Yamaha-mounted Jeremy McGrath, the seven-time and defending AMA Supercross Champion, would earn his seventy-second, and final, supercross win in a thrilling battle with Ricky Carmichael that went all the way down to the wire. At the time, nobody would have guessed it would be the last time McGrath, who'd won the championship the previous three years, would take the checkers. Carmichael had other ideas, though, and proceeded to rampage through the rest of the season, winning every remaining race on the schedule. At Anaheim 2, he would finish a close second while Suzuki’s Kevin Windham would place third.
In the 125 Class, Yamaha of Troy’s Ernesto Fonseca took his second win in three rounds aboard the Yamaha YZ250F, with his YZ125-mounted teammate Justin Buckelew second and South African import Grant Langston, the reigning FIM 125cc World Champion, third on a KTM. It was Langston’s first AMA podium.
Red Bull KTM's Kurt Caselli topped the opening round of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC World Off-Road Championship (WORCS) at Speed World MX Park in Arizona, using a late charge to overcome former pro motocrosser Bobby Bonds. KTM privateer Kyle Summers ended up third overall.
Cycle News reported good news for day riders at Indian Dune: the popular riding facility would not be closed during the days when the hit TV show "Baa Baa Black Sheep" was filming on the property of the 600-acre riding facility. The show starred battery pitchman Robert Conrad as Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington, leader of Marine Attack Squadron 214—known as the Black Sheep—in World War II.
In the early stages of his epic 13-race winning streak in the 1996 AMA Supercross Championship, Team Honda’s Jeremy McGrath won the Minneapolis SX at the old Metrodome. Yamaha’s Damon Bradshaw, back from a nearly two-year hiatus, finished second while Suzuki’s Mike LaRocco was third. In a combined 125 East/West race, Yamaha’s Kevin Windham topped Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Mickael Pichon for the main event win.
In a Kawasaki sweep at Angel Stadium, James Stewart won the SX class aboard a 450 while Ryan Villopoto would top the Lites class for his second win in three rounds. His rival Christophe Pourcel, visiting from France, would injure his arm in a crash, ending his U.S. tour. He would return to Europe and, once healed, win the 2007 FIM MX2 World Championship over Italian Yamaha rider Tony Cairoli.
At the Sunrise Cycle Park round of the CMC/Skoal Bandit Golden State Nationals, Suzuki’s A.J. Whiting topped the 125 Class, Honda’s Ron Lechien topped the 250 Class, and Honda rider Mike Fisher was the 500 winner. Other factory riders participating included Yamaha’s Broc Glover and Rick Johnson, Kawasaki’s Mark Barnett and Jeff Ward, Honda’s Bob “Hurricane” Hannah, and Suzuki’s George Holland, Scott Burnworth, and Erik Kehoe.
In Brooksville, Florida, the three Pro class winners at the Florida Winter-AMA Series were Rodney Barr (Kawasaki), Scooter Stafford (Suzuki) and Steve Martin (Kawasaki).