Carmichael Nails Down Third Wins at Metrodome

Jesseman Open 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Competition With Win

MINNEAPOLIS (February 15, 2003) – Two-time defending supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., captured his third consecutive victory at the Metrodome in 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series competition. Suzuki’s Brandon Jesseman recorded his second-career 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series victory at the opening round of competition in front of nearly 50,000 fans.

Kawasaki’s Ezra Lusk, who won the $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot award, led the first four laps before Yamaha’s Chad Reed moved into the lead. Carmichael, who has three wins on the season prior to tonight, moved into second. One lap later Reed went down before entering the whoops. Carmichael moved into the lead and rode to his 84th-career AMA victory. Lusk, of Bainbridge, Ga., was second and Ferry, of Dade City, Fla., third.

“Chad (Reed) went by me pretty fast and I thought to myself that if he was going that fast and keeping his bike on two wheels, then he deserves to win,” said Carmichael. “I knew he was coming up on me so I anticipated the pass; otherwise he would have taken us both out. The veterans are on the podium tonight.”

Jesseman, of Fombell, Penn., moved into the lead on lap one after passing $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot winner Kelly Smith. Broc Sellards, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, followed closely in second while Kawasaki’s Mike Brown and Honda’s Michael Byrne recovered from a first turn hold up that included a host of downed riders.

As Jesseman pulled away from the pack Byrne and Brown worked their way through, finishing third and fourth, respectively, and Sellards was second.

“I have some pretty high goals for myself and that is huge motivation for me to win,” said Jesseman. “I felt great out there tonight.”

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Brandon Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki
  2. Brock Sellards, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Yamaha
  3. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  4. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
  6. Ivan Tedesco, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Tiger Lacey, Wolf Creek, Ore., Yamaha
  8. Brett Metcalf, Australia, Ohio, KTM
  9. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Suzuki
  10. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Brandon Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki, 25
  2. Brock Sellards, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Yamaha, 22
  3. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 20
  4. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 18
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 16
  6. Ivan Tedesco, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha, 15
  7. Tiger Lacey, Wolf Creek, Ore., Yamaha, 13
  8. Brett Metcalf, Australia, Ohio, KTM, 12
  9. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Suzuki, 11
  10. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 10

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 Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  2. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  4. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  5. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
  6. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Damon Huffman, Canyon County, Calif., Honda
  8. Keith Johnson, Albbuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
  9. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Honda
  10. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 160
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 146
  3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 127
  4. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 120
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 114
  6. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 75
  7. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki, 70
  8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 68
  9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 66
  10. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 63

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 204
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 191
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 180
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
  5. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 118
  6. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 111
  7. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 106
  8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 98
  9. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 98
  10. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Michael Oldenburg, Brownville, Minn., KTM
  2. Kyle Pollak, Johnstown, N.Y., KTM
  3. Matthew Blum, Bellefontaine, Ohio, KTM
  4. Scott Carpenter, Lenox, Mass., KTM
  5. Austin Anderson, South Sioux, S.D., KTM
  6. Joe Looney, West Memphis, Ark., KTM
  7. Tyler Lathe, Hammond, Wis., KTM
  8. Ezra Brodersen, South Sioux, Neb., KTM
  9. Dillon Erickson, Argyle, Minn., KTM
  10. Dylan Schultz, St. Michael, Minn., KTM
  11. Daniel Bromley, Warrington, Penn., KTM
  12. Jack Slagel, Ridgeland, Wis., KTM
  13. Dane Rosenwinkle, Carver, Minn., KTM
  14. Mike Leonard Jr., Raymond, Iowa, KTM
  15. Tiffani Dings, Des Moines, Iowa, KTM

The competition heads to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome next weekend.