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McGrath Takes Victory and Seventh Championship in Illinois Supercross; Roncada Wins 125 East Championship

In an incredible race where McGrath (Yamaha) took the holeshot, and Vuillemin (Yamaha) took a soil sample on the first lap (remounting at the back of the pack), McGrath held on for the win with Vuillemin nearly breathing down his neck on the last lap.

The win gives McGrath an insurmountable points lead, and his seventh AMA 250 Supercross championship in eight years.

Kevin Windham (Honda) finished a close third, with Mike LaRocco (Honda) in fourth.

Next weekend in Las Vegas, David Vuillemin has a chance to win $500,000.00 by winning the third race in the Vans Triple Crown series (he has already won the first two).

Yamaha’s Ernesto Fonseca (last year’s 125 East Coast champion), won his first race of the year 2000 last night in Joliet, having been frustrated all year long with the speed of his competitors in the East Coast series. Fonseca rode an impressive race to hold off second place (and series champion) Stephane Roncada (Yamaha), with 16 year old phenom Travis Pastrana (Suzuki) in third.

125cc East Main Event Results (Top 10)

  1. Ernesto Fonseca (#1 – Yamaha)
  2. Stephane Roncada (#26 – Yamaha)
  3. Travis Pastrana (#199 – Suzuki)
  4. Brock Sellards (#18 – Honda)
  5. Nick Wey (#23 – Kawasaki)
  6. Nate Ramsey (#24 – Kawaski)
  7. Ryan Clark (#56 – Suzuki)
  8. Paul Carpenter (#73 – Husqvarna)
  9. Paul Currie (#38 – Honda)
  10. Joseph Oehlhof (#84 – KTM)

125cc East Points Standings (Top 10)

  1. Stephane Roncada (172 pts.) (Yamaha)
  2. Brock Sellards (168 pts.) (Honda)
  3. Travis Pastrana (164 pts.) (Suzuki)
  4. Nick Wey (144 pts.) (Kawasaki)
  5. Ernesto Fonseca (131 pts.) (Yamaha)
  6. Branden Jesseman (98 pts.) (Suzuki)
  7. Tyler Evans (95 pts.) (Suzuki)
  8. Michael Brandes (74 pts.) (Honda)
  9. Kelly Smith (73 pts.) (KTM)
  10. Paul Currie (73 pts.) (Honda)

250cc Main Event Results (Top 10)

  1. Jeremy McGrath (#1 – Yamaha)
  2. David Vuillemin (#934 – Yamaha)
  3. Kevin Windham (#14 – Honda)
  4. Mike LaRocco (#5 – Honda)
  5. Sebastien Tortelli (#21 – Honda)
  6. Larry Ward (#10 – Kawasaki)
  7. Damon Huffman (#20 – Suzuki)
  8. Ricky Carmichael (#4 – Kawasaki)
  9. Heath Voss (#33 – Honda)
  10. Kyle Lewis (#112 – Suzuki)

250cc Points Standings (Top 10)

  1. Jeremy McGrath (347 pts.) (Yamaha)
  2. David Vuillemin (319 pts.) (Yamaha)
  3. Mike LaRocco (280 pts.) (Honda)
  4. Kevin Windham (258 pts.) (Honda)
  5. Ricky Carmichael (247 pts.) (Kawasaki)
  6. Sebastien Tortelli (228 pts.) (Honda)
  7. Damon Huffman (172 pts.) (Suzuki)
  8. John Dowd (170 pts.) (Kawasaki)
  9. Larry Ward (163 pts.) (Kawasaki)
  10. Timmy Ferry (107 pts.) (Yamaha)