AMA Motocross Championship - Dirt Rider Magazine

CARMICHAEL SET TO MAKE FINAL APPEARANCE IN AMA MOTOCROSSCHAMPIONSHIPRetiring champion going for AMA win number 150PICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 7, 2007) - Ricky Carmichael, fresh off winning gold in his firstX Games appearance, will return to AMA Toyota Motocross Championship racing action this Sunday,Aug. 12, at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn., for round nine of the 12-event series.Carmichael, 27, of Havana, Fla., is shooting for an unprecedented 150th combined AMAMotocross/Supercross win.The race is slated to be Carmichael's final appearance in the AMA Toyota MotocrossChampionship presented by FMF. The Makita Suzuki rider is the all-time AMA Motocross wins leaderand the defending and seven-time series champion.While Carmichael's final race is the big headline at Millville, there will be several other majorstories to follow. A victory for Monster Energy Kawasaki's Tim Ferry at the last race in Washougal,Wash., combined with a second moto crash and DNF by his teammate James Stewart, has movedFerry within seven points of Stewart in the Championship standings.The Motocross Lites class is having one of the best two-way battles in years, with MonsterEnergy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders Ben Townley and Ryan Villopoto locked in an exciting title chase.In addition, a number of young riders will be coming straight from the amateur motocrosschampionships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Tennessee to make their pro debut at Millville. AustinStroupe, Trey Canard (2007 AMA Horizon Award winner), and Nico Izzi are among the top prospectsin the new class of 2007.Carmichael, who is racing part time while he makes a transition to car racing, is making his firstappearance in the series since round five on July 1, in Buchanan, Mich. He now comes to Millvilletrying to win his eighth straight AMA Motocross at the circuit dating back to 2000, his first year in thepremier class. Additionally, Carmichael won two AMA Motocross Lites races at Spring Creek.Carmichael stated before the season that the 150-win plateau would be a great goal to shootfor even though he needed to be a perfect six-for-six in the motocross races he competed in thissummer."Getting 150 total wins would be icing on the cake for me," Carmichael said. "I never dreamedthat one day I would win 100 races. It was almost too hard to believe. Now to have a chance to get to150, it would be really sweet. Not only would it be an amazing accomplishment for me personally, buta tribute to all the people who have helped me along the way in my career."After Millville, Carmichael will join Stewart and Villopoto as the three represent the UnitedStates in the Motocross of Nations at Budds Creek Motocross Park in Maryland on Sept. 22-23. Thethree riders were named to Monster Energy AMA Team USA at a ceremony on July 31.However, before that, Stewart remains focused on capturing the 2007 AMA Toyota MotocrossChampionship and Millville could prove to be pivotal to that quest. Stewart crashed and injured his leftknee at Washougal on July 29. Kawasaki issued a statement after Washougal saying the extent ofthe injury was not yet known, but due to minimal swelling, the team was optimistic about theremainder of the season.Ferry scored the surprise win at Washougal and now finds himself in the thick of thechampionship race."I have been through some really tough years," Ferry said. "I probably physically shouldn'thave been able to come back. I have had the types of injuries that have ended peoples' careers. Ididn't let all the critics and the doctors get to me. They told me that I had a problem and my careerwas over. I focused on getting back to being healthy and able to ride a motorcycle. However, I neverexpected to be able to be back on a team like this and winning overalls. I cannot possibly explain howit feels."In the Lites class Ben Townley earned the victory at the last round and broke the deadlock withteammate Villopoto, but not by much. Just two points separate the pair coming into Millville. Villopotosuffered a crash in Washougal, but still managed to score second overall."It's good to be ahead a little bit, but you can't get ahead of yourself," said Townley. "It's stillreally, really close. Something could happen to me just like it did to Ryan and I would be in hisshoes."Millville has hosted AMA nationals since 1983 and is known for some of the most challengingobstacles in the series, including the infamous Millville Whoops, a long section of energy-sappingjumps.Tickets are still available for the Honda Pro National Weekend presented by Unbound Energyand Scott USA at Millville. Visit www.springcreekmx.com for additional information.The AMA Motocross race from Millville will receive special same-day coverage on SPEEDstarting at 6:00 pm. The Lites class will air on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 3:00 pm.
WHAT: Honda Pro National Weekend presented by Unbound Energy and Scott USA, roundnine of the 12-round AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF.
WHERE: Spring Creek Motocross Park, follow Hwy 52 to Zumbrota, on south side of Zumbrotatake the Hwy 60 East, exit to Zumbro Falls, follow Hwy 60 East - 21 miles to Cty. Rd. 11, turn rightonto Cty. Rd. 11 - all park entrances are on right side of Cty. Rd. 11.
WHEN: Aug. 11-12, 2007.COURSE: 1.2 miles (approx.) hard pack and soft dirt, sand.
2006 WINNERS: AMA Motocross: Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki). AMA Motocross Lites: BrocHepler (Suzuki).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
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leadingsanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include theAmp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF,the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked FlatTrack Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. Inamateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplinesand supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing,visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room atwww.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visitwww.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.