Well, you can now classify any rumors as to what size bike Ricky Carmichael was going to ride in 2004 as meaningless drivel. Word is out that after a crash suffered in testing yesterday (and a resulting torn ACL), RC will miss the 2004 Supercross season.
Here’s what Clear Channel Entertainment had to say:
Ricky Carmichael Out for 2003-2004 Supercross Season with Injury
Pre-season Testing puts an early end to Carmichael’s Supercross Season
AURORA, Ill. (November 26, 2003) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sport’s division announced today that Factory Honda’s Ricky Carmichael was injured yesterday while training at a test track in California.
Carmichael was examined by Dr. Rick Lyon, an orthopedic surgeon from Lexington, Kentucky, earlier today. The result of the examination showed a torn ACL knee ligament for Carmichael, which will require surgery and will cause him to miss the entire supercross season. Surgery to repair the ACL will be performed when the swelling in Carmichael’s knee subsides.
Due to Carmichael’s injury, he has been forced to withdraw from the 2003-2004 THQ World Supercross GP/ THQ AMA Supercross Series, which kicks off in 10 days at Estadio Olympico in Seville, Spain. Carmichael, despite recent rumors, was committed and has been looking forward to racing in Europe for the first two rounds of THQ World Supercross GP/ THQ AMA Supercross Series for some time.
“We at Clear Channel Entertainment send out our get well wishes to Ricky and Ursula, first and foremost,” said Charlie Mancuso, president of Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports. “Ricky’s injury is tragic, and we wish him a speedy recovery. We all know how much he was looking forward to racing Chad Reed and the other superstars of supercross this season. Ricky is a true champion, and we look forward to seeing him recover fully and winning races again as soon as possible.”
Everyone here at TransWorld MX wishes Ricky a full and speedy recovery.