TWMX Race Report: ’05 AMA Supercross Series, Round 9; St. Louis, MO

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There were 35 main-event laps run in St. Louis, and they were all led by the race winners in each class. Not only that, but both class winners earned the respective Butterfinger Holeshot Awards in each class. It was truly a night of domination.

125cc Qualifiers

Matt Walker got out front early in the first 125cc heat, only to go down part-way through the race, cutting his finger bad enough to need stitches before the main event. Troy Adams inherited the lead, while Walker picked himself up still in a qualifying position. Adams took the easy victory, followed by Wonder Warthog privateer Robbie Horton, Joaquim Rodrigues, Branden Jesseman and Justin Buckelew. Davi Millsaps, who went down on the opening lap, finished sixth, with Walker seventh, Randy Valade eighth and Brad Ripple in the ninth and final transfer spot.

Josh Hansen grabbed the heat-two holeshot, while Grant Langston and others picked themselves up off of the ground in the first turn. Hansen proceeded to lead every lap of the heat, while Brock Sellards, Steve Boniface, Ryan Mills and Kevin Johnson gave chase. They would finish in that order, followed by Greg Schnell, Chad Johnson, Jeff Dement and Langston, who caught up to the final transfer spot on the second-to-last lap.

Kelly Smith won the 125cc LCQ, followed by Josh Grant, Dennis Ewing, and the second 125cc two-stroke to make a 125cc podium this year, Nathan Skaggs.

250cc Qualifiers

Chad Reed grabbed the heat-one holeshot, followed closely by Kevin Windham. Into the first whoop section, Windham attempted a pass on Reed, and he almost had it completed before Reed ran him high in the ensuing corner to retain the lead. From there, Reed ran off with the heat race, followed by Windham, Sebastien Tortelli and Ernesto Fonseca.

Ricky Carmichael grabbed the lead early in heat two and blitzed to the fastest heat race of the night by 11 seconds, while Mike LaRocco finished second, David Vuillemin finished third and Jeremy McGrath held off Michael Byrne for the final transfer spot.

Sean Hamblin grabbed a rare holeshot in the first semi, and he showed what he can do with a clear track, running away with the race. Travis Preston moved into second early in the race, and he made up some time on Hamblin before the finish, but Hamblin took the easy victory (and his first transfer to a main event since January) over Preston, Tyler Evans, Joe Oehlhof and Keith Johnson.

Andrew Short got out front early in the second semi, followed closely by Michael Byrne. He held Byrne off for the entire six laps to score the win, with Timmy Ferry third, Damon Huffman fourth and Clark Stiles fifth.

Jason Thomas took the LCQ win, but the story of the race was Ryan Clark. Clark got hung up in the gate to start the race. From dead last, he charged like a complete lunatic through the pack and caught and passed Dennis Ewing on the last lap for the final transfer to the main event.

125cc Main

Langston grabbed the holeshot to start the 125cc main, followed closely by Hansen and Boniface. However, Langston was going much quicker, and established about a 10-second lead by the halfway point of the 15-lap race, before he ratcheted it down a notch. Millsaps rounded the first lap 12th after making up a few positions on the opening lap.

By lap 7, Walker relegated Boniface to fourth, only to go down shortly thereafter, handing third to Millsaps. Over the next four laps, Millsaps hunted Hansen down, and on lap 13, he finally made the pass stick for the runner-up spot, where he’d finish. Hansen finished third, with last week’s non-qualifiers Rodrigues and Jesseman rounding out the top five.

250cc Main

Carmichael grabbed yet another holeshot in the final, followed by Ernesto Fonseca, Sebastien Tortelli, Chad Reed, Mike LaRocco and Kevin Windham. Reed got inside Tortelli for third rright away, and Windham hung in right behind him, while Tortelli went down briefly (but still rounded the first lap 11th).

As Carmichael raced away out front, Reed worked on Fonseca, finally getting around the Costa Rican on lap four. By then, however, Carmichael was long gone. Windham followed Chad into third, but he couldn’t hang with the Yamaha pilot for long and settled for the final podium spot. Carmichael eventually recorded the win officially with a little over 6 seconds to spare over Reed, with Windham another 14 seconds back. Vuillemin finished fourth, while Tortelli recovered for fifth.

125cc Main Results:

  1. Grant Langston (Kaw)
  2. Davi Millsaps (Suz)
  3. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  4. Joaquim Rodrigues (Hon)
  5. Branden Jesseman (Suz)
  6. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  7. Greg Schnell (Hon)
  8. Troy Adams (Hon)
  9. Ryan Mills (KTM)
  10. Brock Sellards (Yam)

250cc Main Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  4. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  5. Sebastien Tortelli (Suz)
  6. Ernesto Fonseca (Hon)
  7. Mike LaRocco (Hon)
  8. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  9. Andrew Short (Hon)
  10. Timmy Ferry (Yam)

125cc Eastern Regional Points Standings:

  1. Grant Langston (72/2 wins)
  2. Davi Millsaps (65/1 win)
  3. Josh Hansen (55)
  4. Brock Sellards (40)
  5. Matt Walker (38)
  6. Kelly Smith (37)
  7. Steve Boniface (35)
  8. Joaquim Rodrigues (33)
  9. Troy Adams (31)
  10. Branden Jesseman (30)

THQ/AMA 250cc Supercross Points Standings:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (217/7 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (182/1 win)
  3. Kevin Windham (156/1 win)
  4. Mike LaRocco (149)
  5. David Vuillemin (132)
  6. Sebastien Tortelli (128)
  7. Ernesto Fonseca (123)
  8. Michael Byrne (103)
  9. Heath Voss (95)
  10. Nick Wey (73)
    Tyler Evans (73)