TWMX Race Report: 2005 U.S. Open Night Two

After winning the first night’s action at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael held down the clear advantage coming into the final night. He did, however, have some competition from an unexpected source. After finishing a relatively close second last night, Team Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne kept RC honest. In their heat race Byrne led Ricky for the first half of the race until a mistake allowed RC to make his move. While in the main Team Amsoil/Chaparral/Honda’s Kevin Windham stayed close to RC until the Suzuki rider pulled away.

In the 125 class team Honda’s Andrew Short was out for redemption. After having bike problems Friday night, and being unable to finish the race, Short did everything he could to get the win. Last night’s winner Team Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe didn¿t go quietly though, he finished second to take the overall victory for the two nights.

Lites Heat One

From the start this race was all about Team Amsoil/Chaparral/Honda’s Billy Laninovich. Billy took the holeshot ahead of his rookie teammate Jake Weimer. From there Laninovich pulled out to a comfortable lead, and failed to make the same mistake he did on Friday night when he fell over with only a few laps to go. On the fifth lap Weimer fell over in a turn, giving Laninovich even more breathing room. Behind the duo Honda rider Dylan Lord held down third. For the remainder of the race the running order never changed. When the checkered flag came out Laninovich took the win followed by Weimer in second and Lord in third.

On the podium Laninovich was happy that he didn¿t crash like he did in Friday night’s main. “I got a good start, and just stayed on two wheels,” Laninovich said. “For me I just need to get out there and get a good start so I can get up with Short and battle.”

Lites Heat Two

There was a lot of action in this race. The start saw Team ECC’s Bobby Kiniry take the holeshot just ahead of Team Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe and Team Honda’s Andrew Short. It all changed a lap later though for Kiniry. Just after the first rhythm section Metcalfe got around the Honda rider. Then a turn later Shorty moved into second pushing Kiniry back to third. Metcalfe’s time in the lead didn¿t last, thought, as Short passed him right as they re-entered the arena. After that Metcalfe bobbled in the whoops allowing Kiniry by once again. From there it got even more interesting. Team Rockstar/Bill’s Pipes/Suzuki’s Mike Brown¿who was in fourth¿caught up to Metcalfe and began pressuring him to get by. Metcalfe didn¿t crack, though, and slowly pulled away. Then a few laps later, Metcalfe began battling with Kiniry for second, after that the two riders came together and they both went down¿Metcalfe got up but Kiniry pulled out of the race. From there Short went on unchallenged for the win, and couldn¿t have been happier to start his night off on a good foot.

“Tonight’s a new night and I’m ready to go,” Short said. “It looks like it’s going to be some close racing there was some bar banging going on. I’m going to do the same thing my Honda is running great.”

While Short was busy being interviewed on the podium, Team Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen and Brown got into an altercation outside the stadium. In the end the AMA docked Hansen two positions forcing him to ride the LCQ. “I saw everybody crash into everybody,” Hansen said. “If there is an altercation Josh Hansen is in it. I got docked two positions and I had to go to the LCQ.”

Supercross Heat One

Holeshot artist Team Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis took the holeshot ahead of Team Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca. Lewis’ time in the lead didn¿t last long though, as Ernie passed Lewis before the conclusion of the first lap. Meanwhile, Team Amsoil/Chaparral/Hond’a Kevin Windham was busy playing catch-up after going down the first turn with Lewis’ teammate Justin Buckelew. By the sixth lap Windham was into fourth and closing fast on the remaining riders. Fonseca, however, was too far ahead for Windham to touch, Ernie’s lead was nearing the 20-second mark. At the finish Fonseca took an easy unchallenged win. After his spirited charge Windham finished second, while Team Subway/Coca Cola/Honda’s Jeff Gibson completed the podium.

As for Windham his spirited charge had the fans on their feet. “My injury isn¿t bothering me that much,” Windham said. “I made most of my passes outside. I’m just hoping that I get a better start in the main.”

Fonseca was happy with his performance. “I got good starts,” Fonseca said, “and I think that you definitely have to get a good start on this tight track. Anything can happen out here.”

Supercross Heat Two

This was the race of the night. The holeshot went to Team Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne while Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael followed closely behind. From there Byrne went on to lead the first seven laps, and gave RC fits as he tried to get around the Australian multiple times. The two riders diced until finally Ricky made a pass stick just before the sweeping turn. Byrne stayed close but just couldn¿t match the Suzuki rider’s speed. A few mistakes later and Carmichael pulled away.

Behind the two riders Team Amsoil/Chaparral/Honda’s Mike LaRocco sat in third, followed by Team MDK’s Nick Wey on his Unbound Energy Honda. From there the running order never changed. At the finish Carmichael crossed the line not far in front of Byrne, while LaRocco finished third. On the podium RC gave Byrne some props.

“I didn¿t get the start that I wanted and Michael was riding really good, so I had to kind of be nice,” Carmichael said. “I had a couple scares but I was able to hold on to it. Once I got up front I was okay.” As for the pass Ricky simply said. “He made a mistake and kind of stood up in the turn, so I cut in on the inside.”

Lites Main Event

This race was all about Andrew Short and he knew it. While Short didn¿t get the holeshot¿that went to Billy Laninovich¿he did move into the lead early and checked out.

Laninovich led the opening lap, but in the final turn of the second lap Short put a textbook block pass on Billy. Then in the next turn Laninovich attempted to retaliate. He tried to cut to the inside of Short, but hit the factory Honda rider and lost his momentum. That small mistake allowed Brett Metcalfe to move into second behind Short. After that Shorty pulled away and by the halfway point Short had an eight-second lead. As for Laninovich, he dropped back after falling, and played catch up the rest of the race. The fall also moved Jake Weimer up to third, where he stayed until the end. When the checkered flag came out the order went Short, Metcalfe and Weimer. In the overall standings Metcalfe took a well-deserved victory. Short finished down in the overall standings after his DNF Friday night.

“We’ve had a great two nights,” Short said. “Last night was a bummer, but we learned from it, and it was a good way to end it. This track definitely calls for close racing and that¿s what makes it exciting.”

As for the overall winner Metcalfe, he was ecstatic to have his first win under his belt. “I’m so happy right now I worked hard for it and I knew all I had to do was beat Billy and Hansen,” Metcalfe said. “I passed Billy on the first two laps and that¿s all I had to do. I really love riding Supercross especially in a tight arena it reminds me of Australia. This is my first podium in a long time and I’m definitely pumped.”

Supercross Main Event

After giving Ricky Carmichael a run for it in the heat race many expected to see Michael Byrne do it again in the main, but it didn¿t happen. Byrne got a horrible start, and as always Carmichael got the holeshot, and was followed closely by Kevin Windham for the opening laps. Windham kept the champ honest for the beginning of the race.

Meanwhile, Byrne moved into third and was being chased by Fonseca, but Ernie couldn¿t reel the Australian in. Up front RC continued to lead, and Windham continued to stay only a few seconds back. Then suddenly Fonseca crashed. As he was picking up his bike Nick Wey was passing by. Ernie lost control of the bike and it shot into Wey sending the Team MDK rider to the ground. Wey got up and continued, but Fonseca pulled out of the race.

By the end of the race RC had amassed a 10-second lead. When the checkered flag came out RC took the night’s win as well as the overall. Windham finished second, and combined with his fifth the night before finished third in the overall. Third on the night went to Byrne. After finishing second on Friday night Byrne took runner-up honors in the overall standings.

Ricky was happy to accept his $100,000 payday. “All in all I had fun, and I appreciate everything,” Carmichael said. “I just can’t believe this. I just can’t believe it the year goes by so fast and you just try to grasp onto it. My competition has stepped it up and I look forward to racing them next year.”

Byrne had an impressive debut aboard the all-new Kawasaki KX-F450. “It was good we came here and just wanted to see how good this bike is,” Burner said.

While third overall doesn¿t get the huge money, Windham was still equally elated to take his payday. “20 grand sure makes it nice. I wanted to do this race because I haven¿t done it in the past couple of years. It’s been nice being here and nice taking the 20 grand. This is kind of like the finale for us. “

U.S. Open Saturday Results

Lites Heat One

  1. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  2. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  3. Dylan Lord (Hon)
  4. Kyle Mace (Hon)
  5. Ricky Jurado (Hon)

Lites Heat Two

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Mike Brown (Suz)
  3. Brad Ripple (Suz)
  4. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  5. Logan Darien (Hon)

Lites LCQ

  1. Bobby Kiniry (Hon)
  2. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  3. Clayton Miller (Hon)
  4. Charles Castloo (Hon)
  5. Kyle Phenix (Hon)

Supercross Heat One

  1. Ernesto Fonseca (Hon)
  2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  3. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
  4. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  5. Rodrig Thain (Hon)

Supercross Heat Two

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Michael Byrne
  3. Mike LaRocco
  4. Nick Wey
  5. Jason Thomas

Supercross Main Event

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  3. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  4. Mike LaRocco (Hon)
  5. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  6. Nick Wey (Hon)
  7. Rodrig Thain (Hon)
  8. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  9. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
  10. Tommy Hofmaster (Hon)

Lites Main Event

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Bret Metcalfe (Yam)
  3. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  4. Robert Kiniry (Hon)
  5. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  6. Josh Hansen  (KTM)
  7. Mike Brown (Suz)
  8. Dylan Lord (Hon)
  9. Kyle Mace (Hon)
  10. Logan Darien (Hon)

Overall

Supercross

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  3. Ernesto Fonseca (Hon)
  4. Mike LaRocco (Hon)
  5. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  6. Nick Wey (Hon)
  7. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  8. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  9. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
  10. Tiger Lacey (Hon)

Lites

  1. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  2. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  3. Robert Kiniry (Hon)
  4. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  5. Andre it didn¿t happen. Byrne got a horrible start, and as always Carmichael got the holeshot, and was followed closely by Kevin Windham for the opening laps. Windham kept the champ honest for the beginning of the race.

    Meanwhile, Byrne moved into third and was being chased by Fonseca, but Ernie couldn¿t reel the Australian in. Up front RC continued to lead, and Windham continued to stay only a few seconds back. Then suddenly Fonseca crashed. As he was picking up his bike Nick Wey was passing by. Ernie lost control of the bike and it shot into Wey sending the Team MDK rider to the ground. Wey got up and continued, but Fonseca pulled out of the race.

    By the end of the race RC had amassed a 10-second lead. When the checkered flag came out RC took the night’s win as well as the overall. Windham finished second, and combined with his fifth the night before finished third in the overall. Third on the night went to Byrne. After finishing second on Friday night Byrne took runner-up honors in the overall standings.

    Ricky was happy to accept his $100,000 payday. “All in all I had fun, and I appreciate everything,” Carmichael said. “I just can’t believe this. I just can’t believe it the year goes by so fast and you just try to grasp onto it. My competition has stepped it up and I look forward to racing them next year.”

    Byrne had an impressive debut aboard the all-new Kawasaki KX-F450. “It was good we came here and just wanted to see how good this bike is,” Burner said.

    While third overall doesn¿t get the huge money, Windham was still equally elated to take his payday. “20 grand sure makes it nice. I wanted to do this race because I haven¿t done it in the past couple of years. It’s been nice being here and nice taking the 20 grand. This is kind of like the finale for us. “

    U.S. Open Saturday Results

    Lites Heat One

    1. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
    2. Jake Weimer (Hon)
    3. Dylan Lord (Hon)
    4. Kyle Mace (Hon)
    5. Ricky Jurado (Hon)

    Lites Heat Two

    1. Andrew Short (Hon)
    2. Mike Brown (Suz)
    3. Brad Ripple (Suz)
    4. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
    5. Logan Darien (Hon)

    Lites LCQ

    1. Bobby Kiniry (Hon)
    2. Josh Hansen (KTM)
    3. Clayton Miller (Hon)
    4. Charles Castloo (Hon)
    5. Kyle Phenix (Hon)

    Supercross Heat One

    1. Ernesto Fonseca (Hon)
    2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    3. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
    4. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
    5. Rodrig Thain (Hon)

    Supercross Heat Two

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. Michael Byrne
    3. Mike LaRocco
    4. Nick Wey
    5. Jason Thomas

    Supercross Main Event

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    3. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
    4. Mike LaRocco (Hon)
    5. Jason Thomas (Hon)
    6. Nick Wey (Hon)
    7. Rodrig Thain (Hon)
    8. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
    9. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
    10. Tommy Hofmaster (Hon)

    Lites Main Event

    1. Andrew Short (Hon)
    2. Bret Metcalfe (Yam)
    3. Jake Weimer (Hon)
    4. Robert Kiniry (Hon)
    5. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
    6. Josh Hansen  (KTM)
    7. Mike Brown (Suz)
    8. Dylan Lord (Hon)
    9. Kyle Mace (Hon)
    10. Logan Darien (Hon)

    Overall

    Supercross

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
    3. Ernesto Fonseca (Hon)
    4. Mike LaRocco (Hon)
    5. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    6. Nick Wey (Hon)
    7. Jason Thomas (Hon)
    8. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
    9. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
    10. Tiger Lacey (Hon)

    Lites

    1. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
    2. Josh Hansen (KTM)
    3. Robert Kiniry (Hon)
    4. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
    5. Andrew Short (Hon)
    6. Jake Weimer (Hon)
    7. Mike Brown (Suz)
    8. Dylan Lord (Hon)
    9. Kyle Mace (Hon)
    10. Logan  Darien (Hon)

    ndrew Short (Hon)

  6. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  7. Mike Brown (Suz)
  8. Dylan Lord (Hon)
  9. Kyle Mace (Hon)
  10. Logan  Darien (Hon)