Team Yamaha’s David Vuillemin padded his series points lead with his third win of the season. The Cobra overtook Champ Ricky Carmichael on the last lap to score a very popular win. RC held on for a close second, while Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki rider Stephane Roncada proved that his runner-up finish at Anaheim III was no fluke by scoring the second podium finish of his career. Team Honda’s Nathan Ramsey and Factory Connection’s Mike LaRocco rounded out the top five. Seven-time Champ Jeremy McGrath won his heat race, but floundered to seventh in the main event.
Aussie sensation Chad Reed of the Boost Mobile/Yamaha/Troy Racing team scored a convincing win in the 125cc East SX Championship Series opener, looking marvelous aboard the YZ250F thumper. 125cc National Champion Mike Brown scored the runner-up position, but the big surprise of the night was Buddy Antunez’s third-place run. Many expected the Arenacross Champion to falter in the “Big Show,” but Bud Man proved that he’s got the goods. Veterans Larry Ward of MOto-XXX and KTM-mounted John Dowd rounded out the top five. Pre-race favorite Grant Langston crashed out of the race on lap three when he lost contol and crashed. Reports have Langston breaking his KTM’s hydraulic clutch lever in what was only a small tip-over.
The following is the Clear Channel Entertainment press release regarding the event…
David Vuillemin scored his third 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross win of the season at the RCA Dome in front of 57,803 fans. Team Boost Yamaha’s Chad Reed, who is riding in his rookie season of EASPORTS Supercross, captured the opening round of 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross competition, the first of his career.
Reigning 250cc champion Ricky Carmichael, who rides for Team Honda, earned the $1,500 PowerAde Holeshot Award in front of Travis Pastrana, who rides for Suzuki, and Vuillemin, who rides for Yamaha. One turn later, Pastrana took over the lead and held on for five laps. Pastrana passed Carmichael one more time for the lead, before the Suzuki rider crashed and fell back to ninth place.
Late in the race it was a two-man show, Carmichael and Vuillemin. With three laps left it was obvious that Vuillemin could have made his move into the lead; yet he held off until the final lap. Vuillemin went on to win, followed by Carmichael and Stephane Roncada.
“I did not want to show him that I had a faster line,” said Vuillemin. “I wanted to wait until the final lap, and that is what I did. He was going tothe outside after the finish line and I knew the inside was faster, so I stayed inside and made the pass.”
In the 15-lap main event, Team Moto XXX’s Kelly Smith earned the $1,000 PowerAde Holeshot Award with Mike Brown and Steve Boniface in tow. Smithled for the first three laps before Brown made his move into the lead. Moments later, KTM’s Grant Langston went down and was forced to DNF whileriding in fourth.
With a few laps to go, Reed, who suffered from a lack-luster start, made his way to the back wheel of Brown. As the two went over the triple Reed hadthe edge, making the pass and held on for the win. Brown finished second and Buddy Antunez was third.
“Where better to win than America,” said Reed, who is from Australia. “This is my first professional race on a 125cc motorcycle, and I am adjusting wellto the bike. I had good lines all night, and I was felling really comfortable out there.”
125cc Eastern regional Supercross Event Standings
1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha
2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki
3. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif.., Suzuki
4. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha
5. John Dowd, Chicopee, Mass., KTM
6. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda
7. Steve Boniface, France, KTM
8. Paul Currie, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Suzuki
9. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha
10. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Yamaha
125cc Eastern regional Supercross Points Standings
1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha, 25 pts
2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 22 pts
3. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 20 pts
4. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Yamaha, 18 pts
5. John Dowd, Chicopee, Mass., KTM, 16 pts
6. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda, 15 pts
7. Steve Boniface, France, KTM, 14 pts
8. Paul Currie, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Suzuki, 13 pts
9. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha, 12 pts
10. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Yamaha, 11 pts
250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Event Standings
1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
3. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
4. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Honda
5. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda
6. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki
7. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha
8. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md., Suzuki
9. Heath Voss, Prior Lake Minn., Honda
10. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Suzuki
250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Season Points Standings
1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 137 pts
2. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 119, pts
3. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 109 pts
4. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md., Suzuki, 93 pts
5. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki, 83 pts
6. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Honda, 83 pts
7. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 83 ts8. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha, 75 pts
9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 58 pts
10. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Suzuki, 58 pts