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FLASHBACK – 2001 Supercross Preview

Published September 27th, 2006





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:



1991: Champion

1992: Champion

1993: Champion

1994: Champion

1995: Champion

1996: Champion

1997: 2nd place

1998: Champion

1999: Champion

2000: Champion

2001: ???




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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? FLASHBACK - 2001 Supercross Preview - Photo 3 of 19

David looks very comfortable coming into 2001



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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? FLASHBACK - 2001 Supercross Preview - Photo 5 of 19

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? FLASHBACK - 2001 Supercross Preview - Photo 6 of 19



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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. FLASHBACK - 2001 Supercross Preview - Photo 8 of 19







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? FLASHBACK - 2001 Supercross Preview - Photo 9 of 19



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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. FLASHBACK - 2001 Supercross Preview - Photo 11 of 19

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? FLASHBACK - 2001 Supercross Preview - Photo 12 of 19



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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. FLASHBACK - 2001 Supercross Preview - Photo 14 of 19







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. FLASHBACK - 2001 Supercross Preview - Photo 15 of 19













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Pastrana and Windham having fun together





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Honda’s new logo, and Woody Woodpecker is their team mascot





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McGrath, Vuillemin & Ferry get ready for 2001





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Shae Bentley – 2000 125 West Champion




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