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Ricky Carmichael Wins Daytona Supercross

AMA / EA Sports Supercross Series Round 9: Daytona International Speedway,
Daytona, FL, Saturday, March 9, 2002

      Honda Racing's Ricky Carmichael reinforced his commitment to winning
the 2002 EA Sports 250cc Supercross title by running away with the grueling
20-lap main       event in Daytona Beach, FL.

   Carmichael grabbed the holeshot and after a brief battle with fellow
Floridian Tim Ferry, checked out and was never contested. RC eventually
slowed his pace down   enough to cruise across the finish line and take his
third consecutive 250cc main event win. With this Daytona victory,
Carmichael becomes the first rider to win five  Supercross main events thus
far in the 2002 EA Sports Supercross season, and is now leading the points

   "I got an awesome holeshot" said Ricky Carmichael. "You need one here in
Daytona. After a little battle with Timmy (Tim Ferry) I just put my Honda
on cruise control      and tried to not make any mistakes."

Red Rider Sebastien Tortelli continues to show strong results in the 2002
Supercross series. The Florida resident is back from a shoulder injury and
his improvement is incredible. Tortelli battled with Ezra Lusk for 3rd
until he settled in for a 4th place overall finish. Tortelli continues to
gain confidence and is closing in on that lucrative podium finish.

Honda Racing's Nathan Ramsey injured his shoulder in Minneapolis and still
was not quite 100% coming into Daytona. Ramsey did not let the pain stop
him, and raced his CRF450R to an impressive 6th place position. Ramsey's
teammate Ernesto Fonseca finished the 250cc main event just behind the # 24
of Ramsey to take home 7th for the day.

Blackfoot Honda's Heath Voss rode a fantastic 250cc main event finishing
10th place.

Amsoil / Dr. Marten / Journeys / Honda Racing's Mike LaRocco sustained a
broken right wrist in Minneapolis three weeks ago, and will be out of
action for 8-10 weeks. LaRocco is undergoing a strong rehabilitation
program to get his wrist back to 100%. LaRocco's teammate Michael Byrne is
still mending from his crash at the Indianapolis Supercross.

AMA/EA Sports Supercross, Round 9, 250-class Overall Finishers:

1. Ricky Carmichael - Honda
2. Tim Ferry - Yamaha
3. Ezra Lusk - Kawasaki
4. Sebastien Tortelli - Honda
5. Jeremy McGrath - Yamaha
6. Nathan Ramsey - Honda
7. Ernesto Fonseca - Honda
10. Heath Voss - Honda

AMA/EA Sports Supercross, 250-class Point Standings:

1. Ricky Carmichael - Honda - 184
2. David Vuillemin - Yamaha - 179
3. Ezra Lusk - Kawasaki - 132

Upcoming Rounds:
March 16, New Orleans, LA
March 23, Houston, TX