Carmichael Looking to Extend Streak at Washougal - News - Dirt Rider Magazine

Ricky Carmichael has stretched his AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF winning streak to two years. This Sunday, July 31, Carmichael returns to Washougal (Wash.) Motocross Park, the track where he last tasted defeat in the championship.It was two years ago at Washougal where Kevin Windham took the win over Carmichael. Astoundingly, since that July of 2003 loss, Carmichael has gone undefeated, winning a record setting 22 nationals in a row. When asked about coming back to Washougal, Carmichael didn't seem too worried. After all, the Makita Suzuki rider has won the Washougal 250 National three times, more than any other rider in the history of the race, and is the defending race winner.Even though he would like to keep his winning streak alive at Washougal, Carmichael says he realizes that fans may be ready to see a new winner."That's what makes NASCAR so exciting, you never know who's going to win from week to week," said Carmichael, who enjoys a 77-point lead over rival Windham. "I'd like to have the championship over tomorrow to minimize anything that can happen, but I feel like I'm ready for the rest of the season. Kevin (Windham) always goes good at Washougal and I'm sure he's going to give me a strong challenge there."Windham is a two time Washougal 250 National winner. The likeable Amsoil Chaparral Honda rider from Mississippi has long considered the Pacific Northwest circuit one of his favorites."That part of the country is so beautiful," Windham said. "Washougal is a wonderful setting for a motocross track. Something about that track always seems to bring out the best in my riding. I feel like I've been improving a lot in the last few weeks and the next step is to win one of these things."Windham has made a solid second-half push in the championship race and moved into second in the standings.Australian Chad Reed is battling Windham for second in the 250 championship, but says he hasn't been at his best of late. "I just don't feel like I'm riding the way I can," Reed said. "I need to push myself to come out of this slump. Hopefully that will happen soon."Reed was runner-up to Carmichael at Washougal last year.Kawasaki's James Stewart suffered a concussion at Unadilla a couple weeks ago. He hopes to return to action this weekend. Stewart won the 125 class at Washougal three straight times, establishing a new race record.The 125 championship has a new leader as of last week. Monster Energy Drink Kawasaki's Ivan Tedesco broke through to win his first AMA Motocross race this past weekend in Lakewood, Colo. The victory pushed Tedesco past Mike Brown into the series lead."I think a lot of people look at me as a Supercross specialist," said Tedesco, who earned his first win in the series in his fifth pro season. "I'm hoping to change that. I worked hard to become a better motocross rider and it's paying off. It was great to get my first win. I'd like to keep my momentum going next week in Washougal."Mike Brown lost his series lead last week with a seventh-place finish, but the veteran Honda privateer hopes to get back on track at Washougal. The Tennessee rider has twice won the Washougal 125 National. He could tie James Stewart's record of three 125 wins at the track this Sunday.Interestingly, it was announced by AMA Pro Racing at the Thunder Valley Motocross Park round that Brown, Carmichael and Windham will be teammates on this year's Motocross of Nations (MXoN) team. Representing the United States, the trio will race at Ernee, France on Sept. 25. American riders last enjoyed MXoN victory in 2000 when Carmichael, Ryan Hughes and Travis Pastrana took the victory at St. Jean d' Angely, France.Washougal will be televised on OLN. The 250 national will be broadcast on Aug. 20, and the 125 class on Aug. 25.For additional information on The Unbound Energy National at Washougal Motocross Park Presented by Yamaha & Scott USA call (541) 673-1671 or visit the website AMA Pro RacingAMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship, the AMA Superbike Championship, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit Accredited media outlets can also access AMA Pro Racing's online Press Room at