1999 AMA Motocross Series
Steel City Raceway Delmont, Pennsylvania
Round 12 of 12 September 5, 1999
Photographs by Ed Ellks
Click on any of the images below to get the large version. Riders are listed by their 1999 ranking in their respective classes.
Race Narrative: Greg Albertyn and Ricky Carmichael must really like the Pennsylvania tracks, as they mirrored their Mount Morris results of 1/1. Plus, they both walked away with #1 plates for next year's Motocross season. Kevin Windham now carries his well deserved #2 plate, as does Tallon Vohland. Doug Henry retired after this race, the same day he turned 30 years old. Lusk seemed upset about something, probably related to contract negotiations. LaRocco also seemed to be in a bad mood, but he resigned his Jack in the Box contract for next year and gave me a smile for the picture below. Jeff Emig was still considering his options after he was suddenly released from his factory Kawasaki ride, but seemed happy to be in the pits at Steel City. Jeremy McGrath didn't ride Steel City this year.
Moto 1 start, second turn
Moto 2 leaders
Here's a picture of "Mad" Mike Jones. He told of his recent crash here at Steel City a couple of weeks earlier. He said that he was coming off a big jump and his YZ400 stalled in air, bringing the front end down radically. He landed face first and his bike hit him in the back about 4 or 5 times. He's now in a plastic body brace and metal staples were holding a 9" incision together on his neck and upper back. Nasty!!
Ricky this, Ricky that. He won again, but you probably already assumed that. I did get to talk with his mom, though. She seemed concerned about his attitude, but what can be expected from a kid robbed of his childhood and thrust into the limelight? Husquavarna tried to give Ricky a challenge, but Chiodi biffed in the first moto, tumbled head over heels a few times, and was out for the day. For what it's worth, he had a lot of trouble qualifying on the Husky and had to qualify through the LCQ.
I didn't bother taking any more pictures of Ricky. I've got too many already.
Brock Sellards (including his Moto2 DNF)
Start of Moto 2, with David "Ping" Pingree out in front.
My special thanks to these two people:
Lex Valasakos, founder of Supercross.com
Frank Gerace, lord of the press credentials
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