Carmichael extends points lead with victory in Indy. Jesseman moves into series points lead with second win. INDIANAPOLIS (March 1, 2003) - Honda's Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., won his seventh 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross...
Carmichael extends points lead with victory in Indy.
Jesseman moves into series points lead with second win.
INDIANAPOLIS (March 1, 2003) - Honda's Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., won his seventh 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race at the RCA Dome in front of 54,720 fans. Suzuki's Branden Jesseman, of Fombell, Pa., earned his third-career 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series victory and moved into the series points lead.
Honda's Travis Preston, the reigning 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series champion, earned his first 250cc SXGP.com holeshot award in front of Carmichael and Ernesto Fonseca. Yamaha's Chad Reed was sixth out of the gate. Carmichael moved into the lead on lap one. David Vuillemin, of Corona, Calif., moved into second on lap four.
Kawasaki's Ezra Lusk, of Bainbridge, Ga., charged hard after an eighth-place start. Vuillemin moved within four seconds of Carmichael late on the race, but couldn't make the pass. This win marks Carmichael's 33rd-career victory. Vuillemin was second and Reed was third.
"It's always nice to win at the place you started your career at," said Carmichael, referring back to his first-ever supercross at the RCA Dome. "I had the fastest lap time coming into the main, so I had a lot of confidence."
Yamaha's Kelly Smith, of Ludington, Mich., earned his third consecutive $1,000 SXGP.com 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series holeshot award in front of points leader Brock Sellards. Sellards, who came into tonight's race with some nagging injuries, moved into the lead on lap one. Kawasaki's Mike Brown, of Piney Flats, Tenn., had a mid-pack start but moved into third place on lap 13. While riding in second place, Smith went down before the triple, allowing Jesseman to move into the number two slot.
On lap 11, Jesseman made the move for the lead on Sellards and pulled away for his third-career win, his second of the season. One lap later Sellards crashed and moved into sixth. Brown finished second and 2000 125cc supercross champion Shae Bentley finished third.
"I know a lot of the guys came into tonight's race a little sore, so I took advantage of that," said Jesseman. "I had about a seventh-place start, so I had to run through the pack at the beginning of the race."