DAYTONA - It was opening weekend for the 2014 American Motocross Majors championship schedule as the 5th Annual Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross (RCSX) took place on the historic grounds of Daytona International Speedway on Sunday and Monday, following Saturday's Daytona Supercross by Honda. With a record number of over 1,200 total amateur entries, the AMA-sanctioned RCSX crowned thirty-four champions. For the first time ever, this year's RCSX was broadcast live around the world on RacerTV.com to provide the most comprehensive coverage this event has ever seen.
The 15-Time Champion Ricky Carmichael was on site all weekend long, participating in every aspect of the event, including the registration process, track design and preparation, the rider's meeting and more. Carmichael, along with several other big names within the supercross/motocross industry in town for Saturday's pro race, paid close attention to the action on the racetrack to scout up-and-coming talent .
In addition to offerring $73,000 in contingency prizes, the Suzuki, KTM, Team Green Kawasaki, Cobra and Yamaha amateur support teams were on hand to provide assistance to the riders.
The race provides families with a unique opportunity to spend the weekend at the world center of racing, while also enjoying Daytona's Bike Week Festivities. The amateur racing schedule got underway on Sunday with timed practice sessions in the morning, followed immediately by the start of the heat races. Monday's racing action resumed with the remainder of heat races, followed by last chance qualifiers and of course, the Main Events.
There was one exception to the supercross-style format due to the all-new eight round Women's Motocross (WMX) championship. Because of the two-race championship format, the WMX Class raced its first moto on Sunday and finished with the second moto on Monday, combining both motos for an overall finish.
It was Yamaha/FLY Racing/Motorcycle Superstore-backed rider Mackenzie Tricker who came away with the first WMX victory of the season. Tricker, an Australian native now looking to establish a career in Women's Motocross in the U.S., made a big impression on the industry as she scored a dominant 1-1 finish for the weekend. Connecticut's Marissa Markelon put in a valiant fight in Moto 2, securing a second place finish, but she didn't have anything to offer Tricker in regards to the overall win. Florida's very own Kylie Fasnacht put in a solid 3-3 moto score, finishing third overall for weekend.
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About Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship
The Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship, produced by MX Sports, offers an opportunity for amateurs to compete on some of the most prestigious motorsports grounds in the world - Daytona International Speedway. Run in conjunction with the Daytona Pro Supercross during the first weekend in March, the two-day amateur event follows a supercross format, using heat races and last chance qualifiers to seed the field of riders into a main event in each class. Classes are available for youth riders on 50cc bikes all the way up to Vet and Senior classes. Riders do not need to qualify at other races in order to participate in the RCSX at Daytona. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.
About Ricky Carmichael
Ricky Carmichael won 102 American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Motocross Nationals and 48 AMA Supercross main events for a record 150 major wins between 1997 and 2007. The Tallahassee, Fla., resident won 10 AMA Motocross Championships and five AMA Supercross crowns, giving him a record 15 major titles in his career. After retiring from professional motocross racing, he began pursuing a career in auto racing and was named the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver. Currently, Carmichael can be found in the TV booth providing color commentary on CBS and Speed's Supercross coverage. As for motocross, he will forever be known as "the Goat," which stands for greatest of all-time.