It started when the duo ended up almost dead locked on speed in practice. Then
Reed grabbed the Progressive Direct holeshot, just edging Cermic’s
It wouldn’t be so easy. Reed made a big mistake and failed to jump a routine triple coming out of a corner, giving Stewart a free pass into second. Then #7 set about reeling Carmichael in, and the crowd settled in knowing they were about to witness one more classic Carmichael and Stewart battle.
Stewart was a little bit faster in the whoops, and he used his advantage there as well as some help from lapped traffic to catch
“As you guys could see, we were basically identical on speed,” said
“Man, that was just so much fun, you guys have no idea,” said
Stewart was all smiles as well, of course. “I don’t know if you could have scripted it out better than that,” he said after 20 laps of battling. “When Ricky got around
The Lites class offered up some emotional racing as well, as Branden Jesseman took his first supercross win since his East Region Lites Championship season in 2003. Perhaps no one has suffered more bad luck and misfortune than Brando during the last five years, and his win was hard-earned and well-deserved. Amazingly, Jesseman had crashed hard on the first lap of the main along with Ryan Sipes, which brought out the red flag. Sipes ended up out of the race with a leg injury, and Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey couldn’t get his bike fixed up in time to get back to the gate for the second start. Brando was bleeding and his bike was bent up, but he went to the line again and snagged a second-place start on the restart behind Sobe No Fear/Samsung Honda’s Bill Laninovich. He dug deep to work his way into the lead around the halfway point. The pack behind him was going at it. Ben Townley looked quick on his Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, but he got into it with Laninovich and found himself on the ground. Yamaha of Troy’s Matt Goerke fell during the battle as well. In the late laps, Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi got rolling, and he started tracking Jesseman down. He came close, but crashed in the final turn in an all-out last-ditch effort. Jesseman crossed the line first, while Boost Mobile/Yamaha of
For a guy who has been so far down, Jesseman had to be thrilled with a win, but he predictably showed hardly any emotion after the race anyway. To make matters even wilder, he was actually bleeding for the entire 15 laps of the main, the result of the first crash that brought out the red flag!
The riders left it all out on the track in