TWMX Race Report: ’05 AMA Supercross Series, Anaheim 1

One of the most eagerly anticipated Supercross races ever launched the ’05 AMA Supercross Season in Anaheim, but it wasn’t the race everyone had hoped for…it was better.

125 HEATS

Ivan Tedesco grabbed the holeshot at the start of the first heat race of the evening and rode on uncontested for the win. Save for a brief tip over in a sloppy corner, Hot Sauce’s ride was uneventful as he crossed the finish line with a huge margin of victory. WBR Racing’s Ryan Morais and Factory Connection’s Billy Laninovich rounded out the top three. Casualties in the first heat included Suzuki’s Broc Hepler, who was taken out in a huge lap one pileup, and Honda Andrew Short, who swapped out spectacularly as he left the face of a jump and clipped KTM’s Jay Marmont, who he was battling for second with. Neither rider remounted in time to qualify directly for the main event.

KTM’s Nathan Ramsey assumed control of the second heat on his new 250cc four-stroke after a brief scuffle with MotoSport Outlet’s Steve Lamson on the opening lap. Lamson slid out and dropped to a distant second, ahead of the lone two-stroke in the field, piloted by Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe. A brody in a muddy g-out left Metcalfe struggling to find traction, however, leaving third place to Honda privateer Ryan Abrigo. Surprise non-qualifiers in the second heat included Pro Circuit’s Paul Carpenter, who suffered a hairy crash early in the race when he parted company with his KX250F midair.

250 HEATS

James Stewart got a great jump off the line in the first 250 heat race, but he lost all momentum in a deep puddle halfway down the start straight and dropped to mid pack. Kyle Lewis grabbed the holeshot on his Moto XXX Honda, but crowd favorite Jeremy McGrath stole the lead from him three quarters of a lap into the race. While McGrath pulled away, Lewis fought off the advances of Mike LaRocco, Heath Voss and Stewart, who was riding like a man possessed as he slipped and slopped through the pack. Stewart’s strong points were the whoop sections, as he was able to blitz through them as if they were dry. McGrath crashed on the finish line jump on the start of the fourth lap and Stewart raced past and on to an easy win, in spite of a small stall on the last lap. LaRocco made his way past Lewis for second at the finish, but the Moto XXX rider was able to fend off a hard-charging Michael Byrne until the checkered flag.

Chad Reed and Ricky Carmichael were 1-2 at the start of the second heat race, but Reed pinned his factory Yamaha and jumped the first base line triple jump and pulled out an immediate lead over RC. RC charged unbelievably hard through the sand section and stuffed his way into the lead in the corner before the finish line, but Reedy used the same gutsy move over the triple on the next lap to soar over RC’s head and back into the lead. To the delight of the crowd, a bobble by Reed at the start of the third lap allowed RC to jump back into the lead. Out front, Carmichael figured out Reed’s line over the triple and began to make the leap on the fifth lap, while Chad made bobble after bobble and allowed the Suzuki rider to pull away. On lap six, RC began to lap riders including Travis Pastrana, Ernesto Fonseca, and Sebastien Tortelli, while Reed fell in between two jumps and lost control of second to Kevin Windham. On the last lap, RC suffered a ferocious swap off the triple and actually landed off the course, but managed to regroup before the next double and he never lost a beat. We’re betting that the flagman standing on the top of the next double had a little mud in his shorts after that one… At the checkers, it was RC by a mile, Windham, Reed and David Vuillemin.

125 LCQ

The three-lap last chance qualifier for the 125cc class was greeted with heavy rain. Hepler stormed into the lead with Short in tow, while the rest of the field struggled to stay upright. Jesse Casillas assumed control of third onhe second lap, while Short actually reeled in Hepler and challenged for the lead. Short zapped Hepler in the whoops on the last lap and scored the win. Casillas and MDK Motorsports’ Eric McCrummen earned the final two transfers in third and fourth.

250 LCQ

Heavy rain continued to fall when the gate dropped at the start of the 250cc lasr chance qualifier, and Jeff Gibson grabbed a huge holeshot on his Subway Honda. Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca worked into second quickly after a top-five start, and leapt into the lead as he crossed the finish line double to start lap two. Joe Oehlhof controlled third on the first lap but MDK Motorports’ Nick Wey rallied past in the messy conditions and stayed there to the finish.

125 MAIN

When the gate dropped to start the first 125cc Western Regional main event of the season, defending champ Tedesco snared the holeshot ahead of Ryan Morais, Ramsey, Lamson and Tommy Hahn. Nate Dog and Morais got together halfway through the first lap and Morais went down, leaving Ramsey to chase after Tedesco. Short was mired at the start and ran at the back of the pack,. Ramsey caught and passed Tedesco on lap three, while Samsung Honda’s Josh Woods also moved up to challenge the leaders. Japanese Motosport Outlet Honda rider Akira Narita, looked smooth and in control as he circulated the track in fourth ahead of his teammate Lamson. Woods snuck underneath Tedesco for second at the start of the fifth lap and began to pull away, chasing after Ramsey, who enjoyed a 14 second lead.

Hahn began to find his rhythm on the sixth lap and moved past Lamson and began to challenge Narita. Hahn moved past when Narita failed to clear a tricky jump section on the ninth lap, leaving the Japanese rider to fend off the advances of Lamson. As the race wore on Tedesco began to look less and less comfortable in the muck, and Hahn closed within striking distance on the 10 th lap. Tedesco struck back, however, reclaiming the position on the very next lap, only to have Hahn jump over his head on the first baseline triple (which he doubled.) Tedesco tipped over in a rut on the last lap and allowed Lamson past, then fell over on a jump a few feet later and stalled his bike. Sadly, Tedesco was unable to restart his machine and never crossed the finish line. Immediately after the race, the scoreboard credited Ramsey with the win, Woods with second, and Narita with third, Hahn with fourth and Tedesco with fifth, even though he still sat on the track with a stalled motorcycle.

125cc Main Event Results

  1. Nathan Ramsey
  2. Josh Woods
  3. Akira Narita
  4. Thomas Hahn
  5. Steve Lamson
  6. Ryan Sipes
  7. Danny Smith
  8. Ivan Tedesco
  9. Brett Metcalfe
  10. Richie Owens
  11. Eric Mccrummen
  12. Ryan Morais
  13. Sean Collier
  14. Billy Laninovich
  15. Jesse Casillas
  16. Bryan Johnson
  17. Jacob Martin
  18. Broc Hepler
  19. Ryan Abrigo
  20. Andrew Short
  21. Jay Marmont
  22. Travis Bannister

250 MAIN

A torrential downpour greeted the 250cc class riders at the start of the main, and the holeshot went to Carmichael, followed closely by Windham, Stewart, Fonseca and Reed. RC jumped the triple on the first lap and established an immediate lead, while Stewart went over the bars in the whoops on lap one while trying to blitz past K-Dub. By the third lap, RC enjoyed a 10-second lead over Windham, who in turn led Reed by 11 seconds. Pastrana, LaRocco, Tortelli, Wey, and Gibson led a hard-charging Bubba as they began lap four.

Lap five spelled disaster for RC, as he fell in between two jumps and struggled to remount his Suzuki. By the time he uprighted his machine, both Windham and Reed had made their way past. When RC started his bike, however, his troubles were not over. Riding backwards on the track to try and find a spot to gain enough traction to turn around, RC fell again as he spun his Suzuki around and struggled again to pick it up and get it started. By the time he got going again, he was in eight and barely ahead of Windham, who led the race and was coming around to lap him. Once moving, RC made an unbelievable charge and worked his way back into third within a matter of two laps, displacing Pastrana, Tortelli and LaRocco. Reed took a spill in the whoops on lap eight with RC closing fast, and Carmichael actually clipped the champ’s bike as he swapped past.

Windham stalled his bike and suffered a big scare on the ninth lap as he struggled to get it started. As soon as Windham fired his bike again, the crowd went nuts on the other side of the stadium when RC leapt the triple while in second and proceeded to fall over. RC remounted just in time to keep LaRocco from passing, but fell in the whoops half a lap later and dropped to third. At this time, Reed was seen leaving the stadium with a non-running bike.

After no less than four crashes, RC began to look a little worn out and his teammate Tortelli found his way past on the penultimate lap. Tortelli, however, fell in the whoops and remounted safely in fourth once RC had past.

At the checkered flag, Windham scored a surprising win, nearly three quarters of a lap ahead of LaRocco, who in turn enjoyed a half lap over RC. Ricky earned a five-second penalty for riding backwards on the track, but had 6.3 seconds on Tortelli, so he still ended up in his correct finishing position. Sebastien was the last rider to finish on the same lap as Windham.

250cc Main Event Results

  1. Kevin Windham
  2. Mike LaRocco
  3. Ricky Carmichael
  4. Sebastien Tortelli
  5. James Stewart
  6. Nicholas Wey
  7. David Vuillemin
  8. Jeff Gibson
  9. Ernesto Fonseca
  10. Travis Pastrana
  11. Heath Voss
  12. Tyler Evans
  13. Michael Byrne
  14. Joseph Oehlhof
  15. Damon Huffman
  16. Chad Reed
  17. Antonio Jorge Balbi Junior
  18. Kyle Lewis
  19. Robbie Reynard
  20. Jeremy McGrath

y and find a spot to gain enough traction to turn around, RC fell again as he spun his Suzuki around and struggled again to pick it up and get it started. By the time he got going again, he was in eight and barely ahead of Windham, who led the race and was coming around to lap him. Once moving, RC made an unbelievable charge and worked his way back into third within a matter of two laps, displacing Pastrana, Tortelli and LaRocco. Reed took a spill in the whoops on lap eight with RC closing fast, and Carmichael actually clipped the champ’s bike as he swapped past.

Windham stalled his bike and suffered a big scare on the ninth lap as he struggled to get it started. As soon as Windham fired his bike again, the crowd went nuts on the other side of the stadium when RC leapt the triple while in second and proceeded to fall over. RC remounted just in time to keep LaRocco from passing, but fell in the whoops half a lap later and dropped to third. At this time, Reed was seen leaving the stadium with a non-running bike.

After no less than four crashes, RC began to look a little worn out and his teammate Tortelli found his way past on the penultimate lap. Tortelli, however, fell in the whoops and remounted safely in fourth once RC had past.

At the checkered flag, Windham scored a surprising win, nearly three quarters of a lap ahead of LaRocco, who in turn enjoyed a half lap over RC. Ricky earned a five-second penalty for riding backwards on the track, but had 6.3 seconds on Tortelli, so he still ended up in his correct finishing position. Sebastien was the last rider to finish on the same lap as Windham.

250cc Main Event Results

  1. Kevin Windham
  2. Mike LaRocco
  3. Ricky Carmichael
  4. Sebastien Tortelli
  5. James Stewart
  6. Nicholas Wey
  7. David Vuillemin
  8. Jeff Gibson
  9. Ernesto Fonseca
  10. Travis Pastrana
  11. Heath Voss
  12. Tyler Evans
  13. Michael Byrne
  14. Joseph Oehlhof
  15. Damon Huffman
  16. Chad Reed
  17. Antonio Jorge Balbi Junior
  18. Kyle Lewis
  19. Robbie Reynard
  20. Jeremy McGrath