AURORA, Ill. (November 13, 2006) — Ricky Carmichael, the all-time winningest motocross racer, announced today that he will open his part-time 2007 Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP season at Toronto’s Roger Centre (Dec. 2) followed by Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium (Dec. 9).
Carmichael, 26, of Tallahassee, Fla., captured the 2004-’05 Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP title and finished second last season to Kawasaki’s James Stewart. After announcing his retirement from racing a full-time professional supercross schedule, Carmichael signed a deal with MB2 Motorsports and will begin his venture in stock car racing while competing in a modified Amp’d Mobile Supercross schedule.
Before racing in Canada, Carmichael turned in an impressive performance at the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open, finishing second to Stewart. The 15-time AMA National champion used the race as a preparation for Toronto.
“I just want to make it through testing and through this weekend and be 100 percent for Canada, Carmichael said before his race with Stewart at the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open.
“It will be exciting to watch Ricky race at the two Canadian races, said Todd Jendro, senior director of supercross, Live Nation. “This will be the first time in his career that he will not be racing a full season for a championship. He showed a lot of speed at the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open and his race with Stewart was a nail biter — hopefully a preview for what Canadian fans will see.
As for the remaining races on his schedule, Carmichael is adamant that he is racing part-time regardless of the points standings. Carmichael will announce his 2006-’07 schedule shortly.
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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.
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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 Toyota 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 presented by Parts Unlimited. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access AMA Pro Racing’s online Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom.