Carmichael/Stewart Knotted at 308 Points in Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Championship Race Leading Into Dallas

AURORA, Ill. (March , 2006) ¿ Fresh off a two week break, Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series fires up at Dallas’ Texas Stadium Saturday, April 22. Tied at 308 points, Ricky Carmichael, 26, and James Stewart, 20, will use Dallas at the rubber match for the hotly contested Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP championship.

Kawasaki’s Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., has won the last three races in dominant fashion and has eight Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP wins. Carmichael, of Tallahassee, Fla., is the defending Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series champion and owns six wins on the season. The points race for Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP will be decided at the finals in Las Vegas May 6 as these two fierce competitors spend the next three races sorting out the championship

“I know James (Stewart) has won three races in a row (this season) and I have two (in a row),” said Carmichael. “I guess we split AMA wins; he’s got six and I’ve got six and we’re tied for the FIM points. So, it’s fun and it’s what everybody wants too see. I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Carmichael has six wins in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series and has a 12-point lead over Yamaha’s Chad Reed, while Stewart remains in third place. Consistency has been a major factor in Carmichael’s 2006 season.

“Definitely, he (James) has ridden exceptionally well all year not just these last three races,” said Carmichael after finishing second at Houston. “I think he has put it together these last three races for sure. I’m looking forward to working on getting better at the beginning of the race and being there at the end.

Texas Stadium is a special place for Stewart as he became the first African-American to win an AMA Supercross class race. In the last three races he led 60 of 60 laps and attributes his success to his great starts.

“I have been getting good starts and that’s the one thing that has been helping me,” said Stewart on his three consecutive wins. “I just got up there and rode a good pace. I kept an eye on Ricky and just rode the rest. There was no need for me to push it any harder.”

Yamaha ace Reed, of Dade City, Fla., has been struggling with shoulder injury he suffered the week before the Daytona Beach race. Despite the injury, Reed has procured the number two position in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series points race.

“It was tough for me to have a good pace,” said Reed after the race in Houston. “Those guys (Ricky and James) are being more aggressive and I just gave up on that. I can’t be as aggressive as I want to be and I just have to let it come to me.”

In the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class, Honda’s Andrew Short of Murrieta, Calif., has a two-point lead over defending Eastern Regional 125cc AMA Supercross champion Grant Langston, of Murrieta, Calif. Langston could join Ernesto Fonseca and James Stewart as the only riders in history to win regional championships on both coasts.

Last year Kawasaki’s Grant Langston, of Murrieta, Calif., extended his season points lead to seven in 125cc Eastern Regional Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series competition, picking up his third win of the season.

This weekend’s race will air on SPEED on Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. EST. A tape-delayed, one-hour television broadcast of the AMA Supercross Lites racing will air on SPEED on Sunday, April 29, at 6 p.m. EST.

Tickets are also available at the Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, all participating Yamaha dealers, or charge by phone at 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700. For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercross.cc.com

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 308
  2. James Stewart, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 308
  3. Chad Reed, Dadeity, Fla., Yamaha, 287
  4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 243
  5. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 230
  6. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 227
  7. Ryan Clark, Waddell, Ariz., Honda,  162
  8. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio,, Honda,  160
  9. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda,  159
  10. Tyler Evans,  Corona, Calif., Suzuki,  116

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 281
  2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 269
  3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 264
  4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 209
  5. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 198
  6. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 197
  7. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 160
  8. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 125
  9. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 108
  10. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Honda, 108

Amp’d Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

  1. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 166
  2. Chris Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 134
  3. Joshua Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 119
  4. Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 102
  5. Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha, 96
  6. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Honda, 81
  7. Robert Kiniry, Lafayette, N.Y., Honda, 75
  8. Teddy Maier, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki, 61
  9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 60
  10. Jay Marmont, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 54

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

  1. Andrew Short, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 118
  2. Grant Langston, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 116
  3. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., KTM, 107
  4. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 99
  5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 95
  6. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 94
  7. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 91
  8. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 78
  9. Darcy Lange, San Jacinto, Calif., Kawasaki, 55
  10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 52

Supercross LIVE!, the only place on the planet to catch Amp’d Mobile Supercross live at home in your car, or just about anywhere in the world, is available live for fans at every race, starting at 7:00 p.m. local time at supercross.cc.com. Listen as Supercross LIVE! hosts Jim Holley and Jason Wiegandt capture the live race call, a pre-race show, a post-race show, post-race press conference, on-air industry guests and celebrities, in-depth interviews, promotions, call-ins and more. In 2004-2005, more than a three-quarters-of-million listeners logged on to Supercross LIVE! Archived broadcasts are also available at supercross.cc.com, or can be downloaded to iPod or MP3 players via Podcast at sxlivepodcast.com.

For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercross.cc.com.

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 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 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.

 

percross 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 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.