AURORA, IL. (December 12, 2005) – In his first-ever Amp’d Mobile World
Supercross GP Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., rode away
from Canada with two consecutive wins and leads the 2005-’06 World
Supercross GP championship by six points over defending World
Supercross GP champ Ricky Carmichael. More than 100,000 listeners tuned
in to the Supercross LIVE! Webcast on www.supercross.cc.com, the
official site of Amp’d Mobile Supercross and the only live race call,
for Toronto and Vancouver.
In Vancouver, Stewart managed to pass holeshot winner Kyle Lewis on the
opening lap and procure a comfortable lead while Carmichael, who won
the Vancouver race last season, dug his way out of a mid-pack start.
“The first turn was kind of tricky,” said Carmichael afterward.
“A ninety-degree turn with a jump, and everybody got all balled
up. It’s crazy back there -- not a place that I want to be.”
Stewart has made a statement by winning the first two races and is the man to beat.
“James (Stewart) has started the season off with two impressive wins,”
said Denny Stephenson, color commentator for SPEED’s broadcast of Amp’d
Mobile Supercross. “He now has all of the pressure on him going into
Anaheim on January 7. The next few weeks are important to all of the
guys who raced in Canada. They need to use what they have learned from
these races and more forward. It’s a 17-race season.”
“We got through these races smart and safe,” said Stewart. “I had a
great pace and wanted to keep an eye on Ricky. I am learning and we
have three weeks until we get to Anaheim. I came here and wanted to
win. It was good for me, and I know that my program is working. I know
my Dad will be all over me back home to get ready for the rest of the
season. I probably watched the tape from Toronto 150 times.”
Carmichael, who has 14 AMA National championships, has not thrown in
the towel yet. He will head back to his home in Florida and continue
his regimented training program.
“I had a simple game plan going into the race and I stuck to it,” said
Carmichael. “I did what I wanted to do but didn’t start where I wanted
to start. No excuses, though, I got beat. But I was happy
with the way I rode and I put in some good laps. I just tried to
learn more about the bike and get ready for Anaheim.”
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