Toronto Race Report

March 29, 2008 11:03pm
The Toronto Supercross is in the books, and it was anything but predictable. As Jason Weigandt quoted Travis Preston as saying during the day, the Toronto track was the dryest mud track he had ever ridden. Throughout the day, the Rogers Centre track was continually bleeding water, and it made for a rutty mess of a track that needed constant maintenance, and even with the maintenance, it made for a race that was more about survival than racing.

The Lites class was not AMA sanctioned and did not count toward the Lites East Championship. As such, very few of the series regulars showed up to do battle, and the field was mostly filled with Canadian locals - except for the DNA Energy/BTO Sports Honda team, which showed up in full force, with all four of its Lites riders signed up and ready to go.

The Lites main start looked like this, with local boys grabbing the holeshot while the Butler Bros. riders like Kyle Cunningham (58) back a bit in the pack.

Ohio's Willy Browning rode both classes in Toronto, just missing the 450cc main by a spot or two in the 450cc LCQ. He made the Lites main, but went down in the first turn.

DNA Energy/BTO Sports Honda's Shaun Skinner led every lap of the Lites main to take the win.

Skinner's teammate Matt Boni got a hard-fought second place.

And fellow DNA rider Kyle Cunningham was the fastest rider all day, but fell while battling with Skinner for the lead early on. Then, he fought his way through from near the back of the pack to grab third, completing the Butler Bros. Lites podium sweep.

The Butler Bros. team celebrates on the Lites podium.

In the 450cc main, San Manuel Yamaha's Chad Reed grabbed the holeshot after fighting it out in turn one with Davi Millsaps.

Reed grabbed hold of the lead off the start, while Yamaha's Josh Hill chased him early on.

However, on lap two, Hill went down on the tricky surface, handing second to Millsaps (118) and third to Kevin Windham (14).

Millsaps ran second for a lap before a fall cost him, too.

Millsaps had to find his way around teammate Andrew Short (29) after the fall, and then Windham fell, too, handing second back to Millsaps.

Only a few laps after reassuming second, Millsaps made another mistake, taking an off-track excursion...

...that allowed Windham (14) to close right back up on him, eventually finding his way by about four laps later for good.

Reed took a seemingly easy victory after spending the last two weeks in Australia and not riding.

Windham took second, losing three points to Reed in the championship and now trailing Reed by 20 with five rounds left to run.

Short hung on for fourth, just behind teammate Millsaps.

Hill recovered for fifth.

MDK KTM's Nick Wey had his best finish of the year with sixth place.

In his first race back after suffering internal injuries a few weeks ago while practicing at home, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Timmy Ferry came from way outside the top 10 to finish seventh.

Rockstar/H&H Honda's Troy Adams finished eighth in the main event.

Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha's Josh Summey finished ninth.

DNA/BTO Sports Honda's Jason Thomas gave his team a top-10 finish to add to its sweep of the Lites podium.

Reed celebrates his seventh win in the championship with a burnout on the Rogers Centre concrete floor.

The 450cc podium, with Chad Reed (center), Kevin Windham (left) and Davi Millsaps (right).

AMA Supercross Class Results, Toronto

  1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
  2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
  3. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda
  4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
  5. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
  6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM
  7. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
  8. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Honda
  9. Charles Summey, Huntersville, N.C., Yamaha
  10. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda


AMA Supercross Class Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 262
  2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 242
  3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 190
  4. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 184
  5. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 151
  6. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 151
  7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 137
  8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 123
  9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 110
  10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 107


AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Toronto

  1. Shaun Skinner, Stuart, Fla., Honda
  2. Matt Boni, Oviedo, Fla., Honda
  3. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Honda
  4. Brady Sheren, Surrey, B.C., Suzuki
  5. Kyle Tobin, Climax, Ga., Kawasaki
  6. Levi Kilbarger, Logan, Ohio, Honda
  7. Nathan Skaggs, Bainbridge, Ohio, Honda
  8. Kyle Keylon, Brooksville, Fla., Honda
  9. Ryan Lockhart, Spring Hill, NS, KTM
  10. Jack Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda