Monster Energy’s Ricky Carmichael Tops Rival Chad Reed In A Thriller

March 29, 2006 7:49am

RC now up by ten points over Reed in overall title points chase, 
while Monster teammate Ivan Tedesco comes from behind to take 4th overall


CARLSBAD, Calif., (March 28, 2006) – Monster Energy had two guys up in the top four overall this past weekend at the inaugural Ford Field (Detroit) round of the 2006 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. AMA Supercross class points leader Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki) topped Chad Reed for 2nd place overall in the evening’s most exciting battle, while RC’s Monster-backed teammate, Ivan Tedesco, finished 4th overall in dramatic come-from-behind action.

“That was definitely a race for the fans,” said Carmichael. “I 
felt like we had the speed to win, but I got caught up at the start. 
That’s the way it goes.”

Carmichael’s battle with Reed was one of the best all season. The 
two fought bar-to-bar for much of the 20-lap main event, which had 
the 40,101 in attendance focused on Carmichael’s Monster-backed 
RMZ450 and his race for the important points that second place bring.

“I’m not settling in, the points are too close,” said Carmichael. “James (Stewart) is obviously riding really well.” Note: Stewart was the winner at Detroit.

Tedesco was equally as impressive in his charge to 4th place overall. In doing so he needed to get by Kawasaki’s Michael Byrne and buddy Nick Wey, who had beat out Tedesco for the final podium spot the previous weekend in Orlando.

“I was focused tonight,” said Tedesco. “I rode to the best of my 
ability and have to be pleased with 4th overall.”

Tedesco widened the points margin for 4th overall in the standings 
over Wey to nine points with four races remaining on the schedule. 
Carmichael’s lead now stands at ten points over Reed (259-249) and 
20 points over Stewart.

RC, Tedesco and the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series head back south to Houston’s Reliant Stadium this Saturday (April 1st).