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Ricky Carmichael wins Supercross Championship

Carmichael continues amazing run by winning 2002 AMA EA Sports Supercross Championship. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Ricky Carmichael kept his perfect record of defending every AMA National title that he's won by wrapping up his second-consecutive AMA...

Carmichael continues amazing run by winning 2002 AMA EA Sports Supercross Championship.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Ricky Carmichael kept his perfect record of defending every AMA National title that he's won by wrapping up his second-consecutive AMA EA Sports Supercross Championship with a victory Saturday, April 27, in Salt Lake City. Like last year, Carmichael nailed the title before the end of the series. Carmichael has won 10 races heading into this weekend's AMA Supercross season finale in Las Vegas.

The 2002 AMA Supercross title marks Carmichael's seventh AMA National Championship. It also gives Honda its first AMA Supercross title since 1996 when Jeremy McGrath rode a Honda to the No. 1 spot in the series. Carmichael's run at the 2002 title was remarkable considering he started the year on the ground after a hard crash at round one January in Anaheim, Calif. The crash at the season opener left Carmichael battered and bruised and with a serious points deficit.

RC came back with a strong showing in the second half of the season, which included a six-race winning streak. At Daytona in March, Carmichael caught and passed rival David Vuillemin in the point standings and never looked back.

"It was a rough road there at the beginning (of the season)," said Carmichael in reflecting on the season. "I had nothing to lose so I tried to win as many races as possible. David (Vuillemin) rode really well and made me work for it. It was my toughest season yet physically."

Carmichael not only out-paced his competition with sheer riding skill, but he also showed relentless dedication to winning the championship. Nothing embodied that dogged determination more than his performance at the Pontiac (Mich.) Supercross earlier this month. In that race

Carmichael suffered one of the hardest crashes of his pro career, but got back up -- with his helmet's visor partially hanging in his face -- and charged all the way up from last to second. He didn't need to race so hard in that race, his points lead was sufficient enough that he could have just cruised to a mid-pack finish, but that "good enough" attitude does not seem to be in Carmichael's make up.

Carmichael will now turn his attention to the Supercross finale in Las Vegas and beyond that the defense of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, which kicks off on May 12 in San Bernardino, Calif.

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , David Vuillemin , Jeremy McGrath