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Team Makita Suzuki’s Carmichael Wins Final Red Bud Motocross
June 30, 2007
Round 5 – AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Series
Red Bud Track & Trail
June 30 – July 1, 2007
Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Ricky Carmichael captured his 101st AMA motocross victory and his 149th combined AMA motocross/supercross win at Red Bud Track & Trail in Buchanan, MI, this weekend. The 15-time AMA Champion picked up the overall Red Bud victory after finishing second place in the first 30-minute moto and winning the second moto of the day. Teammate Ivan Tedesco finished 13th overall in the premier class after finishing 13th in the first moto and 12th in the second. Carmichael, who is running an abbreviated racing schedule in 2007, is tentatively slated to race next at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, MN, in August.
“I tell you what, the fans got their money’s worth this weekend. What made this race for me this weekend was getting into the lead with two laps to go. That was really special for me. I had good luck on my side and I’m really happy with the way I rode. It was a good race today… It was fun but it’s also been a little frustrating. James (Stewart) is riding good and it took me a little while to get going. I know my road is coming to an end and I’d like to get as many wins as I can… I thought this weekend would have gone a lot smoother but James really stepped it up. But I’m super-pumped to get the win even though (Stewart’s crash in the second moto) isn’t the way I wanted to get it.”
“This is only my second race after being hurt so I’m still trying to get back on my game. I’m happy with my endurance, though, I just need to work on my speed. Right now, I’m just glad to be healthy and racing again. It’s important to recognize my weaknesses and try to improve in those areas. Now, I just want to get my Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 on the podium as much as possible.”
In the Motocross Lites class, Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Ryan Dungey crashed during Saturday afternoon’s qualifying sessions and decided to sit out this weekend’s race. He is expected to race the next round at Unadilla later this month.
“I probably could have raced on Sunday but I wasn’t 100 percent sure. So, I decided to err on the side of caution. I’d rather be safe than sorry and come back strong for Unadilla.”Team Makita Suzuki Racing will race next at Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, NY, the weekend of July 14 - 15, 2007.
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