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SUPERCROSS: Atlanta race summary

Carmichael dominates in front of 63,749 at Georgia Dome. Sellards wins first 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race in 2003. ATLANTA (February 22, 2003) - Two-time defending supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., won...

Carmichael dominates in front of 63,749 at Georgia Dome.
Sellards wins first 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race in 2003.

ATLANTA (February 22, 2003) - Two-time defending supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., won his fifth 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race of the season at the Georgia Dome in front of 63,749 fans. Brock Sellards, of Sherrodsville, Ohio, won his first 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race of the season and moved into the points lead.

Honda's Larry Ward, who qualified to the 250cc main event by winning the last chance qualifier, won the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot in front of Yamaha's Heath Voss and Honda's Ernesto Fonseca. Carmichael started in fourth place and passed Ward for the lead on lap 3.

Local standout Ezra Lusk, who is from Bainbridge, Ga., crashed early and was back as far as last place. Yamaha's David Vuillemin and Chad Reed battled for second place before Reed made his move. Reed held on for second and Vuillemin third.

"I had the fastest heat race time tonight and felt like I was a level ahead tonight," said Carmichael. "I made a mistake in the whoops, then fixed it and was able to pull away. I have made some mistakes this year and hit the ground, so I am doing my best to ride mistake free."

Kelly Smith, of Ludington, Mich., rode his Yamaha to his second $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot of the season before getting passed by Sellards. Mike Brown, of Piney Flats, Tenn., worked his way into second place after a 10th-place start on lap 5. Last weekend's winner Brandon Jesseman, of Fombell, Pa., moved within a bike's length on the last lap but couldn't make the pass. Brown finished second and Jesseman third.

"We are out for a championship," said Sellards. "This is the first year in a long time that I have been healthy, so I should be able to put together a championship season."

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , David Vuillemin , Ezra Lusk , Ernesto Fonseca , Heath Voss , Kelly Smith