2005 Supercross Vancouver Results

December 11, 2005
By Steve Cox
Round one of the AMP’D Mobile World Supercross GP Series in Toronto was a dream race for James Stewart. But round two quickly turned into a nightmare for everybody else.

James Stewart navigates the sand section of Anaheim 1.
James ‘Bubba’ Stewart picked up win number two on the all-new Kawasaki KX450F.

Kyle Lewis grabbed the holeshot, followed closely Stewart, who quickly moved by into the lead. Unfortunately, after a couple of riders got together in the first turn just behind Lewis and Stewart, it created a bottleneck and held up Stewart’s rivals Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed.

“I don’t know what the problem is,” Carmichael said of his poor starts in Toronto and now in Vancouver. “I got great starts at Vegas [US Open] and I really thought that really helped me out. But that’s not good – especially when me and James are really close. He’s good one lap and I’m good one lap… That’s not really putting yourself in a great position to at least get up there and do battle, and it really made for a boring race for the fans and everybody watching if they wanted to see a race for the lead because James was gone. I was in a battle there with Chad for 5 or so laps, and then I broke away and I was in no man’s land.”

With Carmichael and Reed attempting to work their way through the pack, all Stewart had to do is be consistent and minimize his mistakes.

“My dad always says, ‘You only got to win a race by a tire mark,'” Stewart said. “By that time that I was out front, I just wanted to make sure that I stayed up.”

Carmichael worked his way pretty quickly through the pack and within only a couple of laps, he was battling with Reed for third. By around the 5-lap mark, he made a pass stick on Reed, and then followed that with a quick pass on second-placed David Vuillemin in the very next corner. From there, it seemed both Stewart and Carmichael were racing the stopwatch.

“I saw he was closing and stuff like that, but I just wanted to win the race,” Stewart said. “For sure, he definitely got held up by lappers, but I don’t think I did quite as bad because being the second guy, they kind of move out of the way, so he got held up a little worse than I did,” Carmichael said. “But man, I just tried to put in some good laps. He would inch away, and we’d kind of stay the same, and it was kind of back and fourth, but I was 8 seconds behind. I just would like to get up there in the battle like last week. A boring race is good for somebody…”

Stewart held on to take the victory with in the area of 10 seconds to spare over Carmichael, with Reed getting by Vuillemin for third.

“I felt much better on the bike,” Reed said. “Last weekend, I don’t know what happened, I just didn’t feel that great on the bike. The result wasn’t a whole lot better, but I definitely felt better on the bike. The race was kind of a little hectic there at the beginning. Me and Ricky were kind of banging bars, and it kind of felt like we were in the 125 class. But it was fun to get out there and race.”

Carmichael felt like he achieved everything he wanted to, except winning, of course.

“I think all of us up here come to win, for sure,” Carmichael said. “It’s part of the World series and you definitely want to win the World title. But I will say that, with my training and everything, I’m not planning to peak at these two events, that’s for sure, because if I was, I would’ve started my training right after Glen Helen. But that’s no excuse. I definitely think I will be better in Anaheim along with everybody else. We have some work to do, and I think the goal is the same. I’m happy with what I’m doing, I’m riding my race, and I’m not making too many mistakes. I just want there to be good racing. The sport needs good racing. In order to grow, we’re going to have to have good racing.”

With two races on board his KX450F, Stewart now has two wins. “I’m going to go back and continue doing the same thing,” Stewart said of what he’s going to do between Vancouver and Anaheim. “Right now, it’s working, and I got to learn a whole lot when I’m racing Ricky. I must’ve watched that tape 150 times over the week, and I’m learning a lot. It’s my second year in 250s, and it’s the second time I rode this motorcycle in a race. I’m learning every week.”

Vancouver 250cc Main Event:
1. James Stewart (Kaw)
2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
3. Chad Reed (Yam)
4. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
5. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
6. David Vuillemin (Hon)
7. Jason Thomas (Hon)
8. Nick Wey (Hon)
9. Heath Voss (Yam)
10. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
11. Ryan Clark (Hon)
12. Jiri Dostal (Hon)
13. Justin Buckelew (Hon)
14. Tyler Evans (Suz)
15. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
16. Doug DeHaan (Hon)
17. Jacob Marsack (Hon)
18. Keith Johnson (Hon)
19. G. Crater (Hon)
20. Ted Campbell (Hon)

AMP’D Mobile World Supercross GP Points Standings (After 2 of 17 rounds):
1. James Stewart (50/2 wins)
2. Ricky Carmichael (44)
3. Chad Reed (40)
4. Ivan Tedesco (36)
5. Michael Byrne (31)
6. Nick Wey (29)
7. Jason Thomas (28)
8. Jeff Gibson (23)
9. Justin Buckelew (21)
10. Ryan Clark (18)