Reed/Carmichael Duel Heats up After Aggressive Pass
AURORA, IL. (April 29, 2003) – Yamaha’s Chad Reed made a stand last Saturday night in Salt Lake City when he made an aggressive block pass on Honda’s Ricky Carmichael and rode away to his eighth victory of the season. The aggressive move sent Carmichael to the ground; the two-time defending 250cc AMA Supercross Series champion remounted in sixth place to finish second. Tickets are still available for this classic showdown at www.unlvtickets.com, www.sxgp.com and Ticketmaster. A press conference will be held with the top three riders 125 and 250 competition at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday, May 2 from Noon-2:00 p.m.
“No matter what they (Yamaha) say, they have to make something happen,” said Carmichael on Reed’s pass. “I need to stay out of trouble; I have something to protect. The only thing he can do is take me out if he wants the championship.”
“I made an aggressive pass and he fell down,” said Reed. “Ricky seems pissed about it but that’s his deal.”
The victory for Reed – his sixth consecutive – gave him the lead for the most wins on the season (8) over Carmichael, who has seven. Heading into Las Vegas, Reed trails Carmichael by 10 points. If Reed wins Carmichael needs to finish in fifth place to win the title. If Reed wins and Carmichael finishes sixth, they would be tied in points, and per AMA rules, Reed would be the champion because he has more race wins.
This is the third time in the sport’s history that the 250cc championship has gone down to the final round at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.
Kawasaki’s 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series champion James Stewart will take on the best riders from the 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.
The final round of THQ World Supercross/AMA Supercross Series will air on ABC’s Wide World of Sports Sunday, May 4 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST/3:00-4:00 p.m. PST.
For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series are also available at www.ticketmaster.com, www.sxgp.com, and www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only).
About THQ World Supercross GP and AMA Supercross Series
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.
THQ World Supercross GP is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcyclee sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 85 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events. Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. In addition to its involvement with THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.