For the second year in a row, Team Kawasaki’s Ricky Carmichael left Binghamton, New York with a number one plate in the 250cc National Championships. RC clinched the title a round early, which will allow him to compete in the 125cc class next week for a shot at breaking the tie he has with Mark Barnett for 125cc National wins.
Though John Dowd pulled the first moto holeshot on his big KTM520SX, Carmichael wasted no time in taking the lead and riding off to a comfortable win on the hilly circuit.
The second moto saw Windham putting up a fight early on, with RC and K-Dub banging bars around the first turn. Windham took the lead, but by the end of the first lap Ricky made his move and went by the Suzuki rider for another relatively easy moto win. Carmichael has won every moto since getting beat by Windham at Washougal.
Other news from Binghamton in the 250cc class is Sebastien Tortelli’s second moto crash. The Frenchman crashed hard on a rough downhill, giving him his second concussion of the season (the other being at Red Bud). Tortelli will likely sit out the last round at Steel City.
As for 125cc news, South African Grant Langston left Binghamton with a nine-point lead over Mike Brown. The racing was close between the two title hopefuls, but Langston came out with 1-1 moto scores due to some bad luck on Brown’s part. The two riders fought tooth and nail for the win, and the racing got so close that AMA Pro Racing’s Duke Finch met with both riders and warned them about getting too close to one another on the track.
Brown looked to have the first moto under control, but on the last lap Brown, who was suffering from arm pump, hit the ground after the two collided in a turn. The second moto was similar, with the two dicing it out until Brown went down again, this time on his own. Brownie remounted for second both motos, so the points chase will come down to the last moto at Steel City. Moto XXX’s Larry Ward put in a strong ride for third overall, and he now sits in a comfortable third place in the points standings.