Rookie Reed Wins Second THQ World Supercross GP in Anaheim

Preston Leads 12 Laps En Route to 125cc Victory

ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 4, 2003) – Chad Reed pushed his Yamaha to his second career 250cc win in THQ World Supercross GP in front of a sold-out Edison International Field (45,050 fans). Team Honda’s Travis Preston, who is the defending 125cc Western Regional Supercross champion, was victorious in tonight’s 125cc Western Regional event – his second in Anaheim.

Kawasaki rider Mike Brown won the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot award with Reed and Honda’s Mike LaRocco in tow. Brown’s lead diminished as Reed moved into the lead. Two-time defending champion Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., started in 10th place. On lap two, while moving through the field, Carmichael crashed and fell into last place. One lap later, he crashed again.

Team Suzuki’s Travis Pastrana and LaRocco were in a heated battle for several laps before LaRocco went down, causing a freight train of crashes, including Pastrana and Michael Byrne. The debacle helped Carmichael’s pursuit to the front. Reed finished first, Carmichael second and LaRocco third.

Preston, of Hesperia, Calif., moved into the lead on lap four of the 125cc main, passing early leaders Christopher Gosselaar and Andrew Short. Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart, who finished second in last year’s 125cc supercross season, started 21st out of 22 riders after a poor start. The catch-up game for the Kawasaki rider played through second place. Preston was first followed by Stewart and Short in third.

“I don’t know if the crowd was behind me because James (Stewart) was behind me,” said Preston. “I had fast lap times all night, but I fell in my heat race, so I was riding around in seventh place.”

The sellout was supercross’ ninth in the last 10 events at Edison International Field, dating to the 1999 season.

125cc Western Regional Supercross Results, Anaheim 1

  1. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
  2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
  3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki
  4. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda
  5. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki
  6. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM
  7. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki
  8. David Pingree, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki
  9. Craig Anderson, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  10. Kevin Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha

125cc Western Regional Supercross Season Standings

  1. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 25
  2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 22
  3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 20
  4. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 18
  5. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 16
  6. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 15
  7. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 14
  8. David Pingree, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 13
  9. Craig Anderson, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 12
  10. Kevin Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 11

250cc THQ Supercross Event Results, Anaheim 1

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  4. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  5. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki
  6. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon lake, Calif., Honda
  7. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
  8. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki
  9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha
  10. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki

250cc THQ Supercross Series Season Standings, Anaheim 1

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha 25
  2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda 22
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha 20
  4. David Vuillemin, Corona, Callif., Yamaha 18
  5. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki 16
  6. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon lake, Calif., Honda 14
  7. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha 13
  8. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki 12
  9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha 11
  10. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki 10

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 67
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 66
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 59
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 52
  5. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 49
  6. Mike LaRocco, South bend, Ind., Honda, 46
  7. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 34
  8. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha 33
  9. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., KTM 29
  10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 28

Competition moves to Phoenix’s Bank One Ballpark on January 11.

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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. 

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