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LAS VEGAS, NV (May 5) - Ricky Carmichael wins Round 16 of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick to cap off a spectacular championship season. Team Yamaha of Troy/Fox-backed Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., won the Dave Coombs Sr. 125cc ...

LAS VEGAS, NV (May 5) - Ricky Carmichael wins Round 16 of EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick to cap off a spectacular championship season. Team Yamaha of Troy/Fox-backed Nathan Ramsey, Corona, Calif., won the Dave Coombs Sr. 125cc East/West Shootout despite finishing second in 125cc Eastern Regional competition.

An eighth-place start complicated matters for Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki's Ricky Carmichael, who clinched the title two weeks ago in Dallas, en route to his 13th consecutive, record-tying win (Carmichael is now tied with McGrath for consecutive wins in a season - 13 - and most wins in a season - 14). Team Yamaha's Tim Ferry captured the $1,000 SFX.com Holeshot Award with Honda's Heath Voss and Mazda/Yamaha's Jeremy McGrath in tow. By the end of lap two, Carmichael, 21, moved from eighth to third place, but the charge would continue. Out front McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., lead for the early half of the race, but spun out in the corner after the 'whoops' and Carmichael, who is the reigning U.S. Open champion, went by. McGrath finished second and Ferry finished third.

"I had to work hard out there after that horrible start," said Carmichael. "The lappers were pretty bad tonight and caused me to bobble once I moved into the lead."

Persistence paid off for Ramsey as he chased his teammate, Fonseca, (Costa Rica) for 13 laps before making the pass that would earn him his third win of the season. Team KTM/Redbull rider David Pingree rocketed into turn one and earned the $500 SFX.com Holeshot Award. Team Suzuki's Travis Pastrana, who won the 125cc Eastern Regional title, challenged for the lead late in the race but slowed down after 'casing' the 'triple' jump. This allowed Ramsey to extend his lead and win the Dave Coombs Sr. 125cc East/West Shootout. Ernesto Fonseca, who won the 125cc Western Regional championship, went down in the whoops late in the race, ruing any chances of making it to the podium. Pastrana held on to finish second and KTM/Redbull's Brock Sellards finished third.

Tonight was also the final round of the Vans Triple Crown of Supercross, the Ford Ranger Pro, brought to you by Mountain Dew and Vans, and Carmichael walked away with $25,000 for scoring the most points in the three Vans Triple Crown of Supercross events.

"I wanted to win the championship, but I was really happy with the way I rode tonight," said Ramsey. "I made that pass on Fonseca before the triple and moved into the lead."

<pre> 250cc EA SPORTS Supercross final Season Standings

1) Ricky Carmichael             Havana, Fla.            Kawasaki        392 pts
2) Jeremy McGrath               Encinitas, Calif.       Yamaha          328 pts
3) Mike LaRocco                 South Bend, Ind.        Honda           285 pts

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Travis Pastrana , Jeremy McGrath , Ernesto Fonseca , Heath Voss , Mike LaRocco