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22.05.2006 AMA Motocross Championship - Results from Sacramento (USA)

James Stewart won Hangtown Classic in Sacramento / Mike Alessi Flawless

Here are the results and reports of the racing teams for the opening round of the AMA Motocross Championship Series - Hangtown Motocross Classic - in Sacramento (USA).

Kawasaki Racing Team

Kawasaki Racing Team rider, James Stewart, gave another amazing performance aboard his Kawasaki KX450F as the 2006 AMA/Motocross Series began with the Hangtown Classic this weekend. The popular rider from Haines City, Fla., scored a thrilling come from behind victory in the first moto and displayed a calculated effort in the second moto which resulted in a second-place finish, and thus the overall win. Stewart’s overall victory also ended the illustrious 27-race win streak currently held by Ricky Carmichael.

In Motocross Lites action, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Ryan Villopoto, was the rider to watch as the gate dropped on the first moto. The talented rookie got a good jump out of the gate and hounded leader Mike Alessi for the duration of the feature to finish second. Villopoto’s teammate, Grant Langston pulled off the track on lap six after experiencing recurring pain in his right wrist. Troy Adams also left the race on the third lap while Chris Gosselaar finished in tenth-place.

As the day progressed the weather deteriorated as consistent rain and drizzle played havoc with the track conditions. In the second moto, Villopoto had his work cut out for him after a few bobbles on the first lap left him playing catch-up throughout the remainder of the race. Gosselaar had the best start for the team and worked his way up from ninth into sixth while Villopoto rounded out the top ten. Troy Adams finished 21st as Langston bowed out to save his wrist for next week.

Team Suzuki

Reigning AMA Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael recovered from a first lap crash to claim second overall at the opening round of the 2006 series at Sacramento, California on Sunday.

After taking the holeshot, the Makita Suzuki rider lost the front end of his RM-Z450 a couple of turns into the opening 30-minute moto, but carved through the pack to take third place behind race winner James Stewart (Kawasaki) and Chad Reed (Yamaha).

In the second race, Carmichael took the holeshot again and this time was never headed, opening up a big lead over runner-up Stewart.

Red Bull KTM

Mike Alessi (KTM)
 Photographer:	S. Bruhn
Mike Alessi (KTM)
Photographer: S. Bruhn
The first round of the AMA Outdoor National Motocross Championship started out with a bang for Mike Alessi as the young Red Bull KTM rider collected a 1-1 in both motos.

In Sacramento, CA dark skies hovered over the track while the Red Bull KTM team prepared for the MX season opener. 40 riders lined the gates for moto one and as the gate dropped, Alessi grabbed the holeshot and checked out, while Zach Osborne, in his first pro motocross race showed maturity and determination, pushed his way to the front finishing a solid sixth. Nathan Ramsey was shoved to the back at the start but moved his way up to eighteenth where he finished. As the skies opened up and the rain came down, Jay Marmont was battling in the top ten until a rock smashed into his goggles, breaking the lens and giving him a severe black eye. Not one to give up he tried to continue but his eyesight was too poor, forcing him to pull off the track.

Moto two, Alessi was second off the line, closely trailing the leader to capitalize on any mistakes. That time came shortly when leader Josh Grant bobbled and fell at the end of the first lap and Alessi took over the lead, never to look back. On the wet and slippery track, Ramsey moved up to third place while Osborne was ninth and Jay Marmont was in the top twenty. With the rain now pouring down, the track was deeply rutted and treacherous. Ramsey crashed going up an uphill double, but continued on and finished ninth. Osborne ran into some bad luck as his clutch level broke off, forcing him to retire from the race.

"I had a perfect day today and led every lap in moto one," said an ecstatic Mike Alessi. "I’m trying to ride consistent and be patient because I learned last year that I have to be patient. It’s not smart to try to do it all in the first five laps."
Motocross podium
Motocross podium

Results Motocross: (1st Race - 2nd Race - Overall):

  1. J. Stewart (Kawasaki) 25 (1) - 22 (2) - 47
  2. R. Carmichael (Suzuki) 20 (3) - 25 (1) - 45
  3. C. Reed (Yamaha) 22 (2) - 20 (3) - 42
  4. D. Vuillemin (Yamaha) 18 (4) - 16 (5) - 34
  5. T. Preston (Honda) 15 (6) - 18 (4) - 33
  6. N. Wey (Honda) 14 (7) - 15 (6) - 29
  7. K. Windham (Honda) 16 (5) - 13 (8) - 29
  8. J. Dement (Suzuki) 10 (11) - 14 (7) - 24
  9. D. Millsaps (Honda) 12 (9) - 11 (10) - 23
  10. J. Summey (Honda) 9 (12) - 9 (12) - 18
  11. R. Mills (Suzuki) 11 (10) - 7 (14) - 18
  12. R. Reynard (Honda) 13 (8) - 0 (37) - 13
  13. J. Demuth (Honda) 0 (21) - 12 (9) - 12
  14. J. Thomas (Honda) 6 (15) - 6 (15) - 12
  15. S. Skinner (Suzuki) 3 (18) - 8 (13) - 11
  16. C. Stiles (Yamaha) 0 (31) - 10 (11) - 10
  17. K. Partridge (Honda) 8 (13) - 0 (33) - 8
  18. J. Laansoo (Honda) 7 (14) - 0 (36) - 7
  19. C. Clark (Honda) 0 (25) - 5 (16) - 5
  20. R. Clark (Honda) 4 (17) - 1 (20) - 5
  21. M. Lapaglia (Suzuki) 5 (16) - 0 (24) - 5
  22. S. Lamson (Suzuki) 0 (22) - 4 (17) - 4
  23. A. Balbi Jr (Honda) 0 (36) - 3 (18) - 3
  24. C. Siebler (Honda) 0 (26) - 2 (19) - 2
  25. J. Buckelew (Honda) 2 (19) - 0 (21) - 2
  26. D. Dehaan (Honda) 1 (20) - 0 (35) - 1
Motocross Lites podium
Motocross Lites podium

Results Motocross Lites: (1st Race - 2nd Race - Overall)

  1. M. Alessi (KTM) 25 (1) - 25 (1) - 50
  2. B. Metcalfe (Yamaha) 16 (5) - 22 (2) - 38
  3. A. Mcfarlane (Yamaha) 18 (4) - 20 (3) - 38
  4. J. Grant (Honda) 20 (3) - 14 (7) - 34
  5. R. Villopoto (Kawasaki) 22 (2) - 11 (10) - 33
  6. A. Short (Honda) 12 (9) - 18 (4) - 30
  7. C. Gosselaar (Kawasaki) 11 (10) - 15 (6) - 26
  8. M. Brown (Suzuki) 10 (11) - 13 (8) - 23
  9. B. Laninovich (Honda) 5 (16) - 16 (5) - 21
  10. T. Hahn (Honda) 13 (8) - 6 (15) - 19
  11. M. Walker (Yamaha) 7 (14) - 9 (12) - 16
  12. D. Smith (Honda) 8 (13) - 8 (13) - 16
  13. S. Boniface (Honda) 14 (7) - 2 (19) - 16
  14. N. Ramsey (KTM) 3 (18) - 12 (9) - 15
  15. Z. Osborne (KTM) 15 (6) - 0 (34) - 15
  16. M. Davalos (Yamaha) 0 (35) - 10 (11) - 10
  17. S. Collier (Yamaha) 2 (19) - 7 (14) - 9
  18. M. Goerke (Yamaha) 9 (12) - 0 (27) - 9
  19. R. Kiniry (Honda) 6 (15) - 0 (25) - 6
  20. J. Marmont (KTM) 0 (39) - 5 (16) - 5
  21. D. Sani (Honda) 4 (17) - 1 (20) - 5
  22. P. Carpenter (Honda) 0 (25) - 4 (17) - 4
  23. B. Johnson (Yamaha) 0 (32) - 3 (18) - 3
  24. K. Smith (Honda) 1 (20) - 0 (23) - 1
Author: Jens Pohl ... [back]
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