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July 30, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – July 31, 2006.

Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Ricky Carmichael finished a strong second place at round eight of the AMA Toyota Motocross race at Washougal MX Park, in Washougal, WA, on Sunday afternoon.

The defending AMA Motocross Champion won his first 30-minute Motocross-class race and finished a close second in the second moto to take second-place overall, keeping his series lead to 76 points over Yamaha’s Chad Reed.

Said Carmichael: “That first moto was worth the price of admission. The second moto, well it was good for the fans but I made some mistakes, so I’m just disappointed in myself. But life goes on and we’ll look to the next race.”

In the Motocross Lites class, Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Broc Hepler overcame a bad start in the first 30-minute moto to finish an impressive fourth place on his RM-Z250. In the second Lites moto, Hepler went down on the first lap and was unable to finish the race.

Said Hepler: “I just didn’t get a perfect jump off the start in the second moto. Then, someone came in under me in the first corner and we just piled up. My bike got caught up with his and it ripped a wire and the bike wouldn’t start. Nobody did anything wrong, it was just damage from the wreckage. Now, I’ll just use the time off and get back to my regular practice schedule. My speed is coming along and I don’t want to let up at all.”

Motocross Top 10 Finishers Overall:
1 James Stewart (Kawasaki)
2 Ricky Carmichael (Team Makita Suzuki Racing)
3 Chad Reed (Yamaha)
4 Davi Millsaps (Honda)
5 Tim Ferry (Honda)
6 Travis Preston (Honda)
7 Kevin Windham (Honda)
8 David Vuillemin (Yamaha)
9 Daniel Sani (Honda)
10 Michael Byrne (Kawasaki)

Motocross Lites Top 10 Finishers Overall:
1 Andrew Short (Honda)
2 Josh Grant (Honda)
3 Mike Alessi (KTM)
4 Troy Adams (Kawasaki)
5 Matt Goerke (Yamaha)
6 Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
7 Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
8 Danny Smith (Honda)
9 Brett Metcalfe (Yamaha)
10 Chris Gosselaar (Kawasaki)

Motocross Championship Points (after 8 rounds): 1 Carmichael 389, 2 Reed 313, 3 Millsaps 269, 4 Windham 261, 5 Preston 226, 6 Stewart 211, 7 Vuillemin 206, 8 Wey 202, 9 Ferry 178, 10 Summey 129.

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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