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EA SPORTS Supercross race report, Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (April 28) - In the inaugural visit to Rice-Eccles Stadium, Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., placed his Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki in first place for the 12th consecutive time in EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (April 28) - In the inaugural visit to Rice-Eccles Stadium, Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., placed his Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki in first place for the 12th consecutive time in EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick. Ernesto Fonseca, who rides for Team Yamaha of Troy/Fox, won his second 125cc EA SPORTS Supercross title in Western Regional competition.

This event was one of the most spectacular races in the decade, and saw four different leaders and almost two dozen passes among the top five riders. Team Mazda Yamaha's Jeremy McGrath earned his fifth SFX.com Holeshot with reigning U.S. Open Champion Carmichael and Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., in tow. The biggest surprise to the front runners was Team Yamaha's Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., who won his first-ever heat race, as he worked into the lead on lap 5 after passing seven-time Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath. While Ferry was running out front, Carmichael dropped back to an uncommon fourth place. The momentum would return to Carmichael, who already has the 250cc championship clinched, on lap nine as he shifted into the lead over Ferry. Mike LaRocco repeated his hard-charging ways to place his Honda in third place late in the race. Carmichael won his 13th race of the year and moves one race away from tying McGrath's all-time season win record (14) and consecutive win record (13). Ferry finished a career best, second place, and LaRocco was third.

"I am happy to get this win under my belt," said Carmichael. "That was a great race and the guy who lasted 20 laps is the one who was going to win this race. The elevation defiantly played a factor in this race. I got into a groove around lap 11 and got some breathing room."

Team Redbull/KTM's David Pingree (Menifee, Calif.) earned the $500 SFX.com Holeshot, his first of the year, in the 125cc Main Event. On the heels of Pingree was Fonseca, who came into the race with a 20-point lead. Fonseca, Costa Rica, began to pull away from the field as the battle for second place, which included Pingree, Ivan Tedesco, and Grant Langston. Langston, who won his first supercross race last weekend in Irving, Texas, moved into second place on lap 12 when he 'tripled' past Tedesco. On the last lap, Langston went down hard and surrendered second place to Tedesco. Fonseca was first; Tedesco second; Buckelew third.

The championship makes Fonseca the first rider in history to win both the 125cc Western Regional Supercross and 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross titles. Moreover, Fonseca is the first rider to win aboard the YZ250F.

"I am really happy," said Fonseca. "I am lucky to have ridden on both coasts in 125cc supercross. The team has worked really hard to get me here and this bike is awesome."

Round 16 of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick will culminate in Las Vegas, Nev., next weekend (May 5th) at Sam Boyd and it will be aired live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets are available at www.sfx.com <http://www.sfx.com>, www.ticketmaster.com <http://www.ticketmaster.com>, or at the stadium box office.

<pre> 125cc Western Regional Supercross Final Standings

1) Ernesto Fonseca      Costa Rica              Yamaha          168 pts
2) Rodrig Thain         France                  Suzuki          139 pts
3) Justin Buckelew      Albuquerque, N.M.       Yamaha          137 pts

250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Series Standings

1) Ricky Carmichael     Havana, Fla.            Kawasaki        367 pts
2) Jeremy McGrath       Encinitas, Calif.       Yamaha          306 pts
3) Mike LaRocco         South Bend, Ind.        Honda           271 pts

-Denny Hartwig

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Kevin Windham , Jeremy McGrath , Ernesto Fonseca , Mike LaRocco