2007 Motocross Hangtown Results

May 20, 2007
JC Hilderbrand
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Once againĀ Ricky Carmichael is leading the outdoor National Motocross championship race – and he’s in retirement. Committed to racing the first five events, RC took the overall win at Hangtown, his seventh at the venue, and bestedĀ James Stewart with a 2-1 moto tally.

Nobody likes to lose to the old guy. - Hangtown.
Nobody likes to lose to the old guy.

The 39th running of the Prairie City Recreational Area event in Rancho Cordova looked to be very similar to last year’s event, minus the rain. Carmichael took the early lead in Moto 1 but Stewart was too strong on his Monster Kawasaki and took the lead late, late in the race. The Makita Suzuki rider hardly seemed to be missing a step despite his recent time off and he finished about a mile ahead of Stewart’s teammate, Tim Ferry. Fourth and fifth were Honda-mounted Kevin Windham and Davi Millsaps, respectively.

Moto 2 was set to be a fight to the death but Stewie fell twice in the 35+2 and was relegated to fourth. Carmichael’s easy victory led to his 147th overall career win, and a popular one at that. Millsaps put his Honda into second and Ferry again was third. Stewart would finish second on the day with Ferry – you guessed it – third. Millsaps just missed the podium while Yamaha’s Grant Langston (6-5) nailed fifth.

“I’m glad that I’m here for the first five races to provide the fans with some good racing,” Carmichael said. “Now that I’m a fan, it’s not fun to come watch a race when there’s no one racing out there.”

You’re preaching to the choir, RC. Thanks for helping us out on this one.

Motocross Results:
1. Ricky Carmichael, Suz, (2-1)
2. James Stewart, Kaw, (1-4)
3. Tim Ferry, Hon, (3-3)
4. Davi Millsaps, Hon, (5-2)
5. Grant Langston, Yam, (6-5)
6. Kevin Windham, Hon, (4-9)
7. Andrew Short, Hon, (8-6)
8. Mike Alessi, KTM, (7-8)
9. Michael Byrne, Kaw, (9-10)
10. David Vuillemin, Hon, (15-7)

Motocross Overall Standings:
1. Carmichael, 47
2. Stewart, 43
3. Ferry, 40
4. Millsaps, 38
5. Langston, 31

Motocross Lites
Oh-ho, so if the Motocross class was interesting, what does that make the Lites division where the reigning champion and one of his top competitors knuckled down and racked up 10 grand worth of fines – before the race! Ryan Villopoto and Jason Lawrence were fined by the AMA for their on-track behavior which culminated in a welterweight smackdown. Lawrence will shell out $7500 and is on probation for a full calendar year, and RV got smacked for $2500. Nobody ever accused the 250-effers of being gentlemen. In fact, it would probably be more accurate to just drop the “250” part and leave it at that.

Villopoto was able to shake it off and take the opening moto win, but had to work for it along the way. He crashed out of the lead and was forced to regain the pole position in front of his teammate Ben Townley. Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki would wind up with three out of the top-5 overall positions after the RV/BT duo swapped results in Moto 2 and Brett Metcalfe scored a 7-4 to land in fifth overall. Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey spoiled the sweep with his 3-3-3 and Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Josh Grant also snuck in with his 4-6-4. Lawrence posted sixth on the day with a pair of fifths.

Motocross Lites Results:
1. Ben Townley, Kaw, (2-1)
2. Ryan Villopoto, Kaw, (1-2)
3. Ryan Dungey, Suz, (3-3)
4. Josh Grant, Hon, (4-6)
5. Brett Metcalfe, Yam, (7-4)
6. Jason Lawrence, Suz, (5-5)
7. Thomas Hahn, Hon, (6-8)
8. Broc Tickle, Cary, Yam, (8-7)
9. Martin Davalos, Yam, (12-10)
10. Jake Weimer, Hon, (15-9)

Motocross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Townley, 47
2. Villopoto, 47
3. Dungey, 40
4. Grant, 33
5. Metcalfe, 32