SUPERCROSS: World Supercross Geneva round one report

Vuillemin wins opening round of THQ World Supercross GP. Ferry, Langston round out podium in Switzerland. GENEVA, Switzerland (December 7, 2002) - Team Yamaha's David Vuillemin won the opening round of THQ World Supercross GP at Palexpo in front...

Vuillemin wins opening round of THQ World Supercross GP.
Ferry, Langston round out podium in Switzerland.

GENEVA, Switzerland (December 7, 2002) - Team Yamaha's David Vuillemin won the opening round of THQ World Supercross GP at Palexpo in front of a record-breaking, sold out crowd of 20,000-plus. Vuillemin, of Corona, Calif., finished ahead of teammate Tim Ferry, of Dade City, Fla., and Suzuki's Sebastien Tortelli, who also lives in Dade City, Fla.

Tortelli earned the sxgp.com $1,500 holeshot award with KTM's Jeremy McGrath, Ferry, and Vuillemin. On lap 8, Vuillemin made a pass on McGrath, the seven-time supercross champion, and moved into the lead on lap 12. In a battle for second, Yamaha's Chad Reed, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., attempted to pass Tortelli over the finish-line jump. The two collided, sending Reed to the ground and back to fourth.

Ferry moved into second on Lap 15 and KTM's Grant Langston, of Temecula, Calif., made a last-lap pass on Tortelli for third.

"This is my first year on the 250cc (motorcycle), and I wanted to finish in the top five, and I am excited to get third," said Langston.

"David (Vuillemin) is always fast on these technical tracks, and he rode a great race," said Ferry. "This is the first time I have started the season on the podium. I couldn't be happier."

"I have been out of racing for nearly five months with injuries, so coming out here and winning the first round of the world championship is great for me," said Vuillemin. "Supercross has been in America for a long time, and it's great to be able to bring it to the fans in Europe. This series is going to develop into a real world championship."

Round 2 of THQ World Supercross GP makes its first-ever stop at Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland next Saturday.

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Series Other bike
Drivers David Vuillemin , Sebastien Tortelli , Chad Reed