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

What more could you ask for? Coming into the final round of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series and Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Series in the intimate sold-out Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael and Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed sat tied for first in points in the AMA championship chase, while Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart sat only five points back in third. Basically, it was anyone’s guess as to who would win, and easily one of the closest title chases in recent history. In order to take the title, Stewart had to win and hope someone else, besides Reed or Carmichael, finished second. As for Reed and Carmichael, whoever was fastest would walk away the ’06 Champ, even if Stewart won.

When it was all said and done, this exciting Supercross season went to Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael, while the race win went to Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart, after he took the holeshot and ran away. Stewart also got the Championship in the World Supercross GP series, and was runner-up in the AMA series. Reed finished third in the big race and third in the AMA standings.

In the Supercross Lites class it was anyone’s guess as to who would take the coveted East/West Shootout victory, and with West Coast Lites Champion Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Grant Langston injuring his wrist during press day on Friday, the clear favorite was East Coast Champion Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps. In the end, though, the shootout victory went to Millsaps’ teammate Andrew Short. For Short, after his disappointing off weekend in Seattle a week ago, it was a welcomed win. It also marked his second-ever win at the East/West Shootout. He won it three years ago aboard a Suzuki.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

When the gate hit the dirt in the first race of the night it was Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Billy Laninovich with the holeshot, with Team WBR Suzuki’s Ryan Morias and Team Monster/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto in third, however, just after the first lap, Villopoto moved into second and began to put pressure on Laninovich in first. By the third lap, Villopoto and Laninovich began battling. Then, Villopoto passed Laninovich in the same turn that he passed Morais on the previous lap. Meanwhile, Red Bull KTM teammates Nathan Ramsey and Mike Alessi sat in fourth and fifth respectively. On lap four, however, Ramsey went down and dropped back to 15th.

By the final lap, Villopoto was out to a comfortable lead while Laninovich was quietly riding around in second, with Morias in third and Alessi fourth. When the checkers flew the order never changed, as Villopoto took the win followed by Laninovich and Morais.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  2. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
  3. Ryan Morais (Suz)
  4. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  5. Andrew Short (Hon)
  6. Jason Lawrence (Suz)
  7. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  8. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
  9. Kyle Partridge (Yam)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

The holeshot of this race went to Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Tommy Hahn, who was followed by Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar and Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps. After the first lap, Millsaps moved into second, followed by Gosselaar, and Red Bull KTM’s Jay Marmont. After that, Millsaps and Hahn began a short-lived battle, and after a quick look at each other over a triple, Millsaps moved into first and took off. Hahn held on to second with Gosselaar third and Matt Goerke fourth.

Towards the end of the race, things mellowed out considerably, as Millsaps pulled out to a commanding lead, with Hahn riding around in second and Gosselaar third. When the checkers came out, Millsaps took an easy win followed by Hahn, Gosselaar and a hard-charging Josh Grant in fourth. The closest finish, however, was between Grant and Gosselaar, as they crossed the line only a few feet apart.

RESULTS:

  1. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  2. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (Hon)
  4. Josh Grant (Hon)
  5. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  6. Jay Marmont (KTM)
  7. Branden Jessemen (Yam)
  8. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
  9. Teddy Maier (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

When the pack thundered into the first turn it was Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed taking the holeshot, followed by Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart, meanwhile, Suzuki-mounted Jeff Dement crashed. After the first lap, Reed was leading while being followed closely by Stewart. Midway through the second lap, Stewart pulled up on Reed and made a pass for the lead following the first rhythm section. After that, Stewart turned on the gas and took off. Reed stayed within a few seconds, while third-placed rider Heath Voss sat in third, way back.

Midway through the race, Team Honda’s Travis Preston moved past Voss for third, with Team Boo Koo/Honda’s Josh Demuth sitting comfortably in fifth. At the finish Stewart took a decisive win followed by Reed, with Preston in third and Demuth fourth, after he made a late race pass.

On the podium Stewart was happy to keep his Heat race win streak alive, “I’m out here having fun,” Stewart said, “and it’s going to be a long race, so I just have to be consistent. I just want to go out there and have fun.”

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Chad Reed (Kaw)
  3. Travis Preston (Hon)
  4. Josh Demuth (Hon)

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

The start of this race saw Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Kevin Windham take the holeshot, but his turn in the lead didn’t last long, as Ricky Carmichael took over the point position after the first straight. Behind them, Carmichael’s teammate Ivan Tedesco also quickly moved past Windham. After the first lap, though, Windham began to battle with Tedesco, and the two raced around for the next few laps together until Tedesco pulled away just enough for Windham to not be able to catch him. At this point, Carmichael was gone. After only three laps he had a six second lead. With two laps left, though, Tedesco took a nasty trip over the bars after coming up short on a difficult quad in the second rhythm section. The crash allowed Team Boo Koo/Honda’s Broc Sellards to take over third, and moved Windham up to second.

When the checkers flew, Carmichael had over a 10-second lead on Windham, while Sellards finished another 18 seconds back in third. Team Rockstar/Bill’s Pipes/Suzuki’s Josh Woods took the final transfer spot in fourth.

Following the race, Carmichael was all business about the main event. “I’m going to ride the wheels off my bike tonight, and whatever happens, happens,” Carmichael said. “The start is everything tonight, and I’m really looking forward to the main.”

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  3. Broc Sellards (Hon)
  4. Josh Woods (Suz)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

When the pack reached the first turn for the last chance to make the main it was Richmond Kawasaki’s Darcy Lange with the holeshot, followed by Motosport Outlet/Honda’s Kelly Smith and Yamaha mounted Bryan Johnson. After one lap, however, Johnson moved into second and from there stayed within a few bike-lengths of Lange. With two laps to go, Smith’s teammate Bobby Kiniry snuck by to take over third. Meanwhile, Team Red Bull KTM’s Nathan Ramsey sat in seventh behind Team Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe and Team MB1/Tokyo Mods/Fox’s Ryan Abrigo.

At the finish, Lange took the win followed by Johnson, Kiniry and Smith in that order. As for Metcalfe, Abrigo and Ramsey, they didn’t qualify.

  1. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  2. Bryan Johnson (Yam)
  3. Bobby Kiniry (Hon)
  4. Kelly Smith (Hon)

SUPERCROSS SEMI ONE

When the pack hit the first turn it was Team Yamaha’s Heath Voss taking the holeshot, followed by Yamaha-mounted Jiri Dostal, and Doug Dehaan. From there, Dostal held off Voss for a few laps until the former World Supercross Champion made his move past the privateer Dostal. Behind them, a battle broke out between: Dehaan, Isaiah Johnson, and Jacob Saylor. Soon after, Saylor began to make a push towards the front, and took over third with four laps to go.

With two laps remaining, Team Blood Shot/Rockstar/Suzuki rider Tyler Evans took over the final transfer position ahead of Honda rider Cole Siebler. When the checkers flew, it was Voss with the win followed by Dostal.

RESULTS:

  1. Heath Voss (Yam)
  2. Jiri Dostal (Yam)
  3. Jacob Saylor (Hon)
  4. Isaiah Johnson (Yam)
  5. Tyler Evans (Suz)

SUPERCROSS SEMI TWO

When the riders blasted off the line and headed to the first turn it was Team Subway/Coca Cola/Honda’s Jeff Gibson who was followed by Team MDK/Honda’s Nick Wey and Team Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis in third. Gibson’s turn in the lead didn’t last long, though, as he moved past Gibson in the whoops on the second lap. Meanwhile, Lewis began feeling pressure from Gibson’s teammate Jason Thomas. Then suddenly Wey stalled his bike and dropped back to eighth, while Gibson took over the lead. Behind them, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco was working hard to catch the top few riders after a crash forced him to ride the semi. With three laps to go, after steadily moving up each lap, Tedesco took over the lead, and from there, never looked back as he took off for the win.

In the end, Tedesco took the win followed by Thomas, Gibson, Lewis and Team Solitaire’s Ryan Clark. Wey ended up finishing sixth after stalling his bike.

RESULTS:

  1. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  2. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  3. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
  4. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  5. Ryan Clark (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

The start of this race saw Team Solitaire’s Justin Buckelew take the holeshot and the early lead ahead of Team MDK’s Nick Wey. After the first lap, Wey moved into first while Buckelew held on to second. From there, Wey pulled out to a comfortable lead and never looked back. On the last lap, a battle began between Maestro/Suzuki rider Jeff Dement and Buckelew, and when the checkered flag flew Dement took the final transfer position from Buckelew. Wey took the win.

RESULTS:

  1. Nick Wey (Hon)
  2. Jeff Dement (Suz)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped for the East/West Shootout it was Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto taking the holeshot, however, he was quickly passed by Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, and after the first straight Villopoto and Alessi came together and Villopoto went down.

After one lap of racing, Team Honda teammates Andrew Short and Davi Millsaps began battling for second behind Alessi. On the third lap, Short dove underneath Alessi to take the lead, and then a few turns later Millsaps moved past Alessi for second. From there the two Honda riders began pulling away as they battled for first. Meanwhile, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar was getting a ride off the track on the Asterisk Mobile Medic Mule, after crashing in the early stages of the race.

With 11 laps to go, Millsaps made a pass attempt on Short right before the mechanic’s area, but he couldn’t make it stick. Behind them, Alessi rode around just ahead of Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant. Then suddenly, Millsaps went down right after the second set of whoops, bending his front end, and handing second over to Alessi. After that Short’s lead grew to 12 seconds. Following Millsaps’ crash, Grant began to challenge Alessi for second, however, after a few laps went off the track and watched as Alessi rode away.

Behind everyone at the start was Villopoto, but with four laps to go, he had worked his way up to eighth while turning in some of the fastest lap times of the race. By the end of the race, the young Kawasaki rider worked his way us for a few laps until the former World Supercross Champion made his move past the privateer Dostal. Behind them, a battle broke out between: Dehaan, Isaiah Johnson, and Jacob Saylor. Soon after, Saylor began to make a push towards the front, and took over third with four laps to go.

With two laps remaining, Team Blood Shot/Rockstar/Suzuki rider Tyler Evans took over the final transfer position ahead of Honda rider Cole Siebler. When the checkers flew, it was Voss with the win followed by Dostal.

RESULTS:

  1. Heath Voss (Yam)
  2. Jiri Dostal (Yam)
  3. Jacob Saylor (Hon)
  4. Isaiah Johnson (Yam)
  5. Tyler Evans (Suz)

SUPERCROSS SEMI TWO

When the riders blasted off the line and headed to the first turn it was Team Subway/Coca Cola/Honda’s Jeff Gibson who was followed by Team MDK/Honda’s Nick Wey and Team Moto XXX’s Kyle Lewis in third. Gibson’s turn in the lead didn’t last long, though, as he moved past Gibson in the whoops on the second lap. Meanwhile, Lewis began feeling pressure from Gibson’s teammate Jason Thomas. Then suddenly Wey stalled his bike and dropped back to eighth, while Gibson took over the lead. Behind them, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco was working hard to catch the top few riders after a crash forced him to ride the semi. With three laps to go, after steadily moving up each lap, Tedesco took over the lead, and from there, never looked back as he took off for the win.

In the end, Tedesco took the win followed by Thomas, Gibson, Lewis and Team Solitaire’s Ryan Clark. Wey ended up finishing sixth after stalling his bike.

RESULTS:

  1. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  2. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  3. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
  4. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  5. Ryan Clark (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

The start of this race saw Team Solitaire’s Justin Buckelew take the holeshot and the early lead ahead of Team MDK’s Nick Wey. After the first lap, Wey moved into first while Buckelew held on to second. From there, Wey pulled out to a comfortable lead and never looked back. On the last lap, a battle began between Maestro/Suzuki rider Jeff Dement and Buckelew, and when the checkered flag flew Dement took the final transfer position from Buckelew. Wey took the win.

RESULTS:

  1. Nick Wey (Hon)
  2. Jeff Dement (Suz)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped for the East/West Shootout it was Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto taking the holeshot, however, he was quickly passed by Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, and after the first straight Villopoto and Alessi came together and Villopoto went down.

After one lap of racing, Team Honda teammates Andrew Short and Davi Millsaps began battling for second behind Alessi. On the third lap, Short dove underneath Alessi to take the lead, and then a few turns later Millsaps moved past Alessi for second. From there the two Honda riders began pulling away as they battled for first. Meanwhile, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar was getting a ride off the track on the Asterisk Mobile Medic Mule, after crashing in the early stages of the race.

With 11 laps to go, Millsaps made a pass attempt on Short right before the mechanic’s area, but he couldn’t make it stick. Behind them, Alessi rode around just ahead of Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant. Then suddenly, Millsaps went down right after the second set of whoops, bending his front end, and handing second over to Alessi. After that Short’s lead grew to 12 seconds. Following Millsaps’ crash, Grant began to challenge Alessi for second, however, after a few laps went off the track and watched as Alessi rode away.

Behind everyone at the start was Villopoto, but with four laps to go, he had worked his way up to eighth while turning in some of the fastest lap times of the race. By the end of the race, the young Kawasaki rider worked his way up to sixth.

When the checkers flew and the fireworks went off, Short took the win followed by Alessi in second and Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Tommy Hahn sneaking into the final podium position. On the podium Short was happy that he managed to have a better weekend than the muddy Seattle showing a week ago. “This is awesome! Like I said on TV, I was horrible last week, but this week turned out good,” Short said. “I said some prayers last week, and it didn’t work out, but this week it did, man God works in mysterious ways.”

Second-placed Alessi was also equally excited about his ride. “It was a good race, but I didn’t want to push it too hard and end up on my head,” Alessi said. “It was my best finish this year, so I’m pretty happy.”

As for Hahn, he was proud to get the final position on the podium; however, he is looking forward to outdoors. “I just put my head down, and kept charging and that was all I could do, luckily it worked out well,” Hahn said. “I have an awesome trainer and I couldn’t thank them enough.”

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  3. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  4. Josh Grant (Hon)
  5. Ryan Morais (Suz)
  6. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  7. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  8. Bobby Kiniry (Hon)
  9. Kyle Partridge (Yam)
  10. Justin Brayton (Yam)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

It all came down to this race, and when the pack flew into the first turn it was Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart taking the holeshot. Behind him were Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Kevin Windham and Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael while Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed sat in fifth. After two laps, Reed moved into fourth while Carmichael took over second with Windham sitting in third. Stewart, meanwhile, was running away from everyone. On the fourth lap, Reed moved into third and began setting his sights on Carmichael.

As the race progressed, things seemed relatively calm as Stewart circulated the course out front, with Carmichael running second and Reed third. Reed slowly made up a little bit of time as the laps wore down; however, it wasn’t enough.

As Carmichael and Reed got into lappers, it seemed as though the rider who got around the back-markers quickest would be the champion, as both riders seemed to struggle at times when looking for ways around riders. In fact, Carmichael was held back considerably at one point, which allowed Reed to gain slightly. In the end, though, Carmichael held on to take second and the championship. Stewart took the win, and with it second in points while Reed finished third, and third in the championship.

The race win, and World Supercross GP Title, went to Stewart, and he was ecstatic. “I’ve been busting my butt all year, and I have to give it up to Ricky on his championship. It’s awesome,” Stewart said. “It’s an honor to win my championship here in Vegas. I felt good all night, and I am happy to win.”

As for Carmichael, he was excited about his title, to say the least. “I can’t believe it. I kept assaying to myself that I wasn’t going to let Chad beat me. I’m only going to race part time next year, and I’ve had a great career. I’ve had a heck of a career and it’s great to go out on top. This was a team effort. We’ve had a lot of adversity this year and we over came it.”

At the end, Reed was happy to have given it his all. “I gave it everything I had and didn’t leave anything out there. My hats off to Ricky and James they rode a great race. All I asked for my self for this weekend was t leave nothing on the table, so in a sense I’m happy. I’m proud of myself for never giving up.”

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichale (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  5. Travis Preston (Hon)
  6. Nick Wey (Hon)
  7. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  8. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  9. Brock Sellards (Hon)
  10. Heath Voss (Yam)

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Points:>

  1. Ricky Carmichael 338/6 wins
  2. James Stewart 336/8 wins
  3. Chad Reed 336/2 wins
  4. Ivan Tedesco 255
  5. Nick Wey 249
  6. Michael Byrne 228
  7. Travis Preston 207
  8. Ernesto Fonseca 125
  9. Ryan Clark 118
  10. Mike LaRocco 108

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When the checkers flew and the fireworks went off, Short took the win followed by Alessi in second and Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Tommy Hahn sneaking into the final podium position. On the podium Short was happy that he managed to have a better weekend than the muddy Seattle showing a week ago. “This is awesome! Like I said on TV, I was horrible last week, but this week turned out good,” Short said. “I said some prayers last week, and it didn’t work out, but this week it did, man God works in mysterious ways.”

Second-placed Alessi was also equally excited about his ride. “It was a good race, but I didn’t want to push it too hard and end up on my head,” Alessi said. “It was my best finish this year, so I’m pretty happy.”

As for Hahn, he was proud to get the final position on the podium; however, he is looking forward to outdoors. “I just put my head down, and kept charging and that was all I could do, luckily it worked out well,” Hahn said. “I have an awesome trainer and I couldn’t thank them enough.”

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  3. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  4. Josh Grant (Hon)
  5. Ryan Morais (Suz)
  6. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  7. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
  8. Bobby Kiniry (Hon)
  9. Kyle Partridge (Yam)
  10. Justin Brayton (Yam)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

It all came down to this race, and when the pack flew into the first turn it was Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart taking the holeshot. Behind him were Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Kevin Windham and Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael while Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed sat in fifth. After two laps, Reed moved into fourth while Carmichael took over second with Windham sitting in third. Stewart, meanwhile, was running away from everyone. On the fourth lap, Reed moved into third and began setting his sights on Carmichael.

As the race progressed, things seemed relatively calm as Stewart circulated the course out front, with Carmichael running second and Reed third. Reed slowly made up a little bit of time as the laps wore down; however, it wasn’t enough.

As Carmichael and Reed got into lappers, it seemed as though the rider who got around the back-markers quickest would be the champion, as both riders seemed to struggle at times when looking for ways around riders. In fact, Carmichael was held back considerably at one point, which allowed Reed to gain slightly. In the end, though, Carmichael held on to take second and the championship. Stewart took the win, and with it second in points while Reed finished third, and third in the championship.

The race win, and World Supercross GP Title, went to Stewart, and he was ecstatic. “I’ve been busting my butt all year, and I have to give it up to Ricky on his championship. It’s awesome,” Stewart said. “It’s an honor to win my championship here in Vegas. I felt good all night, and I am happy to win.”

As for Carmichael, he was excited about his title, to say the least. “I can’t believe it. I kept assaying to myself that I wasn’t going to let Chad beat me. I’m only going to race part time next year, and I’ve had a great career. I’ve had a heck of a career and it’s great to go out on top. This was a team effort. We’ve had a lot of adversity this year and we over came it.”

At the end, Reed was happy to have given it his all. “I gave it everything I had and didn’t leave anything out there. My hats off to Ricky and James they rode a great race. All I asked for my self for this weekend was t leave nothing on the table, so in a sense I’m happy. I’m proud of myself for never giving up.”

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichale (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  5. Travis Preston (Hon)
  6. Nick Wey (Hon)
  7. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  8. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  9. Brock Sellards (Hon)
  10. Heath Voss (Yam)

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Points:

  1. Ricky Carmichael 338/6 wins
  2. James Stewart 336/8 wins
  3. Chad Reed 336/2 wins
  4. Ivan Tedesco 255
  5. Nick Wey 249
  6. Michael Byrne 228
  7. Travis Preston 207
  8. Ernesto Fonseca 125
  9. Ryan Clark 118
  10. Mike LaRocco 108

nts:

  1. Ricky Carmichael 338/6 wins
  2. James Stewart 336/8 wins
  3. Chad Reed 336/2 wins
  4. Ivan Tedesco 255
  5. Nick Wey 249
  6. Michael Byrne 228
  7. Travis Preston 207
  8. Ernesto Fonseca 125
  9. Ryan Clark 118
  10. Mike LaRocco 108