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McGrath Is Biggest at Big A

TIMES STAFF WRITER

It happened again. Jeremy McGrath looked like Clark Kent on two wheels.

McGrath, from Sun City, made it three for three in the AMA Supercross Series on Saturday night at Anaheim Stadium, winning the 20-lap main event.

Again.

McGrath was followed to the finish by Acton’s Damon Huffman on a Kawasaki, Honda teammate Steve Lamson of Pollock Pines, Calif., and Mike LaRocco of South Bend, Ind., on a Suzuki.

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McGrath, the winningest rider in Supercross history, won his 32nd race since winning at Anaheim Stadium in 1993. Since then, he has never lost at the Big A.

Saturday’s victory came in front of 65,264, the largest Supercross crowd of the decade. He has won all three events this season.

He won his qualifying heat by seven seconds and was never challenged in the main event after starting from the No. 2 position.

“It’s a little easier to start from the front than from the back,” McGrath said of his penchant for starting quickly.

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Last year, he won all but four of the 15 races, and is off to the same kind of start this season.

McGrath said there’s a lot of pressure on him to win at Anaheim.

“I love to come here and have them expect me to win,” he said earlier this week. “Anaheim is the race I want to win so bad; I’ll do anything to win.”

It turned out, all he had to do was turn the throttle.

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“They say Daytona is the most important race of the season,” McGrath said, “but I say it’s Anaheim because the manufacturers are from here. It’s the most important Supercross of the year, for sure, in my book.”

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Notes

The track was less technical than in the past, but it was more technical than courses at Orlando, Fla., and Minneapolis earlier this month. . . . Kevin Windham of Baton Rouge, La., won the 125cc race on a Yamaha, followed by Greg Schnell of Rancho Cucamonga on a Suzuki. Corona’s James Dobb was third on a Suzuki.

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