Carmichael Does it Again Inside Georgia Dome, Taking Home 6th Win

South-African Native Langston Peels off First Win of Season

ATLANTA (February 26, 2005) – Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., rebounds inside Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, picking up his sixth THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series race win in front of 62,764 fans. Kawasaki’s Grant Langston, of Murrieta, Calif., won his first 125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series race since Dallas in 2001.

Reed won the $1,500 Butterfinger Holeshot award with Carmichael in tow for the first six laps. On lap 6, Carmichael moved into the lead, but crashed a lap later, falling to third place. Carmichael caught and passed Reed on Lap 16 before Reed moved back into the lead. It was on Lap 18 that Carmichael re-passed Reed and rode off to his sixth career 250cc supercross win in Atlanta. Reed was second and Honda’s Mike LaRocco, of Corona, Calif., was third.

“It was a fight out there all night, said Carmichael. “When I crashed, I didn’t think I had the time to catch back up and give Chad (Reed) a run. This place has been really good to me over the years. From here on out, it’s all about keeping the momentum going.

After winning the $1,000 Butterfinger Holeshot Award, Langston was passed by his teammate Matt Walker, of McDonough, Ga. Walker controlled the race until lap 8 when he made a mistake, allowing Langston to make the pass for the win. Walker finished second and Honda’s Steve Boniface finished third.

“It was a great race with Matt (Walker) and I tonight, said Langston. “It’s great to race up there with your teammate in front of a big crowd. Matt made a mistake on lap 8, and I was able to capitalize on it.

Racing moves to St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome next Saturday, March 5. Tonight’s race airs on ESPN2 Sunday, February 27 at 5:00 p.m.

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Donny Brown, Birchwood, Tenn., KTM
  2. Bailey Blocker, Sylacauga, Ala., KTM
  3. Tanner Earhart, Bristol, Tenn., KTM
  4. Seth Harding, Abingdon, Va., KTM
  5. Taylor Barnett, Hodges, S.C., KTM
  6. Bryson Turner, Tallahassee, Fla., KTM
  7. Dusty Jones, Enterprise, Ala., KTM
  8. Aaron Rasmussen, Big Bend, Wis., KTM
  9. Zachary David Totsch, Grayson, Ga., KTM
  10. De-Andre Smith Lightbourne, Warwick, Bermuda, KTM
  11. Branden Bunker, Alpharetta, Ga., KTM
  12. Ben Enfinger, Bainbridge, Ga., KTM
  13. Eli Moulton, Rock Island, Tenn., KTM
  14. Daniel Brown, Canton, Ga., KTM

THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 247
  2. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 207
  3. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 166
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 150
  5. Tyler Evans, Corona, Calif., Suzuki, 140
  6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 136
  7. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda, 120
  8. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda, 92
  9. Erick Vallejo, Garland, Tex., Yamaha, 89
  10. Joe Oehlhof, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 85

250cc THQ AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki
  2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  3. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
  5. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda
  6. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
  7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha
  8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
  9. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Honda
  10. Tyler Evans, Corona, Calif., Suzuki

250cc THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 192
  2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 160
  3. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda, 136
  4. Mike LaRocco, CCorona, Calif., Honda, 135
  5. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 114
  6. Sebastien Tortelli, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 112
  7. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 108
  8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 95
  9. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 90
  10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 73

125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series Event Results

  1. Grant Langston, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
  2. Matt Walker, McDonough, Ga., Kawasaki
  3. Steve Boniface, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
  4. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
  6. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., KTM
  7. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda
  8. Justin Buckelew, Riverside, Calif., Honda
  9. Kevin Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha
  10. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha

125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Grant Langston, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 47
  2. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 43
  3. Matt Walker, McDonough, Ga., Kawasaki, 38
  4. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., KTM, 35
  5. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 29
  6. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 27
  7. Justin Buckelew, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 21
  8. Steve Boniface, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 20
  9. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 20
  10. Troy Adams, Brooksville, Fla., Honda, 18

125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 127
  2. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., KTM, 91
  3. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 82
  4. Andrew Short, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 79
  5. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Yamaha, 77
  6. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 69
  7. Ryan Sipes, Nine Grove, Kan., Suzuki, 67
  8. Thomas Hahn, Belpre, Kan., Honda, 65
  9. Jay Marmont, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 64
  10. Ryan Morais, Canyon Lake, Calif., Suzuki, 53

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