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SUPERCROSS: Phoenix results

Lusk earns first Supercross since '99 at Bank One Ballpark. Stewart sails to first Supercross win of '03 PHOENIX (January 11, 2003) - Kawasaki's Ezra Lusk, of Bainbridge, Ga., won his first 250cc THQ Supercross since '99 in front of 48, 445 fans...

Lusk earns first Supercross since '99 at Bank One Ballpark.
Stewart sails to first Supercross win of '03

PHOENIX (January 11, 2003) - Kawasaki's Ezra Lusk, of Bainbridge, Ga., won his first 250cc THQ Supercross since '99 in front of 48, 445 fans at Bank One Ballpark. Team Kawasaki's James Stewart won his first 125cc Western Regional Supercross of the season.

Team Yamaha's Chad Reed jumped out to an early lead, winning the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot, with Lusk and Carmichael in tow. On lap seven Carmichael went down and fell to sixth place. Lusk followed Reed for 16 laps before making the move into the lead. Lusk held on for the win, Reed was second and Tim Ferry was third. Defending champion Ricky Carmichael finished fourth.

"We are all professional athletes, and it's going to take aggressive racing to win races," said Lusk on his move into the lead. "This sport is a roller coaster ride, but if you keep your head in there good things will come."

Reed now leads both the THQ World Supercross GP and AMA Supercross Series' points standings.

Australian import, Craig Anderson, who is competing in his first year of racing in America, earned the $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot in the 125cc main event. On lap four, Kawasaki's Matt Walker, of McRae, Ga., moved into the lead, with Stewart and Preston running third and fourth. Stewart took over the lead on lap six.

Reigning 125cc Western Regional Supercross champion Travis Preston, who won last weekend's opener in Anaheim, Calif., moved into second on lap 11 with a block pass that put Walker to the ground. Stewart held on for the win, Preston was second and Danny Smith was third.

"I came out of the gate a little crooked and hit a few guys," said Stewart on his first win of the season. "I had to ride smart and stay out of the pile-ups." <pre> 125cc Western Regional Supercross results 1. James Stewart Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki 2. Travis Preston Hesperia, Calif. Honda 3. Danny Smith Middleton, Idaho Suzuki 4. Sean Hamblin Sun City, Calif. Suzuki 5. Keith Johnson Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 6. Craig Anderson Australia Yamaha 7. Erick Sorby France Kawasaki 8. Steve Mertens Sonoma, Calif. Yamaha 9. Andrew Short Colorado Springs, Colo. Suzuki 10. Billy Laninovich Escondido, Calif. KTM

125cc Western Regional Supercross season standings 1. Travis Preston Hesperia, Calif. Honda 47 2. James Stewart Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki 47 3. Danny Smith Middleton, Idaho Suzuki 36 4. Andrew Short Colorado Springs, Colo. Suzuki 32 5. Kevin Johnson Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 27 6. Christopher Gosselaar Corona, Calif. Honda 27 7. Craig Anderson Australia Yamaha 27 8. Billy Laninovich Escondido, Calif. KTM 26 9. Matt Walker McRae, Ga. Kawasaki 21 10. Sean Hamblin Sun City, Calif. Suzuki 18

250cc THQ Supercross event results 1. Ezra Lusk Bainbridge, Ga. Kawasaki 2. Chad Reed Corona, Calif. Yamaha 3. Tim Ferry Dade City, Fla. Yamaha 4. Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Honda 5. David Vuillemin Corona, Calif. Yamaha 6. Sebastien Tortelli Temecula, Calif. Suzuki 7. Mike LaRocco South Bend, Ind. Honda 8. Ernesto Fonseca Canyon lake, Calif. Honda 9. Ivan Tedesco Albuquerque, N.M. Kawasaki 10. Brock Sellards Sherrodsville, Ohio Yamaha 11. Ryan Clark Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 12. Heath Voss Mico, Texas Yamaha 13. Stephan Roncada Menifee, Calif. Suzuki

250cc THQ Supercross Series season standings 1. Chad Reed Corona, Calif. Yamaha 47 2. Tim Ferry Dade City, Fla. Yamaha 40 3. Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Honda 40 4. Ezra Lusk Bainbridge, Ga. Kawasaki 38 5. David Vuillemin Corona, Calif. Yamaha 34 6. Sebastien Tortelli Temecula, Calif. Suzuki 31 7. Ernesto Fonseca Canyon Lake, Calif. Honda 28 8. Ivan Tedesco Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 21 9. Stephane Roncada Menifee, Calif. Suzuki 19 10. Ryan Clark Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 14

250cc THQ World Supercross GP season standings 1. Chad Reed Corona, Calif. Yamaha 91 2. David Vuillemin Corona, Calif. Yamaha 87 3. Tim Ferry Dade City, Fla. Yamaha 81 4. Sebastien Tortelli Temecula, Calif. Suzuki 70 5. Mike LaRocco South Bend, Ind. Honda 62 6. Grant Langston Lake Elsinore, Calif. KTM 60 7. Keith Johnson Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 47 8. Ryan Clark Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 47 9. Damon Huffman Canyon Country, Calif. Honda 37 10. Jeremy McGrath Encinitas, Calif. KTM 29

KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge 1. Cody McElroy Peoria, Ariz. KTM 2. Josh Hinds Phoenix, Ariz. KTM 3. Jacob Fox Gilbert, Ariz. KTM 4. Ty Siminoe Reno, Nev. KTM 5. Allan Miller Jr. Queen Creek, Ariz. KTM 6. Dane Silverlake Torrance, Calif. KTM 7. Jacob Carpenter Spanaway, Wash. KTM 8. William Renville Queen Creek, Ariz. KTM 9. Andrew Campagna Scottsdale, Ariz. KTM 10. Price Sandoval Scottsdale, Ariz. KTM 11. Taylor Cannon Care Free, Ariz. KTM 12. Chad Williford Glendale, Ariz. KTM 13. Kyle Robinson Bosque Farms, N.M. KTM 14. Cody Thomas Show Low, Ariz. KTM

Competition returns to Anaheim's Edison International Field next weekend, January 18, for the next round of competition.

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