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SUPERCROSS: Atlanta Georgia Dome preview

Georgia soil suited for Lusk and Carmichael. Carmichael holds onto 14-point lead over Reed. AURORA (February 21, 2003) - THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series returns to the Georgia Dome this weekend with local standouts Ricky...

Georgia soil suited for Lusk and Carmichael.
Carmichael holds onto 14-point lead over Reed.

AURORA (February 21, 2003) - THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series returns to the Georgia Dome this weekend with local standouts Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., and Ezra Lusk, of Bainbridge, Ga.

Carmichael, who won his 30th 250cc supercross race last weekend at the Minneapolis Metrodome, has a 14-point lead over Chad Reed in series points. In last week's showdown, Reed, the winner of three THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross events this season, passed Carmichael's Honda for the lead before he crashed and finished sixth.

"The lap before (Reed) wrecked, in that turn going into the whoops, he came into that turn so fast he went into the whoops at an angle," said Carmichael. "I was like, go ahead dude, I don't have anything for that. I was just going to try to get through lap 10. That was my main focus. I knew it was going to be tough for him to go from lap 10 at that pace. I saw him out there riding as fast as he was, it seemed like all night he was kind of over the edge. I knew it was going to be a long night for him. The track got a lot dryer in the turns and he lost it there. My whole thing is I try and race the track and no one else. Chad is a good rider but that is not my main concern. My main concern is the track. The races that I didn't win are the races that I fell on. That is the thing that beat me."

Lusk, who won the Phoenix main event earlier this season, finished second behind Carmichael last weekend. The Kawasaki rider is competing in his 12th season of racing and currently sits fourth in points in the AMA Supercross Series Standings.

"A holeshot definitely makes life a lot easier," said Lusk on last week's race. "I had a good weekend. I was kind of off all weekend. I just wasn't on the pace. Luckily I got the holeshot. I was able to ride with Chad and Ricky for a while. Chad was going pretty hard there at the beginning. Ricky just rode a smart race. I really didn't have the speed so I was trying to put some laps together and make the podium tonight, hopefully something to build on for Atlanta and the rest of the season."

The second round of 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series competition will feature series points leader Brandon Jesseman, of Team Suzuki. Jesseman, who has two 125cc supercross wins to his name, will be challenged by Honda's Michael Byrne and Yamaha's Brock Sellards.

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Ezra Lusk , Chad Reed