CARLSBAD, Calif., (Jan. 29, 2007) — Monster Energy’s Ricky Carmichael won for the first time on his abbreviated Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series schedule this past Saturday, outlasting rivals James Stewart and Chad Reed in a crash-fest main event that saw both Stewart and Reed hit the deck in the slick conditions at San Francisco’s SBC Park.
“They made it easier for me, that’s for sure, said an elated Carmichael from the podium. “I think I was the only one of the three of us that didn’t crash. I’ll take it any way I can get it.
Being a bit modest, Carmichael was actually on it all day and poised to make a run at his fellow Monster Energy-backed rival, Stewart – had Stewart not gone down in the rhythm section, then stalled his bike in the same section soon after. Carmichael’s best timed practice lap was tops out of anybody’s in the AMA Supercross class and his 15-plus second win in his heat race was the best there as well.
In the main event Carmichael played it cool, though he did have one feet-off-the-pegs recovery that supercross fans have come to expect over the years. All Carmichael had to say about that was: “Yeah, I must be living right to have saved that!.
With the win Carmichael moved up into 4th place overall in the Supercross class standings, despite missing the Anaheim 2 round during his abbreviated season.
Carmichael’s Monster Energy-backed Makita/Suzuki teammate Ivan Tedesco was running well early, finishing 2nd in his heat race behind Carmichael to make the main. Tedesco then started up front in the main and was running as high as 5th for the first half of the race before he went down in a slick corner and wound up settling for 14th. As it stands Tedesco is still in the top ten overall with 42 points.
The next race on the 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series schedule is this weekend at Anaheim — the third of three rounds at the fabled supercross venue. Last year Carmichael won the Anaheim 3 round and was joined on the podium by teammate Tedesco. This year Tedesco will be the lone Monster Energy-backed Makita/Suzuki racer at the event.
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