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SUPERCROSS: Las Vegas season finale report

Carmichael takes home third 250cc AMA Supercross Series Championship. Short wins Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. LAS VEGAS (May 3, 2003) - Yamaha's Chad Reed, of Menifee, Calif., won his sixth consecutive 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA ...

Carmichael takes home third 250cc AMA Supercross Series Championship.
Short wins Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.

LAS VEGAS (May 3, 2003) - Yamaha's Chad Reed, of Menifee, Calif., won his sixth consecutive 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series main event at Sam Boyd Stadium. Honda's Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., finished second and secured his third 250cc AMA Supercross Series championship. Suzuki's Andrew Short, of Colorado Springs, Colo., won the Dave Coombs Sr. 125cc East/West Shootout, marking the first win of his career.

Reed earned the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot award with Honda's Kyle Lewis and Yamaha's Heath Voss in tow. Carmichael started in fourth place and moved into second on lap four. His teammate, Ernesto Fonseca, moved into third on lap 9. The win marked Reed's eighth THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series victory. Carmichael was second and Fonseca third.

"I wanted to do the best I could out there tonight, and I knew I could not control what was happening behind me," said Reed. "I made some rookie mistakes this season, and Carmichael won the championship. I want to dedicate this win to James Stewart."

"I had to ride a mature race tonight," said Carmichael. "I now have this chapter done, so I will close it. This was a long season, and I am glad that I can finally get to sleep tonight."

Stewart earned the $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot award with Short and Yamaha's Brock Sellards following in second and third, respectively. On lap one, Stewart had a three second lead but crashed on the next lap, fading to sixth place. The very next lap, he went down after the finish line and didn't return to action.

Kawasaki's Eric Sorby took over the lead for the next three laps but went down, surrendering the lead to Short. Yamaha's Ivan Tedesco finished second and Honda's Michael Byrne was third. This was Byrne's first race back after injuring his thumb.

Brandon Jesseman, the 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series champion, did not race due to an injured thumb.

"This is too cool," said Short. "My Dad is at home, and I hope he is listening to the web cast. I am so pumped about this. I said I wanted to step it up and I did."

The final round of THQ World Supercross/AMA Supercross Series in Las Vegas will air on ABC's Wide World of Sports on Sunday, May 4, at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST/3:00-4:00 p.m. PST.

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Ernesto Fonseca , Chad Reed , Heath Voss , James Stewart , Andrew Short