TWMX Race Report: U.S. Open ’04, Night 1

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Chad Reed started the weekend in the odds-makers’ favor, sitting with 8:5 odds in the MGM Grand Sports Book. Ricky Carmichael, on the other hand, sat 2:1. Switching to Suzuki, not racing supercross since last year’s U.S. Open, and getting beaten by Reed the last eight times they lined up together in a supercross race didn’t help either.

Friday night, though, it was time for the fans to put their money where their mouths were.

85cc Invitational

Suzuki’s Dominic Izzi turned two mediocre starts into two pretty dominating performances on his number-one RM85 in the two 85cc Invitational motos. With two motos to go tomorrow, he sits well ahead Taylor Futrell in the overall standings.

In the first moto, Trey Canard led most of the way on his KX85, but with just a few laps remaining, he got some pressure from Izzi and went down in the whoops, eventually finishing fifth. Blake Wharton led his brother Tyler to the finish line in second and third, respectively.

Izzi got a slightly better start in the second moto, and he led the way from about lap three on, easily winning over PJ Larsen and Taylor Futrell.

Pro Circuit 125cc Main

After qualifying out of the LCQ, Greg Schnell grabbed the holeshot from the far outside in the main event. In his last ride with the Amsoil/Chaparral Honda squad, Schnell was determined to make a dramatic exit. However, heat-race winner Davi Millsaps quickly caught Schnell, and after a few laps, he made an aggressive pass, stuffing his way by Schnell, who left the inside line wide open. Schnell bobbled during the pass, and Millsaps pulled out to a pretty sizeable lead.

Schnell immediately went back to work, though, and he slowly closed that gap back down to less than a second. Schnell then applied the pressure, and Millsaps bobbled, giving Schnell the lead back. By then, Thomas Hahn had caught the duo, and as Schnell began to pull away, Hahn applied the pressure to Millsaps. Hahn made the pass stick soon thereafter, and Millsaps eventually dropped out.

Schnell cruised to an easy win over Hahn, Troy Adams, Brett Metcalfe (in his YoT YZ125 debut) and Josh Summey.

Alpinestars 250cc Main

Carmichael got the holeshot at the start of the 250cc main over Heath Voss, Kyle Lewis and Reed. Reed quickly moved past Voss and Lewis, but RC had already put a little bit of room between himself and the field. Reed, reeled him in over the next few laps, though, and around six laps in, Carmichael just basically moved over to try and follow Reed around for a while.

That move, however, ended up being the race. Carmichael couldn’t never quite reel Reed back in, and Reed ended up taking the win in the 25-lap main event over Carmichael and characteristically slow-starting Mike LaRocco.

It’s still anyone’s championship, though, as a second tonight was as good as a first. Whoever wins tomorrow between RC and Reed will be the Maxxis U.S. Open Champion.

85cc Overall Results:

  1. Dominic Izzi, 1-1
  2. Taylor Futrell, 4-3
  3. PJ Larsen, 6-2
  4. Tyler Wharton, 3-5
  5. Trey Canard, 5-4
  6. Blake Wharton, 2-9
  7. Chaz Holladay, 7-6
  8. Les Smith, 8-7
  9. Cole Seely, 10-8
  10. Benjamin Denton, 9-11

125cc Main Results:

  1. Greg Schnell
  2. Thomas Hahn
  3. Troy Adams
  4. Brett Metcalfe
  5. Josh Summey
  6. Josh Demuth
  7. Michael Blose
  8. Cole Siebler
  9. Davi Millsaps
  10. Josh Grant

250cc Main Results:

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Mike LaRocco
  4. Heath Voss
  5. Nick Wey
  6. Ernesto Fonseca
  7. Kyle Lewis
  8. Jason Thomas
  9. Damon Huffman
  10. Sebastien Tortelli