GLEN HELEN OPENER TO RICKY C & RONRON

The pit pundits didn’t have a clue about who would win the opening round of the 2000 National Motocross Championships, but Ricky Carmichael and Stephane Roncada would have been the correct guesses. The Glen Helen National featured an incredible uphill-downhill combination that tested the mettle of every rider.
ÿIn the first 250 moto, Kevin Windham holeshot and opened up a large lead, but mysteriously lost it after only two laps. David Vuillemin blew by Windham only to cartwheel down a fast rutted straight. Vuillemin remounted in fourth, but had allowed Rick Carmichael to take the lead. From there on RC ruled. Sebastien Tortelli, last year’s surprise Glen Helen winner, began to reel Ricky in a little at a time, but the moto was not long enough for the Frenchman to make a dent. Greg Albertyn, in his first race since braking his femur, was incredible. He was a strong third in the first moto, holding off Vuillemin and McGrath.

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ÿThe second moto was anticlimactic. Carmichael assumed the lead almost immediately and Tortelli pursued, but the result was the same. Windham had a better second moto and managed to keep Vuillemin, Albee, LaRocco and McGrath at bay. Carmichael’s 1-1 handed him his first ever 250 National win (to go along with his first-ever 250 Supercross win from Daytona). Tortelli was second overall and Vuillemin third.
ÿThe 125 class was a wild card. Stephane Roncada won the first moto and Tallon Vohland won the second. Travis Pastrana looked to be the fastest rider on the track, but his first moto third (from a 17th place start) and a second moto spill, allowed Roncada to grab the overall win with a 1-2. Vohland was second overall with a 5-1, while a revitalized Steve Lamson was third with a 4-3 (tying Pastrana’s 3-4)

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

(1) Carmichael likes rough tracks and is in shape.
(2) Albee must be the hardest working man in motocross to come back from a broken leg and finish fourth place. He left Glen Helen this year with more points than he had last year.
(3) Travis Pastrana will win a 125 National very soon. He is fast and very, very popular.
(4) We won’t see Jeremy McGrath the rest of this year (he was not a podium contender at Glen Helen)
(5) Stephane Roncada shut his critics up by doing what they suggested he should do–get in shape.

125 CLASS

ROUND ONE: GLEN HELEN

1…Stephane Roncada…Yam
2…Tallon Vohland…Kaw
3…Steve Lamson…Hon
4…Travis Pastrana…Suz
5…Casey Johnson…Yam
6…Nathan Ramsey…Kaw
7…Greg Schnell…Yam
8…Rodrig Thain…KTM
9…Justin Buckelew…Hon
10…Brock Sellards…Hon
11…Danny Smith..Hon
12…Nick Wey…Kaw
13…Paul Currie…Hon
14…Ernesto Fonseca…Yam
15…Christopher Gosselaar…Hon
16…Robbie Horton…Suz
17…Michael Brandes…Hon
18…Kelly Smith…KTM
19…Branden Jesseman…Suz
20…Travis Preston…Suz

250 CLASS

ROUND ONE: GLEN HELEN

1…Ricky Carmichael…Kaw
2…Sebastien Tortelli…Hon
3…David Vuillemin…Yam
4…Greg albertyn…Suz
5…Kevin Windham…Hon
6…Jeremy McGrath…Yam
7…Mike LaRocco…Hon
8…Ezra Lusk…Hon
9…Robbie Reynard…Suz
10…Timmy Ferry…Yam
11…Larry Ward…Kaw
12…John Dowd…Kaw
13…Doug Dubach…Yam
14…Kyle Lewis…Suz
15…Shayne King…KTM
16…Damon Huffman…Suz
17…Akira Narita…Hon
18…Jason Thomas…Yam
19…Heath Voss…Hon
20…James Povolny…Hon
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