TWMX Race Report: Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross GP, Anaheim 2, 2006

After two exciting rounds of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, anticipation was high that more of the same was in store for Anaheim 2, and the fans didn’t go home disappointed. Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart continued to show that they can put on a great show.

As for the racing surface, the start straight that crossed two racing lanes (leaving large portions of them relatively obstacle-free), and the Anaheim track also followed in the recent trend of simplifying some sections, so lap times were extremely fast¿in the mid-40-second range. The good news is that while the whoop sections were still challenging, they weren’t nearly as brutal as they were for the first Anaheim round.

Supercross Lites Heat 1

Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi got the evening started by jumping out ahead of the first heat of the Supercross Lites. After a lap, he gave way to Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, who held a fairly comfortable lead until the checkers. Team Honda’s Andrew Short also made his way past Alessi and closed on Villopoto, before settling back into a comfortable second.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Jason Lawrence finished fourth. Kyle Partridge, Paul Carpenter, Daniel Sani, Jesse Casillas, and Ryan Morais also earned their spots for the main with top-nine finishes.

Supercross Lites Heat 1 Results

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Andrew Short
  3. Mike Alessi
  4. Jason Lawrence
  5. Kyle Partridge
  6. Paul Carpenter
  7. Daniel Sani
  8. Jesse Casillas
  9. Ryan Morais

Supercross Lites Heat 2

Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe grabbed the early lead in the second Lites heat, but he crashed coming out of the second turn and handed the lead to Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Grant Langston. GL made quick work of the heat and disappeared from the pack. Star Racing/Yamaha/NCY/Lucas Oil’s Sean Collier ended up second, ahead of Nate Ramsey, Jake Weimer, Billy Laninovich, Michael Sleeter, Erick Sorby, Marco Dubé, and Erick Nye.

Supercross Lites Heat 2 Results

  1. Grant Langston
  2. Sean Collier
  3. Nathan Ramsey
  4. Jake Weimer
  5. Billy Laninovich
  6. Michael Sleeter
  7. Eric Sorby
  8. Marco Dubé
  9. Eric Nye

Supercross Heat 1

Justin Buckelew and Ernesto Fonseca led the pack into the first turn for the first Supercross class heat, but it wasn’t long before James Stewart and Chad Reed worked their way to the front of the pack and pulled away. Chad was running fast and stayed close to Stewart, but never seriously challenged him for the top spot.

Supercross Heat 1 Results

  • James Stewart
  • Chad Reed
  • Ernesto Fonseca
  • Jeremy McGrath

Supercross Heat 2

Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco and Ricky Carmichael were among the quickest to the first turn in the second Supercross heat, along with Team Subway Coca-Cola Honda’s Jeff Gibson. Ricky quickly took over the top spot and pulled away from the pack, while Tedesco settled into second and grabbed another solid transfer. Team Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne’s feet and wrists are still tender after a gnarly crash at Anaheim 1, but he toughed it out and finished third ahead of Mike LaRocco.

Supercross Heat 2 Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Michael Byrne
  4. Mike LaRocco

Supercross Lites LCQ

Ryan Abrigo (MB1/Fox/Tokyo Mods/FMF’) led the SX Lites LCQ into the first turn, and followed by Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Ryan Mills, and WBR/Yoshimura/Troy Lee/Suzuki’s Michael LaPaglia.

On the second lap, Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe made his way to fourth, and closed a bit on Lapaglia, but with no one behind him, he didn’t try to push further forward.

On the next lap Mills pushed past Abrigo in a hairpin, and half a lap later, LaPaglia also wt by Abrigo. On the last lap, the front four had settled into a comfortable lead, and freight-trained to transfer spots.

Supercross Lites LCQ Results

  1. Ryan Mills
  2. Michael LaPaglia
  3. Ryan Abrigo
  4. Brett Metcalfe

Supercross Semi 1

Justin Buckelew motored his Team SolitaireHonda into the lead once again, followed by Jacob Saylor. Team BooKoo’s David Vuillemin didn’t get a great start, but quickly moved through the riders ahead of him, and into second spot by the second lap. Team Honda’s Travis Preston was also on the march, pressuring Saylor before passing him to start lap three.

Meanwhile, Vuillemin was closing on Buckelew, and passed him through the whoops. Travis Preston also got by Buckelew, and Ryan Clark emerged from the pack to grab the fifth and final transfer spot, behind Saylor.

Supercross Semi 1 Results

  1. David Vuillemin
  2. Travis Preston
  3. Justin Buckelew
  4. Jacob Saylor
  5. Ryan Clark

Supercross Semi 2

Erick Vallejo holeshot the second big-bore semi, but Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Mike Brown quickly assumed the lead on his RM250.

After things settled out on the first lap, the running order was Brown, Vallejo, Jiri Dostal, Tyler Evans, and Nick Wey.

The next time around, Brown had a comfortable lead. Things began to tighten in second through fourth spots, as Evans closed on Vallejo, with Wey right on Tyler’s back wheel.

Before the finish, Nick Wey moved past Tyler Evans and into second. Wey closed on Brown, but settled for second spot. Team Subway Coca-Cola Honda’s Jason Thomas claim the fifth and final transfer spot.

Supercross Semi 2 Results

  1. Mike Brown
  2. Nick Wey
  3. Tyler Evans
  4. Erick Vallejo
  5. Jason Thomas

Supercross LCQ

Jeff Dement holeshot the Supercross LCQ and built a comfortable lead. Jeff Gibson worked his way through two riders to grab the second and final spot. Gibson kept pushing forward, and a mistake by Dement allowed Gibson to pass for the lead on the last lap.

Supercross LCQ

  1. Jeff Gibson
  2. Jeff Dement

Supercross Lites Main Event

Mike Alessi got another great jump and led the pack through the first turn, followed by his teammate, Nate Ramsey, and Grant Langston. Short snuck past Ramsey in the third turn, and slipped into second spot. Short also briefly moved past Langston to complete lap one, but Langston was having none of it, and quickly re-took the spot.

At the end of lap two, Langston was closing on Alessi, and moved into the lead. Short was also on the move, closing up behind Alessi, before taking over that spot. Not long afterward, Ramsey also passed Alessi and moved to third. From there, the top three were locked.

Langston quickly built a lead on Short, who is still feeling the affects of a foot injury suffered before the last round in Phoenix. Sean Collier and West Lites point leader Billy Laninovich also passed a slipping Mike Alessi, and a lap later, Laninovich passed Collier to take over fourth place.

Ryan Villopoto didn’t get a great start in the main, but by lap five, he was closing on Mike Alessi, and passed him to start lap six.

Up front, Langston was pulling away, putting nearly a full straightaway on Short, who had nearly a half-straight on Ramsey. At this point, the biggest movers were Jake Weimer and Ryan Villopoto, who were shuffling Collier deeper into the field.

By lap 10, Langston and Short were in heavy lapped traffic, but Grant was maintaining all of his lead,

On the last lap, Villopoto went down in the whoops, dropping back to 12th spot. But with a comfortable lead, his teammate, Grant Langston was busy saluting the crowd. He was followed home by Andrew Short, and Nate Ramsey. Short and Langston are now tied atop the Lites West Standings, with 63 points apiece, followed by Billy Laninovich with 60 points.

Supercross Lites West Main Event Result

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

Supercross Lites Point Standing (after three rounds)

  1. Andrew Short 63
  2. Grant Langston 63
  3. Billy Laninovich 60
  4. Nathan Ramsey 54
  5. Ryan Villopoto 49
  6. Jake Weimer 39
  7. Brett Metcalfe 38
  8. Mike Alessi 37
  9. Paul Carpenter 36
  10. Sean Collier 31

Supercross Main Event

The crowd was on their feet for the start of the Supercross main, and when the gate dropped, David Vuillemin jumped out to the early lead, followed by Ivan Tedesco, Mike LaRocco, and Jeremy McGrath. Vuillemin’s lead lasted until the third turn, when Tedesco took over the top spot. At the end of the first lap, the running order was Tedesco, Vuillemin, McGrath, Stewart, and Ernesto Fonseca.

Stewart and Carmichael were both on the march early. Stewart passed Fonseca, and Carmichael was hot on Stewart’s heels with Chad Reed about three spots back. Then halfway through lap two, Stewart passed both McGrath and Vuillemin through one of the whoop sections.

Stewart then closed on Tedesco, to start lap four, and passed him about halfway through the lap in between sets of triples. Behind the lead duo, it was Carmichael, McGrath, Reed, Vuillemin, Fonseca and Byrne.

Tedesco was proving tough for Carmichael to pass, and he went by Ivan in a set of whoops and took off in pursuit of Stewart. who had a small but comfortable lead. Meanwhile, Tedesco and Reed were battling over third spot. a

Just before the halfway point, Carmichael started reeling in Stewart, and Reed secured third place from Tedesco. By lap ten, Carmichael was within a couple bike lengths, and keeping the pressure on Stewart.

On lap 13, James had a pretty gnarly swap in the whoops, which allowed Carmichael to close up to where they were less than a bike length apart, and Reed was nearly a full straightaway behind. The gap between the lead duo varied a bit over the next several laps, and it was pretty easy to pick out which rider was faster in which sections.

On lap 18, Stewart was coming into the third turn, where Mike Brown had crashed, and caution flags were waving. Unfortunately, James tried to make a last-minute line adjustment as Brown was picking up his bike, crabbed the front end, and went down. Carmichael took over the lead, got the white flag on the next lap, and went on to cruise in for his second straight win. Chad Reed also snuck by Stewart for second spot, and James remounted in time for third.

Aftewards, Stewart said, “There was a lapper down, and he was kind of high in the corner. I didn’t know what he was going to do. He was picking up his bike and I didn’t know if it was going to fall over the other way. If he did that, I would have had to go into the hay bales. So I landed and got on the brakes. The track was kind of slippery and that was it. The front end washed out and it was over after that.”

For his part, Carmichael said, “Obviously you’re happy to get a win, but I’d have rather not won that way. I’d rather pass James fair and square. He was riding good, and I was waiting for a slip-up. A couple times I got beside him before the mechanic’s area, and just couldn’tints apiece, followed by Billy Laninovich with 60 points.

Supercross Lites West Main Event Result

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

Supercross Lites Point Standing (after three rounds)

  1. Andrew Short 63
  2. Grant Langston 63
  3. Billy Laninovich 60
  4. Nathan Ramsey 54
  5. Ryan Villopoto 49
  6. Jake Weimer 39
  7. Brett Metcalfe 38
  8. Mike Alessi 37
  9. Paul Carpenter 36
  10. Sean Collier 31

Supercross Main Event

The crowd was on their feet for the start of the Supercross main, and when the gate dropped, David Vuillemin jumped out to the early lead, followed by Ivan Tedesco, Mike LaRocco, and Jeremy McGrath. Vuillemin’s lead lasted until the third turn, when Tedesco took over the top spot. At the end of the first lap, the running order was Tedesco, Vuillemin, McGrath, Stewart, and Ernesto Fonseca.

Stewart and Carmichael were both on the march early. Stewart passed Fonseca, and Carmichael was hot on Stewart’s heels with Chad Reed about three spots back. Then halfway through lap two, Stewart passed both McGrath and Vuillemin through one of the whoop sections.

Stewart then closed on Tedesco, to start lap four, and passed him about halfway through the lap in between sets of triples. Behind the lead duo, it was Carmichael, McGrath, Reed, Vuillemin, Fonseca and Byrne.

Tedesco was proving tough for Carmichael to pass, and he went by Ivan in a set of whoops and took off in pursuit of Stewart. who had a small but comfortable lead. Meanwhile, Tedesco and Reed were battling over third spot. a

Just before the halfway point, Carmichael started reeling in Stewart, and Reed secured third place from Tedesco. By lap ten, Carmichael was within a couple bike lengths, and keeping the pressure on Stewart.

On lap 13, James had a pretty gnarly swap in the whoops, which allowed Carmichael to close up to where they were less than a bike length apart, and Reed was nearly a full straightaway behind. The gap between the lead duo varied a bit over the next several laps, and it was pretty easy to pick out which rider was faster in which sections.

On lap 18, Stewart was coming into the third turn, where Mike Brown had crashed, and caution flags were waving. Unfortunately, James tried to make a last-minute line adjustment as Brown was picking up his bike, crabbed the front end, and went down. Carmichael took over the lead, got the white flag on the next lap, and went on to cruise in for his second straight win. Chad Reed also snuck by Stewart for second spot, and James remounted in time for third.

Aftewards, Stewart said, “There was a lapper down, and he was kind of high in the corner. I didn’t know what he was going to do. He was picking up his bike and I didn’t know if it was going to fall over the other way. If he did that, I would have had to go into the hay bales. So I landed and got on the brakes. The track was kind of slippery and that was it. The front end washed out and it was over after that.”

For his part, Carmichael said, “Obviously you’re happy to get a win, but I’d have rather not won that way. I’d rather pass James fair and square. He was riding good, and I was waiting for a slip-up. A couple times I got beside him before the mechanic’s area, and just couldn’t get by him. It always feels good to win, and it’s a shame that it happened that way, but I’ll take it. I’m more excited about how fun the race was and how good it was. That’s what we need right there.”

Supercross Main Event Results

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

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Point Standings (after three races)

  1. Ricky Carmichael 70
  2. Chad Reed 66
  3. James Stewart 65
  4. Ivan Tedesco 46
  5. Mike LaRocco 45
  6. Jeremy McGrath 44
  7. Ernesto Fonseca 44
  8. Nick Wey 41
  9. Michael Byrne 40
  10. David Vuillemin 34

dn’t get by him. It always feels good to win, and it’s a shame that it happened that way, but I’ll take it. I’m more excited about how fun the race was and how good it was. That’s what we need right there.”

Supercross Main Event Results

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

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Point Standings (after three races)

  1. Ricky Carmichael 70
  2. Chad Reed 66
  3. James Stewart 65
  4. Ivan Tedesco 46
  5. Mike LaRocco 45
  6. Jeremy McGrath 44
  7. Ernesto Fonseca 44
  8. Nick Wey 41
  9. Michael Byrne 40
  10. David Vuillemin 34