Hometown Favorite LaRocco Wins in Indianapolis Hanson Wins His First 125cc Race INDIANAPOLIS (March 20, 2004) - Honda's Mike LaRocco, of South Bend, Ind., won his first THQ World Supercross GP/ THQ AMA Supercross Series since January 19, 2002 ...
Hometown Favorite LaRocco Wins in Indianapolis
Hanson Wins His First 125cc Race
INDIANAPOLIS (March 20, 2004) - Honda's Mike LaRocco, of South Bend, Ind., won his first THQ World Supercross GP/ THQ AMA Supercross Series since January 19, 2002 tonight at the RCA Dome before 46,931 screaming fans. Yamaha's Joshua Hansen, of Elbert, Colo., won his first 125cc THQ AMA Eastern Regional Supercross of his career.
In the 250cc main event, Honda's Mike LaRocco, of South Bend, Ind., earned the $1,500 Holeshot Award to a standing ovation to the hometown crowd. Yamaha's David Vuillemin, of Murrietta, Calif., and Suzuki's Nick Wey, of Dewitt, Mich., followed in second and third respectively. Points leader, Yamaha's Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla. crashed at the first turn to start out in last place. Honda's Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Miss., started in fourth place and moved into second passing Vuillemin on lap fifteen. Reed pushed his way through the field and moved into third on the sixteenth lap of the race and started closing in on Windham. LaRocco led the entire race to win and teammate Windham held off Reed for a second place finish.
"It was one of the greatest races I've ever been in," said LaRocco. "And it is all thanks to you fans," as he pointed to the cheering fans. I had an awesome start and the fans kept it going the whole time."
In the 125cc main event, Hansen, who finished third in his heat race, was the $1,000 Butterfinger Holeshot Award winner. Kawasaki's Paul Carpenter, of Ithaca, N.Y., trailed close behind throughout the race, but Hansen pulled away in lap seven when Carpenter slid out in one of the turns. Carpenter held onto second, marking his top finish of the season. Yamaha's Danny Smith, of Middleton, Idaho, finished third, posting his first podium finish of the year. Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., THQ AMA 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Series champion, was unable to compete in tonight's racing due to a concussion sustained in a crash during practice earlier in the day.
"I felt a little tight tonight," stated Hansen. "But, I got first, so I can't complain. I am just really happy and hopefully, I can keep it going."
<pre> KTM Junior Supercross Challenge 1. Hunster Brightwell Cincinnati, Ohio 2. Jake Falls Ironton, Ohio 3. Karden Hurst Lacey, Wash. 4. Chad West Huntley, Ill. 5. Talyn Mock Albion, Ind. 6. Kevin Tompkins Putnam Valley, N.Y. 7. Colton Horne Noxapater, Miss 8. Scottie Kelton Grand Prairie, TX 9. Jacob Smith Liberty Township, Ohio 10. RJ Barrow Spencer, Ind. 11. Matthew Read Aliso Viejo, Calif. 12. Jake Rice Chesterton, Ind. 13. Tyler Gast Chippewa Falls, Wisc. 14. Caleb Scrogham Cox's Creek, Kent. 15. Dakota Tipton Paris, Kent.
THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Eastern Regional Event Results, Indianapolis 1. Josh Hansen Elbert, Colo. Yamaha 2. Paul Carpenter Ithaca, N.Y. Kawasaki 3. Danny Smith Middleton, Idaho Yamaha 4. Brett Metcalfe Murrieta, Calif. KTM 5. Steve Boniface Murrieta, Calif. Suzuki 6. Broc Hepler Kittanning, Pa. Suzuki 7. Steve Lamson Camino, Calif. Honda 8. Michael Blose Phoenix, Ariz. Yamaha 9. Kelly Smith Ludington, Mich. Yamaha 10. Kevin Johnson Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha
THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Eastern Regional Season Standings 1. James Stewart Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki 125 2. Broc Hepler Kittanning, Pa. Suzuki 85 3. Danny Smith Middleton, Idaho Yamaha 80 4. Paul Carpenter Ithaca, N.Y. Kawasaki 77 5. Kelly Smith Ludington, Mich. Yamaha 73 6. Steve Lamson Camino, Calif. Honda 71 7. Ryan Mills Clintondale, N.Y. Honda 68 8. Eric Sorby Murrieta, Calif. Kawasaki 59 9. Bret Metcalfe Murrieta, Calif. KTM 59 10. David Millsaps Cairo, Ga. Suzuki 46
THQ World Supercross Series/THQ AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Indianapolis 1. Mike LaRocco South Bend, Ind. Honda 2. Kevin Windham Centerville, Miss. Honda 3. Chad Reed Dade City, Fla. Yamaha 4. Nathan Ramsey Menifee, Calif. Honda 5. David Vuillemin Murrieta, Calif. Yamaha 6. Andrew Short Colorado Springs, Colo. Suzuki 7. Heath Voss Mico, Texas Yamaha 8. Grant Langston Temecula, Calif. KTM 9. Sean Hamblin Murrieta, Calif. Suzuki 10. Tyler Evans Dewitt, Mich. Suzuki
THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings 1. Chad Reed Dade City, Fla. Yamaha 286 2. Kevin Windham Centerville, Miss. Honda 256 3. Mike LaRocco Corona, Calif. Honda 230 4. David Vuillemin Murrieta, Calif. Yamaha 220 5. Michael Byrne Temecula, Calif. Kawasaki 158 6. Nick Wey Dewitt, Mich. Suzuki 143 7. Heath Voss Mico, Texas Yamaha 136 8. Damon Huffman Valencia, Calif. Honda 121 9. Grant Langston Lake Elsinore, Calif. KTM 111 10. Sean Hamblin Murrieta, Calif. Suzuki 99
THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings 1. Damon Huffman Valencia, Calif. Honda 249 2. Heath Voss Mico, Texas Yamaha 246 3. Grant Langston Temecula, Calif. KTM 228 4. Tyler Evans Canyon Lake, Calif. Suzuki 216 5. Ryan Clark Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 161 6. Andrew Short Colorado Springs, Colo. Suzuki 138 7. Keith Johnson Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 124 8. Erick Vallejo Dallas, Texas Yamaha 110 9. Joe Oehlhof Hesperia, Calif. Honda 100 10. Jason Thomas Melrose, Fla. Honda 99