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Carmichael earns fifth-consecutive 250cc EA Sports Supercross Walker wins first race of career at Reliant Astrodome HOUSTON (March 23, 2002) - Reigning 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael won his fifth consecutive race of the ...

Carmichael earns fifth-consecutive 250cc EA Sports Supercross
Walker wins first race of career at Reliant Astrodome

HOUSTON (March 23, 2002) - Reigning 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael won his fifth consecutive race of the season, seventh overall, at the Reliant Astrodome in front of 44,528 fans. Kawasaki-backed Matt Walker, who is from McRae, Ga., won his first career 125cc Western Regional Supercross.

Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., scored his second $1,500 POWERade Holeshot Award, in the 250cc division but was soon passed for the lead by Honda's Nathan Ramsey. Carmichael, who started in third place, moved into second when Ezra Lusk crashed and his pursuit on Ramsey begun. After Carmichael made several attempts to pass Ramsey for the lead, an aggressive one paid off on lap 10, placing him in the lead. Ramsey earned a career best second place and Lusk finished third.

"Nathan (Ramsey) made me work for this one," said Carmichael. "I tried to get by Nathan cleanly, but I knew I was going to have to mix it up if I wanted to take over the lead, so I dove inside of him and it paid off."

Frenchman Eric Sorby, who made his debut in American supercross, won the $1,000 PowerAde Holeshot Award in 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross competition. Sorby was trailed by Honda's Travis Preston, who came in to tonight's race in second, and Walker on the first lap, as series points leader James Stewart crashed and started last.

Walker moved in on Sorby on lap six, riding in tandem before Walker made his move into the lead that would last the next nine laps. Preston finished second and Sorby finished third.

"This was my first win and my easiest," said Walker. "Until now, my best finish in supercross was fifth, and tonight I came out and won."

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Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Ezra Lusk , James Stewart