Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tedesco Remains Perfect, Takes Phoenix 125 Win

Roncada also finishes second, giving Kawasaki top two spots in the 125 standings

PHOENIX (Jan. 10, 2004) — Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks rider Ivan Tedesco has opened the THQ AMA Supercross Series with a bang, riding Kawasaki’s new KX250F four stroke to victory in the season’s first two races, including a runaway win in the 125 class on Saturday at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix.

Actually, the team took home the top two spots on the podium, as Tedesco’s teammate Stephane Roncada finished second in the main event, making it a very “green” evening in Phoenix.

Both riders won their respective heat races, a feat they accomplished in last week ‘s season-opener in Anaheim, Calif. Actually, both riders have been so dominant this season that no other rider has led a lap in either the heat races or the main events, a total of 100 consecutive laps led for Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks riders.

Tedesco looked strong all weekend and seemed very comfortable on the track. The course layout at Bank One Ballpark was less technical than the Anaheim track, but was considered a one-lined track that put the importance on good starts.

As has been the case so far this season, Tedesco got off the line exceptionally well to begin the 15-lap 125 main event. He trailed only Greg Schnell after the first turn. He showed great patience in the first-half of the lap, waiting for his moment to move into the lead. He would get past Schnell later in the lap and quickly began to check out.

With Tedesco safely in the lead, Roncada made his charge to the front. He was in fifth by the end of the first lap but was on the move. He slid into second by the end of Lap 3 but his teammate was already more than five seconds ahead.

The two were never challenged for the remainder of the race as Tedesco won by an 8.231-second margin.

“Our bikes are working well and I feel really comfortable every time I’m on the track,” said Tedesco from the pits after the race. “There was only one line on this track so I knew I had to get a good start. Once I was in the lead I just tried to put in good lap times and ride smoothly.”

Tedesco’s smooth riding has netted him an eight-point lead over Roncada in the 125 Western Region Supercross standings, 50 to 42. Andrew Short is third with 36 points.

Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks rider Matt Walker’s evening did not go as planned. He was running just behind Roncada in the main event and was gaining momentum as the race progressed. On Lap 4, after moving up to third, he went down hard in the whoop section and did not return. He was checked out by the on-site medical staff and may have sustained an injury to his shoulder. Walker is expected to get an MRI this week and is status for next week’s race will then be determined.

Chevy Trucks Kawasaki Team Green riders Richie Owens and Troy Adams finished 17th and 20th, respectively.

In 250 action, Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne ran into a bit of bad luck in the main event. After qualifying for the main event from his heat race, he was late off the gate to start the main and was pushed to back of the pack.

He was struggling through field and had picked his way up to 14th place by Lap 6 when the official timing box had vibrated itself out of position and wedged between his left fork and chassis. For the next six or seven laps, Byrne could not turn left very easily. He did manage to pick up the pace in the closing laps after the box had fallen off, but it was too little, too late and he wound up finishing in 10th place.

Kevin Windham was the winner, followed by Chad Reed and Mike LaRocco. Windham was later docked ten points by AMA officials for an aggressive pass on David Vuillemin. Reed now leads the points by nine over LaRocco, 47 to 38. Byrne is in a tie for seventh with Tyler Evans with 27 points.

The THQ AMA Supercross Series heads back to Angels Stadium in Anaheim for second of three stops at the popular Southern California venue.

Event Results:

THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Western Regional Event Results

  1. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
  2. Stephane Roncada, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki
  3. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
  4. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki
  5. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha
  6. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Honda
  7. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha
  8. Jeff Gibson, Westerville, Ohio, Yamaha
  9. Joshua Summey, Stanley, N.C., Yamaha
  10. Johnny Marley, Guthrie, Okla., Honda

THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Western Regional Season Standings

  1. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 50
  2. Stephane Roncada, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki, 42
  3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 36
  4. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 33
  5. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 32
  6. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 30
  7. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 26
  8. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha, 26
  9. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha, 23
  10. Johnny Marley, Guthrie, Okla., Honda, 18

THQ AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
  2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  3. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda
  4. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Yamaha
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Suzuki
  7. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
  8. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
  9. Tyler Evans, Canyon Lake, Calif., Suzuki
  10. Michael Byrne, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki

THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 47
  2. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 38
  3. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 37
  4. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 36
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 36
  6. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Yamaha, 31
  7. Michael Byrne, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki, 27
  8. Tyler Evans, Canyon Lake, Calif., Suzuki, 27
  9. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda, 24
  10. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 23