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LaRocco (250) and Pingree (125) Take Anaheim Supercross

Round three of the AMA Supercross series visited Anaheim Stadium this evening. In unusually cold weather for Southern California, Honda’s Mike LaRocco emerged victorious after an exciting 250cc main event. Early leader Travis Pastrana (Suzuki) crashed hard midway through the main event and remounted to finish third — behind last week’s winner, David Vuillemin (Yamaha). Vuillemin continues with the series points’ lead, with LaRocco in second.

The two pre-series favorites, Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath, continued to perform below expectations. Carmichael finished fourth, following a last-lap crash by teammate Nathan Ramsey that allowed Carmichael to take the first spot outside the podium. Yamaha’s Jeremy McGrath continues his string of poor performances this evening with a ninth place finish.

KTM’s David Pingree won the 125cc main event — barely holding off an amazing charge through the pack by Kawasaki’s James Stewart. Stewart crashed in the first turn, and started last, before passing everyone in the field except Pingree. The 125 points’ leader is Stewart.

Round four of the series will be in Phoenix next Saturday night.

125 West Main Event Final Results (Top 10)

1. David Pingree #39, KTM 2. James Stewart, Jr. #259, Kawasaki 3. Ivan Tedesco #45, Yamaha 4. Casey Lytle #59, Yamaha 5. Matt Walker #68, Kawasaki 6. Keith Johnson #49, Yamaha 7. Casey Johnson #50, Honda 8. Travis Elliott #105, Honda 9. Brock Sellards #18, KTM 10. Erick Vallejo #179, Suzuki
250 Main Event Final Results (Top 10)

1. Mike LaRocco #5, Honda 2. David Vuillemin #12, Yamaha 3. Travis Pastrana #199, Suzuki 4. Ricky Carmichael #4, Honda 5. Nate Ramsey #25, Honda 6. Ezra Lusk #11, Kawasaki 7. Stephane Roncada #21, Kawasaki 8. Chad Reed #103, Yamaha 9. Jeremy McGrath #2, Yamaha 10. Kevin Windham #14, Suzuki
125 West Official Points Standings (Top 10) - Round 3 of 16

1. James Stewart, Jr. #259, Kawasaki 69 pts. 2. David Pingree #39, KTM 58 pts. 3. Ivan Tedesco #45, Yamaha 54 pts. 4. Travis Preston #29, Honda 45 pts. 5. Rodrig Thain #27, Yamaha 44 pts. 6. Travis Elliott #105, Honda 39 pts. 7. Keith Johnson #49, Yamaha 38 pts. 8. Chris Gosselaar #90, Honda 36 pts. 9. Brock Sellards #18, KTM 36 pts. 10. Casey Lytle #59, Yamaha 24 pts.
250 Official Points Standings (Top 10) - Round 3 of 16

1. David Vuillemin #12, Yamaha 72 pts. 2. Mike LaRocco #5, Honda 67 pts. 3. Ezra Lusk #11, Kawasaki 45 pts. 4. Chad Reed #103, Yamaha 44 pts. 5. Travis Pastrana #199, Suzuki 44 pts. 6. Kevin Windham #14, Suzuki 39 pts. 7. Ricky Carmichael #4, Honda 37 pts. 8. Nate Ramsey #25, Honda 33 pts. 9. Damon Huffman #20, Suzuki 31 pts. 10. Jeremy McGrath #2, Yamaha 31 pts.