Supercross Notes, Anaheim, Calif., January 4, 2003

Laps Led After 2 Rounds

Sebastien Tortelli: 11
David Vuillemin: 9
Chad Reed: 20

250cc Season Standings

  1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 25 points
  2. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 22 points
  3. Grant Langston, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 20 points
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki, 18 points
  5. Chad Reed, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha, 16 points
  6. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., KTM, 15 points
  7. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 14 points
  8. Joaquim Rodrigues, Portugal, KTM, 13 points
  9. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 12 points
  10. Stephane Demartis, France, Yamaha

$1,500 SXGP.com Holeshot Award

Sebastien Tortelli (Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland: $3,000

Past 250cc Anaheim Winners

’02 David Vuillemin; Mike LaRocco; Ricky Carmichael
’01: Jeremy McGrath; Ricky Carmichael
’00: Jeremy McGrath; Jeremy McGrath
’99: Ezra Lusk; Ezra Lusk
’96: Jeremy McGrath
’95: Jeremy McGrath
’94: Jeremy McGrath
’93: Jeremy McGrath
’92: Damon Bradshaw
’91: Jeff Stanton
’90: Damon Bradshaw
’89: Rick Johnson
’87: Jeff Ward
’86: David Bailey
’85: Broc Glover
’84: Johnny O’Mara
’83: David Bailey
’82: Donnie Hanson
’81: Kent Howerton
’79: Kent Howerton
’78: Gaylon Mosier
’77: Bon Hannah
’76: Marty Smith

Past 125cc Winners

’02: Travis Preston
’01: Ernesto Fonseca; Ernesto Fonseca; Ernesto Fonseca
’00: David Pingree; Tallon Vohland
’99: Casey Johnson; Nathan Ramsey
’95: Damon Huffman
’94: Kevin Windham
’93: Damon Huffman
’92: Jeremy McGrath
’91: Jeremy McGrath
’90: Michael Craig
’89: Jeff Matiasevich
’87: Jeff Matiasevich
’86: Tyson Vohland
’85: Mike Healy

Anaheim, CA

  • First race in Anaheim- 12-4-76 Marty Smith won on a Honda (round 6-final round)
  • Since 1999 has been the first round of 250 SX.  (11 first rounds total)
  • Two races a year at Edison International Field started in ’99 continued in 2000
  • An unprecedented three races staged in one venue in the same year started here in 2001.   McGrath winning the first two & Carmichael taking the finale.
  • The all time winner at Anaheim is Jeremy McGrath (8)
  • Last year’s winner David Vuillemin  (RC crashed – last place)

Ricky Carmichael notes

  • Won 11 SX races last year staging the greatest comeback in SX history to win the title.  Last in the opening round at Anaheim.  Prior to last year no one ever finished worse than 7th and won the championship (Stanton ’90 & McGrath in ’99)
  • Broke a Honda dry spell with their first SX championship since McGrath in ’96
  • Broke the record for number of wins in two consecutive seasons (25). McGrath won 24 in ’95 & ’96 in 15 race seasons
  • Is coming off the first ever-perfect season in National motocross history. (12 wins in 12 races winning all 24 motos)
  • A win tonight would give him 27, 250 SX wins tying him with Bob Hannah 3rd on the all time list.  Rick Johnson is next on the list with 28 behind Jeremy’s 72 wins.

David Vuillemin notes

  • Won the opening round of the THQ World Championship SX GP in Geneva and after two races leads Chad Reed by six points for the title.
  • Last year became the first international rider to win the first two rounds of the AMA Supercross Series.
  • Finished second in the points last year.  Led the race for the championship until an injury in practice prevented him om racing in Daytona.
  • Had three wins and made the podium 13 times out of 15 races (finished 4th twice)
  • Has a new coach¿David Bailey
  • Twice has captured top money in the Van’s triple crown. ($25,000 each)

Mike LaRocco notes

  • Won the 2002 US Open ($100,000)
  • Last year started the season in a big way finishing in the top 5 in the first six races, making the podium in the first three.  An injured wrist requiring surgery stopped his championship bid.
  • Won his 9th career 250 supercross @ Anaheim 2 last year.  It was his first win in seven years.
  • The iron man of supercross is the only rider to get points in the 250s in three decades.  This is his 15th season.
  • Has raced more 250s than any rider in the history of SX.  He has missed only 30 rounds since 1990.  In the 223 races run during his career he’s had 184 starts. 111 times he’s made the top 5.  His 66 podiums include 9 wins.
  • Tonight LaRocco will be racing his 14th consecutive 250 season opener.  2 of his 9 wins came in openers at Orlando in ’92 & ’93.
  • First rounds in Anaheim – two seconds, a third, and a fourth.

Ezra Lusk notes

  • Swept both races staged here in 1999 winning on 1/9/99 & 2/6/99

Ernesto Fonseca notes

  • Won all three 125 races here at Anaheim in 2001

Tim Ferry notes

  • Placed second in last years 250 National MX championships

Sebastien Tortelli notes

  • On a new ride¿Suzuki
  • Has a new coach¿Rick Johnson
  • Started the THQ World Supercross championships with both holeshot in the two races. Placed 4th and 5th respectfully.

Grant Langston notes

  • First year in 250s.  Is trying to become the first rider for KTM to gain the podium – after becoming the first 125 KTM rider to win a supercross. Irving TX¿2001)
  • Had two steady rides in the THQ World Supercross GP openers.  A third at Geneva and a 4th in Arnhem putting him third in points 9 points off the pace.

Chad Reed Notes

  • First year in 250s.  Became the first Australian to win a 125 SX and an American SX championship last year winning the 125 E.
  • Become the first rider to win his first 6 professional supercross races.
  • Won the Arnhem, Holland round of the THQ World Supercross GP championship series. Was looking like a come from behind winner at Geneva until coming together with Tortelli coming off a jump.  After the flight over the bars he finished 5th. He’s only 6 points behind points leader David Vuillemin.

McGrath notes

  • Winningest 250 SX rider (72) and 125 SX rider (13)
  • Most 250 championships (7) two 125 W titles
  • First 125 SX champ to win the 250 title.
  • Only rider to win 4 titles in a row

First rider to win the title on two different brands (Honda, Yamaha). Tied with Bob Hannah for longest win streak at a single venue (6)Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN & Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Hannah (6) Pontiac Silverdome in three years. Only rider to win at the same venue on 3 brands – Metrodome (Hon, Suz, Yam). 155 starts in 156 races – missing only one round @ Las Vegas ’95Only 250 rider to finish in the top three in point standings 10 consecutive years. Only rider to win at least one main event for 9 consecutive years. (93′-01′) First rider to win 13 races in a row  (’96) Equaled by RC in 2001. #1 in AMA combined career wins (includes – 250 & 500,SX & MX, 125 MX)

  1. McGrath    89
  2. Carmichael 80
  3. R Johnson 61
Name SX Wins Titles Year of lst win Brands won on
1. McGrath 72 7 1993 3, won title on 2
2. R. Johnson 28 2 1984 2
3. B. Hannah 27 3 1977 2
4. R.Carmichael 26 2 2000 2  won title on 2
5. J. Ward 20 2 1984 1
  • R Johnson 61
  • Name SX Wins Titles Year of lst win Brands won on
    1. McGrath 72 7 1993 3, won title on 2
    2. R. Johnson 28 2 1984 2
    3. B. Hannah 27 3 1977 2
    4. R.Carmichael 26 2 2000 2  won title on 2
    5. J. Ward 20 2 1984 1