Carmichael Rolls on to Third Consecutive Win

Stewart Wins Fourth-in-a-Row at Edison International Field

ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 1, 2003) – Honda’s Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., edged out Yamaha’s Chad Reed by only a half a second en route to his third-consecutive THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series win. James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won his fourth-consecutive 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series race, extending his series points lead to 28 points.

Honda’s Michael Byrne, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and his teammate Mike LaRocco, of South Bend., Ind., each won their respective SXGP.com holeshot awards. The split start at this race allowed riders to choose from  two different lanes in addition to competing for 2 separate awards. Byrne led the first nine laps with Kawasaki’s Ezra Lusk and Carmichael close behind. On lap five, Carmichael made his move to second and on lap nine moved into the lead. Reed, coming up from behind, took and held on to second but was denied on his last-ditch effort for the lead. Carmichael passes Ricky Johnson for second place on the all-time 250cc win list with 29.

“I made a mistake out there and he (Reed), caught up to me,” said Carmichael. “I knew I had it in me to do what I needed to do. I put the wood down tonight.”

Stewart, who rides for Kawasaki, passed SXGP.com holeshot winners Tiger Lacey and Eric Sorby on lap one. Kawasaki’s Sorby held down second with reigning 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series champion Travis Preston, of Hesperia, Calif., in third. The win for Stewart marked his second-ever at Edison International Field.

“How could you go slow out there tonight with all of these fans rooting for you,” said Stewart. “I dedicate this win to the families of the astronauts of the Space Shuttle Columbia.”

125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series Results from Anaheim 3

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
  2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
  3. Erick Sorby, France, Kawasaki
  4. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki
  5. David Pingree, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki
  6. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki
  7. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM
  8. Josh Hanson, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha
  9. Tiger Lacey, Wolf Creek, Ore., Yamaha
  10. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki

125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Season Standings

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 122
  2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 94
  3. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 77
  4. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 74
  5. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 74
  6. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 65
  7. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 61
  8. Eric Sorby, France, Kawasaki, 59
  9. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 50
  10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha 49

250cc AMA Supercross Series Event Results from Anaheim 3

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  4. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  5. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki
  6. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki
  7. Brock Sellards, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Yamaha
  8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha
  9. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda
  10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 115
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 106
  3. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 87
  4. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 87
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 79
  6. bastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 63
  7. Mike LaRocco, South bend, Ind., Honda 60
  8. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 57
  9. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki, 57
  10. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda, 43

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings, After Anaheim 3

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 159
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 147
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 135
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
  5. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 118
  6. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 78
  7. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76
  8. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha 75
  9. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 70
  10. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 64

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Eric Yorba, Chula Vista, Calif., KTM
  2. Garrett Jackson, Ramona, Calif., KTM
  3. Cruz Stanisich, Petaluma, Calif., KTM
  4. Starr Savage, Ramona, Calif., KTM
  5. Cole Safford, Simi Valley, Calif., KTM
  6. Ryan Matter, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., KTM
  7. Gavin Chinn, Portsmouth, Ohio, KTM
  8. Cody Jones, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  9. Tristan Post, Riverside, Calif., KTM
  10. Jordan Gasparian, Temecula, Calif., KTM
  11. Eddason Andrus, Los Angeles, KTM
  12. Alex Swainston, Wendell, Idaho, KTM
  13. Ryan Vitelli, Cypress, Calif., KTM
  14. Jared Holley, Charsworth, Calif., KTM
  15. Leah Keeling, Mesa, Ariz., KTM

The competition heads south to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium 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. 

or 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.