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Vuillemin Battles McGrath to the Wire and Wins New Orleans Supercross

Last night, in New Orleans, Lousiana, David Vuillemin (Yamaha) and Jeremy McGrath (Yamaha) had a showdown, of sorts. Vuillemin and McGrath started the race neck-and-neck, with Vuillemin pulling away to a small lead that he held (with one exception) for the rest of the race. McGrath stayed close, and even passed Vuillemin at one point, but Vuillemin had the upper hand this night, riding fast and smooth.

Kevin Windham (Honda) and Ricky Carmichael (Kawasaki) had a battle of their own over third place, with Windham taking third and Carmichael fourth.

With two rounds left to go, McGrath has a twenty-five point lead over second place Vuillemin in the championship. Vuillemin has virtually no chance to overtake McGrath, absent a mechanical problem or a DNF on McGrath’s part.

In 125 action, Stephane Roncada (Yamaha) won his fourth race of the 125 East Coast Supercross series, with Honda’s Brock Sellards finishing second. Suzuki’s Travis Pastrana finished third.

In the 125 East Coast points race, Sellards and Rondaca are tied for first (with 150 points) with Pastrana just six points back. Next week is the final round of the East Coast 125 series, and it should be a barn burner.

125cc East Main Event Results (Top 10)

  1. Stephane Roncada (#26 – Yamaha)
  2. Brock Sellards (#18 – Honda)
  3. Travis Pastrana (#199 – Suzuki)
  4. Nick Wey (#23 – Kawasaki)
  5. Ryan Clark (#56 – Suzuki)
  6. Paul Currie (#38 – Honda)
  7. Branden Jesseman (#44 – Suzuki)
  8. Charles Bogard (#144 – Suzuki)
  9. Nate Ramsey (#24 – Kawaski)
  10. Joseph Oehlhof (#84 – KTM)

125cc East Points Standings (Top 10)

  1. Brock Sellards (150 pts.) (Honda)
  2. Stephane Roncada (150 pts.) (Yamaha)
  3. Travis Pastrana (144 pts.) (Suzuki)
  4. Nick Wey (128 pts.) (Kawasaki)
  5. Ernesto Fonseca (106 pts.) (Yamaha)
  6. Branden Jesseman (89 pts.) (Suzuki)
  7. Tyler Evans (85 pts.) (Suzuki)
  8. Michael Brandes (74 pts.) (Honda)
  9. Kelly Smith (71 pts.) (KTM)
  10. Paul Currie (61 pts.) (Honda)

250cc Main Event Results (Top 10)

  1. David Vuillemin (#934 – Yamaha)
  2. Jeremy McGrath (#1 – Yamaha)
  3. Kevin Windham (#14 – Honda)
  4. Ricky Carmichael (#4 – Kawasaki)
  5. Mike LaRocco (#5 – Honda)
  6. John Dowd (#16 – Kawasaki)
  7. Damon Huffman (#20 – Suzuki)
  8. Sebastien Tortelli (#21 – Honda)
  9. Larry Ward (#10 – Kawasaki)
  10. Jason Thomas (#51 – Yamaha)

250cc Points Standings (Top 10)

  1. Jeremy McGrath (322 pts.) (Yamaha)
  2. David Vuillemin (297 pts.) (Yamaha)
  3. Mike LaRocco (262 pts.) (Honda)
  4. Kevin Windham (238 pts.) (Honda)
  5. Ricky Carmichael (234 pts.) (Kawasaki)
  6. Sebastien Tortelli (212 pts.) (Honda)
  7. John Dowd (170 pts.) (Kawasaki)
  8. Damon Huffman (158 pts.) (Suzuki)
  9. Larry Ward (148 pts.) (Kawasaki)
  10. Timmy Ferry (107 pts.) (Yamaha)