Overdue: Team Suzuki's Kevin Windham, who has yet to win a main event in 2001, is the only rider to win in the TWA Dome on both the 125cc and 250cc bike. In 1996, Windham, who was riding for Team Yamaha, won the first-ever 125cc supercross event...
Overdue: Team Suzuki's Kevin Windham, who has yet to win a main event in 2001, is the only rider to win in the TWA Dome on both the 125cc and 250cc bike. In 1996, Windham, who was riding for Team Yamaha, won the first-ever 125cc supercross event held in St. Louis. Two seasons later, Windham decorated his mantle with the larger, more significant 250cc plaque
Stringer: Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki's Ricky Carmichael has won eight-straight 250cc Main Events in 2001. A combined nine wins on the year places Carmichael in the drivers seat to tie two records: the most wins in a season and most consecutive wins in a season. Currently, Mazda Yamaha's Jeremy McGrath, who owns seven supercross titles, boasts rights to both records, which he nailed down in 1996. In order to meet the record requirements, Carmichael would have to continue his immaculate performances and win the last five rounds.
St. Louis Stopper: 1997 supercross champion Jeff Emig, who is from Kansas City, Mo., stopped Jeremy McGrath's winning streak at 13 when he stopped the king in front of his hometown fans. A career-ending injury before the 2000 EA SPORTS Supercross season, forced Emig to retire. "Fro-Daddy" did not get to far away from the sport; he now owns and manages The Edgesports.com Kawasaki. Riding under his tutelage are Michael Byrne and Casey Johnson.
Going, Going, Gone: Travis Pastrana, who started the 2001 season off by riding in the 250cc class, currently leads the 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Series. At last weekend's showdown in Houston, Pastrana, who was on sabbatical from the Eastern Regional Series, somehow convinced Team Manager Rodger DeCoster into letting him ride the 250cc class. Pastrana's convincing measures were all for naught after he injured his ankle in Friday's practice.
Back in the saddle: It's Rumored that Jean Michael Bayle, who is eighth on the all-time supercross win list with 16, will race at the opening round of the Outdoor National Series in May. Bayle, who won his first 250cc supercross in 1990, has been training French rider Sebastien Tortelli. Maybe Damon Bradshaw's step out of retirement to race the Speed Stick National Arenacross Series motivated him.
Awesome Australian: The Edgesports.com Kawasaki's Michael Byrne, in his first full-year of American supercross, made his way into the top 10 in series points two weeks ago in Minneapolis. Riding under the guidance of his coach Jeff Emig, Byrne says that he will continue to get better as he familiarizes himself with American racing. "I'm not ready to ride up front yet," said Byrne. "You have to pace yourself slowly in this sport, and when you are ready, you'll know when you can ride up front.
Chasing Ricky: Right now everyone wants to be like Ricky Carmichael. During the Friday and Saturday practices, many riders try and follow Ricky's lines, but somehow they find it impossible. "In practice, I will try and follow Ricky, but keeping up with him is almost impossible," said Casey Johnson. "For a while I can keep pace, but I make a mistake and he takes off. The funny thing is, he makes a lot of mistakes but still goes faster."
Next: All Ricky Carmichael cares about is winning the 250cc supercross title this year. "The 250cc supercross title is the premier form of motorcycle racing," said Carmichael. "If I win this year, it's all about the record books after that."
Arenacross Star: With the 2001 Speed Stick National Arenacross in the record books, Pedro Gonzales will try his luck at supercross this weekend. The St. Louis Power Sports rider is a former supercross rider but like most riders, Gonzales has found his niche on the arenacross tour. Gonzales finished the series with six overall wins and third in the final points standings.
<pre> 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross Series Standings
Pos. Pts. Rider Name Hometown Wins Sponsors 1 267 RICKY CARMICHAEL HAVANA, FL 9 TEAM CHEVY TRUCKS / KAWASAKI 2 235 JEREMY A MCGRATH ENCINITAS, CA 2 TEAM MAZDA / YAMAHA / MCGRATH RACING INC 3 211 MIKE LAROCCO SOUTH BEND, IN 0 AMSOIL / DR MARTINS / COMPETITION ACCESSORIES / HONDA / 4 179 KEVIN W WINDHAM CENTREVILLE, MS 0 AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORP 5 174 EZRA LUSK ACWORTH, GA 0 AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO, INC 6 135 DAVID VUILLEMIN FRANCE, 0 YAMAHA MOTOR CORP USA / FOX / BRIDGESTONE 7 132 TIMMY M FERRY LARGO, FL 0 YAMAHA / FOX / FLY HELMETS / GAERNE BOOTS 8 108 SEBASTIEN TORTELLI FRANCE, 0 AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO, INC 9 108 STEPHANE RONCADA MENIFEE, CA 0 TEAM CHEVY TRUCKS KAWASAKI 10 82 MICHAEL BYRNE AUSTRALIA, QL 0 THE EDGE SPORTS.COM / KAWASAKI
125cc EA Sports Supercross Eastern Regional Series Standings
POS PTS NO NAME, HOMETOWN MACH 1 107 199 TRAVIS A PASTRANA, ANNAPOLIS, MD SUZ 2 102 100 MICHAEL L BROWN, PINEY FLATS, TN KAW 3 99 28 NATHAN RAMSEY, LAKE ELSINORE, CA YAM 4 96 23 NICHOLAS A WEY, DEWITT, MI YAM 5 68 22 TALLON S VOHLAND, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA KAW 6 66 18 BROCK SELLARDS, NEW PHILADLEPHIA, OH KTM 7 56 61 TRAVIS C ELLIOTT, ALVIN, TX HON 8 50 59 MATT WALKER, MCRAE, GA HON 9 48 35 KELLY D SMITH, LUDINGTON, MI KTM 10 43 88 BEN H RIDDLE, CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY SUZ