Carmichael Second Nominee For AMA/Speedvision Pro Athlete Of The Year PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Ricky Carmichael is the second rider to be nominated for the 2001 AMA/Speedvision Pro Athlete of the Year Award. The 21-year-old from Havana, Fla., had a...
Carmichael Second Nominee For AMA/Speedvision Pro Athlete Of The Year
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Ricky Carmichael is the second rider to be nominated for the 2001 AMA/Speedvision Pro Athlete of the Year Award. The 21-year-old from Havana, Fla., had a stellar 2001 racing campaign riding for Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki. He won both the 2001 AMA EA Sports Supercross and the AMA 250 Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships and set a slew of new records along the way.
Carmichael started his 2001 campaign with one of the most spectacular runs in AMA EA Sports Supercross history. Carmichael won 14 of the 16 races, including a record-tying 13-straight wins. "RC" wrapped up the championship with two races remaining and dethroned the all-time winningest rider in AMA Supercross -- Jeremy McGrath.
Carmichael then went on to defend his AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship tallying seven overall wins and earning the title before the final race. This motocross championship was his fifth-straight motocross title– he won three consecutive 125-class titles before switching to the 250 class in 2000.
Carmichael was gracious on hearing of his nomination. "It's definitely a dream come true to be nominated again for the Athlete of the Year Award," said Carmichael, who was also nominated last year. "As a kid I never thought I'd be counted as one of the top riders in the country. Once you start racing you get so focused that everything happens really fast and sometimes you don't get a chance to step back and enjoy your accomplishments. It's just now sinking in that I had such a special season last year. I'm training right now trying to prepare so that I can try to do as well this coming season."
Carmichael finished the motocross season by parking his 250 at Steel City and winning the final 125 round to set a new record for career wins in that class. In addition, this season he moved from 11th to a tie for fourth on the all-time AMA 250 Motocross wins list and is now ninth on the all-time AMA Supercross wins list.
Carmichael completed his fifth full year as a pro in 2001. He won the AMA Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the Year Award in 1996 after competing in only one event. He was also a member of the winning 2000 U.S. Motocross des Nations team. He was named to the squad again this year, but the team decided not to make the trip to Europe after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America.
The 2001 AMA/Speedvision Pro Athlete of the Year will be announced during the 27th annual AMA Pro Racing Champions Awards Banquet Dec. 7, 2001, at the luxurious Desert Springs Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Springs. To purchase tickets to the awards banquet, contact AMA Pro Racing at (614) 856-1900.