NEW ORLEANS, LA - Ricky Carmichael (Havana, Fla.) piloted his 250cc Chevy Trucks Kawasaki to his fifth consecutive win in the 2001 season of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick in front of 36,565 fans in the Superdome. Team Mazda ...
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Ricky Carmichael (Havana, Fla.) piloted his 250cc Chevy Trucks Kawasaki to his fifth consecutive win in the 2001 season of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick in front of 36,565 fans in the Superdome. Team Mazda Yamaha's Jeremy McGrath (Encinitas, Calif.) suffered a mid-race crash that plummeted him into fourth place. Last weekend's first-turn pile-up only added fuel to Team Suzuki's Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, Mary.) this weekend in the Superdome as the 17-year old won Round 3 of the 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Series.
The start to the 250cc Main Event was fast and furious as McGrath, who trailed series points leader Carmichael by nine points coming into this race, grabbed the $1,000 SFX.com Holeshot Award , in front of Carmichael and Stephane Roncada (Menifee, Calif.). Within two laps, Carmichael made his way past McGrath over the 'triple jump.' Team Suzuki's Kevin Windham (Centerville, Miss.) shot past Roncada in the whoop section to advance into second place. McGrath went down around the halfway point which allowed Windham to move into second place as McGrath would fall back to finish in fourth place. In dominant fashion, Carmichael lapped every rider up to eighth place as he collected his sixth win on the season. Windham finished second and Mike LaRocco finished third.
"I started out behind Jeremy (McGrath) and lately he has been behind me at the start," said Carmichael. "I finally got around him and rode smooth. I felt so good out there tonight."
Getting out of the gate in second place, Pastrana, who entered this event in fifth place, passed series points leader Nathan Ramsey, who rides for Yamaha of Troy/Fox, on lap 2 in the 125cc Main Event. Ramsey (Corona, Calif.) collected the $500 SFX.com Holeshot Award. With 10 laps remaining, Pastrana continued to extend his lead and held on for his second victory of the year. Tonight's win moved Pastrana into third place in the series standings. Mike Brown (Piney Flats, Tenn.) finished second and Ramsey finished third.
Tonight's event was part of the $100,00 mid-season points fund that will be awarded to the top 20 finishers in the 250cc class' season points standings. An additional $225,000 will be awarded at the final round in Las Vegas for a combined $325,000 in purse money.
<pre> The current 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross season points standings:
1) Nathan Ramsey Corona, Calif. Yamaha of Troy/Fox 67 pts 2) Mike Brown Piney Flats, Tenn. Pro Circuit/SplitFire/Kawasaki 60 pts 3) Travis Pastrana Annapolis, Mary. Team Suzuki 57 pts
The current 250cc supercross season points standings:
1) Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki 192 pts 2) Jeremy McGrath Encinitas, Calif. Team Mazda Yamaha 176 pts 3) Mike LaRocco South Bend, Ind. Team Amsoil/Dr. Martens/Honda 149 pts
<pre> Round 9 of supercross takes place next weekend Saturday, March 10th at the Daytona Motor Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Round 10 of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick will take place Saturday March 17, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. Tickets are available at www.sfx.com <http://www.sfx.com>, www.ticketmaster.com <http://www.ticketmaster.com>, or at the stadium box office.
EA SPORTS Supercross will culminate in Las Vegas on May 5th, with round 16, which will be featured live on Pay-Per-View. For more information, contact your local cable provider.