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2003 AMA Supercross: Round 13


Reed Stops Carmichael Again, Winning Third Straight
Jesseman Wins Championship, Tedesco Earns First 125cc Supercross Victory

PONTIAC, Mich. (April 5, 2003) - Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., won his third consecutive THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race of the season at the Pontiac Silverdome. Suzuki’s Branden Jesseman, of Fombell, Pa., captured the 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series championship, as Team Yamaha’s Ivan Tedesco, of Albuquerque, N.M., won his first 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race.

Suzuki’s Sean Hamblin earned the $1,500 SXGP.com holeshot award in the 250cc action, but was quickly passed by Reed for the lead. Carmichael started in seventh place and moved into second place by lap five.

Carmichael was 4.8 seconds behind Reed on lap 10 but couldn’t make the pass. Carmichael finished second and Ernesto Fonseca was third. The win marked Reed’s sixth on the season.

“He (Reed) handed it to me,” said Carmichael. I had a bad start and couldn’t reel him in. I need to go back home this week and put in some more work.”

“I tried to control the race,” said Reed. “I knew where he was the whole time, and when he started to catch me, I turned it up. He (Carmichael) trains hard and that keeps me motivated. To beat Ricky Carmichael for 20 laps is the greatest feeling.”

Yamaha’s Tiger Lacey, of Wolf Creek, Ore., earned the $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot in the 125cc class with Brock Sellards, of Sherrodsville, Ohio, and Tedesco in tow. One turn later, they passed Lacey and led the field for the next eight laps when Tedesco moved into the lead. Series points leader Branden Jesseman, who needed to finish eighth of better to win the championship, started in the back of the pack.

On lap five Jesseman went down, dropping to 16th place. While riding in second place, Sellards went down in the whoops and collected Brown in the crash as well. The crash erased all championship hopes for Brown. KTM’s Brett Metcalfe crashed on the white-flag lap while in second place. Jesseman worked his way into sixth place, securing enough points to secure the championship. Tedesco won his first 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race, with Kelly Smith in second and Brown in third.

“I have been waiting for this for a while,” said Tedesco of his fist supercross win. “I am glad to finally get this over with - it’s been too long.”

“I have been working so hard for this,” said Jesseman while holding back tears. “I was so nervous out there but it worked out in the end. I am so happy about this.”

Action heads to Dallas’ Texas Stadium next weekend.

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.
 

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Event Results

1. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
2. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
3. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki
4. Mattieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki
5. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif.
6. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki
7. Joshua Summey, Stanley, N.C., Yamaha
8. Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Yamaha
9. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Suzuki
10. Thomas Hoffmaster, Pearl City, Ill., Yamaha
 

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

1. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki, 150
2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 143
3. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 120
4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 105
5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, KTM, 89
6. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 88
7. Mattieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki, 85
8. Erick Vallejo, Mexico, NL, Yamaha, 72
9. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda, 63
10. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 62
 

125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Season Standings

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 147
2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 116
3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 92
4. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 91
5. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 90
6. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 81
7. Eric Sorby, France, Kawasaki, 72
8. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 65
9. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 65
10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha, 61
 

250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Event Results

1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
3. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda
4. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki
5. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha
6. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
7. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Honda
8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
9. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
10. Josh Demuth, Haslet, Texas, Yamaha
 

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 301
2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 285
3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 169
4. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., 165
5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 163
6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 151
7. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 149
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 139
9. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C. Honda, 125
10. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 115
 

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 326
2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 238
3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 216
4. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 203
5. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 195
6. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 183
7. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 136
8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 124
9. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
10. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76
 

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

1. Cole Pritchard, #9, Burlington, Wis., KTM
2. Kyler Gimenez, #8, Jonesville, Mich., KTM
3. Brendon Hortemiller, #6, Falmouth, Mich., KTM
4. Brodey Gould, #10, Twin Lake, Mich., KTM
5. Tyler Reamer, #4, Dryden, Mich., KTM
6. Jacob Grzebinski, #5, Millington, Mich., KTM
7. Matthew Callan, Alton, Mich., KTM
8. Jarrett Anderson, #11, Levering, Mich., KTM
9. Dean Taylor, #1, Dryden, Mich., KTM
10. Ricky Benesley, #14, Pringle, Pa., KTM
11. Lucas, Ball #3, S. Amherst, Ohio, KTM
12. Cole Ughetti, #7, Battle Creek, Mich., KTM
13. Jesse Duflo, #13, Newberry, Mich., KTM
14. Darren Streets, #15, Martinsburg, W.V., KTM
15. Jason Struble, #12, Muncie, Ind., KTM
 


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