CORONA, Calif., (Aug. 13, 2007) – Monster Energy’s Ricky Carmichael – the sport’s all-time winningest competitor – raced what is said to be his final AMA Outdoor National motocross, this past weekend recording his amazing 150th career win with a 1-1 performance at Millville’s (Minn.) Spring Creek MX Park.
“It’s been a great ride and I’ve been very fortunate,” said an understandably emotional Carmichael on Sunday. “A lot of things come to an end and I’m happy with every decision I’ve made – and it’s time to move on.”
Carmichael was his usual dominant self at Millville, though his recent rival – Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s James Stewart – was unable to race due to an injury (knee). About the only highlight Carmichael provided outside his thorough mastery of the Spring Creek track, was a save he made in the infamous Millville whoop section. “I just held on and the karma police were good to me,” said Carmichael with a laugh.
So in six races this season Carmichael went 6-0. Had he decided to complete the entire season he’d undoubtedly be in 1st place overall in the standings, though it’s a mute point as he’s also been focusing on his auto racing career.
“I have a goal and that’s to be a race car driver,” said Carmichael. “But this (motocross) is the sport that made me.”
Next up for Monster Energy’s Ricky Carmichael will be the Sept. 22-23 Motocross Des Nations at Budds Creek MX Park, Budds Creek, Md. Carmichael will be racing for the Monster Energy-backed Team USA, also featuring Monster-backed racers James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Tim Ferry.