Reed looking to tie Carmichael's seven wins at Salt Lake supercross. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- With four-straight wins in the 2003 AMA Supercross Series, Chad Reed has already tied Carmichael's longest winning streak of the season. This Saturday, ...
Reed looking to tie Carmichael's seven wins at Salt Lake supercross.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- With four-straight wins in the 2003 AMA Supercross Series, Chad Reed has already tied Carmichael's longest winning streak of the season. This Saturday, April 26, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Reed will try to earn the longest winning streak of the season and match Carmichael's seven victories on the year. Carmichael on the other hand is hoping to come back from the one-week break in the schedule ready to finish off the season on a high note. A victory in Salt Lake for the defending champ would go a long way in making that happen. Just 13 points separate series leader Carmichael from Reed with only two rounds remaining in the series. This year's AMA Supercross Championship chase is shaping up to be the closest in over a decade.
This season has been an up-and-down ride for the top two riders in the series. Reed got the early jump on his factory Yamaha, before Carmichael went on a mid-season tear, winning seven of eight rounds to push his series lead to 25 points after the Daytona round in March. Since then it's been all Reed -- he's won four straight and chipped away at Carmichael's points lead. Perhaps more importantly Reed has shown that Carmichael is not invincible, which seemed the case after the way he'd won the last couple of AMA Supercross and Motocross titles.
Carmichael gave his point of view on finishing second to Reed for the fourth-straight time after the Dallas Supercross two weeks ago. "After Daytona, I had a 25-point lead, and I think I underestimated my competition," Carmichael admitted. "Once again, I was beat fair and square. I need to protect my championship points lead heading into Las Vegas."
Reed is concentrating solely on gaining more victories. "The championship is pretty far away right now," Reed conceded. "I only have myself to blame for riding a couple of bad races earlier in the season. But right now I'm feeling really positive about how things are going. I knew what I had to do to get up to Ricky's level and I think I've done that."
Carmichael comes into Salt Lake the only former winner in Rice-Eccles Stadium. He won there in 2001 and again last year. Reed will be racing in the stadium for the first time.
In addition to the main AMA Supercross race in Rice-Eccles, the stadium will also host the final round of the AMA 125 West Region Supercross Series. Kawasaki's James Stewart, who won in Salt Lake last year, wrapped up the championship with his sixth-straight victory two weeks ago in Dallas. With Stewart looking ahead to the Dave Coombs 125 Shootout in Las Vegas on May 3, there may be an opening for another rider to break through and win the 125 West race in Salt Lake.
While one of the newest venues in the series, Salt Lake has quickly become a fan and rider favorite. The 46,000 seat Rice-Eccles Stadium is the home of the University of Utah football team, as well as the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. It is located on the scenic University of Utah campus in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.
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<pre> SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Rice Eccles Stadium- Salt Lake City, UT
FRIDAY APRIL 25, 2003 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm - 250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A 1:13 pm - 1:23 pm - 250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B 1:26 pm - 1:41 pm - 250 Factory Riders Practice 1:44 pm - 1:59 pm - 125 Factory Riders Practice 2:02 pm - 2:12 pm - 125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A 2:15 pm - 2:25 pm - 125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B 2:28 pm - 2:38 pm - Break 2:40 pm - 2:50 pm - 250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A 2:53 pm - 3:03 pm - 250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B 3:06 pm - 3:21 pm - 250 Factory Riders Practice 3:25 pm - 3:40 pm - 125 Factory Riders Practice 3:43 pm - 3:53 pm - 125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A 3:56 pm - 4:06 pm - 125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B * if less than 40 Riders, Group A & B will be combined
SATURDAY APRIL 26 , 2003 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm - 125 Practice 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm - 250 Practice 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm - Track Maintenance 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - KTM Practice 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm - 125 Practice 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm - 250 Practice 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Qualifying Heats 5:30 pm - 5:45 pm - KTM Practice 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm - Track Maintenance 7:00 pm - 7:20 pm - Opening Ceremonies 7:30 pm - 7:40 pm - 125 Heat #1 - 6 laps - 20 riders (1st - 9th to Main) 7:40 pm - 7:50 pm - 125 Heat #2 - 6 laps - 20 riders (1st - 9th to Main) 7:50 pm - 8:00 pm - 250 Heat #1 - 8 laps - 20 riders (1st - 4th to Main) 8:00 pm - 8:10 pm - 250 Heat #2 - 8 laps - 20 riders (1st - 4th to Main) (5th - 20th to Semi 2) 8:10 pm - 8:25 pm - Junior Supercross Exhibition- 3 laps - 15 riders 8:25 pm - 8:35 pm - Track Maintenance (10 minutes) 8:35 pm - 8:40 pm - 125 Last Chance Qualifier - 4 laps - 22 riders (1st - 4th to Main) 8:40 pm - 8:50 pm - 250 Semi #1 - 6 laps - 16 riders (1st - 5th to Main) (6th - 16th to LCQ) 8:50 pm - 9:00 pm - 250 Semi #2 - 6 laps - 16 riders (1st - 5th to Main) (6th - 16th to LCQ) 9:00 pm - 9:10 pm - Track Maintenance 9:10 pm - 9:20 pm - 250 Last Chance Qualifier - 6 laps - 22 riders 9:20 pm - 9:25 pm - 125 Rider's Parade Lap 9:25 pm - 9:45 pm - 125 Main Event - 15 laps - 22 riders 9:50 pm - 9:55 pm - 250 Rider's Parade Lap 9:55 pm - 10:15 pm - 250 Main Event - 20 laps- 20 riders