Carmichael Ties The Record at Budds Creek For The Greatest Start Ever In Motocross

Ricky Carmichael made motocross history on Sunday, going a perfect 1-1 in the two moto format 250 class, making it ten-straight wins and tying him with Bob Hannah for the greatest start ever in the AMA/Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship.

With more than 17,000 fans in attendance, National Promoters Group member Jonathan Beasley managed do dodge some wet weather that drenched the popular track for three straight days. “My crew did a remarkable job in preparing this track for today’s race,” said Beasley. “The weather held and we were able to put on another great race. My hat’s off to all the people that make Budds Creek such a successful event year after year.”

Back on the track, Carmichael piloted his Honda CR 250 across the rolling Maryland countryside, distancing himself from the competition early and setting the stage to break Hannah’s record (set in 1978) in two weeks at the Red Bud Outdoor National in Buchanan, Mich.

“I can’t express enough how well my bike is running,” said Carmichael. “I honestly feel that I have the fastest bike out there. Budds Creek is a tough course, with a variety of elevation change, deep ruts and generally rugged conditions. And my CR 250 handled the track so well–almost making it easy for me (to win).”

And rounding out the 250 class podium were Factory Connection Honda’s Mike LaRocco in second and Yamaha’s Tim Ferry in third.

Equally as dominating as Carmichael was Kawasaki’s 16-year-old phenom, James Stewart. The blazing young prospect nailed both holeshots and checked out early– distancing himself by nearly a minute over the next closest competitor.

“I’m happy to be back in the points lead,” said Stewart, who took a five-point lead over Yamaha/Troy Racing’s Chad Reed. “Everything just seemed to come together for me today. It was one of those races where I didn’t feel like I was riding that hard. Everything was perfect with my KX 125 and my knee’s feeling a lot better.”

Rounding out the 125 class podium was Reed in second and Suzuki’s Branden Jesseman in third.

The Outdoor Nationals make its next stop on Sunday, July 7th, at Red Bud in Buchanan, Mich.

125 cc event standings

1. James Stewart JR (KAW), 1/14

2. Chad Reed (YAM), 2/4

3. Branden Jessman (SUZ), 5/2

4. Ernesto Fonseca (HON), 7/3

5. Brock Sellards(KTM), 3/7

6. Buddy Antunez (SUZ), 4/6 7. Ben Townley (KTM), 6/8

8. David Pingree (HON), 15/10

9. Troy Adams (YAM), 9/16

10. Danny Smith (SUZ), 30/5

11. Paul Currie (SUZ), 13/14

12. Josh Demuth (YAM), 11/17

13. Damon Huffman (SUZ), 16/13

14. Matt Walker (KAW), 8/29

15. Ivan Tedesco (YAM), 40/9

16. Jeff Gibson (YAM), 12/18

17. Greg Schnell (YAM), 14/13

18. Chris Gosselaar (HON), 22/11

19. Larry Ward (YAM), 38/12

20. Steve Boniface (KTM), 14/38

250cc event standings

1. Ricky Carmichael (HON), 1/1

2. Mike LaRocco (HON), 4/2

3. Timmy Ferry (YAM), 2/4

4. Kyle Lewis (HON), 5/3

5. Ezra Lusk (KAW), 3/5

6. Robbie Reynard (HON), 7/7

7. Sebastien Tortelli (HON), 6/8

8. Heath Voss (HON), 9/10

9. Damien Plotts (HON), 12/9

10. Michael Brandes (SUZ), 10/14

11. Sean Hamblin (SUZ), 35/6

12. Paul Carpenter (HON), 11/16

13. John Dowd (KTM), 8/38

14. Keith S. Johnson (KTM), 13/17

15. Guy Cooper (KTM), 21/11

16. Kevin Crine, (HON), 20/12

17. Craig Decker (YAM), 14/19

18. Nicholas Wey (YAM), 24/13

19. Tyler Evans, (HUS), 19/15

20. Ty Wallace, (YAM), 15/23

Overall point standings 125cc

1. James Stewart JR (KAW), 190

2. Chad Reed (YAM), 185

3. Ernesto Fonseca (HON), 159

4. Danny Smith (SUZ), 141

5. Branden Jessman (SUZ), 135

6. Buddy Antunez (SUZ), 106

7. Damon Huffman (SUZ), 102

8. Matt Walker (KAW), 98

9. Michael Brown (KAW), 89

10. Grant Langston (KTM), 77

11.Eric Sorby (KAW, 69

12. Ivan Tedesco (YAM), 66

13. Travis Preston (HON), 64

14. Josh Demuth (YAM), 62

15. Bobby Bonds (KAW), 61

16. Larry Ward (YAM), 52

17. Brock Sellards (KTM), 52

18. Greg Schnell (YAM), 48

19. Michhael Byrne (HON), 46

20. Chris Gosselaar (HON), 37

Overall point standings 250cc

1. Ricky Carmichael (HON), 250

2. Timmy Ferry (YAM), 196

3. Sebastien Tortelli (HON), 181

4. Ezra Lusk (KAW), 176

5. Kyle Lewis (HON), 146

6. John Dowd (KTM), 122

7. David Vuillemin (YAM), 106

8. Robbie Reynard (HON), 98

9. Sean Hamblin (SUZ), 91

10. Heath Voss (HON), 75

11. Paul Carpenter (HON), 67

12. Mike LaRocco, (HON), 60

13. Craig Decker (YAM), 56

14. Stephane Roncada (KAW), 53

15. Keith S. Johnson (KTM), 50

16. Guy Copper (KTM), 44

17. Damien Plotts (HON), 38

18. Daryl Hurley ( SUZ) , 37

19. Keith R Johnson (YAM), 35

20. Ryan Clark (YAM), 32