Jesseman takes the 125 Eastern title while Reed wins his third straight and chips away at Carmichael’s point lead.
Yamaha’s Chad Reed turned in his best supercross performance ofthe year, winning a main event ahead of defending champion Ricky Carmichael inwhich neither one of them fell and handed the win to the other.
Reed passed Sobe Suzuki’s Sean Hamblin early in the race and setthe winning pace, with Carmichael starting about 6th and working his way tosecond by the fifth lap after passing Larry Ward, Heath Voss, Ernesto Fonseca,and Hamblin.
Reed’s lack of mistakes and identical lap times to Carmichael’swere key. Both set a blistering pace, finishing over 40 seconds ahead ofFonseca in third.
"He (Reed) handed it to me," said Carmichael. I had abad start and couldn’t reel him in. I need to go back home this week and put insome more work."
"I tried to control the race," said Reed. "I knewwhere he was the whole time, and when he started to catch me, I turned it up.He (Carmichael) trains hard and that keeps me motivated. To beat RickyCarmichael for 20 laps is the greatest feeling."
250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Event Results
1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
3. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda
4. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki
5. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha
6. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
7. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C., Honda
8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
9. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
10. Josh Demuth, Haslet, Texas, Yamaha
250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings
1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 301
2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 285
3. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 169
4. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., 165
5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 163
6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 151
7. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 149
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 139
9. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C. Honda, 125
10. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 115
250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings
1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 326
2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 238
3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 216
4. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 203
5. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 195
6. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 183
7. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 136
8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 124
9. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
10. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 7
Yamaha of Troy’s Ivan Tedesco won his first 125 supercross at Pontiacafter passing his teammate Brock Sellards and riding a trouble-free race. Thedrama was back in the pack, since this was the final round of the east regionalchampionship and Sobe Suzuki’s Branden Jesseman just needed to finish 8th toearn the title.
Motosport Outlet backed Tiger Lacey, grabbed the $1,000 SXGP.com holeshot award, but soonSellards, Tedesco and Mike Brown were past him and racing for the lead.Jesseman had a bad start and was working up from 14th.
The race for the title was a nail-biter, with the pressure onJesseman to get up to 8th and for Brown to get past Sellards and Tedesco to tryand help his chances for the title. Both of them went down, and the calculators came out
Sellards’ bike had a problem in the whoops and he went down in asmoky crash, taking Brown with him. Brown got back up in 5th and startedcharging again. Jesseman had even more trouble, falling on lap 4 back to 15theven before he made it to 8th where he could relax at least a little. Thepressure was on him to make it up a second time, and he was successful,finishing 5th and winning the championship.
Tedesco got a clear track for a while with Brown and Sellards outof the way, and he rode in for the win. "I have been waiting for this fora while," said Tedesco of his fist supercross win. "I am glad tofinally get this over with – it’s been too long."
"I have been working so hard for this," said anemotional Jesseman. "I was so nervous out there but it worked out in theend. I am so happy about this."
125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Event Results
1. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
2. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
3. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki
4. Mattieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki
5. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif.
6. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki
7. Joshua Summey, Stanley, N.C., Yamaha
8. Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Yamaha
9. Jeff Gibson, Thornville, Ohio, Suzuki
10. Thomas Hoffmaster, Pearl City, Ill., Yamaha
125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Season Standings
1. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki, 150
2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 143
3. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 120
4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 105
5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, KTM, 89
6. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 88
7. Mattieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki, 85
8. Erick Vallejo, Mexico, NL, Yamaha, 72
9. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda, 63
10. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 62
125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Season Standings
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 147
2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 116
3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 92
4. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 91
5. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 90
6. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 81
7. Eric Sorby, France, Kawasaki, 72
8. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 65
9. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 65
10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha, 61