Ricky Carmichael Wins Third Straight Daytona Supercross By Honda DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 9, 2002)& ...
Ricky Carmichael Wins Third Straight Daytona Supercross By Honda
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 9, 2002)– Ricky Carmichael did what everyone expected him to do– he won the Daytona Supercross by Honda in convincing fashion.
It marked the third straight Daytona Supercross win for the 22-year-old rider from Havana, Fla., and moved him into the AMA EA Sports Supercross Series lead for the first time this year.
Frenchman David Vuillemin, who led the championship coming into this weekend, did not race at Daytona. He attempted to ride in morning warm-up, but his shoulder, which he injured a week earlier, was too tender to race.
Tim Ferry, of Largo, Fla., finished second on a Yamaha in his first race back in almost two months. Ferry crossed the finish line 13.9-seconds behind Carmichael. Georgian Ezra Lusk earned his best finish of the season, taking third on a Kawasaki.
"I think I was a little over anxious on my heat race," Carmichael said. "That's why I was making a bunch of mistakes. I thought I was going to have a hard time out there. Timmy was riding excellent and so was Travis (Pastrana). I was just trying to stay smooth and put in at least 15 good laps and see what happens and let the race come to me."
Australian Chad Reed won the AMA 125 East race on a Yamaha. Reed emerged from a three-way battle with early leader Grant Langston and Michael Brown to win by nearly 20 seconds over Brown. Langston recovered from a crash, after tangling with Reed, to finish third.
It marked Reed's first win at Daytona in his debut race there and expanded his championship points lead to 16 over Brown.
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