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'Ride of a lifetime' ends Carmichael's SX career.

Retiring AMA champion Ricky Carmichael may have been beaten by James Stewart during his final Supercross appearance, at Orlando's Citrus Bowl, but RC bowed out with 'a ride of a lifetime'.

Carmichael, the most successful AMA Supercross/Motocross rider ever, is racing only a partial 2007 season as he prepares for a new career in NASCAR - and began his final SX race in second position behind Stewart's title rival Chad Reed.

With Kawasaki star Stewart soon up to third, the top three Supercross riders in the world were set for battle – and the first blow came when Reed made a mistake on lap three, which allowed Stewart through to second.

But it wasn't until lap 12 that Stewart made his way past Carmichael and the two traded positions, leaving Stewart in the lead. Carmichael then fired back on lap 16 and the two engaged in another battle. When Stewart rode off to victory the guard was officially passed as Carmichael retired from Supercross racing. Reed finished third.

"That was a ride of a lifetime," smiled Carmichael. "That is why we all race and it was so much fun. I am so happy to go out with such a great ride like this. To be a great motorcycle racer is one thing, but I want to be remembered as a great person."

"That was probably the best race that Ricky and I have ever had," added Stewart. "Once I passed Chad (Reed), I knew it was going to be a good one. I had a blast out there tonight."

In the East Coast Supercross Lites class, Yamaha's Brandon Jesseman won his first main event since 2003 after first taking the lead on lap five. Behind him, Kawasaki's Ben Townley - who came into the race with two wins from the last two races - was taken out by Billy Laninovich (pictured) and crashed. "I had just found my rhythm and closed down Laninovich and Jesseman up front," recalled BT, who recovered to finish seventh. "I got past Laninovich for second but then he took me down in turn two which I didn't expect…”

KTM's Mike Alessi later passed Laninovich for second place on lap 11, only to fall in the penultimate turn and drop to fourth. That all left points leader Ryan Morais in second behind Jesseman and Kawasaki's Darcy Lange third.

"I am going to go home and work hard, just as I have all year," said Jesseman. "This is a huge win for me and my team. I look forward to next weekend in Indianapolis."


Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Orlando:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
5. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
6. Grant Langston, Clemont, Fla., Yamaha
7. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda
8. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
10. Josh Summey, Stanley, N.C., Honda

Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 260
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 231
3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 183
4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 166
5. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 160
6. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 136
7. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 132
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 129
9. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 128
10. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 98

Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 279
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 256
3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 202
4. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 185
5. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 159
6. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 151
7. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 138
8. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 131
9. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 130
10. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 122


Amp'd Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Orlando:
1. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha
2. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
3. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM
5. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
6. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha
7. Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki
8. Robert Kiniry, LaFayette, N.Y., Kawasaki
9. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM
10. Tucker Hibbert, Centerville, Miss., Yamaha

Amp'd Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings:
1. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha, 78
2. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki, 72
3. Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 64
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 56
5. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha, 54
6. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha, 54
7. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 52
8. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 50
9. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 48
10. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Honda, 37


Related Pictures

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James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael chat during the 2006 Amp`d World Supercross round in Vancouver  [pic credit: Suzuki Racing]
Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart battle.
Ben Townley and Billy Laninovich tangle during the 2007 Orlando Supercross (pic: TFS).
James Stewart – Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha)
James Stewart, Justin Brayton and Kevin Windham on the 2008 Paris-Bercy Supercross podium (pic: www.motoverte.com)
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha)

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