Carmichael Holds Onto 14-Point Lead Over Reed
AURORA (February 21, 2003) – THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series returns to the Georgia Dome this weekend with local standouts Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., and Ezra Lusk, of Bainbridge, Ga.
Carmichael, who won his 30th 250cc supercross race last weekend at the Minneapolis Metrodome, has a 14-point lead over Chad Reed in series points. In last week’s showdown, Reed, the winner of three THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross events this season, passed Carmichael’s Honda for the lead before he crashed and finished sixth.
“The lap before (Reed) wrecked, in that turn going into the whoops, he came into that turn so fast he went into the whoops at an angle,” said Carmichael. “I was like, go ahead dude, I don’t have anything for that. I was just going to try to get through lap 10. That was my main focus. I knew it was going to be tough for him to go from lap 10 at that pace. I saw him out there riding as fast as he was, it seemed like all night he was kind of over the edge. I knew it was going to be a long night for him. The track got a lot dryer in the turns and he lost it there. My whole thing is I try and race the track and no one else. Chad is a good rider but that is not my main concern. My main concern is the track. The races that I didn’t win are the races that I fell on. That is the thing that beat me.”
Lusk, who won the Phoenix main event earlier this season, finished second behind Carmichael last weekend. The Kawasaki rider is competing in his 12th season of racing and currently sits fourth in points in the AMA Supercross Series Standings.
“A holeshot definitely makes life a lot easier,” said Lusk on last week’s race. “I had a good weekend. I was kind of off all weekend. I just wasn’t on the pace. Luckily I got the holeshot. I was able to ride with Chad and Ricky for a while. Chad was going pretty hard there at the beginning. Ricky just rode a smart race. I really didn’t have the speed so I was trying to put some laps together and make the podium tonight, hopefully something to build on for Atlanta and the rest of the season.”
The second round of 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series competition will feature series points leader Brandon Jesseman, of Team Suzuki. Jesseman, who has two 125cc supercross wins to his name, will be challenged by Honda’s Michael Byrne and Yamaha’s Brock Sellards.For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at email@example.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series 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 raciing 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.