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Seattle Supercross Results
By Alex Edge

Heavy rain this afternoon meant that tonight's AMA Supercross race in Seattle was mired in mud, and the struggle between the racers and the challenging track meant the race ended with some incredible results.

In the Supercross Lites class, it was Kawasaki's Grant Langston who came away with the win, making him the 2006 Lites West champion. Second place went to Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) and Jason Lawrence (Suzuki) was third.

James Stewart (Kawasaki) and Chad Reed (Yamaha) jumped to the front of the pack at the start of the Supercross class main event, while points leader Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki) got a bad start and had to battle his way through heavy traffic in the deep mud. Stewart ran away from Reed to win by over 12 seconds, while Carmichael made an incredible charge to finish third - 36 seconds behind Reed.

Carmichael and Reed are now tied for the AMA Supercross points lead going into the final round at Las Vegas next weekend, with Stewart only 5 points behind. For additional details, results and points, visit the official World Supercross GP site here.

Source: Motorcycle Daily

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SX: Seattle Insider
By Steve Cox

If you didn't know better, it'd be easy to think that maybe the mafia was somehow involved in this year's AMP'D Mobile/AMA Supercross Championship, since as soon as the championship looks to be going in a certain direction, everything changes. It has happened three times this year, as first Ricky Carmichael was sporting a sizable lead going into St. Louis, only to break a shock, and have his chief rival James Stewart crash into a 17th-place finish. Then, there was the fuel debacle that cost Carmichael 25 points, followed by the replacement of those points. Then last week there was Carmichael and Stewart's crashes that resulted in Chad Reed's second win of the season, and a spot only 2 points behind Carmichael in the championship.

Then came the rain in Seattle, where anything could happen.

James Stewart was fastest all night, and he grabbed the lead early in the main event and immediately put a big gap on the field. "I got a pretty good start," Stewart said. "Actually, I thought I had the holeshot, and then Nick came flying from the outside, and he got it, and I got past him over the first set of jumps, and I just wanted to make sure I hit everything the first lap just to get a little gap, so I did the triple and the finish line, and I saw on the pitboard that I had like 14 seconds on the second lap, so I figured that was good enough and I just tried to manage that and stay away from all of the lappers."

Reed came from the tail end of the top five to second by the start of the second lap, while Carmichael was stuck way back in 13th. It wasn't looking good for him.

"Dude, I was so far behind in the first two laps..." Carmichael said. "I seen James, and I mean, he was half a track ahead. I just worked and tried to pick every guy off one by one."

It was slow going, as Stewart and Reed rode all by themselves out front. Carmichael found his way into third, finally, on lap 10 of 15, getting around Wey, and that was how the podium would end up.

"It was obviously not the way I wanted it to go, but to be honest with you, I can't believe I came back up to third," Carmichael said. "I knew I just needed to get on the box. After last week, I'm glad to be up here. I didn't get the start that I wanted. I took a bit of a gamble, starting on the outside - I just knew the inside there was pretty mucky. I just didn't get the start that I needed, and I'm just really happy with how far I came from behind. I thought I did a pretty good job of staying calm. It's hard if you get anxious in the mud. I just knew that if I didn't get a good start, I had to put myself in a position to have a chance next week, and that's what I did. I think I turned a bad race into a good race for me, and I'm in a great position."

He's in a great position considering what could've happened, anyway, but heading into the final round, Carmichael and Reed are tied with 316 points apiece, with Stewart only five points behind them with 311.

"Anything can happen," Carmichael said. "You guys have seen it. It's been an amazing year, and I'm really happy with what I've accomplished this year, and to be honest, I feel like I've won a lot more races than I thought that I would, and I'm really happy. We made some improvements today. I know it's in the mud, and it's hard to tell, but I feel that I felt comfortable in the main event. I'm excited. It's going to be great for the fans, and great for the sport. Whoever wins is going to be super-excited, but whoever doesn't win, I think it's something that everyone should be very proud of. It's no big deal. I'm looking forward to it, and it's going to be fun. I'm just going to try to stay healthy through this week."

Reed has just as good of a shot as Carmichael for the AMA title.

"I think, for me, I'm pumped to be in this position," Reed said. "I think, in the end, there have been two really important races this season, and I happen to be the winner of those. Basically, 15 races mean nothing. Vegas is the one that counts. We all sat in the press conference at Anaheim I, and we all said that we wanted to take it to Vegas, and I don't know if any of us really thought it would be this close, but it's going to be. I think it's going to be fun, and I'm super-stoked to have a shot at winning the title. I know I can do it if I ride the way I can ride. I think it's going to be a good battle. That's all it is for me right now. I just want to ride the way I can ride, and if I ride the way I want to ride, then I'm going to be happy with that. At this point, I just want to ride the way I know I can ride."

For Stewart to win the title, he needs to hope that he wins the finale and someone besides Reed or Carmichael finishes second.

"I hope Byrner [teammate Michael Byrne] steps up huge next week!" Stewart said. "All I can do is my best, and if I win the race and win the World title, I can't really ask for anything else. After St. Louis, I was a little bummed, and I was going through a few races where I was just having bad luck. I'm just happy to be in this position."

Supercross Seattle Results:
1. James Stewart (Kaw)
2. Chad Reed (Yam)
3. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
4. Travis Preston (Hon)
5. Nick Wey (Hon)
6. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
7. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
8. Kevin Windham (Hon)
9. Brock Sellards (Hon)
10. Heath Voss (Yam)
11. Jiri Dostal (Yam)
12. Josh Demuth (Hon)
13. Jacob Marsack (Yam)
14. Josh Woods (Suz)
15. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
16. Doug Dehaan (Hon)
17. Jeff Dement (Suz)
18. Jason Thomas (Hon)
19. Greg Crater (Hon)
20. Jeff Gibson (Hon)

AMA Amp'd Mobile Supercross Series Points Standings (After 15 of 16 rounds):
1. (TIE) Ricky Carmichael (316/6 wins)/Chad Reed (316/2 wins)
3. James Stewart (311/7 wins)
4. Ivan Tedesco (241)
5. Nick Wey (234)
6. Michael Byrne (228)
7. Travis Preston (191)
8. Ernesto Fonseca (125)
9. Ryan Clark (116)
10. (TIE) Mike LaRocco/Timmy Ferry (108)

Supercross Lites
In a lot of respects, four points may as well be 10 points in supercross. Either way, at the last race, you can't control your own destiny. You need help. Grant Langston knew this going into Seattle, and he got what he needed as he trailed Andrew Short by four points coming into the Seattle finale.

"When I saw it raining, I was thinking to myself, 'Man, I'm no mud specialist, but Andrew's pretty bad,' so I was like, 'This might not be a bad thing,'" Langston said. "If there was one time that I wanted to do well in the mud, it was tonight."

Mike Alessi grabbed the holeshot, followed closely by Langston's teammate Ryan Villopoto, and Langston rounded out the top three. Early in the second lap, Alessi went over the bars, handing the lead to Villopoto, which he only held for a lap before Langston went by.

Langston knew that as long as he was in the lead, and Villopoto was between him and Short, the title was his. Little did he know that Short had crashed his way out of the top five on lap three and would never been in contention anyway.

"It was weird," Langston said. "I had a feeling it was going to fall into place this weekend. You often see championships where everyone thinks it's going to come down to one point, and more often than not, someone falters and the points don't end up that close. It was a really good race. Obviously, Ryan made it real easy for me to get by because sometimes it can be tough to pass when it gets rutted and one-lined, but I got ahead of him, and it was really comforting having him behind me. I knew with him behind me, and I didn't know where Andrew was, but I knew as long as Ryan was behind me, it was good enough, so it was a really enjoyable race. I don't think I've had that much fun in the mud ever."

Villopoto held onto second while Brett Metcalfe circulated in third, only to come under fire from New Jersey native Jason Lawrence. Lawrence caught and passed Metcalfe and nearly passed Villopoto at the finish, but ended up with his first podium anyway.

"I got one of my starts, which was about 12th or 13th," Lawrence said. "A few guys were behind me. I couldn't really get through the first rhythm section doing any jumps, but after that, I crashed with Short, I was stuck in a corner, and I didn't think I would be here, but I was going to ride all the way to the end. My mechanic, by like the fifth lap, he had '4th' on the board right after Ramsey fell, and Metcalfe was right in front of me, so I just charged just hoping to get on the podium, and toward the end of the race, I was just still going, and I saw Ryan right in front of me, and I just charged trying to get him, and it came down to the wire, and I just ran out of time. One more turn, one more foot, one more section, whatever."

Villopoto held onto second, and ended up third in his rookie supercross season. "I just wanted to stay up," Villopoto said. "The whoops actually got a little better as the race went on. It went from being good to being bad to being better again. You're fighting to stay up, and if you do that, you do all right."

But it was Langston's night. He's now the only rider ever to win every single major 125cc title, with a 125cc World Championship, 125cc National Championship, and both of the 125cc Regional Supercross Championships. "I guess what was really cool about this one is, when you win your first championship, it's always real exciting, and the next one is obviously good, but this one is like the whole reason I wanted to ride west coast this year was to try and win every major championship in the Lites class," Langston said. "I guess it just kind of feels like I completed my racing in the 125s - I like to call it the 125s because up until this year, it's been 125s. But I feel like I just kind of completed everything I would've loved to have accomplished in the Lites, and now I'm looking forward to moving up and racing the 450."

Supercross Lites Seattle Results:
1. Grant Langston (Kaw)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
3. Jason Lawrence (Suz)
4. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
5. Mike Alessi (KTM)
6. Ryan Morais (Suz)
7. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
8. Andrew Short (Hon)
9. Ryan Mills (Suz)
10. Adam Chatfield (Suz)
11. Kyle Partridge (Yam)
12. Justin Brayton (Yam)
13. Ryan Abrigo (Hon)
14. Rodrig Thain (Kaw)
15. Danny Smith (Hon)
16. Eric Nye (Yam)
17. Richard Dietrich (Kaw)
18. Justin Keeney (Hon)
19. Eric Sorby (Hon)
20. Darcy Lange (Kaw)
21. Daniel Sani (Hon)
22. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)

Final AMA Amp'd Mobile Western Regional Supercross Lites Series Points Standings:
1. Grant Langston (161/3 wins)
2. Andrew Short (153/2 wins)
3. Ryan Villopoto (141/1 win)
4. Mike Alessi (129)
5. Billy Laninovich (125)
6. Nathan Ramsey (116/2 wins)
7. Brett Metcalfe (116)
8. Paul Carpenter (89)
9. Ryan Morais (75)
10. Darcy Lange (64)

Source: Motorcycle-USA
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