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CARMICHAEL 2ND AT DETROIT

March 26, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – March 26, 2006.

Ricky Carmichael extended his points lead in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series by finishing second in front of more than 40,000 cheering fans at Detroit’s new Ford Field on Saturday night as team mate Ivan Tedesco finished an impressive fourth.

“It was definitely a race for the fans,” said Carmichael from the podium. “I got to pass Chad Reed twice and we were playing cat-and-mouse. Then I got tangled with a lapper and almost crashed. I was bummed for Suzuki though, because I really felt like we had the speed tonight to battle for the lead. But it was a good race for the fans.”

Like last weekend in Orlando, the two Makita Suzuki riders were paired together in the second Supercross-class heat race of the evening. Although Tedesco holeshotted the eight-lap race, it was Carmichael who took the win. Tedesco, meanwhile, went on to win his six-lap semi and both riders advanced to the Main.

“I felt pretty good tonight,” said Tedesco after winning his qualifying race. “But I made some mistakes in my heat race. Hopefully, I can pull it all together in the main.”

In the 20-lap main event, Carmichael had a rough start and charged hard to move up into third position. He stayed put on his Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 for several laps before moving into position to battle for second. Although he swapped spots with the competition several times, Carmichael finished a strong second place at the end of the night.

“As far as second place goes, I’m a little disappointed in my starts and I’m going to have to work on those,” said Carmichael. “I put myself into a bunch of positions that I didn’t want to be in. I have no one to blame but myself and it’s frustrating.”

Like Carmichael, Tedesco got a poor start: In spite of this, he put his head down and charged hard and moved up steadily through the field to capture a fourth-place finish.

“I think I started somewhere around 15th, but by the end of the first lap I was in eighth,” said Tedesco. “I felt like I rode a really smart race. I wasn’t the fastest guy out there but I tried to be consistent.”

Supercross Main Event: 1 James Stewart (Kawasaki), 2 Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki), 3 Chad Reed (Yamaha), 4 Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki), 5 Nick Wey (Honda), 6 Michael Byrne (Kawasaki), 7 Ryan Clark (Honda), 8 Billy Laninovich (Honda), 9 Tim Ferry (Honda), 10 Jason Thomas (Honda).

AMA Supercross Points (after 12 rounds): 1 Carmichael 259, 2 Reed 249, 3 Stewart 239, 4 Tedesco 194, 5 Wey 185, 6 Byrne 181, 7 Preston 146, 8 Fonseca 125, 9 LaRocco 108, 10 Ferry 96.

World Supercross Points (after 13 rounds): 1 Carmichael 286, 2 Stewart 283, 3 Reed 267, 4 Tedesco 227, 5 Wey 215, 6 Byrne 209, 7 Gibson 151, 8 Thomas 147, 9 Clark 134, 10 Evans 116.

For more stories about Ricky Carmichael, click here. For photos, click here.
For more stories about Ivan Tesdesco, click here. For photos, click here.

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