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Windham Wins Long Awaited THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series Race in Anaheim Ramsey Wins 125cc Class in Mudfest ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 8, 2005) - Tonight was the first time in history that a THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA ...

Windham Wins Long Awaited THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series Race in Anaheim
Ramsey Wins 125cc Class in Mudfest

ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 8, 2005) - Tonight was the first time in history that a THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series race sold out a month before the gate even dropped. Due to heavy rains, qualifying was condensed as well as the main event. Runner-up in last year's THQ AMA Supercross Series Kevin Windham, of Baton Rouge, La., won the 250cc main event as all 45,050 fans gave him a standing ovation. KTM's Nathan Ramsey, of Menifee, Calif., won the 125cc Western regional THQ AMA Supercross Series main event.

Windham followed Team Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael, the all-time winningest AMA motocross rider, through turn one. Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., cashed in on the $1,500 Butterfinger Holeshot Award and led the first four laps before crashing. Nearly every top rider crashed or stalled their bike in the main event, but it was Windham who persevered.

"It was chaos tonight, "said Windham. "With about three laps to go, I went down, but I managed to get it back up and get the win. "It was tough for my mechanic; he had his hands full."

Honda's Mike LaRocco finished second and Carmichael finished third. Kawasaki's James Stewart finished 12th; Chad Reed finished 16th; Jeremy McGrath was 20th.

"These little legs of mine are tired," said Carmichael. "I kept trying and I knew I had it in me to get my Suzuki in front. These are some loyal fans out here. I am going to donate my $1,500 holeshot check to the victims of the tsunami."

Reigning 125cc west region champion Ivan Tedesco, of Murrieta, Calif., led the pack through turn one, earning the $1,000 Butterfinger Holeshot Award. Ramsey, a 125cc regional supercross champion in 1999, passed Tedesco on lap three and led the remainder of the muddy main event. Yamaha's Josh Woods.

"I made the change to the KTM and things are going unbelievably good," said Ramsey. "We will be back here in a couple weeks, and I hope to make this thing really shine. Thanks for all the fans who were cheering us on."

Night's race will be broadcast on ESPN2 tomorrow from Noon-2:00 p.m. EST. Racing tales place next Saturday, January 15 at Phoenix's Bank One Ballpark.

<pre> THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings 1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki 2. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda 3. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda 4. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha 5. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda 6. Tyler Evans, Corona, Calif., Suzuki 7. Kyle Lewis, Henderson, Nev., Honda 8. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda 9. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Yamaha 10. Sebastien Tortelli, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki

250cc THQ AMA Supercross Series Event Results 1. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda 2. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda 3. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki 4. Sebastien Tortelli, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki 5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki 6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda 7. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha 8. Jeff Gibson, Westerville, Ohio, Honda 9. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda 10. Travis Pastrana, Davidsonville, Md., Suzuki

250cc THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings 1. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda, 25 2. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 22 3. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 20 4. Sebastien Tortelli, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 18 5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 16 6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 15 7. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 14 8. Jeff Gibson, Westerville, Ohio, Honda, 13 9. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 12 10. Travis Pastrana, Davidsonville, Md., Suzuki, 11

125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series Event Results 1. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Honda 2. Josh Woods, Flint, Mich., Honda 3. Akira Narita, Corona, Calif., Honda 4. Thomas Hahn, Belpre, Kan., Honda 5. Steve Lamson, Camino, Calif., Honda 6. Ryan Sipes, Nine Grove, Ken., Suzuki 7. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Yamaha 8. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki 9. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha 10. Richie Owens, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha

125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings 1. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 25 2. Josh Woods, Flint, Mich., Honda, 22 3. Akira Narita, Corona, Calif., Honda, 20 4. Thomas Hahn, Belpre, Kan., Honda, 18 5. Steve Lamson, Camino, Calif., Honda, 16 6. Ryan Sipes, Nine Grove, Ken., Suzuki, 15 7. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Yamaha, 14 8. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 13 9. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 12 10. Richie Owens, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha, 11

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Jason Thom , Ricky Carmichael , David Vuillemin , Travis Pastrana , Kevin Windham , Jeremy McGrath , Ernesto Fonseca , Sebastien Tortelli , Chad Reed , Damon Huffman , Heath Voss , Jeff Gibson , James Stewart , Mike LaRocco