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July 3, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – July 3, 2006.

Reigning AMA Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael raced to his fourth straight victory of the season in Sunday’s fifth round at Red Bud Track ‘n Trail in Michigan.

The Makita Suzuki rider took the holeshot on his RM-Z450 in both 30-minute races. He led the first from start to finish, then came back from a crash early in the second race to beat Kawasaki’s James Stewart.

Carmichael now heads the series by 30 points from Yamaha’s Chad Reed.

Said Carmichael: “Sometimes I almost feel like I’d rather get the Racer X holeshot award rather than the win – that’s hard work. I love Red Bud and we had two good races. In the first moto, James Stewart and I had a good clean race. The Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 is phenomenal. We’ve made some changes and I’ve got to give it up to my team for giving me such a great bike. In the second moto, I was glad to see James out there. I made a bobble and I got up and tried to make it interesting for the fans. Again, thanks to Makita Suzuki – we’ve been working really hard. It’s been a hell of a weekend and we’ve been trying to get ahead wherever we could.”

In the Motocross Lites class, Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Broc Hepler put in two strong efforts on his RM-Z250. Unfortunately several get-offs had him coming home in 12th place overall. In the first 30-minute moto, Hepler was battling for a top-five position when he went down at the end of the race and recovered to finish 13th. In the second moto, he also finished in 13th position.

Said Hepler: “The race didn’t go so well for me. The Makita Suzuki RM-Z250 was running good and I was up to fifth place in the first moto. But I ended up having a couple of crashes in both motos – I just wasn’t hitting my ruts right and getting through the corners right. But we have next weekend off and some time to work on my conditioning and testing before we come back for Unadilla.”

Motocross Overall: 1. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki) 1st-1st; 2. James Stewart (Kawasaki) 2-2; 3. Chad Reed (Yamaha) 3-3; 4. Kevin Windham (Honda) 4-4; 5. Davi Millsaps (Honda) 5-6; 6. Tim Ferry (Honda) 7-5; 7. Nick Wey (Honda) 6-8; 8. David Vuillemin (Yamaha) 8-7; 9. Travis Preston (Honda) 9-9; 10. Kyle Lewis (Honda) 10-10

For more stories about Ricky Carmichael, click here. For photos, click here.
For more stories about Broc Hepler, click here. For photos, click here.

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