Stewart Out Duels Carmichael to Earn Amp'd Mobile Supercross in Atlanta Rookie Dungey Wins First AMA Supercross Lites Race of his Career ATLANTA (February 24, 2007) -- Kawasaki's James Stewart picked up his sixth win of the season tonight...
Stewart Out Duels Carmichael to Earn Amp'd Mobile Supercross in Atlanta
Rookie Dungey Wins First AMA Supercross Lites Race of his Career
ATLANTA (February 24, 2007) -- Kawasaki's James Stewart picked up his sixth win of the season tonight at the Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series before a record crowd of 70,649 at the Georgia Dome. Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plain, Minn., captured the first AMA Supercross Lites win of his career.
Yamaha's Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., grabbed the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award to start the 20-lap AMA Supercross class main event, but it was Stewart who took over the lead a few turns later. Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael, of Tallahassee, Fla., slipped into the third spot.
Reed slid out on lap four and dropped back to fifth, giving the lead to Stewart, who was closely followed by Carmichael. The two riders sprinted away from the field and engaged in a one-on-one battle for the top spot.
Carmichael, who made a spirited return to racing after taking off the last three races, came within a few bike lengths of Stewart in the closing moments of the race but was unable to make the pass. Carmichael finished second and Reed finished third.
"James rode well tonight," said Carmichael. "In the early part of the race, Chad was in front of me as well as James, so I knew I had to make my move early. Once Chad went down, I tried to reel James in, but he was going so fast in the rhythm section tonight. I'd like thank all the fans who have supported me here through the years."
"Ricky kept honest tonight," said Stewart. "It was a great race, but I was getting caught up with some of the lappers. Every time I went through the rhythm section I was scared. We had a great crowd on hand tonight."
KTM's Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., won the $1,000 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award to start the AMA Supercross Lites main event. Dungey and Kawasaki's Ben Townley quickly shot to the front, with the two riders crossing the finish line side by side at the end of lap one.
Dungey took over the lead on the ensuing lap and held off a mid-race charge from Townley to take the win. Townley dropped out of the race with an apparent mechanical failure. Kawasaki's Darcy Lange, of Hemet, Calif., was second while Yamaha's Matt Goerke, of Lake Helen, Fla., was third.
"This felt so good," said Dungey. "I really want to thank Roger DeCoster and Team Suzuki for giving me this opportunity. It's been a great experience working with my teammates Ricky Carmichael and Ivan Tedesco. I look forward to the rest of the season. Getting this win makes going into St. Louis a little easier."
This weekend AMA Supercross race will air on SPEED, Sunday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. EST. The AMA Supercross Lites class race will air on SPEED Saturday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The next round of Amp'd Mobile Supercross takes place on Saturday, March 3, at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome.
<pre> KTM Junior Supercross Challenge 1. Christopher Boothe, Atkins, Va., KTM 2. Hunter Neal, San Antonio, Texas, KTM 3. Logan Nance, Lakeland, Fla., KTM 4. Bugsy Murphy, Lafayette, La., KTM 5. Kyler Godwin, Valley Grande, Ala., KTM 6. Matthew McFadden, Goshen, Ohio, KTM 7. Michael Thibodeau, Bridgeport, Conn., KTM 8. Brandon Porter, Waldorf, Md., KTM 9. Kobe Woltz, Loomis, Calif., KTM 10. Taylor Cobb, Prattville, Ala., KTM 11. Nicholas Webre, Youngsville, La., KTM 12. Dallas Davis, Frankfort, Ind, KTM 13. Colton Weisheim, Las Vegas, Nev., KTM 14. Adam Toldo, Windsor, ON, KTM 15. Clay Mullins, Elsinore, Calif., KTM
Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings 1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 232 2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 216 3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 180 4. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 138 5. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 127 6. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 121 7. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 120 8. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 120 9. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 108 10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 108