TWMX Race Report: ’05 AMA Supercross Series, Round 7; San Diego, CA

While it had rained for a couple days prior to the San Diego Supercross and there were dire predictions of a mudfest on par with A1, the end result was a decent track, great racing, a come-from-behind 125-class win for Nate Ramsey, and an end to Ricky Carmichael’s win streak…

125 Heats

The night started off with Team Honda’s Andrew Short taking a strong, convincing win over rest the field. Team Green’s Justin Keeney got to show off his continually improving speed by grabbing second (complete with a flapping side panel), while Danny Smith nabbed the third spot.

Billy Laninovich came out with the holeshot in the second 125 heat, only to be quickly passed by Timmy Weigand and Ivan Tedesco. The Monster Energy Pro Circuit rider began to check out. Jay Marmont followed Laninovich for fourth on the first lap, with Chris Gossellar in tow. On the second lap, Laninovich made it past Weigand for second, with Ivan running fast laps out front. Nathan Ramsey started off in seventh place, but quickly moved his way up to third on lap four. Tedesco held on to a solid lead for the win (running an impressive 54.06 lap time in the process!), followed by Laninovich and Ramsay, who both worked their way past crashes in the slippery whoops. Marmont and Gosselaar rounded out the top five.

250 Heats

Kevin Windham grabbed the holeshot out of the first 250 heat, followed by Jeremy McGrath. Chad Reed quickly jumped past them for the lead, and K Dub dropped back behind Jeremy, but made the pass on lap two. THQ World Supercross champ Heath Voss looked fast in fourth. By lap three, Reed began to check out, with Windham and McGrath staying very close in second and third. Windham began to pull away, and a three-way battle began between McGrath, Voss and Vuillemin for third, fourth and fifth. Voss showed some very aggressive riding, taking out a Tuff Block while passing Vuillemin. With only the top four qualifying, the crowd went nuts as Villy and Jeremy locked into a solid race, with DV getting the edge and Voss hounding from right behind. Meanwhile, Reed logged some seriously fast laps out front, with Windham riding a solid race in second. When the checkers flew, the order remained with Reed taking the win, followed by K Dub, Vuillemin, McGrath and Voss.

In the second 250 heat race, fans saw Carmichael take a ridiculous holeshot, followed by Byrne, with a solid battle between Fonseca and Tyler Evans for 3 rd and 4 th , before LaRocco crammed past Evans for fourth. By lap two, Carmichael ran an amazing 50-second lap, and was completely dialed in first. Byrne held onto a solid second, until Carmichael went down hard at the end of the lap. With an array of tweaked front end components, Ricky pulled off the track to get things fixed. Fonseca started rallying on Byrne for first, with LaRocco rounding out the top three. On lap six, Fonseca started fighting Byrne for the lead, and made his move past Byrne, only to be passed by—and then re-pass— the young Australian. Coming into a lot of traffic on lap seven, Fonseca was able to hold onto first for the win, with Byrne’s Kawasaki in tow. LaRocco stayed in third, with Tyler Evans going straight to the main in fourth.

125 LCQ

Busting out a strong start in the 125 LCQ was none other than Bryan Johnson, with a huge first turn pile up taking out the likes of Mertens, Summey and others, and another huge crash in turn three taking out a few more, including Ryan Sipes (who’d crashed three times in his heat race). Lamson grabbed second. Josh Tarantino came out in third, with Mike Sleeter in fourth. On lap two, Jesse Casillas and Ryan Abrigo took each other out while battling Richie Owens for sixth. The lineup remained with San Francisco heat race winner Bryan Johnson taking the win, followed by Lamson, Sleeter, and Tarantino. Richie Owens received the Asterisk Medical card for being the first rider not to make the main.

250 Semi One

>Brandon Butler nabbed the holeshot in the first 250 semi, only to sail off the bike on a huge get off early in the lap. Travis Preston was in second, and able to capitalize on Butler’s mistake by stealing first. Tortelli dropped into second place, with Voss in tow. Antonio Balbi Junior staying consistent in fifth. On lap four, Voss made a huge charge into second, making a very aggressive pass attempt on Preston, nearly taking them both out in the process. Preston was able to hang on for the lead, followed by Voss, Tortelli, and Michael Young.

250 Semi Two

Despite lining up all the way on the outside, Ricky Carmichael pulled a great holeshot, and after one lap, Ricky had four seconds on the rest of the pack. Eric Vallejo, who got a great start, held down second in front of Isaiah Johnson and Brian Mason. Johnson was able to finally squeeze past Eric Vallejo on lap five. When the checkers flew, Ricky took an easy win in his first semi this year, followed by Johnson, Vallejo, Jason Thomas and Mason making the main

250 LCQ

The 250 LCQ was holeshot by Joe Oehlhof, with Bobby Kiniry passing quickly. Sean Hamblin went down in the second turn, killing his chances at making the main. Clark Stiles capitalized on a mistake by Oehlhof, but went down soon after on the finish line double. Jiri Dostal sat in third for the final transfer spot, with Ryan Clark hounding him for the position. On lap three, Clark made the pass on Dostal for third. Ryan almost went down on the same jump as Stiles, but recovered and hung onto the spot. Ending up the moto, Kiniry took the lead, followed by Oehlhof and Clark.

125 Main Event

The main event for the 125 class was holeshot by none other than Billy Laninovich on his Factory Connection Honda, followed by Tedesco and Ramsay. Honda factory rider Andrew Short was hot on Ramsey’s heels. Tedesco made a few bobbles on the first lap, which only helped Laninovich to maintain the lead, before he regained his composure and moved to the front. Paul Carpenter got off to a strong start to take fourth. Laninovich’s bike bobbled on lap two, dropping him back to fourth. Ramsey looked strong ahead of Short, and was trying desperately to keep Tedesco in sight. In the back of the pack, Danny Smith, who sat second in points coming into the race, went down on lap one, along with Partridge and Sleeter. On the beginning of lap five, Nathan Ramsey made a hard charge on Ivan Tedesco, hounding the Kawasaki rider for the lead. Ramsey was able to make the pass stick on Ivan when Tedesco had a small bobble in the whoops. However, Ivan wouldn’t let go of Ramsey that easily: Ivan visibly put the charge on and stayed on the back of Nathan’s KTM. Coming into lappers on lap seven, the duo continued to hold on over Short and Laninovich, with Billy’s teammate Tommy Hahn sticking in fifth. Ramsey held the lead, even showing bursts of speed in the whoops to pull on Ivan. Laninovich hounded Short for third, with the fans going nuts for the hometown boy. On the white flag lap, Tedesco received the pit board signal “PUSH, and clearly did just that. Coming out of the whoops, Ivan put on a hard charge for the lead, but it wasn’t enough to make the pass, and Ramsey took the win. Third place was grabbed by Andrew Short, with Billy Laninovich, Tommy Hahn, Paul Carpenter and Jay Marmont rounding things off.

250 Main Event

Jeremy McGrath led the charge into the first turn of the 250 main, followed by Carmichael. Ricky grabbed the lead from the king by the fourth corner, with Yamaha’s Chad Reed moving into third after a rough start. Vuillemin and Windham stayed right behind Reed, with heavy-hitters Voss and LaRocco right behind. Reed slid into second on lap two, but McGrath did not appear to lose any speed. McGrath, Vuillemin and Windham all bunched up, with Villy and MC passing each other several times. Windham hung behind them, waiting to snag fourth until lap three. Villy got right past again. Just after this, Carmichael came very close to throwing it away in the whoops, allowing Reed to gain a few seconds on RC. Voss made it up past Windham on lap five. At the one-quarter mark, Ricky nailed the fastest lap time of the race, with doing his best to stay with him. An incredible battle then developed between Villy, Voss, Windham, LaRocco and Byrne, with Tortelli in tow, all battling McGrath for the third podium position. Windham dropped back to ninth place on lap seven, looking like he was maybe having bike problems. The incredible five-rider battle continued, with McGrath, Byrne, LaRocco , Voss and Vuillemin all battling hard against each other. At the halfway point, Windham caught fire again and began to move back up, passing a tired-looking McGrath for sixth. Carmichael stayed solid up front, with Chad Reed doing his best in second. LaRocco had a great lap on number 11, closing the gap on Vuillemin, who sat in third. The next lap, Carmichael continued to look solid, lapping McGrath while maintaining the lead. Chad Reed looked solid as well, holding the lappers as his biggest competition. Chad seemed to hold a bit of an advantage through the traffic, as he pulled several seconds on Ricky with five laps to go, closing the gap to less than two seconds. On lap 15, Ricky nearly went off the track while attempting to pass his teammate Tortelli, allowing Reed to get even closer. With four laps to go, RC and Reed both lapped fifth place rider Kevin Windham, with Vuillemin and LaRocco a ways back in third and fourth. On lap two, Reed completely closed in on Carmichael, with RC looking ragged trying to stay up front. With on lap to go, Reed closed in to within two bike lengths. Then, in turn three, Reed dove to the inside, and looking over his shoulder at Carmichael after the pass. Pushing super hard through a whoop section, Ricky went down with less than a lap to go, giving Reed a well-deserved win. Both Chad and RC lapped podium finisher Mike LaRocco, as well as Vuillemin and Windham in fourth and fifth.

125cc Main Event Results

  1. Nathan Ramsey
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Andrew Short
  4. Billy Laninovich
  5. Thomas Hahn
  6. Paul Carpenter
  7. Jay Marmont
  8. Eric McCrummen
  9. Brett Metcalfe
  10. Justin Keeney
  11. Christopher Gosselaar
  12. Steve Lamson
  13. Tim Weigand
  14. Ryan Morais
  15. Logan Darien
  16. Jeremy Chaussee
  17. Joshua Woods
  18. Bryan Johnson
  19. Josh Tarantino
  20. Danny Smith
  21. Kyle Partridge
  22. Michael Sleeter

250cc Main Event Results

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Mike LaRocco
  4. David Vuillemin
  5. Kevin Windham
  6. Sebastien Tortelli
  7. Michael Byrne
  8. Heath Voss
  9. Travis Preston
  10. Jeremy McGrath
  11. Damon Huffman
  12. Tyler Evans
  13. Erick Vallejo
  14. Joseph Oehlhof
  15. Isaiah Johnson
  16. Robert Kiniry
  17. Ernesto Fonseca
  18. Michael Young
  19. Brian Mason
  20. Jason Thomas

illy got right past again. Just after this, Carmichael came very close to throwing it away in the whoops, allowing Reed to gain a few seconds on RC. Voss made it up past Windham on lap five. At the one-quarter mark, Ricky nailed the fastest lap time of the race, with doing his best to stay with him. An incredible battle then developed between Villy, Voss, Windham, LaRocco and Byrne, with Tortelli in tow, all battling McGrath for the third podium position. Windham dropped back to ninth place on lap seven, looking like he was maybe having bike problems. The incredible five-rider battle continued, with McGrath, Byrne, LaRocco , Voss and Vuillemin all battling hard against each other. At the halfway point, Windham caught fire again and began to move back up, passing a tired-looking McGrath for sixth. Carmichael stayed solid up front, with Chad Reed doing his best in second. LaRocco had a great lap on number 11, closing the gap on Vuillemin, who sat in third. The next lap, Carmichael continued to look solid, lapping McGrath while maintaining the lead. Chad Reed looked solid as well, holding the lappers as his biggest competition. Chad seemed to hold a bit of an advantage through the traffic, as he pulled several seconds on Ricky with five laps to go, closing the gap to less than two seconds. On lap 15, Ricky nearly went off the track while attempting to pass his teammate Tortelli, allowing Reed to get even closer. With four laps to go, RC and Reed both lapped fifth place rider Kevin Windham, with Vuillemin and LaRocco a ways back in third and fourth. On lap two, Reed completely closed in on Carmichael, with RC looking ragged trying to stay up front. With on lap to go, Reed closed in to within two bike lengths. Then, in turn three, Reed dove to the inside, and looking over his shoulder at Carmichael after the pass. Pushing super hard through a whoop section, Ricky went down with less than a lap to go, giving Reed a well-deserved win. Both Chad and RC lapped podium finisher Mike LaRocco, as well as Vuillemin and Windham in fourth and fifth.

125cc Main Event Results

  1. Nathan Ramsey
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Andrew Short
  4. Billy Laninovich
  5. Thomas Hahn
  6. Paul Carpenter
  7. Jay Marmont
  8. Eric McCrummen
  9. Brett Metcalfe
  10. Justin Keeney
  11. Christopher Gosselaar
  12. Steve Lamson
  13. Tim Weigand
  14. Ryan Morais
  15. Logan Darien
  16. Jeremy Chaussee
  17. Joshua Woods
  18. Bryan Johnson
  19. Josh Tarantino
  20. Danny Smith
  21. Kyle Partridge
  22. Michael Sleeter

250cc Main Event Results

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Mike LaRocco
  4. David Vuillemin
  5. Kevin Windham
  6. Sebastien Tortelli
  7. Michael Byrne
  8. Heath Voss
  9. Travis Preston
  10. Jeremy McGrath
  11. Damon Huffman
  12. Tyler Evans
  13. Erick Vallejo
  14. Joseph Oehlhof
  15. Isaiah Johnson
  16. Robert Kiniry
  17. Ernesto Fonseca
  18. Michael Young
  19. Brian Mason
  20. Jason Thomas