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Carmichael collects sixth 250cc AMA Outdoor title
5 September 2005
Team Makita Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael captured his sixth consecutive 250cc AMA Motocross Championship at Steel City Raceway on Sunday - with one round remaining in the 12-round series.
Carmichael and his RM-Z450 led every lap of both motos to clinch the title in style. The Floridian was joined on the overall podium by Honda's Kevin Windham and Yamaha's David Vuillemin.
"This was amazing. I'm doing something I love to do. I don't know what to say, except the wins keep coming, I've had great career and I'll try to get as many more as I can," smiled Ricky. "I love it and appreciate it and thanks to the AMA and all my sponsors.
"I know that when I signed with Suzuki, I didn't know it was going to be as good as it was. I was confident in my abilities and in the team and you've just got to give it up for Suzuki and all my sponsors - it's a long list, my wife, my parents... It's been a long career and a fun one," added Carmichael, who also won this year's AMA Supercross championship.
Indeed, RC has now claimed a total of 13 AMA Supercross/ Motocross Championships and 126 AMA Supercross/Motocross career victories so far. With just one round of 2005 AMA Motocross series to go, the Florida rider is undefeated in terms of overall wins - having taken victory in all 11 events so far.
Meanwhile, Steel City was also a good event for Suzuki's 125cc team with Broc Hepler overcoming KTM's Mike Alessi to win both motos and claim his second ever Outdoor victory.
"I got good starts on my Makita Suzuki and my mechanic Lee McCollum is doing a great job tuning it right," declared Broc. "I'd like to thank UPNC for setting up my training and for keeping me in one piece. That's why I can come from behind and catch those guys. It's great to be here and race at my home track and all my friends and family are here and I want to thank you guys for cheering for me."
Alessi's 2-2 finishes meant he gained 8-points on championship leader Ivan Tedesco, but the Kawasaki star still claimed third overall and now needs 16-points at the Glen Helen series decider to claim his first Outdoor title.
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