Qualcomm Stadium Supercross Record Crowd of 68,415 Witnesses History Vuillemin and Stewart Win in front of Largest Crowd Since 1987
San Diego (January 12, 2002) – Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s James ‘Bubba’Stewart, 16, became the youngest rider in supercross history to win a 125ccmain event, as he dominated round two of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick. Team Yamaha’s David Vuillemin captured his second-straight250cc win. Stewart entered the first turn in fourth place behind the $1,000 PowerAde holeshot winner Rodrig Thain (Team Yamaha of Troy) David Pingree (Team Redbull/KTM) and Ivan Tedesco (Team Yamaha of Troy). On lap three, Stewart, who finished second in last weekend’s opener, moved past Pingree, who went down before the ‘whoop’ section and then block passed Thain for the lead. From there, Stewart put in some of the fastest laps of the night en route to the win. Thain finished second and Tedesco third.
“I have wanted this win for my entire life, and I am so happy right now,” said Stewart. Towards the end of the race I almost lost it after the whoops, but for the most part I rode very well. I want to thank my Mom and Dad for everything they have done to help my career; I love them both.”
An incredible start for Team Sobe Suzuki’s Kevin Windham earned him the $1,500 PowerAde holeshot award. One turn later, his teammate Travis Pastranamoved into the lead and held the number-one position until lap four when he was passed by Vuillemin. Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael started mid-pack. While Vuillemin held down a substantial lead for the better part of the race, Pastrana put on late-race charge, but that would not be enough for the win. Vuillemin was first, Pastrana second, and LaRocco was third.
“I knew that a good start would be key here tonight,” said Vuillemin. “Pastrana rode great, and I knew that he was turning it on late in the race,but I just rode smart and won. Next weekend (Anaheim), I hope I can get my third win.”
Tonight’s crowd, the largest crowd to witness a supercross since 1987 (and the third largest crowd in the 27 year history of the sport). The 68,415loyal fans on hand at Qualcomm Stadium came in droves to show that the popularity of EA SPORTS Supercross is at an all-time high.
Last weekend’s third-place finisher, Ernesto Fonseca did not race in the main event due to a sore arm.
125cc Event Standings1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kaw2. Rodrig Thain, France, Yam3. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yam4. David Pingree, Temecula, Calif., KTM5. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Hon6. Chris Gosselaar, Juniper Hills, Calif., Hon7. Craig Decker, Palm Desert, Calif., Yam8. Travis Elliot, Alvin, Texas, Hon9. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suz10. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yam
125cc Season Standings1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kaw, 47 pts2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Hon, 41 pts3. Rodrig Thain, France, Yam, 38 pts4. Chris Gosselaar, Juniper Hills, Calif., Hon, 35 pts5. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yam, 34 pts6. David Pingree, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 33 pts7. Travis Elliot, Alvin Texas, Honda, 26 pts8. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, KTM, 249. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yam, 2310. Michael Brandes, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suz, 19
250cc Event Standings1. David Vuillemin, France, Yam2. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Mary., Suz3. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Hon4. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Hon5. Chad Reed, Australia, Yam6. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Suz7. Ezra Lusk, Acworth, Ga., Kaw8. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Hon9. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Yam10. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yam
250cc Season Standings1. David Vuillemin, France, Yam, 50 pts2. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Hon, 42 pts3. Chad Reed, Australia, Yam, 31 pts4. Ezra Lusk, Acworth, Ga., Kaw, 305. Michael Byrne, Australia, Hon, 28 pts6. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Suz, 28 pts7. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Mary., Suz, 24 pts8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Hon, 22 pts9. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Suz, 2210. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Hon, 20