Round Eight SX Notes

Knotted at Three: Seven rounds into the 2002 season of EA SPORTS Supercross,Reigning champion Ricky Carmichael and season points leader David Vuillemineach share three wins. Carmichael posted wins at Phoenix, Anaheim Round 5,and Minneapolis, while Vuillemin won the main events at Anaheim, Round 1,San Diego, and Indianapolis. Jokingly, Carmichael said in at theMinneapolis post-race press conference: “I don’t really like seeing David(Vuillemin) up here.” Although Vuillemin finished third at Minneapolis, hestill has a 23-point lead over Carmichael heading into Atlanta. Carmichaelhas 18 250cc wins; Vuillemin has seven.

Right Place?: Ernesto Fonseca is either in the right place or the wrong place. In his rookie year of 250cc competition, the Costa Rica native hasmade podium appearances twice, Anaheim, Round 1 and Minneapolis. At theopening round in Anaheim, Fonseca was beneficiary of the Carmichael/LaRoccocrash, as he finished third. In Minneapolis, he stayed at the front of thepack, capitalizing on the McGrath mistake and finished second. It’s abouttime. ‘Ernie’ has had a rough first year, injuring his arm in a practicesession that put him on the sidelines for one race, crashing hard atPhoenix, and a DNF at Indianapolis.

Reed’s Real: An injured groin didn’t hinder Team Boost Yamaha’s Chad Reedfrom winning his second career 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross win. OnMonday of last week, Reed, who hails from Australia, went riding and injuredhis groin and had second thoughts of competing at Minneapolis. “Tonight, Ijust wanted a good start,” said Reed. “Coming into this weekend, I was noteven 100% for sure I was going to race because of my groin injury. I flewhere on Friday, and I was still debating competing this weekend, but Ipulled through,” said Reed. Earlier this season while competing in the250cc class in preparation for his 125cc debut, Reed, who was in the top 10in points, injured his shoulder in a Monday practice session, forcing him towithdraw from the series. “I think I am going to ban myself from riding onMonday,” said Reed on the podium at Minneapolis.

Bruised Byrne: Subsequent to a nasty crash at Indianapolis, Honda-backedMichael Byrne remained in the hospital for three days with a broken ankle,broken collarbone, and partially collapsed lung. According to Hondaofficials, Byrne will return to racing at Daytona.

Unlucky 11s: Team Bud Light Yamaha’s Jeremy McGrath, the all-time winningestsupercross rider, led 20 laps in 250cc competition this season; however, hehas been unable to win a main event, with his best finish being sixth. Itappears that McGrath and lap 11 of the main events haven’t been able to getalong. For two-consecutive weekends, McGrath, while leading the race, hasgiven up the lead due to mid-race bobbles.

The Good Ol’ Days: Fresh out of retirement, Team Moto XXX/DGY’s Larry Ward,whose last supercross season was in 2000, has finished fourth and fifth atthe opening two rounds of 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross. While watchingthe 250cc main event last weekend, Ward Said to his mechanic Doug Stone, “Ican’t believe I won three of these,” referring to his two wins in Seattleand the other in Tampa. Ward went on to say that the talent pool in thisyear’s 250cc class is amazing.

Quote Of The Week: “I think Lusk thought it was my birthday today,” saidDavid Vuillemin, referring to Lusk’s last lap crash, while in third place.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Team Sobe Suzuki’s Travis Pastrana and Kevin Windhamcouldn’t verbally agree on who would try ‘tripling’ the middle portion ofthe rhythm section during Friday’s practice. The two factory superstarsleft it in the hands of a game of rock paper, scissors. Windham lost andended up casing the 60-foot leap. Several other riders’ first attempt on atthe obstacle produced the same results; however, Pastrana, who is known forhis jumping skills, landed the leap smoothly.

LaRacco’s Out: Mike LaRocco, who was second in the 250cc season pointsstandis coming into Minneapolis tangled with Travis Pastrana, resulting ina acute dislocation of the lunate (which is in the wrist). LaRocco and alsosuffered possible tendon and ligament damage and is expected to have surgeryin few days. Reports state that he will be out for eight to 10 weeks.

Rider Quotes From Minneapolis:

Team Yamaha’s David Vuillemin: “I got a terrible start. It was verydifficult the first few laps because everybody was following each other. Istayed maybe five laps behind Windham and when I passed him I got a goodrhythm I just started to catch everybody else. The start is the thing inthis championship, there are so many good guys. Hopefully I can get somegood starts and just ride like I can. I feel pretty strong. I saw MikeLaRocco and Travis Pastrana on the ground, I didn’t see what happened. Itseems like in the first few laps everyone is riding really aggressive. Itwas like that at San Diego. You have to stay on two wheels the first fewlaps.”

Vuillemin On Racing with Stephane Roncada: “I have been racing againstStephane since I was eight. I know him. It seems like this year he is veryaggressive with everybody. I was behind him and was faster and I waslooking for a spot to pass him. I passed really smooth. I don’t want toride dirty.”

Team Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca: “Every time I get to the line I think I amracing the best guys there are in the whole world and it’s hard for me tobelieve that. I think I need to get better and do this more every time.I’m just happy my bike is working great and I got a good start. That’s whatit takes. You have to get a good start because everyone is riding the samepace. It seems like Ricky (Carmichael) and David (Vuillemin) are a littlebit faster than everyone. To win, it will take a holeshot and ride your ownrace and try to pull away.”

Team Honda’s Ricky Carmichael: “My starts weren’t up to par tonight andthat’s is pretty important at this stage in the series as good as everyoneis riding. I need to get out front and do it as fast as I can. I did have towork for it tonight. There is no better win than to come from mid pack.That is truly gratifying. What happened last weekend is I am already on thebubble. They are waiting for me to do something wrong. Any little badthing I do they are going to zap me for it. From their standpoint theythought I was a dirty rider. I think everyone should take a strong look atthe second Anaheim and with to corners to go what happened to Nathan Ramsey.But, I am over that. It will blow over, just like anything. As long asthey are making noise that’s all that I care about. If they are booing meor cheering me I don’t care. If they are paying attention that’s all Iwant. I think I need to get a little bit faster to win this title. I knowwhat it takes. I respect David (Vuillemin) a lot. I have a lot of trust inhim racing the way he does. I think we have both matured a lot from twoyears ago. It’s nice to race with somebody like that.”

250cc Georgia Dome Winners’01: Ricky Carmichael’00: Jeremy McGrath’99: Jeremy McGrath’98: Jeremy McGrath’97: Damon Huffman’96: Jeremy McGrath’95: Mike LaRocco’94: Jeremy McGrath’93: Damon Bradshaw’92:Damon Bradshaw’91: Damon Bradshaw’90: Jeff Ward’89: Jeff Stanton’86: Ricky Johnson’85: Mark Barnett’84: Johnny O’Mara’83: Mark Barnett’82: Bob Hannah’81: Mark Barnett’80: Chuck Sun’79: Bob Hannah’78: Marty Tripes’77: Bob Hannah

125cc Georgia Dome Winners’01: Nathan Ramsey’00: Stephane Roncada’99: Ernesto Fonseca’98: Ricky Carmichael’97: Ricky Carmichael’96: John Dowd’95: Mickael Pichon’94: Ezra Lusk’93: Doug Henry’92: Brian Swink’91: Brian Swink’90: Denny Stephenson’89: Damon Bradshaw’86: Keith Turpin’85: Eddie Warren

Atlanta Quick Facts * Ricky Carmichael and Damon Bradshaw are the only two ridersto win 125cc and 250cc main events in Atlanta. * Five 125cc main event winners at the Georgia Dome (NathanRamsey, Stephane Roncada, Ernesto Fonseca, Ricky Carmichael, and Ezra Lusk)are competing in the 250cc class this weekend. John Dowd is the only winnerstill competing in the 125cc class. * McGrath has five career 250cc wins at the Georgia Dome, morewins than any other rider in history at this venue. * Bob Hannah won the first 250cc supercross event held inAtlanta on 3/5/77. The event was Hannah’s first 250cc supercross. He wenton to win the title that year as well. * 1st time winners, 77-Hannah; 80 – Sun; 89 – Stanton; 97 -Huffman; * This will be McGrath’s 102nd-consecutive start. He has onlymissed 1 round since 1993 when he sat out Vegas in 1995. He has started atotal of 152 250cc starts. * Vuillemin is still the only rider to be on podium for allseven rounds: Vuillemin – 7, Carmichael – 4, LaRocco – 3 * LaRocco had a great streak going; Last week it was his 184thstart of his career in 250SX and 74 consecutive. He had only missed oneround since 1996. But the injury takes him out. LaRocco had only missed 22250SX since 1990. * The first rider to win four 250cc main events has gone on towin the title 19 times since 1974 or since 1990, 10 times including 9consecutive years: 9-3-01, wins. Carmichael and Vuillemin each have threewins. * Riders to win Atlanta on 2 brands: Hannah – Yamaha, Honda;Barnett – Suzuki, Kawasaki; McGrath – Honda, Yamaha: If Carmichael wins thisweekend on a Honda, he will be added to this list. * Larry Ward started his second 250 Race here in 1989.

125cc Western Regional Supercross Laps Led After Five Rounds28: James Stewart, Kawasaki12: David Pingree, KTM9: Chris Gosselaar, Honda6: Casey Lytle, Yamaha2: Rodrig Thain, Yamaha1: Casey Johnson, Honda21: Brock Sellards, KTM

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Laps Led After One Round18: Chad Reed, Yamaha10: Mike Brown, Kawasaki2: Kelly Smith, Yamaha

250cc Laps Led After Five Rounds45: Ricky Carmichael40: David Vuillemin, Yamaha18: Travis Pastrana, Suzuki20: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha6: Mike LaRocco, Honda5: Kevin Windham, Suzuki4: Sebastien Tortelli, Honda1: Ernesto Fonseca, Honda1: Michael Byrne, Honda

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Event Standings 1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha 2. Grant Langston, South Africa, KTM 3. Steve Boniface, France, KTM 4. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki 5. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha 6. Kelly Smith Ludington, Mich., Yamaha 7. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha 8. Josh Woods, Flint, Mich., Suzuki 9. Robbie Horton, Martinez, Ga., Honda 10. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Points Standings 1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha, 50 pts 2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 40 pts 3. Steve Boniface, France, KTM, 34 pts 4. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha, 34 pts 5. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 31 pts 6. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha, 26 pts 7. Grant Langston, South Africa, KTM, 22 pts 8. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 22 pts 9. Robbie Horton, Martinez, Ga., Honda, 21 10. John Dowd, Chicopee, Mass., KTM, 20 pts

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Event Standings 1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda 2. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda 3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha 4. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki 5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki 6. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha 7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Suzuki 8. Sebastien Tortelli, France, Honda 9. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha 10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Season Points Standings 1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 157 pts 2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 134 pts 3. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 120, pts 4. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 101 pts 5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki, 99 pts 6. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md., Suzuki, 95 are competing in the 250cc class this weekend. John Dowd is the only winnerstill competing in the 125cc class. * McGrath has five career 250cc wins at the Georgia Dome, morewins than any other rider in history at this venue. * Bob Hannah won the first 250cc supercross event held inAtlanta on 3/5/77. The event was Hannah’s first 250cc supercross. He wenton to win the title that year as well. * 1st time winners, 77-Hannah; 80 – Sun; 89 – Stanton; 97 -Huffman; * This will be McGrath’s 102nd-consecutive start. He has onlymissed 1 round since 1993 when he sat out Vegas in 1995. He has started atotal of 152 250cc starts. * Vuillemin is still the only rider to be on podium for allseven rounds: Vuillemin – 7, Carmichael – 4, LaRocco – 3 * LaRocco had a great streak going; Last week it was his 184thstart of his career in 250SX and 74 consecutive. He had only missed oneround since 1996. But the injury takes him out. LaRocco had only missed 22250SX since 1990. * The first rider to win four 250cc main events has gone on towin the title 19 times since 1974 or since 1990, 10 times including 9consecutive years: 9-3-01, wins. Carmichael and Vuillemin each have threewins. * Riders to win Atlanta on 2 brands: Hannah – Yamaha, Honda;Barnett – Suzuki, Kawasaki; McGrath – Honda, Yamaha: If Carmichael wins thisweekend on a Honda, he will be added to this list. * Larry Ward started his second 250 Race here in 1989.

125cc Western Regional Supercross Laps Led After Five Rounds28: James Stewart, Kawasaki12: David Pingree, KTM9: Chris Gosselaar, Honda6: Casey Lytle, Yamaha2: Rodrig Thain, Yamaha1: Casey Johnson, Honda21: Brock Sellards, KTM

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Laps Led After One Round18: Chad Reed, Yamaha10: Mike Brown, Kawasaki2: Kelly Smith, Yamaha

250cc Laps Led After Five Rounds45: Ricky Carmichael40: David Vuillemin, Yamaha18: Travis Pastrana, Suzuki20: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha6: Mike LaRocco, Honda5: Kevin Windham, Suzuki4: Sebastien Tortelli, Honda1: Ernesto Fonseca, Honda1: Michael Byrne, Honda

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Event Standings 1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha 2. Grant Langston, South Africa, KTM 3. Steve Boniface, France, KTM 4. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki 5. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha 6. Kelly Smith Ludington, Mich., Yamaha 7. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha 8. Josh Woods, Flint, Mich., Suzuki 9. Robbie Horton, Martinez, Ga., Honda 10. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Points Standings 1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha, 50 pts 2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 40 pts 3. Steve Boniface, France, KTM, 34 pts 4. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha, 34 pts 5. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 31 pts 6. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha, 26 pts 7. Grant Langston, South Africa, KTM, 22 pts 8. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 22 pts 9. Robbie Horton, Martinez, Ga., Honda, 21 10. John Dowd, Chicopee, Mass., KTM, 20 pts

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Event Standings 1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda 2. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda 3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha 4. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki 5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki 6. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha 7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Suzuki 8. Sebastien Tortelli, France, Honda 9. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha 10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Season Points Standings 1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 157 pts 2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 134 pts 3. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 120, pts 4. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 101 pts 5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki, 99 pts 6. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md., Suzuki, 95 pts 7. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha, 90 pts 8. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Honda, 87 pts 9. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda, 71 pts 10. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Suzuki, 68 pts

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Adult Pro Privateer Challenge AwardsNick Wey, 67 ptsHeath Voss, 64 ptsJean Sebastian-Roy, 44 ptsKyle Lewis, 39 ptsKeith Johnson, 20 pts

Privateer Bonus Awards Presented by Clear Channel EntertainmentKyle Lewis: $7,167Heath Voss: $7,167Nick Wey: $7,167Michael Craig: $2,666Jean Sebastian-Roy: $6,333Ryan Terlecki: $833Ted Campbell: $833Ryan Clark: $1,666James Polvolny Jr.: $1,666Tyler Evans: $2,166Daniel Blair: $2,166Isaiah Johnson: $1,500Kevin Crine: $666Jeff Gibson: $1,500Brian Mason: $666Robbie Reynard: $1,500Keith Johnson: $1,500Jimmy Wilson: $833

125cc $1,000 PowerAde Holeshot AwardDavid Pingree (Anaheim, Round 1): $1,000Rodrig Thain (San Diego): $1,000James Stewart (Anaheim, Round 3): $1,000Casey Lytle (Phoenix): $1,000Brock Sellards (Anaheim, Round 5): $1,000Kelly Smith (Indianapolis): $1,000Chad Reed (Minneapolis: $1,000

250cc $1,500 PowerAde Holeshot AwardMichael Byrne (Anaheim, Round 1): $1,500Kevin Windham (San Diego and Anaheim, Round 2): $3,000Jeremy McGrath (Phoenix and Anaheim, Round 5): $3,000Ricky Carmichael (Indianapolis): $1,500Sebastien Tortelli (Minneapolis): $1,500 95 pts 7. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha, 90 pts 8. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Honda, 87 pts 9. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda, 71 pts 10. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Suzuki, 68 pts

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Adult Pro Privateer Challenge AwardsNick Wey, 67 ptsHeath Voss, 64 ptsJean Sebastian-Roy, 44 ptsKyle Lewis, 39 ptsKeith Johnson, 20 pts

Privateer Bonus Awards Presented by Clear Channel EntertainmentKyle Lewis: $7,167Heath Voss: $7,167Nick Wey: $7,167Michael Craig: $2,666Jean Sebastian-Roy: $6,333Ryan Terlecki: $833Ted Campbell: $833Ryan Clark: $1,666James Polvolny Jr.: $1,666Tyler Evans: $2,166Daniel Blair: $2,166Isaiah Johnson: $1,500Kevin Crine: $666Jeff Gibson: $1,500Brian Mason: $666Robbie Reynard: $1,500Keith Johnson: $1,500Jimmy Wilson: $833

125cc $1,000 PowerAde Holeshot AwardDavid Pingree (Anaheim, Round 1): $1,000Rodrig Thain (San Diego): $1,000James Stewart (Anaheim, Round 3): $1,000Casey Lytle (Phoenix): $1,000Brock Sellards (Anaheim, Round 5): $1,000Kelly Smith (Indianapolis): $1,000Chad Reed (Minneapolis: $1,000

250cc $1,500 PowerAde Holeshot AwardMichael Byrne (Anaheim, Round 1): $1,500Kevin Windham (San Diego and Anaheim, Round 2): $3,000Jeremy McGrath (Phoenix and Anaheim, Round 5): $3,000Ricky Carmichael (Indianapolis): $1,500Sebastien Tortelli (Minneapolis): $1,500