Carmichael Collects First THQ Supercross Victory

Stewart Wins First Career Supercross in Anaheim, Second on the Year

ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 18, 2003) – Honda’s Ricky Carmichael, the two-time defending supercross champion, won his first 250cc THQ Supercross of the year at Edison International Field in front of 44,732 fans. Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., logged his first 125cc Western Regional Supercross win.

Carmichael passed Sebastien Tortelli, who won the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot award, in the second turn of the 250cc main. Last week’s winner, Ezra Lusk, was third out of the gate. Yamaha’s Chad Reed, who shared the series points lead with Carmichael coming into tonight, started in eighth and slipped back to 17th after a crash.

Lusk, of Bainbridge, Ga., followed Tortelli for 17 laps before moving into second. Before Lusk went down in the whoops, Honda’s Mike LaRocco passed him for second. Carmichael won and took over the points lead. LaRocco was second and Tortelli third.

“I had two bad races and made some mistakes,” said Carmichael. “Now I am back to where I was. It’s funny how you can have some bad races and everyone thinks you should retire. I worked hard all week to get this win.”

Team Red Bull/KTM’s Billy Laninovich earned the $1,000 SXGP holeshot award but Stewart, who came in to tonight’s event tied for first place with Team Honda’s Travis Preston, quickly passed him for the lead. Preston, who missed Friday’s practice due to illness, started mid-pack and struggled to get to the front.

Stewart led by more than 25 seconds with four laps remaining and lapped the entire field up to fifth place before taking the checkered flag.

“I said to myself before the start that I needed to get to the first turn early,” said Stewart. “I had 15 solid laps … I wanted this win bad.”

Team Solitaire’s Ryan Clark leads in the Nissan Frontier privateer bonus award. Nissan will award the top-finishing privateer a brand new Frontier at the end of the season.

125cc Western Regional Supercross Results, Anaheim 2

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
  2. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki
  3. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM
  4. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda
  5. Josh Woods, Flint, Mich., KTM
  6. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
  7. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki
  8. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki
  9. Erick Sorby, France, Kawasaki
  10. Tiger Lacey, Wolf Creek, Ore., Yamaha

125cc Western Regional Supercross Season Standings, After Anaheim 2

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 72
  2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 62
  3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 54
  4. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 50
  5. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 46
  6. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 45
  7. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 34
  8. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 27
  9. Kevin Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 27
  10. Craig Anderson, Australia, Yamaha, 27

250cc THQ Supercross Event Results, Anaheim 2

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  2. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda
  3. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki
  4. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  6. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  8. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
  10. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki

250cc THQ Supercross Series Season Standings, After Anaheim 2 <>

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 65
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 62
  3. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 58
  4. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 56
  5. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 51
  6. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 47
  7. Mike LaRocco, South bend, Ind., Honda 40
  8. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda, 30
  9. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki, 29
  10. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 26

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings, After Anaheim 2

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 109
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 103
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 101
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 92
  5. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 87
  6. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 60
  7. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 59
  8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 51
  9. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha 47
  10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 43

KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge

  1. Jesse Nelson, Templeton, Calif., KTM
  2. Cody Baker, Temecula, Calif., KTM
  3. Brady Kiesel, Temecula, Calif., KTM
  4. Collin Farrar, Fillmore, Calif., KTM
  5. Tyler Gorski, Elizabeth, Colo., KTM
  6. Grant Hellerud, Show Low, Ariz., KTM
  7. Trenton Frank, Yorba Linda, Calif., KTM
  8. Chase Slayton, Bothell, Wash., KTM
  9. Caiden Mata, Fontana, Calif., KTM
  10. David Adams, San Clemente, Calif., KTM
  11. Bryan Burch, Westminster, Calif., KTM
  12. TJ Henry, Victorville, Calif., KTM
  13. Kenny Turner, Thunder Bay, Ontario, KTM
  14. Jake Ames, Avondale, Ariz., KTM
  15. Michael Garland, Wildomar, Calif., KTM

Competition heads north to for the first ever supercross at San Francisco’s Pac Bell Park next weekend, January 25.

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP are also available at www.ticketmaster.com, www.sxgp.com, and www.tickets.com (San Francisco only), and www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only).


About THQ World Supercross GP and AMA Supercross Series

THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2002-2003, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major markets throughout the United States as a part of the AMA Supercross Series. The other AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation, and is not a part of the THQ World Supercross GP. An AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned for the series of events conducted in the United States only. 

THQ World Supercross GP is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 85 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events.  Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo.  In addition to its involvement with THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.

 level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 85 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events.  Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo.  In addition to its involvement with THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.