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Atlanta SX Notes

AMA Supercross Class Laps Led:

James Stewart                           109

Ricky Carmichael                       45

Chad Reed                                 40

Kevin Windham                            5

Nick Wey                                    1

 

AMA Supercross Lites Class Laps Led:

Ryan Villopoto                           84

Christophe Pourcel                      17

Jason Lawrence                          3

Steve Boniface                            1

 

Progressive Direct Holeshot Award (AMA Supercross)

Nick Wey (Toronto): $1,500

James Stewart (Vancouver): $1,500

Chad Reed (Anaheim 1): $1,500

Jeff Dement (Phoenix): $1,500

Nick Wey (Anaheim 2): $1,500

Chad Reed (San Francisco): $1,500

Nick Wey (Anaheim 3): $1,500

Tim Ferry (Houston): $1,500

Ivan Tedesco (San Diego): $1,500

 

Progressive Direct Holeshot Award (AMA Supercross Lites)

Christophe Pourcel (Anaheim 1):  $1,000

Martin Davalos (Phoenix): $1,000

Steve Boniface (Anaheim 2): $1,000

Chris Gosselaar (San Francisco): $1,000

Ryan Villopoto (Anaheim 3): $1,000

Ryan Villopoto (Houston): $1,000

Christopher Gosselaar (San Diego): $1,000

 

MMI Top Tech Award

Jeremy Albrecht (Anaheim 1): $500.00

Mike Gosselaar (Phoenix): $500.00

Jason Thomas (Anaheim 2): $500.00

John Mitcheff (San Francisco): $500.00

Willie Manning (Anaheim 3): $500.00

Manual Rivas (Houston): $500.00

John Mitcheff (San Diego): $500.00

 

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Pro Privateer Challenge

1.  David Vuillemin    114 Points

2.  Travis Preston      110 Points

3.  Heath Voss         110 Points

 

Asterisk Medic Card

Charles Castloo (Anaheim 1)

Michael Willard (Phoenix)

Charles Castloo (Anaheim 2)

Logan Darien (San Francisco)

Tyler Keefe (Anaheim 3)

Adam Chatfield (Houston)

Adam Chatfield (San Diego)

 

Racer X Gas Card

Nathan Ramsey (Anaheim 1)

Eric Sorby (Phoenix)

Bryan Johnson (Anaheim 2)

Manuel Rivas (San Francisco)

Jason Thomas (Anaheim 3)

Erick Vallejo (Houston)

Doug DeHaan (San Diego)

 

Toyota Tundra Fan Challenge

Jeff Gibson (Anaheim 1)

Nick Wey (Phoenix)

Nick Wey (Anaheim 2)

Jeff Gibson (San Francisco)

Nick Wey (Anaheim 3)

David Vuillemin (Houston)

Paul Carpenter (San Diego)

 

Race Recap:

SAN DIEGO (February 17, 2007) – Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., won his first Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series race aboard a Yamaha at Qualcomm Stadium before 60,529 fans. Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., clinched the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship, marking his sixth win of the season and his first-ever AMA Supercross Lites championship.

 

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

Tristan Miller, Alpine, Calif., KTM
Isaias Solis, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Chaz Vasquez, Mira Loma, Calif., KTM
Zachary Vogt, Chula Vista, Calif., KTM
Preston Cicogni, Buckeye, Ariz., KTM
Seth Duckett, El Cajon, Calif., KTM
AJ Van Bogaert, Tucson, Ariz., KTM
Abby Nuemann, Nipomo, Calif., KTM
Nicholas Balint, Keller, Texas, KTM
Ray Romine, San Jose, Calif., KTM
Jonathan Kurzeja, Downers Grove, Ill., KTM
Carrie Killebrew, Surprise, Ariz., KTM
Sethan Hamm, Apple Valley, Calif., KTM
Spencer Maly, Santa Maria, Calif., KTM
Nathan Dean, Laguna Niguel, Calif., KTM
 

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings

James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 207
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 196
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 164
Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 116
David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 114
Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 112
Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 110
Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 110
Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 108
Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 100
 

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Event Results, San Diego

Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki
Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki
David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda
Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
 

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Standings

James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 163
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 151
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 132
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 104
Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 103
Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 87
Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 84
Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 83
David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 74
Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 70
 

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, San Diego

Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
Chris Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda
Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki
Michael LaPaglia, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha
 

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 172
Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 135
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 103
Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 97
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 92
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 88
Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 87
Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 86
Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 71
Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha, 66
 

AMA Supercross Recap from San Diego

·         Chad Reed earned his 26th career AMA Supercross class win. He is now second behind Jeremy McGrath on the Yamaha all-time AMA Supercross class win list.

·         Chad Reed is the first Yamaha rider to win an AMA Supercross race five consecutive seasons.

·         This was the fourth consecutive year that Chad Reed has won the seventh AMA Supercross race of the season. It was his fourth win at San Diego.

·         Tim Ferry earned his ninth consecutive top five finish and third consecutive podium.

·         Kevin Windham earned his first podium of the season and Ivan Tedesco earned his first top five of the season.

·         Yamaha has won an AMA Supercross event for 11 consecutive years and 27 of 34 seasons.

AMA Supercross Lites Class Recap from San Diego

·         Kawasaki won their 17th AMA Supercross Lites title, their11th on the west coast and the fifth consecutive on that coast as well.

·         Kawasaki has won seven consecutive AMA Supercross Lites races this year.

Atlanta Stats

·         First race in Atlanta, March 5, 1977, Bob Hannah won on a Yamaha. This is the 29th time the gate will drop in Atlanta.

·         Yamaha won the first race held in Atlanta at the Fulton County Stadium. In 1992, Yamaha’s Damon Bradshaw won the last supercross at the Fulton County Stadium. In 1993, the race moved into the Georgia Dome, where Bradshaw made history again by winning the venue’s inaugural event.

Wins by brand

·         Yamaha 10, Honda 9, Kawasaki 5, Suzuki 4

·         First time winners in Atlanta: Bob Hannah: 1977, Chuck Sun: 1980, Jeff Stanton: 1989, Damon Huffman 1997.

·         Ricky Carmichael owns Atlanta with five wins on three brands. He is tied with Jeremy McGrath for most wins in Atlanta.

·         Ricky Carmichael is the only rider to win Atlanta on three brands: Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Honda.

Lites Stats

·         First race, February 23, 1985 and Eddie Warren won on a Kawasaki.

·         This is the first round of the Eastern regional AMA Supercross Lites. In 22 seasons the winner of the first round would went on to win the championship 17 times.

·         Wins by brand at the first round of Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites competition: Suzuki 8, Kawasaki 5, Honda 5, Yamaha 4.

·         Can Yamaha get a Lites win? They have a 43-round losing streak. Their last win was Round 12 of 2004.

·         Suzuki has a 23-round losing streak. Their last win was Round 16 of 2005.

·         KTM has a 19-round losing streak. Their last win was Round 4 of 2006.

History: Round 8 of Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

·         33 years ago, June 4, 1977, Marty Smith won the main event in New Orleans on a Honda, beating Bob Hannah. Jimmy Ellis was 3rd on a Can-Am. It was his last podium on a Can-am.

·         20 years ago, April 4, 1987, Rick Johnson beat Jeff Ward and Ron Lechien in Dallas.

·         10 years ago, March 15, 1997, Jeremy McGrath earned his first win on a Suzuki in Minneapolis.

·         Greg Albertyn was 2nd. That was the last time Suzuki win 1-2 in an AMA Supercross event.

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Rider Finishes

 

Chad Reed

Toronto:                         1

Vancouver                     3

Anaheim 1:                    3

Phoenix:                       3

Anaheim 2:                    2

San Francisco:              3

Anaheim 3:                    2

Houston:                       2

San Diego:                    1

 

Ricky Carmichael

Toronto:                         2

Vancouver                     1

Anaheim 1:                    2

Phoenix:                       2

Anaheim 2:                    N/A

San Francisco:              1

Anaheim 3:                    N/A

Houston:                       N/A

San Diego:                    N/A

 

James Stewart

Toronto:                        3

Vancouver                     2

Anaheim 1:                    1

Phoenix:                       1

Anaheim 2:                    1

San Francisco:              2

Anaheim 3:                    1

Houston:                       1

San Diego:                    5

 

Tim Ferry

Toronto:                        4

Vancouver                     5

Anaheim 1:                    5

Phoenix:                       5

Anaheim 2:                    4

San Francisco:              4

Anaheim 3:                    3

Houston:                       3

San Diego:                    2

 

David Vuillemin

Toronto:                         5

Vancouver                      4

Anaheim 1:                    6

Phoenix:                       20

Anaheim 2:                    11

San Francisco:              6

Anaheim 3:                    12

Houston:                       10

San Diego:                    9

 

Nick Wey

Toronto:                         6

Vancouver                     9

Anaheim 1:                    7

Phoenix:                       9

Anaheim 2:                    3

San Francisco:              5

Anaheim 3:                    4

Houston:                       N/A

San Diego:                    N/A

 

Ryan Clark

Toronto:                        7

Vancouver:                     14

Anaheim 1:                    17                    

Phoenix:                       N/A

Anaheim 2:                    N/A

San Francisco:              N/A

Anaheim 3:                    17

Houston:                       16

San Diego:                    14

 

Paul Carpenter

Toronto:                        8

Vancouver:                    12

Anaheim 1:                    11

Phoenix:                       19

Anaheim 2:                    7

San Francisco:              15

Anaheim 3:                    9

Houston:                       9

San Diego:                    8

 

Heath Voss

Toronto:                        9

Vancouver:                    11

Anaheim 1:                    8

Phoenix:                       10

Anaheim 2:                    13

San Francisco:              12

Anaheim 3:                    8

Houston:                       7

San Diego:                    7

 

Jeff Gibson

Toronto:                        10

Vancouver                       8

Anaheim 1:                    15

Phoenix:                       15

Anaheim 2:                    12

San Francisco:              9

Anaheim 3:                    13

Houston:                       17

San Diego:                    13

 

Nathan Ramsey

Toronto:                         21

Vancouver:                      6

Anaheim 1:                    DNF

Phoenix:                       11

Anaheim 2:                    10

San Francisco:              13

Anaheim 3:                    6

Houston:                       19

San Diego:                    N/A

 

Travis Preston

Toronto:                        16

Vancouver:                    7

Anaheim 1:                    4

Phoenix:                       4

Anaheim 2:                    N/A

San Francisco:              7

Anaheim 3:                    11

Houston:                       5

San Diego:                    10

 

Jason Thomas

Toronto:                        14

Vancouver:                     10

Anaheim 1:                    21

Phoenix:                       14

Anaheim 2:                    16

San Francisco:              N/A

Anaheim 3:                    N/A

Houston:                       N/A

San Diego:                    19

 

Kevin Windham

Toronto:                        N/A

Vancouver:                    N/A

Anaheim 1:                    9

Phoenix:                       8

Anaheim 2:                    6

San Francisco:              10

Anaheim 3:                    7

Houston:                       4

San Diego:                    3

 

Michael Byrne

Toronto:                        15

Vancouver:                    19

Anaheim 1:                    10

Phoenix:                       6

Anaheim 2:                    5

San Francisco:              8

Anaheim 3:                    5

Houston:                       6

San Diego:                    6

 

Ivan Tedesco

Toronto:                        N/A

Vancouver:                    N/A

Anaheim 1:                    14

Phoenix:                       7

Anaheim 2:                    8

San Francisco:              14

Anaheim 3:                    10

Houston:                       8

San Diego:                    4

 

Joshua Summey

Toronto:                        19

Vancouver:                    16

Anaheim 1:                    N/A

Phoenix:                       N/A

Anaheim 2:                    9

San Francisco:              11

Anaheim 3:                    19

Houston:                       N/A

San Diego:                    12

 

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites Class Rider Finishes

 

Ryan Villopoto

Anaheim 1:                    1

Phoenix:                       2

Anaheim 2:                    1

San Francisco:              1

Anaheim 3:                    1

Houston:                       1

San Diego:                   

 

Christophe Pourcel

Anaheim 1:                    2

Phoenix:                       1

Anaheim 2:                    21

San Francisco:              N/A

Anaheim 3:                    N/A

Houston:                       N/A

San Diego:                    N/A

 

Jason Lawrence

Anaheim 1:                    3         

Phoenix:                       8

Anaheim 2:                    2

San Francisco:              5

Anaheim 3:                    3

Houston:                       2

San Diego:                    2

 

Joshua Hansen

Anaheim 1:                    4

Phoenix:                       6

Anaheim 2:                    22

San Francisco:              8

Anaheim 3:                    5

Houston:                       12

San Diego:                    5

 

Jake Weimer

Anaheim 1:                    5

Phoenix:                       14

Anaheim 2:                    6

San Francisco:              3

Anaheim 3:                    6

Houston:                       6

San Diego:                    7

 

Troy Adams

Anaheim 1:                    6

Phoenix:                       13

Anaheim 2:                    8

San Francisco:              11

Anaheim 3:                    21

Houston:                       10

San Diego:                    8

 

Matthew Lemoine

Anaheim 1:                    7                     

Phoenix:                       4

Anaheim 2:                    11

San Francisco:              12

Anaheim 3:                    10

Houston:                       7

San Diego:                    12

 

Christopher Gosselaar

Anaheim 1:                    8         

Phoenix:                       3

Anaheim 2:                    5

San Francisco:              21

Anaheim 3:                    7

Houston:                       9

San Diego:                    3

           

Kyle Chisholm

Anaheim 1:                    9         

Phoenix:                      N/A

Anaheim 2:                   N/A

San Francisco:              N/A

Anaheim 3:                    N/A

Houston:                       N/A

San Diego:                    N/A

 

Justin Keeney

Anaheim 1:                    10                    

Phoenix:                       12

Anaheim 2:                    13

San Francisco:              18

Anaheim 3:                    N/A

Houston:                       N/A

San Diego:                    N/A

 

Steve Boniface

Anaheim 1:                    11                    

Phoenix:                       5

Anaheim 2:                    7

San Francisco:              7

Anaheim 3:                    15

Houston:                       N/A

San Diego:                    N/A

 

Kyle Cunningham

Anaheim 1:                    13                    

Phoenix:                       9

Anaheim 2:                    12

San Francisco:              N/A

Anaheim 3:                    9

Houston:                       8

San Diego:                    10

 

Martin Davalos

Anaheim 1:                    20

Phoenix:                       10

Anaheim 2:                    10

San Francisco:              22

Anaheim 3:                    11

Houston:                       5

San Diego:                    6

 

Joshua Hill

Anaheim 1:                    19

Phoenix:                       7

Anaheim 2:                    3

San Francisco:              4

Anaheim 3:                    4

Houston:                       4

San Diego:                    4

 

Joshua Grant

Anaheim 1:                    22

Phoenix:                       22

Anaheim 2:                    4

San Francisco:              2

Anaheim 3:                    2

Houston:                       3

San Diego:                    13

 

Kyle Partridge

Anaheim 1:                    N/A

Phoenix:                       11

Anaheim 2:                    9

San Francisco:              6

Anaheim 3:                    8

Houston:                       22

San Diego:                    15

 

Michael Lapaglia

Anaheim 1:                    18

Phoenix:                       15

Anaheim 2:                    14

San Francisco:              9

Anaheim 3:                    13

Houston:                       20

San Diego:                    9

 

Adam Chatfield

Anaheim 1:                    14

Phoenix:                       N/A

Anaheim 2:                    N/A      

San Francisco:              10

Anaheim 3:                    22

Houston:                       N/A

San Diego:                    N/A

 

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS

2007 SAN DIEGO POST-RACE PODIUMS AND INTERVIEWS – 2/17/07

 

JASON WEIGANDT:  Let’s go down to the podium with Chris Gosselaar.

 

CHRIS GOSSELAAR:  Yeah, it feels good to finally get out there and get in front.  I rode a little tight and I’d just like to congratulate Ryan on his championship. He rode awesome all year.  I’m really happy for him.  I’d also like to congratulate Lawrence, for pulling off second in that race and thank my sponsors, Monster Energy, Pro Circuit, Kawasaki, Thor.  I couldn’t be here without my doctor, Steve Navarro, hooking me up on my shoulder and everything from that San Francisco crash. So, I’d like to thank him and all my family who came out to watch me and all you fans.  Thank you.

 

TERRY BOYD:  You were mentioning to me earlier today that you already feel like you’re on the best team in Supercross, on the Pro Circuit Monster Energy Kawasaki Team.  You wanted a good result here because you always gotta start thinking about next year.

 

CHRIS GOSSELAAR:  Yeah, for sure.  I always want to be up front.  And I did that tonight, even though I did ride a little tight. I couldn’t have done it without my team and everybody that’s behind me.

 

TERRY BOYD:  Well, I’ll tell you what, man – A great job.  Nice job.  Not closing out the West Coast Lites, but you got an eight-week break.  We’ll talk to you when we go to Seattle on the 28th of April.

 

CHRIS GOSSELAAR:  Yeah, I’m looking forward to that break and starting some outdoor testing.

 

TERRY BOYD:  You rode the wheels off that Yamaha, passed about seven bikes in the last four or five laps – What a great job tonight.

 

JASON LAWRENCE:  Yeah, I tried.  Ryan rode awesome. I thought I had the holeshot right there, but he had the inside and controlled the corner and he went wide.  He hit me the first turn and it blew out a couple of my spokes, actually.  It was pretty cool to see him do something back after last weekend. Congratulations to him for winning the championship and, I mean, I’m just pumped to be up here for my whole team – Boost Mobile, Yamaha of Troy, FlyRacing – Everyone.  Thanks a lot.

 

TERRY BOYD:  Let’s talk about a little bit of controversy.  Last week in Houston you made the pass, people were talking.  You said that’s racing; I would expect someone to do that to me.  I think when people looked at the video, they said, okay, the door was wide open.  But coming in, you also said, listen, the guy is fast.  In order to pass this guy, I have to get a start – Bottom line. 

 

JASON LAWRENCE:  Yeah, that’s true.  I was just trying to pass him and I kind of thought he’d see me on the inside.  I didn’t even know we’d hit.

 

TERRY BOYD:  What are you going to do with the eight-week break? Are you going to take a week off to relax a little bit, and then get going on the outdoor testing?  Or is it just right to testing?

 

JASON LAWRENCE:  We’re gonna start outdoor testing on Monday. Then, I’m going to Georgia to get ready for the outdoors. 

 

TERRY BOYD:  Ryan, I’ll tell you were turning fast laps in qualifying and practice earlier today.  Took a little bit of a spill and I saw people do that gasp.  You just popped up – no big deal.

 

RYAN VILLOPOTO:  Yeah, I’ve been getting good starts all night and it just worked out for me in the main.  I got a great start and then Goose was leading and that helped me out a lot. I just can’t thank the team enough for what they’ve done for me.  They kind of put me where I’m at now. I just can’t say enough for everybody that’s helped me like my mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, Monster Pro Circuit, Kawasaki, Jeff Fox from Parts Unlimited, Thor, Maxima, Bridgestone, Scott, Vans, KMC, Amp’d Mobile and the Lord Jesus to keep me safe.  I’d just like to thank all the guys from Toyota of Escondido for hooking me up with the sickest truck out there.  I can’t thank everybody enough.

 

TERRY BOYD:  And it’s the official truck of Supercross.  By the way, look at your family over there! They are beaming ear to ear.  Mitch Peyton is smiling ear to ear as well.  Now, earlier today, you said one of the things you’d like to do but you don’t really have control of your finances yet because you just turned 18. You want to get some property in Texas.  With a championship, I can think of a better way to celebrate.

 

RYAN VILLOPOTO: Yeah, that’s what we’re looking for a place to spend outdoors. I just can’t thank everybody enough on the team. 

 

TERRY BOYD:  Alright man, congratulations.  It’s always good to see a guy out of the Pacific Northwest taking home a win. 

 

JASON WEIGANDT:  That is Ryan Villopoto.  That is your Supercross West champ.  And I want to do some research.  I don’t know if we’ve ever had a Supercross title wrapped up in February, but that’s the way the schedule worked and that’s how well Ryan Villopoto rode.

 

JASON WEIGANDT:  Let’s go down to Ivan Tedesco and our holeshot award.

 

TERRY BOYD: Fifteen hundred dollars for you, Hot Sauce.  That ought to take the sting out of the night.

 

IVAN TEDESCO:  Yeah, it’s not how I want to be up here tonight.  I got a good start. I was just real slow at the beginning of the race and it took me a while to get going.  I wish I could get up here for the podium but it’s a good step for me.  I’ve been struggling lately and I just need to keep on building on it and go from there.

 

TERRY BOYD:  Let me ask you a tough question, probably, to answer – but after Toronto you were pumped.  You were full of energy, you were healthy, and you got taken out with a broken hand.  Has it been tough to bounce back from that early on? 

 

IVAN TEDESCO:  Yeah, for sure.  This is the probably the toughest experience I’ve had to deal with in my career. I’m struggling right now but tonight was good.  I had a decent ride and I have something to build on now.  I just want to get up there and battle with those guys.  I think if I keep on getting up there and working on my speed during the week, I’ll get there sooner or later.

 

TERRY BOYD:  Next week at Atlanta – How about that?

 

IVAN TEDESCO:  Yeah, that’ll be good.  I’m actually going back to my place in Texas this week and ride on some softer dirt and it should be good.

 

TERRY BOYD:  We’ll see you next week in Atlanta – Hopefully I’ll be talking to you up here on the podium again. Let me grab Kevin Windham.  K-Dub, get over here man. 

Kevin, you were so gracious earlier on in your interview.  You said, I’m not the winningest rider, but I sure have a lot of great fans that have stayed with me through my entire career.  And you said, hey, last week it felt great to lead again.

 

KEVIN WINDHAM:  It did, and I’ll tell you what, tonight it just feels great to be up here on the podium.  I was hearing the crowd cheering and it sounded like an exciting race.  I mean, I hated to see James go down but I’m just stoked to be riding a lot better.  Everyone knows that the start of the season was a little bit rough for me and the Sobe No Fear Samsung Honda Team just really stuck with me through thick and thin.  I’m so glad to put ‘em up here on the podium.  The bike’s been week in and week out and unfortunately, I haven’t been.  But, we’re moving in the right direction.  It feels great to be up here.  It feels good to ride strong in Houston and I just gotta take my hats off to the sponsors.

 

TERRY BOYD:  You said you missed Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a great Valentine’s Day present for your wife.

 

KEVIN WINDHAM:  Yeah, I had to fly here on Wednesday and the team just wants to keep working and working, trying everything they can to help get me up here and it’s such a big help. I had to leave on Valentine’s Day, so I gotta say hey to my wife and children back home and to my family and everybody back there.  But right now this moment’s just unbelievable and I just couldn’t do it without such an incredible support team.

 

TERRY BOYD:  And it’s always good to be talking to you, K – K-Dub.  We’ll talk to you next week in Atlanta.

Let me get Tim Ferry over here.  Timmy, come on down.  Tim Ferry, stepping up another notch on that podium.  A year ago, you were riding really as a privateer, and it was a tough struggle for you.  Did you ever think that you would get back to this level again?

 

TIM FERRY:  Yeah, I had a lot of injuries, obviously, back in ’04, ’05, but I put those behind me and rode the Triple X last year and things were good and caught the eye of Kawasaki.  So, I can’t believe this is actually happening.  I finished around tenth last year and I was totally happy at that point.

 

TERRY BOYD:  Were you dreaming of this? 

 

TIM FERRY:  Yeah, definitely.  I knew I could do it. I just wasn’t sure if my wrist could do it.  I knew I could always do it. I just needed the right team.  I got good support from Kawasaki and Monster and I’d like to thank all the guys for working really hard over there.  I’d like to thank my wife, who’s here and flew out today to watch me race and all my family back at home.  I got to thank all my sponsors for sticking behind me- Scott Goggles, 661 Boots and Etnies.

 

I’ll slide in with Chad Reed.  I don’t know if you even are aware of this, but San Diego – four out of the last five years – the win at San Diego has gone to Chad Reed.

 

CHAD REED:  I love this plan.  I’ve got some wins when I really needed some wins at this place. I think it was ’05 when we were battling with RC and got him on the last lap.  I’m just super excited to get this win, man.  Second place was getting old and I needed to step it up. It was a shame to see James go down like that but I felt that I was riding well.  It was a long race and it sucks.  It was kind of scary. I came up over the finish line and I just saw him kind of going left right and I’m just saying, just stay there and I’ll miss you.

 

TERRY BOYD:  I noticed the first piece of business was to go over and give your wife, Ellie, a kiss.  Is thi

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