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March 19, 2006


Team Suzuki Press Office – March 19, 2006.

Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael increased his lead over Chad Reed in the Amp’d Mobile Supercross series after finishing second at Saturday night’s Orlando Supercross in America.

Carmichael ran second to winner James Stewart (Kawasaki) for the entire 20-lap Supercross Main event as Reed finished in fifth just behind Carmichael’s team mate Ivan Tedesco.

Said Carmichael: “I gave it my all tonight. I just didn’t have anything for James Stewart. It was frustrating. It’s too bad I couldn’t get up there and give the crowd a better race. I’ll have to go home and work a little harder on my Makita Suzuki RM-Z450.”

At the beginning of the evening, the two Makita Suzuki riders were paired together in the second Supercross-class heat race: Carmichael holeshotted the eight-lap qualifier and gapped the field to take the win. Tedesco also got a good start and walked away with a third-place finish.

“It’s good to be up here in front of you guys here in Orlando,” said Carmichael from the podium after his heat race. “This is my home state and I’m just really super-pumped to be up here.”

The 20-lap main even turned out to be a fairly simple affair, with Carmichael getting a good start and settling into second position before the end of the first lap and held onto that spot.

Tedesco also got a good start and moved quickly into third position behind Carmichael. The Supercross rookie stayed put until he was passed with one lap remaining.

Said Tedesco: “I felt really good for the first half of the race. Towards the end I got some arm pump and things just went downhill from there. But I’m looking forward to racing at Detroit next weekend because that’s where I got my first win.”

Likewise, Carmichael is excited about racing at the new Ford Field Stadium. He said: “It’s always nice to go somewhere new. We’ve raced at the Silverdome several times and it’s good to go to a new place. I’m looking forward to the race and to getting back on top of the box.”

In the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP series, Carmichael still leads the points chase and Tedesco remains in fourth position overall.

Supercross Main: 1 James Stewart (Kawasaki), 2 Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki), 3 Nick Wey (Honda), 4 Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki), 5 Chad Reed (Yamaha), 6 Travis Preston (Honda), 7 Michael Byrne (Kawasaki), 8 Tim Ferry (Kawasaki), 9 Kevin Windham (Honda), 10 Jeff Dement (Suzuki).

AMA Supercross Points (after 11 rounds): 1 Carmichael 237, 2 Reed 229, 3 Stewart 214, 4 Tedesco 176, 5 Wey 169, 6 Byrne 166, 7 Preston 136, 8 Fonseca 125, 9 LaRocco 108, 10 Ferry 84.

World Supercross Points (after 12 rounds): 1 Carmichael 264, 2 Stewart 258, 3 Reed 247, 4 Tedesco 209, 5 Wey 199, 6 Byrne 194, 7 Gibson 141, 8 Clark 134, 9 Thomas 133, 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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