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

When the Amp¿d Mobile AMA Supercross Series rolled into the Brickyard this weekend, Indianapolis kept its racing tradition alive with a drama-filled night of bar banging and crashes at the RCA Dome. Before a single gate even dropped at Indy (the ninth round of sixteen), however, there was big news coming into the weekend.

Ricky Carmichael, who was recently penalized 25 points after the fuel in his RM-Z tested positive for lead following the San Diego round of competition, had his points reinstated by the AMA on Friday. This meant that RC was right back in the mix of things for the title chase (despite the DNF he suffered in St. Louis), but it also meant that several of the other teams and riders were very unhappy about the decision.

In the end, RC chose to put all the drama behind him, going on to lead nearly every lap of the main event en route to his fifth win of the season. ¿It was pretty uneventful for me.¿ said Carmichael of his victory at the press conference following. ¿I got a good start behind Ernesto¿¿ And the rest was history. With series rival James Stewart going down in the first turn, it was all RC in the main. Stewart remounted and put on an amazing charge through the pack for second, while points leader Chad Reed rounded out the top-three.

In the Supercross Lites division, Honda riders Davi Millsaps and Josh Grant put on quite a duel for the lead position, but in the end it was Millsaps who took the checkers after Grant ran into a downed rider on the landing of a triple jump. Grant got back up and settled into second, with Chris Gosselaar finishing third.

Supercross Lites Heat 1

MotoSport.com/MSR/Honda’s Kelly Smith grabbed the holeshot and took off to an early lead to start the evening¿s racing off. Behind Smith, Unbound Energy/Moto XXX’s Josh Summey crashed hard in the first turn, and remained down for quite some time.

Up front, Smith was on the gas, leading the field until just before the end of the heat. Last week’s Lites main event winner, Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant, was charging through the pack and quickly gaining ground on Smith. With one lap to go, Grant caught and passed Kelly to take the win. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar was third, followed by Star Racing/NCY/Yamaha/Lucas Oil’s Bryan Johnson and Yamaha of Troy¿s Branden Jesseman.

Results

  1. Josh Grant
  2. Kelly Smith
  3. Chris Gosselaar
  4. Bryan Johnson
  5. Branden Jesseman
  6. Matt Goerke
  7. Tommy Hahn
  8. Stephane Roncada
  9. Sean Hamblin

Supercross Lites Heat 2

Just like his teammate Kelly Smith did moments earlier, MotoSport.com/MSR/Honda’s Bobby Kiniry grabbed the holeshot in the second Lites heat. It didn¿t take long, however, for Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen to sneak past and into the lead. As for Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps, he started mid-pack but was quickly moving through the pack and catching the leaders.

Star Racing/NCY/Yamaha/Lucas Oil’s Martin Davalos began pressuring Hansen before finally moving by to take over the lead, with Hansen in second and Kiniry in third.

By lap two, Davalos was still in the number one spot until he came up short on the triple jump before the finish line and lost a little time. Davi Millsaps was still moving forward, and tripled past Hansen and into second. From there, Davi took off in pursuit of Davalos, but he eventually ran out of time. As the heat wrapped up, Millsaps was closing on Davalos, but the Ecuadorian rider took a heat race win to follow up his Lites main event podium from the previous week.

Results

  1. Martin Davalos
  2. Davi Millsaps
  3. Josh Hansen
  4. Bobby Kiniry
  5. Matt Walker
  6. Brad Ripple
  7. Donnie McGourty
  8. Teddy Maier
  9. Greg Schnell

Supercross Heat 1

Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichaeand Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca jumped out to the front of the pack in the first Supercross heat, but Team Solitaire’s Ryan Clark quickly moved by Fonseca and into second. Meanwhile, Kawasaki’s James Stewart was blitzing through the whoops and came up quickly on Clark. The two wound up tangling in a corner, almost launching Stewart off the track and out of the heat.

Stewart recovered and quickly caught and passed Fonseca. He then moved by Clark in the whoops and into second, taking off in pursuit of Carmichael. Fonseca also worked his way past Clark and into third.

Trading off mistakes seemed to be the order of the heat, with Ricky casing hard on a triple, and Stewart making bobbles of his own. Halfway through, it was Carmichael, Stewart, Fonseca, Clark, Nick Wey, Jason Thomas, Tyler Evans, and Jiri Dostal.

James was slowly closing on race winner Carmichael, turning lap times that were about six tenths of a second faster than RC¿s. Ricky once again cased in a step-on, step-off section, and Stewart went by him and into the lead.

Stewart hung on to win, followed by Carmichael and Fonseca. Wey swept inside of Clark in the last turn, putting a solid block-pass on him to take the final transfer directly to the main event.

Results

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Ernesto Fonseca
  4. Nick Wey

Supercross Heat 2

Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed repeated his holeshot from the main event in Atlanta, ahead of Honda’s Travis Preston and Kawasaki-mounted Michael Byrne. On the second lap, Byrne pressured Preston, and Preston cased a triple, launching his bike toward the stands. Preston’s body came away from it intact, but his Honda’s clutch lever wasn’t as lucky, and Travis pushed his Honda back to the pits.

Up front, Reed still led the way, with Byrne in second and turning in solid lap times, only a half-second per lap off of Reed’s pace. Meanwhile, Mike Brown and Doug Dehaan were holding down third and fourth, and Ivan Tedesco had dropped to fifth¿ and then sixth, when Erick Vallejo went by him. Tedesco worked his way past Vallejo, but didn’t seem up to his usual pace. However, he did get by Dehaan with a lap to go to grab the final transfer spot behind Reed, Byrne (who finished only 1.7 seconds behind Reed), and two-stroke-mounted Mike Brown.

Results

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Michael Byrne
  3. Mike Brown
  4. Ivan Tedesco

Supercross Lites LCQ

Red Bull KTM’s Jay Marmont enjoyed an early lead in the final qualifying race of the night for the Lites class, but threw it away when he flew off the track, resulting in the end of his day. The crash left MotoworldRacing.com/PPG/Yamaha teammates Tucker Hibbert and Chad Johnson to battle for the lead and take advantage of Marmont¿s error. A pack of riders were duking it out behind Hibbert and Johnson for the final two spots, but in the end it was Chris Blose and Geddy Karrle who grabbed the transfer positions.

Results

  1. Tucker Hibbert
  2. Chad Johnson
  3. Chris Blose
  4. Geddy Karrle

Supercross Semi 1

Team Yamaha’s Heath Voss made it to the first turn in the lead of semi one, with BooKoo Honda’s Justin Keeney and Riley Kurosky close behind him. On lap two, Subway/Coca-Cola/Honda-mounted Jason Thomas snuck by Kurosky and went into third. For a time, Keeney was applying pressure to Heath Voss, but mistakes let the Team Yamaha rider inch away from Justin. Behind Keeney, Thomas sat solidly in third, but the last two transfer spots were up for grabs. Team Bloodshot/Rockstar Energy’s Tyler Evans and Ryan Clark duked it out for fourth, with Clark eventually beating Evans to the checkered flag.

Results

  1. Heath Voss
  2. Justin Keeney
  3. Jason Thomas
  4. Ryan Clark
  5. Tyler Evans

Supercross Semi 2

Subway/Coca-Cola/Honda’s Jeff Gibson led the pack through the first lap of semi number two, with Team Cat/So Cal’s Jacob Saylor riding in second and Tim Ferry, who had struggled with crashes in his heat race, in third. First lap crashes claimed several riders, including Erick Vallejo, Ted Campbell, James Povolny, Brock Sellards, and Scott Metz.

Up front, Jeff Gibson was solidly leading the race with Saylor in second and Ferry in third. Unbound Energy/Moto XXX¿s Ferrry closed in on Saylor and finally passed the young Kentucky rider for second, where he would remain.

On the last lap the front trio stayed the same, with Travis Preston in fourth, followed by TWMX test rider Michael Young and David Vuillemin. DV stuffed his way past Young to take the final transfer spot, sending our boy Deez Nutz to the LCQ.

Results

  1. Jeff Gibson
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Jacob Saylor
  4. Travis Preston
  5. David Vuillemin

Supercross LCQ

Maestro Card’s Jeff Dement wasted no time in heading to the front of a packed LCQ, followed by Erick Vallejo. Doug Dehaan and Brock Sellards were the next two looking for a way in and breathing down Vallejo¿s neck

Dehaan went down and handed third to Sellards, who was a couple seconds behind Vallejo. Sellards put his head down and began to reel in Vallejo, and on the last lap Sellards tripled past Erick and into the main, just a few feet from the finish line. Vallejo was left behind to claim the Racer X Gas Card.

Results

  1. Jeff Dement
  2. Brock Sellards

Supercross Lites Main

Kelly Smith took the Lites main event holeshot, but was quickly passed by Josh Grant and Davi Millsaps. Chris Gosselaar also moved by Smith and into third, setting his sights on the two Honda riders in front of him. Branden Jesseman was among several other riders who went down in a first turn pileup.

Millsaps and Grant were duking it out up front, swapping the lead back and forth and putting on an incredible race for the appreciative crowd. Meanwhile, Gosselaar sat behind in third, but was slowly falling behind the fast pace of the leaders. Kelly Smith and Bobby Kiniry rounded out the top-five, and Josh Hansen was sitting in about 10th.

By the third lap, the battle up front raged on. Moving inside the top-ten after his first turn crash was Jesseman, and Josh Hansen was also charging, moving to sixth after lap seven.

At the halfway point, Grant had built a 2.1 second lead over Millsaps, which he continued to build in the following laps. About two-thirds of the way through, just when Josh Grant looked to have the race in the bag, a momentary tangle with a downed, lapped rider resulted in Grant taking a trip over the bars. Grant remounted amazingly fast, but the mistake still allowed Millsaps to move into the lead where he would remain.

With three laps to go, Millsaps had a three-second gap on Grant, who was ahead of Gosselaar, Smith, Kiniry, and Hansen. Branden Jesseman salvaged a seventh.

¿It¿s not the way I like to win, but I¿ll take it,¿ said Millsaps of his handed-over victory. Grant, meanwhile, was understandably disappointed and looking forward to Daytona, where he battled for the lead last year with Hansen.

Results

  1. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
  2. Josh Grant (Honda)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (Kawasaki)
  4. Kelly Smith (Honda)
  5. Bobby Kiniry (Honda)
  6. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  7. Branden Jesseman (Yamaha)
  8. Tucker Hibbert (Yamaha)
  9. Tommy Hahn (Honda)
  10. Sean Hamblin (Suzuki)
  11. Greg Schnell (Suzuki)
  12. Matt Walker (Yamaha)
  13. Casey Johnson (Yamaha)
  14. Donnie McGourty (Kawasaki)
  15. Teddy Maier (Kawasaki)
  16. Stephane Roncada (Yamaha)
  17. Geddy Karrle (Yamaha)
  18. Brad Ripple (Kawasaki)
  19. Bryan Johnson (Yamaha)
  20. Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
  21. Chris Blose (Yamaha)
  22. Matt Goerke pack through the first lap of semi number two, with Team Cat/So Cal’s Jacob Saylor riding in second and Tim Ferry, who had struggled with crashes in his heat race, in third. First lap crashes claimed several riders, including Erick Vallejo, Ted Campbell, James Povolny, Brock Sellards, and Scott Metz.

    Up front, Jeff Gibson was solidly leading the race with Saylor in second and Ferry in third. Unbound Energy/Moto XXX¿s Ferrry closed in on Saylor and finally passed the young Kentucky rider for second, where he would remain.

    On the last lap the front trio stayed the same, with Travis Preston in fourth, followed by TWMX test rider Michael Young and David Vuillemin. DV stuffed his way past Young to take the final transfer spot, sending our boy Deez Nutz to the LCQ.

    Results

    1. Jeff Gibson
    2. Tim Ferry
    3. Jacob Saylor
    4. Travis Preston
    5. David Vuillemin

    Supercross LCQ

    Maestro Card’s Jeff Dement wasted no time in heading to the front of a packed LCQ, followed by Erick Vallejo. Doug Dehaan and Brock Sellards were the next two looking for a way in and breathing down Vallejo¿s neck

    Dehaan went down and handed third to Sellards, who was a couple seconds behind Vallejo. Sellards put his head down and began to reel in Vallejo, and on the last lap Sellards tripled past Erick and into the main, just a few feet from the finish line. Vallejo was left behind to claim the Racer X Gas Card.

    Results

    1. Jeff Dement
    2. Brock Sellards

    Supercross Lites Main

    Kelly Smith took the Lites main event holeshot, but was quickly passed by Josh Grant and Davi Millsaps. Chris Gosselaar also moved by Smith and into third, setting his sights on the two Honda riders in front of him. Branden Jesseman was among several other riders who went down in a first turn pileup.

    Millsaps and Grant were duking it out up front, swapping the lead back and forth and putting on an incredible race for the appreciative crowd. Meanwhile, Gosselaar sat behind in third, but was slowly falling behind the fast pace of the leaders. Kelly Smith and Bobby Kiniry rounded out the top-five, and Josh Hansen was sitting in about 10th.

    By the third lap, the battle up front raged on. Moving inside the top-ten after his first turn crash was Jesseman, and Josh Hansen was also charging, moving to sixth after lap seven.

    At the halfway point, Grant had built a 2.1 second lead over Millsaps, which he continued to build in the following laps. About two-thirds of the way through, just when Josh Grant looked to have the race in the bag, a momentary tangle with a downed, lapped rider resulted in Grant taking a trip over the bars. Grant remounted amazingly fast, but the mistake still allowed Millsaps to move into the lead where he would remain.

    With three laps to go, Millsaps had a three-second gap on Grant, who was ahead of Gosselaar, Smith, Kiniry, and Hansen. Branden Jesseman salvaged a seventh.

    ¿It¿s not the way I like to win, but I¿ll take it,¿ said Millsaps of his handed-over victory. Grant, meanwhile, was understandably disappointed and looking forward to Daytona, where he battled for the lead last year with Hansen.

    Results

    1. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
    2. Josh Grant (Honda)
    3. Chris Gosselaar (Kawasaki)
    4. Kelly Smith (Honda)
    5. Bobby Kiniry (Honda)
    6. Josh Hansen (KTM)
    7. Branden Jesseman (Yamaha)
    8. Tucker Hibbert (Yamaha)
    9. Tommy Hahn (Honda)
    10. Sean Hamblin (Suzuki)
    11. Greg Schnell (Suzuki)
    12. Matt Walker (Yamaha)
    13. Casey Johnson (Yamaha)
    14. Donnie McGourty (Kawasaki)
    15. Teddy Maier (Kawasaki)
    16. Stephane Roncada (Yamaha)
    17. Geddy Karrle (Yamaha)
    18. Brad Ripple (Kawasaki)
    19. Bryan Johnson (Yamaha)
    20. Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
    21. Chris Blose (Yamaha)
    22. Matt Goerke (Yamaha)

    Supercross Main Event

    Ernesto Fonseca grabbed the holeshot, and for the second week in a row James Stewart crashed in the first turn. Stewart miraculously kept his bike running, however, and quickly remounted to join the race. Up front, Ricky Carmichael sat a close second behind Fonseca, and Chad Reed was back in the sixth spot. Carmichael began to dog Fonseca and eventually forced a pass, while in the back of the pack Stewart went to work trying to make up ground. Bubba passed bunches of riders at a time while feverishly trying to catch his nemesis RC.

    Not long after Carmichael jumped into the lead, Nick Wey took over second from Fonseca. Two laps in, the top-ten were Carmichael, Wey, Fonseca, Tedesco, Reed, Voss, Preston, and Byrne. Stewart was in 12th¿ And after another lap, he’d moved to sixth.

    After four laps, it was Carmichael, Wey, Tedesco, Fonseca, Reed, and Stewart (!). The next lap, Stewart began stalking Reed, eventually going by the series points leader with ease. ¿My riding’s kind of been coming and going. This weekend I didn’t have it,¿ Reed said of his main event performance. ¿Tonight I struggled a little with the loose dirt. Normally Indy is a little tacky and kind of rutty. This year it was hard, with loose on top.¿

    On consecutive laps, Stewart made his way around Fonseca for fourth, and Tedesco for third. At that point, RC had a 5.6 second lead over Wey.

    With 11 laps to go, Stewart went by Wey and into second, but was still about 8.5 seconds behind Carmichael. On laps where they both had open track, Stewart was about a half-second a lap faster than RC.

    At the 3/4 mark, Carmichael¿s lead stabilized at just under six seconds, though Stewart wasn’t giving up and continued to chip away at Ricky¿s advantage. Chad Reed also got by Nick Wey, and he was followed by Ivan Tedesco.

    In the end, Stewart ran out of time before being able to pose any legitimate threat to race winner Carmichael. ¿It was pretty uneventful for me,¿ Carmichael said at the post-race press conference. ¿I got a good start, and just tried to mark him (Stewart) and keep him in check.¿

    Stewart addressed his first-turn crash and subsequent charge to the front in the press conference as well. ¿I don¿t know what it is with the first corners. Of course, falling in the first turn is frustrating, but I rode good tonight,¿ James said. ¿Honestly, I was trying to go from last to first. I’m tired of getting third. I just want to win. I’m not out of this championship.¿

    Chad Reed finished third to round out the podium, followed by Tedesco and Wey.

    Results

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

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Supercross Main Event

Ernesto Fonseca grabbed the holeshot, and for the second week in a row James Stewart crashed in the first turn. Stewart miraculously kept his bike running, however, and quickly remounted to join the race. Up front, Ricky Carmichael sat a close second behind Fonseca, and Chad Reed was back in the sixth spot. Carmichael began to dog Fonseca and eventually forced a pass, while in the back of the pack Stewart went to work trying to make up ground. Bubba passed bunches of riders at a time while feverishly trying to catch his nemesis RC.

Not long after Carmichael jumped into the lead, Nick Wey took over second from Fonseca. Two laps in, the top-ten were Carmichael, Wey, Fonseca, Tedesco, Reed, Voss, Preston, and Byrne. Stewart was in 12th¿ And after another lap, he’d moved to sixth.

After four laps, it was Carmichael, Wey, Tedesco, Fonseca, Reed, and Stewart (!). The next lap, Stewart began stalking Reed, eventually going by the series points leader with ease. ¿My riding’s kind of been coming and going. This weekend I didn’t have it,¿ Reed said of his main event performance. ¿Tonight I struggled a little with the loose dirt. Normally Indy is a little tacky and kind of rutty. This year it was hard, with loose on top.¿

On consecutive laps, Stewart made his way around Fonseca for fourth, and Tedesco for third. At that point, RC had a 5.6 second lead over Wey.

With 11 laps to go, Stewart went by Wey and into second, but was still about 8.5 seconds behind Carmichael. On laps where they both had open track, Stewart was about a half-second a lap faster than RC.

At the 3/4 mark, Carmichael¿s lead stabilized at just under six seconds, though Stewart wasn’t giving up and continued to chip away at Ricky¿s advantage. Chad Reed also got by Nick Wey, and he was followed by Ivan Tedesco.

In the end, Stewart ran out of time before being able to pose any legitimate threat to race winner Carmichael. ¿It was pretty uneventful for me,¿ Carmichael said at the post-race press conference. ¿I got a good start, and just tried to mark him (Stewart) and keep him in check.¿

Stewart addressed his first-turn crash and subsequent charge to the front in the press conference as well. ¿I don¿t know what it is with the first corners. Of course, falling in the first turn is frustrating, but I rode good tonight,¿ James said. ¿Honestly, I was trying to go from last to first. I’m tired of getting third. I just want to win. I’m not out of this championship.¿

Chad Reed finished third to round out the podium, followed by Tedesco and Wey.

Results

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