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

THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series 250cc Laps Led

Sebastien Tortelli: 11
David Vuillemin: 13
Chad Reed: 71
Ezra Lusk: 5
Ricky Carmichael: 47
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

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
Paul Carpenter (San Francisco) $1,500
Michael Byrne (San Diego): $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 (San Diego): $1,000
Last Week’s Recap

SAN DIEGO (February 9, 2003) – Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Corona, Calif., won his third THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series in front of 67,102 fans at Qualcomm Stadium, which played host to this year’s Super Bowl just two weeks ago. Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Florida, earned his fifth-consecutive 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series win and extended his points lead to 31 points.

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 AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  3. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  4. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  5. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
  6. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha
  8. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki
  9. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda
  10. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 135
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 131
  3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 109
  4. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 98
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 94
  6. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 75
  7. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki, 70
  8. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 63
  9. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda 60
  10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 57

 250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 184
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 169
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 155
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
  5. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 118
  6. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 96
  7. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 90
  8. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 84
  9. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Hond 80
  10. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76

Racer X Gas Card

The Racer X Gas Card, worth $750 every Saturday night in THQ World Supercross GP racing, went to veteran privateer Jason McCormick this past weekend in San Diego. The Vancouver, Washington-based Honda rider finished behind fellow privateers Casey Lytle and Moto XXXer Clark Stiles in the 250cc Last Chance Qualifier. As a result, he was the highest-finishing rider not to make the main event. The Racer X Gas Card was co-sponsored in San Diego by Mototalkers Mark Ivey and Andy “Regis” Harrington of Tag Metals.

Asterisk Medic Card

In the 125 class, the Asterisk Medic Card, worth $250 to the highest-placing rider not to make the main event, went to Italian import Davide Delgi Esposti. He finished fifth in the 125cc LCQ, just missing out on the main event.

Both McCormick and Esposti were brought up on the stage by announcer Terry Boyd and given a chance to thank all of their sponsors.

“Riding to a New Frontier” Nissan Privateer Program:

  1. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 90
  2. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 84
  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, 90
  2. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 84
  3. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 80

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: 

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: 

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:
San Diego, CA:

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

250cc Rider Results

250cc Supercross Event 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

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

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

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

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

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:
San Diego, CA:

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,
San Diego, CA: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post Race Press Conference Quotes

Carmichael:  “It the second set of whoops I went by David, and went too fast actually and missed a whoop. My front end went over and I was in third gear and I usually do second gear through the whoops.  I got third this time.  I made a mistake.  It’s pretty embarrassing for me, to be quite honest with you guys. To be doing stupid stuff like that for three races, three out of three times when I crashed, I lost.  It’s resco, 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:
San Diego, CA:

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

250cc Rider Results

250cc Supercross Event 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

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

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

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

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

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:
San Diego, CA:

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,
San Diego, CA: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post Race Press Conference Quotes

Carmichael:  “It the second set of whoops I went by David, and went too fast actually and missed a whoop. My front end went over and I was in third gear and I usually do second gear through the whoops.  I got third this time.  I made a mistake.  It’s pretty embarrassing for me, to be quite honest with you guys. To be doing stupid stuff like that for three races, three out of three times when I crashed, I lost.  It’s really frustrating. I know I have what it takes to win at this.   I can’t make mistakes like that.  I will go home and regroup.  It wasn’t the best of my weekends for sure. I need to thank Dr Murphy for checking me out.  I made the mistake and lost the race because of it.  I just need to race the track.  You can win when you are on the ground.

My bike was good, no problems.  (Crashing) takes a little steam out of you.  I felt good in my heat race and even in the main event.  I was a little sore for sure.

I am pissed off at myself really, for making a stupid mistake.  I have been racing too long to be doing that kind of stuff, taking chances like that. I learned, I will go back home next week and try my best during the week to capitalize on what I did wrong.  There was no pressure.  The only thing that is beating me is the track. I have crashed 3 out of 6 races and those three races I didn’t win.  I think I was trying a little too hard.  I will just back it down and I will be fine.  (When I crashed) my clutch lever was bent down a little. 

2001 was harder than this for sure.  I didn’t know what to expect. That was my first year winning 250. I was racing the greatest supercross racer ever in the history of the sport.  To try it beat that guy was the hardest task ever.   Last year was pretty tough but I came through, 2001 was the toughest. 

On viewing the whoops carefully on the parade lap:  “I knew that was going to be a key point. I knew that was the only place where I was not on par.  I was just trying to look for a good line.  It’s frustrating.  I don’t come to a race to make a mistake like that.  I don’t like to do that.

Vuillemin:  “I got a second place start and I passed Byrne in the first set of whoops. It was really good to start in the front. This past week I had to catch up from the back.   Chad was really fast and passed me. I was a little uncomfortable.  Ricky just crashed a second after he passed me and I almost crashed too. I couldn’t catch Chad so I just rode my own race and had to take second. 

On the points chase:  “I kind of helped Chad tonight. 

I will try to pick it up.  I struggled the first two rounds. I am trying to get back in this season.

On the trip to France after A3:

Last week I crashed pretty hard with Ezra in the heat race and hit my head pretty hard. I just stayed in France 12 hours. I went to France to see my osteopath and he checked me out.  I went there because he knows me. He checked me out and its fine right now.

Ricky was a little faster than me tonight and he made a mistake and I capitalized on it.  I just need to pick it up.  My confidence is getting better.  I the last two weeks I did not get starts and caught up to third both times.

Reed:  “I knew tonight was going to come down to a good start.  I was pretty happy to see David in second.  I just tried to ride aggressive.

On the extra long start straight:

For the Yamaha guys our bikes are really fast so it’s good.  It gives everyone a chance to sort themselves our before going into the first corner.  It seems like I really had the whoops down this weekend.  I don’t know what it was. I was really motivated.  I wanted to get some logs off the fire before they started burning.  When Ricky gets going he is kind of dangerous, so I am trying to stop that. 

I had a slow week, like David.  He went to France and I was sick and stayed on the couch. I took the week off.  Last year I didn’t really know what to expect in the east.  I was on an unfamiliar bike.  Now going back there will be fun. I bought a house in Florida.  It is more like back home in Australia.  I am going to be riding every day with Timmy (Ferry).  Its going to be fun. 

On staying calm:

There is no pressure.  This is my first year in the 250s and there has