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

A week after crashing out of the lead at Daytona, Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart stomped the competition on a very sandy Orlando track to claim his hometown race. He was followed home by Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael, who extended his points lead over Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed, who continues to struggle with a shoulder injury.

In the Supercross Lites class, Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant took his second win of the season ahead of Lites series points leader Davi Millsaps. Here’s how it went down.

Supercross Lites Heat 1

Red Bull KTM’s Jay Marmont led the way down the long start straight with Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant in tow, but Josh muscled his way by soon after, and both Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar and Star Racing/Lucas Oil/Yamaha’s Martin Davalos also followed Grant past Marmont.

The top three of Grant, Gosselaar and Davalos stayed the same to the end, but Team Green’s Kyle Chisholm and Rockstar Energy/Suzuki’s Josh Woods both put in great rides to lock down fourth and fifth places.

Results

  1. Josh Grant
  2. Chris Gosselaar
  3. Martin Davalos
  4. Kyle Chisholm
  5. Josh Woods
  6. Teddy Maier
  7. Jay Marmont
  8. Chad Johnson
  9. Willy Browning

Supercross Lites Heat 2

Star Racing/Lucas Oil/Yamaha’s Bryan Johnson nailed the start, with his usual riding partner, Davi Millsaps in tow. MotoSport.com’s Bobby Kiniry had made his way to the lead, but Davi Millsaps blazed past him in the whoops to take over the top spot.

Millsaps had stretched out a comfortable lead ahead of Kiniry, but Bryan Johnson made his way by and into second. However, the big battles were from third on back, with a large number of riders including Donnie McGourty, Josh Summey, Matt Walker, Branden Jesseman, Kelly Smith, and Matt Goerke duking it out for the remaining transfer spots.

Results

  1. Davi Millsaps
  2. Bryan Johnson
  3. Bobby Kiniry
  4. Donnie McGourty
  5. Josh Summey
  6. Matt Walker
  7. Branden Jesseman
  8. Kelly Smith
  9. Matt Goerke

Supercross Heat 1

When the gate dropped for the first heat of the Supercross class, the 450s launching off the line created a wall of sand roost behind the gate. As they reached the first turn, it was Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart in the lead, with Chad Reed right behind him. With his recently separated shoulder in mind, Chad had used the same plan as in Daytona, skipping the second practice in the afternoon, which meant the track was much different than he’d seen it early in the day.

With James in front and disappearing, the focus was on the riders behind him. Reed made a mistake and detoured off the track through the whoops, which allowed Tyler Evans and Nick Wey, who were running in third and fourth behind Reed, to go by him. Reed got back by both riders¿at least momentarily. Tyler Evans dove under Chad in a 180-degree bowl turn and cleaned out the Yamaha rider. During the skirmish, Nick Wey moved past Evans, and Tyler later came under attack from both Tim Ferry and Ryan Clark, who went by him.

Stewart took an easy win with a 20-plus second lead.

Results

  1. James Stewart
  2. Nick Wey
  3. Tim Ferry
  4. Ryan Clark

Supercross Heat 2

When the gate dropped for the second Supercross heat race, Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael rocketed into the lead. ahead of Sobe Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Kevin Windham, who was making his return to the Supercross scene after suffering a broke arm during pre-season practice. Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco and Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne were duking it out for third and fourth.

RC finished up with a comfortable lead, followed by Windham, and Tedesco won the battle with Byrne.

Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Kevin Windham
  3. Ivan Tedesco
  4. Micha Byrne

Supercross Lites LCQ

Blackfoot Honda’s Dusty Klatt took the holeshot, with Michael Blose behind him. Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Tommy Hahn was in fourth off the start, but moved into third in whoops on first lap. Dennis Jonon was battling with Hahn for third, and Josh Lichtle moved into fourth at about halfway. Klatt continued to lead, with Hahn in second, Jonon in third and Lichtle in fourth, until Jonon crashed in the corner before the mechanic’s area and dropped back to 21st. Klatt took the win followed by Hahn, Blose and Lichtle.

Results

  1. Dusty Klatt
  2. Tommy Hahn
  3. Michael Blose
  4. Josh Lichtle

Supercross Semi 1

Chan Reed lined up all the way inside and took the early lead, but Tamer/Team CAT’s Jacob Saylor pushed him out and over the top spot with Reed in second. Things tightened up in the top four spots with Reed all over Saylor, while Tyler Evans moved into third and Jason Thomas was in fourth trying to get by Evans. Then Saylor went off the track letting Reed take over the lead. Saylor got back on the track behind Thomas in fourth, and Thomas goes down with one lap to go while battling with Brock Sellards.

Reed took the win followed by Evans, Saylor, Dement and Sellards, but Chad headed straight back to the truck rather than stop by the podium for an interview since he was in such pain from his shoulder injury.

Results

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Tyler Evans
  3. Jacob Saylor
  4. Jeff Dement
  5. Brock Sellards

Supercross Semi 2

Team Yamaha’s Heath Voss took the early lead followed by Subway/Coca-Cola/Honda’s Jeff Gibson, while Team Honda’s Travis Preston was buried deep in the pack. Voss continued to lead followed by Gibson, Rockstar Energy/Suzuki’s Mike Brown moved into the lead after a few laps, but was passed by Gibson in the step-on step-off section. Preston and Billy Laninovich both put in charges that were moving them forward. Preston was safely inside the top five, but it wasn’t until the final turn and jump of the race that Laninovich took over fifth to make the main. Gibson took the win ahead of Preston and Voss, and Brown and Laninovich rounded out the qualifiers.

Results

  1. Jeff Gibson
  2. Travis Preston
  3. Heath Voss
  4. Mike Brown
  5. Billy Laninovich

250 LCQ

Barry Carsten took the holeshot but was passed by Jason Thomas took over the lead early followed by Doug Dehaan in second and Eric Vallejo sat in third. Vallejo quickly closed in on Dehaan and made a race out of it for second. Vallejo moved into the second and final transfer spot at about the halfway mark of the race by passing Dehaan in the whoops. Vallejo began to close in on Thomas, while Michael Young and Jiri Dostal battled for fourth. Young made a charge and by the final lap he moved into third, but went down in turn number one on the final lap, which dropped him back out of contention for the Gas Card. Thomas took the win followed by Vallejo, with Plotts in third.

Results

  1. Jason Thomas
  2. Erick Vallejo

Supercross Lites Main

Star Racing/Lucas Oil/Yamaha’s Bryan Johnson claimed the holeshot check for leading the way to the first turn, followed by Chris Gosselaar and Yamaha of Troy’s Branden Jesseman. Josh Grant and Davi Millsaps were right behind them in fourth and fifth.

Gosselaar took over the lead on the first lap, and Jesseman followed him into second, while Millsaps moved into third and Grant moved into fourth. Then Grant and Millsaps began to trade positions back and forth before Grant took it over for good. Grant then moved around both Jesseman and Gosselaar to take over the lead on lap four, while Millsaps remained in third. Grant stretched out his lead over Gosselaar, while Millsaps made his way past the Kawasaki rider a lap later, but could never cut into Grant’s lead. Behind the Honda-mounted lead duo of Grant and Millsaps, the running order remained the same for quite some time, with Gosselaar, Jesseman, and Davalos holding down third, fourth and fifth.. The time between Grant and Millsaps stayed pretty consistent, but Gosselaar and Jesseman fell beck further. Grant crossed the line first followed by Millsaps and Gosselaar. Jesseman finished in fourth, with Davalos fifth.

On the podium, Josh Grant was disappointed with his start, but pleased with the final result. “I got a bad start tonight and was a little disappointed with it. I knew it was my day though and I’m happy. I’ve been working on the whoops all this week with Windham and it’s really paid off.”

Results

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

Point Standings

  1. Davi Millsaps 119
  2. Josh Grant 94
  3. Chris Gosselaar 94
  4. Branden Jesseman 86
  5. Tommy Hahn 62
  6. Kelly Smith 51
  7. Bobby Kiniry 51
  8. Martin Davalos 48
  9. Michael Blose 43
  10. Teddy Maier 39

Supercross Main

After a minor delay to fix the slow-dropping starting gate, James Stewart took the holeshot and quickly stretched out his lead. Ricky Carmichael took over second with Michael Byrne in third and Ivan Tedesco in fourth. Chad Reed was in eighth with his bad shoulder, but he was still charging.

After one lap Tedesco made a move on Byrne to move into third, while Reed and Windham were battling for sixth.

After six laps Stewart continued to hold down a comfortable lead, while Reed was continuing to fall back and was back to ninth. Stewart was turning the fastest lap times¿two seconds a lap faster than RC.

Just past the halfway point, Nick Wey went to work, and began battling with Michael Byrne for fourth. After a few laps Wey finally secured the position, and began to reel in Tedesco. Reed also began to charge, passing Windham, Preston and Byrne to eventually settle in fifth spot. Wey continued to show blazing speed in the whoops and closed on Tedesco, making a pass for third stick with two laps to go.

Stewart crossed the line way ahead of Carmichael with Wey in third and Tedesco in fourth. After celebrating with his local fans, James climbed up on the podium and relayed, “I had local boy on the back of my pants and I’m pumped tonight. I was relaxed and I was having fun. After Daytona I had a scary crash and I realized that I was pretty lucky. All I can do is my best.”

During his turn at the mic, RC said, “I was bummed I wanted to show you guys a good race but I didn¿t have it¿James was riding too fast. I was comfortable, but at the same time I was trying to go. There is nothing to say, I got my butt beat tonight. I had nothing for him.”

Nick Wey grabbed his second podium in the Supercross class (both of them in ’06), and said, “Ivan and Byrner have been riding really well, and I’ve just been working my butt off. I couldn¿t have done it without my wife, and everyone else. Last year I found that little extra to race with the top guys, and just have been working my way up. I can’t say enough about all my sponsors and it feels really good.”

Results

  1. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki)
  3. lead. Behind the Honda-mounted lead duo of Grant and Millsaps, the running order remained the same for quite some time, with Gosselaar, Jesseman, and Davalos holding down third, fourth and fifth.. The time between Grant and Millsaps stayed pretty consistent, but Gosselaar and Jesseman fell beck further. Grant crossed the line first followed by Millsaps and Gosselaar. Jesseman finished in fourth, with Davalos fifth.

    On the podium, Josh Grant was disappointed with his start, but pleased with the final result. “I got a bad start tonight and was a little disappointed with it. I knew it was my day though and I’m happy. I’ve been working on the whoops all this week with Windham and it’s really paid off.”

    Results

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

    Point Standings

    1. Davi Millsaps 119
    2. Josh Grant 94
    3. Chris Gosselaar 94
    4. Branden Jesseman 86
    5. Tommy Hahn 62
    6. Kelly Smith 51
    7. Bobby Kiniry 51
    8. Martin Davalos 48
    9. Michael Blose 43
    10. Teddy Maier 39

    Supercross Main

    After a minor delay to fix the slow-dropping starting gate, James Stewart took the holeshot and quickly stretched out his lead. Ricky Carmichael took over second with Michael Byrne in third and Ivan Tedesco in fourth. Chad Reed was in eighth with his bad shoulder, but he was still charging.

    After one lap Tedesco made a move on Byrne to move into third, while Reed and Windham were battling for sixth.

    After six laps Stewart continued to hold down a comfortable lead, while Reed was continuing to fall back and was back to ninth. Stewart was turning the fastest lap times¿two seconds a lap faster than RC.

    Just past the halfway point, Nick Wey went to work, and began battling with Michael Byrne for fourth. After a few laps Wey finally secured the position, and began to reel in Tedesco. Reed also began to charge, passing Windham, Preston and Byrne to eventually settle in fifth spot. Wey continued to show blazing speed in the whoops and closed on Tedesco, making a pass for third stick with two laps to go.

    Stewart crossed the line way ahead of Carmichael with Wey in third and Tedesco in fourth. After celebrating with his local fans, James climbed up on the podium and relayed, “I had local boy on the back of my pants and I’m pumped tonight. I was relaxed and I was having fun. After Daytona I had a scary crash and I realized that I was pretty lucky. All I can do is my best.”

    During his turn at the mic, RC said, “I was bummed I wanted to show you guys a good race but I didn¿t have it¿James was riding too fast. I was comfortable, but at the same time I was trying to go. There is nothing to say, I got my butt beat tonight. I had nothing for him.”

    Nick Wey grabbed his second podium in the Supercross class (both of them in ’06), and said, “Ivan and Byrner have been riding really well, and I’ve just been working my butt off. I couldn¿t have done it without my wife, and everyone else. Last year I found that little extra to race with the top guys, and just have been working my way up. I can’t say enough about all my sponsors and it feels really good.”

    Results

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

    Supercross Point Standings

    1. Ricky Carmichael 237
    2. Chad Reed 229
    3. James Stewart 214
    4. Ivan Tedesco 176
    5. Nick Wey 169
    6. Michael Byrne 166
    7. Travis Preston 136
    8. Ernesto Fonseca 125
    9. Mike LaRocco 108
    10. Tim Ferry 84
  4. Nick Wey (Honda)
  5. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki)
  6. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
  7. Travis Preston (Honda)
  8. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)
  9. Timmy Ferry (Honda)
  10. Kevin Windham (Honda)
  11. Jeff Dement (Suzuki)
  12. Jeff Gibson (Honda)
  13. Jacob Saylor (Honda)
  14. Erick Vallejo (Honda)
  15. Heath Voss (Yamaha)
  16. Mike Brown (Suzuki)
  17. Brock Sellards (Honda)
  18. Ryan Clark (Honda)
  19. Tyler Evans (Suzuki)
  20. Jason Thomas (Honda)
  21. Billy Laninovich (Honda)

Supercross Point Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael 237
  2. Chad Reed 229
  3. James Stewart 214
  4. Ivan Tedesco 176
  5. Nick Wey 169
  6. Michael Byrne 166
  7. Travis Preston 136
  8. Ernesto Fonseca 125
  9. Mike LaRocco 108
  10. Tim Ferry 84