Vuillemin Snatches Opening Night Win at Maxxis U.S. Open

Gosselaar Earns Pro Circuit 125cc Pro Class Win

LAS VEGAS (October 10, 2003) – Team Yamaha¿s David Vuillemin edged out teammate Chad Reed and Honda¿s Ricky Carmichael to win the first night of the Alpinestars 250cc Pro Class racing in front of 7,844 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the sixth-annual Maxxis U.S. Open. Honda¿s Chris Gosselaar won the opening night of racing in the Pro Circuit 125cc Pro Class.

Taking the holeshot, Vuillemin led all 20 laps in the feature, marking his first moto win at the Maxxis U.S. Open. Reed trailed Carmichael for the first 10 laps but made a clean pass down the start straight.

¿Once I had the holeshot, everything was great,¿ said Vuillemin. ¿I was riding really smooth, but the start here is so important.¿

¿I am not going to make any excuses, I got beat, ¿ said Carmichael. ¿Third isn¿t the best place to be, but maybe something will happen. I have to beat Chad (Reed) and David (Vuillemin) has to get third for me to get the overall.¿

¿I wanted to make a clean pass on Carmichael,¿ said Reed. ¿This is just the first night of racing, so I didn¿t want to make any enemies. I have to get that start tomorrow.¿

In the Pro Circuit 125cc pro Class, Gosselaar, Juniper Hills, Calif., stole the holeshot from Yamaha¿s Kelly Smith and led from wire to wire. On the first lap, Broc Sellards, Smith¿s teammate, and Suzuki¿s Steve Boniface crashed and DNF¿ed.

The final night of pro racing is Saturday, October 11. The Amateur Arenacross World Finals is set for the afternoon of Sunday, October 12. Tickets are still available for Sunday. For more information, log on to:

Friday Results

85cc Invitational, Overall results

  1. Dominic Izzi, St. Clair, MI, Suzuki
  2. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, VA, KTM
  3. Jeff Alessi, Apple Valley, CA, Honda
  4. Sean Hackley, Ovilla, TX, Kawasaki
  5. Broc Tickel, Curly, NC, Honda
  6. Josh Hill, LaCenter, WA, Yamaha
  7. Ryan Dungey, Chaska, MN, Honda
  8. William Duffy Jr., Churchton, Mary., Suzuki
  9. Michael Picone, Wareham, MA, Suzuki
  10. Will Hahn, Belpre, KS, Honda
  11. Devon Pilkington, Virginia Beach, VA, Suzuki
  12. Trey Canard, Elk City, OK, Kawasaki
  13. Drew Gosselaar, Juniper Hills, CA, Suzuki

Pro Circuit 125cc Pro Class

  1. Chris Gosselaar, Huntington Beach, CA, Honda
  2. Troy Adams, Brooksville, FL, Yamaha
  3. Kelly Smith, Ludington, MI, Yamaha
  4. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, CO, Suzuki
  5. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, PA, Suzuki
  6. Mike Brown, Gray, TN, Yamaha
  7. Ryan Mills, Huntington Beach, CA, Honda
  8. Steve Mertens, Sonoma, CA, Yamaha
  9. Tim Wiegand, Chatsworth, CA, Yamaha
  10. Michael Blose, Phoenix, AZ, Yamaha
  11. Steve Boniface, Temecula, CA, Suzuki
  12. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, OH, Yamaha

Alpinestars 250cc Pro Class

  1. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, CA, Yamaha
  2. Chad Reed, Dad City, FL, Yamaha
  3. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL, Honda
  4. Mike LaRocco, Huntington Beach FL, Honda
  5. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, CA, Honda
  6. Josh Demuth, Dallas, TX, Yamaha
  7. Grant Langston, Temecula, CA, KTM
  8. Nicky Wey, Dewitt, MI, Suzuki
  9. Jason Thomas, Melrose, FL, Honda
  10. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, CA, Honda
  11. Ryan Clark, Corrales, NM, Yamaha
  12. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, CO, Suzuki

KTM Junior Supercross

  1. Jessy Nelson, Templeton, CA, KTM
  2. Cole Prichard,, Burlington, WI, KTM
  3. Jace Own, Charleston, IL, KTM
  4. Eric Yorba, Chula Vista, CA, KTM
  5. Mitchell Oldenburg, Brownville, MN, KTM
  6. Brandon Orr, Templeton, CA, KTM
  7. Cody McElroy, Peoria, AZ, KTM
  8. Justin Summers, Milton, FL, KTM
  9. Troy Graffunder, Rescue, CA, KTM
  10. Austin Aguilar, Riverside, CA, KTM
  11. Bailey Wintermute, Sponaway, WA, KTM
  12. Drew Fields, Bessemer, AL, KTM
  13. Caden Hadley, Bountiful, UT, KTM
  14. Hayden Richardson, Stockbridge, GA., KTM
  15. Jonathan Greiner, Lucas, IA, KTM

The Maxxis U.S. Open, founded in 1998 is an invitation-only motocross race held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, featuring the world¿s top supercross/motocross racers competing for $300,000 – the single largest payout in motorcycle racing. In addition to the premier open class of racing, the Maxxis U.S. Open also offers a variety of racing including minicycles and KTM Junior Supercross Challenge racing. Past winners include: Damon Huffman (¿98); Jeff Emig (¿99); Ricky Carmichael (¿00&¿01); Mike LaRocco (¿02).

Tickets for the sixth annual Maxxis U.S. Open presented by Thor and Parts Unlimited on October 10-11, and the Amateur Arenacross World Finals, which will be held at the MGM Grand on Sunday, October 12, 2003, are currently on-sale through the MGM Grand box office and or by phone at 702-479-4000. Fans can also purchase tickets at Las Vegas Motorsports, Honda/Kawasaki of Las Vegas, World Motorcycles and Motorcycle City. For more information, log on to The Maxxis U.S. Open is sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.

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