4/14 Ramsey and Jesseman upset Pontiac!


Nathan Ramsey won his first 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross main event at the Silverdome in Pontiac, halting reigning champion Ricky Carmichael’s six-race streak.

Brandon Jesseman, 19, Fombell, Pa., won his first 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross race, stopping Yamaha’s Chad Reed’s six-race win streak. Veteran Kyle Lewis, who rides for Moto XXX/DGY earned his first $1,500 POWERade Holeshot Award in the 250cc main event; he was followed by Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca and Kawasaki’s Ezra Lusk. Fonseca moved into the lead and held his position against Carmichael, who suffered a horrific crash on lap six. Carmichael remounted in 19th place and began his charge.

On lap 10, Lusk moved into the lead and was quickly passed by Yamaha rider Tim Ferry. Lusk went down soon thereafter. With three laps left, Ferry went down, and handed the lead off to Ramsey. Carmichael worked his way into second, and Yamaha’s Jeremy McGrath finished third. “That was a stupid amateur move on my part,” Carmichael said on his crash. “I had a good start and the crowd kept me going,” said Ramsey. “I may have not been the fastest guy out there tonight, but I crossed the finish line in first.”

Team Moto XXX/DGY’s Kelly Smith earned his fifth $1,000 POWERade Holeshot Award in the 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross championship, leading Suzuki’s Brandon Jesseman and KTM/Red Bull’s Steve Boniface. One turn later Smith and Boniface went down with a host of other riders. Jesseman, who has yet to lead a race this season, took over the lead and checked out. Reed started in fifth and gave chase to Jesseman. On lap eight of 15, Jesseman held an eight-second lead over Reed, who moved into second place. The lead was cut down to inches on the last lap, but Jesseman held on for the victory. Reed was second and Kawasaki’s Eric Sorby finished third, his third consecutive podium appearance in as many races.

“I was looking behind me, just looking ahead,” said Jesseman. “Late in the race, though, I heard his four stroke and made a few mistakes, but I held on.”

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Event Standings

1. Brandon Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki

2. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha

3. Eric Sorby, France, Kawasaki 4. Joshua Woods, Flint, Mich., Suzuki

5. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki

6. John Dowd, Chicopee, Mass., KTM

7. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki

8. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Yamaha

9. Isaiah Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Suzuki

10. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki

125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Season Points Standings

1. Chad Reed, Australia, Yamaha, 172 pts

2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 120 pts

3. Brandon Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki, 101 pts

4. Buddy Antunez, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 96 pts

5. Steve Boniface, France, KTM, 91 pts

6. John Dowd, Chicopee, Mass., KTM, 82 pts

7. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha, 81 pts

8. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Yamaha, 78 pts

9. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 70

10. Grant Langston, South Africa, KTM, 70 pts

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Event Standings

1. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Honda

2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda

3. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha

4. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha

5. Stephan Roncada, France, Kawasaki

6. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda

7. Ezra Lusk, Acworth, Ga., Kawasaki

8. Sebastien Tortelli, Dade City, Fla., Honda

9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha

10. Kyle Lewis, Henderson, Nev., Honda

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Season Points Standings

1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 281 pts

2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 257 pts

3. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Yamaha, 198 pts

4. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga., Kawasaki, 195 pts

5. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 189 pts

6. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., Honda, 179 pts

7. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Honda, 157 pts

8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Michh., Yamaha, 138 pts

9. Heath Voss, Mica, Texas, Honda, 133 pts

10. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Suzuki, 125 pts