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Carmichael Earns Fourth 250cc AMA Supercross Championship Short Wins First 125cc Race of the Season HOUSTON (April 30, 2005) -- In front of 43,445 fans at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla. won his fourth...

Carmichael Earns Fourth 250cc AMA Supercross Championship
Short Wins First 125cc Race of the Season

HOUSTON (April 30, 2005) -- In front of 43,445 fans at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla. won his fourth 250cc AMA supercross championship, making this his 12th AMA National Title overall. Honda's Andrew Short, of Murrieta, Calif., won his first 125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series race, leading all 15 laps in the main event.

Honda's Kyle Lewis, of Henderson, NV, picked up the $1500 Butterfinger Crisp Holeshot Award but was passed in the first lap by Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla. While Stewart maintained the lead in the 20-lap race, the battle for second between Yamaha's Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla., and Carmichael heated up early on. Reed and Carmichael passed Lewis in lap 2 and changed positions through lap 3 where Reed was able to retain the 2nd place position for the remainder of the race.

The 250cc AMA championship is the first for Suzuki since 1981. Carmichael won 28 points ahead of Reed in the title chase. "I can't believe it. I don't think anyone thought I would be up here, but it's good to prove them wrong. I don't care how many races I've won, I earned the number 1 plate," Carmichael said of winning the championship.

Carmichael recently clinched the THQ World Supercross GP championship making him the first rider ever to hold both the THQ World Supercross GP and THQ AMA Supercross series title championships.

In the 125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series main event, Short earned the $1,000 Butterfinger Crisp Holeshot Award. Kawasaki's Ivan Tedesco, who clinched the championship last week in Seattle, crashed in the first turn and started in last place. On lap 2 Suzuki's Broc Hepler, of Kittanning, Pa., moved into second place.

Hepler made a move for the lead on the last lap and crashed, causing him to finish in third. Honda's Billy Laninovich, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., finished second. "I was just trying to get through all the lappers. I really wanted to win real bad and I just did whatever it took," said Short of his win.

The final race of the season takes place next weekend at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium, Saturday, May 7. Tonight's race airs on ESPN 2 Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. EST. <pre> KTM Junior Supercross Challenge 1. Cade Moore, Colleyville, Texas, KTM 2. Patrick Lods, Mobile, Ala., KTM 3. Logan Johnson, Utica, Ken., KTM 4. Ty Rogers, Raceland, La., KTM 5. David Hall, Houston, KTM 6. Nolan Heppner, Woodbury, Minn., KTM 7. Derek McConnell, Quartz Hill, Calif., KTM 8. Hunter Richardson, Olathe, Kan., KTM 9. Danni Williams, Clovis, N.M., KTM 10. Jeremy Mairose, Santa Clarita, Calif., KTM 11. Kaitlyn Morrow, Houston, KTM 12. Cristian Acuna, Oceanside, Calif., KTM 13. Harley Landry, Pearland, Texas, KTM 14. Trey Cheramie, Golden Meadow, La., KTM 15. Matthew Coffey, Tyler, Texas, KTM

THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings 1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 397 2. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 311 3. Sebastien Tortelli, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 248 4. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 237 5. Tyler Evans, Corona, Calif., Suzuki, 228 6. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda, 201 7. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda, 187 8. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Yamaha, 175 9. Joe Oehlhof, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 138 10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 136

250cc THQ AMA Supercross Series Event Results 1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki 2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha 3. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki 4. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda 5. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha 6. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda 7. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda 8. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Yamaha 9. Kyle Lewis, Henderson, NV, Honda 10. Ryan Clark, Waddell, AZ, Honda

250cc THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings 1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 325 2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 295 3. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda, 246 4. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 229 5. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 211 6. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 175 7. Sebastien Tortelli, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 169 8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 134 9. Tyler Evans, Corona, Calif., Suzuki, 119 10. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 113

125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series Event Results 1. Andrew Short, Murrieta, Calif., Honda 2. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda 3. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Suzuki 4. Jay Marmont, Murrieta, Calif., KTM 5. Josh Summey, Allen, Texas, Honda 6. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., KTM 7. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, New York, Kawasaki 8. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki 9. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha 10. Ryan Morais, Canyon Lake, Calif., Suzuki

125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings 1. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 160 2. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., KTM, 131 3. Andrew Short, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 126 4. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 119 5. Jay Marmont, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 98 6. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 94 7. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Yamaha, 77 8. Ryan Sipes, Nine Grove, Kan., Suzuki, 67 9. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Suzuki, 66 10. Thomas Hahn, Belpre, Kan., Honda, 65

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Jason Thom , Ricky Carmichael , David Vuillemin , Kevin Windham , Ernesto Fonseca , Sebastien Tortelli , Chad Reed , Damon Huffman , Heath Voss , John Logan , James Stewart , Mike LaRocco , Andrew Short
Teams Williams