CARLSBAD, Calif., (May 1, 2006) – Monster Energy’s Ricky Carmichael is certainly making things exciting for the fans interested in the overall title chase of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. The legendary Floridian motocross talent was all over the track at Seattle – literally – and at one point pulled off a potentially disastrous high speed, airborne recovery that may very well be looked at as the reason should he be able to win the 2006 Supercross title.
After getting a poor start in the mud (both feet planed in ruts at one point), Carmichael raced through the pack on the extremely difficult track, closed in on the top ten – only to make a mistake and relegate himself back into the pack a few more spots. Ferociously determined, Carmichael roared back yet again and, by lap seven, had worked himself into fourth place. Then, in what will certainly be looked at as the turning point of the ’06 season should Carmichael win the overall title at Vegas next week, he pulled off a near-wreck recovery worthy of his “Greatest Of All Time” moniker.
“I’m just happy to be in this position after the rollercoaster season I’ve gone through,” said Carmichael of his 316-316 tie with rival Chad Reed heading into the final round of the series this weekend in Vegas. “It’s been tough.”
“The Save” occurred above a table top jump section on the Seattle track. Carmichael sketched on the in-run, then slid up the jump on an angle and catapulted himself through the air sideways – and landed that way – shooting his RMZ450 off the track and onto the plywood surface to the side. Carmichael SOMEHOW managed to keep the bike on two wheels, keep in from stalling in the swamp-like race conditions, got back on the track and raced to a 3rd place overall finish, gaining some highly valuable points in the process.
Said RC on Vegas: “There’s a lot of pressure, for sure. But it’s fun at the same time. We’re going down to the last race and that’s what the fans wanted.”
Carmichael’s teammate at Suzuki, Ivan Tedesco, made the main by virtue of a 3rd place finish in heat No 2. Tedesco ran well enough in the main under the difficult conditions to score a 7th place overall finish, losing a little bit of ground on his overall 4th place in the standings to Nick Wey (241-234), although Tedesco should hold onto that position in his rookie campaign in the AMA Supercross class.
RC, Tedesco and the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series return to action this weekend for the final round of the 2006 supercross series at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.