The Supercross Players

The Supercross Players

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These are the major teams in the USA. Ricky Carmichael (aka RC), number 4 on the Makita Suzuki, is the defending champion.

Makita Suzuki: Ricky Carmichael, Ivan Tedesco, Broc Hepler

Amercian Honda: Ernesto Fonseca, Travis Preston, Jeremy McGrath (first six races only) Davi Millsaps, Andrew Short

Kawasaki USA: James Stewart, Michael Byrne

Yamaha Motor: Chad Reed, Heath Voss

Red Bull KTM: Jay Marmont, Josh Hansen, Nate Ramsey, Mike Alessi, Jeff Alessi

Monster/Pro Circuit Kawasaki: Grant Langston, Ben Townley, Ryan Villopoto, Troy Adams, Chris Gosselaar

Sobe/Samsung/Honda: Mike LaRocco, Kevin Windham, Josh Grant, Billy Laninovich, Tommy Hahn, Joaquim Rodrigues, Jake Weimer

BooKoo Honda: David Vuillemin, Justin Keeney, Steve Boniface

Yamaha of Troy: Matt Walker, Brett Metcalfe, Andrew McFarlane, Branden Jesseman

Moto XXX: Kyle Lewis, Tim Ferry, Juss Laansso

Motoworld Racing Yamaha: Stephane Roncada, Kyle Partridge, Justin Brayton

Subway Honda: Jason Thomas, Jeff Gibson, Keith Johnson

Rockstar Suzuki: Tyler Evans, Mike Brown, Sean Hamblin, Ryan Mills, Jason Lawrence

Solitaire: Ryan Clark

MDK Motosports: Nick Wey

Motosport Outlet: Paul Carpenter, Danny Smith, Bobby Kiniry, Kelly Smith

WBR Suzuki: Ryan Sipes, Mike LaPaglia, Ryan Morias

Richardson’s RV Racing/Team ECC: Turbo Reif, Logan Darien, Levi Reid

This list is not complete. If you’d like to provide additional information, please e-mail us

Their riding numbers: National numbers are based on a system that allows past champions, current champions and riders who have earned a top-10 national ranking, to select and retain the same number from year to year. This system was established in 2002.

Current AMA National Champions can carry the No. 1 plate. Numbers 2 through 9 are reserved for past National Champions in active competition, or they may select any available number. Riders ranked in the top-10 in combined Supercross and Motocross points can choose a Career Number from 10-999 which they keep until they withdraw from competition or fail to earn a National point. Riders outside the top-10 in combined points are assigned consecutive numbers through 99 based on year-end points, but can request a higher triple-digit number when applying for their 2006 license. Riders outside the top 99 can keep their 2005 racing numbers by renewing their AMA Pro Racing licenses for the 2006 season before Nov. 19, 2005.

  • 2* Jeremy McGrath, Encintas CA
  • 3* Michael Brown, Johnson City TN
  • 4* Ricky Carmichael, Havana FL
  • 5* Mike LaRocco, Corona CA
  • 6* Steve Lamson, Camino CA
  • 7 James Stewart, Haines City FL
  • 8* Grant Langston, Murrieta CA
  • 9** Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta CA
  • 10* Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta CA
  • 11** Travis Preston, Hesperia CA
  • 12* David Vuillemin, Corona CA
  • 13* Heath Voss, Mico TX
  • 14* Kevin Windham Centreville, MX
  • 15* Tim Ferry, Largo FL
  • 16* John Dowd, Ludlow MA
  • 17* Robbie Reynard, Oklahoma City OK
  • 18* Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville OH
  • 19* Doug Henry, Torrington CT
  • 20* Damon Huffman, Valencia CA
  • 21* Stephane Roncada, Menifee CA
  • 22* Chad Reed, Dade City FL
  • 23* Kyle Lewis, Henderson NV
  • 24 Josh Grant, Riverside CA
  • 25* Nate Ramsey, Menifee CA
  • 26* Michael Byrne, Murrieta CA
  • 27* Nick Wey, Dewitt MI
  • 29** Andrew Short, Murrieta CA
  • 30 Matt Walker, McDonough GA
  • 31 Jason Thomas, Melrose FL
  • 32 Ryan Clark, Waddell AZ
  • 33 Danny Smith, Middleton ID
  • 34 Ryan Hughes, Temecula CA
  • 35 Paul Carpenter, Ithaca NY
  • 36 Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove KY
  • 37 Kelly D Smith, Ludington MI
  • 38 Jeff Dement, Kingwood TX
  • 39 Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore CA
  • 40 Ryan Mills, Clintondale NY
  • 41 Jason D Lawrence, Estell Manor NJ
  • 42 Thomas Hahn, Decatur TX
  • 43 Tyler Evans, Corona CA
  • 44 Justin Buckelew, Riverside CA
  • 45 Juss Laansoo, Chatsworth CA
  • 46 Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta CA
  • 47 Sean Collier, Santa Clarita CA
  • 48 Jeff Gibson, Westerville OH
  • 49 Joseph Oehlhof, Hesperia CA
  • 50 Jeff Alessi, Apple Valley CA
  • 51 Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo WA
  • 52 Sean Hamblin, Murrieta CA
  • 53 Matthew Goerke, Lake Helen FL
  • 54 Robert S Kiniry, Skaneateles NY
  • 55 Joaquim Rodrigues, Temecula CA
  • 56 Joshua P Woods, Flint MI
  • 57 Brian Gray, Middleburg FL
  • 58 Erick Vallejo, Garland TX
  • 59 Akira Narita, Corona CA
  • 60* Broc Hepler, Kittanning PA
  • 61 Clark Stiles, Athens AL
  • 62 Steve Boniface, Lewisville TX
  • 63 Jesse Casillas, Jamul CA
  • 64 Keith R Johnson, Albuquerque NM
  • 65 Richie Owens, Wildomar CA
  • 66 Cole Siebler, Emmett ID
  • 67 Jean Sebastien Roy, Acton Vale QC Canada
  • 68 Tim Weigand, Canyon Country CA
  • 69 Casey Johnson, Lake Elsinore CA
  • 70 Jiri Dostal, Murrieta CA
  • 71 Mark Eastwood, Salem OH
  • 72 Joshua Summey, Allen TX
  • 73 Dylan Lord, Apple Valley CA
  • 74 Ryan Abrigo, Snohomish WA
  • 75 Evan Laughridge, San Jacinto CA
  • 76 Rodrig Thain, Temecula CA
  • 77 Tucker Hibbert, Centreville MS
  • 78 Isaiah Johnson, Albuquerque NM
  • 79 Michael Blose, Allen TX
  • 80 Brian Mason, Columbia IL
  • 81 Michael Sleeter, Escondido CA
  • 82 Ryan Morais, Canyon Lake CA
  • 83 Michael Young, Palmdale CA
  • 84 Barry Carsten, Bayville NJ
  • 85 James Povolny, Mendota Heights MN
  • 86 Daniel Sani, Clovis CA
  • 87 Scott Carter, Manchester CT
  • 88 Robert Garrison, Sparks NV
  • 89 Eric Nye, Corning CA
  • 90 Doug Dehaan, Thorndale ON Canada
  • 91 Jay Marmont, Murrieta CA
  • 92 Matthew Barnes, Magnolia OH
  • 93 Teddy Maier, Fort Dodge IA
  • 94 Brad Modjewski, Hatley WI
  • 95 Kevin W Johnson, Albuquerque NM
  • 96 Brad Smith, Leonard MI
  • 97 Robert Marshall, Stow MA
  • 98 Jeff Northrop, Concord CA
  • 99 Damien Plotts, Lewisburg PA
  • 103* Sebastien Tortelli, Lake Elsinore CA
  • 118 Davi Millsaps, Cairo GA
  • 199* Travis Pastrana, Davidsonville MD
  • 800** Mike Alessi, Apple Valley CA

* Career Numbers

**New Career Numbers earned for 2006

Courtesy AMA Pro Racing

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Ivan Tedesco, #9 on Suzuki

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Team Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca

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Billy Laninovich

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Mike LaRocco

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Jeremy McGrath, 7-time supercross champion, number 2 on Honda

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Davi Millsaps

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Travis Preston is number 11 on Honda

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Andrew Short, #29 on Honda

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David Vuillemin, number 12, now on Honda

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K-dub, Kevin Windham

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Michael Byrne – Team Kawasaki’s #26

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James Stewart is number 7 on Kawasaki

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James Stewart

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KTM Red Bull Manager Larry Brooks introduces Nate Ramsey, Josh Hansen, and brothers Alessi

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Nate Ramsey’s ride

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Yamaha’s number 22, Chad Reed

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AMA Supercross Series Schedule

23rd Supercross of Bercy. Palais Omnisports of Paris. November 11 – 13

As always, since it began 23 years ago, the Paris Bercy Supercross will
be run on November 11, 12 and 13. Alongside the exciting SX races, the
FMX show will bring action and excitement in the French capital as well.

The Paris Bercy Supercross is the oldest sporting event organised in
the famous Palais Omnisports of Paris Bercy, This event is now the most
famous supercross in Europe. The latest improvements including the new
format with the SX2 class and a bigger exposure for the Freestyle show,
confirmed the interest of fans and medias for this event that attract
yearly 45000 spectators.

Three teams with prestigious coachs

For the past three years now Bercy is exclusively reserved to the SX2
class, with an individual and a team classification. Three teams will
enter the event: USA, France and rest of the World. The US team won the
last three editions, and will be for sure once more the favourites. The
legendary Ricky Johnson (King of Bercy V and VII) will be for the first
time coach of the US team, and will provide the best advices to his
riders as well as Jean Michel Bayle (King of Bercy VIII and IX) who has
always been supporting the event as a spectator, a racer and later a
coach. Another “legends” will coach team “Rest of the World” as Stefan
Everts himself will be back in Bercy to celebrate with the French fans
his ninth MX World Titles. Stefan entered several times the race and
got his best results in 1990 (two wins and a second position in the 125
class) but then concentrate successfully his career in MX.

Tortelli back in Bercy

Five years after his last appearance in Bercy, Sébastien Tortelli will
be back for his second race aboard a factory KTM. The double MX World
Champion was impressive during the last Motocross of Nations in Ernée
for his come-back in France, and is now practicing in the US to prepare
Bercy. Runner-up behind David Vuillemin in 2000, Sébastien will be the
French Captain, alongside strong GP riders Pascal Leuret, Christophe
and Sébastien Pourcel. Expatriate kids Steve Boniface, Stéphane Roncada
and Eric Sorby and the best representative of the French SX Tour series
including series leader Benjamin Coisy, who will open daily the show
with one heat of the serie.

Americans favourites

Bercy create his legend with American riders, and they will be once
more numerous on the track and in the pits. Three of the main
contenders of the US series will lead the US team: Andrew Short vice US
champion and King of Bercy XXII, Mike Alessi third of the Nationals and
revelation of Bercy XXII, and Mike Brown. With Billy Laninovich winner
in San Francisco, Jeff Alessi, Jason Lawrence, Sean Hamblin, and Ryan
Mills, the Americans could win for the third time in a row the teams
competition and bring back home another trophy.

Rest of the World behind Philippaerts

US and French riders always had great interest for Supercross, but
that’s not the case in many European countries. Every year it’s
difficult to attract GP riders in Bercy. Winner of the French and South
African GP’s, Italian David Philippaerts will represent the GP riders.
His team-mates are not yet confirmed but Japanese Akira Narita, Swiss
Julien Bill, Brit Carl Nunn or South African Tyla Rattray are on the
list of riders who could join the Rest of the World.

Great show with the FMX Session Braun Cruzer3

Last year the Freestyle show had for the first time in Bercy (the
French SX was the first one in Europe to introduce a Freestyle
exhibition with a jump contest ten years ago) a great exposure, and it
was a hudge success. Once more the event will combine races and
Freestyle, to offer a perfect show to the public who was impressed last
year by the level of the Freestyle riders. All the riders involved
regularly do the OEback flip, and are now training with new jumps
especially for Bercy. American Ronny Renner, Spaniard Edgar
Torronteras, French Manu Troux, Swiss Matt Rebeaud, Norwegian André
Villa and Japanese Eigo Sato will represent the three continents in the
French capital.

Legendary Bercy

With a great experience behind them, the promotors are actively working
to prepare in the stadium the best track for the SX and the Freestyle
exhibition. With the laser show, music and the famous Modus Pompom
girls, Bercy XXIII will reinforce it’s legendary reputation. Prize from 40 to 60 o. Réservations by phone (33 892 390 490) or Internet (

2006 AMA Supercross Series Predictions

We asked racers, and industry insiders to give us their picks for 2006. We also asked them what’s the first thing they would they change about supecross if they could.

(Editors note: Most predictions were given before top contender Kevin Windham broke his arm in a practice crash on Dec. 14th.)

Chuck Miller – American Honda Racing Manager

  1. RC
  2. Windham
  3. Reed
  4. Fonseca
  5. Stewart

Watch for Andrew Short in the West series, and Davi Millsaps in the East. Honda is going for the championships in the Lites class, and holding nothing back. Others to watch are Mike Alessi, Nate Ramsey, Broc Hepler, Grant Langston, Billy Laninovich, and Josh Hansen.

I would suggest a shortened series. 12 total events for the series for AMA points with other “special events” to be added that would be in locations throughout the world. Then we would have time to promote our series and riders to Japan, Australia, Canada and other countries and venues throughout the world. This would also assist with rider injuries, training, and allow time for preparation for other activities the riders and manufactures could use to get the most value from the investment we are making in MX/SX racing.

Jeremy Albrecht – Kawasaki Race Tech & James Stewart’s Mechanic

  1. James Stewart. Because he is extremely fast, he has calmed down a lot since last season, and he is very hungry for the title.
  2. Carmichael
  3. Reed
  4. Byrne
  5. Windham

I would have more supercross races and less outdoors events. I would also pay everybody involved more money.

Michael Byrne – Team Kawasaki Factory Rider

  1. Stewart. His speed is incredible.
  2. Carmichael
  3. Myself
  4. Windham
  5. Reed

I would have less races during the season with more breaks in between events.

James Stewart – Team Kawasaki Factory Rider, former 125 National Champion

  1. Kyle Lewis. He always gets great starts!
  2. Barry Carsten. He has the experience to win

Just kidding!!!

  1. Me. I think that I have the speed to win
  2. Reed
  3. Carmichael
  4. Byrne
  5. Windham

If I could change one thing about supercross, I would have more races.

Grant Langston – Monster Energy/Kawasaki/ProCircuit Team Rider, former 125 National Champion, defending 125 East Supercross Champion

  1. Stewart. I think James is the fastest rider out there. His biggest rival is himself so if he can be consistent, he will win the title.
  2. RC – Ricky is very consistent, fast, and relentless. He knows what it takes to win.
  3. Reed – Chad always seems to get faster as the season goes on.
  4. Windham – Kevin is also very consistent and makes very few mistakes.
  5. Tedesco – It is Ivan’s first year in the premier class and I don’t think he has the speed of the front 3 quite yet, but I believe he will ride smart.

The first thing I would change if I was in charge of supercross would be the names. They make it sound like your going to have a beer or go smoke a cigarette. I would change the names to the 250cc class and the 450cc class.

Jamie Little – TV personality & smartest person in supercross

  1. Chad Reed. His bike is new and improved. His confidence is back and he’s ready for revenge.
  2. RC. Never count RC out.
  3. Bubba. I think Bubba will work out his issues and be back just as strong as ever. But with his inconsistency I can’t put him on top. However, if he stays healthy and comes out with a vengeance, he could do it.
  4. KW. If I could have it my way, I’d put Kevin on top as I believe he is the most deserving of a championship. He’s certainly capable.
  5. Fonseca. He really impressed me towards the end of the outdoor season. I think he’ll be a contender this year and be the spoiler throughout the season.

My pick for “breakout performance” will be Ivan Tedesco. I think he’ll come out swinging and really surprise some people. I would be willing to bet he’ll make the podium on a few occasions.

Nathan Ramsey will be a force to be reckoned with on the Lites. Davi Millsaps too. Being that both the Alessi boys will be making their supercross debut, I’ll have to say Mike especially will be a threat. However, we all know how rookies fair in their first year so I’m not going to pick him for a title. Watch Andrew Short and Grant Langston as well.

I would change the TV package for supercross. If I had it my way, I’d have it on ABC Sports LIVE on Saturday nights. It’s where the sport belongs. NASCAR doesn’t get in full swing until March so that would give Supercross two solid months of relatively no motorsports competition on network television. I’d also increase the purse money. It’s ridiculously low after all these years. To win a Supercross main, these guys should be walking away with at least $50,000!!! And if you make a main you should be guaranteed at least $10,000.

Giuseppe Luongo – President of Youthstream, which runs World Motocross Grand Prix and World Supermoto

  1. Carmichael
  2. Reed
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. LaRocco

In the Lites, for sure Ben Townley will be a guy to watch.

Supercross is a great show and I think it’s really good just how it is, the only thing I think could be good to change is to hold two events in Europe and 1 in Australia in addition to all the events in the USA. This is just my vision in order to make it more ‘world’.

Georges Job̩ РMulti-Time World motocross champion from Belgium

  1. Reed
  2. Carmichael
  3. Windham
  4. LaRocco
  5. Stewart

From what I’ve seen, Josh Hansen is very talented, Ben Townley is very motivated, and Mike Alessi is very aggressive.

The things I would change about supercross? I will give points for the heat race and best lap time in the race so the riders will give more fight.

Jeff Emig – Multi-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Bubba
  4. Burner
  5. Fonseca

First thing I’d change about supercross is I would change the tracks. Slow the tracks down. The tracks are too flat. There also needs to be more dirt used. Slow the tracks down by making it much more difficult. Riders needs to make mistakes, instead of riding 20 laps almost perfectly.

Jean Turner – Dirt Editor

  1. Carmichael
  2. Reed
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Vuillemin

First thing I would change about supercross is the ticket prices. It’s way too expensive to take a family to the stadium and a race as it is right now.

Kinney Jones – Photographer

  1. Ricky
  2. Bubba
  3. Chad
  4. Vuillemin
  5. Windham

I would build much tougher tracks, like EnduroCross, and like Mike Goodwin did years ago.

Jerry Bernardo – Motorsports TV personality

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Bubba
  4. Kevin Windham
  5. Ivan Tedesco

First thing I’d change in supercross would be to make it all racing, no commercials, and no pimping sponsors.

Eric Perronard- co-promoter Mini Moto SX, EnduroCross

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Bubba
  4. Vuillemin
  5. Tedesco

If I could change one things about supercross, I would make the tracks more challenging for riders, with less single line racing.

Joe Columbero – Rider, Writer, and producer of Motorcycle programs

  1. Carmichael
  2. Reed
  3. Windham
  4. Tedesco
  5. Preston

Rick Johnson – Multi-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion, owner of some web-site

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Chad Reed
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Mike LaRocco

If I could change one thing about supercross, I would have more races on Friday nights, along with live television. There is nothing on Friday and kids could stay up late to watch it.

Nate Ramsey – Team Red Bull/KTM Factory Rider

  1. Reed
  2. Ricky
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Tedesco

Scot Harden – Off-Road racing legend, Red Bull/KTM media supervisor

  1. McGrath – Jeremy is a lock to win the first six races, there’s no doubt about that! I have it from high sources that he will win.
  2. Carmichael
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Reed

Mike Alessi and Jeff Alessi will be two guys to watch in the Lites. Everyone knows about Mike, but Jeff is always improving. I’d never count him out. Josh Hansen too.

I would definitely change the names of the classes. Lites makes it sound weak. It almost gives the class second-class status, when it has been every bit as exciting if not more exciting than the 250 class.

I’d also lengthen KJSC by adding qualifiers and heats. And I’d throw in a few Umbrella Girls.

Mike Alessi – Team Red Bull/KTM Factory Rider

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Byrne

Jeff Ward – Multi-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion

  1. RC
  2. Stewart
  3. Windham
  4. the rest is wide open

I would definitely have more races if I was in charge of supercross.

Mike Kiedrowski – Multi-time AMA National Motocross Champion

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Windham
  4. LaRocco
  5. Stewart

Ivan Tedesco – Team Makita Suzuki, two-time 125cc west supercross champion, 2005 outdoor 125 national motocross champion

Can I tell you my predictions at the end of the season? If I was in charge of supercross, I would use the riders’ input on final track design.

Broc Hepler – Team Makita/Suzuki

  1. Carmichael. Ricky is always up for a challenge and he will get the job done no matter what it takes.
  2. Windham. He is always consistent and doesn’t make too many mistakes and with all the 450 movement in the class he has had a head-start on everyone else.
  3. Reed. He may have speed at some races, but I don’t think he rides the 450 that well and he is kind of a lone ranger on testing his Yamaha, so it may take him awhile to get dialed in.
  4. Stewart. He is the fastest guy out there but I think he will continue to make some mistakes that will cost him.
  5. Tedesco. He shows he has a lot of speed in supercross and he will continue to be a threat in this class.

I will be racing at the East Coast events. My goal is to be a little more consistent this year so I have a shot at winning a championship. Having Ricky on the team is great, because he is the hardest worker out there and knows what it takes to win.

If I was in charge of supercriss, I would make for tighter tracks, which would give closer racing. Right now there are a lot of sections that are too high speed.


Post your top five finishers, why you think they’ll finish that way, and what you’d change about supercross if you could!

Here’s how they finished this past season:

  1. Ricky Carmichael – 367
  2. Chad Reed – 342
  3. Kevin Windham – 284
  4. David Vuillemin – 245
  5. Mike LaRocco – 229
  6. Ernesto Fonseca – 198
  7. Sebastien Tortelli – 176
  8. Heath Voss – 160
  9. Travis Preston – 130
  10. James Stewart – 129

Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed are on four strokes for 2006. James Stewart is running well on the KX450f as well. Ivan Tedesco is moving up to the premier class. David Vuillemin in riding a Honda. Kevin Windham broke his forearm. And the first race is coming up January 7th!

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