THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series, Notes Package, Atlanta

THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series 250cc Laps Led
Sebastien Tortelli: 11
David Vuillemin: 13
Chad Reed: 73
Ezra Lusk: 10
Ricky Carmichael: 62
Stephane Roncada: 5
Michael Byrne: 8

AMA Supercross Series 125cc Laps Led
Craig Anderson: 3
Matt Walker: 2
James Stewart: 70
Christopher Gosselaar: 2
Travis Preston: 13
Brandon Jesseman: 15

250cc AMA Supercross Series $1,500 SXGP.com Holeshot Award (250cc)

Sebastien Tortelli (Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland, Anaheim 2): $4,500
Mike Brown (Anaheim 1): $1,500
Chad Reed (Phoenix): $1,500
Sebastien Tortelli (Anaheim 2): $1,500
Paul Carpenter (San Francisco) $1,500
Michael Byrne (San Diego and Anaheim 3): $3,000
Ezra Lusk (Minneapolis): $1,500

125cc AMA Supercross Series $1,000 SXGP.com Holeshot Award (125cc)

David Pingree (Anaheim 1) $1,000
Craig Anderson (Phoenix) $1,000
Billy Laninovich (Anaheim 2) $1,000
Eric Sorby (San Francisco) $1,000
Tiger Lacy (Anaheim 3 and San Diego): $2,000
Kelly Smith (Minneapolis): $1,000

Last Week¿s Recap

MINNEAPOLIS (February 15, 2003) – Two-time defending supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., captured his third consecutive victory at the Metrodome in 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series competition. Suzuki¿s Brandon Jesseman recorded his second-career 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series victory at the opening round of competition in front of nearly 50,000 fans.

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Minneapolis

  1. Brandon Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki
  2. Brock Sellards, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Yamaha
  3. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  4. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
  6. Ivan Tedesco, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Tiger Lacey, Wolf Creek, Ore., Yamaha
  8. Brett Metcalf, Australia, Ohio, KTM
  9. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Suzuki
  10. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki, 25
  2. Broc Sellards, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Yamaha, 22
  3. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 20
  4. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 18
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 16
  6. Ivan Tedesco, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha, 15
  7. Tiger Lacey, Wolf Creek, Ore., Yamaha, 13
  8. Brett Metcalf, Australia, Ohio, KTM, 12
  9. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Suzuki, 11
  10. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 10

125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Season Standings

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 147
  2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 116
  3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 92
  4. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 91
  5. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 90
  6. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 81
  7. Eric Sorby, France, Kawasaki, 72
  8. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 65
  9. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 65
  10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha, 61

250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Minneapolis

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  2. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  4. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  5. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
  6. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Damon Huffman, Canyon County, Calif., Honda
  8. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
  9. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Honda
  10. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 160
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 146
  3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 127
  4. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 120
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 114
  6. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 75
  7. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki, 70
  8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 68
  9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 66
  10. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 63

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

1.      Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 204
2.      David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 191
3.      Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 180
4.      Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
5.      Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 118
6.      Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 111
7.      Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 106
8.      Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 98
9.      Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 98
10.     Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76

“Riding to a New Frontier” Nissan Privateer Program:

  1. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 106
  2. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 98
  3. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 80

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Adult Pro Privateer Challenge Awards:

  1. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 106
  2. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 98
  3. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 98

125cc Western Region AMA Supercross Series Rider Finishes

James Stewart #259
Anaheim 1, CA: 2
Phoenix, AZ: 1
Anaheim 2, CA: 1
San Francisco, CA: 1
Anaheim 3, CA: 1
San Diego, CA:  1
Travis Preston #1

Anaheim 1, CA: 1
Phoenix, AZ: 2
Anaheim 2, CA: 6
San Francisco, CA: 11
Anaheim 3, CA: 2
San Diego, CA:  2

Billy Laninovich #132
Anaheim 1, CA: 6
Phoenix, AZ: 10
Anaheim 2, CA: 3
San Francisco, CA: 6
Anaheim 3, CA: 5
San Diego, CA:  7

Matt Walker #30
Anaheim 1, CA: 7
Phoenix, AZ: 14
Anaheim 2, CA: 8
San Francisco, CA: 2
Anaheim 3, CA: 4
San Diego, CA:  5

Andrew Short #41
Anaheim 1, CA: 3
Phoenix, AZ: 9
Anaheim, CA: 2
San Francisco, CA: 4
Anaheim 3, CA: 19
San Diego, CA:  4

Christopher Gosselaar #39
Anaheim 1, CA: 4
Phoenix, AZ: 12
Anaheim 2, CA: 4
San Francisco, CA: 3
Anaheim 3, CA: 21
San Diego, CA: DNF

Danny Smith #29
Anaheim 1, CA: 5
Phoenix, AZ: 3
Anaheim 2, CA: 7
San Francisco, CA
Anaheim 3, CA: 10
San Diego, CA:  3

Erick Sorby #917
Anaheim 1, CA
Phoenix, AZ: 7
Anaheim 2, CA: 9
San Francisco, CA: 8
Anaheim 3, CA: 3
San Diego, CA:  8

Sean Hamblin #33
Anaheim 1, CA: 21
Phoenix, AZ: 4
Anaheim 2, CA: 12
San Francisco, CA: 13
Anaheim 3, CA: 6
San Diego, CA:  6

Josh Hanson #93
Anaheim, CA: 12
Phoenix, AZ: 13
Anaheim, CA: 13
San Francisco, CA: 10
Anaheim 3, CA: 8
San Diego, CA:  9

David Pingree #51
Anaheim 1, CA
Phoenix, AZ: 8
Anaheim 2, CA: 17
San Francisco, CA: 9
Anaheim 3, CA: 7
San Diego, CA:  22

Craig Anderson #109
Anaheim 1, CA: 9
Phoenix, AZ: 6
Anaheim 2, CA
San Francisco, CA: 16
Anaheim 3, CA: 11
San Diego, CA: DNF

Josh Woods # 61
Anaheim 1, CA: 23
Phoenix, AZ: 19
Anaheim 2, CA: 5
San Francisco, CA: 5
Anaheim 3, CA: 18
San Diego, CA: 

Kevin Johnson #757
Anaheim 1, CA: 10
Phoenix, AZ: 5
Anaheim 2, CA
San Francisco, CA
Anaheim 3, CA: DNF
San Diego, CA: DNF

Steve Mertens #120
Anaheim 1, CA
Phoenix, AZ: 8
Anaheim 2, CA: 22
San Francisco, CA: 7
Anaheim 3, CA: DNF
San Diego, CA:  19

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Rider Finishes

Branden Jesseman #26
Minneapolis, MN:  1

Brock Sellards #18
Minneapolis, MN:  2

Michael Byrne #32
Minneapolis, MN:  3

Michael Brown #3
Minneapolis, MN:  4

Kelly Smith #56
Minneapolis, MN:  5

Ivan Tedesco #52
Minneapolis, MN:  6

Tiger Lacey #221
Minneapolis, MN:  7

Brett Metcalfe #123
Minneapolis, MN:  8

Jeff Gibson #67
Minneapolis, MN:  9

Steve Boniface #55
Minneapolis, MN:  10

Ryan Mills #96
Minneapolis, MN:  11

Michael Blose #482
Minneapolis, MN:  12

Erick Vallejo #179
Minneapolis, MN:  13

Matthieu Lalloz #970
Minneapolis, MN:  14

Joshua Summey #267
Minneapolis, MN:  15

Grant Langston #111
Minneapolis, MN:  16 

Robert Kiniry #203
Minneapolis, MN:  17

Tommy Harrison #245
Minneapolis, MN:  18

Derrick Shae Bentley #104
Minneapolis, MN:  19

Chase Reed #162
Minneapolis, MN:  20

Paul Currie #45
Minneapolis, MN:  21

Tyson Hadsell #78
Minneapolis, MN:  22

250cc Rider Results

Ricky Carmichael, Honda #4
Anaheim 1, CA: 2
Phoenix, AZ: 4
Anaheim 2, CA: 1
San Francisco, CA: 1
Anaheim 3, CA: 1
San Diego, CA:  3
Minneapolis, MN:  1

Chad Reed, Yamaha #22
Geneva, Switzerland: 5
Arnhem, Holland: 1
Anaheim, CA: 1 
Phoenix, AZ: 2
Anaheim, CA: 6
San Francisco, CA: 2
Anaheim 3, CA: 2
San Diego, CA:  1
Minneapolis, MN:  6

David Vuillemin, Yamaha #12
Geneva, Switzerland: 1
Arnhem, Holland: 2
Anaheim, CA: 4
Phoenix, AZ: 5
Anaheim, CA: 8
San Francisco, CA: 3
Anaheim 3, CA: 3
San Diego, CA:  2
Minneapolis, MN:  4

Ezra Lusk, Kawasaki #11
Anaheim, CA: 8
Phoenix, AZ: 1   
Anaheim, CA: 4
San Francisco, CA: 6
Anaheim 3, CA: 5
San Diego, CA:  10
Minneapolis, MN:  2

Tim Ferry, Yamaha, #15
Geneva, Switzerland: 2
Arnhem, Holland: 6
Anaheim, CA: 3
Phoenix, AZ: 3
Anaheim, CA: 5
San Francisco, CA: 4
Anaheim CA: 3 
San Diego, CA:  6
Minneapolis, MN:  3

San Francisco, CA: 10
Anaheim 3, CA: 8
San Diego, CA:  9

David Pingree #51
Anaheim 1, CA
Phoenix, AZ: 8
Anaheim 2, CA: 17
San Francisco, CA: 9
Anaheim 3, CA: 7
San Diego, CA:  22

Craig Anderson #109
Anaheim 1, CA: 9
Phoenix, AZ: 6
Anaheim 2, CA
San Francisco, CA: 16
Anaheim 3, CA: 11
San Diego, CA: DNF

Josh Woods # 61
Anaheim 1, CA: 23
Phoenix, AZ: 19
Anaheim 2, CA: 5
San Francisco, CA: 5
Anaheim 3, CA: 18
San Diego, CA: 

Kevin Johnson #757
Anaheim 1, CA: 10
Phoenix, AZ: 5
Anaheim 2, CA
San Francisco, CA
Anaheim 3, CA: DNF
San Diego, CA: DNF

Steve Mertens #120
Anaheim 1, CA
Phoenix, AZ: 8
Anaheim 2, CA: 22
San Francisco, CA: 7
Anaheim 3, CA: DNF
San Diego, CA:  19

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Rider Finishes

Branden Jesseman #26
Minneapolis, MN:  1

Brock Sellards #18
Minneapolis, MN:  2

Michael Byrne #32
Minneapolis, MN:  3

Michael Brown #3
Minneapolis, MN:  4

Kelly Smith #56
Minneapolis, MN:  5

Ivan Tedesco #52
Minneapolis, MN:  6

Tiger Lacey #221
Minneapolis, MN:  7

Brett Metcalfe #123
Minneapolis, MN:  8

Jeff Gibson #67
Minneapolis, MN:  9

Steve Boniface #55
Minneapolis, MN:  10

Ryan Mills #96
Minneapolis, MN:  11

Michael Blose #482
Minneapolis, MN:  12

Erick Vallejo #179
Minneapolis, MN:  13

Matthieu Lalloz #970
Minneapolis, MN:  14

Joshua Summey #267
Minneapolis, MN:  15

Grant Langston #111
Minneapolis, MN:  16 

Robert Kiniry #203
Minneapolis, MN:  17

Tommy Harrison #245
Minneapolis, MN:  18

Derrick Shae Bentley #104
Minneapolis, MN:  19

Chase Reed #162
Minneapolis, MN:  20

Paul Currie #45
Minneapolis, MN:  21

Tyson Hadsell #78
Minneapolis, MN:  22

250cc Rider Results

Ricky Carmichael, Honda #4
Anaheim 1, CA: 2
Phoenix, AZ: 4
Anaheim 2, CA: 1
San Francisco, CA: 1
Anaheim 3, CA: 1
San Diego, CA:  3
Minneapolis, MN:  1

Chad Reed, Yamaha #22
Geneva, Switzerland: 5
Arnhem, Holland: 1
Anaheim, CA: 1 
Phoenix, AZ: 2
Anaheim, CA: 6
San Francisco, CA: 2
Anaheim 3, CA: 2
San Diego, CA:  1
Minneapolis, MN:  6

David Vuillemin, Yamaha #12
Geneva, Switzerland: 1
Arnhem, Holland: 2
Anaheim, CA: 4
Phoenix, AZ: 5
Anaheim, CA: 8
San Francisco, CA: 3
Anaheim 3, CA: 3
San Diego, CA:  2
Minneapolis, MN:  4

Ezra Lusk, Kawasaki #11
Anaheim, CA: 8
Phoenix, AZ: 1   
Anaheim, CA: 4
San Francisco, CA: 6
Anaheim 3, CA: 5
San Diego, CA:  10
Minneapolis, MN:  2

Tim Ferry, Yamaha, #15
Geneva, Switzerland: 2
Arnhem, Holland: 6
Anaheim, CA: 3
Phoenix, AZ: 3
Anaheim, CA: 5
San Francisco, CA: 4
Anaheim CA: 3 
San Diego, CA:  6
Minneapolis, MN:  3

Michael Byrne, Honda #32
Anaheim, CA: 20
Phoenix, AZ: 11
Anaheim, CA: 7
San Francisco, CA: 7
Anaheim 3, CA:4
San Diego, CA:  4
Minneapolis, MN: 

Stephane Roncada, Suzuki #21
Anaheim, CA: 10
Phoenix, AZ: 13
Anaheim, CA: 11
San Francisco, CA: 8
Anaheim 3, CA: 6
San Diego, CA:  8
Minneapolis, MN: DNF

Nick Wey, Yamaha #27
Phoenix, AZ: 19
Anaheim, CA: 9
San Francisco, CA: 10
Anaheim 3, CA: 10
San Diego, CA:  5
Minneapolis, MN:  5

Sebastien Tortelli, Suzuki #103
Geneva Switzerland: 4
Arnhem, Holland: 5
Anaheim, CA: 5
Phoenix, AZ: 6
Anaheim, CA: 3
San Francisco, CA: 15
Anaheim 3, CA: DNF
San Diego, CA: DNF
Minneapolis, MN: DNF

Mike LaRocco, Honda, #5
Geneva, Switzerland: 7
Arnhem, Holland: 7
Anaheim, CA: 17
Phoenix, AZ: 7
Anaheim, CA: 2
San Francisco, CA: 5
Anaheim 3: 17
San Diego, CA: DNF
Minneapolis, MN: DNF

Ernesto Fonseca, Honda #24
Anaheim, CA: 6
Phoenix, AZ: 8
Anaheim, CA: 19
San Francisco, CA:  20
Anaheim 3, CA: 9
San Diego, CA:  16
Minneapolis, MN:  10

Grant Langston, KTM #111
Geneva, Switzerland: 3
Arnhem, Holland: 3
Anaheim 1, CA: 18
Phoenix, AZ: 21
San Francisco, CA: 9
Anaheim 3, CA: DNF
San Diego, CA: DNF
Minneapolis, MN: DNF

Ivan Tedesco, Yamaha #52
Anaheim, CA: 12
Phoenix, AZ: 9
Anaheim, CA: 16
San Francisco, CA: 14
Anaheim 3, CA
San Diego, CA: DNF
Minneapolis, MN: DNF

Ryan Clark, Yamaha #37
Geneva, Switzerland: 11
Arnhem, Holland: 13
Anaheim, CA: 7
Phoenix, AZ: 16
Anaheim, CA: 18
San Francisco, CA: 17
Anaheim 3, CA:
San Diego, CA:  18
Minneapolis, MN:  13 


Bar to Bar

By: Art Eckman

How important can one lone victory be?  It’s pretty difficult to measure unless that one victory wins a championship or changes the momentum of a season.  But I can’t remember an opening season 125 supercross win that spread cheer quite so thoroughly as Brandon Jesseman’s manifestation of brilliance in the 125 East curtain raiser.

Roger DeCoster’s Sobe Suzuki Team has had so much bad luck over the last two years that to find him in the packed pits you didn’t have to look for the yellow semi — just peer to the heavens and find the dark cloud.  This year’s Suzuki 250 team disintegrated right before our eyes and we’re not even to the half way point of their season.

First, the biggest disappointment came from the one who gave the team its highest expectations, Travis Pastrana.  Suzuki’s savior, the young man with a zeal for jumping canyons and back flips, crashed his way to a 19th and 12th place finish before injuring his shoulder in a swimming pool.

Then Sebastien Tortelli starts giving off hope dust with Suzuki’s first hole shot and podium of the season, only to later crash so hard the impact breaks his knee brace.  Need I repeat what his knee looked like?  Finally Stephane Roncada is getting stronger from a virus when in Minneapolis he breaks a fib and tib (leg) and his ankle.  He was operated on Monday.

Last Saturday night 20-year-old Brandon Jesseman, with one win, is helping to restore the pride and morale of an entire team.  I turned around to ask DeCoster a question and here was the cool hand Luke of motocross, who hardly ever shows his emotions, already up on the podium congratulating his victorious rider.  He later told me, ” I look at this win hopefully as the beginning of a turn around for this entire team.” Jesseman added, ” Roger was so happy.  I’m excited for the whole team. My mechanic, Jamie Coy and the guys back at the shop have put so much effort into these bikes.  We’ve done so much testing.  The hours they’ve spent and the disappointments they’ve work through.”

Despite Jesseman’s very first supercross win last year that ruined Chad Reed’s chances at a perfect season, he calls this year’s win the highlight of his career.  He told me, “This one felt better.  I rode well in practice, in qualifying, and in the main.  It was proof my program is working.  I’ve always improved as the season goes along but I felt so good.  I wasn’t nervous.  I was calm and relaxed.  Along with my physical conditioning I read every day, working mental exercises.  It clears my mind and