Reed Stops Carmichael Again, Winning Third Straight

Jesseman Wins Championship, Tedesco Earns First 125cc Supercross Victory

PONTIAC, Mich. (April 5, 2003) – Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., won his third consecutive THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race of the season at the Pontiac Silverdome. Suzuki’s Branden Jesseman, of Fombell, Pa., captured the 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series championship, as Team Yamaha’s Ivan Tedesco, of Albuquerque, N.M., won his first 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race.

Suzuki’s Sean Hamblin earned the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot award in the 250cc action, but was quickly passed by Reed for the lead. Carmichael started in seventh place and moved into second place by lap five.

Carmichael was 4.8 seconds behind Reed on lap 10 but couldn’t make the pass. Carmichael finished second and Ernesto Fonseca was third. The win marked Reed’s sixth on the season.

“He (Reed) handed it to me,” said Carmichael. I had a bad start and couldn’t reel him in. I need to go back home this week and put in some more work.”

“I tried to control the race,” said Reed. “I knew where he was the whole time, and when he started to catch me, I turned it up. He (Carmichael) trains hard and that keeps me motivated. To beat Ricky Carmichael for 20 laps is the greatest feeling.”

Yamaha’s Tiger Lacey, of Wolf Creek, Ore., earned the $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot in the 125cc class with Brock Sellards, of Sherrodsville, Ohio, and Tedesco in tow. One turn later, they passed Lacey and led the field for the next eight laps when Tedesco moved into the lead. Series points leader Branden Jesseman, who needed to finish eighth of better to win the championship, started in the back of the pack.

On lap five Jesseman went down, dropping to 16th place. While riding in second place, Sellards went down in the whoops and collected Brown in the crash as well. The crash erased all championship hopes for Brown. KTM’s Brett Metcalfe crashed on the white-flag lap while in second place. Jesseman worked his way into sixth place, securing enough points to secure the championship. Tedesco won his first 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race, with Kelly Smith in second and Brown in third.

“I have been waiting for this for a while,” said Tedesco of his fist supercross win. “I am glad to finally get this over with – it’s been too long.”

“I have been working so hard for this,” said Jesseman while holding back tears. “I was so nervous out there but it worked out in the end. I am so happy about this.”

Action heads to Dallas’ Texas Stadium next weekend.

The final round of THQ World Supercross/AMA Supercross Series in Las Vegas will air on ABC’s Wide World of Sports on Sunday, May 4, at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST/3:00-4:00 p.m. PST

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
  2. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
  3. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki
  4. Matthieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki
  5. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif.
  6. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki
  7. Joshua Summey, Stanley, N.C., Yamaha
  8. Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Yamaha
  9. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Suzuki
  10. Thomas Hoffmaster, Pearl City, Ill., Yamaha

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki, 150
  2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 143
  3. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 120
  4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 105
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, KTM, 89
  6. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 88
  7. Mattieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki, 85
  8. EricVallejo, Mexico, NL, Yamaha, 72
  9. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda, 63
  10. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 62

125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Season Standings

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 147
  2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 116
  3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 92
  4. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 91
  5. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 90
  6. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 81
  7. Eric Sorby, France, Kawasaki, 72
  8. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 65
  9. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 65
  10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha, 61

250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  3. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda
  4. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki
  5. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha
  6. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
  7. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Honda
  8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
  9. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
  10. Josh Demuth, Haslet, Texas, Yamaha

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 301
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 285
  3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 169
  4. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., 165
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 163
  6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 151
  7. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 149
  8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 139
  9. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C. Honda, 125
  10. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 115

 250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 326
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 238
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 216
  4. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 203
  5. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 195
  6. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 183
  7. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 136
  8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 124
  9. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
  10. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Cole Pritchard, #9, Burlington, Wis., KTM
  2. Kyler Gimenez, #8, Jonesville, Mich., KTM
  3. Brendon Hortemiller, #6, Falmouth, Mich., KTM
  4. Brodey Gould, #10, Twin Lake, Mich., KTM
  5. Tyler Reamer, #4, Dryden, Mich., KTM
  6. Jacob Grzebinski, #5, Millington, Mich., KTM
  7. Matthew Callan, Alton, Mich., KTM
  8. Jarrett Anderson, #11, Levering, Mich., KTM
  9. Dean Taylor, #1, Dryden, Mich., KTM
  10. Ricky Benesley, #14, Pringle, Pa., KTM
  11. Lucas, Ball #3, S. Amherst, Ohio, KTM
  12. Cole Ughetti, #7, Battle Creek, Mich., KTM
  13. Jesse Duflo, #13, Newberry, Mich., KTM
  14. Darren Streets, #15, Martinsburg, W.V., KTM
  15. Jason Struble, #12, Muncie, Ind., KTM

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross 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

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