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The World Cup of Motocross

Published August 24th, 2002





Most fans know the 2002 Motocross of Nations was to be held in California on September 29. Unfortunately, the event was canceled, and moved to Spain.



But enthusiasts and industry personnel in the USA wanted to go forward with an international event to be run on Sunday, September 29 at Glen Helen Raceway in California: The World Cup of Motocross.



Short notice to put together an event. But it happened! $100,000+ in prize money. Three motos, 20 minutes plus 2 laps each. No 125/250/500 requirements.



Chad Reed helped lead Australia to the win in the 2002 World Cup of Motocross. If there was an individual winner, Chad would be it. He raced a Yamaha 450 four-stroke. He won the first moto, was runner-up in the second moto, and won the finale. Michael Byrne and Chad’s cousin Craig Anderson rounded out the team.



USA took second with team riders Tim Ferry, Kyle Lewis, and Sean Hamblin. Third went to Canada, with the team of J. S. Roy, Blair Morgan, and Marco Dube.



Notes: Two best scores for each country in each moto were used in the scoring. Today was Sebastien Tortelli’s first ride in the USA on Suzuki. He fell in the first moto, and did not start in the other motos. Greg Albertyn came out of retirement to ride for South Africa.





Results:



1. Australia: 20 Points (Chad Reed, Craig Anderson, Michael Byrne)

2. USA: 24 Points (Kyle Lewis, Sean Hamblin, Tim Ferry)

3. Canada: 60 Points (J. S. Roy, Blair Morgan, Marco Dube)

4. South Africa: 64 Points (Grant Langston, Greg Albertyn, Kevin Mcgovern)

5. Japan: 67 Points (Akira Narita, Yoshitaka Atsuta, Kazuyoshi Idagiri)

6. England: (James Dobb, Neil Prince, Rob Herring)

7. Costa Rica: (Ernesto Fonseca, Adrian Robert, Cristian Leon)



Other teams competing were Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, and New Zealand.





First moto: 1. Reed, 2. Ferry, 3. Dobb, 4. Hamblin, 5. Fonseca, 6. Langston, 7. Albertyn, 8. Anderson, 9. Byrne, 10. Morgan



Second moto: 1. Fonseca, 2. Reed, 3. Lewis, 4. Byrne, 5. Albertyn, 6. Hamblin, 7. Anderson, 8. Dobb, 9. Morgan, 10. Narita



Third moto: 1. Reed, 2. Langston, 3. Ferry, 4. Byrne, 5. Morgan, 6. Hamblin, 7. Narita, 8. King, 9. Atsuta, 10. Dube





There were two other races in support of the World Cup – an 80cc invitational race, and a Fast Masters race. Doug Dubach won the Fast Masters overall, with Jeff Emig second, and Ryan Hughes third. Other riders in the class were Jeff Ward, Marty Smith, Erik Kehoe, Jeff Matiasevich, Micky Dymond, Danny LaPorte, Mike Healey, and Chuck Sun, along with others.





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Ryan Hughes with Vic, Joey & Jason

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Craig Anderson – Australia – and Chad Reed’s cousin!

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Team Argentina

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Team Australia

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Part of the crew that put on the race

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Team Canada

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Team Chile pits

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Costa Rica

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The SX/MX Media Guru was not able to attend. He was vacationing in Mexico

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Denmark

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James Dobb

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Fast Masters Doug Dubach and Jeff Emig

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Dubach and Marty Smith – Fast Masters

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Jeff Emig rode in the Fast Masters class

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Tim Ferry

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Tim Ferry 2

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Lee McCollum with Sean Hamblin

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Jack McGrath (Jeremy’s Dad)

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Team Japan

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Mike Alessi won the 80 class

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Honda MX Team Manager Erik Kehoe rode in the Fast Masters

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Kehoe and Chuck Sun

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Kyle Lewis

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It’s not real MX if there’s no mud!

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Vintage Iron

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Chad Reed anchored Team Australia

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Chad Reed

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Ferry and Reed for the lead in the first moto

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The man that brought you the World Cup – Rick Doughty

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Eric Sorby – Team France

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Grant Langston & Greg Albertyn of South Africa

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Sebastien Tortelli’s new Suzuki ride

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Jeff Ward, Jeff Matiasevich – Fast Masters

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Reed and Ferry’s Yamaha 450′s



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