Kawasaki/Racer X Race ReportSunday, January 29, 2006 | 6:08 AM
In this article…
- Ivan Tedesco
- Andrew Short
- Mike Alessi
- Grant Langston
- Nick Wey
- James Stewart
- Mike LaRocco
- Brett Metcalfe
- James Stewart
- Chad Reed
- Jeff Gibson
- Ricky Carmichael
This time Stewart held on to win, but it wasn’t at all easy. James took the lead early in the main from MDK Motorsports Honda’s Nick Wey and tried putting some distance on the field. Carmichael was soon able to work his way into second and, just like in Anaheim, close the gap when Stewart made a few mistakes. In Stewart’s defense, though, he was dealing with a ridiculous level of lapped traffic, all on a track that had become pretty one-lined. As he made mistakes with lappers, he couldn’t clear some of the few jumps the riders were still able to make. Carmichael closed in, and SBC Park went nuts. Despite all the rain, the fans stayed all night to watch this one.
The only rider to keep it going besides Stewart and Carmichael was Wey. After some struggles in qualifying, the Michigan Mafia member picked the right time to grab a rare holeshot. Wey rode solid to finish third, his first-ever podium and an amazing finish by a privateer rider. There was one caveat, though. Wey actually got lapped by the leaders! Yes, Stewart and Carmichael were so strong in the mud that they lapped everyone else.
Yes, it was once again down to Carmichael’s Makita Suzuki and Stewart’s Kawasaki. Carmichael made a pass over a triple, which was now a double-single, to take the lead, and then Stewart started making mistakes. It looked like it was over. But then Stewart, showing calm and patience again, was able to regroup and come back after the champ.
Finally with one lap to go, Stewart got right behind RC and then drew up next to him as they raced down what was supposed to be a rhythm section. They battled and James was able to retake the lead just as the white flag came out. The fans were going nuts. Carmichael would try to make another pass in the same section he took the lead earlier, and they went into the whoops side-by-side. It was wild action, and Stewart managed to chop down from the outside to take Carmichael’s line and take the lead. Then Carmichael bobbled in the next corner, and that was all Stewart needed to take the win in another thrilling main event. Carmichael admitted that Stewart was able to put in the extra effort and out ride him to win – typical no excuses style from RC. Wey was third, Mike Byrne fourth and Reed put in an amazing ride to gut out fifth from way, way back. Last year, Reed lost his shot at the title with a terrible finish in the Anaheim mud. It looked like Déjà vu here until he pulled it out near the finish.
The points are still really close in both the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series and the Amp’d Mobile World SXGP.
In the Lites, the wild, wild West Region got even wilder. Nate Ramsey won the mudder on his Red Bull KTM, barely holding off Boost Mobile Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe. Brett was running great all night. He led early, succumbed to Ramsey, and then stayed close before attacking on the final straight and turn. Ramsey held his line and held Metcalfe off by half a wheel. Third went to ever-persistent Red Bull KTM rider Mike Alessi, who like Metcalfe was on the podium for the first time ever.
And on we go to another Anaheim round next weekend. Chances are we’ll see another great battle.