TWMX Race Report: Budds Creek ’04


Ricky Carmichael achieved what could be considered the milestone of milestones in professional motocross this weekend at Budds Creek, sweeping both motos on his factory CRF450R on his way to his 100th AMA National Victory. Now the question is just where does it stop? He¿s still killing the 250cc class. It¿s 100 and counting.

His fellow Floridian juggernaut James Stewart did likewise in the 125cc motos, dominating both times out. With the 2004 Outdoor season 1/3 through, both classes feature perfect performances thus far.

125cc Moto One

Yamaha of Troy¿s Brock Sellards grabbed the moto one holeshot, and as he sped through the first turn, Amsoil/Chaparral Honda¿s Chris Gosselaar dove underneath the field to assume the runner-up spot. Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki¿s James Stewart started out just outside the top five. Goose worked his way around Sellards and set sail out front before Stewart fought his way around Mike Brown into second, and then chased down the fleeting Gosselaar to take the lead.


Stewart took the victory by over 36 seconds in the moto, while Brown followed him at a distance in second and charging Suzuki upstart Broc Hepler was right on Brown¿s tail in third. Gosselaar hung on for fourth over O¿Neal/Team Green¿s Troy Adams.


250cc Moto One

Team Yamaha¿s Chad Reed put his power to the ground the best in moto one, grabbing the holeshot on his big YZ450F over fellow YZ thumper pilots Heath Voss and David Vuillemin. Carmichael sat fourth, but worked his way around Vuillemin right away. It wasn¿t long before he blitzed past Voss over a tabletop and set out after Reed.


RC caught Reed quickly and made the pass for the lead on lap three. It looked like the race was over then, but Carmichael tipped over not too long after that and Reed inherited the lead back. It took the Honda rider nine kicks to get his big thumper started, but he got going in second and quickly caught Reed, passing him in an aggressive inside move for the lead and never looking back.


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Reed held tough, though, finishing only about six seconds behind the champ in second, with Vuillemin third and Kevin Windham fourth by virtue of a late-moto pass on the game Voss.

125cc Moto Two

Pro Circuit Kawasaki¿s Ivan Tedesco grabbed the moto-two holeshot, while Stewart started about fourth. He moved through the pack quickly, getting together with Hepler on lap one to take second while Hepler fell, recovering just outside the top five. By lap two, Stewart was in the lead, and he just plain charged away from the pack.


Tedesco rode strong in second for the remainder of the race, while Hepler worked his way back up to third in the moto and an eventual second overall. Matt Walker took home fourth over a charging Josh Grant.


Stewart took the checkered almost 70 seconds in front of Tedesco. That¿s right, one minute, nine seconds and change. The 125cc class had such a problem with consistency at Budds Creek that Brown¿s 2-12 showing was good enough for third overall.


250cc Moto Two

Any hopes of a race in the second 250cc moto were squashed when Mr. 100 grabbed the holeshot over Vuillemin and Reed and quickly took off. Reed got around DV quickly and kept RC¿s lead to under 10 seconds for the entire moto, which was quite an accomplishment. It seems Reed was deadly serious when he said he was working on improving himself outdoors.


The champ took the win over Reed with DV again in third and Timmy Ferry fourth. Windham came through from a 30th-place start to finish fifth.

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125cc Overall Results:

  1. James Stewart, 1-1
  2. Broc Hepler, 3-3
  3. Mike Brown, 2-122
  4. Josh Grant, 8-5
  5. Chris Gosselaar, 4-13
  6. Brock Sellards, 11-6
  7. Kelly Smith, 10-8
  8. Ivan Tedesco, 38-2
  9. Davi Millsaps, 12-9
  10. Stephane Roncada, 6-15

250cc Overall Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael, 1-1
  2. Chad Reed, 2-2
  3. David Vuillemin, 3-3
  4. Kevin Windham, 4-5
  5. Michael Byrne, 7-6
  6. Ernesto Fonseca, 6-7
  7. Heath Voss, 5-9
  8. Timmy Ferry, 14-4
  9. James Povolny, 9-11
  10. Johnny Aubert, 8-13