AMA 125 East Supercross Title to be Decided at Silverdome

PICKERINGTON, Ohio ¿ The 2003 AMA 125 East Region Supercross Championship will be decided at the final round of the series this Saturday, April 5 at the Pontiac (Mich.) Silverdome. Team SoBe Suzuki’s Branden Jesseman, Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Mike Brown and Yamaha of Troy’s Brock Sellards all have a chance to win the AMA 125 East title. It will mark the first 125 Supercross championship for one of those three riders.

While the 125 East Series will reach a conclusion this weekend, the premier AMA Supercross Series is heating up with Yamaha’s Chad Reed having won two straight and narrowed the points gap to defending champ Ricky Carmichael to 19 with just four races remaining.

Jesseman, 20, has the inside line on the AMA 125 East title. The rider from Fombell, Pa., is in the midst of an outstanding supercross season. He has scored podium finishes in five of the six rounds leading up to the Pontiac 125 East finale. That tally includes three victories, the most of any rider in the series. Jesseman needs only to finish eighth or better on Saturday to win the title. “I’m going to race Pontiac the same way I’ve raced all the races so far this season,” Jesseman said.

Mike Brown will not give up without a fight as he knows what it takes to win championships. He earned the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. 125 Motocross Championship in 2001. Look for Brown to give his all Saturday in an effort to win his first Supercross title.

Sellards is coming off a victory in the 125 East Series last week in Houston. The Ohioan understands he’ll need more than a little luck to have a shot at winning the championship. After winning in Houston, Sellards lamented his earlier performances, which may have cost him the title. “It feels great to win a race but at the same time I am kind of bummed out because when things start going your way and that falls a way, and all you have to do is win (individual) races, the championship is pretty much gone and that is what I have been working for.”

While much of the focus will be on the battle for the 125 East crown in Pontiac, Aussie sensation Chad Reed has suddenly rejuvenated the AMA Supercross Series. Reed’s two consecutive wins have breathed new life into the championship chase after it appeared that Carmichael was set to run away with his third consecutive AMA Supercross title.

“I love the battles Ricky and I are having right now,” Reed said. “Having rivalries is what the sport is all about and even though the championship might be out of reach, I can still prove a lot if I can keep winning.”

While Reed might be the hottest rider on the circuit right now, Carmichael is still on track to win his third AMA Supercross title. His 19-point cushion means that Reed could win the remaining four rounds yet still not catch RC in the points if Carmichael finishes second. Rest assured that Carmichael will not be satisfied winning the championship by simply “out pointing” his opponent.

“I’ve had a couple of bad races in a row,” said Carmichael, who won at Pontiac in 2001. “I’m frustrated with some of the mistakes I’ve made, but that just means I’m going to have to get it together and ride like I know how I can in the last few races. My plan still is to wrap up the title before Las Vegas.”  The Las Vegas round is the last event of the season scheduled for May, 3.

Pontiac is one of the oldest, most tradition-rich AMA Supercross venues in the series. Its first AMA Supercross was held there in 1976, when Honda’s Marty Smith won the inaugural race.

For immediate post-race results, points, live transponder scoring, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto www.USMotocross.com.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Silverdome- Pontiac, MI

FRIDAAPRIL 4,  2003
9:00 am – 10:00 am        –     Team Paddock Parking (Factory / Independent)
10:00 am – 11:00 am      –     Privateer Paddock Parking
10:00 am – 10:00 pm      –     Paddock Gates Open
11:00 am – 2:00 pm        –     AMA Rider Check-In
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        –     Rider Track Walk
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm          –     250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A
1:13 pm – 1:23 pm          –     250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B
1:26 pm – 1:41 pm          –     250 Factory Riders Practice
1:44 pm – 1:59 pm          –     125 Factory Riders Practice
2:02 pm – 2:12 pm          –     125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A
2:15 pm – 2:25 pm          –     125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B
2:28 pm – 2:38 pm          –     Break
2:40 pm – 2:50 pm          –     250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A
2:53 pm – 3:03 pm          –     250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B
3:06 pm – 3:21 pm          –     250 Factory Riders Practice
3:25 pm – 3:40 pm          –     125 Factory Riders Practice
3:43 pm – 3:53 pm          –     125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A
3:56 pm – 4:06pm           –     125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B
                                          * if less than 40 Riders, Group A & B will be combined

SATURDAY APRIL 5 , 2003
9:00 am – 11:30 am        –     Rider registration and Tech Inspection  at the Venue
9:00 am – 12:00 noon     –     Bonus Awards Participant/Mechanic registration
11:00 am – 12:00 noon   –     Rider Track Walk
11:00 am – 12:00 noon   –     Junior Supercross Riders Meeting (Mandatory)
12:00 noon – 12:15 pm   –     Riders Meeting (Mandatory)
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm        –     125 Practice
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm          –     250 Practice
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm          –     Track Maintenance
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm          –     KTM Practice
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm          –     125 Practice
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm          –     250 Practice
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm          –     Qualifying Heats
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm          –     KTM Practice
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm          –     Track Maintenance
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm          –     Opening Ceremonies
7:30 pm – 7:40 pm          –     125 Heat #1 – 6 laps – 20 riders (1st – 9th to Main)
7:40 pm – 7:50 pm          –     125 Heat #2 – 6 laps – 20 riders (1st – 9th to Main)
7:50 pm – 8:00 pm          –     250 Heat #1 – 8 laps – 20 riders (1st – 4th to Main) (5th – 20th to Semi 1)
8:00 pm – 8:10 pm          –     250 Heat #2 – 8 laps – 20 riders (1st – 4th to Main) (5th – 20th to Semi 2)
8:10 pm – 8:25 pm          –     Junior Supercross Exhibition- 3 laps – 15 riders
8:25 pm – 8:35 pm          –     Track Maintenance (10 minutes)
8:35 pm – 8:40 pm          –     125 Last Chance Qualifier – 4 laps – 22 riders (1st – 4th to Main)
8:40 pm – 8:50 pm          –     250 Semi #1 – 6 laps – 16 riders (1st – 5th to Main) (6th – 16th to LCQ)
8:50 pm – 9:00 pm          –     250 Semi #2 – 6 laps – 16 riders (1st – 5th to Main) (6th – 16th to LCQ)
9:00 pm – 9:10 pm          –     Track Maintenance
9:10 pm – 9:20 pm          –     250 Last Chance Qualifier – 6 laps – 22 riders                                                     
9:20 pm – 9:25 pm          –     125 Rider’s Parade Lap
9:25 pm – 9:45 pm          –     125 Main Event – 15 laps – 22 riders
9:50 pm – 9:55 pm          –     250 Rider’s Parade Lap
9:55 pm – 10:15 pm        –     250 Main Event – 20 laps- 20 riders

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. Nearly 2 million race fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2002 season. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

p;   250 Practice
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm          –     Qualifying Heats
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm          –     KTM Practice
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm          –     Track Maintenance
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm          –     Opening Ceremonies
7:30 pm – 7:40 pm          –     125 Heat #1 – 6 laps – 20 riders (1st – 9th to Main)
7:40 pm – 7:50 pm          –     125 Heat #2 – 6 laps – 20 riders (1st – 9th to Main)
7:50 pm – 8:00 pm          –     250 Heat #1 – 8 laps – 20 riders (1st – 4th to Main) (5th – 20th to Semi 1)
8:00 pm – 8:10 pm          –     250 Heat #2 – 8 laps – 20 riders (1st – 4th to Main) (5th – 20th to Semi 2)
8:10 pm – 8:25 pm          –     Junior Supercross Exhibition- 3 laps – 15 riders
8:25 pm – 8:35 pm          –     Track Maintenance (10 minutes)
8:35 pm – 8:40 pm          –     125 Last Chance Qualifier – 4 laps – 22 riders (1st – 4th to Main)
8:40 pm – 8:50 pm          –     250 Semi #1 – 6 laps – 16 riders (1st – 5th to Main) (6th – 16th to LCQ)
8:50 pm – 9:00 pm          –     250 Semi #2 – 6 laps – 16 riders (1st – 5th to Main) (6th – 16th to LCQ)
9:00 pm – 9:10 pm          –     Track Maintenance
9:10 pm – 9:20 pm          –     250 Last Chance Qualifier – 6 laps – 22 riders                                                     
9:20 pm – 9:25 pm          –     125 Rider’s Parade Lap
9:25 pm – 9:45 pm          –     125 Main Event – 15 laps – 22 riders
9:50 pm – 9:55 pm          –     250 Rider’s Parade Lap
9:55 pm – 10:15 pm        –     250 Main Event – 20 laps- 20 riders

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. Nearly 2 million race fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2002 season. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.