Windham Wins!

| February 1, 2004

Before a reported sold-out crowd of 45,050 Kevin Windham ended Chad Reed’s domination of Angels Field of Anaheim, trading the lead a few times with the Yamaha star before eventually scoring the win with time to spare. And in the 125cc class, Ivan Tedesco battled it out with his teammate Stephane Roncada to take home his fifth win in as many tries this year.

Reed actually collected the Butterfinger money for the holeshot at the beginning of the 250cc main, while he was closely tailed by Windham, who started on the opposite side of the split gate. The two quickly distanced themselves from the field, and about lap five they started dicing. They went back and forth until lap 12, when Reed pushed to the inside of Windham before the finish-line jump and came into contact with the Honda rider and fell down. He recovered in third, behind Mike LaRocco.

From there on, though, the race was for second, as Windham sailed all alone out front. Reed finally got by LaRocco with three to go, and Windham took the win over Reed, who had LaRocco all over his tail.

Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates Roncada and Tedesco led the pack into the 15-lap main event, with Roncada leading and Brock Sellards in third. By the second lap, though, Travis Preston had moved into the third position and was chasing the top two valiantly while Tedesco put pressure on his French teammate.

Tedesco and Roncada traded paint a couple of times over the next few laps, but Roncada held onto the lead. However, the battle had allowed Preston to catch them by the 10th of 15 laps. Tedesco finally made a pass stick on Roncada as he took his teammate’s line away in the turn before the track’s second triple, and Roncada was forced to double the obstacle, which not only gave Tedesco a secure lead, but also put Preston all over Roncada’s back door. Preston went by Roncada too and put a good chase of Tedesco, only to come up a couple of seconds short at the finish. Roncada rounded out the podium.

125cc Main: 1. Ivan Tedesco (Kaw); 2. Travis Preston (Hon); 3. Stephane Roncada (Kaw); 4. Brock Sellards (Yam); 5. Troy Adams (Kaw); 6. Andrew Short (Suz); 7. Greg Schnell (Hon); 8. Eric Nye (Yam); 9. Nathan Ramsey (Hon); 10. Michael Blose (Yam); 11. Joaquim Rodrigues (KTM); 12. Ryan Morais (KTM); 13. Jeff Gibson (Yam); 14. Richie Owens (Kaw); 15. Jesse Casillas (Yam); 16. Sean Collier (Hon); 17. Tim Weigand (Hon); 18. Hans Neel (Hon); 19. Logan Darien (Yam); 20. Kris Keefer (KTM); 21. Adam Mennenga (Yam); 22. Josh Hansen (Yam).

AMA 125cc Western Regional Supercross Series Points Standings (After 5 of 8 rounds): 1. Ivan Tedesco (125/5 wins); 2. Stephane Roncada (100); 3. Travis Preston (97); 4. Nathan Ramsey (84); 5. Andrew Short (75); 6. Brock Sellards (74); 7. Troy Adams (62); 8. Greg Schnell (59); 9. Chris Gosselaar (42); 10. Josh Summey (37); 11. Eric Nye (34); 12. Ryan Morais (33); 13. Josh Hansen (28); 14. Jeff Gibson (28); 15. Cole Siebler (24); 16. Steve Boniface (22); 17. Michael Blose (20); 18. Joaquim Rodrigues (19); 19. Brian Gray (19); 20. Johnny Marley (18).

250cc Main: 1. Kevin Windham (Hon); 2. Chad Reed (Yam); 3. Mike LaRocco (Hon); 4. Damon Huffman (Hon); 5. David Vuillemin (Yam); 6. Michael Byrne (Kaw); 7. Ezra Lusk (Kaw); 8. Grant Langston (KTM); 9. Erick Vallejo (Yam); 10. Nick Wey (Suz); 11. Heath Voss (Yam); 12. Sean Hamblin (Suz); 13. Keith R. Johnson (Yam); 14. Ryan Clark (Yam); 15. Craig Anderson (Hon); 16. Mike Brown (Yam); 17. Rodrig Thain (Suz); 18. Isaiah Johnson (Yam); 19. Tiger Lacey (Hon); 20. Tyler Evans (Suz).

THQ AMA 250cc Supercross Series Points Standings (After 5 of 16 rounds): 1. Chad Reed (119/3 wins); 2. Kevin Windham (96/2 wins)*; 3. David Vuillemin (92); 4. Mike LaRocco (92); 5. Michael Byrne (73); 6. Damon Huffman (69); 7. Nick Wey (61); 8. Grant Langston (50); 9. Ezra Lusk (47); 10. Heath Voss (43); 11. Keith R. Johnson (41); 12. Tyler Evans (37); 13. Timmy Ferry (36); 14. Ryan Clark (33); 15. Sean Hamblin (32); 16. Erick Vallejo (31); 17. Ernesto Fonseca (28); 18. Robbie Reynard (24); 19. Mike Brown (16); 20. Joe Oehlhof (13).

*Adjusted for penalty, pending appeal February 10

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