Mike LaRocco Minneapolis SX results/Atlanta preview

ATLANTA, (Feb. 23, 2004) — After beating 2004 THQ/AMA Supercross Series points leader Chad Reed in a heat race, Amsoil/Chaparral/Honda/Factory Connection’s Mike “The Rock LaRocco overcame a first lap crash and charged back to sixth place from the back of the pack in Saturday’s action in Minneapolis. This marked the first time in the last four races LaRocco has been off the podium.

Still, every time LaRocco throws a leg over his Honda CR 250R, his legend continues as he closes in on his 200th career supercross race — an unprecedented feat in the sport of supercross.

“I made a mistake on the first lap and went down, said LaRocco on Saturday’s race. “But I’m actually pleased with my performance. It’s always much more difficult to race back through the pack than it is to get out early and run up front. So with all the talent out there racing, to come back from last to sixth was rewarding.”

LaRocco, who will race this weekend at the Georgia Dome, is currently in fourth place in the overall 250 class standings – trailing David Vuillemin by five points for the final overall podium position at the halfway point of the 2004 season. LaRocco has had four podium finishes in the first eight races. His sixth place finish this past Saturday was the lowest he’s placed all year, including two fourths and a fifth to round out the eight races.

“Last year I didn’t have that great of a race at Atlanta (8th), so I’m definitely looking forward to improving on that, said LaRocco.

The following weekend LaRocco and the Amsoil/Chaparral/Honda/Factory Connection Factory team will run down to Daytona for Round Ten of the 2004 THQ/AMA Supercross Series.