Carmichael Dominates in Front of 63,749 at Georgia Dome

Carmichael Dominates in Front of 63,749 at Georgia Dome

Sellards Wins First 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Race in 2003

ATLANTA (February 22, 2003) – Two-time defending supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., won his fifth 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race of the season at the Georgia Dome in front of 63,749 fans. Brock Sellards, of Sherrodsville, Ohio, won his first 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race of the season and moved into the points lead.

Honda¿s Larry Ward, who qualified to the 250cc main event by winning the last chance qualifier, won the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot in front of Yamaha¿s Heath Voss and Honda¿s Ernesto Fonseca. Carmichael started in fourth place and passed Ward for the lead on lap 3.

Local standout Ezra Lusk, who is from Bainbridge, Ga., crashed early and was back as far as last place. Yamaha¿s David Vuillemin and Chad Reed battled for second place before Reed made his move. Reed held on for second and Vuillemin third.

¿I had the fastest heat race time tonight and felt like I was a level ahead tonight,¿ said Carmichael. ¿I made a mistake in the whoops, then fixed it and was able to pull away. I have made some mistakes this year and hit the ground, so I am doing my best to ride mistake free.¿

Kelly Smith, of Ludington, Mich., rode his Yamaha to his second $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot of the season before getting passed by Sellards. Mike Brown, of Piney Flats, Tenn., worked his way into second place after a 10th-place start on lap 5. Last weekend¿s winner Brandon Jesseman, of Fombell, Pa., moved within a bike¿s length on the last lap but couldn¿t make the pass. Brown finished second and Jesseman third.

¿We are out for a championship,¿ said Sellards. ¿This is the first year in a long time that I have been healthy, so I should be able to put together a championship season.¿

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha
  2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki
  3. Brandon Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki
  4. Erick Vallejo, Mexico, NL, Yamaha
  5. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  6. Mattieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki
  7. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM
  8. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
  9. Troy Adams, Brooksville, Fla., Yamaha
  10. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 47
  2. Brandon Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki, 45
  3. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 40
  4. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 36
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 29
  6. Erick Vallejo, Mexico, NL, Yamaha, 26
  7. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 25
  8. Mattieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki, 22
  9. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda, 21
  10. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Suzuki, 18

125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Season Standings

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 147
  2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 116
  3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 92
  4. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 91
  5. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 90
  6. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 81
  7. Eric Sorby, France, Kawasaki, 72
  8. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 65
  9. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 65
  10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha, 61

250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Event Relts

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  4. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  6. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Suzuki
  7. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
  8. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda
  9. Andrew Short, Colorado, Colo., Suzuki
  10. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 185
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 168
  3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 147
  4. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 130
  5. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 122
  6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 83
  7. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., 77
  8. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 75
  9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 75
  10. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 73

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 229
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 213
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 200
  4. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 136
  5. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 125
  6. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 121
  7. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
  8. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 110
  9. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 109
  10. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Justin Summers, Milton, Fla., KTM
  2. Taylor Perry, Lovely, Ken., KTM
  3. Max Tannenbaum, Lilburn, Ga., KTM
  4. Austin Diperna, Lutz, Fla., KTM
  5. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., KTM
  6. Camron Byrd, Weogufka, Ala., KTM
  7. Mikey Norris, Phenix, Ariz., KTM
  8. Payden King, Bluff, Tenn., KTM
  9. Sterling Chandler, Florence, Ala., KTM
  10. Austen Barr, Abingdon, Va., KTM
  11. Laurel Smith, Appling, Ga., KTM
  12. Cody Griffin, Mt. Holly, N.C., KTM
  13. Gilberto Lopez Jr., Stone Mountain, Ga., KTM
  14. Zach Griffith, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., KTM
  15. Payton Phillips, Mongomnery, Ala., KTM

The competition heads to Indianapolis¿ RCA Dome next weekend.

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross are also available at www.ticketmaster.com, www.sxgp.com, 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. 

 

rcross 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.