Cycle News

March 21st, 1992

By Henry Ray Abrams

The schedule said it was the ninth of 16 rounds of the Camel Supercross Series, but the season began anew in the Indianaoplis Hoosier Dome as the names at the head of the series points standings changed.

Honda's Jeff Stanton rode persuasively to the win, beating teammate Jean Michel Bayle by about a second in the Coors Light Challenge before a crowd of 50,415 in the first ever Supercross in the Hoosier Dome. It was Stanton's 15th Supercross victory and it gave him some possession of fifth on the all-time winners list.

Yamaha's Damon Bradshaw, who'd led the series coming in to the event, fell on the 12th of 20 laps, finished 19th and lost the points lead he'd held since the second race of the series.

With seven races to go, it's now a thre-rider race for the Championship. Stanton & Bayle are tied for first with 186 points, while Bradshaw is four behind at 182. During his five-race winning streak earlier this year, Bradshaw had cautioned that the series was far from over. He was right and Stanton, chasing his third title, was quick to point that out.

"It just goes to show that nobody has the Championship won until the last race is run," Stanton, 23, of Sherwood, Michigan, said. "It's anybody's ball game. I'm in it for the long run. I want to get the number one plate back. Jeff Stanton is here to stay."

Bradshaw had gotten the jump at the start of the 20-lap main, but Stanton was right on his tail, passing him in mid-flight on the third lap. The 19-year-old North Carolinian shadowed Stanton, the pair just ahead of Bayle, until he cross rutted and dove thru the bars over a set of triple jumps near the stadium sideline. Bradshaw injured his right wrist, but was finished for the night. 

"I was coming up for the triples and there was a lapped rider in my way, I tried to move in the air," Bradshaw said, "but it was to no avail."

It hasn't been a good night for the former points leader; he'd also crashed in his heat and had to advance to the main by winning his semi.

Stanton earned $5000 from the $30,000 250cc purse with Bayle pocketing $3500. Kawasaki's Mike Larocco, who lives in South Bend, Indiana, finished a popular 3rd while 4th went to his teammate, Mike Kiedrowski, who was still unhappy with his unaggressive riding. Suzuki's Guy Cooper rounded out the top 5.

The main began with Bradshaw flying down the start chute and leading the pack into the first turn. Stanton and Bayle were close behind with Kiedrowski and Larocco holding down the next two spots.

Stanton flew past Bradshaw on the third lap to take the lead. Bayle still held third while the Kawasaki duo began their own fight that would last the entire race.

Up front, the top two gained a little breathing room on Bayle as they raced side by side, with Stanton crossing the line in the lead every lap. Their battle ended on the 12th lap when Bradshaw wasn't able to get cleanly past a lapped rider and went over the handlebars.

Bayle closed up on Stanton, but the leader wasn't to be denied and won by about a second.

"I love the Hoosier Dome," Stanton said. "I just rode my race and didn't do anything out of the ordinary. I knew Jean Michel was coming on, but I was just riding my pace. A wins a win, a points a point."

Bayle said he was waiting for Stanton to make a mistake, "And he didn't make one, so I had to try to catch him."

Still, Bayle was well ahead of LaRocco, who had passed Kiedrowski on the ninth lap.

"I'd like to be a the next step up," Larocco said on the podium. "Unfortunately, I didn't get off quick enough. I didn't get out front with those guys at the beginning, then I had a little trouble with traffic," he added before thanking the partisan crowd.

Fourth went to Kiedrowski after he rode by himself for the second half of the race. The 23 year old Californian was disappointed with his performance, but knew what it would take to improve.

"I need to hang it out a little bit," he said. "Through the whoops Mike wad a little more aggressive. That's what I need to do. He got a little bit of a lead and I couldn't do anything."

Cooper passed McGrath for fifth five laps from the end. McGrath, who leads the 125 Western Regional Supercross Series and is concentrating on the 125 Nationals, said he was worn out from riding the bigger bike.

"I had fifth in the bag and I couldn't hold on," he said. "I'm a little mad I couldn't hang on for 20 laps, but I'm happy with the finish. I've been training real hard. Not training to race 250s, but training for the 125 Nationals. This is my third race (on the 250). By the time next year comes around, I want to be able to win these races."

Emig finished 7th, Larry Ward 8th and a battered Jeff Matiasevich 9th in front of Mike Fisher, who is coming off a shoulder injury.

"I should've stayed home," Matiasevich said. "I rode so much my leg started hurting," he said, referring to his left thigh that he bruised the previous week in Charlotte and prevented him from training during the week.

The WeBigInc Early 90s
Final Top 10 Standings
 

1) 247 Stanton [5]
2) 234 Bayle [3]
3) 200 Kiedrowski 
4) 180 Cooper
5) 175 Bradshaw [4]
6) 168 J. Ward
7) 158 LaRocco
8) 155 Matiasevich 
9) 132 Tichenor
10) 124 L. Ward