Anaheim 2 SX StatsWednesday, January 17, 2007 | 7:20 AM
In this article…
- James Stewart
- Jeff Gibson
- Ivan Tedesco
- Tim Ferry
- Nick Wey
- Jason Thomas
- Michael Willard
- James Stewart
- Ryan Clark
- Ricky Carmichael
- Heath Voss
- Michael Byrne
- Kyle Chisholm
- Martin Davalos
- Ryan Villopoto
- Jake Weimer
- Chad Reed
- Jason Lawrence
- Josh Hill
- Chris Gosselaar
- Kevin Windham
- Chris Pourcel
- Travis Preston
- Tim Ferry
- Kyle Cunningham
- Troy Adams
- Josh Hansen
Chad Reed 17
Nick Wey 1
AMA Supercross Lites Class Laps Led:
Progressive Direct Holeshot Award (AMA Supercross)
Nick Wey (Toronto): $1,500
James Stewart (Vancouver): $1,500
Chad Reed (Anaheim 1): $1,500
Jeff Dement (Phoenix): $1,500
Progressive Direct Holeshot Award (AMA Supercross Lites)
Christophe Pourcel (Anaheim 1): $1,000
Martin Davalos (Phoenix): $1,000
MMI Top Tech Award
Jeremy Albrecht (Anaheim 1): $500.00
Mike Gosselaar (Phoenix): $500.00
U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Pro Privateer Challenge
1. Travis Preston 55 Points
2. Nick Wey 54 Points
3. David Vuillemin 53 Points
Asterisk Medic Card
Charles Castloo (Anaheim 1)
Michael Willard (Phoenix)
Racer X Gas Card
Nathan Ramsey (Anaheim 1)
Eric Sorby (Phoenix)
PHOENIX (January 13, 2007) – James Stewart raced his Kawasaki motorcycle to his second consecutive Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series race win in front of 44,953 fans at Chase Field. Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel, of France, won his first-ever AMA Supercross Lites main event.
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge
1. Logan Chambers, Parker, Ariz., KTM
2. Kyle Sullenbarger, Riverside, Calif., KTM
3. Tyler Dudderth, Mesquite, Texas, KTM
4. Carson Clower, Romona, Calif., KTM
5. Austin Zambach, Peoria, Ariz., KTM
6. Blaise Murray, Perris, Calif., KTM
7. Zachary Bright, Valley Center, Kan., KTM
8. Joey Roe, El Paso, Texas, KTM
9. Matthew Bryant, Mesa, Ariz., KTM
10. Luke Ellis, Costa Mesa, Calif., KTM
11. Brock Everist, Paulden, Ariz., KTM
12. Peyton Ballard, Vista, Calif., KTM
13. Ashley Gyory, Chandler, Ariz., KTM
14. Joshua Cobb, Phoenix, Ariz., KTM
15. Ryan Carlson, Scottsdale, Ariz., KTM
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 92
Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 91
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 85
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 66
Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 55
Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 54
David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 53
Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 47
Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki, 39
Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 38
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Event Results, Phoenix
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki
Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Standings
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 50
Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 44
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 40
Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 36
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 32
Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 26
Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 26
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 25
Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 24
Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 21
Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Phoenix
3. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki
4. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha
5. Steve Boniface, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
6. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM
7. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Calif., Yamaha
8. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
9. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha
10. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM
Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings
Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 47
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 47
Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 33
Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 33
Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 33
Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 32
Steve Boniface, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 26
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 23
Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 23
Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, 20
AMA Supercross Class Recap After Phoenix
Kawasaki’s James Stewart now has 13 wins and is11th on the all-time on the AMA Supercross win list.
Stewart joins Jeff Ward as the only Kawasaki riders to win the first two rounds of AMA Supercross competition. No Kawasaki rider has ever started the season off by winning the first three rounds. Can Stewart?
Chad Reed gets 60th career podium and his 33rd consecutive top five finish.
AMA Supercross Lites Class Recap After Phoenix
This was the first time Kawasaki has swept both classes at the first and second rounds.
This was the first time Team Pro-Circuit Kawasaki has ever swept the podium in the history of the AMA Supercross Lites class.
Kawasaki had four bikes in the top five at Chase Field.
Since 2000, there have been 114 rounds of AMA Supercross Lites raced and Kawasaki has won 40 of them.
Since 2000, Kawasaki has won 7 of the 14 AMA Supercross Lites titles.
Pourcel became the seventh different foreign rider to win an AMA Supercross Lites main event. He became the 4th rider from France to do so.
In 1993, Kawasaki’s Mickael Pichon became the first foreign rider (France) to win an AMA Supercross Lites main event.
The seven foreign riders to win an AMA Supercross Lites main events are: 1993-Pichon-France; 1997-Vuillemin-France; 1999-Fonseca-Costa Rica; 2000-Roncada-France; 2001-Langston-South Africa; 2002-Reed-Australia; 2007-Pourcel-France
AMA Supercross Class Stats: Anaheim 2
This is the 43rd time the gate will drop in Anaheim.
First race was December 4th, 1976, Marty Smith won on a Honda.
Anaheim is the only venue to host three rounds in one season.
Wins by brand at Anaheim: Honda-19; Yamaha-12; Suzuki-6; Kawasaki-5.
Kawasaki has never won two out of three races in Anaheim.
In 1996, Jeremy McGrath was the last rider to win the first three rounds of an AMA Supercross Series. Can James Stewart join him?
Since Anaheim started running three events in 2001, no rider has swept all three rounds. Three riders have won two out of three. They are Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, and Chad Reed. Can James Stewart join them?
AMA Supercross Lites - Round 3 Anaheim
Wins by brand at Anaheim: Kawasaki-16; Yamaha-5; Honda-5; Suzuki-5; KTM-3.
Can Yamaha pick up an AMA Supercross Lites win? Round 12 of 2004 was the last time Yamaha won a main event.
30 years ago, the third race of the AMA Supercross Series was March 18, 1977 in Houston. Tony DiStefano won the first night of a double header on a Suzuki. It was his second ever AMA Supercross win.
20 years ago, the third race of the AMA Supercross Series was February 14, 1987, in San Diego. Ricky Johnson earned his first win of the season.
10 years ago, the third round of the AMA Supercross Series was January 25, 1997 in Tempe, Arizona. Jeff Emig won on a Kawasaki, marking his first got his first win of the season.
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Rider Finishes
Anaheim 1: 3
Anaheim 1: 2
Anaheim 1: 1
Anaheim 1: 5
Anaheim 1: 6
Anaheim 1: 7
Anaheim 1: 17
Anaheim 1: 11
Anaheim 1: 8
Anaheim 1: 15
Anaheim 1: DNF
Anaheim 1: 4
Anaheim 1: 21
Anaheim 1: 9
Anaheim 1: 10
Anaheim 1: 14
Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites Class Rider Finishes
Anaheim 1: 1
Anaheim 1: 2
Anaheim 1: 3
Anaheim 1: 4
Anaheim 1: 5
Anaheim 1: 6
Anaheim 1: 7
Anaheim 1: 8
Anaheim 1: 9
Anaheim 1: 10
Anaheim 1: 11
Anaheim 1: 13
Anaheim 1: 20
Anaheim 1: 19
Phoenix Post Race Press Conference Quotes
Q: How did your injury affect you this week in practice and your riding schedule?
A: I didn’t ride at all. Actually, I rode Wednesday because I needed to figure out where I was. The couch was kind of getting boring. It’s tough to sit at home all week. I think it is more work to get healthy than to maintain your week to week schedule. It’s just never ending.
Q: Can you train? Can you ride bicycles right now?
A: I can ride a stationary bicycle a little bit. But, I can’t run and I can’t lift weights. So, everything is limited to the television control.
Q: For practice and the heat race, were you trying to set times or just trying to make it in right now?
A: I wanted to be comfortable with the race track. Phoenix is a really tough place for me. I’ve been in many positions to win here and have never been able to do it. So, I just wanted to get some good laps and get the track down and concentrate on the start again.
Q: In the main event there were two starts. How does that affect things for you?
A: For me, it was awesome to get another good start. I thought I was going to spin out a little bit because we changed some things on the bike for the main event and it ran awesome. I knew I had a second chance for the restart and almost had the holeshot but got pushed by Bubba a little bit. So, I got into third and maintained that.
Q: Did you feel you stepped it up in the main event and rode better than you did in the heat race?
A: You have to because it’s the one that counts and rewards you with points. So, obviously to limit the damage is the main concern at this point. Being on the podium is a win for me at this point. Travis Preston was working me at the end of the race; I watched him and he kept coming. So, I’m hoping to get healthier this week and not have to deal with that.
Q: At the beginning of the race you had Kevin Windham behind you and at the end of the race you had Travis Preston. Was it tougher to hold on to third place this time compared to last week when you go the holeshot and had a big gap?
A: As for racing for positions, I think this weekend was tougher. Just Phoenix in general is a tougher race track for me. I just tried to get the lines down that were easier for me to do lap after lap. Once I got that I was pretty comfortable.
Q: How many weeks out do you think you will be back to 100%?
A: At this point a normal broken bone takes six weeks, but I’m not getting a whole lot of pain from my broken bone. It’s everything else, like my chest. I can’t hold on and take big hits. At this point we are just trying to work our butts off to get healthy and fight for wins.
Q: With an injury like you have, how does race day change for you? Are there things such as when you are watching videos you say, “ok, I’m not going to jump that” or do you rest more? What is your day like?
My day changes quite a bit. One thing that I love about being a racer is obviously coming to the track and being exciting to see the track and the fans. Those guys adore you and they just want to be with you and see you. When you’re hurt, you are locked up and you’re doing everything possible to save yourself for 20 laps. That is probably the most disappointing thing for me because I feel like I am away from everything. I look at the whoops and think to myself, ‘damn, those are big.’ Usually I would be excited because the size of them, but because of my situation, I’m not.
Q: This is the end to the full-time run for Ricky Carmichael. Take us through the main event. Another classic Carmichael/Stewart battle, are you bummed that you were edged out?
A: Obviously I am always bummed (when I lose). That is just the competitive nature in me, but James is riding well. You can’t discount that. We’re really close. I really felt I was faster with the exception of the turn around the second set of whoops and the finish line. I’m anxious to see it on film because I felt solid every where else. It just seemed like James was turning exceptionally well. It’s just frustrating because I know we’re better than that. Suzuki has been working really hard and our engine is just simply amazing this year.
Q: This week you had the edge in practice times. A lot of times we have seen you behind in practice times but in the main event you stepped it up. Do you think going into the main event you had the edge, because this time it looked like James found speed that he didn’t have earlier?
A: Actually, I did. I felt that it was going to be my night tonight. That just goes to show that lap times don’t really matter. I have been on the other side many times; where James is so much faster than me and I pull it off in the main; as far as speed is concerned. I don’t think that James found much speed, but he found some fantastic lines. As far as raw speed, there was no difference. James just had the track nailed.
Q: It was kind of a strange main event because we had the restart. For you, it definitely worked out for your favor. But, what is it like to go through a situation that obviously doesn’t happen very often?
A: Unfortunately, that is the bad thing about the sport. I just hope David is okay. That was a gnarly section. The track was a little bit of a racing track this weekend but Live Nation is working hard to make it better.
Q: The second start of the main event you had the lead. Were you starting to figure out your lines in the section before the whoops or were you improving in that section because of lap traffic?
A: James got caught up in some lappers. They were jacking him hard. They held him up and made me able to close in. It was just so frustrating because I could catch him on that whole part of the track and then he would get to that one area and pulled ahead. When we are that close, it makes it tough.
Q: You guys are so close. Of all the races you’ve done, have catching lines and bike set up made the difference rather than speed?
A: Absolutely, I was talking this morning about how I was happy that I was always able to step up at every race. I was able to step up with Jeremy and Chad and now James. I’m always feeling like I’m elevating my game. It’s a great personal goal that I am very proud of. It seems like racing now with Chad being injured. So, you can’t really throw him into the mix. James and myself are so close on speed that it does come down to the bike. My bike works great in areas and so does James. It just depends on the track at times. Obviously, there is a little bit of skill involved and twisting the throttle. It’s just so close and I think we’re riding the bikes as fast as they’ll go and as fast as the tires will allow us. It’s getting a lot like car racing it seems like.
Q: What was it like out there this weekend?
A: It was great. Phoenix is a special place to me. Obviously, my family is from here, and I got my first 250cc podium here in 2000. So, that is very special to me. I worked so hard to get that and finally it came. This is a great venue. It’s pretty inside and the dirt is good. I like it.
Q: Do you think it has sunk in yet that you don’t have to get ready for Anaheim 2?
A: No, it hasn’t sunk in yet. I mean it’s going to be business this week as usual.
Q: What are you doing next weekend? Are you coming to the race or hanging out at home for once?
A: Yeah, I’m going to come. I have a function with Monster that I have to do. I’m a fan just as much as I am a racer anymore. I really love it. So, I’m going to miss racing James. We have had some epic battles but I’m sure it’ll be going down in San Francisco.
Q: I asked Ricky, we have seen him many times have the lap times in practice but not in the heat and find it in the main event. This time it was role reversal. You were a little bit off on times in practice but when it came time to doing it in the main event. You were right there and had the speed that you needed. What changed between this afternoon and the main event tonight?
A: I think for me nothing really changed. I just struggled with my bike all day. Coming from the track the way it was last weekend, I figured that was how it was going to be this week. I pretty much just struggled with bike set up. Nothing really changed between the heat race and the main event. I felt like I was better than the way I was riding. We looked over video and the track map to find better lines. I think one of the key lines was right before the whoops and it worked out to my advantage tonight.
Q: Was that a different line that you used in the main event? It looked like you were making up tons of time there.
A: Yeah, I just felt like the lines I was running in practice and the heat race just weren’t working. It’s as simple as that. I saw the time I was off and I knew I had to pick it up somewhere. Otherwise, Ricky was just going to run away from me. I saw a few places where I could make up time.
Q: When you come into a race knowing that Ricky will not be racing next weekend and knowing you don’t have to fight him for the championships, did it ever cross your mind to take second place and not battle Ricky for first?
A: If it was to the point where he was riding like he was in the heat race and I was struggling like I was, of course I would have. I know what my goal is and I don’t really care about race wins. I care about winning championships. So, if I had to take a second tonight, I would be sitting up here not bummed at all. Like I said, I found a little extra speed in those lines and made it work for my advantage.
Q: Now talk about the two starts. Things were great in the first start because you had a nice lead, but things were not so great for the second. Take us through the whole scenario.
A: I got two starts tonight; the heat race and the main event. When that third one came in I was so late. I knew it and tried to squeeze my way through the first corner if I didn’t go down. Than I knew I had a good chance of winning. It was good because the restart actually helped me. It was cold down on the floor and I think we were waiting for Ricky before the main event and I kind of froze up. So, to be three laps down and get a little warmer before I went out for the second time, was a lot better.
Q: You were battling and there was lap traffic, do you feel you were in control of the race the whole time or were you worried the whole time there might be an attack from Ricky?
A: No, I think that is the biggest thing with me. I don’t get worried about that anymore. A lot of things just don’t bother me anymore. The way I’m riding, I feel like an iron man because I focus on what I’m doing. Even with the lappers and a few mistakes here and there, it never rattled me. I could see Ricky putting a few front tires in and I just kept focused like I was riding laps at my house.
Q: What was the deal with the quad that you guys were doing in practice? We never really saw it come out in the races. What was up with that section?
A: That section was weird because at first it was a little low and because we had gotten so much power, we could just gas it and jump it ten jumps. I didn’t like it in the practice and I didn’t see anyone else doing it in the race. So, I wanted the crowd to at least go home saying he jumped a quad. So, I just did it but it was definitely slower than what was done in the race.
Q: Are you having fun again in racing?
A: I’ve always had fun in racing. I think the difference is that I’m a lot stronger. It is as simple as that. When you race a lot, especially with Ricky, you learn a lot. I went back and improved in some of the areas. In Canada, I wasn’t riding like I’m riding now. With the three weeks we had off in between Canada and Anaheim I got even stronger. So, for me it’s just a lot of hard work. It is as simple as that.
Q: I know Anaheim didn’t go how you wanted and neither did tonight’s heat race or early on in the main event. What happened to get your mojo back?
A: I don’t know. After the heat race I was so down on myself because I knew I was better than that. In the main, I got a really bad start and just tried to follow Ryan. So, I just tried to ride fifteen laps as solid as I could.
Q: How much better do you feel now with a better race under your belt?
A: I need to get a good start. I’m bummed with my starts right now. So, I’m going to work on that a lot this week and just try and improve that for sure.
Q: Now we made it a tradition last year when you made the podium. Are you getting paid salary or do you have to make the podium to get your bonus money?
A: I’m on a salary now. I mean it’s not like I’m not out there trying as hard as I was last year just because I’m getting paid now.
Q: If you get a good start, do you feel you can ride with those guys and get a first? Since, you are more overdue to win one of these races than anyone.
A: Yeah for sure. I rode well tonight. I still have some work to do to get up there with Ryan, but I just need to work a little harder. I definitely need to be up there at the start to be there at the end.
Q: Certainly a different circumstance with the main event tonight than there was last week. You had a really bad start that you had to work your way through. Take us through it.
A: Yeah, it actually would have been good if I didn’t go down with two laps in the qualifier. I haven’t seen it on tape yet but it seemed like a pretty hard crash. I think I got the last qualifying spot. Goose and I were on the outside and when I came out of the gate I accidentally made a move on Goose and then moved way left. The KTM guy was pretty much even with me going into the turn. I figured he would go inside and hug the inside. Well, he went straight for the turn and almost pushed me off the track. My rear tire went off and knocked some tough blocks down. It was pretty crazy in that first rhythm section. So, we had to go really slow and wait until every thing calmed down and then go for it.
Q: What is like being back there in the teens early in a lites race, especially early in the season with a lot of new guys out there?
A: There are a lot of guys out there and we’re all trying not to land on each other. They are pretty much just going for it without watching out for anything. So, you just have to wait for it all to just pan out.
Q: Is this the kind of situation where you can save a championship? How easy would it have been tonight to get tangled up with one of those guys and just throw the whole series away?
A: It was real easy just like in the qualifier. I was doing everything perfect and just that one little slip took me down pretty hard. The track gets pretty slippery even though it doesn’t look like it, but it can go really fast. You just have to watch the way you ride.
Q: What is going to happen next week when you battle your teammate?
A: It should be good. Hopefully the track is just a little bit tougher. I mean this weekend was pretty fast and easy.
Q: Can you race the whole series? Can you stay in the country for the rest of the races and win the whole championship?
A: I am going to see after the third round.
Q: Take us through the main event. You got a good start and pulled away. How much better did you ride tonight than last week, or was it just the start?
A: I got a good start and ran the mistakes on the first corners. So, that helped me out. After the first lap I was in the lead, so it was possible to pull away. I just followed my rhythm and kept the lead.
Q: Did you expect to win a race in only three races?
A: I didn’t that about it.
Q: Do you ride with Chris and Ryan during the week?
A: Sometimes I do, but not always.
Q: What do you like about southern California the most?
A: The girls.
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