Epic battle with Stewart has fans, media buzzing as series heads to San Francisco
AURORA, Ill. (January 23, 2006) ¿ Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael made a statement last Saturday (Jan. 21) at Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series in Anaheim, beating upstart James Stewart in an epic battle that reminded fans and media alike that the sport’s all-time win leader is not done fighting.
Kawasaki’s Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., opened the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP season with two decisive victories in Canada before returning to the States for a runaway win at Anaheim as the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series got underway. Stewart’s early season wins forced Carmichael and Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla., to go back to the drawing board to find more speed.
“I definitely didn’t want to believe (that the series was over),” explained Carmichael, who now totals 42 Supercross wins and 129 combined in supercross/motocross. “I felt like I had a chance and I had my reasons for why I didn’t do good, but he’s brought it to a new level. Me and Chad had to step it up and we all knew that. It’s definitely not over. It gets harder with time.”
More so than in any other form of racing, Amp’d Mobile Supercross seems to be about momentum and, in recent history, the rider that has it is usually at an advantage. Four times since 2000, the first rider to win two events in a season went on to the championship, three of those being Carmichael. So with Carmichael now on the winning track, what does this do to Stewart and his confidence?
“My confidence is the same as it was in Vancouver and Toronto, even Anaheim,” said Stewart. “I felt like I’ve been giving these things away. A fall in the first corner last week didn’t help ¿ and a fall again (in Anaheim) when I’m front. It’s a long season and I realize that. There’s no need to hit the panic button, its not like (Carmichael) got around me and beat me by 10 seconds. I felt like I was up there and we had a great race.”
Add Reed, who is a perennial slow starter but has two consecutive second place finishes, to the mix and there are literally three riders with a shot to win on any given weekend.
As the series’ head North for this Saturday’s (Jan. 28) race at SBC Park in San Francisco, Stewart holds a one-point lead on Carmichael in the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP standings, while Carmichael leads Reed by four points in the domestic Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series.
This year’s race marks the fourth time supercross has visited the stadium normally occupied by MLB’s Giants. Carmichael has two wins in 2003 & 2005, with Reed picking up with victory in 2004 while Carmichael sat out the season with a knee injury. Stewart, who missed last year’s race with a broken arm, won in his only visit in 2003 in the AMA Lites division, then known as the 125cc class.
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About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP¿/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP 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 2005-2006, 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 byy 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 85 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.supercross.cc.com.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.