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Carmichael jumps ahead at Anaheim III

6 February 2006

Reigning AMA and World Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael has extended his points lead in the former - and taken the lead for the first time in 2006 in the latter - by winning the third and final event at Anaheim, California.

Carmichael led from turn three of the opening lap with Suzuki team-mate Ivan Tedesco second as title rivals James Stewart and Chad Reed both fell. Stewart remounted and staged a comeback, only to tangle and crash with seven-times supercross champion Jeremy McGrath.

Meanwhile, Reed was more successful - catching Tedesco by the halfway stage and passing him for second soon after. But Carmichael continued to up the pace and with three laps to go held a commanding 11.5-second lead over Reed and was never challenged.

Stewart, who fell three times in total, would cross the finish line eighth, dropping him to third in the AMA standings - 14-points from Carmichael and 1-point behind Reed - and 4-points from RC in the World SX GP series.

"It's a shame that James fell as I think it would have been a great race between us again," said Ricky, the only rider this season to finish on the podium at every race. "I felt good and wanted to put on a good show for the fans and I'm glad to come away from here with the win.

"I'm really happy for my team-mate Ivan - I'm really pumped for him - as he's been working real hard and deserves it. I like to see people achieve their goal," added Ricky sportingly.

"Tonight was the night," grinned Tedesco, a multiple 125cc champion. "It's been a goal of mine all season to make it onto the box and I achieved it. I tried to latch onto Ricky, and I learned some good lines, but I couldn't stay with him. I felt real comfortable on the bike and it's all coming together."

In the AMA Supercross Lites main event, KTM rookie Mike Alessi took the $1,000 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award, with his team-mate Nathan Ramsey in second and Kawasaki's Grant Langston in third.

After passing Ramsey on the opening lap, Langston moved by Alessi on lap 2 and picked up his second win of the season and moved into the points lead. Honda's Andrew Short, who won the first race of the season at Angel Stadium, passed Alessi on lap 11 to secure the number 2 position on the podium.

"Winning the races is the best way to pick up the championship, and that is what I plan on doing for the rest of the season," said Langston. "Our team has been working hard this season, especially after last week's race, where there was mud everywhere and things were a mess. This was an important win for me and my team."


Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Anaheim 3:
1. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
3. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
4. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda
5. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
6. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
7. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
8. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
9. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Honda
10. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda

Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings:
1. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 117
2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 104
3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 103
4. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 74
5. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 73
6. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 72
7. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 71
8. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 62
9. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 62
10. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Honda, 49

Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings:
1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 161
2. James Stewart, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 157
3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 144
4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 115
5. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 114
6. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 114
7. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda, 86
8. Ryan Clark, Phoenix, Honda, 83
9. Jeff Gibson, Westerville, Ohio, Honda, 74
10. Tyler Evans, Corona, Calif., Suzuki


Amp'd Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Anaheim 3:
1. Grant Langston, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
2. Andrew Short, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
3. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., KTM
4. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda
5. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
6. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
7. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
8. Ryan Morais, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki
9. Sean Collier, Santa Clarita, Calif., Yamaha
10. Darcy Lange, San Jacinto, Calif., Kawasaki.

Amp'd Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings:
Grant Langston, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 94
1. Andrew Short, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 93
2. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 89
3. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., KTM, 87
4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 78
5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 77
6. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 76
7. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 67
8. Sean Collier, Santa Clarita, Calif., Yamaha, 42
9. Darcy Lange, San Jacinto, Calif., Kawasaki, 41
10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 39


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