Carmichael Brings Three-Race Win Streak to Citrus Bowl

AURORA, Ill. (March 14, 2006) ¿ Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., moved into the AMA Supercross points lead with his fifth career win at Daytona International Speedway. This weekend he will try to give Suzuki their first win in Orlando when racing begins at the Citrus Bowl this Saturday, March 18.

Press Day will be Thursday, March 16 from Noon-2:00 p.m. at the Citrus Bowl inside the Home Locker Room. Team Suzuki, featuring Ricky Carmichael and Ivan Tedesco, Team Kawasaki, featuring James Stewart and Michael Byrne and Team Pro Circuit, featuring Chris Gosselaar will be on hand to ride and answer questions from the media.

The most competitive season in years, in which the AMA Supercross points lead has changed four times, Carmichael now sits in the number 1 position over Yamaha’s Chad Reed (215-213). The win last weekend in Daytona where Carmichael led 18 of 20 laps was his third consecutive race win and his sixth of the season.

“When I was at the gate I heard the announcer say that the last time Suzuki won here was in 1981 and I was 2 years old,” said Carmichael, the defending AMA and World Supercross GP champion on his Daytona race.  “I’ve got to thank Makita Suzuki – it’s great to win a race here on a Suzuki.  I’m happy to get the win, but I’m really, really happy for my Makita Suzuki team.”

Reed was in charge of the points lead prior to Daytona by one point (191-190) over Carmichael. The day before Daytona Reed sustained a separated right shoulder during a routine practice session but managed to finish in second place.

“I pretty much owe this one to my trainer, Jeff Spencer,” said Reed. “Jeff knows the limits of my body like no one else and made the proper suggestions on how, when and where to attack the course, along with where I should be more cautious. The strategy worked, allowing me to race a strong and consistent race while not taking any unnecessary chances. We’ll give the shoulder a bit of a break this week and come back hard at Orlando on Saturday.”

Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne, who came to the U.S. from Australia, picked up his second podium finish of his career last weekend in Daytona.

“To get on the podium at Daytona is definitely special,” said Byrne. “It’s the toughest race of the year. I don’t know why, but it seemed like it was the easiest I’ve had so far this year.”

Honda’s Davi Millsaps, of Cairo, Ga., won his third AMA Supercross Lites race of the season last weekend in Daytona. The 18-year-old has a 23-point lead over Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar. Honda has five AMA Supercross

Last year Reed, of Dade City, Fla., won his third World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race of the season at the Citrus Bowl in front of 41,969 fans. While riding for Team Suzuki, Davi Millsaps won his second career 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series race.

This weekend’s race will air on SPEED on Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. EST. A tape-delayed, one-hour television broadcast of the AMA Supercross Lites racing will air on SPEED on Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m. EST.

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 242
  2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 233
  3. James Stewart, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 231
  4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 191
  5. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 179
  6. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 179
  7. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio,, Honda,  127
  8. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda,  123
  9. Ryan Clark, Waddell, Ariz., Honda, 122
  10. Tyler Evans,  Corona, Calif., Suzuki,  105

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Results, Daytona

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
  2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  3. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasak/li>
  4. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
  5. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda
  6. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
  7. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
  8. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Honda
  9. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 215
  2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 213
  3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 189
  4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 158
  5. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 152
  6. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 149
  7. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 125
  8. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 121
  9. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 108
  10. Ryan Clark, Waddell, Ariz., Honda, 76

Amp’d Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Results, Daytona

  1. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda
  2. Joshua Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda
  3. Chris Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki
  4. Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
  5. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha
  6. Kelly Smith Ludington, Mich., Honda
  7. Josh Summey, Stanley, N.C., Honda
  8. Bryan Johnson, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha
  9. Jay Marmont, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  10. Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda

Amp’d Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

  1. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 97
  2. Chris Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 74
  3. Joshua Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 69
  4. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha, 68
  5. Robert Kiniry, Lafayette, N.Y., Honda, 49
  6. Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 47
  7. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 38
  8. Kelly Smith Ludington, Mich., Honda, 37
  9. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 36
  10. Teddy Maier, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki, 33

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

  1. Andrew Short, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 118
  2. Grant Langston, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 116
  3. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., KTM, 107
  4. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 99
  5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 95
  6. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 94
  7. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 91
  8. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 78
  9. Darcy Lange, San Jacinto, Calif., Kawasaki, 55
  10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 52

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For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercross.cc.com.

About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP¿/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP 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 2005-2006, 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 85 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.supercross.cc.com.  

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

 

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About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP¿/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP 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 2005-2006, 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 85 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.supercross.cc.com.  

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.