THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Results, Houston

Yamaha’s Reed Makes it Two-in-a-Row at Reliant Stadium

Sellards Takes Home Second Win of 125cc Season

HOUSTON (March 29, 2003) – Rookie Chad Reed, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., rode his 250cc Yamaha to his fifth THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race of the season in front of 40,422 fans at the inaugural race at Reliant Stadium. Team Yamaha’s Brock Sellards, of Sherrodsville, Ohio, won his second 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race of the season.

Honda privateer, Larry Ward, of Florence, S.C., won the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot followed by Clark Stiles, of Athens, Ala., and Casey Lytle, of Saugus, Calif., Two-time defending supercross champion and series points leader Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., went down on lap one and remounted in last place.  Reed used his top five start to chase down early leader Ward.

By lap eight, Reed passed Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca for second and Ward for the lead, as Carmichael moved into fourth. On lap 9, Carmichael moved into second, trailing Reed by 4.5 seconds. On the final lap, Carmichael moved within a bike’s length of Reed but couldn’t make the pass. Reed was first, Carmichael second and Fonseca third.

“I had to come from behind, ” said Carmichael. “Every lap, every point counts and I am very frustrated with myself right now. It was a stupid mistake. I got beat again. I am going to try and start a winning streak next week. I know I have the speed to win.”

“Going into the first corner I saw Ricky (Carmichael) go down,” said Reed. “I was right next to him. I am a little taller than him, so I came away clean, but those first few laps were scary because everyone was everywhere. There is nothing I like better than racing the best supercross riders in the world for 20 laps and winning.”

Yamaha rider Tiger Lacey, of Wolf Creek, Ore., won the $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot award in the 125cc class with Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., and Sellards in tow. On lap two, Sellards moved into the lead and traded positions with Lacey one more time before securing the lead. Suzuki’s Branden Jesseman, who came into tonight’s race with a 10-point lead over Kawasaki’s Brown, crashed on lap two while running third.

Sellards’ teammate, Ivan Tedesco, worked his way into second place on lap seven, passing Smith and trailing Sellards by 2.5 seconds. An intense race for fifth place between Jesseman and Brown ensued on lap 10 and ended on lap 13 with Jesseman pulling ahead. Sellards held on for the win, Tedesco was second and Bret Metcalf was third.

“Everyone seemed to forget about me because I had some injuries but wounds do heal,” said Sellards. “Everyone was racing hard early on and I got into a groove.”

Action heads north next weekend to the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha
  2. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
  3. Bret Metcalf, Australia, KTM
  4. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki
  5. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki
  6. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda
  7. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM
  8. Tiger Lacey, Wolf Creek, Ore., Yamaha
  9. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Suzuki
  10. Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Yamaha

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki, 135
  2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 123
  3. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 118
  4. Brett Metcalf, Australia, KTM, 85
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 83
  6. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 72
  7. Erick Vallejo, Mexico, NL, Yamaha, 71
  8. i>Mattieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki, 67

  9. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda, 63
  10. Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Yamaha, 47

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

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  3. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda
  4. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Honda
  5. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
  6. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
  7. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha
  8. Clark Stiles, Athens, Ala., Honda
  9. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki
  10. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 279
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 260
  3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 169
  4. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 163
  5. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 149
  6. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., 145
  7. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 138
  8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 123
  9. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C. Honda, 111
  10. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 101

 250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 301
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 238
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 216
  4. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 181
  5. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 175
  6. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 165
  7. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 136
  8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 124
  9. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
  10. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Drew Fields, Bessemer, Ala., KTM
  2. Hunter Wallace, Baton Rouge, La., KTM
  3. Damon Tillis, Antioch, Tenn., KTM
  4. DJ Oakes, Freeport, Fla., KTM
  5. Stone Edler, Destrehan, La., KTM
  6. Christopher Morris, Taylor, Texas, KTM
  7. Quinton Oliver, Dallas, Texas, KTM
  8. Joseph Lane, Little Rock, Ark., KTM
  9. Brock Bergeron, Houma, La., KTM
  10. Andy Gonzales, Lawton, Okla., KTM
  11. Michael Hughes, Spring, Texas, KTM
  12. Branden Van Way, Carencro, La., KTM
  13. Blaine Powers, Houston, Texas, KTM
  14. Logan Brantley, Webster, Texas, KTM
  15. Jacob Fulcher, Spring, Texas, KTM

The final round of THQ World Supercross/AMA Supercross Series in Las Vegas will air on ABC’s Wide World of Sports Sunday, May 4.

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross 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 motorcycle 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.

ercross 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 motorcycle 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.