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Anaheim: Supercross preview

AURORA, Ill. (December 26, 2001) - The 2002 season of EA SPORTS Supercross kicks off in Anaheim, Calif., at Edison International Field Saturday, January 5, featuring the world's top supercross riders, including seven-time champion Jeremy McGrath...

AURORA, Ill. (December 26, 2001) - The 2002 season of EA SPORTS Supercross kicks off in Anaheim, Calif., at Edison International Field Saturday, January 5, featuring the world's top supercross riders, including seven-time champion Jeremy McGrath and reigning 2001 champion Ricky Carmichael. In addition to the season opener, this event will be aired on ABC's Wide World of Sports and is the first round of the Vans Triple Crown of Supercross, a three-race shootout for $500,000.

This is one of three rounds that will be hosted at the legendary Edison International Field. EA SPORTS Supercross will return to the "Big A" on January 19 and February 3 respectively. Last year's events at Edison International Field brought in a combined 134,911 fans over three days.

The three-race Vans Triple Crown of Supercross will coincide with this opening round of EA SPORTS Supercross with $500,000 up for grabs. The other two rounds will be held at Atlanta (February 23) and Las Vegas (May 4). If no rider wins all three rounds, the rider with the most points scored at these events will take home $25,000. Last year Ricky Carmichael won two of the three rounds.

Carmichael, who signed with Team Honda for 2002, will defend the title he wrestled away from McGrath last season. This will be Carmichael's first supercross on a Honda. Heading into the 28th year of competition, other top riders, such as Suzuki's Travis Pastrana, Honda's Mike LaRocco, and Kawasaki's Ezra Lusk have their sights on winning the coveted 250cc Championship.

"Beginning with the opening round at Anaheim on January 5, which will be televised for a national audience on ABC and continuing to the series finals in Las Vegas May 4, Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division will continue to raise the bar of excellence at our live events," said Mark Abernethy, director of marketing, Clear Channel Entertainment - Motor Sports. "Fans will walk away from Anaheim and every event there after knowing that they witnessed the greatest live event in the world."

The 125cc Western Regional Supercross tour will also be kicked off this weekend. The biggest story to come out of this division is 16-year-old standout James Stewart, who brings his record of most amateur championships to the Anaheim playing field.

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Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Travis Pastrana , Jeremy McGrath , Ezra Lusk , James Stewart , Mike LaRocco