Carmichael Wins at Binghamton, Clinches Title; Sport's All-Time Winner Records 10th Consecutive Championship BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (August 20, 2006) - Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael stamped another successful championship season in winning today's ...
Carmichael Wins at Binghamton, Clinches Title; Sport's All-Time Winner Records 10th Consecutive Championship
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (August 20, 2006) - Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael stamped another successful championship season in winning today's Xyience Broome-Tioga National, round 10 of the 12-race Toyota Championship, presented by FMF. With the win, Carmichael wrapped up the AMA Motocross championship with two races remaining and pushed his career total to a record 10 consecutive titles dating back to his rookie year in 1997. Suzuki's Broc Hepler was the AMA Motocross Lites winner.
Carmichael, who was helped this week when series runner-up Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., announced he would sit out the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, entered the race needing only to finish 17th in the first moto to clinch.
In typical Carmichael fashion, the Tallahassee, Fla., native went out and won the first moto clinching the championship in dominant fashion. He followed that up with a come-from-behind victory over Kawasaki's James Stewart in the second moto to take the overall win, his eighth of the season and record 143rd of his career. Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., finished second on the day with a 2-2 moto finish, while Honda's Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Miss., was third (3-3).
"I feel really fortunate; it's been a great career," said Carmichael, who announced earlier this season that 2006 was going to be his last full season of AMA Supercross/Motocross. "The way I look at it; if I keep racing I'm going to get beat. You have to know when your time is and I'm happy with what I've accomplished in my career. I have some other opportunities and look forward to seeing what they have in store for me. I'm glad I could go out on top."
Hepler, of Kittanning, Pa., won the first AMA Motocross Lites moto and then followed that up with a strong third in the second, earning him his second overall of the season. Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., finished second on the day with a 4-1 moto finish and took claim of the top spot in the point standings ahead of KTM's Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., who finished 12th overall (38-4). Yamaha rookie Josh Hill was third (2-5).
The Toyota AMA Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, takes a one-week layoff before heading to Delmont, Pa., on September 3, for the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City National.