TWMX Race Report: Southwick, MA

Story and photos by GuyB

The fourth round of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships hit Motocross 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts, last weekend. As usual, the race lived up to its reputation as a particularly interesting round, bringing out the best in sand specialists like John Dowd, and former national champion Doug Henry, who makes the trip from his farm in Connecticut to compete and keep his permanent number.

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The 125cc class was full of surprises, so let’s dig in.

125cc Moto One

Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Craig Anderson grabbed the holeshot in moto one, but that wasn’t the big shocker. Series point leader Mike Brown and Grant Langston tangled in the first turn, and their bikes got stuck together. It took several guys from the KTM and Pro Circuit crews (and about 30 seconds) to tug and pull to get them apart. Grant and Brown had a long way to go to catch up. During the extraction process, Mike Brown’s left grip was pulled off, and he rode the entire moto without it.

Meanwhile, Ando was still running up front, with Red Bull KTM’s Brett Metcalfe in second spot…until he crashed out spectacularly on lap two. He hooked his foot on the face of a jump, which flicked him off his 125 SX. As the bike landed, it snapped the handlebars in half, ending his race early, but he was unhurt.

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Craig held the lead until partway through lap four, when Amsoil/Chaparral/Honda’s Michael Byrne took over the point. Brown and Langston are working their way forward, but have a long way to go.

One of the other prime title contenders, Ryan Hughes, started off in 11th spot, and was slowly working his way forward, but on lap four he caught his left leg, and fractured his fibula, but continued on. The only visible way to notice that something was amiss was when he’d lift his foot off the peg when landing off jumps, and as he started a slide backwards through the pack.

Michael Brandes was putting in a good race on his 250F, running in third spot until the Byrne’s Amsoil/Chaparral/Honda teammate, Ryan Mills, passed him on lap 10.

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That’s how it ran until the finish, with Byrne taking his U.S. first national moto, followed by Anderson, and Mills. That gave Amsoil/Chaparral/Honda two riders on the podium, and an impressive showing for all the crew from Factory Connection who came out to see the race.

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Mike Brown’s moto-long charge left him in 22nd, two spots shy of a point-paying position, while the other victim of the first turn melee, Grant Langston, salvaged a few points by working his way to 16th.

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After finishing the moto, Ryan Hughes headed to the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center for X-rays, but not before telling his mechanic to, “Get my bike ready for the second moto.” The x-rays were a mere formality to determine the extent of the injuries. “I could feel the bones moving in there, so I knew it was broken,” said Ryno. Once he made it back to the Red Bull KTM truck after visiting the Asterisk rig, he set to work on his injured leg, alternating between dunks in a cooler filled with ice, and elevating it. In preparation for the moto, it was taped, and once he dropped his foot back into his Alpinestars boot, it was heavily duct taped as well.

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125cc Moto Two

Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy boss Phil Alderton may have come up with the understatement of the year when he said Craig Anderson’s first moto results were, “A very pleasant surprise.” We can only imagine what he was thinking when Anderson holeshot the second moto as well. This time he had his teammate Brock Sellards, and Michael Byrne in tow. Other frontrunners included Steve Boniface, Steve Mertens and Andrew Short.

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Grant Langston came around missing half his front fender early in the race, and was in 25th place on the first lap. Mike Brown was running in 10th spot. Mike Brown was buried eveneeper in the pack, in 17th. By lap 10, they were in ninth and eight place respectively. Hughes had skipped the parade lap, and was mired in 27th spot.

Eric Sorby, who came into Southwick third in points, suffered a mechanical failure, and DNF’d.

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Meanwhile, Anderson, Sellards, and Byrne were freight-training around the track in close formation. On lap 11, Byrne went by Sellards and set out after Ando.

In the latter stages o the moto, the space between the top three got tighter and tighter, as each rider took turns at the front.

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On the next-to-last lap, Byrne was attempting a pass on Anderson near the mechanics area, but the two tangled bars and Burner hit the ground and lost two spots. Anderson grabbed the moto win, followed by Brock Sellards, and Mike Brown, who had worked his way from a mid-pack start to third by the finish. Amazingly, even with his broken leg, Ryan Hughes finished the moto in 16th, so he only lost four points to Mike Brown in the 125cc title chase. He’ll be visiting the doctor this week, but plans to be racing at Budd’s Creek.

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Brock’s 9-2 moto scores gave him his first overall podium finish of the year, and moved him from eighth to fifth in the 125cc standings. Afterwards, he said, “It was the craziest race probably that I’ve ever been in as a professional. I kept trying to get by Ando out there, and the next thing I knew, Byrne went to the inside and I went flying off the track to the haybales. From then on, one lap I’d be in second, the next lap I’d be battling for the lead, then the next time I’d be back in third. It was a really intense race. I was actually having a blast out there. It sucked eating the sand from his 250F that whole race. I think I’ll be spitting sandburgers out for the next month or two.”

“We got off to great starts, and that was a key today. A lot of guys were fast, but there was nobody except maybe Mike Brown who was exceptionally fast. I heard he came from 25th to third, which is unbelievable.”

Brock had hurt his thumb at Glen Helen, and was looking forward to the week off between races to give it some time to heal, “I was pretty excited coming here. I went one lap yesterday during practice, and on the second lap of practice I pulled my roll-offs, and I hit a big square-edged bump and when I went to grab my grip it hit the tip of my thumb and jacked it up. It’s a little purple. I really didn’t think I’d be racing today. Me and Phil, he was like, ‘Tough it out.’ I was like, ‘Phil, I don’t know if I can tough it out.’ To hold on with four fingers and not a thumb is not the easiest thing to do, especially in Southwick sand with all the bumps. I toughed it out. It was such an intense battle I guess my thumb didn’t hurt so bad the second moto.”

Michael Byrne finished second overall, behind his Aussie World Cup teammate and said, “I was trying to be patient and wait for my chance. It was hard, I was eating sand from two 250Fs in front of me, just filling me in all the time. I was trying to get to the lead because I was starting to get a little impatient. My vision wasn’t that good at the end I just wanted to get to the lead. Every time I passed Craig, with the power of his bike, he’d go right back by me. I’d get bogged a little in the soft stuff, and he’d pull right back by me. We were going for it on that last two laps. That’s just racing. We hit and I went down.”

Where was he making up time on the 250Fs? “Probably coming into the corners where it was really rough. My bike was working really good suspension-wise. I’d make up a lot of time coming in. I could probably stick to the inside a little better than those guys. That’s where I got Craig in the first moto.”

Byrne got good starts in both motos, and mentioned, “We don’t have many concrete starts in Australia. It’s a bit of a different technique to get off the gate good. I practiced a lot of starts this week and burnt up a lot of tires, but it paid off.

Craig Anderson’s 2-1 moto scores gave the 25-year-old his first AMA National win, and moved him from 13th to 8th in the 125cc standings, so he’ll get to sit out the qualifiers next week. “Actually, I kind of didn’t mind doing the qualifiers, because it gives me a bit of a go at the starts. I kind of jacked the start up in the first heat race. I tried second gear, but the wheel spun really bad and I got a bad start. In the two moto, I used third gear so I’d get better traction.”

“It’s good for that. A little more track time. I did both practices yesterday and the rest of the guys didn’t. I knew the track would be ten times different today, but I just wanted to know what it was going to be, and where it went.”

How was he feeling afterward? “It kind of hasn’t sunk in yet, but it’s a great dream come true. All the years I’ve always been watching the races out here on videos, and it looks a lot different than it did when I rode out here last week.”

“Burner rode an awesome race in the first moto. I was just stoked to get second because I’ve been getting my butt kicked all year. To get second was awesome, and I had nothing to lose in the next race.”

“I was unfit at the start of the year. I was struggling a little bit with fitness, a little bit with the bike. It was just the whole package. I hadn’t ridden a small bike since ’94. I’ve been training with Alan Gerkey from All Pro . This is just one race, we’ve got another eight to go. I just want to try to get on the podium again.”

After the race, Ryan Hughes was set up with a soft cast and crutches, and will see a doctor this week. He said, “I knew I’d broken my leg in the first moto, because I could feel the bones moving. But I have to go for it. I might not be in this position (challenging for a title) again.”

Results: Motocross 338; Southwick, MA

125cc Overall

  1. Craig Anderson 2-1
  2. Michael Byrne 1-4
  3. Brock Sellards 9-2
  4. Andrew Short 7-5
  5. Ryan Mills 3-12
  6. Kelly Smith 5-13
  7. Tony Lorusso 8-11
  8. Stephane Roncada 6-14
  9. Michael Brandes 4-18
  10. Mike Brown 22-3
  11. Grant Langston 16-7
  12. Michael Treadwell 15-10
  13. Ryan Hughes 10-16
  14. Steve Lamson 18-9
  15. Steve Boniface 38-6
  16. Steve Mertens 25-8
  17. Matthieu Lalloz 13-19
  18. Daryl Hurley 11-22
  19. Chris Gosselaar 12-40
  20. Robert Kiniry 20-15

125cc Overall

  1. Mike Brown 156
  2. Ryan Hughes 151
  3. Grant Langston 131
  4. Eric Sorby 116
  5. Brock Sellards 99
  6. Michael Byrne 93
  7. Michael Brandes 90
  8. Craig Anderson 87
  9. Stephane Roncada 77
  10. Chris Gosselaar 72
  11. Ivan Tedesco 72
  12. Steve Boniface 72
  13. Brett Metcalfe 72
  14. Andrew Short 56
  15. Ryan Mills 49
  16. Kelly Smith 47
  17. Steve Mertens 39
  18. Daryl Hurley 36
  19. Brian Gray 32
  20. Tim Weigand 31

250cc Moto One

Team Honda’s Nate Ramsey has been looking faster each week, since returning to action after the broken femur he suffered before the start of the SX season. His confidence must have gotten another boost when he holeshot the first moto, followed by former national champion Doug Henry, who paid his annual visit to Southwick. As usual, he was riding out of the back of his pickup. Honda’s Ricky Carmichael, Yamaha’s Tim Ferry and John Dowd, aboard a Cernic’s-backed KTM rounded out the top five. To say the least, the crowd was going nuts with two of their local heroes in the mix.

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On lap three RC and Ferry both got by Nate, and Dowd did the same thing on lap six.

On lap nine, Kevin Windham, aboard his Factory Connection Honda, got by Henry, but never made much progress toward the leaders.

The top three stayed the same for the remainder of the race, except on the last lap, when Ferry made a moto scores gave the 25-year-old his first AMA National win, and moved him from 13th to 8th in the 125cc standings, so he’ll get to sit out the qualifiers next week. “Actually, I kind of didn’t mind doing the qualifiers, because it gives me a bit of a go at the starts. I kind of jacked the start up in the first heat race. I tried second gear, but the wheel spun really bad and I got a bad start. In the two moto, I used third gear so I’d get better traction.”

“It’s good for that. A little more track time. I did both practices yesterday and the rest of the guys didn’t. I knew the track would be ten times different today, but I just wanted to know what it was going to be, and where it went.”

How was he feeling afterward? “It kind of hasn’t sunk in yet, but it’s a great dream come true. All the years I’ve always been watching the races out here on videos, and it looks a lot different than it did when I rode out here last week.”

“Burner rode an awesome race in the first moto. I was just stoked to get second because I’ve been getting my butt kicked all year. To get second was awesome, and I had nothing to lose in the next race.”

“I was unfit at the start of the year. I was struggling a little bit with fitness, a little bit with the bike. It was just the whole package. I hadn’t ridden a small bike since ’94. I’ve been training with Alan Gerkey from All Pro . This is just one race, we’ve got another eight to go. I just want to try to get on the podium again.”

After the race, Ryan Hughes was set up with a soft cast and crutches, and will see a doctor this week. He said, “I knew I’d broken my leg in the first moto, because I could feel the bones moving. But I have to go for it. I might not be in this position (challenging for a title) again.”

Results: Motocross 338; Southwick, MA

125cc Overall

  1. Craig Anderson 2-1
  2. Michael Byrne 1-4
  3. Brock Sellards 9-2
  4. Andrew Short 7-5
  5. Ryan Mills 3-12
  6. Kelly Smith 5-13
  7. Tony Lorusso 8-11
  8. Stephane Roncada 6-14
  9. Michael Brandes 4-18
  10. Mike Brown 22-3
  11. Grant Langston 16-7
  12. Michael Treadwell 15-10
  13. Ryan Hughes 10-16
  14. Steve Lamson 18-9
  15. Steve Boniface 38-6
  16. Steve Mertens 25-8
  17. Matthieu Lalloz 13-19
  18. Daryl Hurley 11-22
  19. Chris Gosselaar 12-40
  20. Robert Kiniry 20-15

125cc Overall

  1. Mike Brown 156
  2. Ryan Hughes 151
  3. Grant Langston 131
  4. Eric Sorby 116
  5. Brock Sellards 99
  6. Michael Byrne 93
  7. Michael Brandes 90
  8. Craig Anderson 87
  9. Stephane Roncada 77
  10. Chris Gosselaar 72
  11. Ivan Tedesco 72
  12. Steve Boniface 72
  13. Brett Metcalfe 72
  14. Andrew Short 56
  15. Ryan Mills 49
  16. Kelly Smith 47
  17. Steve Mertens 39
  18. Daryl Hurley 36
  19. Brian Gray 32
  20. Tim Weigand 31

250cc Moto One

Team Honda’s Nate Ramsey has been looking faster each week, since returning to action after the broken femur he suffered before the start of the SX season. His confidence must have gotten another boost when he holeshot the first moto, followed by former national champion Doug Henry, who paid his annual visit to Southwick. As usual, he was riding out of the back of his pickup. Honda’s Ricky Carmichael, Yamaha’s Tim Ferry and John Dowd, aboard a Cernic’s-backed KTM rounded out the top five. To say the least, the crowd was going nuts with two of their local heroes in the mix.

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On lap three RC and Ferry both got by Nate, and Dowd did the same thing on lap six.

On lap nine, Kevin Windham, aboard his Factory Connection Honda, got by Henry, but never made much progress toward the leaders.

The top three stayed the same for the remainder of the race, except on the last lap, when Ferry made a mistake near the mechanics area and went off the track. Dowd picked off second place, much to the delight of the crowd.

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Ricky took the win, followed by Dowd and Windham. Ferry recovered for fourth.

250cc Moto Two

In moto two, another big Honda jumped out to the early lead, but this time it was Kevin Windham, who was tailed by Doug Henry. Unfortunately, Henry’s day came to an abrupt end shortly afterward, when he started a chain reaction crash, which snagged Tim Ferry as well. Fortunately, Henry was unhurt, but couldn’t continue. Once restarted, Ferry took off after the pack, but he was mired in 27th spot.

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After some contact between RC and Windham, RC took the lead and disappeared, never to be challenged. A few laps later, John Dowd passed Windham as well, and Windham went to school on the Southwick local, staying close to him for the remainder of the race, and repassing him with three laps remaining.

Mike LaRocco and Chad Reed had a good battle for fourth and fifth spot for much of the moto, with The Rock taking the advantage at the end. Ferry managed to work his way to sixth, but could never quite reel in Reed enough to challenge for the win. Meanwhile, Ricky was on cruise control, and grabbed the win (again), to remain perfect for the season in overall wins. He was followed aross the line by Kevin Windham, and John Dowd.

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At the post-race press conference Windham said, “I think a lot of times you get in ruts of tracks that you do good at, or tracks that you struggle at a little bit. The fact of it is, I just never really feel comfortable here. I learned a little bit from Dowdy when he got around me.”

“The first moto I think my problem was that I got off to a slow start. Typically I kind of like to run at the beginning, and this weekend I didn’t do that. A lot of guys got around me and I pretty much ate sand for the rest of the moto, but salvaged a good fourth.”

He’s looking forward to the next even at Budd’s Creek. “I’ve won the Budd’s Creek GP when Stefan and everybody came over. That was a real good memorable race for me, and typically I’ve done really good or won there.”

John Dowd’s 2-3 moto scores gave the 37-year-old second overall, and he was clearly pleased with the result. “This place is always great for me to come back to. The crowd is awesome. What can I say? For myself and Doug Henry, any of the old guys who do good, it seems like they’re there for us, good or bad. It’s kind of great having them there pushing you like that.”

“It’s a home track. I wouldn’t say I grew up here, because I didn’t start racing until I was 21, but I’ve been racing here my whole career. I know this track pretty well.”

“My mechanic did a great job today. My KTM was running awesome, and the Pirelli tires were hooking up. It’s a 410. their new sand tire. It works good, gets off the gate good, and works really good in the sand. It looks a little weird, it’s kind of got some thin knobs, but I was able to run a few local races here earlier in the season before the nationals started, and did a little playing around with the tires.”

So why is he still riding a two-stroke after spending last season on a four-stroke? We didn’t get the four-stroke sorted out earlier this year, and I ended up riding a two-stroke quite a bit. I don’t know if it’s just because I rode a four-stroke for a couple years, maybe I’m kind of having fun riding a two-stroke again. The bike works really good. I think it’s as fast as my four-stroke, it’s a little lighter, and it handles really good, so I’m just liking the bike right now. I think I’ll stay on it the rest of the year.”

John had sat out the supercross season, and was asked if he though that hurt him during the outdoor races. “I think at this point in my career it was good for me to take a little break over the winter…a little time off I had some family things to do. I think it kind of rejuvenated me. Once the snow melted aroundd here, I couldn’t wait to get on my dirt bike again.”

Once again, Ricky Carmichael has started off the outdoor season with four straight wins.

“My bike was excellent. We got something new and it really helped. It was good to see John up there. In the second moto, I saw him pass Kevin, and I was like, ‘I better get on it.’ In the first moto he was catching me a little bit when I wasn’t putting in hard laps.”

“I tried to give it a little squirt there and was able to pull away. I got a lead, and the rest was pretty much history. I put in some consistent laps, tried to stay on two wheels, and take some different lines and really enjoy the track.”

250cc Overall

  1. Ricky Carmichael 1-1
  2. John Dowd 2-3
  3. Kevin Windham 4-2
  4. Tim Ferry 3-6
  5. Mike LaRocco 5-4
  6. Chad Reed 7-5
  7. Ernesto Fonseca 8-7
  8. Nate Ramsey 9-10
  9. Larry Ward 13-9
  10. Ezra Lusk 11-12
  11. Keith S. Johnson 12-13
  12. David Vuillemin 18-8
  13. Nick Wey 15-11
  14. Doug Henry 6-36
  15. Clark Stiles 17-14
  16. Joaquim Rodrigues 10-33
  17. Damien Plotts 16-17
  18. Blair Morgan 20-15
  19. Kyle Lewis 19-16
  20. Bobby Bonds 14-37

250cc Point Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael 197
  2. Kevin Windham 153
  3. Chad Reed 150
  4. Tim Ferry 149
  5. Mike LaRocco 124
  6. Ezra Lusk 97
  7. John Dowd 89
  8. Larry Ward 87
  9. David Vuillemin 80
  10. Ernesto Fonseca 78
  11. Nick Wey 66
  12. Sean Hamblin 66
  13. Nate Ramsey 52
  14. Joaquim Rodrigues 42
  15. Kyle Lewis 35
  16. Sebastien Tortelli 33
  17. Clark Stiles 29
  18. Robbie Reynard 29
  19. Bobby Bonds 27
  20. Greg Albertyn 25

take near the mechanics area and went off the track. Dowd picked off second place, much to the delight of the crowd.

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Ricky took the win, followed by Dowd and Windham. Ferry recovered for fourth.

250cc Moto Two

In moto two, another big Honda jumped out to the early lead, but this time it was Kevin Windham, who was tailed by Doug Henry. Unfortunately, Henry’s day came to an abrupt end shortly afterward, when he started a chain reaction crash, which snagged Tim Ferry as well. Fortunately, Henry was unhurt, but couldn’t continue. Once restarted, Ferry took off after the pack, but he was mired in 27th spot.

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After some contact between RC and Windham, RC took the lead and disappeared, never to be challenged. A few laps later, John Dowd passed Windham as well, and Windham went to school on the Southwick local, staying close to him for the remainder of the race, and repassing him with three laps remaining.

Mike LaRocco and Chad Reed had a good battle for fourth and fifth spot for much of the moto, with The Rock taking the advantage at the end. Ferry managed to work his way to sixth, but could never quite reel in Reed enough to challenge for the win. Meanwhile, Ricky was on cruise control, and grabbed the win (again), to remain perfect for the season in overall wins. He was followed aross the line by Kevin Windham, and John Dowd.

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At the post-race press conference Windham said, “I think a lot of times you get in ruts of tracks that you do good at, or tracks that you struggle at a little bit. The fact of it is, I just never really feel comfortable here. I learned a little bit from Dowdy when he got around me.”

“The first moto I think my problem was that I got off to a slow start. Typically I kind of like to run at the beginning, and this weekend I didn’t do that. A lot of guys got around me and I pretty much ate sand for the rest of the moto, but salvaged a good fourth.”

He’s looking forward to the next even at Budd’s Creek. “I’ve won the Budd’s Creek GP when Stefan and everybody came over. That was a real good memorable race for me, and typically I’ve done really good or won there.”

John Dowd’s 2-3 moto scores gave the 37-year-old second overall, and he was clearly pleased with the result. “This place is always great for me to come back to. The crowd is awesome. What can I say? For myself and Doug Henry, any of the old guys who do good, it seems like they’re there for us, good or bad. It’s kind of great having them there pushing you like that.”

“It’s a home track. I wouldn’t say I grew up here, because I didn’t start racing until I was 21, but I’ve been racing here my whole career. I know this track pretty well.”

“My mechanic did a great job today. My KTM was running awesome, and the Pirelli tires were hooking up. It’s a 410. their new sand tire. It works good, gets off the gate good, and works really good in the sand. It looks a little weird, it’s kind of got some thin knobs, but I was able to run a few local races here earlier in the season before the nationals started, and did a little playing around with the tires.”

So why is he still riding a two-stroke after spending last season on a four-stroke? We didn’t get the four-stroke sorted out earlier this year, and I ended up riding a two-stroke quite a bit. I don’t know if it’s just because I rode a four-stroke for a couple years, maybe I’m kind of having fun riding a two-stroke again. The bike works really good. I think it’s as fast as my four-stroke, it’s a little lighter, and it handles really good, so I’m just liking the bike right now. I think I’ll stay on it the rest of the year.”

John had sat out the supercross season, and was asked if he though that hurt him during the outdoor races. “I think at this point in my career it was good for me to take a little break over the winter…a little time off I had some family things to do. I think it kind of rejuvenated me. Once the snow melted around here, I couldn’t wait to get on my dirt bike again.”

Once again, Ricky Carmichael has started off the outdoor season with four straight wins.

“My bike was excellent. We got something new and it really helped. It was good to see John up there. In the second moto, I saw him pass Kevin, and I was like, ‘I better get on it.’ In the first moto he was catching me a little bit when I wasn’t putting in hard laps.”

“I tried to give it a little squirt there and was able to pull away. I got a lead, and the rest was pretty much history. I put in some consistent laps, tried to stay on two wheels, and take some different lines and really enjoy the track.”

250cc Overall

  1. Ricky Carmichael 1-1
  2. John Dowd 2-3
  3. Kevin Windham 4-2
  4. Tim Ferry 3-6
  5. Mike LaRocco 5-4
  6. Chad Reed 7-5
  7. Ernesto Fonseca 8-7
  8. Nate Ramsey 9-10
  9. Larry Ward 13-9
  10. Ezra Lusk 11-12
  11. Keith S. Johnson 12-13
  12. David Vuillemin 18-8
  13. Nick Wey 15-11
  14. Doug Henry 6-36
  15. Clark Stiles 17-14
  16. Joaquim Rodrigues 10-33
  17. Damien Plotts 16-17
  18. Blair Morgan 20-15
  19. Kyle Lewis 19-16
  20. Bobby Bonds 14-37

250cc Point Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael 197
  2. Kevin Windham 153
  3. Chad Reed 150
  4. Tim Ferry 149
  5. Mike LaRocco 124
  6. Ezra Lusk 97
  7. John Dowd 89
  8. Larry Ward 87
  9. David Vuillemin 80
  10. Ernesto Fonseca 78
  11. Nick Wey 66
  12. Sean Hamblin 66
  13. Nate Ramsey 52
  14. Joaquim Rodrigues 42
  15. Kyle Lewis 35
  16. Sebastien Tortelli 33
  17. Clark Stiles 29
  18. Robbie Reynard 29
  19. Bobby Bonds 27
  20. Greg Albertyn 25

d around here, I couldn’t wait to get on my dirt bike again.”

Once again, Ricky Carmichael has started off the outdoor season with four straight wins.

“My bike was excellent. We got something new and it really helped. It was good to see John up there. In the second moto, I saw him pass Kevin, and I was like, ‘I better get on it.’ In the first moto he was catching me a little bit when I wasn’t putting in hard laps.”

“I tried to give it a little squirt there and was able to pull away. I got a lead, and the rest was pretty much history. I put in some consistent laps, tried to stay on two wheels, and take some different lines and really enjoy the track.”

250cc Overall

  1. Ricky Carmichael 1-1
  2. John Dowd 2-3
  3. Kevin Windham 4-2
  4. Tim Ferry 3-6
  5. Mike LaRocco 5-4
  6. Chad Reed 7-5
  7. Ernesto Fonseca 8-7
  8. Nate Ramsey 9-10
  9. Larry Ward 13-9
  10. Ezra Lusk 11-12
  11. Keith S. Johnson 12-13
  12. David Vuillemin 18-8
  13. Nick Wey 15-11
  14. Doug Henry 6-36
  15. Clark Stiles 17-14
  16. Joaquim Rodrigues 10-33
  17. Damien Plotts 16-17
  18. Blair Morgan 20-15
  19. Kyle Lewis 19-16
  20. Bobby Bonds 14-37

250cc Point Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael 197
  2. Kevin Windham 153
  3. Chad Reed 150
  4. Tim Ferry 149
  5. Mike LaRocco 124
  6. Ezra Lusk 97
  7. John Dowd 89
  8. Larry Ward 87
  9. David Vuillemin 80
  10. Ernesto Fonseca 78
  11. Nick Wey 66
  12. Sean Hamblin 66
  13. Nate Ramsey 52
  14. Joaquim Rodrigues 42
  15. Kyle Lewis 35
  16. Sebastien Tortelli 33
  17. Clark Stiles 29
  18. Robbie Reynard 29
  19. Bobby Bonds 27
  20. Greg Albertyn 25