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Carmichael first nominee - Athlete of the Year

Carmichael first nominee for 2002 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Ricky Carmichael, 22, of Havana, Fla., is the first nominee for the 2002 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Pro Athlete of the Year. The award ...

Carmichael first nominee for 2002 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Ricky Carmichael, 22, of Havana, Fla., is the first nominee for the 2002 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Pro Athlete of the Year. The award is given to the rider considered to have the most outstanding season in all disciplines of AMA Pro Racing. The AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year not only carries the prestige of being the highest honor given to an AMA Professional racer, but this year the winner will also receive a commemorative Rolex watch. The presentation of the AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year will be made at the AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, Nov. 23, at the Venetian Resort Hotel Las Vegas -- home of the Guggenheim Museum's "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit.

"It's an honor to be nominated for the Athlete of the Year," Carmichael said. "I won the award last year and it gives you quite a feeling of accomplishment. I never believed it was possible for a rider to go undefeated during the entire motocross season and I consider myself extremely fortunate to be the first rider to accomplish that. It was certainly a team effort and I want to thank everyone involved in helping to put me in a position to have such a successful year."

Last month Carmichael completed the most memorable season in the history of AMA Motocross by completing a perfect season. RC went undefeated in 12 rounds and 24 motos of the 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship en route to winning the title in the premier 250 division. It was the first time a rider went undefeated in AMA Motocross. Along the way Carmichael also broke Bob Hannah's record to become the all-time winningest rider in AMA Motocross history. In addition to his outstanding national motocross campaign, Carmichael also won the 2002 AMA Supercross Championship -- taking 11 wins in the 16-race series.

The two titles in 2002 brings Carmichael's career total to eight AMA National Championships. He has three titles each in AMA 125 and 250 Motocross and two in AMA Supercross. He also won a regional AMA Supercross championship in 1998. The Honda rider is the all-times wins leader in AMA 125 Motocross and AMA 250 Motocross and is ranked second all-time in AMA Supercross and all-time combined Motocross/Supercross wins list.

This is the third time that Carmichael has been nominated for the AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year Award and won the honor last year. Carmichael has the chance to become only the third rider to win the award back-to-back and the first to do so since 1987.

For more information on the banquet, call AMA Pro Racing's Michele Rossi at (614) 856-1910, ext. 1342, or e-mail mrossi@amaproracing.com. Hotel rooms are $199 (all suites), plus tax per night and are available by calling the Venetian directly at (702) 414-1000 and asking for the AMA Pro Racing rate. AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for professional motorcycle sport in the United States. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

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