Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks rider Tedesco wins his fifth in a row
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2004) — Kawasaki’s successful season turned into a record-breaking effort when Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks rider Ivan Tedesco won the 125 main event at the fifth round of the THQ AMA Supercross Series on Saturday night before a sold out crowd of 45,050 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Tedesco’s win was his fifth consecutive to open the season and his third overall at the popular Southern California venue, giving Kawasaki’s new KX250F a clean sweep of the 125 class at Anaheim.
Tedesco has been riding with a confidence that has been the key to victory thus far this season. After using holeshots to lead each lap of his first two victories, he has had to rely on patience and determination in his three victories, including a dramatic come-from-behind effort in this battle with teammate Stephane Roncada.
The two Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks riders put on a show that ranks among the best 125 main event battles in the sport’s 31-year history. Paired together off the start, it was Roncada who jumped to the early lead with Tedesco riding just off his rear Bridgestone tire.
The two would tire-to-tire, and at times bar-to-bar, for the first half of the race, with Roncada somehow maintaining the slightest of margins. As the two battled, they allowed Travis Preston to enter the mix joined fray near Lap 9 of the 15-lap race.
Despite several efforts by Tedesco to overtake the lead, Roncada stood strong and continued to hold down the top spot until Lap 12 when Tedesco was finally able to make a pass hold up. Roncada was not able to re-pass Tedesco, and one lap later, saw Preston get around him as well, and the rest was history.
Tedesco went on to take the checkered flag by 1.88-second margin over Preston. Roncada finished third.
“That was one of the best times I’ve ever out on the track tonight,” explained Tedesco as he exited the podium. “I cannot believe how close he (Roncada) and I were for almost the whole race. We rode really clean, maybe a little too clean which might have allowed Travis to close the gap, but I wasn’t going to take my teammate out just to get to the lead.
“This track was pretty fast and there weren’t a lot of places to pass, so you just had to patient. I felt like if I stayed close to RonRon (Roncada’s nickname) that I could eventually find a place to get around him.”
Chevy Trucks Kawasaki Team Green rider„¢ continued to impress and finished the evening in fifth place. Teammate Richie Owens made his first Supercross main event of the season and wound up finishing in 14th.
Tedesco now holds a 25 point lead over Roncada in the 125 Western Region Supercross standings, 125 to 100. Preston is third with 97. Adams moved up one position and is now seventh in the standings with 62 points.
In 250 action, Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne might have turned in his strongest showing of the season if had not been for one incident in the main event. After finishing a close second to Chad Reed in his heat race, Byrne was confident leading into the featured race.
He shot out of the gate first off the start but carried too much speed into the first turn and ended up dropping back to ninth. He had moved up into eighth before being taken out on Lap 3. He would regroup in 12th place, but had lost valuable ground on the lead pack. He made a late charge and wound up finishing in sixth place. Windham was the eventual winner.
Reed holds a 23-point lead over Windham in the 250 standings, 119 to 96. Byrne remains in fifth place with 73 points.
The THQ AMA Supercross Series will make its second visit this Saturday night to SBC Park in San Francisco before heading to Houston next weekend for the opening round of the 125 Eastern Region Supercross Series. The Houstton race will mark the 2004 debut for Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Paul Carpenter, who is expected to make a return from an injured wrist, along with Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks’ Eric Sorby.
THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Western Regional Event Results, Anaheim, Calif.
- Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
- Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
- Stephane Roncada, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki
- Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio
- Troy Adams, Brooksville, Fla., Kawasaki
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki
- Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Honda
- Eric Nye, Corning, Calif., Yamaha
- Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Honda
- Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Yamaha
THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Western Regional Season Standings
- Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 125
- Stephane Roncada, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki, 100
- Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 97
- Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 84
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 75
- Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 74
- Troy Adams, Brooksville, Fla., Kawasaki, 62
- Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha, 59
- Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 42
- Joshua Summey, Stanley, N.C., Yamaha, 37
THQ AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Anaheim, Calif.
- Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
- Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
- Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda
- Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda
- David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
- Michael Byrne, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki
- Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Yamaha
- Grant Langston, Temecula, KTM
- Erick Vallejo, Dallas, Texas, Yamaha
- Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Suzuki
THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings
- Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 119
- Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 96
- David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 92
- Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 92
- Michael Byrne, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki, 73
- Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda, 69
- Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Suzuki, 61
- Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 50
- Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Yamaha, 47
- Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 43