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St. Louis: Round seven preview

CARMICHAEL HOPES TO BECOME FIRST FOUR-TIME ST. LOUIS SUPERCROSS WINNER AMA Lites East season to kick off PICKERINGTON, Ohio (February 16, 2006) -- Ricky Carmichael comes to round seven of the 16 race Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series on ...

CARMICHAEL HOPES TO BECOME FIRST FOUR-TIME ST. LOUIS SUPERCROSS WINNER
AMA Lites East season to kick off

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (February 16, 2006) -- Ricky Carmichael comes to round seven of the 16 race Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series on Saturday, Feb. 18, in St. Louis with an opportunity to become the first four-time winner of the race. Carmichael, the defending series champ who rides for Team Makita Suzuki, is currently tied for the most AMA Supercross wins in the Edward Jones Dome with the legendary Jeremy McGrath with three apiece.

Carmichael comes to St. Louis in a heated battle for the 2006 championship with Kawasaki's James Stewart and Yamaha's Chad Reed. Both Carmichael and Stewart have three wins each coming into the St. Louis race. Reed has yet to win, but is hanging tough in the point standings by virtue of finishing on the podium in all but a single round this season.

This past Saturday Stewart edged Carmichael in San Diego with a late race pass in the best head-to-head race of the year.

"Ricky and I had a good battle," said Stewart of the San Diego race. "Throughout the race I sized him up and made my pass. It feels good to ride on a track that has tacky dirt. I knew that after last weekend I had a long way to go so this win feels good. I come to St. Louis trying to make sure I don't over ride the tracks. As consistent as Ricky and Chad have been I can't afford to make mistakes."

Carmichael tipped his helmet to Stewart after their epic race last weekend. "I gave it 100 percent and he got the best of me," said Carmichael, a four-time AMA Supercross champion. "I'm looking forward to getting back East and racing in St. Louis. I'm happy to get out of the California rounds with the points lead. It's been a good start to the season."

Reed is a two-time winner in St. Louis and a victory this weekend would give a bump start to the Australian's quest to win back the AMA Supercross title.

While the emphasis will be on the "Big Three" in the AMA Supercross class in St. Louis, fans there will also get the opportunity to witness the kick off of the 2006 AMA Supercross Lites East Series.

The Lites East Series is expected to be a wide-open affair just as it was last year. Josh Hansen actually tied last year's Lites East winner in the final standings, but lost on a tiebreaker. Hansen, who rides for Red Bull KTM, is expected to be one of the top contenders as the series gets underway in St. Louis. Among the others expected to contest for the title include Honda's Davi Millsaps, Matt Walker and Branden Jesseman of the Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy squad, Motoworld Racing.com's Stephane Roncada, Josh Grant of Sobe/Samsung Honda and Team Makita Suzuki's Broc Hepler. Defending class champ Grant Langston is racing in the Lites West Series.

Tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets, all participating Yamaha Dealers, at the Box Office the week of the event only, or charge by phone at 314-241-1888 and 314-421-4400. A special Family Section is also available in St. Louis for non-alcoholic family fun. When ordering tickets through Ticketmaster, request the Family Section for an alcohol-free atmosphere.

The St. Louis round will receive next-day coverage on CBS, on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1:30 pm EST.

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Jeremy McGrath , Chad Reed , Branden Jesseman , Josh Grant , James Stewart , Ed Jones , Davi Millsaps