Yamaha's Reed makes it two-in-a-row at Reliant Stadium. Sellards takes home second win of 125cc season. HOUSTON (March 29, 2003) - Rookie Chad Reed, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., rode his 250cc Yamaha to his fifth THQ World Supercross GP/AMA ...
Yamaha's Reed makes it two-in-a-row at Reliant Stadium.
Sellards takes home second win of 125cc season.
HOUSTON (March 29, 2003) - Rookie Chad Reed, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., rode his 250cc Yamaha to his fifth THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race of the season in front of 40,422 fans at the inaugural race at Reliant Stadium. Team Yamaha's Brock Sellards, of Sherrodsville, Ohio, won his second 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race of the season.
Honda privateer, Larry Ward, of Florence, S.C., won the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot followed by Clark Stiles, of Athens, Ala., and Casey Lytle, of Saugus, Calif., Two-time defending supercross champion and series points leader Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., went down on lap one and remounted in last place. Reed used his top five start to chase down early leader Ward.
By lap eight, Reed passed Honda's Ernesto Fonseca for second and Ward for the lead, as Carmichael moved into fourth. On lap 9, Carmichael moved into second, trailing Reed by 4.5 seconds. On the final lap, Carmichael moved within a bike's length of Reed but couldn't make the pass. Reed was first, Carmichael second and Fonseca third.
"I had to come from behind, "said Carmichael. "Every lap, every point counts and I am very frustrated with myself right now. It was a stupid mistake. I got beat again. I am going to try and start a winning streak next week. I know I have the speed to win."
"Going into the first corner I saw Ricky (Carmichael) go down," said Reed. "I was right next to him. I am a little taller than him, so I came away clean, but those first few laps were scary because everyone was everywhere. There is nothing I like better than racing the best supercross riders in the world for 20 laps and winning."
Yamaha rider Tiger Lacey, of Wolf Creek, Ore., won the $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot award in the 125cc class with Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., and Sellards in tow. On lap two, Sellards moved into the lead and traded positions with Lacey one more time before securing the lead. Suzuki's Branden Jesseman, who came into tonight's race with a 10-point lead over Kawasaki's Brown, crashed on lap two while running third.
Sellards' teammate, Ivan Tedesco, worked his way into second place on lap seven, passing Smith and trailing Sellards by 2.5 seconds. An intense race for fifth place between Jesseman and Brown ensued on lap 10 and ended on lap 13 with Jesseman pulling ahead. Sellards held on for the win, Tedesco was second and Bret Metcalf was third.
"Everyone seemed to forget about me because I had some injuries but wounds do heal," said Sellards. "Everyone was racing hard early on and I got into a groove."
Action heads north next weekend to the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.