Ramsey wins first 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross main. Jesseman earns first 125cc victory, stops Reed's streak. PONTIAC, Mich. (April 13, 2002) - Nathan Ramsey won his first 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross main event at the Silverdome in Pontiac, halting...
Ramsey wins first 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross main.
Jesseman earns first 125cc victory, stops Reed's streak.
PONTIAC, Mich. (April 13, 2002) - Nathan Ramsey won his first 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross main event at the Silverdome in Pontiac, halting reigning champion Ricky Carmichael's six-race streak. Brandon Jesseman, 19, Fombell, Pa., won his first 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross race, stopping Yamaha's Chad Reed's six-race win streak.
Veteran Kyle Lewis, who rides for Moto XXX/DGY earned his first $1,500 POWERade Holeshot Award in the 250cc main event; he was followed by Honda's Ernesto Fonseca and Kawasaki's Ezra Lusk. Fonseca moved into the lead and held his position against Carmichael, who suffered a horrific crash on lap six. Carmichael remounted in 19th place and began his charge.
On lap 10, Lusk moved into the lead and was quickly passed by Yamaha rider Tim Ferry. Lusk went down soon thereafter. With three laps left, Ferry went down, and handed the lead off to Ramsey. Carmichael worked his way into second, and Yamaha's Jeremy McGrath finished third.
"That was a stupid amateur move on my part," Carmichael said on his crash.
"I had a good start and the crowd kept me going," said Ramsey. "I may have not been the fastest guy out there tonight, but I crossed the finish line in first."
Team Moto XXX/DGY's Kelly Smith earned his fifth $1,000 POWERade Holeshot Award in the 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross championship, leading Suzuki's Brandon Jesseman and KTM/Red Bull's Steve Boniface. One turn later Smith and Boniface went down with a host of other riders. Jesseman, who has yet to lead a race this season, took over the lead and checked out. Reed started in fifth and gave chase to Jesseman.
On lap eight of 15, Jesseman held an eight-second lead over Reed, who moved into second place. The lead was cut down to inches on the last lap, but Jesseman held on for the victory. Reed was second and Kawasaki's Eric Sorby finished third, his third consecutive podium appearance in as many races.
"I was looking behind me, just looking ahead," said Jesseman. "Late in the race, though, I heard his four stroke (motorcycle) and made a few mistake, but I held on."
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