PONTIAC, Mich. (April 7, 2001) - Ricky Carmichael, who rides for Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki, earned his 10th win in a row in the 250cc class of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick, his 11th on the season, and moved one step closer to ...
PONTIAC, Mich. (April 7, 2001) - Ricky Carmichael, who rides for Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki, earned his 10th win in a row in the 250cc class of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick, his 11th on the season, and moved one step closer to winning his first 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross championship. Team Suzuki's Travis Pastrana captured his first 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross championship.
The 250cc Main Event started out with another great start by Team Suzuki's Kevin Windham (Centerville, Miss.), but Carmichael (Havana, Fla.) was right by his side and ready to bring home the checkered flag. As lap one unfolded, Carmichael established the lead over Windham and Stephane Roncada (Menifee, Calif.). Carmichael was unstoppable, turning in incredible lap times and relishing a huge lead that would ensue. Team Honda's Ezra Lusk (Acworth, Ga.) blasted his way through the pack and finished a solid second behind Carmichael. Mike LaRocco finished third.
"I rode really smooth tonight," said Carmichael. "This takes me one step closer to where I want to be in Vegas. Basically, the race was pretty mellow. I had great start and held on for the win."
Knowing that he needed only a seventh-place finish or better to clinch his first 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross championship, Pastrana was hardly affected by his fifth-place start. Out front, Nathan Ramsey, who came into the event second in the series, led the way with Yamaha of Troy's Nick Wey (Dewitt, Mich.) and Pro-Circuit/Kawasaki's Mike Brown (Piney Flats, Tenn.) in tow for the fist few laps. However, Danny Carlson won the $500 SFX.com Holeshot Award but failed to stay up front. Pastrana, who was riding on an injured knee that he suffered in practice earlier today, efficiently made his way through the pack, passing Brown and Wey. Ramsey was his next target and he had seven laps to zero in. On lap 12, both Ramsey and Pastrana bobbled which put the battle on hold - for good. Ramsey won his second Main Event and Pastrana, who finished second, won the championship. Nick Wey finished third.
"I couldn't't be more excited," Pastrana said. "All of the guys I raced against this year were awesome; they really challenged me. I was closing in on Nathan (Ramsey), but I got a little sideways and slowed down. I am looking forward to the East/West Shootout in Las Vegas."
Tonight's race will air tomorrow (April 8) on ABC's Wide World of Sports at 1:00 p.m. ET. This will be the first of three ABC telecasts of EA SPORTS Supercross in 2001. The other two will be from Irving, Texas, airing April 22nd at 5:00 p.m. ET and Salt Lake City April 29th at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Round 14 of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick will head to Irving, Texas, at Texas Stadium April 21st. Tickets are available at www.sfx.com <http://www.sfx.com>, www.ticketmaster.com <http://www.ticketmaster.com>, or at the stadium box office.
The 16th Round of EA SPORTS Supercross will conclude in Las Vegas, <pre> 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Final Series Standings
1) Travis Pastrana Annapolis, Md. Suzuki 154 pts 2) Nathan Ramsey Corona, Calif. Yamaha 146 pts 3) Mike Brown Piney Flats, Tenn. Kawasaki 135 pts
250cc Series Standings After 13 Rounds
1) Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Kawasaki 317 pts 2) Jeremy McGrath Encinitas, Calif. Yamaha 271 pts 3) Mike LaRocco South Bend, Ind. Honda 233 pts