Carmichael Races For Eight in Orlando

Kawasaki¿s James Stewart Announced his Return to Action This Weekend

AURORA, III. (March 14, 2005) – THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series returns to Orlando¿s Citrus Bowl this Saturday after an eight year hiatus. Three-time 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series champion and local favorite Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., races for his eighth win of the season.

In Daytona last weekend Carmichael finished second to reigning THQ AMA Supercross Series champion Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla. Reed¿s win was his second on the season, marking his 20th career win.

“My Makita Suzuki RM250 was running fine, but I just didn’t get it done,¿ said Carmichael after Daytona.  ¿Overall it was a fun race and I’m glad that I’m one of the guys going for the win. I just love racing and I love this event. That’s why I’m going to keep coming back.”

Carmichael has a 32-point lead over Reed in THQ AMA Supercross Series points with six races to go. This weekend he¿s excited to be racing in his home state once again.

“I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished so far and I know I’ve got some more in me,” he said.  “I’m really happy to be racing here in Florida because I’m from here and I feel that I’m more in my element when I’m racing here.  I have a lot of friends and family who’ll be coming out next week in Orlando and that just makes the whole thing kind of special.”

In the 125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series competition, KTM¿s Josh Hansen moved into the season points leader with his first win of the season. Hansen leads Kawasaki¿s Grant Langston by two points heading into Orlando.

250cc Class

1983: Ron Lechien
1984: Rick Johnson
1985: Ron Lechien
1991: Jeff Stanton
1992: Mike LaRocco
1993: Mike LaRocco
1994: Jeremy McGrath
1995: Jeremy McGrath
1996: Jeremy McGrath
1997: Ezra Lusk

125cc Class

1985: Larry Brooks
1991: Brian Swink
1992:Brian Swink
1993: Ezra Lusk
1994: Ezra Lusk
1995: Tim Ferry
1996: Mickael Pichon
1997: Ricky Carmichael

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