EA Sports SX Notes for Atlanta

EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick Mid-Week Notes Package: Round 8, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Knotted at Three: Seven rounds into the 2002 season of EA SPORTS Supercross, reigning champion Ricky Carmichael and season points leader David Vuillemin each share three wins. Carmichael posted wins at Phoenix, Anaheim Round 5, and Minneapolis, while Vuillemin won the main events at Anaheim, Round 1, San Diego, and Indianapolis. Jokingly, Carmichael said at the Minneapolis post-race press conference: “I don’t really like seeing David (Vuillemin) up here.” Although Vuillemin finished third at Minneapolis, he still has a 23-point lead over Carmichael heading into Atlanta. Carmichael has 18 250cc wins; Vuillemin has seven.

Right Place?: Ernesto Fonseca is either in the right place or the wrong place. In his rookie year of 250cc competition, the Costa Rica native has made podium appearances twice, Anaheim, Round 1 and Minneapolis. At the opening round in Anaheim, Fonseca was beneficiary of the Carmichael/LaRocco crash, as he finished third. In Minneapolis, he stayed at the front of the pack, capitalizing on the McGrath mistake and finished second. It’s about time. ‘Ernie’ has had a rough first year, injuring his arm in a practice session that put him on the sidelines for one race, crashing hard at Phoenix, and a DNF at Indianapolis.

Reed’s Real: An injured groin didn’t hinder Team Boost Yamaha’s Chad Reed from winning his second career 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross win. On Monday of last week, Reed, who hails from Australia, went riding and injured his groin and had second thoughts of competing at Minneapolis. “Tonight, I just wanted a good start,” said Reed. “Coming into this weekend, I was not even 100% for sure I was going to race because of my groin injury. I flew here on Friday, and I was still debating competing this weekend, but I pulled through,” said Reed. Earlier this season while competing in the 250cc class in preparation for his 125cc debut, Reed, who was in the top 10 in points, injured his shoulder in a Monday practice session, forcing him to withdraw from the series. “I think I am going to ban myself from riding on Monday,” said Reed on the podium at Minneapolis.

Bruised Byrne: Subsequent to a nasty crash at Indianapolis, Honda-backed Michael Byrne remained in the hospital for three day with a broken ankle, broken collarbone, and partially collapsed lung. According to Honda officials, Byrne will return to racing at Daytona.

Unlucky 11s: Team Bud Light Yamaha’s Jeremy McGrath, the all-time winningest supercross rider, led 20 laps in 250cc competition this season; however, he has been unable to win a main event, with his best finish being sixth. It appears that McGrath and lap 11 of the main events haven’t been able to get along. For two-consecutive weekends, McGrath, while leading the race, has given up the lead due to mid-race bobbles.

The Good Ol’ Days: Fresh out of retirement, Team Moto XXX/DGY’s Larry Ward, whose last supercross season was in 2000, has finished fourth and fifth at the opening two rounds of 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross. While watching the 250cc main event last weekend, Ward Said to his mechanic Doug Stone, “I can’t believe I won three of these,” referring to his two wins in Seattle and the other in Tampa. Ward went on to say that the talent pool in this year’s 250cc class is amazing.

Quote Of The Week: “I think Lusk thought it was my birthday today,” said David Vuillemin, referring to Lusk’s last lap crash, while in third place.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Team Sobe Suzuki’s Travis Pastrana and Kevin Windham couldn’t verbally agree on who would try ‘tripling’ the middle portion of the rhythm section during Friday’s practice. The two factory superstars left it in the hands of a game of rock paper, scissors. Windham lost and ended up casing the 60-foot leap. Several other riders’ first attempt on at the obstacle produced the same results; however, Pastra, who is known for his jumping skills, landed the leap smoothly.

LaRacco’s Out: Mike LaRocco, who was second in the 250cc season points standings coming into Minneapolis tangled with Travis Pastrana, resulting in a acute dislocation of the lunate (which is in the wrist). LaRocco also suffered possible tendon and ligament damage and is expected to have surgery in few days. Reports state that he will be out for eight to 10 weeks.

Rider Quotes From Minneapolis:

Team Yamaha’s David Vuillemin: “I got a terrible start. It was very difficult the first few laps because everybody was following each other. I stayed maybe five laps behind Windham and when I passed him I got a good rhythm I just started to catch everybody else. The start is the thing in this championship, there are so many good guys. Hopefully I can get some good starts and just ride like I can. I feel pretty strong. I saw Mike LaRocco and Travis Pastrana on the ground, I didn’t see what happened. It seems like in the first few laps everyone is riding really aggressive. It was like that at San Diego. You have to stay on two wheels the first few laps.”

Vuillemin On Racing With Stephane Roncada: “I have been racing against Stephane since I was eight. I know him. It seems like this year he is very aggressive with everybody. I was behind him and was faster and I was looking for a spot to pass him. I passed really smooth. I don’t want to ride dirty.”

Team Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca: “Every time I get to the line I think I am racing the best guys there are in the whole world and it’s hard for me to believe that. I think I need to get better and do this more every time. I’m just happy my bike is working great and I got a good start. That’s what it takes. You have to get a good start because everyone is riding the same pace. It seems like Ricky (Carmichael) and David (Vuillemin) are a little bit faster than everyone. To win, it will take a holeshot and ride your own race and try to pull away.”

Team Honda’s Ricky Carmichael: “My starts weren’t up to par tonight and that’s is pretty important at this stage in the series as good as everyone is riding. I need to get out front and do it as fast as I can. I did have to work for it tonight. There is no better win than to come from mid pack. That is truly gratifying. What happened last weekend is I am already on the bubble. They are waiting for me to do something wrong. Any little bad thing I do they are going to zap me for it. From their standpoint they thought I was a dirty rider. I think everyone should take a strong look at the second Anaheim and with two corners to go what happened to Nathan Ramsey. But, I am over that. It will blow over, just like anything. As long as they are making noise that’s all that I care about. If they are booing me or cheering me I don’t care. If they are paying attention that’s all I want. I think I need to get a little bit faster to win this title. I know what it takes. I respect David (Vuillemin) a lot. I have a lot of trust in him racing the way he does. I think we have both matured a lot from two years ago. It’s nice to race with somebody like that.”

250cc Georgia Dome Winners

’01: Ricky Carmichael

’00: Jeremy McGrath

’99: Jeremy McGrath

’98: Jeremy McGrath

’97: Damon Huffman

’96: Jeremy McGrath

’95: Mike LaRocco

’94: Jeremy McGrath

’93: Damon Bradshaw

’92:Damon Bradshaw

’91: Damon Bradshaw

’90: Jeff Ward

’89: Jeff Stanton

’86: Ricky Johnson

’85: Mark Barnett

’84: Johnny O’Mara

’83: Mark Barnett

’82: Bob Hannah

’81: Mark Barnett

’80: Chuck Sun

’79: Bob Hannah

’78: Marty Tripes

’77: Bob Hannah

125cc Georgia Dome Winners

’01: Nathan Ramsey

’00: Stephane Roncada

’99: Ernesto Fonseca

’98: Ricky Carmichael

’97: Ricky Carmichael

’96: John Dowd

’95: Mickael Pichon

’94: Ezra Lusk

’93: Doug Henry

’92: Brian Swink

’91: Brian Swink

’90: Denny Stephenson

’89: Damon Bradshaw

’86: Keith Turpin

’85: Eddie Warren

Atlanta Quick Facts

* Ricky Carmichael and Damon Bradshaw are the only two riders to win 125cc and 250cc main events in Atlanta.

* Five 125cc main event winners at the Georgia Dome (Nathan Ramsey, Stephane Roncada, Ernesto Fonseca, Ricky Carmichael, and Ezra Lusk) are competing in the 250cc class this weekend. John Dowd is the only winner still competing in the 125cc class.

* McGrath has five career 250cc wins at the Georgia Dome, more wins than any other rider in history at this venue.

* Bob Hannah won the first 250cc supercross event held in Atlanta on 3/5/77. The event was Hannah’s first 250cc supercross. He went on to win the title that year as well.

* 1st time winners, 77-Hannah; 80 – Sun; 89 – Stanton; 97 – Huffman;

* This will be McGrath’s 102nd-consecutive start. He has only missed 1 round since 1993 when he sat out Vegas in 1995. He has started a total of 152 250cc starts.

* Vuillemin is still the only rider to be on podium for all seven rounds: Vuillemin – 7, Carmichael – 4, LaRocco – 3

* LaRocco had a great streak going; Last week it was his 184th start of his career in 250SX and 74 consecutive. He had only missed one round since 1996. But the injury takes him out. LaRocco had only missed 22 250SX since 1990.

* The first rider to win four 250cc main events has gone on to win the title 19 times since 1974 or since 1990, 10 times including 9 consecutive years: 9-3-01, wins. Carmichael and Vuillemin each have three wins.

* Riders to win Atlanta on 2 brands: Hannah – Yamaha, Honda; Barnett – Suzuki, Kawasaki; McGrath – Honda, Yamaha: If Carmichael wins this weekend on a Honda, he will be added to this list.

* Larry Ward started his second 250 Race here in 1989.

125cc Western Regional Supercross Laps Led After Five Rounds

28: James Stewart, Kawasaki

12: David Pingree, KTM

9: Chris Gosselaar, Honda

6: Casey Lytle, Yamaha

2: Rodrig Thain, Yamaha

1: Casey Johnson, Honda

21: Brock Sellards, KTM

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Laps Led After One Round

18: Chad Reed, Yamaha

10: Mike Brown, Kawasaki

2: Kelly Smith, Yamaha

250cc Laps Led After Five Rounds

45: Ricky Carmichael

40: David Vuillemin, Yamaha

18: Travis Pastrana, Suzuki

20: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha

6: Mike LaRocco, Honda

5: Kevin Windham, Suzuki

4: Sebastien Tortelli, Honda

1: Ernesto Fonseca, Honda

1: Michael Byrne, Honda

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Event Standings

1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha

2. Grant Langston, South Africa, KTM

3. Steve Boniface, France, KTM

4. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki

5. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha

6. Kelly Smith Ludington, Mich., Yamaha

7. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha

8. Josh Woods, Flint, Mich., Suzuki

9. Robbie Horton, Martinez, Ga., Honda

10. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Points Standings

1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha, 50 pts

2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 40 pts

3. Steve Boniface, France, KTM, 34 pts

4. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha, 34 pts

5. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 31 pts

6. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha, 26 pts

7. Grant Langston, South Africa, KTM, 22 pts

8. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 22 pts

9. Robbie Horton, Martinez, Ga., Honda, 21

10. John Dowd, Chicopee, Mass., KTM, 20 pts

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Event Standings

1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda

2. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda

3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha

4. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki

5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki

6. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha

7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Suzuki

8. Sebastien Tortelli, France, Honda

9. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha

10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Season Points Stan

’85: Eddie Warren

Atlanta Quick Facts

* Ricky Carmichael and Damon Bradshaw are the only two riders to win 125cc and 250cc main events in Atlanta.

* Five 125cc main event winners at the Georgia Dome (Nathan Ramsey, Stephane Roncada, Ernesto Fonseca, Ricky Carmichael, and Ezra Lusk) are competing in the 250cc class this weekend. John Dowd is the only winner still competing in the 125cc class.

* McGrath has five career 250cc wins at the Georgia Dome, more wins than any other rider in history at this venue.

* Bob Hannah won the first 250cc supercross event held in Atlanta on 3/5/77. The event was Hannah’s first 250cc supercross. He went on to win the title that year as well.

* 1st time winners, 77-Hannah; 80 – Sun; 89 – Stanton; 97 – Huffman;

* This will be McGrath’s 102nd-consecutive start. He has only missed 1 round since 1993 when he sat out Vegas in 1995. He has started a total of 152 250cc starts.

* Vuillemin is still the only rider to be on podium for all seven rounds: Vuillemin – 7, Carmichael – 4, LaRocco – 3

* LaRocco had a great streak going; Last week it was his 184th start of his career in 250SX and 74 consecutive. He had only missed one round since 1996. But the injury takes him out. LaRocco had only missed 22 250SX since 1990.

* The first rider to win four 250cc main events has gone on to win the title 19 times since 1974 or since 1990, 10 times including 9 consecutive years: 9-3-01, wins. Carmichael and Vuillemin each have three wins.

* Riders to win Atlanta on 2 brands: Hannah – Yamaha, Honda; Barnett – Suzuki, Kawasaki; McGrath – Honda, Yamaha: If Carmichael wins this weekend on a Honda, he will be added to this list.

* Larry Ward started his second 250 Race here in 1989.

125cc Western Regional Supercross Laps Led After Five Rounds

28: James Stewart, Kawasaki

12: David Pingree, KTM

9: Chris Gosselaar, Honda

6: Casey Lytle, Yamaha

2: Rodrig Thain, Yamaha

1: Casey Johnson, Honda

21: Brock Sellards, KTM

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Laps Led After One Round

18: Chad Reed, Yamaha

10: Mike Brown, Kawasaki

2: Kelly Smith, Yamaha

250cc Laps Led After Five Rounds

45: Ricky Carmichael

40: David Vuillemin, Yamaha

18: Travis Pastrana, Suzuki

20: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha

6: Mike LaRocco, Honda

5: Kevin Windham, Suzuki

4: Sebastien Tortelli, Honda

1: Ernesto Fonseca, Honda

1: Michael Byrne, Honda

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Event Standings

1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha

2. Grant Langston, South Africa, KTM

3. Steve Boniface, France, KTM

4. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki

5. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha

6. Kelly Smith Ludington, Mich., Yamaha

7. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha

8. Josh Woods, Flint, Mich., Suzuki

9. Robbie Horton, Martinez, Ga., Honda

10. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Points Standings

1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha, 50 pts

2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 40 pts

3. Steve Boniface, France, KTM, 34 pts

4. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha, 34 pts

5. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 31 pts

6. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha, 26 pts

7. Grant Langston, South Africa, KTM, 22 pts

8. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 22 pts

9. Robbie Horton, Martinez, Ga., Honda, 21

10. John Dowd, Chicopee, Mass., KTM, 20 pts

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Event Standings

1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda

2. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda

3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha

4. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki

5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki

6. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha

7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Suzuki

8. Sebastien Tortelli, France, Honda

9. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha

10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Season Points Standings

1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 157 pts

2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 134 pts

3. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 120, pts

4. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 101 pts

5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki, 99 pts

6. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md., Suzuki, 95 pts

7. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha, 90 pts

8. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Honda, 87 pts

9. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda, 71 pts

10. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Suzuki, 68 pts

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Adult Pro Privateer Challenge Awards

Nick Wey, 67 pts

Heath Voss, 64 pts

Jean Sebastian-Roy, 44 pts

Kyle Lewis, 39 pts

Keith Johnson, 20 pts

Privateer Bonus Awards Presented by Clear Channel Entertainment

Kyle Lewis: $7,167

Heath Voss: $7,167

Nick Wey: $7,167

Michael Craig: $2,666

Jean Sebastian-Roy: $6,333

Ryan Terlecki: $833

Ted Campbell: $833

Ryan Clark: $1,666

James Polvolny Jr.: $1,666

Tyler Evans: $2,166

Daniel Blair: $2,166

Isaiah Johnson: $1,500

Kevin Crine: $666

Jeff Gibson: $1,500

Brian Mason: $666

Robbie Reynard: $1,500

Keith Johnson: $1,500

Jimmy Wilson: $833

125cc $1,000 PowerAde Holeshot Award

David Pingree (Anaheim, Round 1): $1,000

Rodrig Thain (San Diego): $1,000

James Stewart (Anaheim, Round 3): $1,000

Casey Lytle (Phoenix): $1,000

Brock Sellards (Anaheim, Round 5): $1,000

Kelly Smith (Indianapolis): $1,000

Chad Reed (Minneapolis: $1,000

250cc $1,500 PowerAde Holeshot Award

Michael Byrne (Anaheim, Round 1): $1,500

Kevin Windham (San Diego and Anaheim, Round 2): $3,000

Jeremy McGrath (Phoenix and Anaheim, Round 5): $3,000

Ricky Carmichael (Indianapolis): $1,500

Sebastien Tortelli (Minneapolis): $1,500 Standings

1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 157 pts

2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 134 pts

3. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 120, pts

4. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 101 pts

5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki, 99 pts

6. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md., Suzuki, 95 pts

7. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha, 90 pts

8. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Honda, 87 pts

9. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda, 71 pts

10. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Suzuki, 68 pts

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Adult Pro Privateer Challenge Awards

Nick Wey, 67 pts

Heath Voss, 64 pts

Jean Sebastian-Roy, 44 pts

Kyle Lewis, 39 pts

Keith Johnson, 20 pts

Privateer Bonus Awards Presented by Clear Channel Entertainment

Kyle Lewis: $7,167

Heath Voss: $7,167

Nick Wey: $7,167

Michael Craig: $2,666

Jean Sebastian-Roy: $6,333

Ryan Terlecki: $833

Ted Campbell: $833

Ryan Clark: $1,666

James Polvolny Jr.: $1,666

Tyler Evans: $2,166

Daniel Blair: $2,166

Isaiah Johnson: $1,500

Kevin Crine: $666

Jeff Gibson: $1,500

Brian Mason: $666

Robbie Reynard: $1,500

Keith Johnson: $1,500

Jimmy Wilson: $833

125cc $1,000 PowerAde Holeshot Award

David Pingree (Anaheim, Round 1): $1,000

Rodrig Thain (San Diego): $1,000

James Stewart (Anaheim, Round 3): $1,000

Casey Lytle (Phoenix): $1,000

Brock Sellards (Anaheim, Round 5): $1,000

Kelly Smith (Indianapolis): $1,000

Chad Reed (Minneapolis: $1,000

250cc $1,500 PowerAde Holeshot Award

Michael Byrne (Anaheim, Round 1): $1,500

Kevin Windham (San Diego and Anaheim, Round 2): $3,000

Jeremy McGrath (Phoenix and Anaheim, Round 5): $3,000

Ricky Carmichael (Indianapolis): $1,500

Sebastien Tortelli (Minneapolis): $1,500