A Race

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
The race was in Vegas. Yes, we're sure some people were drinking, gambling, getting arrested, renting women by the hour, etc.

But there was the final round of the Supercross in Vegas, too. Bet you can't guess who won. Go on, guess...

Over 40,000 people left the poker tables and free booze long enough on Saturday night in Las Vegas to witness another Ricky Carmichael victory. The Kawasaki rider won the 250 main event, just ahead of Yamaha's Jeremy McGrath and Tim Ferry. The win tied McGrath's 13-race consecutive win record.

Saturday's night supporting star was Honda's Heath Voss who piloted Honda's new CRF450R in itsfirst-ever appearance at a US Supercross.Voss, who had only a few days practice on the CRF450R, pulled holeshots in both his heat race and the 20-lap main event.

"We had a good battled going for a while there," said Carmichael of his batte with McGrath. "I stretched it out a bit and then Michael Byrne didn't want to get out of my way in a timing section and I got caught. Jeremy was right on me again and I had to really ride well there at the end to get the win."

Carmichael ended up winning 14 of the 16 races, finishing 64 points ahead ofseven-time champ McGrath. It was only the second time since 1993 that someone other than McGrath was crowned AMA Supercrosschampion. However, McGrath vowed to return to win back the title in 2002.

125 Main Event Results:1. Nathan Ramsey (Yam);2. Travis Pastrana (Suz);3. Brock Sellards (KTM);4. Travis Preston (Hus);5. Michael Brown (Kaw);6. Nicholas Wey (Yam);7. Keith Johnson (Yam);8. Ernesto Fonseca (Yam);9. Greg Schnell (Yam);10. David Pingree (KTM);11. Christopher Gosselaar (Hus);12. Johnny Marley (Hon);13. Erick Vallejo (Kaw);14. Joseph Oehlhof (Yam);15. Travis Elliott (Hon);16. Justin Buckelew (Yam);17. Rodrig Thain (Suz);18. Tyson Hadsell (Yam);19. Kelly Smith (KTM);20. Grant Langston (KTM);250 Main Event Results:1. Ricky Carmichael (Kaw);2. Jeremy McGrath (Yam);3. Timmy Ferry (Yam);4. Stephane Roncada (Kaw);5. Sebastien Tortelli (Hon);6. Kevin Windham (Suz);7. Mike LaRocco (Hon);8. Michael Byrne (Kaw);9. Kyle Lewis (Yam);10. Jean-Sebastien Roy (Hon);11. Damon Huffman (Yam);12. James Povolny Jr. (Hon);13. Jason Thomas (Hus);14. Thomas Hofmaster (Yam);15. Pedro Gonzalez (Kaw);16. Michael Craig (Hon);17. Travis Hodges (Hon);18. Heath Voss (Hon);19. Jason McCormick (Suz);20. David Vuillemin (Yam).
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