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

Houston’s Reliant Stadium played host to the 13th round of AMA Supercross competition, and for the third week in a row the running order up front was identical, with James Stewart leading series rivals Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed to the checkers by a healthy margin in the SX class main event.

The Houston race was also the seventh and final round of Eastern Division SX Lites racing, and Davi Millsaps came home the big winner by not only taking the individual race win in Texas, but also scoring the first professional AMA Championship of his career by winning the Eastern Division points race over Chris Gosselaar and Josh Grant, respectively.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

Josh Grant has been on the gas lately, and his heat race in Houston was the same old story. Grant grabbed the holeshot and began to check out, but before he built too big a lead, Kelly Smith began to challenge after passing Bobby Kiniry for the second position. Soon, Smith made up enough ground to go for the pass on Grant, but it didn’t stick for long, and Josh went right past Smith to regain the lead once again.

Once back up front, Grant held on to lead the race to the finish. Behind him remained Smith and Kiniry, with Jay Marmont finishing in fourth and Chris Gosselaar rounding out the top five.

Results

  1. Josh Grant
  2. Kelly Smith
  3. Bobby Kiniry
  4. Jay Marmont
  5. Chris Gosselaar
  6. Donnie McGourty
  7. Bryan Johnson
  8. Matt Goerke
  9. Josh Summey

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

In a prelude of what was to come later in the evening in the Lites main event, Davi Millsaps grabbed the holeshot and never looked back in the second SX Lites heat race. Behind him sat several riders hungry to transfer directly to the main, including Teddy Maier, Tommy Hahn, and Martin Davalos.

Hahn snuck by Maier in one of the two whoop sections, and after that set his sights on the leader, Millsaps. Though Hahn wasn’t giving up much on Davi (and actually ran a faster lap time in the heat), he was unable to make a pass stick and settled for a second-place transfer position into the main. Davalos wound up getting by Maier for third, while Team Rockstar/Suzuki/Bill’s Pipe’s Sean Hamblin finished fifth.

Results

  1. Davi Millsaps
  2. Tommy Hahn
  3. Martin Davalos
  4. Teddy Maier
  5. Sean Hamblin
  6. Branden Jesseman
  7. Chad Ward
  8. Kevin Johnson
  9. Johnny Marley

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

When the gate dropped on the first qualifying heat in the Supercross division, it was Michael Byrne, Chad Reed, and Kevin Windham battling in the front of the pack. Behind them sat Stewart, but not for long, as he made his way past all three riders to secure a solid lead.

Behind him, Chad Reed remained in second, while Kevin Windham settled into third. As for Byrne, the Aussie had some trouble in the whoops and went down, forcing him to qualify through the semi. This led to a battle for the fourth and final transfer position between Team Honda’s Travis Preston and Moto XXX/Unbound Energy’s Tim Ferry. Eventually it was Preston who nabbed the spot, thanks to a last-corner pass on Ferry after a maniacal charge through the whoops.

Results

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

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

Ricky Carmichael wasted little time on his way to the front of the pack in the second SX class heat race, but behind remained plenty of battling. Carmichael’s teammate Ivan Tedesco held down the second spot, while Nick Wey and Kyle Lewis began duking it out for third. Wey wound up bumping Lewis out of his way to secure third, leaving the fourth and final transfer spot up for grabs.

Jeff Gibson and Billy Laninovich both wanted the e-ticket to the main, but thanks to a stall by Gibson in the whoops, it was regular Western Division Lis competitor Laninovich who made it in. Meanwhile, up front RC was putting on a riding clinic, taking the heat race win by 15.7 seconds over Tedesco.

Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Ivan Tedesco
  3. Nick Wey
  4. Billy Laninovich

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

Kawasaki-mounted Kyle Chisholm took the holeshot in the SX Lites LCQ, and looked to have a transfer to the main in the bag until the end of the race, when he went down in the whoops with only a lap to go. Capitalizing on the mistake was Chris Blose, who held on to take the win.

Behind Blose was Chad Johnson and Rockstar teammates Greg Schnell and Josh Woods, who all made it into the main. Blose’s brother Michael was edged out of a transfer position by Woods.

Results

  1. Chris Blose
  2. Chad Johnson
  3. Greg Schnell
  4. Josh Woods

SUPERCROSS SEMI ONE

As the pack of 450s rocketed down Houston’s start stretch for the start of SX semi number one, it was Michael Byrne with the holeshot, followed closely by Ferry and Brock Sellards. Robbie Reynard commanded the fourth position, with Jiri Dostal charging up to take the fifth spot after scrapping with Cole Siebler for a short spell.

Soon, Dostal and Siebler carried their momentum to the back wheel of Reynard, and Dostal made a pass stick on Robbie for fourth. Siebler also attempted a pass on Reynard, but couldn’t make it happen due to a bobble in the whoops just before the finish line. This left Cole with a ticket to the LCQ, and Reynard a spot in the main.

Results

  1. Michael Byrne
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Brock Sellards
  4. Jiri Dostal
  5. Robbie Reynard

SUPERCROSS SEMI TWO

When the gate dropped for the last semi-qualifier of the night, Mike Brown took the early lead aboard his two-stroke RM250, but was quickly passed by Erick Vallejo in the first turn. Vallejo never looked back on his way to the win, and was followed to the finish line by Jason Thomas. Brown held on for third, with Jeff Gibson and Doug Dehaan rounding out the top-five transfer spots. 

Results

  1. Erick Vallejo
  2. Jason Thomas
  3. Mike Brown
  4. Jeff Gibson
  5. Doug Dehaan

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Just when it looked like another holeshot for Kyle Lewis, the Moto XXX rider was punted over the first-turn, resulting in a red flag and subsequent restart. Once again, another first-turn pileup left riders down in the first turn on the second start, though this time the carnage wasn’t bad enough to yield a red flag, and the final qualifier of the night was on.

Ryan Clark cruised to the front of the pack, with Jacob Saylor, Cole Siebler, and Clark Stiles battling for the final transfer position. In the beginning, Clark made some mistakes, which allowed the trio to gain some ground, but soon Clark settled into a strong pace and checked out. Saylor and Siebler went at it until Saylor stalled, handing the transfer spot over to Siebler for good. Josh Demuth finished third and took home the Racer X Gas Card.

Results

  1. Ryan Clark
  2. Cole Siebler

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

In this, the final round of Eastern Division Lites competition, series points leader Davi Millsaps needed only a 17th place finish or better to clinch the title. When the gate dropped for the final East Coast main, Chad Ward surprised everybody by snatching the holeshot aboard his privateer Honda CRF250R.

Meanwhile, Millsaps rounded turn one in seventh, but by the end of lap one had already moved into second place. Josh Grant, the only other rider with a legitimate shot at the championship, went down on the first lap while attempting a block pass on Kiniry. Grant wound up with a hole in the side of his engine, sending him off the track with a DNF that would cost him second in the points standings.

On lap three, Millsaps made his move on Ward to take over the lead, but not without some pressure from Grant’s teammate Tommy Hahn. Hahn was breathing down the neck of Millsaps for the remainder of the race, but never could make a pass on Davi. Behind Hahn was Chris Gosselaar, who became the beneficiary of Grant’s misfortune, taking home the runner-up position in the championship points battle with his third-place finish. Team Red Bull/KTM’s Jay Marmont was fourth in the main, while Matt Goerke rounded out the top-five.

“When I came into this season, I just wanted to be consistent. I wanted to win for sure, but as long as I stayed consistent, I knew I could win the championship, and that’s what I did,” said Millsaps of his victory.

Results

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

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

Just as he did earlier in his semi, Team Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne once again took the holeshot in the main event. Of course, it didn’t take his teammate James Stewart long to get by Byrne, and before long it was a battle for second place, as Stewart checked out. Behind him after lap one was Carmichael, Byrne, Reed, and Windham.

“I’ve been getting good starts; I think that’s the thing that has been helping me,” said Stewart following the race. “In the main event, I came out second or third, and just got out there and ran a good pace. I was kind of keeping an eye on Ricky, and just settled into a pace. There was just no need to push it any harder tonight. I got me a little gap (on Ricky), and with the lappers and the way the track was changing, there was no reason to push it.”

While Stewart and Carmichael set a blistering pace up front, Reed was forced to make his way past Byrne before he was able to give chase. On lap four, Reedy threw a mean block pass on Byrner, but by this time the top-two riders had checked out, leaving Chad by himself in third.

This is how the race would end, with Carmichael finishing 4.324 seconds behind Stewart, whose lap times slowed towards the end due to lapped traffic. Reed, who is riding injured with a sore shoulder, finished over 21 seconds back from Stewart. Windham squeaked by Byrne for fourth on lap seven, where he would remain, leaving Byrne in fifth at the checkers.

Results

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

 

lap three, Millsaps made his move on Ward to take over the lead, but not without some pressure from Grant’s teammate Tommy Hahn. Hahn was breathing down the neck of Millsaps for the remainder of the race, but never could make a pass on Davi. Behind Hahn was Chris Gosselaar, who became the beneficiary of Grant’s misfortune, taking home the runner-up position in the championship points battle with his third-place finish. Team Red Bull/KTM’s Jay Marmont was fourth in the main, while Matt Goerke rounded out the top-five.

“When I came into this season, I just wanted to be consistent. I wanted to win for sure, but as long as I stayed consistent, I knew I could win the championship, and that’s what I did,” said Millsaps of his victory.

Results

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

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

Just as he did earlier in his semi, Team Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne once again took the holeshot in the main event. Of course, it didn’t take his teammate James Stewart long to get by Byrne, and before long it was a battle for second place, as Stewart checked out. Behind him after lap one was Carmichael, Byrne, Reed, and Windham.

“I’ve been getting good starts; I think that’s the thing that has been helping me,” said Stewart following the race. “In the main event, I came out second or third, and just got out there and ran a good pace. I was kind of keeping an eye on Ricky, and just settled into a pace. There was just no need to push it any harder tonight. I got me a little gap (on Ricky), and with the lappers and the way the track was changing, there was no reason to push it.”

While Stewart and Carmichael set a blistering pace up front, Reed was forced to make his way past Byrne before he was able to give chase. On lap four, Reedy threw a mean block pass on Byrner, but by this time the top-two riders had checked out, leaving Chad by himself in third.

This is how the race would end, with Carmichael finishing 4.324 seconds behind Stewart, whose lap times slowed towards the end due to lapped traffic. Reed, who is riding injured with a sore shoulder, finished over 21 seconds back from Stewart. Windham squeaked by Byrne for fourth on lap seven, where he would remain, leaving Byrne in fifth at the checkers.

Results

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