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LaRocco grabs second at San Diego's EA Sports Supercross

16 January 2001

2001 EA Sports Supercross Championship, Round 2: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego,
CA, January 13, 2001

Honda supported Mike LaRocco was the man of the evening for Round 2 of the EA
Sports Supercross on Saturday at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

Riding his CR250R sponsored by Amzoil, Dr. Martens, Journey's and Competition
Accessories, LaRocco started the 20-lap 250cc main event in 5th place and rode
with the leaders all night. On lap 19, LaRocco's momentum carried him past 2000
Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath and he set his sights on leader Ricky
Carmichael. The gap closed quickly but Carmichael would eventually cross the
finish line first.

"I had a really good line by the finish line jump and made my move on McGrath.
He knew that I had complete control so he let me go by. I tried to catch
Carmichael but just ran out of laps. I know I can win one of these," said

Honda Racing's Ezra Lusk finished the night in 4th place after a hard fought
battle with Kevin Windham. "The race started out good, I wasted a little too
much time trying to get around Windham, and after I made the pass I just tried
to race my own race and play it cool. I was making a few mistakes out there and
didn't want to throw it away. I saw McGrath fading and tried to make a pass on
him but just couldn't seem to close on his rear tire", said Lusk.

Honda Racing's Sebastien Tortelli was still nursing a bruised left shoulder that
he injured at Round 1 in Anaheim. The young Frenchman rode practice, but decided
not to race the night program for fear of damaging the shoulder even more. "My
doctor from France will be flying over this week to help me get ready for Round
3 in Anaheim", said Tortelli.

Anaheim Rd. 1 Supercross  250-class Results, Top 5 Finishers

1. Ricky Carmichael - KAW

2. Mike LaRocco - HON

3. Jeremy McGrath - YAM

4. Ezra Lusk - HON

5. Kevin Windham - SUZ

EA Sports 2001 Supercross 250-class Point Standings, Top Riders

1. TIE: J. McGrath, R. Carmichael - 45

3. TIE: E. Lusk, M. LaRocco - 40

5. David Vuillemin - 30

6. Kevin Windham - 29

Upcoming rounds

Round 3 - Edison International Field, Anaheim, CA January 20

Round 4 - Bank-One-Ball Park, Phoenix, AZ January 27