Carmichael Stages Final Race at Edward Jones Dome

AURORA, Ill. (February 27, 2007) — Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael will stage his final Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series race at the Edward Jones Dome this Saturday, March 3, against Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Yamaha’s Chad Reed.

A media day will be held this Thursday, March 1, from Noon-2:00 in Room 140. Riders from Motoworld.com Racing and Rockstar Suzuki will be available for interviews and will ride the track for the media.

Last weekend Stewart, 21 of Haines City, Fla., picked up his sixth win of the season before a record crowd of 70,649 at the Georgia Dome, marking the largest crowd of the year. Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plain, Minn., captured the first AMA Supercross Lites win of his career and looks to start a win streak this weekend.

Reed, of Tampa, Fla., grabbed the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award to start the 20-lap AMA Supercross class main event, but spun out on lap four, giving the position to Stewart. Carmichael, of Tallahassee, Fla., assumed the second place position and staged a spirited charge that wasn’t enough to pass Stewart.

Carmichael, who made an amazing return to racing after taking off the last three races, came within a few bike lengths of Stewart in the closing moments of the race but was unable to make the pass. Carmichael finished second and Reed finished third.

“James rode well tonight, said Carmichael. “In the early part of the race, Chad was in front of me as well as James, so I knew I had to make my move early. Once Chad went down, I tried to reel James in, but he was going so fast in the rhythm section tonight. I’d like thank all the fans who have supported me here through the years.

“Ricky kept honest tonight, said Stewart. “It was a great race, but I was getting caught up with some of the lappers. Every time I went through the rhythm section I was scared. We had a great crowd on hand tonight.

KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., won the $1,000 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award to start the AMA Supercross Lites main event. Dungey and Kawasaki’s Ben Townley quickly shot to the front, with the two riders crossing the finish line side by side at the end of lap one.

Dungey took over the lead on the ensuing lap and held off a mid-race charge from Townley to take the win. Townley dropped out of the race with an apparent mechanical failure. Kawasaki’s Darcy Lange, of Hemet, Calif., was second while Yamaha’s Matt Goerke, of Lake Helen, Fla., was third.

“This felt so good, said Dungey. “I really want to thank Roger DeCoster and Team Suzuki for giving me this opportunity. It’s been a great experience working with my teammates Ricky Carmichael and Ivan Tedesco. I look forward to the rest of the season. Getting this win makes going into St. Louis a little easier.

Last year in St. Louis Yamaha’s Reed picked up his first AMA Supercross win of the season in front of 52,022 fans at the Edward Jones Dome. Reed moved his way to the front of the pack as Stewart and Carmichael suffered from bad starts. Things only got worse for the two as Reed inched closer to his first win. Stewart crashed and finished a disappointing 17th place and Carmichael’s bike had a mechanical failure that ultimately put him out of the race.

“Today I was horrible, said Reed after the race explaining his poor lap times during practice and the disappointing third place finish in the heat race. “I needed this as a confidence booster.

In last year’s AMA Supercross Lites class race in St. Louis, Honda’s Davi Millsaps won the third race of his career and later went on to win the championship. KTM rider Josh Hansen led the first nine laps of the race before Millsaps made the final pass and lead the next six laps.

“Unfortunately I wasn’t up front at the start, but I was able to get around traffic early, said Millsaps last season from the podium. “I saw that the top guys were upront and I knew I had to pass them to get into the lead.

The first AMA Supercross race held at the Edward Jones Dome was on April 27, 1996, and Kawasaki’s Jeff Emig earned the second win of his career. That magical night, Emig stopped seven-time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath’s 13-race win streak. Emig was the only rider to beat McGrath that year. Reed, Carmichael and McGrath have three wins a piece in St. Louis. Yamaha’s Kevin Windham won the inaugural AMA Supercross Lites race in St. Louis. Travis Pastrana is the only AMA Supercross Lites rider to win two races in St. Louis.

This weekend’s AMA Supercross race from St. Louis will air on SPEED, Sunday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. EST. The AMA Supercross Lites class race will air on SPEED Saturday, March 10, at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Tickets are available at www.supercrossonline.com, all TicketMaster outlets, participating Yamaha dealers and the Edward Jones box office (week of race only). Club seats are $45, Gold Circle seats are $30; Mid-Level seats are $25 for adults and $10 for kids; Extreme seats are $20 for adults and $10 for kids; Treadhead seats are $10. Practice and qualifying begins at 12:30 and racing begins at 7:00 p.m.

Past Winners in St. Louis

AMA Supercross Class

  • February 18, 2006: Chad Reed
  • March 5, 2005: Ricky Carmichael
  • March 13, 2004: Chad Reed
  • March 22, 2003: Chad Reed
  • April 06, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
  • March 31, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
  • March 18, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
  • March 27, 1999: Jeremy McGrath
  • March 28, 1998: Kevin Windham
  • April 05, 1997: Jeremy McGrath
  • April 27, 1996: Jeff Emig

AMA Supercross Lites Class

  • February 18, 2006: David Millsaps
  • March 5, 2005: Grant Langston
  • March 13, 2004: James Stewart
  • March 22, 2003: Branden Jesseman
  • April 06, 2002: Chad Reed
  • March 31, 2001: Travis Pastrana
  • March 18, 2000: Travis Pastrana
  • March 27, 1999: Ernesto Fonseca
  • March 28, 1998: Ricky Carmichael
  • April 05, 1997: Stephane Roncada
  • April 27, 1996: Kevin Windham

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

1. Christopher Boothe, Atkins, Va., KTM
2. Hunter Neal, San Antonio, Texas, KTM
3. Logan Nance, Lakeland, Fla., KTM
4. Bugsy Murphy, Lafayette, La., KTM
5. Kyler Godwin, Valley Grande, Ala., KTM
6. Matthew McFadden, Goshen, Ohio, KTM
7. Michael Thibodeau, Bridgeport, Conn., KTM
8. Brandon Porter, Waldorf, Md., KTM
9. Kobe Woltz, Loomis, Calif., KTM
10. Taylor Cobb, Prattville, Ala., KTM
11. Nicholas Webre, Youngsville, La., KTM
12. Dallas Davis, Frankfort, Ind, KTM
13. Colton Weisheim, Las Vegas, Nev., KTM
14. Adam Toldo, Windsor, ON, KTM
15. Clay Mullins, Elsinore, Calif., KTM

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 232
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 216
3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 180
4. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 138
5. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 127
6. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 121
7. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 120
8. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 120
9. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 108
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 108

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Atlanta

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
5. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
6. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
7. Bryan Johnson, Cairo, Ga., Honda
8. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda
9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
10. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 188
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 171
3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 145
4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 119
5. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 108
6. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 101
7. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 96
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 94
9. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 91
10. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 86

Amp’d Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Atlanta

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha
4. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki
5. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha
6. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha
7. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., KTM
8. Matt Boni, Geneva, Fla., Kawasaki
9. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Honda
10. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Suzuki

Amp’d Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 25
2. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki, 22
3. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha, 20
4. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 18
5. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha, 16
6. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 15
7. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., KTM, 14
8. Matt Boni, Geneva, Fla., Kawasaki, 13
9. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Honda, 12
10. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Suzuki, 11

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 172
2. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 135
3. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 103
4. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 97
5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 92
6. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 88
7. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 87
8. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 86
9. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 71
10. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha, 66

For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercrossonline.com. For media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or e-mail at dennyhartwig@livenation.com.

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 4. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 138
5. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 127
6. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 121
7. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 120
8. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 120
9. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 108
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 108

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Atlanta

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
5. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
6. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
7. Bryan Johnson, Cairo, Ga., Honda
8. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda
9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
10. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 188
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 171
3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 145
4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 119
5. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 108
6. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 101
7. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 96
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 94
9. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 91
10. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 86

Amp’d Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Atlanta

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha
4. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki
5. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha
6. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha
7. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., KTM
8. Matt Boni, Geneva, Fla., Kawasaki
9. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Honda
10. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Suzuki

Amp’d Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 25
2. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki, 22
3. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha, 20
4. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 18
5. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha, 16
6. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 15
7. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., KTM, 14
8. Matt Boni, Geneva, Fla., Kawasaki, 13
9. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Honda, 12
10. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Suzuki, 11

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 172
2. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 135
3. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 103
4. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 97
5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 92
6. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 88
7. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 87
8. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 86
9. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 71
10. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha, 66

For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercrossonline.com. For media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or e-mail at dennyhartwig@livenation.com.

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 leading live music company, annually connecting more than 67 million fans with their favorite performers at over 33,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates 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 and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation’s websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV. For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at www.LiveNation.com.

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.amadirecttlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.

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 leading live music company, annually connecting more than 67 million fans with their favorite performers at over 33,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates 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 and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation’s websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV. For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at www.LiveNation.com.

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.

madirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.