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Carmichael wins inaugural Supercross at Pacific Bell Park. Stewart wins second in a row. SAN FRANCISCO (January 25, 2003) - Ricky Carmichael, the defending 250cc champion, won the first THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race at...

Carmichael wins inaugural Supercross at Pacific Bell Park.
Stewart wins second in a row.

SAN FRANCISCO (January 25, 2003) - Ricky Carmichael, the defending 250cc champion, won the first THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race at Pacific Bell Park in front of 40,033 fans. Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Havana, Fla., won his second-consecutive 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series main event, extending his points lead to 25 points.

"I have been raised to ride hard and that is what I did tonight," said Carmichael. "That is the only way I know how to ride."

Paul Carpenter won the SXGP.com holeshot award. Honda's Carmichael moved into the lead on lap six when he passed Suzuki's Stephan Roncada. Series front-runners Chad Reed and Ezra Lusk both had lack luster starts and were forced to move through the field as Carmichael extended his lead. Reed earned second and David Vuillemin was third.

Stewart, 17, trailed SXGP.com holeshot winner Eric Sorby into turn one before making his move into the lead. Defending champion Travis Preston charged into second before crashing on the finish-line jump. Matt Walker, of McRae, Ga., finished second and earned his first podium of the season. Honda's Chris Gosselaar also earned his first podium of the year with a third-place finish. Stewart recorded his seventh 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross victory, marking the first time in he has won two supercross races in a row.

David Vuillemin, who had the fastest lap time in practice, won his heat race, passing Ezra Lusk and Chad Reed in late stages of the eight-lap main.

Series points leader Ricky Carmichael, the two-time defending supercross champion, dominated his heat race from the first lap, where he established a three second lead that continued to swell.

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