TWMX Race Report: AMA Toyota National Motocross Championship Presented by FMF: High Point Raceway

The rain stayed away for the second round of the AMA Toyota National Motocross Series at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, and the track turned out to be the complete polar opposite of the mud and slop that greeted riders a week ago in Hangtown. As for the action on the track, it was nothing short of exciting, as Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael took his RM-Z450 to a wire-to-wire victory over Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed and Team Honda’s rookie Motocross-class rider Davi Millsaps. Early in moto one, however, Carmichael appeared to have a battle on his hands with Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart, but that quickly ended when Stewart took a nasty trip over the bars that landed him in the hospital with a concussion. In the second outing—with Stewart sitting on the sidelines—the Suzuki rider easily topped Reed and Millsaps as he took his first victory of the season and second consecutive victory at High Point aboard a Suzuki.

In the Motocross Lites class, the action was no less intense. Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto grabbed his first National victory by way of 2-1 moto finishes—both of which he got after charging to the front. Behind him was Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant followed by Team Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi. Alessi won the first moto, but a crash in the third turn of the second moto effectively flushed his overall chances down the drain.

MOTOCROSS LITES MOTO ONE:

When the pack thundered towards the first turn, it was Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar taking the holeshot; however, all of the usually suspects—Team Sobe/Samsung Mobil/Honda’s Josh Grant, Gosselaar’s teammate Grant Langston, and Team Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi—followed close behind. At the end of the first lap, Grant made a pass immediately following the finish line jump to take over the lead, while Gosselaar dropped back to second, and then soon after pulled out of the race after catching his leg in a hole and re-injuring it. After that, Langston and Alessi moved into second and third respectively, and began to set their sights on Grant out front.

From there, the top three positions didn’t change much, and it appeared to be turning into a three-way battle for first. With four laps to go, however, Grant made a costly mistake. As he was setting up for a tricky turn, he lost his front wheel and went down, twisting his ankle. With that, the lead was handed over to Langston while Alessi took over second. Then about a half a lap later, Langston went down, effectively giving the race win to Alessi, and allowing a hard-charging Ryan Villopoto to inherited second.

When the checkers flew, Alessi took his third moto win of the season and extended his points lead even further. Villopoto finished a hard earned second, while Grant took third.

MOTO ONE RESULTS:

  1. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  3. Josh Grant (Hon)
  4. Grant Langston (Kaw)
  5. Mike Brown (Suz)
  6. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  7. Andrew McFarlane (Yam)
  8. Troy Adams (Kaw)
  9. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  10. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)

MOTOCROSS MOTO ONE

The beginning of this race appeared to be shaping up to be a battle-royal between Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael; however, things changed quickly.

The holeshot went to Stewart, but just a few turns into the race Carmichael took over the point position with Stewart quickly falling into place behind him. For a few laps, the two riders circulated the rough High Point track with only a few bike lengths separating them. Then as the duo raced down the finish straight—just before the completion of the second lap—Stewart took over the lead. From there, it appeared as if the Kawasaki rider was planning on making a statement as he pulled out to a comfortable lead ahead of the defending champion. Soon after things changed drastically.

As Stewart completed the 13th lap, he rounded theirst turn after the finish line tabletop and lined up to jump a tricky step down. As he went off the face of the jump, he hit a bump that immediately bounced him over the bars and violently threw him to the ground. According to witnesses, the crash was quite spectacular and definitely unexpected. After that, Carmichael took over first and never looked back.

Meanwhile, Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed was quietly circulating the course in third, while Team Honda’s young hopeful Davi Millsaps held down fourth. After Stewart’s crash, though, both riders moved up one position. In the end, Carmichael crossed the line over a minute ahead of Reed, while Millsaps was another 23 seconds back.

MOTO ONE RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  4. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  5. Nick Wey (Hon)
  6. Travis Preston (Hon)
  7. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  8. Josh Summey (Hon)
  9. Robbie Reynard (Hon)
  10. Sean Hamblin (Suz)

MOTOCROSS LITES MOTO TWO:

The beginning of this race was all about Team Honda’s Andrew Short, as he quickly took the holeshot and began to open up a commanding lead in only a few laps. Behind him, Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant, Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, and his teammate Grant Langston filled into second, third, and fourth. The first moto winner—Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi—went down in the third turn right after the start, killing his chances of another overall victory.

After only five laps, Villopoto took over second. From there, in an impressive display of sheer speed, he began to slowly close the gap on Short. Meanwhile, Grant was back in third nursing the ankle he twisted in the opening moto, while Alessi was still busy fighting his way back up to the front—he sat in 12th. With four laps left in the race, Villopoto finally made his way up to the rear tire of Short and made a pass. After that, Villopoto opened up a nice lead and never faltered on the way to his first National victory. Behind him, Short finished a hard earned second while Grant took third.

In the overall standings, Villopoto took the top spot, Grant finished second after his 3-3 showing, while Alessi completed the podium with his 1-8 moto tally.

MOTO TWO RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  2. Andrew Short (Hon)
  3. Josh Grant (Hon)
  4. Grant Langston (Kaw)
  5. Troy Adams (Kaw)
  6. Martin Davalos (Yam)
  7. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  8. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  9. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  10. Andrew McFarlane (Yam)

LITES OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  2. Josh Grant (Hon)
  3. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  4. Grant Langston (Kaw)
  5. Andrew Short (Hon)
  6. Troy Adams (Kaw)
  7. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  8. Andrew McFarlane (Yam)
  9. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  10. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  11. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  12. Mike Brown (Suz)
  13. Martin Davalos (Yam)
  14. Sean Collier (Yam)
  15. Danny Smith (Hon)
  16. Jason Lawrence (Suz)
  17. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
  18. Matt Walker (Yam)
  19. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  20. Brian Gray (Suz)

SERIES POINTS STANDINGS:

  1. Mike Alessi (88/1 win)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (80/1 win)
  3. Josh Grant (74)
  4. Andrew McFarlane (63)
  5. Andrew Short (62)
  6. Brett Metcalfe (59)
  7. Billy Laninovich (41)
  8. Nathan Ramsey (41)
  9. Mike Brown (39)
  10. Grant Langston (36)

MOTOCROSS MOTO TWO:

With Stewart out of action for this moto it was all but a slam-dunk that Carmichael would take the win. And when the gate dropped, everyone’s predictions turned into reality as the Suzuki rider moved into the early lead past holeshot artist Team MDK’s Nick Wey. From there Carmichael never looked back.

Behind Carmichael, Chad Reed quickly moved into second ahead of Team Motoworldracing.com/Yamaha rider David Vuillemin, Team Honda’s Travis Preston and Wey. Meanwhile, first moto third-place finisher Davi Millsaps was quickly moving up from eighth on the first lap. On the third lap he was hot on Reed’s heels; however, the Australian quickly turned up the pace and pulled away from the Honda rider. Behind Millsaps, Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Kevin Windham took over fourth from Vuillemin, and after that things never really changed from first to fifth.

Towards the end of the race, Carmichael had over a 30-second lead while Reed sat comfortably ahead of Millsaps who was in third. When the checkered flag flew, Carmichael took his first win of the season and with it took over the points lead. In the overall standings, Reed finished second while Millsaps took third in only his second race in the premier class.

MOTO TWO RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  5. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  6. Nick Wey (Hon)
  7. Travis Preston (Hon)
  8. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  9. Josh Summey (Hon)
  10. Robbie Reynard (Hon)
  11. MOTOCROSS OVERALL RESULTS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. Chad Reed (Yam)
    3. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
    4. David Vuillemin (Yam)
    5. Nick Wey (Hon)
    6. Travis Preston (Hon)
    7. Josh Demuth (Hon)
    8. Josh Summey (Hon)
    9. Robbie Reynard (Hon)
    10. Jason Thomas (Hon)
    11. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    12. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
    13. Ryan Clark (Hon)
    14. Jeff Dement (Suz)
    15. Sean Hamblin (Suz)
    16. Shawn Skinner (Suz)
    17. Bobby Garrison (Yam)
    18. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
    19. Clark Stile (Yam)
    20. Justin Buckelew (Hon)

    SERIES POINTS STANDINGS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (95/1 win)
    2. Chad Reed (86)
    3. David Vuillemin (68)
    4. Davi Millsaps (63)
    5. Travis Preston (62)
    6. Nick Wey (60)
    7. James Stewart (47/1 win)
    8. Kevin Windham (47)
    9. Josh Summey (43)
    10. Josh Demuth (39)

    Preston and Wey. Meanwhile, first moto third-place finisher Davi Millsaps was quickly moving up from eighth on the first lap. On the third lap he was hot on Reed’s heels; however, the Australian quickly turned up the pace and pulled away from the Honda rider. Behind Millsaps, Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Kevin Windham took over fourth from Vuillemin, and after that things never really changed from first to fifth.

    Towards the end of the race, Carmichael had over a 30-second lead while Reed sat comfortably ahead of Millsaps who was in third. When the checkered flag flew, Carmichael took his first win of the season and with it took over the points lead. In the overall standings, Reed finished second while Millsaps took third in only his second race in the premier class.

    MOTO TWO RESULTS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. Chad Reed (Yam)
    3. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
    4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    5. David Vuillemin (Yam)
    6. Nick Wey (Hon)
    7. Travis Preston (Hon)
    8. Josh Demuth (Hon)
    9. Josh Summey (Hon)
    10. Robbie Reynard (Hon)
    11. MOTOCROSS OVERALL RESULTS:

      1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
      2. Chad Reed (Yam)
      3. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
      4. David Vuillemin (Yam)
      5. Nick Wey (Hon)
      6. Travis Preston (Hon)
      7. Josh Demuth (Hon)
      8. Josh Summey (Hon)
      9. Robbie Reynard (Hon)
      10. Jason Thomas (Hon)
      11. Kevin Windham (Hon)
      12. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
      13. Ryan Clark (Hon)
      14. Jeff Dement (Suz)
      15. Sean Hamblin (Suz)
      16. Shawn Skinner (Suz)
      17. Bobby Garrison (Yam)
      18. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
      19. Clark Stile (Yam)
      20. Justin Buckelew (Hon)

      SERIES POINTS STANDINGS:

      1. Ricky Carmichael (95/1 win)
      2. Chad Reed (86)
      3. David Vuillemin (68)
      4. Davi Millsaps (63)
      5. Travis Preston (62)
      6. Nick Wey (60)
      7. James Stewart (47/1 win)
      8. Kevin Windham (47)
      9. Josh Summey (43)
      10. Josh Demuth (39)