17-6
  12. Kyle Chisholm 16-10
  13. Josh Hill 5-32
  14. Branden Jesseman 12-16
  15. Chris Gosselaar 8-23
  16. Joaquim Rodrigues 18-12
  17. Martin Davalos 10-35
  18. Broc Tickle 26-11
  19. Robert Marshall 15-17
  20. Ryan Sipes 14-18

LITES SEASON STANDINGS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (263 points/2 wins)
  2. Ben Townley (263/3 wins)
  3. Josh Grant (215/1 win)
  4. Jason Lawrence (212)
  5. Ryan Dungey (194)
  6. Jake Weimer (131)
  7. Josh Hill (121)
  8. Tommy Hahn (104)
  9. Andrew McFarlane (103)
  10. Broc Tickle (96)
  11. Kyle Chisholm (94)
  12. Matt Goerke (94)
  13. Robert Kiniry (90)
  14. Steve Boniface (59)
  15. Matt Lemoine (55)
  16. Chris Gosselaar (53)
  17. Joaquim Rodrigues (51)
  18. Ryan Morais (44)
  19. Billy Laninovich (44)
  20. Dusty Klatt (44)

MX MOTO TWO

Several MX riders had a legitimate shot at the overall win as they lined up for moto number two. This time around Davi Millsaps was the first rider through turn one, and for the first seven laps of the race it looked like he would hang on for the moto win. But trouble struck Millsaps on lap eight; he went down briefly, and although he quickly remounted his CRF450R, dropped back to about fourth place. This turned the lead over to his Honda teammate, Andrew Short, who had been following behind him since the opening lap.

At this point Kevin Windham was behind Short in third place, followed by Tim Ferry in third. Further back Ivan Tedesco held onto fifth and Mike Alessi was in sixth. If Windham stayed ahead of Alessi, the overall victory would be his.

On lap number eight Tim Ferry started moving up through the leaders; grabbing third place and then ducking past Windham on lap ten. Ferry immediately set his sights on Andrew Short and first place, and didn’t waste anytime making his move; overtaking the lead on lap twelve.

At the end of the 30 minutes + two laps Ferry took the win, followed by Short and Windham. Davi Millsaps passed Tedesco for fourth place on the final lap, and Alessi finished sixth. And After some quick calculations, the overall podium was topped by Windham; Ferry took second overall, and Short grabbed third.

RESULTS:

  1. Tim Ferry
  2. Andrew Short
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Davi Millsaps
  5. Ivan Tedesco
  6. Mike Alessi
  7. David Vuillemin
  8. Gavin Gracyk
  9. Josh Summey
  10. Grant Langston

MX OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Kevin Windham 1-3
  2. Tim Ferry 5-1
  3. Andrew Short 6-2
  4. Mike Alessi 2-6
  5. Ivan Tedesco 4-5
  6. Davi Millsaps 7-4
  7. Grant Langston 3-10
  8. David Vuillemin 10-7
  9. Gavin Gracyk 9-8
  10. Josh Summey 11-9
  11. John Dowd 12-12
  12. Jason Thomas 15-11
  13. Ryan Clark 14-14
  14. Michael Byrne 8-32
  15. Antonio Balbi 18-13
  16. Ryan Mills 13-38
  17. Justin Sipes 23-15
  18. Chris Whitcraft 20-16
  19. Shaun Skinner 16-40
  20. Doug Dehaan 31-17

MX SEASON STANDINGS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (241/5 wins)
  2. James Stewart (225)
  3. Tim Ferry (204/)
  4. Andrew Short (197)
  5. Grant Langston (190)
  6. Mike Alessi (184)
  7. Kevin Windham (177/1 win)
  8. David Vuillemin (135)
  9. Davi Millsaps (134)
  10. Michael Byrne (113)
  11. Gavin Gracyk (103)
  12. Ivan Tedesco (75)
  13. Jeff Alessi (68)
  14. Josh Summey (67)
  15. Jason Thomas (55)
  16. Kyle Lewis (45)
  17. Antonio Balbi (42)
  18. John Dowd (41)
  19. Troy Adams (39)
  20. Ryan Clark (39)

t rider through turn one, and for the first seven laps of the race it looked like he would hang on for the moto win. But trouble struck Millsaps on lap eight; he went down briefly, and although he quickly remounted his CRF450R, dropped back to about fourth place. This turned the lead over to his Honda teammate, Andrew Short, who had been following behind him since the opening lap.

At this point Kevin Windham was behind Short in third place, followed by Tim Ferry in third. Further back Ivan Tedesco held onto fifth and Mike Alessi was in sixth. If Windham stayed ahead of Alessi, the overall victory would be his.

On lap number eight Tim Ferry started moving up through the leaders; grabbing third place and then ducking past Windham on lap ten. Ferry immediately set his sights on Andrew Short and first place, and didn’t waste anytime making his move; overtaking the lead on lap twelve.

At the end of the 30 minutes + two laps Ferry took the win, followed by Short and Windham. Davi Millsaps passed Tedesco for fourth place on the final lap, and Alessi finished sixth. And After some quick calculations, the overall podium was topped by Windham; Ferry took second overall, and Short grabbed third.

RESULTS:

  1. Tim Ferry
  2. Andrew Short
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Davi Millsaps
  5. Ivan Tedesco
  6. Mike Alessi
  7. David Vuillemin
  8. Gavin Gracyk
  9. Josh Summey
  10. Grant Langston

MX OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Kevin Windham 1-3
  2. Tim Ferry 5-1
  3. Andrew Short 6-2
  4. Mike Alessi 2-6
  5. Ivan Tedesco 4-5
  6. Davi Millsaps 7-4
  7. Grant Langston 3-10
  8. David Vuillemin 10-7
  9. Gavin Gracyk 9-8
  10. Josh Summey 11-9
  11. John Dowd 12-12
  12. Jason Thomas 15-11
  13. Ryan Clark 14-14
  14. Michael Byrne 8-32
  15. Antonio Balbi 18-13
  16. Ryan Mills 13-38
  17. Justin Sipes 23-15
  18. Chris Whitcraft 20-16
  19. Shaun Skinner 16-40
  20. Doug Dehaan 31-17

MX SEASON STANDINGS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (241/5 wins)
  2. James Stewart (225)
  3. Tim Ferry (204/)
  4. Andrew Short (197)
  5. Grant Langston (190)
  6. Mike Alessi (184)
  7. Kevin Windham (177/1 win)
  8. David Vuillemin (135)
  9. Davi Millsaps (134)
  10. Michael Byrne (113)
  11. Gavin Gracyk (103)
  12. Ivan Tedesco (75)
  13. Jeff Alessi (68)
  14. Josh Summey (67)
  15. Jason Thomas (55)
  16. Kyle Lewis (45)
  17. Antonio Balbi (42)
  18. John Dowd (41)
  19. Troy Adams (39)
  20. Ryan Clark (39)