TWMX Race Report: Troy ’04

End of an era…

It¿s turning into a bit of a broken record. Just change the round number and the number of total wins and you¿ve got the story for the AMA/Chevrolet 250cc Nationals from one track to the next. Ricky Carmichael grabbed another couple of good starts at the last running of the Troy, Ohio, AMA National and turned them both into runaway victories, remaining perfect on the season through seven rounds (14 motos) and achieving career-win number 103.

James Stewart grabbed his sixth overall win of the season at Troy as well, dominating both 125cc motos on his way to his 23rd AMA 125cc National win, just three short of Carmichael¿s record of 26.

125cc Moto One

Hondas had the holeshots down in the 125cc class at Troy, as Josh Grant sped out to the early lead in moto one over teammates Ryan Mills and Chris Gosselaar. Mills quickly went by Grant to lead the first lap, but by the time he came around to get the green flag, Stewart was already all over him.

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Stewart went by almost immediately and set sail, eventually winning the moto by some 31 seconds over Grant, who got by his teammate Mills and rode alone in second for much of the moto. Third went to Pro Circuit Kawasaki¿s Matt Walker over his teammate Ivan Tedesco and Suzuki¿s Davi Millsaps.

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250cc Moto One

Team Yamaha¿s Chad Reed got out quickly in the first 250cc moto on his big YZ450F over Red Bull KTM¿s Joaquim Rodrigues and Ernesto Fonseca. Fonseca quickly gave way to Carmichael, as did Rodrigues, and Carmichael set out after Reed. In just over two laps, Carmichael jumped past Reed in a rhythm section and he never looked back, taking the victory nearly 15 seconds in front of his Yamaha rival. Kevin Windham came in a lonely third.

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The two-strokes of Sebastien Tortelli and Ernesto Fonseca rounded out the top five.

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125cc Moto Two

More Hondas led the way off the start of moto two, with Nathan Ramsey leading Grant. Bubba was nearby, though, and he worked his way into the lead well before the conclusion of the first lap, and he simply checked out once again. He eventually took the checkered flag over Ramsey by 28 seconds. Walker came from behind to nab third over Grant, which secured Walker second overall.

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Grant finished third overall, his second such result this season. Fourth overall went to Ramsey, and Mike Brown rounded out the top five.

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250cc Moto Two

Carmichael grabbed the start in moto two, but Reed was right on his tail. Actually, Reed kept Carmichael honest for some time before Carmichael eventually sped off with his customary runaway win, this time by over 17 seconds. While Reed ran on his own in second, Windham reeled him in from more than 15 seconds behind to just over five seconds behind before his run stalled out some in lapped traffic.

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Windham finished third, over the two-strokes of Fonseca and Tortelli. Fonseca¿s better second-moto finish secured him fourth overall, while last week¿s podium finisher Tortelli finished fifth.

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125cc Overall Results:

  1. James Stewart, 1-1
  2. Matt Walker, 3-3
  3. Josh Grant, 2-4
  4. Nathan Ramsey, 8-2
  5. Mike Brown, 7-7
  6. Danny Smith, 10-8
  7. Broc Hepler, 14-5
  8. Ryan Hughes, 13-6
  9. Greg Schnell, 11-9
  10. Chris Gosselaar, 12-10

250cc Overall Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael, 1-1
  2. Chad Reed, 2-2
  3. Kevin Windham, 3-3
  4. Ernesto Fonseca, 5-4
  5. Sebastien Tortelli, 4-5
  6. David Vuillemin, 6-6
  7. Michael Byrne, 7-7
  8. Joaquim Rodrigues, 10-8
  9. Nick Wey, 9-9
  10. Timmy Ferry, 8-10