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By the time the series left Phoenix …

Published January 3rd, 2004





2 rounds down. 14 more to go.



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Round 2 Phoenix winner Kevin Windham was docked 10 points. Below you’ll see an explanation of why that happened.





In pre-season conversations with supercross team managers, AMA Pro Racing communicated that it would be taking a closer look at aggressive riding, and begin imposing point deduction penalties instead of fines beginning with the 2004 season. This was partially in response to concerns stated by the teams over an increase in questionable riding tactics by some participants. It was generally agreed by all parties that fines were no longer an effective deterrent. This direction was communicated to riders and team personnel in rider meetings preceding Round 1 and Round 2.



In the opinion of race officials, Kevin Windham engaged in unsafe and unsportsmanlike riding at round 2 in Phoenix by intentionally making contact with David Vuillemin on lap one of the main event. Said contact resulted in Vuillemin being pushed off the track, nearly hitting a photographer standing nearby. In post race interviews, Windham all but acknowledged that he intentionally collided with Vuillemin.



As defined in the AMA Pro Racing Supercross Rulebook, this type of behavior is specifically prohibited and is punishable by (among other things) points deductions. Upon reviewing video footage of the situation, meeting with involved parties and discussing it with race officials, AMA Pro Racing Supercross/Motocross Series Manager, Steve Whitelock elected to impose a 10-point deduction to Windham’s results while allowing him to keep the win.



This decision is consistent with guidelines established in the AMA Pro Racing Supercross Rulebook. Additionally, is it consistent with the direction that had been discussed with team managers and personnel prior to the season beginning.



As stated then, it is AMA Pro Racing’s intention to minimize overly aggressive riding while maximizing safety to all riders and these actions are in line with those objectives.





Photos: Bruhnie, Hoppen, Miller, Q, and R and P.



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250 podium. Reed, Windham, LaRocco

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Mike Brown

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Michael Byrne leads Mike LaRocco

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Nick Wey

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Michael Byrne

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Ricky Carmichael signing for the fans

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Tyler ‘Real Deal’ Evans

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RJ and Fro are high on Tyler

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Tim Ferry

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Ernesto Fonseca

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Brian Gray – Suzuki’s main 125 West rider

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Sean Hamblin

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Josh Hansen. Yo yo yo!

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Daryl Hurley

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Grant Langston

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G L v.2

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Mike LaRocco

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Ezra Lusk is riding for Mach 1 Yamaha

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Travis Preston

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Nate Ramsey

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Nate Dawg

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Chad Reed. The flying Aussie is leading the standings after 2 round

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C Reed

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Stephane Roncada

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Fan Favorite Ron Ron

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Andrew Short

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team mates Ivan Tedesco and Matt Walker

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Ivan Tedesco leads the 125 West standings

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Pro Circuit’s 125 guys – 1 and 2

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DV, #12

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David Vuillemin. Are he and K-Dub starting a rivalry?

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Matt Walker #122

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Nick Wey

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Kevin Windham won round 2 on the Honda CRF 450

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K-Dub. Did he take DV out?



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