For instance, Carmichael is the only rider in the history of the sport to have a perfect season—two perfect seasons, actually. He did both in outdoor motocross, winning all 24 motos throughout the season in 2002 and ‘04. If that’s not enough, he also won every overall last summer, marking his third undefeated series in AMA motocross.
He now has 10 straight years of winning championships—and they are his first 10 years of racing professionally!
3 125cc National Motocross Champion (1997-’99)
6 AMA Motocross Championships (2000-’05)
5 AMA Supercross Championships (2001-’03, 2005, 2006)
1 World SX GP Championship (2005)
2 Motocross des Nations Championships (2000, 2005)
1 Eastern Region Supercross Championship (1998)
RC currently has 133 race wins (and counting); next closest is Jeremy’s 89 wins – a number that Carmichael has almost matched in outdoor wins alone (87).
He has yet to fail in a title defense.
And finally, Ricky is the only rider to win SX and MX championships on three different brands of motorcycles (Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki).
What does it all mean? When he rides off into the sunset, it’s going to be a long time before anyone reaches his level of success. Think about it this way: If James Stewart, who has two 125 MX titles, were to ever reach 14 major titles, he would have to win both the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross Nationals every year through 2012 just to match him. While Stewart certainly has the speed to do it, does he have the longevity? Beyond James, no other current factory (or full-time) rider on the AMA circuit has more than one major title right now.