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Carmichael (250) and Reed (125) Win at Daytona Supercross; Vuillemin DNS and Loses Points Lead

The AMA Supercross series visited Daytona Beach, Florida today. In the 250 class, points leader David Vuillemin did not start the race as a result of the shoulder injury suffered last Saturday in a photo shoot with TransWorld Motocross Magazine. MD reported on this incident, but the effects of the crash were not fully appreciated by a Yamaha press representative when interviewed by MD on Monday, March 4, 2002. Obviously, Vuillemin was hurt worse than Yamaha believed at that point.

In any event, Ricky Carmichael stormed to his fifth victory this season, and third straight Daytona victory. Early in the 250 main, Carmichael was followed closely by Suzuki’s Travis Pastrana before Pastrana retired from the race due to an apparent onset of heat exhaustion. Yamaha’s Tim Ferry finished second, with Kawasaki’s Ezra Lusk third.

Carmichael now takes the points lead in the 250 class from Vuillemin.

In the 125 class, Yamaha’s Chad Reed continued to dominate the East 125 series with his fourth straight victory. Finishing second was Kawasaki’s Mike Brown. KTM’s Grant Langston finished third.

125 East Main Event Final Results (Top 10)

1. Chad Reed #103, Yamaha 2. Michael Brown #3, Kawasaki 3. Grant Langston #111, KTM 4. Branden Jesseman #28, Suzuki 5. Joshua Woods #62, Suzuki 6. Greg Schnell #33, Yamaha 7. John Dowd #16, KTM 8. Andrew Short #69, Suzuki 9. Buddy Antunez #100, Suzuki 10. Ryan Clark #54, Yamaha
250 Main Event Final Results (Top 10)

1. Ricky Carmichael #4, Honda 2. Tim Ferry #15, Yamaha 3. Ezra Lusk #11, Kawasaki 4. Sebastien Tortelli #13, Honda 5. Jeremy McGrath #2, Yamaha 6. Nathan Ramsey #25, Honda 7. Ernesto Fonseca #24, Honda 8. Nick Wey #26, Yamaha 9. Damon Huffman #20, Suzuki 10. Heath Voss #41, Honda
125 East Official Points Standings (Top 10)

1. Chad Reed #103, Yamaha 100 pts. 2. Michael Brown #3, Kawasaki 84 pts. 3. Steve Boniface #36, KTM 62 pts. 4. Buddy Antunez #100, Suzuki 59 pts. 5. Kelly Smith #34, Yamaha 50 pts. 6. Larry Ward #10, Yamaha 48 pts. 7. John Dowd #16, KTM 47 pts. 8. Grant Langston #111, KTM 47 pts. 9. Branden Jesseman #28, Suzuki 46 pts. 10. Greg Schnell #33, Yamaha 45 pts.
250 Official Points Standings (Top 10)

1. Ricky Carmichael #4, Honda 184 pts. 2. David Vuillemin #12, Yamaha 179 pts. 3. Ezra Lusk #11, Kawasaki 132 pts. 4. Stephane Roncada #21, Kawasaki 126 pts. 5. Jeremy McGrath #2, Yamaha 126 pts. 6. Mike LaRocco #5, Honda 120 pts. 7. Nate Ramsey #25, Honda 102 pts. 8. Travis Pastrana #199, Suzuki 96 pts. 9. Ernesto Fonseca #24, Honda 95 pts. 10. Damon Huffman #20, Suzuki 94 pts.