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Carmichael wins as title rivals collide.

Ricky Carmichael capitalised on an early clash between title rivals James Stewart and Chad Reed to made a victorious return to the AMA Supercross series at the Edwards Jones Dome in St Louis.

Yamaha rider Reed grabbed the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award to start the 20-lap main event, but he soon tangled with Kawasaki star Stewart, dropping both down the order - with Stewart the slowest to restart.

Carmichael was the benefactor and took the lead on lap four, overcoming his poor start to build a commanding lead while Stewart fought his way through the field. The AMA and World Supercross championship leader eventually caught and passed Reed with a firm move on lap 12, giving him second place behind Carmichael. Reed finished third.

"I don't know if I would have caught them after spotting them all those positions," said Carmichael, referring to his poor start. "I saw Chad and James go down, so that helped, but I saw Chad get back up right behind me. I got into the lead but I was looking forward to racing them. I was in my zone tonight but I got a gift."

In reference to Stewart and Reeds collision, Reed said, "Every week I'm getting pushed around. It's racing but he thinks he can walk all over me and I'm gonna put an end to that."

In the Supercross Lites East Coast class, former Motocross world champion Ben Townley took the holeshot, followed by Suzuki's Ryan Dungey and Townley's Kawasaki team-mate Darcy Lange.

The trio put on quite a battle up front, exchanging the lead a couple of times while pulling from away from the field. On lap 12, Dungey crashed while trying to make a pass on Townley for the lead and dropped out of contention.

Lange then made a pass for the lead at the end of lap 14, but was quickly re-passed by Townley with one lap remaining. Lange closed to within a bike length of his team-mate before a spectacular crash, ironically in the same spot as Dungey's earlier crash, ended his chance at a win.

Townley went on to take his first AMA win, followed by Yamaha's Ryan Morais and Matt Goerke.

The next round of Amp'd Mobile Supercross takes place on Friday, March 9, at the Daytona Motor Speedway.


Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, St. Louis:
1. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
4. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
5. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
6. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda
7. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
9. Eric Sorby, Lake Elsinore, Kawasaki
10. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Id., Honda

Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 210
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 191
3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 149
4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 137
5. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 116
6. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 114
7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 107
8. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 103
9. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 101
10. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 97

Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 254
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 236
3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 186
4. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 163
5. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 144
6. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 137
7. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 127
8. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 122
9. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 119
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 112


Amp'd Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, St. Louis:
1. Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki
2. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
3. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM
5. Broc Tickle, Cary, N.C., Yamaha
6. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki
7. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM
8. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Honda
9. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., KTM
10. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha

Amp'd Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings:
1. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 40
2. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha, 40
3. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki, 37
4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 28
5. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 26
6. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., KTM, 26
7. Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
8. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Honda, 25
9. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 22
10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 18


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