Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael and the DMXS Charity Ride4AT Raise More Than $23,000

BREA, Calif. (March 7, 2005) – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today announced that with the help of Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Ricky Carmichael, the DMXS Charity Ride for Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) raised $23,580 on the Sunday following the THQ AMA Supercross Series in Atlanta at Bremen Race Park, in Bremen, Ga.

“I’d really like to thank Ricky Carmichael and his sponsors such as Suzuki, Fox Racing, Makita USA and Oakley for helping out,” said event organizer Heath Hamrick. “My daughter Savanna suffers from this disease and I just can’t explain how grateful I am to everyone who participated in the DMXS Charity Ride4AT.”

In spite of freezing rain and gusty winds, almost 1,000 race fans showed up to meet their favorite racers and raise money for the A-T Children’s Project. Said Carmichael afterward, “I had a great time on Sunday. The fans weathered the cold wind and rain to show a lot of support to the riders who attended and, most importantly, to the Ride4AT project. I was honored to be a part of last weekend and hopefully we raised a little more awareness to the project and a lot of money towards a cure.”

Fox Racing, Makita USA and Oakley also contributed to the cause. Oakley auctioned off the goggles Carmichael wore at the Atlanta Supercross. Fox Racing donated four sets of gear that were worn by Carmichael in Atlanta and Makita provided four Makita 4 Piece Triathlon Cordless Combo Kits (model DK1057DL). Three sets of the gear and three of the combo kits have already been auctioned off in the Atlanta pits and at the DMXS Charity Ride. The remaining gear and combo kit will be auctioned off on eBay.

“When RC approached us about getting involved with him to support the Ride4AT we were happy to oblige,” said Fox Racing’s Scott Taylor. “We had the easy part of building the custom gear. He is the champion who wore the gear to victory in one of the most exciting races in history and then donated it all to a great cause.”

Added Brent Withey, Makita Brand Marketing Manager: “We were psyched to donate these cordless combo kits to such a great cause and to help find a cure for A-T. Being a part of Team Makita Suzuki Racing has been such an exhilarating experience and it is awesome to be associated with the best riders and team in Supercross.”

“We here at Oakley make it a point to stand by our athletes in whatever they choose to do,” concluded Oakley’s Anthony Paggio. “And when RC — a proven champion — goes out of his way to open his heart and help with a very serious cause such as A-T, it only shows what kind of person he is on the inside. As a sponsor, we think that is what matters the most.”

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