TWMX Race Report: 2006 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross GP, St. Louis

While temperatures outside the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO were frigid, the action inside was anything but chilly. There was the start of the Lites East championship series, a large influx of riders from the just-complete Arenacross series’, and a continuation of the big-bore class wars. All the ingredients needed for a potent brew of racing action.

Supercross Lites Heat 1

Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant led the pack into the first turn, along with Star Racing’s Matt Goerke, and Team Green’s Donnie McGourty and Teddy Maier. Goerke didn’t last long, crashing hard in the whoops on the first lap, which moved everyone up a spot. Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps was hard at work, trying to overcome a bad start, and he passed Maier to move into third, and McGourty a lap later. Meanwhile, Josh Grant had an almost ten-second lead.

Other riders charging through the pack included Team BooKoo’s Steve Boniface, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s. Grant took a comfortable win over Millsaps, who was followed by Boniface and McGourty. Yamaha of Troy’s Branden Jesseman had looked extremely fast in practice, and he grabbed the final transfer spot after starting outside the top 15.

Results

  1. Josh Grant
  2. Davi Millsaps
  3. Steve Boniface
  4. Donnie McGourty
  5. Chris Gosselaar
  6. Teddy Maier
  7. Kyle Chisholm
  8. Sean Hamblin
  9. Branden Jesseman

Supercross Lites Heat 2

The second Lites heat blasted off the line with Star Racing’s Martin Davalos moving into the lead on his Yamaha, until he went down in the whoops, and his teammate Bryan Johnson assumed the point. Team Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen was also moving through the pack, and moved into second after passing MotoSport.com/MSR/Honda’s Kelly Smith.

Bryan Johnson stalled and bottled up Kelly Smith behind him, which handed the lead to Josh Hansen and allowed Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Tommy Hahn to move into third. The big battle was for third through sixth spots, with (among others) Yamaha of Troy’s Matt Walker, CrossX’s Michael Blose, and MotoworldRacing.com’s Chad Johnson, and Motosport Outlet/MSR/Honda’s Bobby Kiniry.

Josh Hansen took a comfortable win, followed by Hahn and Walker.

Results

  1. Josh Hansen
  2. Tommy Hahn
  3. Matt Walker
  4. Bobby Kiniry
  5. Michael Blose
  6. Chad Johnson
  7. Dusty Klatt
  8. Tucker Hibbert
  9. Martin Davalos

Supercross Heat 1

Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Yamaha’s Chad Reed drag-raced down the start straight, with Kawasaki rider moving out front. Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco snuck by Reed to briefly move into second before Reed re-took the position. While Stewart was laying down fast laps and building a comfortable lead, MDK/Motosport.com/Honda’s Nick Wey was busy trying to stay close to Tedesco, and Tedesco was dogging Reed’s heels. Reed was struggling with one particular rhythm section that Tedesco had wired, and Ivan used it to his advantage to set up a pass and take second place from Reed. Stewart took the win over Tedesco and Reed, with Wey picking up the final transfer spot.

Results

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Nick Wey

Supercross Heat 2

Team Cat/So Cal’s Jacob Saylor continued his string of good starts by grabbing the holeshot in the second Supercross heat, followed by Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne and Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca. Fonseca moved into second past Byrne, and then by Saylor. Byrne also tried moving past Saylor, but he clipped Saylor’s rear wheel and wenr down.

Carmichael had made rapid progress through the pack, and took over the lead from Fonseca, but crashed hard in the whoops. That handed the lead back to Fonzy, and despite his crash, Byrne had control of second. Team Solitaire’s Ryan Clark took the third spot, and Team Unbound/Moto XXX’Tim Ferry.

Results

  1. Ernesto Fonseca
  2. Michael Byrne
  3. Ryan Clark
  4. Tim Ferry

Supercross Lites LCQ

Motosport Outlet/MSR/Honda’s Kelly Smith got to the first turn in the lead, while a lot of riders went down in the first turn behind him. Kevin Johnson took over the lead from Kelly, and Bryan Johnson also snuck by and into second. While the lead trio were destined for a transfer to the main, there was a spirited duel between Michael Blose, Greg Schnell and Christopher Pugrab for the fourth and final spot. After Blose crashed out, Pubrab repelled Schell and hung on for the transfer.

Results

  1. Kevin Johnson
  2. Bryan Johnson
  3. Kelly Smith
  4. Christopher Pugrab

Supercross Semi 1

Butler Bros-sponsored Doug Dehaan got the initial jump, but Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis took over the lead exiting the first turn. Behind Dehaan, Mike Brown was holding down third spot before giving it up to Jason Thomas. Travis Preston had a serious duel with Mike Brown before he displaced the Rockstar Suzuki rider. Another Rockstar rider, Bloodshot Rockstar’s Tyler Evans, had started deep in the pack, but was quickly working his way forward. While Kyle Lewis was safely out front, nearly all the other positions were scrambled on the last lap. Travis Preston went by Jason Thomas and into second, and Evans went by both Thomas and Brown to take third.

Results

  1. Kyle Lewis
  2. Travis Preston
  3. Tyler Evans
  4. Mike Brown
  5. Jason Thomas

Supercross Semi 2

After his hear race crash, Ricky Carmichael was late to the gate for the semi, and he lined up on the far outside of the gate. When the gate dropped, Jacob Saylor nailed another holeshot with Carmichael in tow. Carmichael worked past Saylor, and into a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish, while Sobe/Samsung Mobile/No Fear/HondaMike LaRocco began to march from outside of a transfer spot (sixth) to third.

Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Jacob Saylor
  3. Mike LaRocco
  4. Cole Siebler
  5. Michael Young

Supercross LCQ

The Supercross LCQ began with too much talent on the gate, and too few transfer spots, so you knew it was going to be interesting. Dennis Ewing got the jump at the start, before giving way to Maestro Suzuki’s Jeff Dement. Subway Coca-Cola Honda’s Jeff Gibson worked his way into the second spot. Team BooKoo’s David Vuillemin couldn’t move by Gibson, and ended up with the Racer X Gas Card.

Results

  1. Jeff Dements
  2. Jeff Gibson

Supercross Lites Main

Chris Gosselaar nailed the start and grabbed the Progressive holeshot check, but a mistake allowed Josh Hansen to slip by. Also running up front was Branden Jesseman. Matt Walker went down early in the main, and in a separate crash, Josh Grant and Bobby Kiniry.

Millsaps had started around eight, and on lap four he went by Tommy Hahn for fourth, and began closing on Jesseman and Gosselaar. By lap seven, he’d also passed Jesseman.

After crashing on the first lap, Josh Grant was back up to eighth spot. But up front, it was apparent that Millsaps was reeling in Hansen, and both Gosselaar and Jesseman were hanging tough, and Li’l Goose also went by Hansen at the 2/3 mark. Unfortunately, around this time Josh Grant went down again, and suffering a DNF, and leaving the track on the back of the Asterisk Medic Mule while clutching one of his shoulders.

With three laps to go it was still Millsaps and Gosselaar out front, but Jesseman was closing on Hansen, went by him on the white flag lap, and that’s how they finished.

Results

  1. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
  2. Chris Gosselaar (Kawasaki)
  3. Branden Jesseman (Yamaha)
  4. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  5. Tommy Hahn (Honda)
  6. Steve Boniface (Honda)
  7. Sean Hamblin (Suzuki)
  8. Teddy Maier (Kawasaki)
  9. Bobby Kiniry (Honda)
  10. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
  11. Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
  12. Chad Johnson (Yamaha)
  13. Dusty Klatt (Honda)
  14. Kevin Johnson (Honda)
  15. Matt Walker (Yamaha)
  16. Michael Blose (Honda)
  17. Kelly Smith (Honda)
  18. Christopher Pugrab
  19. Tucker Hibbert (Yamaha)
  20. Donny McGourty (Kawasaki)
  21. Byran Johnson (Yamaha)
  22. Josh Grant (Honda)

Supercross Main

Once again, Jacob Saylor rocketed to the front of the pack when the gate dropped, and he picked up a $1,500 prize from Progressive Insurance for grabbing the holeshot, but more importantly, Ricky Carmichael went down in the first turn. Ivan Tedesco quickly moved by Saylor and into the lead, with Chad Reed hot on his heels. Ricky tried to remount and rejoin the race, but pulled off with suspension damage.

After eight laps or so, Ivan began to tighten up, and Reed and James Stewart (who had worked his way into third after a bad start) were all in close contact. Lap 11 proved decisive, as Reed went by Tedesco and began to pull away. Shortly after that, Stewart crashed and had trouble restarting his big thumper, and dropped to nearly the bottom of the standings. After remounting, he was riding at far less than full speed. From there, Chad had no challenges, and rode in for his first main event win of the season. He also took over the points lead and now leads the AMA series by nine points.

Results

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

AMA Supercross Overall Points (After seven rounds)

  1. Chad Reed 149
  2. Ricky Carmichael 140
  3. James Stewart 132
  4. Ivan Tedesco 108
  5. Nick Wey 103
  6. Michael Byrne 103
  7. Mike LaRocco 95
  8. Ernesto Fonseca 94
  9. Travis Preston 79

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  • Teddy Maier (Kawasaki)
  • Bobby Kiniry (Honda)
  • Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
  • Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
  • Chad Johnson (Yamaha)
  • Dusty Klatt (Honda)
  • Kevin Johnson (Honda)
  • Matt Walker (Yamaha)
  • Michael Blose (Honda)
  • Kelly Smith (Honda)
  • Christopher Pugrab
  • Tucker Hibbert (Yamaha)
  • Donny McGourty (Kawasaki)
  • Byran Johnson (Yamaha)
  • Josh Grant (Honda)
  • Supercross Main

    Once again, Jacob Saylor rocketed to the front of the pack when the gate dropped, and he picked up a $1,500 prize from Progressive Insurance for grabbing the holeshot, but more importantly, Ricky Carmichael went down in the first turn. Ivan Tedesco quickly moved by Saylor and into the lead, with Chad Reed hot on his heels. Ricky tried to remount and rejoin the race, but pulled off with suspension damage.

    After eight laps or so, Ivan began to tighten up, and Reed and James Stewart (who had worked his way into third after a bad start) were all in close contact. Lap 11 proved decisive, as Reed went by Tedesco and began to pull away. Shortly after that, Stewart crashed and had trouble restarting his big thumper, and dropped to nearly the bottom of the standings. After remounting, he was riding at far less than full speed. From there, Chad had no challenges, and rode in for his first main event win of the season. He also took over the points lead and now leads the AMA series by nine points.

    Results

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

    AMA Supercross Overall Points (After seven rounds)

    1. Chad Reed 149
    2. Ricky Carmichael 140
    3. James Stewart 132
    4. Ivan Tedesco 108
    5. Nick Wey 103
    6. Michael Byrne 103
    7. Mike LaRocco 95
    8. Ernesto Fonseca 94
    9. Travis Preston 79