RC Still Perfect

| June 9, 2002

Team Honda’s Ricky Carmichael kept his perfect Chevy Trucks 250cc National Motocross streak alive today in Southwick, Massachussetts, scoring both moto wins at round for of the series. Carmichael overtook hometown hero Doug Henry early in both motos, then pulled away to huge wins. Taking second both times out was Team Yamaha’s Tim Ferry, who finished second overall and maintains second in the points standings. Third went to Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s Ezra Lusk. Taking a very impressive fourth on the sand track was Moto XXX privateer Kyle Lewis, while Team Honda’s Sebastien Tortelli garnered fifth.

In the 125cc ranks, Blimpie Suzuki rider Danny Smith notched a long-overdue overall victory, much to the glee of manager Roger DeCoster. The Idaho rider won the first moto, thanks to both strong riding and good luck (James Stewart’s bike quit in the first moto, and Chad Reed dislocated his shoulder in the same race). In the second outing, Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s Stewart recovered to win, and Boost Mobile/Yamaha/Troy Racing’s Reed recovered to finish third, but Smith’s fifth-place finish was good enough for a popular overall win. Second overall went to Team Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca, who went 5-2 on the day. Amsoil/Dr. Martens/Journeys/Competition Accessories rider Travis Preston was third, with MotoworldRacing.com Suzuki’s Damon Huffman and Blimpie Suzuki’s Buddy Antunez making it three Suzukis in the top five.

In the title chase, Carmichael of course has a huge advantage in the 250cc class, with a perfect 200 points to Ferry’s 156. Frenchman Tortelli is third with 153.

The woes of Stewart and Reed meant that things got a bit closer in the tiddler ranks; Reed still leads Stewart (145 – 140), but Smith has closed in a bit with 125.

By Freelance