2007 Supercross Anaheim 3 Results

February 3, 2007
JC Hilderbrand
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The house that Jeremy built is not one that James Stewart is going to move into any time soon despite another win to cap his Anaheim hat trick. It doesn’t take Ricky Carmichael on the track to get the bar-banging action we all love to see as Yamaha’s Chad Reed showed how well his shoulder is feeling by exchanging the lead with Kawasaki’s ace multiple times before finishing a mere 1.6 seconds behind the KX-F rider. Stewart was able to retaliate with a physical

James Stewart took the win from Chad Reed at A3.
Chad Reed (22) had all the fans behind him tonight as he wound up on the short end of a battle with James Stewart. The Kawasaki pilot had to get physical to retake the lead and the fans weren’t impressed with the move.

block pass to take the lead for good but the fans in SoCal weren’t shy about letting him know it was borderline dirty.

It’s all sticks and stones to Stewart who is now 4-of-5 in the series and looking to get another streak going after being derailed last weekend by Carmichael. Bubba is on the verge of steamrolling the series and despite Reed’s rejuvenated pace, there doesn’t seem to be anyone capable of stopping him.

“I think this weekend he (Reed) gave me all he had,” said Stewart. “Maybe he felt this was one of those weekends that was crunch time and (the points) could have been narrowed down to 12 and made the series tight, but I moved it up to 18 points. I think we are in a good position for the championship only five races in.”

Kawasaki’s other factory rider, Tim Ferry, made the podium tonight but was a full 37 seconds behind the leaders as he circled the track uncontested.

MDK/Honda’s Nick Wey started behind Ferry in fourth and never gave up his position though the competition one spot down the rankings was hotly contested. Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco was in fifth early on but eventually gave way to Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne and faded back to 10th. Byrne held the position but had Tedesco, Kevin Windham and Nate Ramsey each taking turns behind him before the checkers fell.

Supercross Results:
1. James Stewart, Kaw
2. Chad Reed, Yam
3. Tim Ferry, Kaw
4. Nick Wey, Hon
5. Michael Byrne, Suz
6. Nate Ramsey, Yam
7. Kevin Windham, Hon
8. Heath Voss, Hon
9. Paul Carpenter, Kaw
10. Ivan Tedesco, Suz

Supercross Overall Standings:
1. James Stewart, 122
2. Chad Reed, 104
3. Tim Ferry, 90
4. Michael Byrne, 73
5. Ricky Carmichael, 69
 
Lites
There was another red flag stoppage this weekend, a truly rare occurrence to have happen twice in the same season. It was a good thing for Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto who was mired in the pack to start the first Lites main event. Josh Hansen pulled the holeshot on his Red Bull KTM but wouldn’t be as fortunate during the restart. The roles were reversed after the 250F squadron lined up again and Hansen rounded the first lap in eighth as Villopoto snagged the Progressive Direct Award and ran away.

Villopoto’s success was made all the more impressive considering he was ailing from the flu. “In practice, I would go one hard lap and felt like I did a ten lap sprint,” said Villopoto on his sickness. “Tonight’s track was the most technical so far all year. I think it was good, it went from easy to hard and it separates the good riders.”

Josh Grant followed in second on his Sobe No Fear/Samsung/Honda while heat race-winner Martin Davalos gave chase in third. Grant would hold on to the position but Davalos faltered on Lap 9 which allowed Jason Lawrence into the podium position while dropping the Red Bull KTM rider to sixth. Yamaha’s Josh Hill took fourth and Hansen finished behind him to land three Joshes in the top-5.

SX Lites Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto, Kaw
2. Josh Grant, Hon
3. Jason Lawrence, Hon
4. Josh Hill, Yam
5. Josh Hansen, KTM
6. Jake Weimer, Hon
7. Chris Gosselaar, Kaw
8. Kyle Partridge, Hon
9. Kyle Cunningham, Yam
10. Matt Lemoine, Yam

SX Lites Overall Standings:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 122
2. Jason Lawrence, 91
3. Jake Weimer, 74
4. Chris Gosselaar, 65
5. Josh Grant, 64