SUPERCROSS: World: Atlanta round ten preview

Reed Changes Momentum in Amp'd Mobile Supercross Carmichael Returns to Atlanta; Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Opens AURORA, Ill. (February 20, 2007) -- Yamaha's Chad Reed struck back with a huge win last weekend when Amp'd Mobile World...

Reed Changes Momentum in Amp'd Mobile Supercross

Carmichael Returns to Atlanta; Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Opens

AURORA, Ill. (February 20, 2007) -- Yamaha's Chad Reed struck back with a huge win last weekend when Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series packed San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, setting the stage for another exciting weekend of racing at Atlanta's Georgia Dome this Saturday. While the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship head into an eight-week break, the stars of the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites take to this track this weekend for the opening round of their championship.

"You know, when you know you can win when you put yourself in great positions," said Reed. "My performance last weekend was pathetic, and we just wanted to bounce back and ride strong. I can't say enough for all my team -- their being there every week."

Kawasaki's James Stewart, 21, of Haines City Fla., will be the featured rider at the media day, Thursday, February 22, from Noon-2:00. Stewart is the reigning Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP champion and current points leader for the world and domestic championships. Joining Stewart is his teammate Timmy Ferry, 31, of Dade City, Fla., who currently sits in third place in the overall standings.

En route to winning the main event in San Diego, Reed procured the lead by the end of lap one before Stewart passed him on lap three. On lap eight Stewart crashed over the finish-line jump, allowing Reed to move into the lead and cruise to his first victory since the opening stop of Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP at Toronto's Rogers Centre (12/2/06). Stewart's crash set him back to eighth place, and then he staged a comeback to finish in fifth.

Since turning pro in 1991, Kawasaki rider Tim Ferry is enjoying the best season of his career. Ferry, who has three podium finishes and has not finished outside the top five in nine races this year, turned in his best performance of the year, finishing second.

"I knew I could do it," said Ferry. "I can't believe this is actually happening. I finished around 10th last year, and I was totally happy at that point."

Honda's Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss., also finished a season-best third place in San Diego.

"I'll tell you what, tonight it feels great to be up here on the podium," said an excited Windham from the podium in San Diego. "I was hearing the crowd cheering and it sounded like an exciting race. I hated to see James go down but I'm just stoked to be riding a lot better."

Returning to the starting line-up this weekend at Atlanta's Georgia Dome is 15-time AMA National Champion Ricky Carmichael, who is racing a select schedule as he transitions into a career in stock car racing. The reigning Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross champion, Carmichael has competed in five races this year, yielding two wins (Vancouver/San Francisco) and three second place finishes.

With one race remaining on the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship, Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto picked up six wins on his way to clinching the championship last weekend in San Diego. The Poulsbo, Wash., native adds this championship to is collection that also includes the AMA Motocross Lites National Championship.

Comprised of two divisions, Eastern and Western, the AMA Supercross Lites opens its Eastern Regional championship this weekend. Last year's Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites champion Davi Millsaps, of Cairo, Ga., moved up to the AMA Supercross class this year but has remained sidelined due to an injury.

Notable riders competing in the eastern region are: Yamaha's Broc Hepler, Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, KTM's Mike and Jeff Alessi, Honda's Billy Laninovich and Kawasaki's Ben Townley and Brett Metcalfe. Hepler and Metcalfe are nursing injuries and doubtful for the opener in Atlanta.

Last year, before an all-time record 70,133 fans at the Georgia Dome, Carmichael picked up his fourth career victory in Atlanta. On lap 11, Carmichael shot past Yamaha's Chad Reed and held on for the win. The huge crowd set a record for the 28 years of supercross racing in Atlanta. In the AMA Supercross Lites class Honda's Josh Grant picked up his first win of the season ahead of rival Millsaps.

Carmichael's win in last year's AMA Supercross main event tied him with Jeremy McGrath on the all-time supercross win list in Atlanta with five. Although Carmichael will only be racing a limited schedule in 2007, he could move ahead of McGrath on that win list. In the AMA Supercross Lites class, Carmichael is tied with Brian Swink with two on the all-time win list in Atlanta

The first AMA Supercross race ever held in Atlanta was March 5, 1977, and Bob Hannah won on a Yamaha. On February 22, 1986 Honda rider Keith Turpin won the first-ever AMA Supercross Lites main event.


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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Kevin Windham , Jeremy McGrath , Chad Reed , Josh Grant , James Stewart , Ryan Dungey , Ryan Villopoto , Davi Millsaps