CARLSBAD, Calif., (Jan. 22, 2007) — Defending Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross champion began his abbreviated supercross race schedule this past weekend at Anaheim (Calif) Angels Stadium, but didn’t remove himself too far from the sport he loves just yet as he spent the evening in the CBS Sports broadcast booth adding color commentary to the Anaheim 2 race.
Carmichael, who joined series TV announcers Ralph Sheheen and Jeff Emig, returns to supercross series action as a racer this weekend at San Francisco’s SBC Park.
Said Carmichael on the experience: “That’s a tough job up there. I’ve got to hand it to Jeff (Emig). It’s a lot more difficult than I thought it’d be.
Carmichael was able to lend a great deal of insight not only to the race, but regarding the heir apparent to his throne — Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s James Stewart. Some of Carmichael’s more notable quotes on Stewart included:
“He’s definitely on fire.
“There’s not going to be any magical answers. (In terms of how Carmichael can stop Stewart.)
“45.9 second lap…that’s rippin’.
Carmichael also gave props to another fellow Floridian and Monster Energy-backed racer, Tim Ferry, saying “Ferry’s really turned it around since his heat race.
Carmichael’s Monster Energy-backed Makita/Suzuki teammate Ivan Tedesco overcame a tenth-lap crash that bent his clutch lever under the bars to finish 8th overall in the Supercross class main event. Tedesco ran well early in his heat race, finishing 2nd to Chad Reed. In the main event he pulled a great start and was in third place after the first lap and was running in 4th through the middle portion of the race when the crash occurred.
Overall Tedesco sits in 9th place, only ten points out of the top five behind Carmichael.
Both Carmichael and Tedesco return to action this weekend at San Francisco’s SBC Park (Jan. 27th) for Round Four of the 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Last year Carmichael finishes 2nd to Stewart in the muddy contest at SBC Park, while Tedesco finished 16th.
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