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Carmichael/McGrath duel at THQ U.S. Open

LAS VEGAS (September 13, 2002) - The 2002 edition of the THQ U.S. Open sponsored by Thor/Parts Unlimited at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will host one of the greatest showdowns in racing history: Ricky Carmichael vs. Jeremy McGrath on October ...

LAS VEGAS (September 13, 2002) - The 2002 edition of the THQ U.S. Open sponsored by Thor/Parts Unlimited at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will host one of the greatest showdowns in racing history: Ricky Carmichael vs. Jeremy McGrath on October 11-12.

Carmichael, the two-time defending THQ U.S. Open champion, has enjoyed a banner season, winning the supercross championship and the motocross championship. Honda's Carmichael, who etched himself into the motocross record books this summer by winning every moto, won both nights of racing in last year's sell-out event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Seven-time supercross champion McGrath, who is supercross' all-time winningest rider, recently signed a deal with KTM Sportmotorcycles and his first major race aboard the new bike will be at the THQ U.S. Open's Friday night session of racing. McGrath's run that the THQ U.S. Open was truly inspirational as he returned from a first-turn pile-up in the second moto to finish second overall.

"McGrath proved to everyone last year that he has the speed to win," said Eric Peronnard, founder of the THQ U.S. Open. "Watching him cut through the pack after that crash was amazing. The opening night (Friday) should be exciting, considering it's the first time that fans will see him (McGrath) on the new bike."

Top 20 250cc Invited Riders from 2002 AMA Supercross
1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla.
2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif.
3. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif.
4. Ezra Lusk, Acworth Ga.
5. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif.
6. Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif.
7. Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica,
8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich.
9. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif.
10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas
11. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind.
12. Kyle Lewis, Henderson, Nev.
13. Sebastien Tortelli, Dade City, Fla.
14. Jean Sebastien-Roy, Canada
15. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla.
16. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md.
17. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M.
18. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss.
19. Michael Byrne, Australia,
20. James Polvolny Jr., Mendota Heights, Minn.

2002 125cc Eastern and Western Regional Supercross Champions
21. Chad Reed, Australia
22. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif.

2002 Speed Stick Presents the National Arenacross Series Champion
23. Josh Demuth, Fort Worth, Texas

2002 Promoter's Choice
24. TBA

Tickets for Las Vegas MGM Grand's 5th Annual U.S. Open sponsored by Thor/Parts Unlimited (October 11-12, 2002), and the 2nd Annual Amateur Arenacross World Finals (October 13, 2002), are currently on-sale. Fans can purchase tickets through TicketMaster at 702-474-4000, the MGM Grand Box office, or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com and www.ussx.com.

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. It sanctions the AMA Supercross Series Presented by Speed Stick, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship and the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship. More than 1.7 million fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2001 season.

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , David Vuillemin , Travis Pastrana , Kevin Windham , Jeremy McGrath , Ezra Lusk , Ernesto Fonseca , Sebastien Tortelli , Chad Reed , Damon Huffman , Heath Voss , Stephane Roncada , Mike LaRocco