15 AMA National Titles, Wins and Twins Mark New Beginning for Carmichael

ORLANDO (March 20, 2007) — The final chapter of Ricky Carmichael’s storybook supercross career was written last Saturday night at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl where the 15-time AMA National champion rode the last 20 laps of his Amp’d Mobile Supercross career before retiring to pursue a career in stock-car racing.

After announcing his retirement from full-time racing at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium last May, Carmichael entered the 2006-’07 season on a select-schedule basis for one last ride around the Amp’d Mobile Supercross circuit. Throughout all of the emotional opening ceremony celebrations in the respective cities where the champion raced, he closed out his final post-race interview in classic Carmichael style.

“To be a great motorcycle racer is one thing, but I want to be remembered as a great person, said Carmichael.

As if the weekend didn’t have enough drama, Carmichael’s wife, Ursula, gave birth to twins at 3:31 and 3:33 a.m. on Friday morning. Just one day after the kids, Kadin and Elise, entered the world, their father rode not only his last race but in his words one of his best.

“That was a ride of a lifetime, he said.

Earlier in the day, he greeted family and friends during his autograph signing, cleared out some time to spend with a Make-a-Wish child, then suited up for his last hurrah.

Flash bulbs illuminated the stadium as fans clicked off picture after picture to capture a piece of history. Carmichael take on the event: “I just want to thanks you fans one last time for your support over the years.

Carmichael’s heir apparent, Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., held off the a hard-charging Carmichael to win his eighth Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series race of the year before 42,991

In the AMA Supercross main event, Reed, of Dade City, Fla., won the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award with Carmichael on his wheel in second. Stewart started the main event in fourth place and moved into third on the opening lap and began chasing Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla., Reed made a mistake on lap three, which allowed Stewart to move into second place.

It wasn’t until lap 12 that Stewart made his way past Carmichael and the two traded positions leaving Stewart in the lead. Carmichael fired back on lap 16 and the two engaged in another battle. When Stewart rode off to victory the guard was officially passed as Carmichael retired from supercross racing and will begin a career in stock car racing. Reed finished third.

Next weekend Carmichael begins scribing the pages of his new career as a stock car racer for Ginn Racing.

‘It’s just another Saturday night race, and there won’t be thousands of people there either, said Carmichael’s father Rick. “It’s going to be nice to drive to the track that is 100 miles away from our home and see what happens.

When asked when Big Rick would attend another supercross race, he said shrugged his shoulders and said, “Probably Vegas, but I’ll go to a race if Ricky goes. That’s a tough pattern to break for a family that has never missed one of their son’s supercross races.

So, as Carmichael makes the transition from two wheels to four, he leaves behind and amazing legacy in the sport of supercross that includes five AMA Supercross titles, the World Supercross GP title, 115 AMA Supercross starts, 48 AMA Supercross wins, 87 AMA Supercross podiums, and 97 top-five finishes in AMA Supercross. Looking back at 2001, he reeled off 13 consecutive race wins en route to dethroning seven-time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath. The next year he finished 20th at the series’ opening race in January only to win the title later that spring.

Anaheim 1 never was kind to him anyway. However, from 2001-2003 he won 32 of the 48 rounds of AMA Supercross and rode to podium finishes at 44 of those races. He turned the yellow Suzuki motorcycles to gold when gave Team Manager Roger his first championship in 2005 and became only the second rider in the manufacture’s history to win a championship. This also marked the first time an AMA Supercross championship was won on a four-stroke motorcycle. He one-upped that by becoming the only rider in history to win two championships for Suzuki.

While these accolades are amazing, he’s just a regular guy who likes to over achieve, hence his new-born twins. Good luck, Daddy.

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About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP„¢/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, produced and promoted by Live Nation is a 17-round global off-road motorcycle stadium racing circuit. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2006-2007, the 17-event Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series is a 16-event series solely conducted in the United States. The other Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation and is not a part of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP. An Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.

The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 94 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events. Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. In addition to its involvement with Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP. For more information on Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/ Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercrossonline.com.

About Live Nation
Live Nation is the world’s largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues® music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.

About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.

s listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.

About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.