Mike LaRocco put in one of the most impressive rides of the day at round nine of the AMA/EA Sports Supercross Series in Daytona International Speedway, coming from nearly last after a first-lap pileup to fifth on his Team Amsoil/Factory Connection/Jack in the Box Honda CR250R. Perhaps the only more astounding ride was that of Ricky Carmichael who completely dominated the main event so thoroughly en route to his first 250cc supercross victory that he lapped all but runner-up Jeremy McGrath and third-place David Vuillemin. LaRocco maintains third in points behind McGrath and Vuillemin as the second half of the season gets underway.
Although all racers had a weekend off between Atlanta and Daytona, few saw it as a vacation. Instead, many teams remained in Georgia or Florida to test bike setups for the all-important Daytona Supercross, one of the most prestigious races in the sport. Team Honda, for example, tested in Georgia at some of Ezra Luskӳ practice tracks. In fact, Lusk got in some training laps for the first time since injuring his shoulder at round one in Anaheim, riding his CR125R, but heӳ not expected to resume racing until the AMA/Chevy Trucks National MX Series kicks off in May.
Daytona is the most unique race on the circuit and combines aspects of both indoor supercross and outdoor motocross. The course on the infield grass between the road course banking and pit row is very sandy, which becomes as rough and rutted as the most brutal outdoor course. However, track builder Gary Bailey incorporates combinations of jumps and rhythm sections that are as technical as any stadium event, too. Daytona is also the longest track, so instead of a 20-lap main thatӳ 20 minutes long, itӳ closer to 35 minutesشhe length of an outdoor National moto.
LaRocco hasnӴ enjoyed the best starts this season, but he got off to a nice one when the gate dropped for the main. ԉ had a great start. I went [into the first turn] and there was a deep rut there,ԠLaRocco said. Ԋeremy was in it, and I was kind of waiting for him before I went in it when [Damon] Huffman ran into me. He pushed me into Jeremy and got all caught up in my back wheel. I ended up falling over because we [Huffman and I] were tangled up; he just kept clutching it, and we couldnӴ get our bikes apart.
ԉ just did what I could to get through traffic [after that]. It was tough. The first five laps, it took a lot of energy for me to get through.Ԡ
Carmichael ended up safely out front followed by McGrath, Vuillemin and Red Rider Sebastien Tortelli. The top three remained unchanged for all 20 laps, though McGrath drew close early, only to drop back when his legs tired. At the finish, Carmichael owned a 22-second margin over McGrath.
Once again, LaRocco gave the crowd something to watch as he slashed through the pack. After getting untangled, he went to work immediately and came through in 19th place on lap one, passed four more racers on lap two and snuck by four more on lap three for 11th place. He moved into sixth by lap seven, and it took a long time to catch up to Kevin Windham in fifth. Windham, who spent most of last week in bed with the flu, would still manage to finish seventh.
With three laps to go and Tortelli in sight, LaRocco felt a cramp coming on so he backed off a bit in order to maintain his position. For his second appearance at Daytona, Tortelli said, Ԕhe bike is working great. I worked hard [to prepare] for [this], but I was maybe not ready for it, I guess. I was riding my pace and [keeping] a good rhythm to not get tiredدr to try to get tired as late as possible.Ԡ
In 125s, Team FMF/Honda racer Brock Sellards maintained his AMA 125cc Eastern Region Supercross Series points lead with a runner-up finish behind Travis Pastrana who won for the first time in his short professional career.
Daytona Supercross 250-class Main
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We made the jump to the big leagues with our first big, fast production motorcycle with a DOHC engine.
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A landmark achievement that changed the motorcycling world forever. With four cylinders and a disc brake, it was the biggest bike out of Japan. And it proved that a high-performance motorcycle can also be super reliable.
Like the '01 CRs, HRCA Red Rider Contingency will bring out the champion in you. When you ride for Honda, you ride as part of an elite team.
For 2001, we've added events. HRCA Red Rider Contingency will be posted at well over 400 events nationwide; that's 4.4 million dollars posted in 2001! From January 1-December 31, 2001, Honda will award payments to riders based on performance. It's as simple as that. If you're a winner, you can get paid.
Contingency winnings will be issued through the HRCA Red Rider Contingency Card. This is a revolutionary way to collect contingency winnings - and on top of that, the card can be used at any participating Honda Dealer or anywhere Visa is accepted. It's as versatile as you are.
All 2000 or newer CR models are eligible for Contingency. Purchasers of new CRs receive a free one-year HRCA membership from date of purchase.* Your membership also entitles you to discounts at the Gary Bailey Motocross School.
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May 9 - 18, 2003
Over 200,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected in Myrtle Beach for the Annual Spring Bike Rally making this rally the largest single Harley Rally in the Carolinas!
The Myrtle Beach area is absolutely stunning and one of the top vacation destinations in the nation with over 13 million visitors annually. Myrtle Beach has over 60,000 guest-rooms, 1,600+ dinning establishments, entertainment theaters, amusement parks, and over 100 golf courses. Motorcycle riders from all over the eastern part of the United States enjoy the great cruising weather at Myrtle in May. Several major motorcycle attractions are set up during the spring rally.
Every year more people enjoy the Grand-Strand and this is reflected in the attendance for Myrtle Beach Bike Week. The south end of the Grand-Strand area (Murrells Inlet & Inlet Square Mall area) will again host most of the Motorcycle Events for Bike Week. New to Bike Week, there is two (2) ways to get to Murrells Inlet and both come together at Inlet Square Mall. Business 17 and Bypass 17 bring you to the largest single outdoors vending and business location Bike Week.
600 SuperSport Qualifying
Erion Racingӳ Kurtis Roberts set a new track record of one minute, 54.147 seconds today on the very last lap of his qualifying session to earn the pole position for tomorrowӳ Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport International Challenge final.
After coming in for a rear tire change on his CBR600F4, Roberts jogged up pit row and conferred quickly with competitor Eric Bostrom. When the two then took off from the pits together with only a few minutes left in their session, it was evident that they intended to work together for quicker times.
ԗe were talking about it, actually, during the winter about working together here,ԠRoberts confided. Ԉe came up to me in my pit garage right before our qualifying session and asked if I wanted to work with him because he said he could easily do some :54s around here. I had been in the :54s already today in the 750 SuperSport session. I think IӶe got the fastest motorcycle around here today and definitely tomorrow. Now itӳ just a matter of keeping the thing up.
ԅric and I, we both messed up on that final lapشhatӳ the funny thing about it; it didnӴ feel fast. I honestly believe :53s can easily be done around here.Ԡ
Bostrom ended up second fastest at 1:54.431 so both he and Roberts were under the previous record of 1:54.660 set last year by Rich Oliver.
Team Hondaӳ Nicky Hayden tried to set up a similar situation with teammate Miguel Duhamel in the second qualifying session that immediately followed, but Duhamel needed a bit more time in the pits so Hayden opted to go it alone. Even without a partner to draft with, Hayden kept clicking off faster laps, eventually turning a 1:54.731 on the last lap of the session, the only other racer to get under 1:55. ԉ did a decent time, I guessةf I couldӶe got a tow, maybe I couldӶe gone a little better, but weӲe on the front row. IӬl take it,Ԡthe 18-year-old Kentucky native said.
Doug Chandler qualified fourth fastest at 1:55.045, earning the final spot on the front row for tomorrowӳ 18-lap, 100-kilometer final. Last yearӳ 600 class winner, Miguel Duhamel, was fifth fastest at 1:55.249, despite a suspected pinched nerve in his neck suffered during yesterdayӳ practice when the wind caught his head while sneaking a peek back. Duhamel underwent chiropractic adjustments last night and this morning to try to reduce pain and regain movement, and he also resorted to a neck brace taped to his leathers for 600 qualifying. Erion Racingӳ Josh Hayes turned a 1:55.294, the sixth-fastest time.
Including pole position for this yearӳ race, Honda CBR600F4s filled four of the top six qualifying positions.
Daytona 600 SuperSport, Top Qualifiers
1. Kurtis Roberts؈ondaױ:54.147