CARMICHAEL SWEEPS: BUDDS CREEK NATIONAL REPORT
Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., benefiting from the absence of Kawasaki?s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., who sat out the event with injuries, took charge from the onset and walked away in both motos after receiving early-race challenges from Yamaha?s Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla.
With track temperatures approaching three-digit temperatures, the enthusiastic crowd of 17,600 witnessed why Carmichael has been dubbed the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) as he methodically dissected the coarse, wearing down the competition with his superior conditioning.
Reed posted a 2-2 moto finish, good for second place overall. Honda?s Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Miss., was third with a 5-3.
“It was a good battle (with Chad) and we got going in that second moto,” said Carmichael, “This track is super tough to pass on. It?s tough to get by riders so I had to get a little aggressive or else I would have to follow them.”
The win was a record 136th in Carmichael?s career and extended his lead over Reed to 20 points in the Toyota AMA Motocross Championship, presented by FMF.
Villopoto bounced back from a disappointing finish as week ago at Southwick and propelled himself back into AMA Motocross Lites point?s chase with a convincing sweep of the motos. The win was the second of the year for Villopoto. Suzuki?s Broc Hepler, of Kittanning, Pa., returning from a broken foot, made a sparkling season debut with a solid 2-6 finish in the motos and a second place overall finish. Honda?s Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., was third (7-3).
KTM?s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., who finished eighth overall (16-4), retained his points lead, but saw his 25-point lead to seven over Villopoto, 153 to 146. Short is third with 135.
The Toyota AMA Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, will offer the riders a much needed break next weekend before heading to Buchanan, Mich., on July 1, for the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Red Bud National.
The FMF Budds Creek National
Budds Creek Motocross Park ? Budds Creek, Md.
Round 4 of 12 ? June 18, 2006
450 (Moto Finish)
Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 1-1
450 Class Point Standings
Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 192
250F (Moto Finish)
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 1-1
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 153
Fans can follow this epic Toyota AMA Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, all year from the telecasts of the premier AMA Motocross class on Saturdays following each race with coverage on OLN of the Motocross Lites class set to air on the Monday after that. Two events, Red Bud and Unadilla, will be seen the following Sunday, one week after the race, due to OLN?s coverage of the Tour de France.