Monster Energy’s Ricky Carmichael 2nd @ Toronto Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Opener

CARLSBAD, Calif., (Dec. 4, 2006) — Monster Energy’s Ricky Carmichael got the 2007 supercross season rolling on a high note, recovering from a second-lap accident and racing through the pack to finish second overall in the Supercross class of the Amp’d Mobile World SX GP Series season opener at Toronto’s Rogers Center.

Carmichael, the defending Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series champion, won his qualifier by seven-and-a-half seconds over eventual race winner Chad Reed.

“Chad was running good, but I like to think I’d have been right up there with him if I hadn’t tipped ‘er over on the second lap, said Carmichael. “Either way it was fun to get out and race up in Toronto. Excellent crowd and I really enjoyed racing without the pressure of winning a championship.

Carmichael, who will run an abbreviated supercross season this year so he can focus on his new career, auto racing, will be back for the Amp’d/AMA Supercross Series opener at Anaheim (Jan. 6).

Also, Carmichael’s Monster Energy-backed Makita/Suzuki teammate Ivan Tedesco was injured (hand) in an incident with James Stewart during practice at Toronto and was unable to race. His status for Vancouver this weekend is doubtful, though he does hope to make the Anaheim opener.

For more information on the opening round of the 2007 Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP at Vancouver’s B.C. Place this weekend, link to www.supercross.cc.com

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