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AMA Motocross - Carmichael Increases Series Lead - June 12th 2006

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    Reigning AMA Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael has increased his lead in the AMA Motocross Championship after taking the overall win in today's third round at Southwick in Massachusetts.

    The RM-Z450-mounted rider now heads Chad Reed by 14 points after finishing second in the first 30 minute moto behind James Stewart, then racing to victory in the second ahead of Reed.

    In the first moto, Carmichael started second and after 10 laps made a strong pass to take over the lead but crashed in the closing stages. He remounted and charged hard, going from 30 seconds behind first place to just three seconds in two laps.

    In the afternoon's second moto, Carmichael took the lead within the first five laps. Then the newly-crowned AMA Supercross Champion created a gap over the rest of the field and won the moto with almost 20 seconds.

    The Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 was awesome today, said Carmichael. You know what? We're just going keep on trying and trying to put these motos together. That?s all we can do? that and put on a good show for the fans. I'm just out there doing my best. To be honest, I don't even ride in the sand any more. My track has a decent amount, but it's not sandy like this place is. But I did grow up as a mini-bike rider in the sand. I think this race just basically comes down to how strong you are really: You've obviously got to have speed to win, but how strong you are. That was my strong point today.

    Overall Results:

  1. 1 Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki) 47 points
  2. 2 Chad Reed 42
  3. 3 Davy Millsaps (Honda) 38
  4. 4 James Stewart (Kawasaki) 35
  5. 5 Kevin Windham (Honda) 34
  6. 6 John Dowd (Honda) 29
  7. Championship Points:

  8. 1 Carmichael - 142
  9. 2 Reed - 128
  10. 3 Millsaps - 101
  11. 4 Preston - 87
  12. 5 Wey - 86
  13. 6 Vuillemin - 86