2004 U.S. Open Flashback

Before the 2004 U.S. Open, Ricky Carmichael had not competed indoors in more than a year because of a knee injury that kept him sidelined. However, at the last six consecutive supercross races in which he competed in, he lost Chad Reed but won the championship in 2003. When he returned from his injury, he waxed the field in AMA Motocross, winning every moto of the season.

at the 2004 U.S. Open, it was time for Reed and Carmichael to once again ignite their rivalry inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the fans didn’t want to miss it. Ticket sales were at an all-time high and at the end of the weekend, the race was the highest attended U.S. Open.

One more sub-plot: Carmichael just switched to Team Suzuki from Honda and the U.S. Open would be his debut race. Remember what happened in 2001 when he showed up at the U.S. Open on a different brand? Click here to read more.