Carmichael Wins Inaugural Supercross at Pacific Bell Park

Stewart Wins Second in a Row

SAN FRANCISCO (January 25, 2003) – Ricky Carmichael, the defending 250cc champion, won the first THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race at Pacific Bell Park in front of 40,033 fans. Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Havana, Fla., won his second-consecutive 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series main event, extending his points lead to 25 points.

“I have been raised to ride hard and that is what I did tonight,” said Carmichael. “That is the only way I know how to ride.”

Paul Carpenter won the SXGP.com holeshot award. Honda’s Carmichael moved into the lead on lap six when he passed Suzuki’s Stephan Roncada. Series front-runners Chad Reed and Ezra Lusk both had lack luster starts and were forced to move through the field as Carmichael extended his lead. Reed earned second and David Vuillemin was third.

Stewart, 17, trailed SXGP.com holeshot winner Eric Sorby into turn one before making his move into the lead. Defending champion Travis Preston charged into second before crashing on the finish-line jump. Matt Walker, of McRae, Ga., finished second and earned his first podium of the season. Honda’s Chris Gosselaar also earned his first podium of the year with a third-place finish. Stewart recorded his seventh 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross victory, marking the first time in he has won two supercross races in a row.

David Vuillemin, who had the fastest lap time in practice, won his heat race, passing Ezra Lusk and Chad Reed in late stages of the eight-lap main.

Series points leader Ricky Carmichael, the two-time defending supercross champion, dominated his heat race from the first lap, where he established a three second lead that continued to swell.

.125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series Results

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
  2. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki
  3. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda
  4. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki
  5. Josh Woods, Flint, Mich., KTM
  6. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM
  7. Steve Mertens, Sonoma, Calif., Yamaha
  8. Erick Sorby, France, Kawasaki
  9. David Pingree, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki
  10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha

125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Season Standings

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 97
  2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 72
  3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 72
  4. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 65
  5. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 61
  6. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 56
  7. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 50
  8. Eric Sorby, France, Kawasaki, 38
  9. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha 36
  10. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 27

250cc AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  4. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  5. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda
  6. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki
  7. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  8. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki
  9. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM
  10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 90
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 84
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 74
  4. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 71
  5. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 67
  6. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 57
  7. Mike LaRocco, South nd, Ind., Honda 56
  8. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki, 42
  9. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 39
  10. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 33  

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

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 134
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 125
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 121
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 106
  5. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 105
  6. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76
  7. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 70
  8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 64
  9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 58
  10. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha 57

KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge

  1. Troy Graffunder, Sacramento, Calif., KTM
  2. Tyler Webb, Longview, Wash., KTM
  3. Jason Doane, Longview, Wash., KTM
  4. Jonah, Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM
  5. Gunner Sigler, Vacaville, Calif., KTM
  6. Hunter Falk, Costa Mesa, Calif., KTM
  7. Mark Branden, Castro Valley, Calif., KTM
  8. Zach Martinez, Blairsden, Calif., KTM
  9. Max Grogan-Crane, Belmont, Calif., KTM
  10. Tyler Soares, Gilroy, Calif., KTM
  11. Gunner Biersdoff, San Jose, Calif., KTM
  12. Nick Meyer, Greenview, Calif., KTM
  13. Travis Ralph, Terrebonne, Calif., KTM
  14. Cody Dillow, Lawrenceburg, Ky., KTM
  15. Garrett Davlantis, Byron, Calif., KTM

Competition returns to Anaheim’s Edison International Field 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 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. 

lona, 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.