TWMX Race Report: Orlando ’05

Bubba’s back! (Reed wins.)

James Stewart returned to action at Orlando, as most people reading this are fully aware. Predictions in the pits were all over the place, but most people seemed to think he would win — barring any falls. However, fall is exactly what he did, and Chad Reed ended up with his second win in a row (and both in his adopted home state — native to both Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart).

But Stewart did serve notice that he has the speed — as if anybody was in doubt about that.

125cc Qualifiers

Josh Grant grabbed the heat-one holeshot, but he soon gave way to the charging Davi Millsaps. However, last week’s runner up held strong in second for the remainder of the race, just ahead of Matt Walker, Steve Boniface, Tucker Hibbert, Brad Ripple, Kevin Johnson, Eric Sorby and Shawn Clark.

Josh Hansen grabbed the heat-two holeshot and promptly pushed Kelly Smith over the berm to solidify his lead over Chad Johnson and Troy Adams. Hansen led the entire race, with Johnson second, Adams third, and Justin Buckelew, Greg Schnell, David Ginolfi, Willy Browning, Kelly Smith and Nathan Skaggs rounding out the qualifiers.

Grant Langston led the LCQ pretty much from end to end to make it into the main event, after having his bike landed on after a fall in his heat race. Ryan Mills, Tyson Hadsell and Thomas Barron rounded out the final qualifiers, while Brian Gray came from behind to earn the Asterisk Medic Card.

250cc Qualifiers

Ernesto Fonseca got out of the gate quickest in the first 250cc heat, followed closely by Chad Reed and Kevin Windham. Within the first lap, Reed made his way by for the lead and took off. Windham made his way around Fonseca as well, and the top three were set. The battle for the final transfer spot came down between Tyler Evans, Timmy Ferry and Sebastien Tortelli. Tortelli held the spot for much of the race, but Evans made a pass stick on him late in the heat before Tortelli fell down with only one lap to go. Ferry finished one spot out of a transfer in fifth.

Ricky Carmichael got the holeshot to start heat two with James Stewart right on his tail. Before the end of the first lap, Stewart made his way by Carmichael for the lead and was never headed. Carmichael hung on for second, followed by Team Honda teammates Travis Preston and Andrew Short.

A pair of French riders in Tortelli and David Vuillemin did the winning in the two semis. Damon Huffman, Cole Siebler, Damien Plotts and Kyle Lewis rounded out Tortelli’s semi number one qualifiers, while Sean Hamblin (who actually led a portion of the second semi after passing Jason Thomas for the lead early on) followed Vuillemin home in the second semi. Mike LaRocco, Thomas and Joe Oehlhof rounded out the qualifiers in semi two.

Timmy Ferry led Jay Marmont home to win the LCQ in an all-factory affair.

125cc Main

Starting from the far outside, Langston nearly stole another holeshot, just as he did a few weeks ago in St. Louis. Instead, Hansen dove underneath him heading into the corner and nearly punted Langston off the track, too. Langston hung on in second, followed closely by Josh Grant and Millsaps. Millsaps quickly worked his way into second, behind Hansen, and by the end of the second lap, Millsaps made his way by through the whoops and took off. Langston followed Millsaps around Hansen a couple of laps later and set out after Millsaps.

For most of the last 11 laps, Langston stayed within three seconds (and often within a half a second) of Millsaps, despite Langston’s bike being stuck in second gear much of the time. However, he came up short and Millsaps scored his second win of the season. Langston finished second, with Hansen third, Langston’s teammate Walker fourth and Boniface fifth.

With two rounds to go, Langston and Hansen are tied for the points lead and Millsaps sits 7 points back in third.

250cc Main

Kyle Lewis scored the main-event holeshot, and although Stewart was stuck way back in the pack heading into the first turn, he putted around the inside of the corner while everyone else swept wide and came out of the turn second. Stewart had the lead before the end of the ensuing straightaway. He was followed by Carmichael, Reed and Windham early.

As Stewart began to pull away slightly, Carmichael fell on lap four, right in front of Reed and handed Reed second and Windham third. It took Carmichael three more laps to catch back up to and pass Windham, and just after he did, Stewart went down wildly in the whoops, handing the lead to Reed and second place to Carmichael. Stewart remounted third.

Stewart immediately began catching Carmichael, but then, as Stewart lapped Siebler, Siebler went offline and crashed in front of Stewart, forcing the Kawasaki pilot to single the first jump of a triple, and Carmichael was gone. Reed was gone as well, and he ended up winning the race by four seconds over Carmichael, who had another 16 seconds on Stewart. Windham followed Stewart home a further 17 seconds back in fourth, and Vuillemin rounded out the top five.

125cc Main Results:

  1. Davi Millsaps (Suz)
  2. Grant Langston (Kaw)
  3. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  4. Matt Walker (Kaw)
  5. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  6. Ryan Mills (KTM)
  7. Kelly Smith (Yam)
  8. Tucker Hibbert (Hon)
  9. Troy Adams (Hon)
  10. Greg Schnell (Hon)

250cc Main Results:

  1. Chad Reed (Yam)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. James Stewart (Kaw)
  4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  5. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  6. Sebastien Tortelli (Suz)
  7. Andrew Short (Hon)
  8. Ernesto Fonseca (Hon)
  9. Mike LaRocco (Hon)
  10. Timmy Ferry (Yam)

125cc Eastern Regional Points Standings:

  1. Grant Langston (100/2 wins)
    Josh Hansen (100/1 win)
  1. Davi Millsaps (93/2 wins)
  2. Kelly Smith (67)
  3. Steve Boniface (65)
  4. Troy Adams (63)
  5. Josh Grant (59)
  6. Matt Walker (56)
  7. Ryan Mills (52)
  8. Joaquim Rodrigues (45)

THQ/AMA 250cc Supercross Points Standings:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (261/7 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (232/3 wins)
  3. Kevin Windham (190/1 win)
  4. Mike LaRocco (181)
  5. David Vuillemin (166)
  6. Ernesto Fonseca (150)
  7. Sebastien Tortelli (144)
  8. Michael Byrne (103)
  9. Heath Voss (93)
  10. Tyler Evans (88)