First off, let’s look at how they finished last year:
Final point standings from 2000:
1. Jeremy McGrath – 372
2. David Vuillemin – 337
3. Mike LaRocco – 302
4. Kevin Windham – 278
5. Ricky Carmichael – 263
6. Sebastien Tortelli – 243
7. Damon Huffman – 186
8. Larry Ward – 175
9. John Dowd – 170
10. Heath Voss – 113
Jeremy McGrath – the defending champion. He’s got the entire package: mentally strong, physically prepared, great equipment, and experienced. Can you bet against him?
Here are his results over the past 10 years in the AMA supercross series he’s raced in:
1997: 2nd place
David Vuillemin – he’s got the speed. He’s got the bikes. And another year of experience. He likes his chances for success. Can he topple Jeremy?
David looks very comfortable coming into 2001
Mike LaRocco – always inthe hunt. Very tough mentally and physically. Never gives an inch. The media says he’s not flashy, but that doesn’t matter on the race track. How long can he keep going, and can he win?
Who says Mike LaRocco isn’t stylish?
Ricky Carmichael – Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s 21 year old phenom from Florida. He’s one year older and one year more experienced. Carries a lot of momentum from the last half of the 2000 season. Is he ready?
Kevin Windham – A.K.A. Mr. Sunday Driver. Always so smooth that he looks like he’s just cruising. Except he’s deceptively fast. Will the transition to Suzuki’s allow him to reach his full potential? Stay tuned.
Sebastien Tortelli – he’s surprised everyone before when he came out of nowhere to win the opening round at L.A. a few years ago. He’s got the talent. Plus he’s making an upgraded effort to improve his performance in supercross. Will 2001 be good to him?
X-factor 1: Travis Pastrana – Suzuki’s 17 year old star is well-groomed to handle all the pressure that comes with competing in the most prestigious off-road series in the world. Many people say he’s not consistent and a little too wild to win a championship. But that’s what they said last year …. and he won the 125 National Championship. He brings excitement and enthusiasm. And that smile.
Travis is looking very good on the 250 Suzuki’s
X-factor 2: Stephane Roncada – New to the 250 class. The 2000 125 East champion. He’s got the talent. He’s hungry. How will he adapt to a new team and the 250 class?
X-factor 3: Ezra Lusk – A Honda main-stay over the past few years. Didn’t race a single supercross in 2000. Honda and Honda fans want him to win.
X-factor 4: Tim Ferry – Full time factory ride for Yamaha on the YZ 426. He’ll get better as the season goes on and he gets more experience on the four-stroke.
Pastrana and Windham having fun together
Honda’s new logo, and Woody Woodpecker is their team mascot
McGrath, Vuillemin & Ferry get ready for 2001
Shae Bentley – 2000 125 West Champion