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Carmichael ups pressure with Indianapolis win

5 March 2006

Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael raced to his fifth win of the season - and second victory in a row - at Saturday night's Indianapolis Supercross, to close to within one point of the AMA Supercross series lead.

Honda's Ernesto Fonseca earned his first $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award of the season at the start of the main event, with reigning World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross champion Carmichael in close pursuit.

However, Kawasaki's James Stewart - arguably Carmichael's biggest title rival - fell in turn one, leaving him last, while AMA championship leader Chad Reed completed the opening corner in sixth.

Carmichael then passed Fonseca for the lead on lap 2 and pulled away from the field with ease, while Stewart worked into second place on lap 10 - but was unable to catch Carmichael.

Reed passed Honda's Nick Wey for third place late in the race and was able to hold onto his AMA Supercross points lead, but with Carmichael - who already leads the 2006 World SX GP series - now breathing down his neck.

"To be honest, it was pretty uneventful for me. I got a really good start on my Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and then I got up front and I just tried to keep an eye on Chad Reed and James Stewart and mark them on the track. Then I just tried to do the best that I could and put in some good laps," said RC.

The Indianapolis victory follows the announcement that Carmichael regained the 25 points that he'd lost when the AMA penalised him for use of illegal fuel at the recent San Diego round. The AMA rescinded the points penalty earlier in the week.

"I'm happy to get the points back," said Carmichael. "Now I have a chance at the Championship. I think that this experience will help everyone in the long run and as the defending champion, I want to help the sport."

This week, the AMA riders travel to Florida to prepare for next weekend's race at Daytona International Speedway. For Carmichael - and arch rival Stewart - it is a home event which both is eager to win.

"I'll definitely put more time into training for Daytona this year," said Carmichael, who finished second to Reed at Daytona in 2005. "I don't want to go out there and get my ass kicked. I'm looking for a little revenge."

"I was just trying to win out there tonight," said Stewart on his second place finish. "Next week we go to my home state of Florida, and I love racing at Daytona. I hope I can get a win there."

Meanwhile, in the AMA Supercross Lites division, Kelly Smith won the Indianapolis Holeshot Award, with fellow Honda riders Josh Grant and Davi Millsaps taking turn one in second and third respectively.

Grant then moved into the lead, while Millsaps settled into second place before Grant crashed out on lap 10 of 15 handing Millsaps victory. Grant recovered to second while Kawasaki's Chris Gosselaar earned his second podium position of the season with third.

"Josh (Grant) had a good lead tonight," admitted Millsaps. "That isn't the way that I want to win, but a win is a win. I want to stay smart and be consistent. I have a solid points lead in the series, so that's what's important."


Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Event Results, Indianapolis:
1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki.
2. James Stewart, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki.
3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha.
4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki.
5. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda.
6. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda.
7. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki.
8. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda.
9. Tim Ferry, Largo, Florida, Honda.
10. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda.

Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Season Standings:
1. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 191
2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 190
3. James Stewart, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 174
4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 144
5. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 133
6. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 132
7. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 125
8. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 108
9. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 103
10. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda, 70

Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings:
1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 242
2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 233
3. James Stewart, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 231
4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 191
5. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 179
6. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 179
7. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda, 127
8. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda, 123
9. Ryan Clark, Waddell, Ariz., Honda, 122
10. Tyler Evans, Corona, Calif., Suzuki, 105


Amp'd Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Indianapolis:
1. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda
2. Joshua Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda
3. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki
4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Much., Honda
5. Robert Kiniry, Lafayette, N.Y., Honda
6. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM
7. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha
8. Tucker Hibbert, Centerville, Miss., Yamaha
9. Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
10. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki

Amp'd Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings:
1. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 72
2. Chris Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 54
3. Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha, 52
4. Joshua Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 47
5. Robert Kiniry, Lafayette, N.Y., Honda, 41
6. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 38
7. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 36
8. Teddy Maier, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki, 33
9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 31
10. Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 29


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