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Reed and Carmichael dominate AMA Supercross

Published: 18 March 2002

Ricky Carmichael and Australian Chad Reed continue to dominate this year’s American supercross championships after the latest round at New Orleans.

Carmichael, who won last year’s supercross and outdoor national titles for Kawasaki before switching to Honda during the winter, wrapped up his fourth successive 250 class victory with his CR250 on Saturday night.

Stephane Roncada was second on a Kawasaki while another Frenchman, Yamaha’s David Vuilleman, bravely rode to third place.

He was still suffering from a shoulder injury sustained in a pre-event publicity photo-shoot prior to last weekend’s Daytona race. The injury forced him out of the Florida race and he now trails Carmichael in the standings by ten points, 209-199.

Reed won his fifth successive race in the 124 East series. The Yamaha 250 four-stroke rider had his toughest race of the year with 125 world champion Grant Langston pressuring him all the way until a backmarker got in the way of the KTM, slowing the South African to a virtual stop.

Last year’s 125 champion Mike Brown could only finished fourth on the Pro Circuit Kawasaki behind Yamaha’s Larry Ward, the oldest man in the race at 32. Brown is now 23 points adrift in the championship.

250 Main Event:

1. Ricky Carmichael HON

2. Stephane Roncada KAW

3. David Vuillemin YAM

4. Jeremy McGrath YAM

5. Ezra Lusk -KAW

6. Nate Ramsey HON

7. Heath Voss HON

8. Nick Wey YAM

9. Ernesto Fonseca HON

10. Tim Ferry YAM

125 East Main Event:

1. Chad Reed YAM

2. Grant Langston KTM

3. Larry Ward YAM

4. Mike Brown KAW

5. Greg Schnell YAM

6. Branden Jesseman SUZ

7. Steve Boniface KTM

8. Jeff Gibson YAM

9. Andy Short SUZ

10. John Dowd KTM

250 Point Standings:

1. Ricky Carmichael 209

2. David Vuillemin 199

3. Ezra Lusk 148

4. Stephane Roncada 148

5. Jeremy McGrath 144

6. Mike LaRocco 120

7. Nate Ramsey 117

8. Ernesto Fonseca 107

9. Nick Wey 104

10. Heath Voss 104

125 East Point Standings:

1. Chad Reed 125

2. Mike Brown 102

3. Steve Boniface 76

4. Buddy Antunez 69

5. Grant Langston 69

6. Larry Ward 68

7. Branden Jesseman 61

8. Greg Schnell 61

9. John Dowd 58

10. Kelly Smith 57

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