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McGrath Invitational Supercross

Published September 19th, 2006





Day 1: The new era of supercross has begun. Friday, October 6, in Los Angeles California at The Home Depot Center: The First Annual Jeremy McGrath Invitation Supercross. It’s Supercross redefined!



In talking to fans, they appreciated the fact that they weren’t being bombarded with commercials. In talking with the riders, all were having a really great time, and enjoying the new format and track obstacles.



Jeremy had a fall in the first part of the night time action, and had to sit out the head-to-head racing and main event. That was dominated by Kevin Windham. Kevin won both the head-to-head competition, and the main event. He looked very smooth and very fast doing it. Second in the main event was Josh Grant, one of the few riders not on a 450 machine. Third went to Nick Wey, with fourth going to David Vuillemin.



There were two freestyle exhibitions as well … and these guys put on quite a show!



Day 2: Once again, the night belonged to Kevin Windham – he was smooth, fast, and up front all night. He won both the head-to-head, one-on-one racing, and the main event.



The somber news – Jeremy McGrath was injured more seriously than previously thought from the night before. Although he spent the rest of Friday night at the event, commenting about the race on the PA system, the next day he had a lot more pain and went to the hospital to get checked out – he has two fractured C-7 (in th neck area) and two broken bones is his foot. You can send Jeremy a get-well greeting here in the Message Boards. We’ll make sure he gets to read each and every message you post for him.



Due to the injury sustained during Friday night’s racing, Jeremy was hospitalized Saturday…primary evaluations found two fractures at his C-7 vertebrae and two broken bones in the big toe of his right foot. Although Jeremy remained hospitalized during the Saturday night race event, he was released later that evening and is being treated by his personal physician, Dr. Paul Murphy.



Jeremy had this to say from St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach Saturday evening, “I am sooo disappointed by all of this – I can’t believe the timing – but I do want everyone to still enjoy a great night of racing. I want everyone to know that I am okay but just really bummed that I can’t be there to see the realization of this dream.”



You can click on this link to view all the results, race-by-by race, day-by-day.



This spectacular 2-day race event airs on NBC, October 22, 2006 post a NASCAR Nextel Cup race.



We’ll try to let the photos tell you how much fun the event was!



Jeremy injury update 10/12: After sustaining a crash at the category redefining event bearing his name, the Jeremy McGrath Invitational, it has been confirmed by McGrath’s personal physician, Dr. Paul Murphy, that he has indeed suffered a fracture, in two places at C-7 and has broken two bones in his right big toe.



McGrath will have to spend 8 to 10 weeks in a full neck brace and is able to recover at home with orders to maintain very limited activity for the more than 2-month period. He is however, expected to make a complete recovery and plans to resume normal activity by the end of the year.



McGrath had this to say about the crash that had him hospitalized during the second night of the Jeremy McGrath Invitational, “First of all, I know I am a very lucky guy right now – an injury like this could of course been so much worse. Second, although I can’t believe I missed the second night of the invitational, I am so proud to hear all the great feedback I’ve been getting. Friends and family sent me pictures, text messages, emails and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.”



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The track

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Jeremy McGrath

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Travis Pastrana on one of the ‘big’ jumps

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Jeremy McGrath

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C & M helped make the show run smoothly

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Big Winner – Kevin Windham!

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Josh Hansen

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Nice shot of main event start

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Josh Grant

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David Vuillemin on his new Honda

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Travis Pastrana makes the day for a few fans

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Kevin Windham and Josh Grant sign some autographs

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Jeremy makes a young fan’s day

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Look closely and you’ll see the SX/MX Media Guru (DW)

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Oh Travis! (Travis was racing AND doing the freestyle exhibition)

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It was all Kevin!

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K-dub

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The smile says it all

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More great smiles!

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The first place trophy – over 60 lbs!

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Media throng to get to Kevin

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Josh Grant and Kevin Windham went one-on-one in the bracket finals

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Travis was friendly & entertaining as ever!



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