Once again Reed races past Carmichael. Stewart wins second consecutive race in Salt Lake City. SALT LAKE CITY (April 26, 2003) - Yamaha's Chad Reed won his fifth consecutive 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series at Rice-Eccles ...
Once again Reed races past Carmichael.
Stewart wins second consecutive race in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY (April 26, 2003) - Yamaha's Chad Reed won his fifth consecutive 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series at Rice-Eccles Stadium, stopping two-time defending champion Ricky Carmichael - again. Kawasaki's James Stewart, 17, of Haines City Fla., won his seventh 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series race this year, capping off his second season as a professional. Last weekend in Dallas Stewart clinched the championship.
Yamaha's Tim Ferry made his return to racing after being sidelined by illness and earned the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot award. Reed and Carmichael exited turn one in fourth and fifth place respectively. On lap three Carmichael moved by Ferry and Reed. Ferry crashed moments after the pass.
One lap later, Reed made a pass on Carmichael, causing Carmichael to hit the ground.
"I have a lot to lose out here," said Carmichael. "I have been known to ride dirty, but I don't want to do that. I don't want to have to take anyone out. Those guys are desperate and will do whatever they have to to beat me."
Reed held on for his eighth win of the season and tightened the points chase heading into the final round in Las Vegas. Carmichael finished in second and Wey in third.
"I had a good line coming through the whoops before that corner where Ricky (Carmichael) went down and made an aggressive pass," said Reed. "It's unfortunate that he went down but that's racing."
KTM's Billy Laninovich, of Ramona, Calif., won the $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot award with Stewart in second. Stewart moved into the lead shortly after the first turn and checked out. The race between Kawasaki's Matt Walker and Suzuki's Andrew Short saw five lead changes on lap four. Short made the final pass and finished fourth while Walker crashed out. Laninovich finished second and Kawasaki's Eric Sorby was third. The win marked Stewart's second-consecutive win at Rice Eccles Stadium.
"I'm ready for the shootout next weekend in Las Vegas," said Stewart. "I better win or I'll be mad. I had a blast out there tonight. The louder the crowd got, the faster I went."
Next weekend the 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series riders will race against the 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series riders in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium.
The final round of THQ World Supercross/AMA Supercross Series in Las Vegas will air on ABC's Wide World of Sports on Sunday, May 4, at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST/3:00-4:00 p.m. PST