125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series Kicks off in Indianapolis
AURORA, III. (February 9, 2005) — Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., became Suzuki’s first rider in history to win four consecutive races last weekend at Angel Stadium of Anaheim; this weekend he can become the first rider to win Indianapolis on three different bikes.
Carmichael first won at Indianapolis in 2001 for Team Kawasaki when he wrestled the championship away from seven-time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath. When riding for Team Honda in 2003, en route to his third THQ AMA Supercross Series championship, he won at Indianapolis again.
After winning his 37 th career THQ AMA Supercross Series race last weekend, he now has six wins in Anaheim. Carmichael has a 29-point lead in THQ AMA Supercross Series racing over Honda’s Kevin Windham and has led 77 laps this season.
“I turned what should have been a bad race into a good race in Anaheim,” said a pleased Carmichael after the event. “I just tried to race myself and ride my Makita Suzuki RM250 consistently – not do too many crazy things and put in some solid laps.”
Seven-time supercross champion McGrath, of Encinitas, Calif., will be racing at Indianapolis this weekend. McGrath, the all-time winningest rider in supercross history, is racing a limited schedule in 2005. He also holds the record of six wins at the RCA Dome.
Reigning 125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series champion Ivan Tedesco led all 15 laps in Saturday night’s main event and extended his points lead to 13 over Suzuki-backed Ryan Sipes.
“I really wanted to put myself in a good position, said Tedesco. “Once I had that after the start, I just stayed consistent and carried it on to the finish, he continued. “This race was a lot more technical. The track was also a little tougher, but I seem to do better on the more technical tracks.
Tedesco and the rest of the 125cc west riders will take a break as the 125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series begins. Headlining the field is former 125cc AMA motocross and world champion Grant Langston, who makes his debut for Mitch Payton’s perennial powerhouse Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Langston’s teammate, Matt Walker, makes his return to supercross after struggling with injuries. Former 125cc supercross champions Shae Bentley and Brandon Jesseman should give Langston a run for his money.
Stay tuned to ESPN2 this Sunday at Noon EST to watch all the action from Indianapolis’ RCA Dome.
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