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Carmichael Cruises to Third Victory at Metrodome in Front of 54,651 Reed Earns Back to Back 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Wins MINNEAPOLIS (February 16, 2002) - Reigning 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael cruised to his...

Carmichael Cruises to Third Victory at Metrodome in Front of 54,651 Reed Earns Back to Back 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Wins

MINNEAPOLIS (February 16, 2002) - Reigning 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael cruised to his third victory of the season at the Metrodome for Round 7 of 16 in 2002. Team Boost Yamaha's Chad Reed, who won his first career 125cc supercross last weekend in Indianapolis, led every lap in round two of the 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross championship and claimed his second win of the season.

Sebastien Tortelli, competing for the first time in 2002 because of injuries, earned the $1,500 PowerAde Holeshot Award, as Ernesto Fonseca and Ezra Lusk, second and third respectively, worked towards the front of the pack. Season points leader David Vuillemin started back in the pack and had his work cut out for him.

Jeremy McGrath, who was running in third for the first few laps, made his way into the lead with a clean pass on Fonseca and held on for the next five laps. Following the technical timing section, McGrath spun out, allowing Carmichael to take over the lead. Vuillemin worked his way back from a bad start and placed himself in third place. Carmichael held on for the win with Fonseca in second.

"It's going to be a fight to the finish if David (Vuillemin) continues to keep riding like he is," said Carmichael. "I am looking forward to going to Atlanta next weekend; I have a lot of family and friends there. It's a long season, and I am going to do my best and whatever happens, happens.

Reed, who came into this weekend nursing an injured groin that earned the $1,000 PowerAde Holeshot Award with KTM riders Steve Boniface and Grant Langston in tow. By lap 10, Reed's lead extended to five seconds and growing. Behind Reed, the battle for second between Boniface culminated on lap 14 when Langston made the pass before entering the 'whoop' section. Reed was first, Langston second and Boniface third.

"Tonight, I just wanted a good start," said Reed. "Coming into this weekend, I was not even 100% for sure I was going to race because of my groin injury. I flew here on Friday, and I was still debating competing this weekend, but I pulled through. I am probably going to ban myself from riding on Monday's from now on, though"

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Drivers Ricky Carmichael , David Vuillemin , Jeremy McGrath , Ezra Lusk , Ernesto Fonseca , Sebastien Tortelli , Chad Reed