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

In front of a visibly sparse crowd, round 12 of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, round 13 of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross Series, in the brand new Ford Field in Detroit, proved to be nearly a carbon copy of the weekend before in Orlando. As both Josh Grant and James Stewart put on riding clinics in the Supercross Lites and Supercross classes respectively.

In the Supercross class, Stewart got his Team Kawasaki KXF450 out to the early lead and never looked back. While he didn’t turn in ridiculously-faster lap times than runner-up Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael this time, he did pull out to a comfortable lead after RC had to battle to the front following a poor start. By the end, Stewart was able to cruise in for his fifth victory of the season.

In the SX Lites class, Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant proved once again that he is a force on the East Coast. Much like Stewart he took the early lead and never faltered. When the checkers flew, he had a comfortable margin on Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps. Grant’s win also shut down Davi’s chances of clinching the title in Detroit¿he now has to wait until Houston.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 1

This heat race was all about Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant. When the gate dropped Grant took the holeshot ahead of: Motosport Outlet/Honda’s Bobby Kiniry, Kawasaki mounted Teddy Maier, Motoworldracing.com/Yamaha’s Stephane Roncada and Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gooselaar. After the first lap Grant had already opened up a comfortable lead over Kiniry and Maier.

As the race went on Grant continued to open up his lead over Kiniry, while Maier began to fall back slightly. After three laps Grant had a 4.9 second lead over Kiniry, and it wasn’t until the fifth lap that anything changed in the running order as Kiniry’s teammate Kelly Smith moved past Maier into third. From there the riders crossed the line without changing order. Grant took the win followed by Kiniry and Smith. Maier finished fourth.

Results

  1. Josh Grant
  2. Bobby Kiniry
  3. Kelly Smith
  4. Teddy Maier
  5. Chris Gosselaar
  6. Kyle Chisholm
  7. Matt Goerke
  8. Bryan Johnson
  9. Stephane Roncada

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 2

This heat race featured Grant’s rival this year, Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps. When the pack thundered into the first turn it was Millsaps out front with the holeshot, followed by Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Branden Jesseman and Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Tommy Hahn.

As the race progressed Millsaps began to stretch out his lead and three laps in he had amassed a 4.7 second lead over Jesseman in second, with Hahn in third. As it would turn out Millsaps never could manage to turn a lap as fast as Grant’s fastest lap in the previous heat, he did, however, take the win comfortably over Jesseman in second and Hahn in third.

Results

  1. Davi Millsaps
  2. Branden Jesseman
  3. Tommy Hahn
  4. Josh Woods
  5. Donnie McGourty
  6. Michael Blose
  7. Greg Schnell
  8. Chris Blose
  9. Dusty Klatt

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1

Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart blasted out to the front of the pack to take the holeshot in this heat race. From there, he never looked back and continued to gap the field as each lap passed. In fact, after only one lap, Stewart had a six-second lead built up over his teammate Michael Byrne in second, while Team Honda’s Travis Preston sat in third. Nothing much changed after the riders settled into their positions.

Behind the top-three, Team Rockstar/Suzuki’s Mike Brown sat in fourth, but was being pressured by Team Subway/Coca Cola/Honda’s Jeff Gibson for the final transfer position, and it wasn’t until the final lap that Gibson made his move. Gibson passed Brown right before the white flag to steal the final spot to the main. Stewart won, with Byrne second and Preston thir

Results

  1. James Stewart
  2. Michael Byrne
  3. Travis Preston
  4. Jeff Gibson

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2:

Stewart’s heavy competition Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael easily took the win in this heat race. While he didn’t get the holeshot, he did move into the lead past his teammate Ivan Tedesco after the first turn, and from there left everyone to battle for second. From there Tedesco dropped back in the running order, and after one lap was in fifth.

After two laps Carmichael has stretched his lead out to 8.6 seconds over Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Billy Laninovich and his teammate Kevin Windham. Tedesco sat in fourth. From there the running order didn’t change until the last lap when Team Yamaha’s Heath Voss snuck up on Tedesco to steal the final transfer position. Carmichael cruised in for the win followed by, Laninovich, Windham and Voss.

Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Billy Laninovich
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Ivan Tedesco

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

After getting some last-minute maintenance on his bike, Team Star Racing/Yamaha’s Martin Davalos took the holeshot. He was followed into the first turn by: Team Red Bull KTM’s Jay Marmont and Yamaha rider Chad Johnson.

After one lap, Davalos was cruising out front followed by Marmont, while Kevin Johnson snuck into third with Rockstar/Suzuki rider Sean Hamblin in the final transfer position. After that, though, things changed for Hamblin as he went down in a turn and handed the Yamaha privateer Nathan Skaggs.

In the end, Davalos took the win followed by Marmont, Kevin Johnson, and Josh Summey, who seemingly came out of nowhere to take the fourth and final transfer position.

Results

  1. Martin Davalos
  2. Jay Marmont
  3. Kevin Johnson
  4. Josh Summey

SUPERCROSS SEMI 1

This semi featured Team Yamaha’s injured Chad Reed. The start saw team CAT’s Erick Vallejo take the holeshot followed by his teammate Jacob Saylor. Behind them Moto XXX teammates Timmy Ferry and Kyle Lewis battled while Reed was busy climbing up to the top-five.

After one lap Saylor moved into the lead while Reed moves into third. One lap later, Reed moved into second and set his sights on Saylor. A few laps later, after battling for a bit with Saylor, Reed took over first and never let it go. Reed crossed the line ahead of Saylor with Vallejo in third, Ferry fourth and Mike Brown fifth.

Results

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Jacob Saylor
  3. Erick Vallejo
  4. Tim Ferry
  5. Mike Brown

SUPERCROSS SEMI 2

The holeshot of this semi went to Honda-mounted Robbie Reynard, but he was quickly passed by Tedesco, and after the first lap the running order went: Tedesco, Yamaha-mounted Jiri Dostal who worked his way up, and Team BooKoo’s newest recruit Broc Sellards.

With three laps in the books Tedesco began to extend his lead, and it grew to 3.9 seconds over Dostal, while Sellards sat in third, with Clark Stiles in fourth. As the race came into the final stages there was battling back in fourth and fifth between Team Subway/Coca Cola/Honda’s Jason Thomas and Stiles, but up front the running order never changed.

When the checkered flag flew Tedesco took the win followed by Dostal, Sellards and Stiles.

Results

  1. Ivan Tedesco
  2. Jiri Dostal
  3. Brock Sellards
  4. Clark Stiles
  5. Ryan Clark

SUPERCROSS LCQ

After a false start that saw Rockstar/Blood Shot/Suzuki rider Tyler Evans jump the gate, the race was re-started. When the pack rounded the first turn, for the second time, it was the lone KTM rider Michael Sleeter with the holeshot. He was followed by Team MDK’s Nick Wey.

As the laps wore on, Wey passed Sleeter and began to pull away. Meanwhile, Jason Thomas caught the KTM rider and put the pressure on. After only a few more laps Thomas moved around Sleeter. In the end Wey took the win followed by Thomas and Sleeter.

Results

  1. Nick Wey
  2. Jason Thomas

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN

When the gate dropped for the start of this race, it was Kawasaki-mounted Teddy Maier taking the holeshot, ahead of Bobby Kiniry and Josh Grant. It didn’t take long, though, for Kiniry to take over the lead and Grant to move into second, as they both did so after the conclusion of the first lap. On the second lap, Grant moved around Kiniry and began to open up a comfortable lead. Meanwhile, Davi Millsaps was stuck back in fourth after a miserable start. It didn’t take him long, though, to move up to second. He was there by the start of the third lap.

As the race wore on, Grant continued to lead while Millsaps continued to attempt to catch him. By the halfway mark Grant had a 4.3 second lead over Millsaps with Kiniry in third Yamaha rider Matt Goerke in fourth and a hard-charging Chris Gosselaar in fifth.

With two laps left Grant had extended his lead to 6.7 seconds over Millsaps, while Kiniry sat third, however, that changed when Kiniry fell in the whoops and handed third to Gosselaar on the last lap.

When the checkered flag came out Grant took his third win of the season and second in a row, Millsaps finished second and Gosselaar third. The win also stopped Millsaps from clinching the championship, as he now has to wait until Houston to do so.

Results

  1. Josh Grant (Honda)
  2. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (Kawasaki)
  4. Tommy Hahn (Honda)
  5. Kelly Smith (Honda)
  6. Bobby Kiniry (Honda)
  7. Josh Woods (Suzuki)
  8. Josh Summey (Honda)
  9. Jay Marmont (KTM)
  10. Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
  11. Branden Jesseman (Yamaha)
  12. Teddy Maier (Kawasaki)
  13. Bryan Johnson (Yamaha)
  14. Donnie McGourty (Kawasaki)
  15. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
  16. Kevin Johnson (Yamaha)
  17. Greg Schnell (Suzuki)
  18. Dusty Klatt (Honda)
  19. Michael Blose (Yamaha)
  20. Chris Blose (Yamaha)
  21. Matt Goerke (Yamaha)
  22. Stephane Roncada (Yamaha)

SUPERCROSS MAIN

From start to finish this race was all about James Stewart. He took over the lead on the first lap and was unchallenged for every lap of the 20-lap race. The holeshot went to Nick Wey, however, he was quickly passed by: Stewart, Chad Reed, Ricky Carmichael and Michael Byrne. After the first lap Wey sat in fifth with Stewart running away from everyone.

Behind Stewart is where the real race was going on. In the midst of a points battle, Reed and Carmichael battled for the runner-up position for most of the race. By the midway point of the race, the two riders were in an intense battle that saw them swap second place numerous times. On lap fourteen, after Carmichael had moved around Reed, RC got stuck behind a lapper. The mistake allowed Reed to get by. It didn’t take long, though, for RC to pull Reed back in and retake the position. From there the two stayed close but never swapped positions again. At the end of the race it was all Stewart, with Carmichael in second and Reed in third. Ivan Tedesco managed to squeeze into fourth and fifth went to Wey.

On the podium Stewart was all smiles about his fifth win of the season. “There wasn’t any reason to push the track,” Stewart said. “I just put in 20 perfect laps, and got the win tonight. I just made a pace and didn’t push it. The track got slippery, so you couldn’t override it.”

As for Carmichael, he was happy to have an exciting race, “It was definitely a race for the fans,” Carmichael said of his battle with Reed. “I got to pass him two times, and then we were playing cat and mouse.”

While he finished third, Reed too isn’t going to give up on his championship hopes, “I’m not going to give up. I’m going to fight all the wly a few more laps Thomas moved around Sleeter. In the end Wey took the win followed by Thomas and Sleeter.

Results

  1. Nick Wey
  2. Jason Thomas

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN

When the gate dropped for the start of this race, it was Kawasaki-mounted Teddy Maier taking the holeshot, ahead of Bobby Kiniry and Josh Grant. It didn’t take long, though, for Kiniry to take over the lead and Grant to move into second, as they both did so after the conclusion of the first lap. On the second lap, Grant moved around Kiniry and began to open up a comfortable lead. Meanwhile, Davi Millsaps was stuck back in fourth after a miserable start. It didn’t take him long, though, to move up to second. He was there by the start of the third lap.

As the race wore on, Grant continued to lead while Millsaps continued to attempt to catch him. By the halfway mark Grant had a 4.3 second lead over Millsaps with Kiniry in third Yamaha rider Matt Goerke in fourth and a hard-charging Chris Gosselaar in fifth.

With two laps left Grant had extended his lead to 6.7 seconds over Millsaps, while Kiniry sat third, however, that changed when Kiniry fell in the whoops and handed third to Gosselaar on the last lap.

When the checkered flag came out Grant took his third win of the season and second in a row, Millsaps finished second and Gosselaar third. The win also stopped Millsaps from clinching the championship, as he now has to wait until Houston to do so.

Results

  1. Josh Grant (Honda)
  2. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (Kawasaki)
  4. Tommy Hahn (Honda)
  5. Kelly Smith (Honda)
  6. Bobby Kiniry (Honda)
  7. Josh Woods (Suzuki)
  8. Josh Summey (Honda)
  9. Jay Marmont (KTM)
  10. Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
  11. Branden Jesseman (Yamaha)
  12. Teddy Maier (Kawasaki)
  13. Bryan Johnson (Yamaha)
  14. Donnie McGourty (Kawasaki)
  15. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
  16. Kevin Johnson (Yamaha)
  17. Greg Schnell (Suzuki)
  18. Dusty Klatt (Honda)
  19. Michael Blose (Yamaha)
  20. Chris Blose (Yamaha)
  21. Matt Goerke (Yamaha)
  22. Stephane Roncada (Yamaha)

SUPERCROSS MAIN

From start to finish this race was all about James Stewart. He took over the lead on the first lap and was unchallenged for every lap of the 20-lap race. The holeshot went to Nick Wey, however, he was quickly passed by: Stewart, Chad Reed, Ricky Carmichael and Michael Byrne. After the first lap Wey sat in fifth with Stewart running away from everyone.

Behind Stewart is where the real race was going on. In the midst of a points battle, Reed and Carmichael battled for the runner-up position for most of the race. By the midway point of the race, the two riders were in an intense battle that saw them swap second place numerous times. On lap fourteen, after Carmichael had moved around Reed, RC got stuck behind a lapper. The mistake allowed Reed to get by. It didn’t take long, though, for RC to pull Reed back in and retake the position. From there the two stayed close but never swapped positions again. At the end of the race it was all Stewart, with Carmichael in second and Reed in third. Ivan Tedesco managed to squeeze into fourth and fifth went to Wey.

On the podium Stewart was all smiles about his fifth win of the season. “There wasn’t any reason to push the track,” Stewart said. “I just put in 20 perfect laps, and got the win tonight. I just made a pace and didn’t push it. The track got slippery, so you couldn’t override it.”

As for Carmichael, he was happy to have an exciting race, “It was definitely a race for the fans,” Carmichael said of his battle with Reed. “I got to pass him two times, and then we were playing cat and mouse.”

While he finished third, Reed too isn’t going to give up on his championship hopes, “I’m not going to give up. I’m going to fight all the way to the end,” Reed said. “It took me a few laps to get going, but once I did I held on.”

Results

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

he way to the end,” Reed said. “It took me a few laps to get going, but once I did I held on.”

Results

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