Carmichael increases series lead

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Ricky Carmichael raced his Team Makita RM-Z450 Suzuki to two runaway victories at the AMA Motocross fifth round at Red Bud in Michigan to increase his series lead to 69 points. The 25-year-old THQ World and AMA Supercross Champion clinched the opening 30-minute plus two-lap event by 18 seconds from Kawasaki’s James Stewart and the second by a 17-second margin from Kevin Windham as nearest series rival Chad Reed dropped out of the opening race when his chain derailed.

It was Carmichael’s ninth straight victory from 10 races on the new four stroke and his 54th career 250 National win, doubling the total of All Time Great Bob Hannah. It was also Suzuki’s first victory at the Red Bud track in 27 years.


In the first moto, Carmichael was sixth into the first turn behind leaders Reed and Stewart. But it wasn’t long before he was on Stewart’s heels and he caught and passed him on the second lap.


Leader Reed hit problems soon after the start when a rock shot up into his front sprocket, derailed the chain and smashed the crankcases, forcing him to pull out of the race. The incident handed Carmichael the lead and he steadily set about opening up a commanding lead that Stewart could not touch.


Carmichael took the holeshot in race two and was never challenged. Behind him was where all the action took place: Windham and Stewart swapped positions numerous times until finally on the third lap, when Windham attempted to get past, the two came together and Windham went down. After that, the Honda rider picked himself up, put his head down and charged back from 10 seconds down to catch and pass Stewart for second on the sixth lap


1st heat 125 : 1.Langston Grant; 2.Alessi Mike; 3.Short Andrew; 4.Grant Josh; 5.Tedesco Ivan; 6.Mills Ryan; 7.Millsaps Davi; 8.Smith Danny; 9.Ramsey Nathan; 10.Brown Mike; 11.Hepler Broc; 12.Walker Matt; 13.Smith Kelly; 14.Alessi Jeff; 15.Sellards Brock; 16.Summey Josh; 17.Narita Akira; 18.Laninovich Billy; 19.Carpenter Paul; 20.Blose Michael; 21.Gray Brian; 22.Reynard Robbie; 23.Hibbert Tucker; 24.Casillas Jesse; 25.Metcalfe Brett; 26.Rodrigues Joaquim; 27.Reif Turbo; 28.Modjewski Brad; 29.Kiniry Robert; 30.Ward Chad; 31.Morrison Jacob; 32.Boniface Steve; 33.Owens Richie; 34.Hughes Ryan; 35.Hahn Tommy; 36.Sipes Ryan; 37.Lichtle Josh; 38.Morais Ryan; 39.Evennou Nicolas; 40.Lawrence Jason


2nd heat 125 : 1.Mills Ryan; 2.Langston Grant; 3.Short Andrew; 4.Brown Mike; 5.Tedesco Ivan; 6.Grant Josh; 7.Alessi Mike; 8.Ramsey Nathan; 9.Walker Matt; 10.Hahn Tommy; 11.Kiniry Robert; 12.Smith Danny; 13.Smith Kelly; 14.Laninovich Billy; 15.Millsaps Davi; 16.Carpenter Paul; 17.Casillas Jesse; 18.Hepler Broc; 19.Morais Ryan; 20.Owens Richie; 21.Hughes Ryan; 22.Evennou Nicolas; 23.Lawrence Jason; 24.Sipes Ryan; 25.Lichtle Josh; 26.Metcalfe Brett; 27.Rodrigues Joaquim; 28.Reif Turbo; 29.Modjewski Brad; 30.Ward Chad; 31.Morrison Jacob; 32.Boniface Steve; 33.Blose Michael; 34.Gray Brian; 35.Reynard Robbie; 36.Hibbert Tucker; 37.Alessi Jeff; 38.Sellards Brock; 39.Summey Josh; 40.Narita Akira


Overall 125 : 1.Langston Grant; 2.Mills Ryan; 3.Short Andrew; 4.Alessi Mike; 5.Grant Josh; 6.Tedesco Ivan; 7.Brown Mike; 8.Ramsey Nathan; 9.Smith Danny; 10.Walker Matt; 11.Millsaps Davi; 12.Smith Kelly; 13.Hepler Broc; 14.Hahn Tommy; 15.Kiniry Robert; 16.Laninovich Billy; 17.Carpenter Paul; 18.Alessi Jeff; 19.Sellards Brock; 20.Summey Josh; 21.Casillas Jesse; 22.Narita Akira; 23.Morais Ryan; 24.Owens Richie; 25.Blose Michael; 26.Gray Brian; 27.Reynard Robbie; 28.Hibbert Tucker; 29.Hughes Ryan; 30.Evennou Nicolas; 31.Lawrence Jason; 32.Sipes Ryan; 33.Lichtle Josh; 34.Metcalfe Brett; 35.Rodrigues Joaquim; 36.Reif Turbo; 37.Modjewski Brad; 38.Ward Chad; 39.Morrison Jacob; 40.Boniface Steve


Standing 125
1. M.Brown 193
2. I.Tedesco 169
3. G.Langston 163
4. J.Grant 158
5. M.Alessi 157
6. D.Millsaps 111
7. A.Short 105
8. B.Hepler 103
9. R.Hughes 103
10. M.Walker 103
11. D.Smith 98
12. P.Carpenter 83
13. K.Smith 79
14. R.Mills 75
15. N.Ramsey 64
16. B.Laninovich 63
17. A.Narita 51
18. B.Sellards 51
19. T.Hahn 47
20. R.Sipes 36


1st heat 250 : 1.Carmichael Ricky; 2.Stewart James; 3.Windham Kevin; 4.Vuillemin David; 5.Fonseca Ernesto; 6.Wey Nick; 7.Preston Travis; 8.Byrne Mickael; 9.Dowd John; 10.Thomas Jason; 11.Buckelew Justin; 12.Lord Dylan; 13.Stiles Clark; 14.Povolny James; 15.Dement Jeff; 16.Clark Ryan; 17.Garrison Robert; 18.Johnson Keith; 19.Mason Brian; 20.Kowalik Eric; 21.Abrigo Ryan; 22.Carsten Barry; 23.Browning William; 24.Barnes Matthew; 25.Dehn John; 26.Woods Josh; 27.Hofmaster Thomas; 28.Nighman Gene; 29.Dehaan Doug; 30.Hoge Kevin; 31.Hamblin Sean; 32.Laansoo Juss; 33.Gibson Jeff; 34.Carpenter Jack; 35.Oettel David; 36.Dieter Aaron; 37.Chamberlain Pierce; 38.Koch Michael; 39.Lewis Kyle; 40.Reed Chad


2nd heat 250 : 1.Carmichael Ricky; 2.Windham Kevin; 3.Stewart James; 4.Reed Chad; 5.Fonseca Ernesto; 6.Vuillemin David; 7.Wey Nick; 8.Dowd John; 9.Preston Travis; 10.Byrne Mickael; 11.Laansoo Juss; 12.Dement Jeff; 13.Clark Ryan; 14.Barnes Matthew; 15.Thomas Jason; 16.Buckelew Justin; 17.Garrison Robert; 18.Lord Dylan; 19.Kowalik Eric; 20.Mason Brian; 21.Abrigo Ryan; 22.Carsten Barry; 23.Browning William; 24.Stiles Clark; 25.Povolny James; 26.Johnson Keith; 27.Dehn John; 28.Woods Josh; 29.Hofmaster Thomas; 30.Nighman Gene; 31.Dehaan Doug; 32.Hoge Kevin; 33.Hamblin Sean; 34.Gibson Jeff; 35.Carpenter Jack; 36.Oettel David; 37.Dieter Aaron; 38.Chamberlain Pierce; 39.Koch Michael; 40.Lewis Kyle


Overall 250 : 1.Carmichael Ricky; 2.Windham Kevin; 3.Stewart James; 4.Vuillemin David; 5.Fonseca Ernesto; 6.Wey Nick; 7.Preston Travis; 8.Dowd John; 9.Byrne Mickael; 10.Reed Chad; 11.Thomas Jason; 12.Dement Jeff; 13.Buckelew Justin; 14.Clark Ryan; 15.Lord Dylan; 16.Laansoo Juss; 17.Garrison Robert; 18.Stiles Clark; 19.Barnes Matthew; 20.Povolny James; 21.Kowalik Eric; 22.Mason Brian; 23.Johnson Keith; 24.Abrigo Ryan; 25.Carsten Barry; 26.Browning William; 27.Dehn John; 28.Woods Josh; 29.Hofmaster Thomas; 30.Nighman Gene; 31.Dehaan Doug; 32.Hoge Kevin; 33.Hamblin Sean; 34.Gibson Jeff; 35.Carpenter Jack; 36.Oettel David; 37.Dieter Aaron; 38.Chamberlain Pierce; 39.Koch Michael; 40.Lewis Kyle


Standing 250
1. R.Carmichael 247
2. C.Reed 178
3. K.Windham 176
4. D.Vuillemin 148
5. E.Fonseca 143
6. J.Stewart 118
7. J.Dowd 118
8. T.Preston 117
9. M.Byrne 93
10. J.Laansoo 85
11. N.Wey 80
12. J.Dement 78
13. R.Clark 61
14. J.Thomas 56
15. T.Ferry 52
16. H.Voss 44
17. J.Roy 43
18. J.Woods 38
19. J.Buckelew 31
20. D.Henry 30


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