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Salt Lake City: Round fifteen - champions crowned

Carmichael clinches second EA Sports Supercross Championship. Preston wins first 125cc West Championship in Salt Lake City. SALT LAKE CITY (April 27 2002) - Team Honda's Ricky Carmichael won his 10th 250cc EA Sports Supercross main event and ...

Carmichael clinches second EA Sports Supercross Championship.
Preston wins first 125cc West Championship in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY (April 27 2002) - Team Honda's Ricky Carmichael won his 10th 250cc EA Sports Supercross main event and clinched his second championship at Rice Eccles Stadium and Tower in front of 38,261 fans. Although Kawasaki's James Stewart won his third 125cc Western Regional Supercross main event, Honda's Travis Preston captured the championship - the first of his career.

Carmichael won the $1,500 POWERade Holeshot Award in the 250cc class, but was passed shortly thereafter by Yamaha's David Vuillemin and Honda's Ernesto Fonseca. On lap three Carmichael moved into the lead and Vuillemin settled into second. Carmichael held on for the win, Vuillemin finished second and Honda's Sebastein Tortelli was third. Carmichael started the season in last place with a did not finish (DNF) and became with first rider in supercross history to go from last place to first place in the series standings.

"It was a tough season for me," said Carmichael. "I started off the season in last and had nothing to lose, and here I am with my second title. David (Vuillemin) kept me honest the whole year."

Sobe Suzuki's Danny Smith earned the $1,000 POWERade Holeshot Award in the 125cc main event, with Stewart and Preston rounding the first turn in second and third respectively. As Stewart took over the lead, Preston moved into second place. Stewart walked away with the victory, Preston finished second and Smith was third.

"My year has been unbelievable," said Preston. "This week I didn't even think about the championship, and early in the race I was just riding my own race, but towards the end I started to ride a little more conservatively.

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Drivers Ricky Carmichael , David Vuillemin , Ernesto Fonseca , James Stewart