Carmichael wins Daytona, reclaims points lead.

Ricky Carmichael has won a record fifth Daytona Supercross after taking victory in his home event on Friday night - a result which also puts the defending champion back into the 2006 AMA points lead.

Carmichael's fellow Floridian, James Stewart, grabbed the holeshot at the start of the 20-lap main event - but the Kawasaki star fell just a few laps later, handing Carmichael a lead he was never to lose.

Yamaha's Chad Reed, the third of the 'big three', went on to collect second place after finishing over 30secs from RC, with Stewart's team-mate Michael Byrne third. Stewart meanwhile, fought his back through the pack to claim sixth at the flag.

"My goal was to come here and do better than I did last year," said Carmichael, who finished second to Reed at Daytona in 2005. "In the main, I felt super-comfortable on and I just rode my own race. I'm glad to get out of here with the points lead."

The victory was Carmichael's sixth of the season, third in a row, and marked Suzuki's first Daytona victory since 1981.

"When I was at the gate I heard the announcer say that the last time Suzuki won here was in 1981 and I was two years old," said the defending AMA and World Supercross Champion. "I'm happy to get the win, but I'm really, really happy for my team."

After Daytona - which only counts for AMA points and not World Supercross GP - Carmichael now holds a slim 2-point lead over Reed, with Stewart facing an uphill battle after slipping a further 24-points back. Carmichael already leads the World SX GP points chase.

Meanwhile, popular American Honda rider Ernesto Fonseca missed the Daytona event after fracturing his C-7 vertebra - and bruising his spinal cord - in a fall at his private test track on March 7. The full extent of damage to the Costa Rican's spinal cord is currently unknown, but Fonseca has already undergone an operation to stabilise the injury and is said to be in good spirits as he begins what looks like being a lengthy recovery.

Finally, in the Daytona Supercross Lites class, American Honda's Davi Millsaps rode to a convincing victory after overtaking early leader Chris Gosselaar on the opening lap. Kawasaki mounted Gosselaar later lost a further position to Sobe Honda's Josh Grant, but held on to take third at the flag.

Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross results – Daytona:
1. Ricky Carmichael, Suzuki
2. Chad Reed, Yamaha
3. Michael Byrne, Kawasaki
4. Travis Preston, Honda
5. Nick Wey, Honda
6. James Stewart, Kawasaki
7. Ivan Tedesco, Suzuki
8. Tim Ferry, Honda
9. Billy Laninovich, Honda
10. Heath Voss, Yamaha

Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Lites results – Daytona:
1. Davi Millsaps, Honda
2. Josh Grant, Honda
3. Chris Gosselaar, Kawasaki
4. Thomas Hahn, Honda
5. Branden Jesseman, Yamaha
6. Kelly Smith, Honda
7. Josh Summey, Honda
8. Bryan Johnson, Yamaha
9. Jay Marmont, KTM
10. Michael Blose, Honda

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Ricky Carmichael – Makita Suzuki (pic: Suzuki).
Ricky Carmichael, AUS-X Open [Credit: AUS-X Open]
Brit Paul Bolton wins in Ecuador
Martin went 2-1 for the overall
Walker smashes the Polish coal mine
Another win for Walker
Elliott Banks-Browne wins his first British title....
A GP win in LOmmel was a fantastic result for Simpson
Tim Gasjer`s crash have put him level to Valentin Guillod on points
Jonny Walker goes 2 for 2 with back to back wins
Ryan Dungey wins Millville
Lettie got the job done, but it`s still Walker than leads
Jonny Walker and Graham Jarvis are battling at the top
Graham Jarvis takes the top spot from Jonny Walker
Max Anstie wins Latvia GP MX2 qualifying race
A double victory continued Romain Febvre`s stunning season
Justin Barcia wins at RedBud
Herlings is determined not to lose in 2015

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.