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

When Ricky Carmichael had a gnarly heat race crash and suffered a mechanical in the main event in St. Louis, he handed the Supercross class point lead to Chad Reed. After RC was then docked 25 points by the AMA for too much lead in his fuel, things were looking were looking extremely bleak for his hopes of a repeat title. Of course, you all know the points deduction was rescinded, and after reeling off wins in Atlanta, Indy and now Daytona, guess what? Ricky’s back in the points lead.

As for the Supercross Lites East class, Davi Millsaps took his third win in the four events on Friday night, further solidifying his lead and hopes for his first Supercross title.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 1

Sobe No Fear/Samsung Mobile/Honda‘s Tommy Hahn got the evening started by snatching the holeshot in the first Lites heat race, while Sean Hamblin wasn’t so lucky, he was soil sampling in the first corner. Hahn stretched his lead throughout the heat, followed by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar, MotoSport.com/MDK/MSR/Honda’s Kelly Smith, and Blackfoot Honda’s Dusty Klatt on lap one.

Hahn went wire-to-wire for the heat win, followed by Gosselaar, and Smith. Red Bull KTM’s Josh Hansen moved his way up from about a tenth place start to sixth, and a starting spot in the main

Supercross Lites Heat 1 Results:

  1. Tommy Hahn
  2. Chris Gosselaar
  3. Kelly Smith
  4. Dusty Klatt
  5. Bryan Johnson
  6. Josh Hansen
  7. Willy Browning
  8. Chad Johnson
  9. Zach Osborne

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 2

The heat two holeshot went to Josh Grant and his Sobe No Fear/Samsung Mobile/Honda, followed by Martin Davalos and his Star Racing Lucas Oil’s Yamaha. Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps had by far the best speed through the big whoops, and moved into second behind Grant on lap one, and the two Honda riders immediately pulled a huge lead over third place. Grant bobbled in the whoops and actually jumped off the track for a brief second on lap four, leaving the door wide open for Millsaps to take the lead. The Duke cruised on to a comfortable win followed by Grant and Davalos.

Supercross Lites Heat 2 Results:

  1. Davi Millsaps
  2. Josh Grant
  3. Martin Davalos
  4. Michael Blose
  5. Josh Summey
  6. Matt Walker
  7. Tucker Hibbert
  8. Jay Marmont
  9. Chad Ward

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1

The two fastest riders on Earth shared the gate in Supercross heat one, and the holeshot went to Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart followed closely by Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael. Stewart immediately began stretching out a slow lead after a few RC bobbles. Stewart’s Kawasaki teammate, Michael Byrne, held down the third spot early on, but was quickly dropped by the two leaders¿ RC seemed to have found some new speed midway through the heat and began closing back in on Bubba, but in the end it was the number seven who took the win just a second-and-a-half ahead¿ ¿I kind of got screwed up with the lappers and rode a little tight, but it should be a good one,¿ Stewart said on the podium.

Supercross Heat 1 Results:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Michael Byrne
  4. Heath Voss

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2

Cernic’s Suzuki’s Travis Pastrana grabbed the holeshot just ahead of Ivan Tedesco, and factory Yamaha¿s Chad Reed. The Team Yamaha star had suffered a separated shoulder earlier in the week pulled off the track after a mediocre start. Tedesco moved ahead of Pastrana on lap two, but Pastrana was crushing it through the whoops, and would catch and challenge (or pass) Hot Sauce again through that section over the next several laps, much to the delight of the crowd. Honda’s Travis Preston and Unbound Moto XXX’s Tim Ferry held down third and fourth, respectively¿ On lap seven, Pastrana wadded himself in that same who section that he was once killing, and Hot Sauce rode on to the win just a couple seconds ahead of Preston.

Supercross Heat 2 Results:

  1. Ivan Tedesco
  2. Travis Preston
  3. Tim Ferry
  4. Nick Wey

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

MotoSport.com/MDK/MSR/Honda’s Bobby Kiniry was atop the leader board as the gate dropped, but it was Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Branden Jesseman who took over the lead, and held it until the end. Kiniry held on for second, Rockstar Energy/Suzuki/Bloodshot’s Greg Schnell third, and the final transfer spot went to Josh Lichtle.

Supercross Lites LCQ Results:

  1. Branden Jesseman
  2. Bobby Kiniry
  3. Greg Schnell
  4. Josh Lichtle

SUPERCROSS SEMI 1

Billy Laninovich wanted a jump up from the Lites West series to a 450 in the Supercross class this weekend, and that’s just what he did, moving out to an early lead, and taking a semi win over Subway Coca Cola’s Jeff Gibson and Team Solitaire’s Ryan Clark, to make it a trio of Hondas in the top three spots.

Supercross Semi 1 Results:

  1. Billy Laninovich
  2. Jeff Gibson
  3. Ryan Clark
  4. Jacob Saylor
  5. Michael Young

SUPERCROSS SEMI 2

From the far outside, Chad Reed and Travis Pastrana jumped out front at the drop of the gate and motored on to take first and second, respectively. Battered and bruised, both riders rode noticeably conservative races, but finished ahead of Mike Brown and Tyler Evans.

Supercross Semi 2 Results:

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Travis Pastrana
  3. Mike Brown
  4. Tyler Evans
  5. Jiri Dostal

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Erick Vallejo and Jeff Dement scored the top two spots, and because Travis Pastrana withdrew from the main event after qualifying in his semi, the AMA took an additional rider to the main, and Jason Thomas made the cut.

Supercross LCQ Results:

  1. Erick Vallejo
  2. Jeff Dement
  3. Jason Thomas

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN

The holeshot went to Chris Gosselaar, but was quickly passed by Millsaps in the whoops, and Josh Grant moved into second just moments later. The two leaders immediately pulled a lead over third place Brandon Jesseman and Gosselaar.

Just past halfway, Millsaps began distancing himself from Grant, and behind them, Jesseman and Lil¿ Goose were having a great battle for the third spot throughout the majority of the race. Gosselaar got by Jesseman on lap 11 to secure the third and final podium spot (and ensuring himself a paycheck for the week).

Tommy Hahn came from back in the pack to catch the third and fourth place riders with just three laps to go, and Jesseman went off the track with two laps to go, allowing Hahn to pass for fourth. Millsaps took the win with Grant in second, Gosselaar in third, and Hahn in fourth.

Supercross Lites Main Event Results:

  1. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
  2. Josh Grant (Honda)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (Kawasaki)
  4. Tommy Hahn (Honda)
  5. Brandon Jesseman (Yamaha)
  6. Kelly Smith (Honda)
  7. Josh Summey (Honda)
  8. Bryan Johnson (Yamaha)
  9. Jay Marmont (KTM)
  10. Michael Blose (Yamaha)
  11. Tucker Hibbert (Yamaha)
  12. Dusty Klatt (Honda)
  13. Bobby Kiniry (Honda)
  14. Zach Osborne (KTM)
  15. Greg Schnell (Suzuki)
  16. Chad Johnson (Yamaha)
  17. Chad Ward (Yamaha)
  18. Matt Walker (Yamaha)
  19. Josh Lichtle (Yamaha)
  20. Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
  21. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  22. Willy Browning (Suzuki)

Series Point Standings

  1. Davi Millsaps 97
  2. Chris Gosselaar 74
  3. Josh Grant 69
  4. Branden Jesseman 68
  5. Bobby Kiniry49
  6. Tommy Hahn 47
  7. Josh Hansen 38
  8. Kelly Smith 37
  9. Sean Hamblin 36
  10. Teddy Maier 33

SUPERCROSS MAIN

The race we¿ve all been waiting for¿ And when the gate dropped, it was James Stewart taking the holeshot with Chad Reed and Ricky Carmichael in close pursuit¿ Stewart immediately opened up a comfortable lead, while RC took over the second spot on lap three¿ Then, Bubba went down extremely hard at the end of a rhythm section and got spit over the berm at the end of the straight¿ RC took over the lead with Reed in second¿ Stewart incredibly remounted¿  Byrne and Preston threw down a great battle for the third spot¿ Meanwhile, Stewart began his charge from last place, and didn¿t stop until he made his way all the way up to the seventh spot¿ As if the crash wasn¿t enough,  Stewart was lapped by RC on lap 18¿

Supercross Main Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki)
  2. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
  3. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)
  4. Travis Preston (Honda)
  5. Nick Wey (Honda)
  6. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
  7. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki)
  8. Tim Ferry (Honda)
  9. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
  10. Heath Voss (Yamaha)
  11. Jeff Dement (Suzuki)
  12. Jason Thomas (Honda)
  13. Ryan Clark (Honda)
  14. Tyler Evans (Suzuki)
  15. Mike Brown (Suzuki)
  16. Michael Young (Honda)
  17. Erick Vallejo (Honda)
  18. Jiri Dostal (Yamaha)
  19. Jacob Saylor (Honda)
  20. Jeff Gibson (Honda)

Series Point Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael 215
  2. Chad Reed 213
  3. James Stewart 189
  4. Ivan Tedesco 158
  5. Michael Byrne 152
  6. Nick Wey 149
  7. Ernesto Fonseca 125
  8. Travis Preston 121
  9. Mike LaRocco 108
  10. Ryan Clark 76

squo;ve all been waiting for¿ And when the gate dropped, it was James Stewart taking the holeshot with Chad Reed and Ricky Carmichael in close pursuit¿ Stewart immediately opened up a comfortable lead, while RC took over the second spot on lap three¿ Then, Bubba went down extremely hard at the end of a rhythm section and got spit over the berm at the end of the straight¿ RC took over the lead with Reed in second¿ Stewart incredibly remounted¿  Byrne and Preston threw down a great battle for the third spot¿ Meanwhile, Stewart began his charge from last place, and didn¿t stop until he made his way all the way up to the seventh spot¿ As if the crash wasn¿t enough,  Stewart was lapped by RC on lap 18¿

Supercross Main Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki)
  2. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
  3. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)
  4. Travis Preston (Honda)
  5. Nick Wey (Honda)
  6. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
  7. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki)
  8. Tim Ferry (Honda)
  9. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
  10. Heath Voss (Yamaha)
  11. Jeff Dement (Suzuki)
  12. Jason Thomas (Honda)
  13. Ryan Clark (Honda)
  14. Tyler Evans (Suzuki)
  15. Mike Brown (Suzuki)
  16. Michael Young (Honda)
  17. Erick Vallejo (Honda)
  18. Jiri Dostal (Yamaha)
  19. Jacob Saylor (Honda)
  20. Jeff Gibson (Honda)

Series Point Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael 215
  2. Chad Reed 213
  3. James Stewart 189
  4. Ivan Tedesco 158
  5. Michael Byrne 152
  6. Nick Wey 149
  7. Ernesto Fonseca 125
  8. Travis Preston 121
  9. Mike LaRocco 108
  10. Ryan Clark 76