TWMX Race Report: 2006 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross GP, Atlanta

After an uncharacteristic off weekend at the previous round in St. Louis (thanks to a bike-related DNF), and then the shocking announcement that he would be penalized 25 points for illegal fuel it was easy to say that Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael was out to prove something at round eight of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series in Atlanta.

Out to show to everyone that he isn’t a cheater, like the 25-point penalty might suggest, RC climbed up from a so-so start in the main event to reel in series points leader, Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed, and ride away for the victory. In his 100th AMA Supercross career start Carmichael notched his fourth victory of the season.

In the Supercross Lites Class, Team Sobe/Samsung Wireless/Honda’s Josh Grant rode a fast consistent race to take the first win of his young career. Grant outlasted pressure early on from Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps, to run away for the win.

Supercross Lites Heat 1

When the gate dropped it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar heading into the first turn first with the holeshot, while Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Branden Jesseman followed not far behind. A few turns into the race Team Star Racing/Yamaha’s Matt Goerke briefly moved into second, but was re-passed by Jesseman a few turns later.

Behind the lead trio, Team Faith’s Kevin Johnson circulated the track in fourth, with Red Bull KTM’s Jay Marmont (who was riding his first race in some time after returning from injury) not far behind in fifth.

As the race wore on the top three remained the same, Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant began to move up after being buried deep in the pack off the start. As it turned out, by the final lap Grant worked his way up to fourth.

With a lap to go, it was Gosselaar, Jesseman, Goerke, and Grant, and as they circulated the track Grant began to pressure Goerke for third, but it was too little too late. When the checkered flag flew Gosselaar took the win followed by Jesseman and Goerke. Grant was forced to settle for fourth.

Results

  1. Chris Gosselaar
  2. Branden Jesseman
  3. Matt Goerke
  4. Josh Grant
  5. Kevin Johnson
  6. Josh Summey
  7. Kyle Chisholm
  8. Jay Marmont
  9. Sean Hamblin

Supercross Lites Heat 2

Though Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen was suffering from back problems before the race, and took an epidural shot to try to alleviate the pain, he still grabbed the holeshot with MotoSport Outlet/MSR/Honda’s Bobby Kiniry in tow. Behind the lead duo, was the Star Racing Yamaha duo of Bryan Johnson and Martin Davalos, and Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps. It wasn’t long, though, before Millsaps went by his MTF training partner, and rookie racer, Davalos, and into the third spot.

The whoops claimed a couple riders, with Yamaha of Troy’s Matt Walker going down early, while later on in the heat the whoops would also claim Bobby Kiniry.

On just the third lap Millsaps had moved into second, and began reeling in Hansen. Then on the last lap the gap closed considerably, and in a side-by-side sprint to the finish, Hansen hung onto the win. Finishing second was an excited Davalos.

Results

  1. Josh Hansen
  2. Davi Millsaps
  3. Martin Davalos
  4. Donnie McGourty
  5. Tommy Hahn
  6. Teddy Maier
  7. Josh Woods
  8. Michael Blose
  9. Chad Ward

Supercross Heat 1

The start of heat one looked like the race that everyone had come to see. As Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart grabbed the holeshot with Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael right behind him. James was on the gas, though, and put 1.7 seconds on Ricky after just the first lap.

Meanwhile, behind the lead duo, Team Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne, Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Mike Brown and Team Solitaire’s Ryan Clark were all battling for the final transfer position. Further back in the pack, Mike LaRocco went down harin the whoops and dropped to the back of the pack.

As it turned out, Ryan Clark passed Brown and immediately began to solidify his position in the final transfer position, while up front Stewart continued to add to his gap for the next several laps. Towards the end of the heat, however, Carmichael started closing back up, getting as close as Stewart’s rear wheel before the checkered flag. Stewart took the win, with Carmichael close behind. After the race Stewart said that he didn’t want to ride over his head and risk falling for the heat win. The track was rough and RC was riding hard.

As for Clark, towards the end of the race Team Moto XXX’s Tim Ferry passed Mike Brown for fifth, and began to close on Ryan Clark. Tim went by the Team Solitaire rider, but Clark re-passed him in the whoops before the finish to claim the final transfer spot by a hair.

Results

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Michael Byrne
  4. Ryan Clark

Supercross Heat 2

Team Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca grabbed the holeshot in Heat 2, with Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed close behind, and we mean really close. As the pack raced down the first rhythm section Reed began to inch even closer on Ernie, until over the final jump the Yamaha rider got so close he landed on Fonseca’s arm. With that Reed flew to the ground, while Fonseca narrowly avoided crashing. In the meantime, Team BooKoo’s David Vuillemin went by Fonseca and into the lead, followed by Team Bloodshot Rockstar Energy’s Tyler Evans. Fonseca settled into third, with Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco and Team Tamer’s Jacob Saylor not far behind.

By the time Reed remounted he had dropped to the back of the pack, he did however put his head down and charge to try to transfer out of the heat. He even set the fastest lap of the heat in traffic, but in the end he didn’t make the cut and was forced to ride the semi.

In third, Tyler Evans started slipping backwards, and with heavy pressure from Tedesco and Travis Preston he soon found himself in fifth. Up front, Vuillemin had built up a 3.4 second lead, but Ernie was closing in fast.

At the halfway mark, it was still Vuillemin, followed by Fonseca, Tedesco, Preston, Evans, and Saylor. That all changed, though, as the race neared the end.

With a lap to go, Fonseca passed Vuillemin, but DV quickly repassed him¿for a moment. Behind them, Tedesco was stalking them both.

Finally, on the last lap, Ernie and Tedesco both got by DV, and Fonseca took a heat race win for the second week in a row.

Results

  1. Ernesto Fonseca
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. David Vuillemin
  4. Travis Preston

Supercross Lites LCQ

The start of this race saw Team BooKoo’s Steve Boniface launch off the line and into the lead, followed by Bobby Kiniry. Kiniry, however, moved into the lead, for a few straights, but was repassed by Boniface after casing a jump before the conclusion of the first lap. Bryan Johnson was in third,

Behind the lead duo were Bryan Johnson and Tommy Harrison. Kelly Smith snuck by Tommy Harrison for the final transfer spot. After that, things looked settled for the four transfer spots before Justin Buckelew crashed while trying to pass Kelly Smith. Then Kelly stalled his bike, and Tucker Hibbert took advantage, sliding into the final transfer position, while Kelly Smith restarted in time to grab the Asterisk Medic Card.

Results

  1. Steve Boniface
  2. Bobby Kiniry
  3. Bryan Johnson
  4. Tucker Hibbert

Supercross Semi 1

Erick Vallejo took the holeshot, but got stuck in a Tuff Block in the first turn. The mistake allowed Brock Sellards (who was running Ride for A-T graphics) to move into the lead, followed by Team Sobe/Samsung Wireless/Honda’s Mike LaRocco, Mike Brown, Keith Johnson, and Moto XXX’s Tim Ferry.

While Sellards and LaRocco battled up front for the lead, Keith Johnson passed Brown for third, while Jason Thomas passed Ferry for the final transfer position.

Up front, Sellards and LaRocco battled until the end. In fact, the duo crossed the finish line only a few bike lengths apart. Behind them, Ferry worked his way back around Thomas to grab the final transfer spot.

Results

  1. Brock Sellards
  2. Mike LaRocco
  3. Keith Johnson
  4. Mike Brown
  5. Tim Ferry

Supercross Semi 2

Kawasaki mounted Damien Plotts led the pack to the first turn, but gave up the lead to Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis, while Subway/Coca-Cola/Honda’s Jeff Gibson sat in third, with Doug Dehaan fourth.

As for Chad Reed, he was buried way back on the start, and had some serious work ahead. While Rockstar/Bloodshot/Suzuki rider Tyler Evans crashed early, and dropped out of the transfer spots.

Meanwhile, both Reed and Nick Wey were charging through the pack, looking for transfer positions and to better their gate picks with each position they made up.

On the third lap, Reed moved into second behind Lewis, and it wasn’t long after that that Chad took over the lead¿he did so over the finish line double. Meanwhile, NYK moved up from ninth to fourth by the finish, and the finishing order went: Reed, Lewis, Gibson, Wey and Jeff Dement.

Results

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Kyle Lewis
  3. Jeff Gibson
  4. Nick Wey
  5. Jeff Dement

Supercross LCQ

This race was all or nothing for a lot of riders, and Clark Stiles and Jason Thomas were duking it out for the last two spots in the Supercross main for most of the laps, with Tyler Evans sitting in third.

After only a few laps Evans made his move on Thomas and into second, after that he quickly moved by Stiles and into the lead, while Thomas still sat in third waiting for a mistake from either one. Unfortunately, though, Thomas came into contact with Stiles in mid-air and went down.

On the last lap Honda mounted Erick Vallejo got close to Stiles, but couldn’t make a pass stick. In the end, Evans and Stiles moved on as the final two riders to the Supercross Class main.

Results

  1. Tyler Evans
  2. Clark Stiles

Supercross Lites Main

The “first” start saw Chris Gosselaar grabbed the holeshot for the second week in a row, but Josh Hansen moved to the lead with Josh Grant close behind in second. The race was quickly red-flagged, however, when, on the first lap, Honda privateer Chad Ward crashed hard in a vulnerable spot. The medical crews tended to the downed rider before the main was restarted.

On the second time around Grant took the holeshot, and was followed closely by Josh Hansen, Steve Boniface, and Davi Millsaps. In the opening laps the top four riders battled for position, but it didn’t last long, as Boniface went down hard in the same rhythm section that Ward fell victim to. Boniface went over the bars and into the next jump, leaving Hansen nowhere to go, and he ran right over Boniface and his bike. After that Hansen pulled to the mechanic’s area for adjustments to his bike.

The resulting crash left Millsaps and Grant fighting for the lead. Behind them, Martin Davalos was in third, Matt Goerke fourth, Jay Marmont fifth, and last week’s third placed rider Branden Jesseman sixth.

Shortly after the first third of the main, Millsaps had moved to the front, but went down and Josh Grant reassumed the lead with Davalos in second. Once he remounted his CRF250R Millsaps was in fourth, but charging hard, as he was a half-second faster than everyone on his fastest lap.

Near the halfway point, Millsaps closed on Goerke, and then moved into third.

Two-thirds of the way through, Josh Grant continued to lead, followed by Davalos, Millsaps, Goerke, Jesseman, Michael Blose, and Teddy Maier.

With one lap to go, Grant was still in the lead and on cruise controKeith Johnson passed Brown for third, while Jason Thomas passed Ferry for the final transfer position.

Up front, Sellards and LaRocco battled until the end. In fact, the duo crossed the finish line only a few bike lengths apart. Behind them, Ferry worked his way back around Thomas to grab the final transfer spot.

Results

  1. Brock Sellards
  2. Mike LaRocco
  3. Keith Johnson
  4. Mike Brown
  5. Tim Ferry

Supercross Semi 2

Kawasaki mounted Damien Plotts led the pack to the first turn, but gave up the lead to Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis, while Subway/Coca-Cola/Honda’s Jeff Gibson sat in third, with Doug Dehaan fourth.

As for Chad Reed, he was buried way back on the start, and had some serious work ahead. While Rockstar/Bloodshot/Suzuki rider Tyler Evans crashed early, and dropped out of the transfer spots.

Meanwhile, both Reed and Nick Wey were charging through the pack, looking for transfer positions and to better their gate picks with each position they made up.

On the third lap, Reed moved into second behind Lewis, and it wasn’t long after that that Chad took over the lead¿he did so over the finish line double. Meanwhile, NYK moved up from ninth to fourth by the finish, and the finishing order went: Reed, Lewis, Gibson, Wey and Jeff Dement.

Results

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Kyle Lewis
  3. Jeff Gibson
  4. Nick Wey
  5. Jeff Dement

Supercross LCQ

This race was all or nothing for a lot of riders, and Clark Stiles and Jason Thomas were duking it out for the last two spots in the Supercross main for most of the laps, with Tyler Evans sitting in third.

After only a few laps Evans made his move on Thomas and into second, after that he quickly moved by Stiles and into the lead, while Thomas still sat in third waiting for a mistake from either one. Unfortunately, though, Thomas came into contact with Stiles in mid-air and went down.

On the last lap Honda mounted Erick Vallejo got close to Stiles, but couldn’t make a pass stick. In the end, Evans and Stiles moved on as the final two riders to the Supercross Class main.

Results

  1. Tyler Evans
  2. Clark Stiles

Supercross Lites Main

The “first” start saw Chris Gosselaar grabbed the holeshot for the second week in a row, but Josh Hansen moved to the lead with Josh Grant close behind in second. The race was quickly red-flagged, however, when, on the first lap, Honda privateer Chad Ward crashed hard in a vulnerable spot. The medical crews tended to the downed rider before the main was restarted.

On the second time around Grant took the holeshot, and was followed closely by Josh Hansen, Steve Boniface, and Davi Millsaps. In the opening laps the top four riders battled for position, but it didn’t last long, as Boniface went down hard in the same rhythm section that Ward fell victim to. Boniface went over the bars and into the next jump, leaving Hansen nowhere to go, and he ran right over Boniface and his bike. After that Hansen pulled to the mechanic’s area for adjustments to his bike.

The resulting crash left Millsaps and Grant fighting for the lead. Behind them, Martin Davalos was in third, Matt Goerke fourth, Jay Marmont fifth, and last week’s third placed rider Branden Jesseman sixth.

Shortly after the first third of the main, Millsaps had moved to the front, but went down and Josh Grant reassumed the lead with Davalos in second. Once he remounted his CRF250R Millsaps was in fourth, but charging hard, as he was a half-second faster than everyone on his fastest lap.

Near the halfway point, Millsaps closed on Goerke, and then moved into third.

Two-thirds of the way through, Josh Grant continued to lead, followed by Davalos, Millsaps, Goerke, Jesseman, Michael Blose, and Teddy Maier.

With one lap to go, Grant was still in the lead and on cruise control. When the checkered flag came out he took his first-ever SX win, but behind him the action wasn’t over. On the final lap, Millsaps moved by Martin Davalos and into second, but even still, Davalos held on to score a podium in his second-ever SX. Last week’s third place finisher, Branden Jesseman took fourth.

Results

  1. Josh Grant (Honda)
  2. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
  3. Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
  4. Branden Jesseman (Yamaha)
  5. Matt Goerke (Yamaha)
  6. Michael Blose (Yamaha)
  7. Teddy Maier (Kawasaki)
  8. Bobby Kiniry (Honda)
  9. Chris Gosselaar (Kawasaki)
  10. Sean Hamblin (Suzuki)
  11. Josh Summey (Honda)
  12. Donnie McGourty (Kawasaki)
  13. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
  14. Bryan Johnson (Yamaha)
  15. Josh Woods (Suzuki)
  16. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  17. Tucker Hibbert (Yamaha)
  18. Jay Marmont (KTM)
  19. Steve Boniface (Honda)
  20. Tommy Hahn (Honda)
  21. Kevin Johnson (Yamaha)
  22. Chad Ward (Honda)

Supercross Main

In this exciting race, Chad Reed grabbed his first main event holeshot of the season, while James Stewart went down right after the first turn¿in the rhythm section that was giving everyone else problems all night¿with Brock Sellards and Jeff Dement. As for Ricky Carmichael, he started about seventh, but quickly went to work on the riders in front of him. After the first lap the running order was Reed, Ivan Tedesco, Michael Byrne, Ryan Clark, Ernesto Fonseca, Carmichael and Nick Wey.

On lap three, Carmichael had already worked his way up to fourth and quickly went by Michael Byrne into third. Further back in the pack, Stewart had quickly remounted, untroubled by the bike starting problems that plagued him last week in St. Louis. And by the fourth lap, he had already begun moving into the top ten. At about the same time, RC had moved into second after passing his teammate Tedesco.

After five laps, Reed had a five-second lead over Carmichael, Tedesco was third, Byrne fourth, Fonseca fifth, and Nick Wey sixth. As for the hard-charging Stewart, he was eighth.

Over the next couple laps, Stewart moved into seventh, while Carmichael began making serious time on Reed.

At the halfway point, RC moved by Reed, and into the lead, while Stewart sat in fourth with his eyes on Tedesco in third. After getting passed Reed hung close to Ricky and looked like he might have something in mind for the closing stages of the race.

In the closing quarter of the main, Stewart moved by Tedesco for the final podium spot, while Ricky cruised in for the win ahead of Reed. As it turned out Reed remained close to RC but just couldn’t make a move.

After the race Reed was pleased with his performance, even if he didn’t win. “I kind of rode a little tight,” Reed said. “I thought I had some good lines behind Ricky, but I got jacked by a lapper. I am happy to have led some laps, gotten a holeshot, and end up here on the podium.”

As for RC, he was happy to win and prove to everyone that, lead or no lead in his fuel he is still a contender. “I’m going to try and win every race, and whatever happens behind me I can’t control that,” Ricky said, ” I’m going to try and make it bittersweet for these guys.”

Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki)
  2. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
  3. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki)
  5. Ernesto Fonseca (Honda)
  6. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)
  7. Nick Wey (Honda)
  8. Mike LaRocco (Honda)
  9. Ryan Clark (Honda)
  10. Travis Preston (Honda)
  11. Tyler Evans (Suzuki)
  12. Mike Brown (Suzuki)
  13. Jeff Gibson (Honda)
  14. Clark Stiles (Yamaha)
  15. Tim Ferry (Honda)
  16. Keith Johnson (Yamaha)
  17. Jeff Dement (Suzuki)
  18. Brock Sellards (Honda)
  19. David Vuillemin (Honda)

ntrol. When the checkered flag came out he took his first-ever SX win, but behind him the action wasn’t over. On the final lap, Millsaps moved by Martin Davaloos and into second, but even still, Davalos held on to score a podium in his second-ever SX. Last week’s third place finisher, Branden Jesseman took fourth.

Results

  1. Josh Grant (Honda)
  2. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
  3. Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
  4. Branden Jesseman (Yamaha)
  5. Matt Goerke (Yamaha)
  6. Michael Blose (Yamaha)
  7. Teddy Maier (Kawasaki)
  8. Bobby Kiniry (Honda)
  9. Chris Gosselaar (Kawasaki)
  10. Sean Hamblin (Suzuki)
  11. Josh Summey (Honda)
  12. Donnie McGourty (Kawasaki)
  13. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
  14. Bryan Johnson (Yamaha)
  15. Josh Woods (Suzuki)
  16. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  17. Tucker Hibbert (Yamaha)
  18. Jay Marmont (KTM)
  19. Steve Boniface (Honda)
  20. Tommy Hahn (Honda)
  21. Kevin Johnson (Yamaha)
  22. Chad Ward (Honda)

Supercross Main

In this exciting race, Chad Reed grabbed his first main event holeshot of the season, while James Stewart went down right after the first turn¿in the rhythm section that was giving everyone else problems all night¿with Brock Sellards and Jeff Dement. As for Ricky Carmichael, he started about seventh, but quickly went to work on the riders in front of him. After the first lap the running order was Reed, Ivan Tedesco, Michael Byrne, Ryan Clark, Ernesto Fonseca, Carmichael and Nick Wey.

On lap three, Carmichael had already worked his way up to fourth and quickly went by Michael Byrne into third. Further back in the pack, Stewart had quickly remounted, untroubled by the bike starting problems that plagued him last week in St. Louis. And by the fourth lap, he had already begun moving into the top ten. At about the same time, RC had moved into second after passing his teammate Tedesco.

After five laps, Reed had a five-second lead over Carmichael, Tedesco was third, Byrne fourth, Fonseca fifth, and Nick Wey sixth. As for the hard-charging Stewart, he was eighth.

Over the next couple laps, Stewart moved into seventh, while Carmichael began making serious time on Reed.

At the halfway point, RC moved by Reed, and into the lead, while Stewart sat in fourth with his eyes on Tedesco in third. After getting passed Reed hung close to Ricky and looked like he might have something in mind for the closing stages of the race.

In the closing quarter of the main, Stewart moved by Tedesco for the final podium spot, while Ricky cruised in for the win ahead of Reed. As it turned out Reed remained close to RC but just couldn’t make a move.

After the race Reed was pleased with his performance, even if he didn’t win. “I kind of rode a little tight,” Reed said. “I thought I had some good lines behind Ricky, but I got jacked by a lapper. I am happy to have led some laps, gotten a holeshot, and end up here on the podium.”

As for RC, he was happy to win and prove to everyone that, lead or no lead in his fuel he is still a contender. “I’m going to try and win every race, and whatever happens behind me I can’t control that,” Ricky said, ” I’m going to try and make it bittersweet for these guys.”

Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki)
  2. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
  3. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki)
  5. Ernesto Fonseca (Honda)
  6. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)
  7. Nick Wey (Honda)
  8. Mike LaRocco (Honda)
  9. Ryan Clark (Honda)
  10. Travis Preston (Honda)
  11. Tyler Evans (Suzuki)
  12. Mike Brown (Suzuki)
  13. Jeff Gibson (Honda)
  14. Clark Stiles (Yamaha)
  15. Tim Ferry (Honda)
  16. Keith Johnson (Yamaha)
  17. Jeff Dement (Suzuki)
  18. Brock Sellards (Honda)
  19. David Vuillemin (Honda)