Ricky Carmichael Clinches SX Title

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Honda Racing's Ezra Lusk rode his best race of the season in Irving, Texas onSaturday night, finishing in second behind Team Kawasaki's Ricky Carmichael who won the overall and sewed up the 250 Supercross title. Last year's champ, Team Yamaha's Jeremy McGrath, finished in third.

Lusk won his heat race overCarmichael and carried that momentum into the main event where he grabbed the holeshot and was followed closely by Carmichael and another Honda rider, Ezra Lusk...

Carmichael began closing in fast, passing Lusk. The crowd rose to their feet asLusk challenged and passed Carmichael several times before crashing andallowinga gap to open up. Carmichael broke away by the halfway point and eventuallytook the win and the 2001 EA Sports 250cc Supercross Championship.

Lusk, who is great friends with Carmichael, hugged his rival and congratulatedthe new champ. "I gave it my all! I made a mistake and low-sided the bike atthehalfway point and gave RC enough margin to win it. I'll take second tonight,but I want that first-place finish next week, " said Lusk.

Irving Supercross 250 Main Results, Top Finishers:1. Ricky Carmichael - Kawasaki2. Ezra Lusk - Honda3. Jeremy McGrath - Yamaha4. Mike LaRocco - Honda5. Tim Ferry - YamahaAMA/EA Sports Supercross Series 250-class Point Standings, Top Riders:1. Ricky Carmichael - Kawasaki - 342 points2. Jeremy McGrath - Yamaha - 291 points3. Mike LaRocco - Honda - 251 points4. Ezra Lusk - Honda- 238 points5. Kevin Windham - Suzuki - 231 pointsUpcoming rounds:Round 15 - Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28Round 16 (Final) - Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 5
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