Carmichael Going For Seventh And Final Red Bud National Win - Dirt Rider Magazine

CARMICHAEL GOING FOR SEVENTH AND FINAL RED BUD NATIONAL WINPICKERINGTON, Ohio (June 26, 2007) - Ricky Carmichael had a lot of pressure coming intothe 2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF. In spite of his astounding careeraccomplishments RC risked finishing out his career with a whimper. Instead he is continuing hisassault on the record books and going out with the loudest bang possible. Showing the dedicationand pride he's had throughout his career, Carmichael has completely dominated the season so far,winning all four events leading up to the Monster Energy Kawasaki Red Bud National Motocrosspresented by Concept Haulers on June 30-July 1 in Buchanan, Mich.Carmichael is now set to race at the legendary Red Bud motocross circuit for the final time. Heenters the race having won six straight nationals at the track. The race will mark the final event forCarmichael before he goes on temporary hiatus to focus on his upcoming stock car racing career.Carmichael is slated to race Red Bud and then his possible final appearance in the series at Millville,Minn., in August. The Red Bud race will receive special same day coverage on SPEED.Even Carmichael is pleasantly surprised by his undefeated start this year."It's been a really amazing year," Carmichael told "Especially with the waythe motocross series has gone so far. I didn't expect to do as well as I did. I'm just really happy withthe way it's all turning out. I still prepare as much as I always have. The only thing I'm having a hardtime with is the motivation; knowing that you're not going to be in there for the championship. It's hardto put in all that work for just the weekend only."Carmichael is coming off his 100th-career AMA Motocross victory at Budds Creek, Md., onJune 17. A victory this weekend at Red Bud could put the Makita Suzuki rider from Havana, Fla., justa single win away from his stated goal of earning 150 combined AMA Motocross/Supercross wins.Monster Energy Suzuki's James Stewart is ranked second to Carmichael coming into RedBud. Stewart scored his second moto win of the year in the last round in Maryland, showing that heindeed has the type of pace needed to run with Carmichael. Still, the young Floridian wasdisappointed not to get the overall win."The second moto was really tough," Stewart said after the Budds Creek race. "We made a lotof improvements and I think we were in a good position to win and then I got sick before the secondmoto. Sitting on the gate I was so weak. I felt like I had it in me to run up front, but unfortunately mybody shut down on me."A healthy Stewart is likely to be Carmichael's main threat at Red Bud.The battle for third in the championship is heating up with Honda's Andrew Short moving up totie Yamaha rider Grant Langston for third in the standings. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Tim Ferry isonly two points back from Short and Langston, so the standings could be considerably shuffleddepending on the outcome at Red Bud.Defending AMA Motocross Lites Champion Ryan Villopoto broke through to finally earn his firstoverall win of 2007 at Budd Creek. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit rider is the defending Red BudLites winner and his most recent win in Maryland widened his lead over teammate Ben Townley to 14points."It felt good to go 1-1 at Budds Creek," Villopoto said. "Both days just went really well. Itseemed like I had either been struggling on Saturday or Sunday the past three races, but thisweekend went perfect."Villopoto should be ready for Red Bud. The rider from Poulsbo, Wash., has been trainingrecently in Michigan. He credits riding the tracks in Michigan in helping him get his first win of theseason.Townley called his last race "a tough day at the office" but the former World Champion hasbounced back from off performances before and he's sure to be eager to try to close the gap onVillopoto in Buchanan.Just like the premier class, the Motocross Lites class has an incredible battle shaping up forthird in the series. Ryan Dungey, of Makita Suzuki, Josh Grant, of Sobe/No Fear Honda and JasonLawrence of Boost Mobile Yamaha, had an epic race two weeks ago in Maryland. Lawrence cameout on top of that battle and moved into a tight three-way points chase with Dungey and Grant.Dungey leads the way with 150 points over Grant with 146 and Lawrence with 141. The trio will renewtheir clash at Red Bud.Red Bud is the second round of the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross. TheTriple Crown of High Point, Red Bud and Steel City features a generous $100,000 purse.In addition, Monster Energy and Kawasaki will be giving away Pro Circuit-tuned KawasakiKLX110 pit bikes to three lucky fans. Fans can enter to win at the Monster Energy motor coach onSaturday and Sunday.The Red Bud National will air on SPEED. The Motocross class can be seen same daydelayed, on Sunday, July 1 at 6:00 pm Eastern. The Lites class will air on Tuesday, July 10 at 3:00pm Eastern.Racer X Illustrated will be providing web coverage including audio and streaming video andSPEED's live feed from Moto 1 of each class at Additional live timing will beavailable on ticket information, visit The Monster Energy/Kawasaki Red Bud National Motocross presented by ConceptHaulers, round five of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF.WHERE: Red Bud is located a few miles north of Buchanan, Mich., on Red Bud Trail.WHEN: June 30-July 1, 2007COURSE: 1.75 miles (approx), hard pack and soft dirt.2006 WINNERS: AMA Motocross: Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki). AMA Motocross Lites: RyanVillopoto (Kawasaki).SCHEDULE: Saturday - Pro timed qualifying, 1:00-4:35 pm., Lites Consolation Race 4:45 pm;Sunday - Pro Motocross Consolation Race 9:15 am. Qualifying 10:00 am. Opening Ceremonies beginat 12:30 pm with final events beginning at 1 pm.About AMA Racing
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