SUPERCROSS: Anaheim 3 - Art Eckham press day notes

* This is the 32nd supercross staged in Anaheim. Almost a third of the prior 31 races have been staged here in the last four years (10). * Two rounds a season were run in 1999' and 2000' Ezra Lusk sweeping both in 99' and Jeremy McGrath getting...

* This is the 32nd supercross staged in Anaheim. Almost a third of the prior 31 races have been staged here in the last four years (10).

* Two rounds a season were run in 1999' and 2000' Ezra Lusk sweeping both in 99' and Jeremy McGrath getting the broom out in '00.

* This is the second consecutive year AMA Supercross Series has had three rounds in the same season at Edison International Field. Once again the same rider (McGrath) won the first two rounds in 2001, but Ricky Carmichael prevented the three-race sweep.

* This season is the first time the first two races were won by two different riders (Chad Reed & Ricky Carmichael).

* Both Reed and Carmichael led ever lap of their Anaheim wins, Chad winning by 24 seconds and RC by 3.6 seconds. Ricky went from last to second in the first race. Chad in Anaheim II got buried at the start and crashed to 15th on the second lap. He came back for a sixth place.

Last week:

* THQ World supercross GP/ AMA supercross ran for the first time in San Francisco drawing 40,033. With all the big guns on the right side of the doghouse (the inside) Paul Carpenter came from the left side to win the hole shot. Ezra Lusk got bumped out of the gate going down. He would fight from last to sixth. Chad Reed got buried at the start but putting in the fastest lap of the race managed to come back for second place points. David Vuillemin was 10th after the first lap. He would come back for his first podium of the year (3rd). With all the championship contenders having to recover it made an easy race of it for Ricky Carmichael pulling away leading the last 15 laps.

#3 Mike Brown

* After running the first three 250 races, (getting the hole shot in Anaheim I) Mike decided to get ready for the 125 East campaign which opens 2/15/03 in Minneapolis, which means he will sit out this weekend.

#4 Ricky Carmichael

* The first rider to win two races this year (Anaheim II & San Francisco) At Anaheim II his victory gave him 27 wins tying him with Bob Hannah for third on the all time 250 SX win list. Last weeks victory put him into a tie with Rick Johnson for second on the list with 28 wins. Jeremy McGrath holds the record (72 wins)

* His win combined with Reed's sixth place gives him a six-point lead in the standings.

* RC's win last week gave him his 82nd AMA combined SX/MX career win. He needs only eight more wins to break the all time mark of 89 SX/MX wins set by Jeremy McGrath.

* Ricky's lone non-podium finish -- a fourth at Phoenix was his worst finish since a fourth here at Anaheim in round three of last year.

* RC and Tim Ferry are the only riders to place in the top five in all four rounds this year.

* In his 64 250 SX career starts, Ricky has 28 wins (.437) and 38 podiums (.594)

* Anaheim III is his 58th consecutive 250 SX start

* If he wins Anaheim III: career win 59/ season win #3.

#5 Mike LaRocco

* Mike's fifth place finish at San Francisco was the 115th top five finish of his record 188 starts.

* His 2nd place at Anaheim II was the 67th podium of his career

* If he wins Anaheim III, second win in two years at this track. Mike won his first race in almost 7 years last year at Anaheim II and registered the first win for Honda on the season. Mike would tie Broc Glover on the all time 250 SX win list with his 10th victory.

#11 Ezra Lusk

* His match ups with Chad Reed in heat races have been some of the most thrilling racing on the season.

*  His win at Phoenix (round 2) was his first SX victory in almost
four years (4/29/99 @ Indy).  He led the last 5 laps.

* If he wins Anaheim III: Ezra would tally his 13th career 250 SX win standing alone in 10th place on the all time win list. He nudges David Bailey out of the top ten.

#12 David Vuillemin

* Before last weeks 3rd place podium finish his best result on the season was Anaheim I where he rode from 17th to fourth.

* Winning his qualifying heat last week over Reed, Lusk and LaRocco was a big confidence boost.

* If he wins Anaheim III: It would be two wins in two years at Anaheim. He won the 2002 opener here last year. It would be his 8th career win tying him with Ron Lechien and Jimmy Ellis on the all time SX win list. It would be his first win in almost a year --since Indianapolis of last year (2/9/02).

#15 Tim Ferry

* Is the only rider besides Ricky Carmichael to finish in the top five in the first four rounds.

* His consistency is the product of coming up through the field. Poor starts continue to plague him. Last week he took a 12th place start to 4th. At the Anaheim opener he suffered a 14th place start but moved into second at the half way mark. RC passed him on the last lap in the battle to hold second.

* Anaheim II was his worst finish of the young season -- a 5th after a 10th place start.

* If wins Anaheim III: It would be his first SX 250 win. He would be the second Yamaha rider to win this season (Chad Reed) and the fourth different winning rider in five races. (Tim has two 2nd place finishes on a 250- the last one coming at Daytona)

#21 Stephane Roncada:

* Got a great start last week leading the first 5 laps, but hasn't fully recovered from various ailments and couldn't hold on finishing 8th. (His best of the year.)

#22 Chad Reed:

* Recovered from a bad start last week to get back on the podium (2nd) and lose only 3 points to the leader, Ricky Carmichael.

* Reed trails RC by 6 points in the standings and still appears to be the defending champions biggest challenger.

* Winning Anaheim I Chad became the first Australian to win a 250 SX in America. He was the first 125 East SX champion to win the opening round of 250's in his rookie season since Damon Bradshaw in 1990.

*  Is tied with Carmichael in leading the most laps in the AMA
portion of the THQ World Supercross GP series.  (35 led out of 80 laps)

* If he wins Anaheim III: His second win and third podium in four races. Chad answers Carmichael's challenge to keep the points race close and exciting.

#24 Ernesto Fonseca:

* Recovered from a huge crash at Anaheim II only to go down again last week at San Francisco for a DNF. He made contact with Michael Byrne and had no place to go but off the track.

* His best finish on the year was a 6th here in Anaheim I

* The only rider to win a 125 East and West title is looking for his first 250 win. #103 Sebastien Tortelli

* Took a 5th in Anaheim I but scored his best performance here at Anaheim II winning his first qualifying heat of the year, getting the hole shot in the main and finishing third. (Only his third podium since his win in 98')

#111 Grant Langston:

* Has made some mistakes and had bad luck forcing him to ride in pain with a broken hand and injured knee. His 9th last week in San Francisco has been his best finish.

* Grant became the first rider to score a qualifying heat race win in KTM SX history (Phoenix)

* Was the first KTM rider to win a 125 SX race two years ago winning at Cowboy stadium in Irving TX.

* If he wins Anaheim III: Another historic night for KTM. Grant after winning KTM's first 125 SX in America, becomes the first to win a 250 SX. Becomes the second South African to win a SX (Greg Albertyn LA, '97)

125 West

#1 Travis Preston

* After opening the season here with a win and a second at Phoenix, Travis has met the wrath of the Pro Circuit riders Eric Sorby (warned) and Matt Walker (fined) falling from first in the standings to a tie for second with Andrew Short 25 points off the pace.

* After having a meeting with the finish-line scaffolding he finished 11th last week, his worst since a 17th at Anaheim II last year.

* Travis became the first 125 rider since Ezra Lusk ('93-'94) to win season openers two years in a row.

* Despite his recent troubles, Travis has finished first or second seven times in the last 13 races.

* If he wins tonight he would match his win total of last year's championship season (2).

#259 James Stewart

* Is his title to lose after leading the last 40 laps, winning three in a row, to take a 25 point lead in the standings.

* His last visit to Edison International Field he finally won his first race in 5 tries in Anaheim. He was doing one handers over triples early in the race.

* In four qualifying heats he is yet to lose.

* The only SX race he's lost this year was Anaheim I when a bad start saw him come from as far back as 18th to finish second place at the checkers.

* If he wins Anaheim III it will be his 8th 125 SX win tying him with Keith Turpin and Denny Stephenson for 9th on the all time list. Stephenson won all 8 in one year --1990.

#30 Matt Walker

* He got fined $1,000 for running Travis Preston off the track, but won $300 back for placing 2nd. (His best finish since his first ever 125 SX win at round six of the 125 West in Houston last year.)

* A hot and cold rider who before his lone win last year failed to qualify at the two races before that outstanding performance. He was one of now several 125 riders to win a main event after going all the way to the LCQ.

#39 Christopher Gosselaar

* His third place last week was his first podium of the season. His best since a hole shot third place at the Las Vegas 125 shoot-out last year.

* Chris has had a total of 7 podiums in his 125 career. (2 in 2000, 4 in 2002, & one this year) His best finishes were second places at ANAHEIM III last year & a second at Dallas, which helped his teammate Travis Preston toward the 125 West championship.

#41 Andrew Short

* Travis Preston's disappointing 11th place finish last week combined with Andrew's fourth place at San Francisco, Andrew moved into a second place tie with Preston for second in the standings (25 points behind Stewart)

* Andrew's best performances have been right here-- a second at Anaheim II and a third at Anaheim I.

* One of his biggest accomplishments however this season was getting a 20th place start at Phoenix and moving up 11 spots in 12 laps to finish in 9th.

#61 Josh Woods

* Is gaining confidence after two 5th place finishes in the last two races. He started in 17th last week.


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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , David Vuillemin , Jeremy McGrath , Ezra Lusk , Ernesto Fonseca , Sebastien Tortelli , Chad Reed , Stephane Roncada , Mike Brown , James Stewart , Mike LaRocco , Andrew Short