Kawasaki/Racer X Race ReportSunday, December 10, 2006 | 12:01 AM
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“I don’t think he could have gone much faster even if he wasn’t hurt,” said Carmichael. “We were cooking out there. Me and him,
Carmichael did when the duo approached Jason Thomas to put him a lap down. Carmichael split him to the right and Stewart to the left and they met in the middle. Carmichael then knifed inside in a big left-handed bowl turn and took the lead. Stewart was just happy to finish second after all he has been through in the last week.
“I’m a racer,” said Kawasaki’s Stewart. “We are here to win a championship. I told my team and my family that I would never quit on them.”
“I think we kind of got ahead of ourselves last week,” said Reed, of the San Manuel Mission Indians/Yamaha team. “I was just struggling all day. But it’s alright.” Reed says he has a new attitude on racing, and it showed, because he was all smiles even in defeat.
MDK/Xyience Honda rider David Vuillemin put in another great ride to finish fourth ahead of Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry.
In the Supercross Lites class, Sobe/Samsung Honda’s Ryan Sipes made his debut with the team a good one, as he nailed the ProgressiveDirect Holeshot, made a brief mistake and lost thelead, and then got it back and won the race. It was Sipes’ first supercross win, and he looked strong. Equally impressive was runner up Ryan Dungey, who was making his professional supercross debut. The Makita Suzuki rookie looked strong all night and finished second. Another rookie, Red Bull KTM’s Zach Osborne, finished third for the second straight week. His teammate Martin Davalos was last
Now it’s break time for everyone until Amp’d Mobile Supercross returns in Anaheim. Once again, Carmichael is the points leader, but Stewart and Reed seem to be happy about their prospects—maybe partially because Carmichael isn’t going to be racing them for the championship he currently leads.
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