Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series penultimate round
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (April 26, 2006) — The “Big Three” of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series — Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and James Stewart — bring their scorching battle to the second-to-last round of the 2006 season at Qwest Field this Saturday, April 29 for the Seattle Supercross. The “perfect storm” — as the clash has been dubbed — has been building all season and now the race for the championship is reaching its peak.
Reed and Stewart needed something dramatic to happen to have any chance of catching the ultra-consistent Carmichael, and dramatic is just what they got this past Saturday. Carmichael had a major crash in Texas Stadium while battling Stewart for the lead. His Suzuki was damaged in the accident, but he was still able to bring it home to a sixth-place finish. Stewart also had problems and went down on his Kawasaki losing the lead in the process. Reed took full advantage of his rivals’ problems and took the victory aboard his factory Yamaha.
It was Reed’s second victory of the year and pulled him within just two points of Carmichael in the championship with the Seattle and Las Vegas rounds remaining. Stewart is by no means out of contention. His second-place in Dallas put him a scant 10 points out of the AMA Supercross Series lead.
“The fans wanted this championship to come down to the final race and that’s what they’ve got,” said a disappointed Carmichael after Dallas. “I would much rather sew up the title early and I’ve been lucky enough to do that a number of times in my career, but I’ll go out there in the last two races and do the best I can to win it this way. The fact that the championship would come down to the final race is something I’ve said all season. There’s just too much talent in the series for anything else to happen.”
Reed, who is coming off a shoulder injury suffered last month, is happy just to be in the position to have a shot at the title.
“After I was injured I thought my season was pretty much over,” Reed said. “Now the Dallas win has given me new hope. At this point I’m not even thinking about the championship, I’m just happy to be where I am. It took a little luck, but I’ll take anything I can get at this point.”
Stewart’s Dallas mishap put an end to his three-race winning streak, but he feels ready to get back to the top in Seattle.
“Winning is all I can try to do now,” Stewart said. “Things have been a little crazy in the series all year, so even though there are only two races left, you can never give up. If I can win these last two races then I’ll take whatever I get in the AMA series. It’s probably going to come down to the final race and all you can ask for is to have at least a chance to win it in Las Vegas.”
The AMA Supercross Lites West Series will be decided in Seattle. Coming into the final round four riders still have a mathematical shot at the title, but realistically it’s come down to Honda’s Andrew Short and Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Grant Langston. Just four points separate the two with Short holding the edge over Langston. Short is trying to earn his first AMA Supercross Lites title, while Langston won the East Series last year.
The Seattle Supercross will receive next-day national television coverage on CBS this Sunday at 12:30 PM Eastern.
Tickets for the Seattle Supercross are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, all participating Yamaha Dealers, at the Qwest Field Box Office, or charge by phone in the Seattle area at 206-628-0888 or in Tacoma call 253-627-8497. A special Family Section is also available for non-alcoholic family fun. When ordering tickets through Ticketmaster, request the Family Section for an alcohol-free atmosphere. Gates open at 12:30 and fans are invited to come early for the Pit Party where they have a chance to meet and get autographs from their favorite riders.
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