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Photo Special – The U. S. Open – 2001

Published April 18th, 2001





It was Ricky Carmichael’s first race for Honda. Jeremy McGrath and Travis Pastrana made their return to racing after time away. But Ricky Carmichael swept both nights of action.



Carmichael was dominant in Friday night’s main, taking the victory. Tim Ferry looked good on the big YZ four-stroke, and finshed second. Mike LaRocco was his usual hard charging self for third. Jeremy McGrath was fast, but had a bobble in the main event that dropped him back, he finished fourth. Kevin Windham won his heat, got fifth in the main.



Carmichael was again dominant Saturday night on his Honda. Two motos – two wins – overall champ. He won this event last year too. McGrath was equally as impressive – he crashed in the first corner, restarted last, and came all the way back to second. Kevin Windham finished third. Kelly Smith had a nice ride on his KTM for fourth, and Mike LaRocco rounded out the top five. Travis Pastrana didn’t seem to be suffering any effects from previous injuries. He finished ninth both nights.




Overall Final Standings By Moto
1. Ricky Carmichael HON 1 1
2. Jeremy McGrath YAM 4 2
3. Kevin Windham SUZ 5 3
4. Mike LaRocco HON 3 5
5. Tim Ferry YAM 2 8





Saturday night – 250 class
1. Ricky Carmichael HON
2. Jeremy McGrath YAM
3. Kevin Windham SUZ
4. Kelly Smith KTM
5. Mike LaRocco HON
6. Nick Wey
7. Mike Brown KAW
8. Tim Ferry YAM
9. Travis Pastrana SUZ





Friday night – 250 class
1. Ricky Carmichael HON
2. Tim Ferry YAM
3. Mike LaRocco HON
4. Jeremy McGrath YAM
5. Kevin Windham SUZ
6. Nick Wey
7. Brock Sellards
8. Mike Brown KAW
9. Travis Pastrana SUZ




Photos by Scott Cox



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fKevin Windham waiting to be introduced to the Las Vegas crowd

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Kevin Windham practicing starts

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Kevin Windham thru the outside corner

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United States Marine Co.

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Start!

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All the KTM Juniors!

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Grant Langston & David Pingree

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Jeremy McGrath – nice helmet huh?

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KTM Motocross Team Manager Ron Heben

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Travis Pastrana waiting to be introduced

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Travis P. practicing starts

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Elvis, Elvis, Elvis, Elvis …. AKA The KTM Juniors!

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Selvaraj parties with Elvis, Elvis, and Elvis!

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Eric P. He helped turn the idea of a US Open into reality.

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Travis Pastrana

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Jeremy McGrath returned to racing. He finished second overall.

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Jeremy McGrath

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Mike LaRocco

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Mike LaRocco

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Steve Lamson

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Kelly Smith

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John Dowd – check out that helmet!

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Tim Ferry

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Ricky Carmichael. First race on Honda. He won.

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Kelly Smith – Team KTM

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Tim Ferry – waiting to be introduced.

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Johnny Dowd – he’s a freak! Still going strong at 80 … 90 … however old he is!!!

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RC (Ricky Carmichael)

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Mike Brown – 125 National Champ

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Mike Brown v.2

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Brock Sellards

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Arenacross Champ Buddy Antunez



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