TWMX Race Report: Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, Dallas, 2006

Sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s greeted the return of the West Coast Lites class to the AMA Supercross series after a long 10-week hiatus on Saturday in Irving, TX. When the sun set outside the infamous home of the Dallas Cowboys, the gate dropped inside to kick off some of the craziest racing we’ve seen all season. West Coast Lites series leader Andrew Short sat with a narrow two-point advantage over Grant Langston at the beginning of the night, and many thought that the race win would be decided between those two heavy favorites at the end of the show. Unwillingly, however, the two championship contenders gave way to a first-time winner by the time the checkers waved in the Lites main event. In the premier Supercross class, two costly crashes led to the second win of the series for the Aussie on blue, tightening the championship points battle to within a reasonable grasp of all three of the series stars with just two remaining rounds left in the series. Unless you have no taste for great racing, sit back, relax, and enjoy the highlights from Big D…

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 1

At the drop of the gate it was Motosport Outlet’s Eric Sorby who captured the first holeshot of the night, but Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s young phenom Ryan Villopoto made quick work of him and moved into the lead before the end of lap one. Villopoto road a near flawless race, and took the win with relative ease. Behind Ryan, fellow Pro Circuit teammate and title hopeful Grant Langston dropped KTM’s Nathan Ramsey and Yamaha of Troy’s Bret Metcalfe to take the second spot. Langston put on a hard charge to close within a couple bike lengths of Villopoto by the last lap, but it was too little too late, and the two finished one/two, respectively.

RESULTS

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Grant Langston
  3. Nate Ramsey
  4. Brett Metcalfe
  5. Eric Sorby
  6. Justin Keeney
  7. Ryan Abrigo
  8. Ryan Mills
  9. Michael Sleeter

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 2

Andrew Short did exactly what he’d been saying he needed to come out and do during his 10-week “vacation”—grabbed the holeshot and ran away with the win. In the beginning stages of the heat, KTM’s Mike Alessi sat in second, with Arenacross star Darcy Lange in third, and Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Billy Laninovich in fourth. (On a side note, Laninovich was riding a bit beat up in Dallas after he and teammate Jake Weimer were involved in a car accident on Thursday evening in Dallas. The accident has Weimer sidelined with injuries to his face that may require surgery next week. Check back on Monday to read all of the official details in Monday Kickstart.) Now, back to racing… Lange sped by Alessi through the long Dallas whoop section and into the second spot, and Short continued to open a large lead out front where he posted a heat race best 52.7-second lap (Langston owned the best lap time from practice, however, which was a bit faster at 51.9). Shorty crossed the line with an 8.2 second lead over Lange, with Alessi holding on to third another four seconds back.

RESULTS

  1. Andrew Short
  2. Darcy Lange
  3. Mike Alessi
  4. Justin Brayton
  5. Danny Smith
  6. Ryan Morais
  7. Adam Chatfield
  8. Daniel Sani
  9. Rodrig Thain

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1

Like he’s been doing pretty consistently the past several weeks now, James Stewart shot out of the gate and into the early lead in the first of two Supercross heats. At the end of lap one, Bubba began stretching it out over Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, and factory Honda’s Travis Preston. The same top-four continued occupying those crucial transfer positions, and remained in the same order throughout the rest of the heat, with Stewart cruising in with a 6.1 second advantage over Reed.

RESULTS

  1. James Stewart
  2. Chad Reed
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Travis Preston

SUPERCRO HEAT 2

The factory Makita Suzukis of Ivan Tedesco and Ricky Carmichael rocketed down the start straight with a bit of an edge, but Yamaha’s Heath Voss slipped in by the time they all reached the first corner. RC got by both Voss and Tedesco early, however, and never relinquished the lead. Hot Sauce moved into second, RC continued stretching out his lead up front, and Tyler Evans held down the third spot early on. Shortly thereafter, Tedesco went down in a tricky right-hand corner featuring some roller bumps, handing second over to Evans. Ricky was flying, pulling out a five-second lead after just two laps. Behind him, MDK/Motosport Outlet/Honda’s Nick Wey crept up on Evans, and the two battled it out, with Wey eventually putting a nice pass on the tough-to-get-by Evans in a right-hand bowl corner. Voss also got back by Evans to secure the third spot, and RC rode off to finish some 22 seconds over Wey.

RESULTS

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Nick Wey
  3. Heath Voss
  4. Tyler Evans

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

Billy Laninovich took the early lead ahead of Rockstar Energy/Bill’s Pipes/Suzuki’s Jason Lawrence in the Lites last chance. Not generally an LCQ participant, Lano had some fun with it, throwing down some whips over the triple jumps toward the end of the short race (Maybe it was just a side-affect of the whiplash?) Billy went on to win ahead of Lawrence, Paul Carpenter, and Erick Nye, who took the last transfer spot into the main.

RESULTS

  1. Billy Laninovich
  2. Jason Lawrence
  3. Paul Carpenter
  4. Eric Nye

SUPERCROSS SEMI ONE

Semi one was fairly uneventful, with Team Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne grabbing the holeshot and walking away with it. Behind Byrner, Ryan Clark, Kyle Lewis, Brock Sellards, and Isaiah Johnson battled it, finishing in that order.

RESULTS

  1. Michael Byrne
  2. Ryan Clark
  3. Kyle Lewis
  4. Brock Sellards
  5. Isaiah Johnson

SUPERCROSS SEMI TWO

TWMX test rider Michael Young grabbed the holeshot to start semi two, but only after receiving some suspension setup advice from none other than Ricky Johnson after his heat race. Despite the tip from RJ, however, Deez Nuts couldn’t put it all together, and eventually got displaced out of a transfer spot. Tedesco, after a mediocre start, went past Jason Thomas and into the lead early on, and by the end of lap three the running order went Tedesco, Dostal, Thomas, Gibson, and Demuth. Demuth pushed hard to get by Gibson as they both began catching Thomas, while Tedesco took the easy win. Demuth crashed on top of the finish line jump as he collected the checkers, but still held on for the final transfer spot in fifth.

RESULTS

  1. Ivan Tedesco
  2. Jiri Dostal
  3. Jason Thomas
  4. Jeff Gibson
  5. Josh Demuth

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Jeff Dement came out of the first turn with the lead in the Supercross LCQ, and motored on to take the win ahead of Cole Siebler.

RESULTS

  1. Jeff Dement
  2. Cole Siebler

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

With tension in the air that only a two-point championship separation can bring, Villopoto rocketed out of the gate with the main event holeshot. Behind him, Short tangled with Danny Smith early on, causing him to temporarily lose some momentum, and Langston was buried back in about the 10th spot after a crappy start. Alessi chased Villopoto around the Dallas circuit early on, but the young KTM rider was clearly off the pace. At the end of lap one, Villopoto had a 1.8 second lead over Alessi, with Sorby, Short, and Ryan Abrigo rounding out the top five.

Shorty, riding hard and determined to get to the front, got by Alessi on lap three. By lap four, Villopoto had extended his lead to 4.8 seconds out front, with Short, Alessi, Sorby, Abrigo, and Langston chasing. Villopoto’s lead was about six seconds (the largest it would get) at the conclusion of lap six, but Shorty and Langston were riding strong behind him in second and third, respectively, with number one plates dancing in their heads. By lap 11, Short had cut Villopoto’s lead to about 3.5 seconds, with Langston another 4.9 seconds behind him. Andrew pushed as hard as he could in the final laps, but Villopoto held tough, taking a wire-to-wire win—his first-ever Supercross victory. “I am really excited! I was just waiting to get a good start in a main, and I knew I could stay up there without any big mistakes,” Ryan said on the podium. Shorty’s second was enough to extend his points lead to four over Langston with just one round left. The championship will be decided in Seattle next weekend. “There’s pressure for the championship, and I didn’t get the best of starts, but I rode my hardest tonight, and that’s all I can ask for,” Andrew said after the race.

RESULTS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
  2. Andrew Short (Honda)
  3. Grant Langston (Kawasaki)
  4. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  5. Ryan Morias (Suzuki)
  6. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
  7. Justin Keeney (Honda)
  8. Ryan Abrigo (Honda)
  9. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
  10. Paul Carpenter (Honda)
  11. Jason Lawrence (Suzuki)
  12. Nate Ramsey (KTM)
  13. Darcy Lange (Kawasaki)
  14. Brett Metcalfe (Yamaha)
  15. Rodrig Thain (Kawasaki)
  16. Michael Sleeter (KTM)
  17. Eric Sorby (Honda)
  18. Danny Smith (Honda)
  19. Adam Chatfield (Suzuki)
  20. Eric Nye (Yamaha)
  21. Daniel Sani (Honda)
  22. Ryan Mills (Suzuki)

OVERALL POINTS (One Round Remaining)

  1. Andrew Short 140
  2. Grant Langston 136
  3. Ryan Villopoto 119
  4. Nate Ramsey 116
  5. Mike Alessi 113
  6. Billy Laninovich 111
  7. Brett Metcalfe 98
  8. Paul Carpenter 89
  9. Darcy Lange 63
  10. Ryan Morais 60

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

In the class that has become somewhat predictable the past several rounds, Carmichael grabbed the holeshot just ahead of Preston and Stewart, who tangled over a triple jump on the straightaway just after the first turn. Staying upright, Stewart recovered to quickly jump into the second spot behind RC. At the end of lap one, Carmichael led Stewart by a half a second, with Reed, Tedesco, and Wey rounding out the top five. After looking slightly off the pace in practice, Reed showed great speed in the main, and actually closed in slightly on the lead duo, who were engaged in another tight race. After lap three, RC’s lead was still only fractions of a second. Unlike what we saw in the beginning of the series when Stewart would go to school on RC for the majority of the race before making his move, James wasted no time and went for a pass that would stick by lap five. RC wasn’t going to just give it to his young rival, however, and the wily veteran dropped the hammer through the long whoop section to try to make up ground. Traveling down the right side of the whoop lane, RC got out of shape just a few bike lengths behind Stewart, and shot off of the left side of the track, clipping the Mastercraft boat and two photographers lining the infield of the track. With damaged camera equipment littering the dirt and the Asterisk medical crew in hot pursuit to assess the damage, RC amazingly remounted to rejoin the action.

Then, just a couple of laps later, Stewart went down and off the side of the track in one of the rhythm lanes, handing the lead over to Reed, second over to Wey, and fourth to Tedesco before re-firing his KX450F. The Chad, now with a huge lead, went on to win his second race of the series, closing the all-important championship point’s gap to within two of Carmichael.

Bubba, in true Bubba style, rode like a man possessed and caught back up to second place by the wave of the checkers. “I caught a lapper and the front end tucked. The tuff blocksoto’s lead was about six seconds (the largest it would get) at the conclusion of lap six, but Shorty and Langston were riding strong behind him in second and third, respectively, with number one plates dancing in their heads. By lap 11, Short had cut Villopoto’s lead to about 3.5 seconds, with Langston another 4.9 seconds behind him. Andrew pushed as hard as he could in the final laps, but Villopoto held tough, taking a wire-to-wire win—his first-ever Supercross victory. “I am really excited! I was just waiting to get a good start in a main, and I knew I could stay up there without any big mistakes,” Ryan said on the podium. Shorty’s second was enough to extend his points lead to four over Langston with just one round left. The championship will be decided in Seattle next weekend. “There’s pressure for the championship, and I didn’t get the best of starts, but I rode my hardest tonight, and that’s all I can ask for,” Andrew said after the race.

RESULTS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
  2. Andrew Short (Honda)
  3. Grant Langston (Kawasaki)
  4. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  5. Ryan Morias (Suzuki)
  6. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
  7. Justin Keeney (Honda)
  8. Ryan Abrigo (Honda)
  9. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
  10. Paul Carpenter (Honda)
  11. Jason Lawrence (Suzuki)
  12. Nate Ramsey (KTM)
  13. Darcy Lange (Kawasaki)
  14. Brett Metcalfe (Yamaha)
  15. Rodrig Thain (Kawasaki)
  16. Michael Sleeter (KTM)
  17. Eric Sorby (Honda)
  18. Danny Smith (Honda)
  19. Adam Chatfield (Suzuki)
  20. Eric Nye (Yamaha)
  21. Daniel Sani (Honda)
  22. Ryan Mills (Suzuki)

OVERALL POINTS (One Round Remaining)

  1. Andrew Short 140
  2. Grant Langston 136
  3. Ryan Villopoto 119
  4. Nate Ramsey 116
  5. Mike Alessi 113
  6. Billy Laninovich 111
  7. Brett Metcalfe 98
  8. Paul Carpenter 89
  9. Darcy Lange 63
  10. Ryan Morais 60

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

In the class that has become somewhat predictable the past several rounds, Carmichael grabbed the holeshot just ahead of Preston and Stewart, who tangled over a triple jump on the straightaway just after the first turn. Staying upright, Stewart recovered to quickly jump into the second spot behind RC. At the end of lap one, Carmichael led Stewart by a half a second, with Reed, Tedesco, and Wey rounding out the top five. After looking slightly off the pace in practice, Reed showed great speed in the main, and actually closed in slightly on the lead duo, who were engaged in another tight race. After lap three, RC’s lead was still only fractions of a second. Unlike what we saw in the beginning of the series when Stewart would go to school on RC for the majority of the race before making his move, James wasted no time and went for a pass that would stick by lap five. RC wasn’t going to just give it to his young rival, however, and the wily veteran dropped the hammer through the long whoop section to try to make up ground. Traveling down the right side of the whoop lane, RC got out of shape just a few bike lengths behind Stewart, and shot off of the left side of the track, clipping the Mastercraft boat and two photographers lining the infield of the track. With damaged camera equipment littering the dirt and the Asterisk medical crew in hot pursuit to assess the damage, RC amazingly remounted to rejoin the action.

Then, just a couple of laps later, Stewart went down and off the side of the track in one of the rhythm lanes, handing the lead over to Reed, second over to Wey, and fourth to Tedesco before re-firing his KX450F. The Chad, now with a huge lead, went on to win his second race of the series, closing the all-important championship point’s gap to within two of Carmichael.

Bubba, in true Bubba style, rode like a man possessed and caught back up to second place by the wave of the checkers. “I caught a lapper and the front end tucked. The tuff blocks aren’t that soft, either (smiles). I felt like I threw the race away, but I’m happy with what happened (salvaging second),” Bubba said of his crash. Behind Stewart, and collecting his third podium of the season, Wey held off Tedesco for a solid third-place performance.

What about Ricky? With a battered bike and the remnants of the wreckage haunting his mind, the G.O.A.T remarkably caught back up to sixth place by the end of the race, minimizing the point’s damage as much as humanly possible.

With a mere ten points between the top three riders, the remaining two rounds should prove to be real nail-biters.

RESULTS

  1. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
  2. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
  3. Nick Wey (Honda)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki)
  5. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)
  6. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki)
  7. Kevin Windham (Honda)
  8. Travis Preston (Honda)
  9. Josh Demuth (Honda)
  10. Ryan Clark (Honda)
  11. Jason Thomas (Honda)
  12. Jiri Dostal (Yamaha)
  13. Jeff Gibson (Honda)
  14. Tyler Evans (Suzuki)
  15. Brock Sellards (Honda)
  16. Kyle Lewis (Honda)
  17. Cole Siebler (Honda)
  18. Heath Voss (Yamaha)
  19. Jeff Dement (Suzuki)
  20. Isaiah Johnson (Yamaha)

AMA OVERALL POINTS (Two Rounds Remaining)

  1. Ricky Carmichael 296
  2. Chad Reed 294
  3. James Stewart 286
  4. Ivan Tedesco 227
  5. Nick Wey 218
  6. Michael Byrne 213
  7. Travis Preston 173
  8. Ernesto Fonseca 125
  9. Ryan Clark 116
  10. Mike LaRocco 108

WORLD SX OVERALL POINTS (Two Rounds Remaining)

  1. James Stewart 330
  2. Ricky Carmichael 322
  3. Chad Reed 312
  4. Ivan Tedesco 261
  5. Nicholas Wey 250
  6. Michael Byrne 243
  7. Ryan Clark 176
  8. Jason Thomas 172
  9. Jeff Gibson 170
  10. Tyler Evans 125

ocks aren’t that soft, either (smiles). I felt like I threw the race away, but I’m happy with what happened (salvaging second),” Bubba said of his crash. Behind Stewart, and collecting his third podium of the season, Wey held off Tedesco for a solid third-place performance.

What about Ricky? With a battered bike and the remnants of the wreckage haunting his mind, the G.O.A.T remarkably caught back up to sixth place by the end of the race, minimizing the point’s damage as much as humanly possible.

With a mere ten points between the top three riders, the remaining two rounds should prove to be real nail-biters.

RESULTS

  1. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
  2. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
  3. Nick Wey (Honda)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki)
  5. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)
  6. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki)
  7. Kevin Windham (Honda)
  8. Travis Preston (Honda)
  9. Josh Demuth (Honda)
  10. Ryan Clark (Honda)
  11. Jason Thomas (Honda)
  12. Jiri Dostal (Yamaha)
  13. Jeff Gibson (Honda)
  14. Tyler Evans (Suzuki)
  15. Brock Sellards (Honda)
  16. Kyle Lewis (Honda)
  17. Cole Siebler (Honda)
  18. Heath Voss (Yamaha)
  19. Jeff Dement (Suzuki)
  20. Isaiah Johnson (Yamaha)

AMA OVERALL POINTS (Two Rounds Remaining)

  1. Ricky Carmichael 296
  2. Chad Reed 294
  3. James Stewart 286
  4. Ivan Tedesco 227
  5. Nick Wey 218
  6. Michael Byrne 213
  7. Travis Preston 173
  8. Ernesto Fonseca 125
  9. Ryan Clark 116
  10. Mike LaRocco 108

WORLD SX OVERALL POINTS (Two Rounds Remaining)

  1. James Stewart 330
  2. Ricky Carmichael 322
  3. Chad Reed 312
  4. Ivan Tedesco 261
  5. Nicholas Wey 250
  6. Michael Byrne 243
  7. Ryan Clark 176
  8. Jason Thomas 172
  9. Jeff Gibson 170
  10. Tyler Evans 125