Anaheim 3 SX Notes

EA SPORTS Supercross Notes Package: Round 5, Anaheim Calif.

Broken Ping: Team Redbull/KTM’s David Pingree, who won round three of the 125cc Western Regional Supercross in Anaheim, Calif., crashed hard in hisheat race in Phoenix when he cased the triple and broke his bike in half. On the previous lap, he cased the same triple. “His bike seized on the face of the triple,” said Todd Jendro, director of supercross, Clear Channel Entertainment. The accident forced Pingree, who currently sits fifth in points, to sit out of the main event. He will be back next weekend.

Wrong Thain: Rodrig Thain, who rides for Boost Yamaha, will sit out the rest of the supercross season due to shoulder injury that requires surgery. On that same sore shoulder, Thain finished third at Phoenix and is fourth in points.

Bubba Block: James Stewart may be a rookie, but he is making it clear that he demands respect. During his qualifier, Team Redbull/KTM’s Brock Sellardsmade an aggressive block pass on Stewart. A few turns later, Stewart returned the favor as he dove inside of Sellards; Sellards lost his balanceand went down. Stewart held on for the win.

McGrath Moves Forward: After a disappointing start to his 2002 season, team Bud Light Yamaha’s Jeremy McGrath finished a season best sixth at Phoenix.Struggling with compartment syndrome, McGrath, as he promised, has slowly worked out the nagging syndromes of this problem. McGrath, the winner of72-career 250cc main events, is tied with Sobe Suzuki’s Kevin Windham for seventh place.

Carmichael Comes Back: It took four rounds but Honda’s Ricky Carmichael returned to the number-one position on the podium in Phoenix, as he earnedhis first main event win of the season. Last season Carmichael won 14 of 16 events, 13 in a row, booth tie records previously set by McGrath. At the opening round this year Carmichael suffered a concussion in a crash that took place before the ‘whoop’ section. While the season has not started the way he would have like to, ‘RC’ has wrestled his way back into fourth place.

Three For Travis: The always-happy Travis Pastrana finished on the podium for the third-straight weekend in Phoenix, as he crossed the checkers insecond place. Pastrana, 17, of Annapolis, Md., is in his rookie year of 250cc competition and sits third in points. The last time a Suzuki won a250cc main event was Larry Ward at the now demolished King Dome in Seattle back in 1999.

Ivan The Great: Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., shifted into second place in the points standings with his sixth-place finish in Phoenix. The BoostYamaha rider has been consistent all-season and will challenge Stewart for the championship.

Fine Fonseca: After watching the third round of competition from the sidelines due to an injured arm, Team Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca, the onlyrider in the sport’s history to win 125cc supercross championships in both regions, came to Phoenix ready to battle.

MC’s Podium: Only two times in his 250cc career has McGrath not been on the podium in three-consecutive races. In ’97, the last four rounds, and ’98 -Rounds 12-14. McGrath has never been absent on the podium at least once for the first three rounds.

Correction: Last weekend Team Bud Light Yamaha’s Jeremy McGrath was the winner of the $1,500 PowerAde Holeshot Award.

Quote of The Week: When asked when he was going to get his first 250cc win, Travis Pastrana said: “Next weekend in Anaheim.”

Asterisk Injury Update From Dr. John Bodnar:In:David Pingree – bruised chest/sternum, will practice Friday

Out:Tim Ferry – Pulmonary ContusionMike Craig – Fractured footCasey Johnson – Compound fractured right ankleShae Bentley – Compound fractured tibia/fibulaJustin Smith – Continues making progress! Sat up in a chair yesterday !Bobby Bonds – Left the hospital Thursday! Now time for some recuperating at home with his new neck brace.Tyler Evans – Broken right collarbone

Ferry Update: On Saturday January 26, 2002, Tim Ferry crasheduring a qualifying heat race at the Phoenix Supercross and was transported to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with severely bruised lungs. Tim Ferry remained in ICU for observation to make certain excess fluids would notbuild in the lungs. Tim was released from the hospital on Monday afternoon, though instructed not to fly home to Florida until today 1/30/02. Earlyreports of a cut mouth were inaccurate, as bruised lungs were the actual culprits for the blood in his mouth. Fortunately, Ferry did not break any ribs or suffer any other significant injuries in the crash. Ferry will be out of competition for a few weeks.

125cc Laps led After Round 228: James Stewart, Kawasaki12: David Pingree, KTM9 Chris Gosselaar, Honda6: Casey Lytle, Yamaha2: Rodrig Thain, Yamaha1: Casey Johnson, Honda1: Brock Sellards, KTM

250cc Laps Led After Round 239: David Vuillemin, Yamaha15: Ricky Carmichael9: Travis Pastrana, Suzuki6: Mike LaRocco, Honda5: Kevin Windham, Suzuki5: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha1: Michael Byrne, Honda

125cc Western Regional Supercross Event Standings:1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda3. Rodrig Thain, France, Yamaha4. Christopher Gosselaar, Juniper Hills, Calif., Honda5. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, KTM6. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha7. Michael Brandes, Lake Elsinore, Calif.8. Craig Decker, Palm Desert, Calif., Yamaha9. Erick Vallejo, Calif., Mexico, Suzuki10. Travis Elliott, Alvin, Texas, Honda

125cc Western regional Supercross Season Standings:1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki 94 pts2. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 69 pts3. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 67 pts4. Rodrig Thain, France, Yamaha, 64 pts5. David Pingree, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 58 pts6. Christopher Gosselaar, Juniper Hills, Calif., Honda, 54 pts7. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, KTM, 52 pts8. Travis Elliot, Alvin, Texas, Honda, 50 pts9. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 45 pts10. Craig Decker, Palm Desert, Calif.,

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Event Standings: 1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda2. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md., Suzuki3. David Vuillemin, France, Yamaha4. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda5. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Honda6. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha7. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda8. Michael Byrne, Australia, Honda9. Ezra Lusk, Acworth, Ga., Kawasaki10. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Kawasaki

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Season Standings1. David Vuillemin, France, Yamaha 93 pts2. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 85 pts3. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md., Suzuki, 66 pts4. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 62 pts5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth, Ga., Kawasaki, 57 pts6. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Honda, 49 pts7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Suzuki, 46 pts8. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha 469. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha, 44 pts10. Michael Byrne, Australia, Honda, 43 pts

Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki Notes:Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks rider Mike Brown heads back home to Piney Flats, Tenn., to prepare for the opening round of the 125 EasternRegion Supercross next week in Indianapolis. Brown, the 2001 125 National Motocross Champion, competed aboard a Kawasaki KX250 in the first threerounds of the EA Sports Supercross Series and now focuses his concentration on the 125 division where he finished third last season in the East’s finalstandings. “I had fun riding the 250, but my bread and butter is the 125. We did a lot of testing (at the Kawasaki test track in Corona, Calif.) thisweek on the 125 and I’m feeling really good. I’ll head home and ride down at Ricky’s (Carmichael) to get ready for Indy.”

The hype for James Stewart has reached seismic proportions. The 16-year-old Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki rider has done an excellent job in living up to pre-season expectations thus far on the track, but the way Stewart has handled himself off the track has won the hearts of fans and media alike. A good example: The Orange County Register ran a feature story on Stewart with several color photos and charts in the Friday edition that started on the front page of the paper, a place normally reserved for U.S. Presidents.While Stewart has garnered the lion’-share of the media attention this season, he has quickly become a fan favorite. Commented Stewart on the mediaattention, “I never thought people would want to read or hear what I had to say. It’s kind of cool to see my name in the paper and to watch myself onTV. I’ve been watching this sport on TV since I can remember. Now I see myself on there and it’s Kawasaki put our team through media training beforethe season and its really paying off. It’s a good thing I paid attention.”

Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s veteran 250 rider Ezra Lusk has put in a strong week of practice and testing and is looking for a breakout evening atEdison Field on Saturday, “It’s kind of like a golf tournament when they use the term ‘moving day’ to describe the point in the match when a player mustmake a run at the lead. Well, I guess I’m in that same situation. I’ve ridden well at times this season and find myself sitting within strikingdistance in fifth. I’m looking to make something happen tomorrow night.”

Stephane Roncada Quotes:”Phoenix went really good in a way… I have seen lots of improvements in my riding the last 2 races, I feel a lot more comfortable on the bike. Thetrack in Phoenix was good, except that due to the soft dirt, the whoops got really easy, but that was about it. Racing on the Phoenix track was fun!In my heat race, I got a good start. I was in third place and I made a pass on McGrath in the 180 left turn before the left triple and never looked back. I finished 2nd behind Pastrana who wasn’t too far ahead. That felt good to make it straight to the main event without going through the semis! In the main event, I got off the gate faster then anybody else, but I wheeled too much and lost time, I still made it around the first turn in the top 6. Pastrana was right in front of me and we went at it for a couple laps, until I crashed while trying to pass him… it happened after the starting line corner, going into the next 180 right turn. Pastrana was going outside, I cut back to the inside and was going for a block pass, but all ofa sudden I lost my front end and slid, it happened so fast I didn’t even have time to put my leg down! I went down hard and I almost took Travis outwhile I was sliding on the ground! By the time I got started again, I was probably around 16th place…then I had to catch up and it was a little hard to get around some of the guys out there. I was really pissed because I had the speed to be on the podium Saturday night and I blew it! I finished the race in 10th I believe.”

Anaheim Quick Facts* Last year Ernesto Fonseca won all three 125cc Western Regional races in Anaheim.* This weekend’s event marks the 25th supercross held in Anaheim.* McGrath at Anaheim: 12 250cc starts, eight wins; two 125cc wins* From 1976-1979 Anaheim was the final round of the season.* From 1991-1996 McGrath was number one the podium in Anaheim, twice on a 125cc and four times on a 250cc.* James Stewart became the youngest rider in supercross history to win a main event.* Recent winners: ’99: Lusk (two wins); ’00 McGrath (two wins); ’01: McGrath (two wins), Carmichael (one win); ’02: Vuillemin (one win), LaRocco (one win).

250cc Wins By Rider (Top 10)1. J. McGrath – 722. Rick Johnson – 283. Bob Hannah – 274. Jeff Ward – 205. Damon Bradshaw – 196. Mark Barnett – 177. Jeff Stanton – 178. J.M. Bayle – 169. David Bailey – 1610. R. Carmichael – 15ts of fans and media alike. A good example: The Orange County Register ran a feature story on Stewart with several color photos and charts in the Friday edition that started on the front page of the paper, a place normally reserved for U.S. Presidents.While Stewart has garnered the lion’-share of the media attention this season, he has quickly become a fan favorite. Commented Stewart on the mediaattention, “I never thought people would want to read or hear what I had to say. It’s kind of cool to see my name in the paper and to watch myself onTV. I’ve been watching this sport on TV since I can remember. Now I see myself on there and it’s Kawasaki put our team through media training beforethe season and its really paying off. It’s a good thing I paid attention.”

Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s veteran 250 rider Ezra Lusk has put in a strong week of practice and testing and is looking for a breakout evening atEdison Field on Saturday, “It’s kind of like a golf tournament when they use the term ‘moving day’ to describe the point in the match when a player mustmake a run at the lead. Well, I guess I’m in that same situation. I’ve ridden well at times this season and find myself sitting within strikingdistance in fifth. I’m looking to make something happen tomorrow night.”

Stephane Roncada Quotes:”Phoenix went really good in a way… I have seen lots of improvements in my riding the last 2 races, I feel a lot more comfortable on the bike. Thetrack in Phoenix was good, except that due to the soft dirt, the whoops got really easy, but that was about it. Racing on the Phoenix track was fun!In my heat race, I got a good start. I was in third place and I made a pass on McGrath in the 180 left turn before the left triple and never looked back. I finished 2nd behind Pastrana who wasn’t too far ahead. That felt good to make it straight to the main event without going through the semis! In the main event, I got off the gate faster then anybody else, but I wheeled too much and lost time, I still made it around the first turn in the top 6. Pastrana was right in front of me and we went at it for a couple laps, until I crashed while trying to pass him… it happened after the starting line corner, going into the next 180 right turn. Pastrana was going outside, I cut back to the inside and was going for a block pass, but all ofa sudden I lost my front end and slid, it happened so fast I didn’t even have time to put my leg down! I went down hard and I almost took Travis outwhile I was sliding on the ground! By the time I got started again, I was probably around 16th place…then I had to catch up and it was a little hard to get around some of the guys out there. I was really pissed because I had the speed to be on the podium Saturday night and I blew it! I finished the race in 10th I believe.”

Anaheim Quick Facts* Last year Ernesto Fonseca won all three 125cc Western Regional races in Anaheim.* This weekend’s event marks the 25th supercross held in Anaheim.* McGrath at Anaheim: 12 250cc starts, eight wins; two 125cc wins* From 1976-1979 Anaheim was the final round of the season.* From 1991-1996 McGrath was number one the podium in Anaheim, twice on a 125cc and four times on a 250cc.* James Stewart became the youngest rider in supercross history to win a main event.* Recent winners: ’99: Lusk (two wins); ’00 McGrath (two wins); ’01: McGrath (two wins), Carmichael (one win); ’02: Vuillemin (one win), LaRocco (one win).

250cc Wins By Rider (Top 10)1. J. McGrath – 722. Rick Johnson – 283. Bob Hannah – 274. Jeff Ward – 205. Damon Bradshaw – 196. Mark Barnett – 177. Jeff Stanton – 178. J.M. Bayle – 169. David Bailey – 1610. R. Carmichael – 15