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

Quite possibly the best part of the ’06 Supercross season is that to this point, it’s been fairly unpredictable. Coming into San Diego, a trio of Lites riders had wins, and even talented riders with factory support are occasionally missing on the line for main events. Over in the Supercross class, James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael have dominated the win column, but on most weekends it’s still a toss-up as to who will win. That’s the kind of potential for racing action that drew nearly 70,000 fans to Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday night.

Supercross Lites Heat 1

When the gate hit the dirt for the start of the first race of the night it was Team Sobe/Samsing Wireless/Honda’s Billy Laninovich with the holeshot, followed closely by Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi and Team Honda’s Andrew Short. It didn¿t take long, however, for Short to take over the lead, as he did so in only the second turn. From there Short continued to hold off Laninovich. Then on lap three, Laninovich nearly made a pass on his fellow Honda rider when Short cased a tricky triple out of a corner. Meanwhile, back another four seconds Alessi rode around unchallenged for third. When the checkered flag finally flew, Short took a narrow win over Laninovich; as only a few bike lengths separated them at the finish.

“I was pretty worried about Langston tonight, but the hometown boy Billy was on the gas in that race,” Short said on the podium. I’m looking forward to having a good race tonight and having a little momentum before the break.”

Results

  1. Andrew Short
  2. Billy Laninovich
  3. Mike Alessi
  4. Ryan Morais
  5. Jake Weimer
  6. Darcy Lange
  7. Jason Lawrence
  8. Kyle Partridge
  9. Justin Keeney

Supercross Lites Heat 2

The start of this race was all about Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, as he took the holeshot and immediately jumped out to a relatively comfortable lead over Team Red Bull KTM’s Nathan Ramsey and his teammate Grant Langston. On the second lap Langston moved past Ramsey for second and set his sights on his young teammate in first. Meanwhile, Ramsey took a soil sample in the turn right before the whoop section. The mistake dropped him back to sixth, but he managed to climb back up to fourth by the end. Up front the two Kawasaki teammates battled for the lead, while leading third-placed Ryan Abrigo by nearly 10 seconds. The finish of this race was much like the first heat, as Villopoto narrowly took the win over Langston. Abrigo finished a distant third while Ramsey was fourth after his fall.

“A good start helps me out the most, and riding with Grant was great,” Villopoto said. “We get to ride at the Kawasaki test track and it was fun.”

Results

(No official results available from the AMA)

Supercross Heat 1

When the pack blasted down the long straight it was Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart out front, but Team Honda’s Jeremy McGrath quickly shot up the inside and pushed Stewart off the track, forcing the Kawasaki rider to start from dead last. Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco took over the lead briefly, but Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed forced his way by. As the pack circulated for the second time moved into the lead right before one of the triples. After that he began to pull away until falling on the third lap. Meanwhile, behind the top three, Stewart was on a mission¿his fastest lap was a second and a half faster than the next quickest rider¿and by the third lap the KXF450 rider moved up to second past McGrath. Amazingly, a lap later, Stewart caught up and passed Reed for the lead. In the end Stewart crossed the line first, nearly three seconds ahead of Reed in second. McGrath crossed the line third, and Tyler Evans took the final transfer position in fourth. On the podium Stewart was understandably pumped about his race.

“He kind of bumped min the first corner but I will show him respect in the main.”

Results

  1. James Stewart
  2. Chad Reed
  3. Jeremy McGrath
  4. Tyler Evans

Supercross Heat 2

With Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael on the gate it was no surprise to see him take the holeshot ahead of the talented field. He was followed closely by: Team Coca Cola/Subway/Honda’s Jeff Gibson, Unbound Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis, and Team Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne. Meanwhile, though, there was a nasty crash in the back of the pack. After only two laps the raced was red-flagged while the medical crews tended to a downed rider. After a few tense moments James Marshall, the rider who crashed, was taken to the medical center and racing resumed.

When the race restarted it look drastically different than the first, as Team Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca took the holeshot ahead of Byrne and Lewis, while Carmichael sat way back in sixth. After only one lap, though, Carmichael worked his way up to third and began setting his sights on Byrne and Fonseca in second and first respectively. Then, suddenly, Fonseca stalled his bike right before the finish line double, handing the lead to Byrne. After that Carmichael made quick work of Byrne. When the Suzuki rider finally took over the lead the race was all but over, as he quickly pulled out to a comfortable lead over Byrne. Meanwhile, Team Sobe/Samsung Wireless/Honda’s Mike LaRocco quietly rode around in third. And behind him Team Honda teammates Travis Preston and Fonseca battled for the final transfer position in fourth. On lap six Fonseca block passed Preston right before the finish line jump and took over fourth.

When the checkers came out Carmichael took the win by nearly 10 seconds over Byrne in second, and LaRocco in third; Fonseca followed close behind in fourth.

Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Michael Byrne
  3. Mike LaRocco
  4. Ernesto Fonseca

Supercross Lites LCQ

The start of this race saw Team Motosport Outlet/Honda’s Eric Sorby jump out to the early lead followed closely by Honda-mounted Daniel Sani, and Yamaha privateer Eric Nye in third. Behind them, however, was hard charging Team Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe. He worked his way up to third by the third lap, after being as far back as sixth.

The battle of the race was for the fourth spot, the final transfer position, between: Nye, Logan Darien and Adam Chatfield. In the end, Sorby took the win followed by Metcalfe, Sani and Nye. Chatfield took home the $250 Asterisk Medic Card.

Results

  1. Eric Sorby
  2. Brett Metcalfe
  3. Daniel Sani
  4. Eric Nye

Supercross Semi 1

When the riders raced into the first turn it was Team CAT’s Jacob Saylor out front, followed by Team MDK/Honda’s Nick Wey and Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco. By the second lap Tedesco moved into first. Shortly after that Saylor went down, and took out Wey and a list of other riders. Wey and Saylor eventually remounted, but it was too late, everyone was gone. After that Tedesco cruised to an easy win. Yamaha rider Jiri Dostal finished second, while Jeff Dement took third.

“It was good to go to the semi, because I got more track time,” Tedesco said. “I just lost my front end in a turn in the heat.”

Results

  1. Ivan Tedesco
  2. Jiri Dostal
  3. Jeff Dement
  4. Jason Thomas
  5. David Vuillemin

Supercross Semi 2

Erick Vallejo jumped out to take the early lead at the start of this race, but following closely behind were Team Unbound Moto XXX’s Keith Johnson, and Honda rider Doug DeHaan. Behind them Team Unbound Moto XXX’s Timmy Ferry began making his way towards the front. He took over third on the second lap, while Team Honda’s Travis Preston followed close behind. On the fourth lap Ferry moved into second while Preston sat back in fourth. By the end, Vallejo took the win followed very close by Ferry, with Johnson and Preston not far behind either.

“I love this track and town, and I’m happy to get my first semi win of the season,” Vallejo said following his semi win.

Results

  1. Erick Vallejo
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Jeff Gibson
  4. Travis Preston
  5. Kyle Lewis

Supercross LCQ

As always this raced didn¿t disappoint. As the rider’s final chance to get into the main, they laid it all on the line.

Taking the holeshot was Honda rider Doug DeHaan, followed by a ton of riders giving chase. Buried back in fifth off the start was MDK’s Nick Wey, but by the second lap Wey had moved into third and quickly moved into second ahead of Isaiah Johnson. After that Wey began battling with DeHaan for the lead. After swapping positions numerous times, Wey finally passed DeHaan right before the whoops. After that, though, DeHaan’s race went downhill after he crashed in the next turn. Once that happened Wey cruised in for an easy win. Yamaha rider Clark Stiles finished second, while Isaiah took third, just out of a transfer position.

Results

  1. Nick Wey
  2. Clark Stiles

Supercross Lites Main Event

When the pack blasted out of the gate it was all Mike Alessi out front once again, for the second week in a row. Andrew Short followed in second with Nathan Ramsey in third. Behind them, however, Billy Laninovich went down in the first turn and had to pick himself up and attempt to charge back up to the pack. On the second lap, Short took over the lead from Alessi, and immediately began to pull away from the field. Ramsey sat in third. Meanwhile, Grant Langston was buried way back in the pack in tenth, but by the third lap had moved into seventh.

As the race wore on Short continued to open up a commanding lead over Alessi, and by the midway point had a solid lead, and his best lap time was over a second faster than the next quickest rider. By the seventh lap Langston had moved into fourth and was closing fast on Ramsey, while Ramsey picked up some time on Alessi in second. By the 10th lap a three-way battle for second began to shape up between Alessi, Ramsey and Langston. All three riders swapped positions numerous times, before Langston finally took over third before the second triple, and then second on the next lap that followed. By that time, though, Short was too far ahead to catch, and Langston had to settle for runner-up.

At the finish Short crossed the line only a few bike-lengths ahead of Langston, after the Kawasaki rider made up a lot of time in the closing stages of the race. Ramsey took the final podium position.

“I put myself in a good position right off of the start,” Short said of his win. “It was close, though; one more lap and I might have been SOL. We have two more races and Grant was going really fast tonight, but I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge.”

Results

  1. Andrew Short (Honda)
  2. Grant Langston (Kawasaki)
  3. Nate Ramsey (KTM)
  4. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  5. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
  6. Brett Metcalfe (Yamaha)
  7. Darcy Lange (Kawasaki)
  8. Ryan Morais (Suzuki)
  9. Jake Weimer (Honda)
  10. Paul Carpenter (Honda)
  11. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
  12. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
  13. Michael Sleeter (KTM)
  14. Sean Collier (Yamaha)
  15. Colton Facciotti (Kawasaki)
  16. Ryan Abrigo (Honda)
  17. Eric Sorby (Honda)
  18. Justin Keeney (Honda)
  19. Eric Nye (Yamaha)
  20. Daniel Sani (Honda)
  21. Kyle Partridge (Yamaha)
  22. Jason Lawrence (Suzuki)

Supercross Main Event

The start was just as exciting as last week, only Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart didn¿t go down. Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael got the holeshot, but was followed closely by Stewart with Team Honda’s Jeremy McGrathe end, Vallejo took the win followed very close by Ferry, with Johnson and Preston not far behind either.

“I love this track and town, and I’m happy to get my first semi win of the season,” Vallejo said following his semi win.

Results

  1. Erick Vallejo
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Jeff Gibson
  4. Travis Preston
  5. Kyle Lewis

Supercross LCQ

As always this raced didn¿t disappoint. As the rider’s final chance to get into the main, they laid it all on the line.

Taking the holeshot was Honda rider Doug DeHaan, followed by a ton of riders giving chase. Buried back in fifth off the start was MDK’s Nick Wey, but by the second lap Wey had moved into third and quickly moved into second ahead of Isaiah Johnson. After that Wey began battling with DeHaan for the lead. After swapping positions numerous times, Wey finally passed DeHaan right before the whoops. After that, though, DeHaan’s race went downhill after he crashed in the next turn. Once that happened Wey cruised in for an easy win. Yamaha rider Clark Stiles finished second, while Isaiah took third, just out of a transfer position.

Results

  1. Nick Wey
  2. Clark Stiles

Supercross Lites Main Event

When the pack blasted out of the gate it was all Mike Alessi out front once again, for the second week in a row. Andrew Short followed in second with Nathan Ramsey in third. Behind them, however, Billy Laninovich went down in the first turn and had to pick himself up and attempt to charge back up to the pack. On the second lap, Short took over the lead from Alessi, and immediately began to pull away from the field. Ramsey sat in third. Meanwhile, Grant Langston was buried way back in the pack in tenth, but by the third lap had moved into seventh.

As the race wore on Short continued to open up a commanding lead over Alessi, and by the midway point had a solid lead, and his best lap time was over a second faster than the next quickest rider. By the seventh lap Langston had moved into fourth and was closing fast on Ramsey, while Ramsey picked up some time on Alessi in second. By the 10th lap a three-way battle for second began to shape up between Alessi, Ramsey and Langston. All three riders swapped positions numerous times, before Langston finally took over third before the second triple, and then second on the next lap that followed. By that time, though, Short was too far ahead to catch, and Langston had to settle for runner-up.

At the finish Short crossed the line only a few bike-lengths ahead of Langston, after the Kawasaki rider made up a lot of time in the closing stages of the race. Ramsey took the final podium position.

“I put myself in a good position right off of the start,” Short said of his win. “It was close, though; one more lap and I might have been SOL. We have two more races and Grant was going really fast tonight, but I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge.”

Results

  1. Andrew Short (Honda)
  2. Grant Langston (Kawasaki)
  3. Nate Ramsey (KTM)
  4. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  5. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
  6. Brett Metcalfe (Yamaha)
  7. Darcy Lange (Kawasaki)
  8. Ryan Morais (Suzuki)
  9. Jake Weimer (Honda)
  10. Paul Carpenter (Honda)
  11. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
  12. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
  13. Michael Sleeter (KTM)
  14. Sean Collier (Yamaha)
  15. Colton Facciotti (Kawasaki)
  16. Ryan Abrigo (Honda)
  17. Eric Sorby (Honda)
  18. Justin Keeney (Honda)
  19. Eric Nye (Yamaha)
  20. Daniel Sani (Honda)
  21. Kyle Partridge (Yamaha)
  22. Jason Lawrence (Suzuki)

Supercross Main Event

The start was just as exciting as last week, only Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart didn¿t go down. Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael got the holeshot, but was followed closely by Stewart with Team Honda’s Jeremy McGrath in third. After that the battle began between Stewart and Carmichael. As for Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed he was way back in fourth, but moved into third after the third lap, but by then he was already a few seconds down, and as the race wore on that gap only grew.

By the halfway point Stewart and Carmichael remained only a few bike lengths apart, while Reed circulated the track over six seconds back in third. Then on lap 11, while the duo began to get into lap traffic, Carmichael got around Team Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis, but Lewis inadvertently moved into Stewart’s path. The mistake cost the Kawasaki rider some valuable seconds. Stewart did, however, make the time right back up and once again was right on the rear fender of Carmichael.

The lead duo continued their close race until lap 18, when Stewart finally made his move in the turn following the first triple. He set Carmichael up perfectly and made a textbook block pass on the Suzuki rider. After that the two stayed no more than a few bike lengths apart, and crossed the finish line that close.

Stewart was ecstatic about his win, and the battle with Carmichael. “It was good. Ricky and I had a good battle,” Stewart said. “I was just trying to size him up in the beginning. I knew that after last weekend that we had a long season. The championship isn¿t over.”

Carmichael says that he gave it his all, and never let up for a second out there. “That was nice to get a good start,” Carmichael said. “We put on a good race. I have no regrets. I gave it my all and rode my hardest and I got beat. That’s all you can do, is your best. I gave it my all the entire time.”

As for Reed, he finished a distant third, and feels that there are definitely some things he needs to work on. “I just wasn¿t on my game that’s what it comes down to,” Reed said of his third. “These two got away and that was it. There are a few things that we have to work on, and it’s a little tough to swallow.”

Results

  1. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki)
  3. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
  4. Jeremy McGrath (Honda)
  5. Mike LaRocco (Honda)
  6. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki)
  7. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)
  8. Nick Wey (Honda)
  9. Ernesto Fonseca (Honda)
  10. Erick Vallejo (Honda)
  11. Tim Ferry (Honda)
  12. Kyle Lewis (Honda)
  13. Jeff Gibson (Honda)
  14. Jiri Dostal (Yamaha)
  15. Clark Stiles (Yamaha)
  16. Jason Thomas (Honda)
  17. Tyler Evans (Suzuki)
  18. David Vuillemin (Honda)
  19. Jeff Dement (Suzuki)
  20. Travis Preston (Honda)

cGrath in third. After that the battle began between Stewart and Carmichael. As for Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed he was way back in fourth, but moved into third after the third lap, but by then he was already a few seconds down, and as the race wore on that gap only grew.

By the halfway point Stewart and Carmichael remained only a few bike lengths apart, while Reed circulated the track over six seconds back in third. Then on lap 11, while the duo began to get into lap traffic, Carmichael got around Team Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis, but Lewis inadvertently moved into Stewart’s path. The mistake cost the Kawasaki rider some valuable seconds. Stewart did, however, make the time right back up and once again was right on the rear fender of Carmichael.

The lead duo continued their close race until lap 18, when Stewart finally made his move in the turn following the first triple. He set Carmichael up perfectly and made a textbook block pass on the Suzuki rider. After that the two stayed no more than a few bike lengths apart, and crossed the finish line that close.

Stewart was ecstatic about his win, and the battle with Carmichael. “It was good. Ricky and I had a good battle,” Stewart said. “I was just trying to size him up in the beginning. I knew that after last weekend that we had a long season. The championship isn¿t over.”

Carmichael says that he gave it his all, and never let up for a second out there. “That was nice to get a good start,” Carmichael said. “We put on a good race. I have no regrets. I gave it my all and rode my hardeest and I got beat. That’s all you can do, is your best. I gave it my all the entire time.”

As for Reed, he finished a distant third, and feels that there are definitely some things he needs to work on. “I just wasn¿t on my game that’s what it comes down to,” Reed said of his third. “These two got away and that was it. There are a few things that we have to work on, and it’s a little tough to swallow.”

Results

  1. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki)
  3. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
  4. Jeremy McGrath (Honda)
  5. Mike LaRocco (Honda)
  6. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki)
  7. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)
  8. Nick Wey (Honda)
  9. Ernesto Fonseca (Honda)
  10. Erick Vallejo (Honda)
  11. Tim Ferry (Honda)
  12. Kyle Lewis (Honda)
  13. Jeff Gibson (Honda)
  14. Jiri Dostal (Yamaha)
  15. Clark Stiles (Yamaha)
  16. Jason Thomas (Honda)
  17. Tyler Evans (Suzuki)
  18. David Vuillemin (Honda)
  19. Jeff Dement (Suzuki)
  20. Travis Preston (Honda)