2006 Supercross Anaheim 3 Results

February 5, 2006
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael picked up his third win of the young season, extending his lead in the championship battle by thirteen over Chad Reed in front of a sold-out crowd at Angel Stadium.
Whip it... Whip it good - Anaheim 3
Ricky Carmichael (4) and Grant Langston (Not Shown) proved why they are two of the best racers in the Amp’d Mobile Supercross series after they both picked up wins in round five at Anaheim III.

“It is a shame that James (Stewart) crashed tonight,” said Carmichael. “I felt great in the main event and wanted to put on a great show, but that’s racing. “I am glad to be able to leave Anaheim on a win. This season is a test of survival. I am the only one who has been on the podium at every race of the season.”

Meanwhile, a disappointed James Stewart slips to third, one point behind Reed after enduring a race he would rather forget. Reed rode another consistent race and put his Yamaha on the podium, his fourth runner-up finish of the season.

Ricky’s Makita Suzuki teammate, Ivan Tedesco, picked up his first career Supercross (250 class) podium finish.

“Tonight was a great night for me and Suzuki,” said Tedesco on his first podium of the season. “I didn’t have a great jump, but I was able to sneak in there and run up front.”

The big story however, was the poor showing by James Stewart. The Kawasaki pilot lost the front end on the first turn of the first lap and had to work his way through the pack from last place. As you might expect he was blazing fast, if not on the ragged side of the edge, on his way into the top 10.

That was bad news for Jeremy McGrath, who got tangled with Stewart a few laps later. In that melee, MC found himself on the ground along with Bubba. Not to be deterred the resilient Floridian picked himself up and got back into the fight, but during his charge he went down for a third time when he tucked the front end again. Ultimately, James was able to salvage an eighth-place finish and the crucial points that go with it.

Supercross Results:
1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
2. Chad Reed (Yam)
3. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
4. Mike Larocco (Hon)
5. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
6. Travis Preston (Hon)
7. Ernesto Fonseca (Hon)
8. James Stewart (Kaw)
9. David Vuillemin (Hon)
10. Nick Wey (Hon)

Supercross Overall Standings:
1. Ricky Carmichael, 117
2. Chad Reed, 104
3. James Stewart, 103
4. Michael Byrne, 74
5. Mike LaRocco, 73
6. Nick Wey, 72
7. Ivan Tedesco, 71
8. Travis Preston, 62
9. Ernesto Fonseca, 62
10. Jeremy McGrath, 49

Lites Recap
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Grant Langston recovered from his poor showing in the last round at San Francisco by picking up his 2nd win of the season. American Honda’s Andrew Short finished second after overtaking Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi in the closing stages, leaving Alessi to finish all alone in third. Alessi’s second consecutive holeshot and podium finish shows that the youngster is starting to put his races together, but his slow start to the season has him off the pace in the title chase. Langston is now just one point ahead of Andrew Short in the Lites West points.

“Winning the races is the best way to pick up the championship, and that is what I plan on doing for the rest of the season,” said Langston. “Our team has been working hard this season, especially after last week’s race, where there was mud everywhere and things were a mess. This was an important win for me and my team.”

Supercross Lites Results:
1. Grant Langston (Kaw)
2. Andrew Short (Hon)
3. Mike Alessi (KTM)
4. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
5. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
6. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
7. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
8. Ryan Morias (Suz)
9. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
10. Sean Collier (Yam)

Supercross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Grant Langston, 94
2. Andrew Short, 93
3. Billy Laninovich, 89
4. Nathan Ramsey, 87
5. Ryan Villopoto, 78
6. Mike Alessi, 77
7. Brett Metcalfe, 76
8. Paul Carpenter, 67
9. Sean Collier, 42
10. Darcy Lange, 41

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