|On a 125, 250, 450, two-stroke or four-stroke, leaded and unleaded - Ricky Carmichael is the man in the Georgia Dome.|
all the controversy surrounding his fuel, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky
Carmichael quietly rode into the AMA record books yet again last
weekend in what is basically considered his hometown supercross at the
Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
RC's win Saturday night not only marked his fifth premier-class win in
the Georgia Dome, which ties him with seven-time AMA Supercross
Champion Jeremy McGrath, but it was also his 100th career start in AMA
supercross. Combine the win with his two 125cc-class wins here—the
first of which marked his first win as a professional on February 22,
1997—and RC is the undisputed king of the Georgia Dome.
But what makes this place so special? Is it the 70,000+ screaming fans
that make Ricky feel so comfortable in this dome, which is less than
300 miles from his home in Havana, Florida?
|Davi Millsaps was one of two 250F riders on the podium from Cairo, Georgia.|
I love these guys,” RC said in the Alpinestars Monday Conversation here
at Racer X Online. “They're awesome to me. They're so gracious. It’s a
great place. I love this venue.”
He also added, “They keep showing up like this and maybe we’ll be out
here six times a year,” as even with the biggest crowd on the entire
schedule, Georgia hosts just one SX a year to California’s five (plus
two outdoor nationals).
Or maybe it’s the moist, red clay that RC likes so much, which is the
same dirt that he sees, lap after monotonous lap, practicing at his
Florida home. If it is the fact that he feels comfortable on the
Georgia dirt, the same probably goes for the second- and third-place
finishers in the 250F class, Millsaps Training Facility students Davi
Millsaps and Martin Davalos
, who both looked right at home in the 250F
Honda’s Millsaps, who was born in Florida, has been living and training
in Cairo, GA, for most of his amateur and professional career. Star
Racing Yamaha’s Davalos, on the other hand, was born in Ecuador and has
moved to Cairo for the sole purpose of becoming successful at
professional motocross. So far it seems to be working, since this was
only Davalos’ second race as a professional. Congratulations!
By the way, Ecuador becomes the third country below the U.S. border (in
the Western Hemisphere) to find its way onto an AMA supercross podium,
joining Mexico (Pedro Gonzalez) and Costa Rica (Ernesto Fonseca).