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Pontiac: Silverdome event preview

Three former winners to compete in Pontiac Supercross. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Honda's Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki's Ezra Lusk and Jeremy McGrath of Bud Light Yamaha all have tasted victory in the Pontiac Silverdome. On Saturday, April 13, this...

Three former winners to compete in Pontiac Supercross.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Honda's Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki's Ezra Lusk and Jeremy McGrath of Bud Light Yamaha all have tasted victory in the Pontiac Silverdome. On Saturday, April 13, this trio of former Pontiac Supercross winners and a host of other top riders will take to the challenging supercross track set up inside the Silverdome for round 13 of the 16-race AMA EA Sports Supercross Series.

Defending champ Carmichael is having another stellar season in AMA Supercross. The 22-year-old Floridian has won eight of the 12 rounds leading up to Pontiac, including six straight and leads the championship. Only David Vuillemin has been able to keep Carmichael in sight in the race for the title. Vuillemin, a French-born 24-year-old who rides for Yamaha, is a three-time race winner this year and is second to Carmichael in the standings. With just four rounds remaining, Vuillemin needs some luck to catch Carmichael, but he's done an admirable job of riding through injury to at least keep it a two-rider race for the title.

Carmichael, who won in the Silverdome last year en route to winning 14 of the 16 races, shows no signs of overconfidence coming into Saturday's race despite his current winning streak.

"I want to just keep rolling," said Carmichael after winning last Saturday in St. Louis. "I'd like to win the final four races if possible. I don't want the championship to come down to the last race in Vegas."

Kawasaki teammates Ezra Lusk and Stephane Roncada, along with McGrath are locked in a great battle for third-place in the championship. Lusk leads the way just three points ahead of McGrath, while Roncada sits another five points back from McGrath. These three riders, who round out the top five in the series standings, are the only riders who still have at least a mathematical shot at the 2002 title.

Lusk and McGrath are both former winners in the Silverdome. McGrath, the all-time wins leader in AMA Supercross history, has won six times in the indoor stadium. Neither rider has managed to earn a race win this season and both would love to do so in front of the always enthusiastic Silverdome crowd.

The top 250 riders might get a visit from the first AMA champion of 2002 -- Chad Reed. Reed, the 20-year-old Boost Mobile Yamaha of Troy rider from Australia, wrapped up the AMA 125 Eastern Region Supercross Championship last weekend in St. Louis. The young Aussie won the series in commanding fashion taking six wins in six rounds. Now Yamaha will make the decision if Reed will race in the final 125 East round in Pontiac or move him up to the 250 class in an effort to possibly help Vuillemin catch Carmichael in that championship.

If Reed does ride in the 125 event in Pontiac he could become the first rider since Carmichael in 1998 to make a clean sweep the 125 East championship.

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AMA/EA SPORTS SUPERCROSS SERIES
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Silverdome, Pontiac, MI

SATURDAY APRIL13, 2002
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Rider registration and Tech Inspection at the Venue
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Bonus Awards Participant/Mechanic registration at the Venue
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Rider Track Walk
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Junior Supercross Riders Meeting (Mandatory)
12:00 noon - 12:15 p.m. - Riders Meeting (Mandatory)
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Junior Supercross Practice
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - 125cc Practice
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - 250cc Practice
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Track Maintenance
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - 125cc Practice
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - 250cc Practice
3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Qualifying Heats
5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Junior Supercross Practice
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Track Maintenance
7:00 p.m. - 7:20 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. - 7:40 p.m. - 125cc Heat #1 - 6 laps - 20 riders (1st - 9th to Main)
7:40 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. - 125cc Heat #2 - 6 laps - 20 riders (1st - 9th to Main)
7:50 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - 250cc Heat #1 - 8 laps - 20 riders (1st - 4th to Main) (5th - 20th to Semi 1)
8:00 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. - 250cc Heat #2 - 8 laps - 20 riders (1st - 4th to Main) (5th - 20th to Semi 2)
8:10 p.m. - 8:25 p.m. - Junior Supercross Exhibition- 3 laps - 15 riders
8:25 p.m. - 8:35 p.m. - Track Maintenance (10 minutes)
8:35 p.m. - 8:40 p.m. - 125cc Last Chance Qualifier - 4 laps - 22 riders (1st - 4th to Main)
8:40 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. - 250cc Semi #1 - 6 laps - 16 riders (1st - 5th to Main) (6th - 16th to LCQ)
8:50 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - 250cc Semi #2 - 6 laps - 16 riders (1st - 5th to Main) (6th - 16th to LCQ)
9:00 p.m. - 9:10 p.m. - Track Maintenance/ EA Sports Challenge Main
9:10 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. - 250cc Last Chance Qualifier - 6 laps - 22 riders- (1st & 2nd to main)
9:20 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. - 125cc Rider's Parade Lap
9:25 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. - 125cc Main Event - 15 laps - 22 riders
9:50 p.m. - 9:55 p.m. - 250cc Rider's Parade Lap
9:55 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. - 250cc Main Event - 20 laps- 20 riders

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , David Vuillemin , Jeremy McGrath , Ezra Lusk , Chad Reed , Stephane Roncada