Final title for Carmichael

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Ricky Carmichael has taken his seventh and final AMA Motocross title with two rounds remaining in his last competitive season in a legendary career.

Carmichael won both races at the Binghamtpon round of the championship on Sunday, August 20, 2006, to take his tenth outdoor title, including three 125cc titles, and seven 250 and 450 titles, in addition to five AMA Supercross championships.

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“Winning another motocross championship is awesome,” said Carmichael. “It was hard-fought, there was tough competition, and I’m happy. I never expected to do this and I don’t think anyone at Suzuki expected to have the run we’ve had. Now I’m just looking forward to racing for fun and putting on some good shows for the fans.”

Carmichael will retire from competition at the end of the season, following his captaincy of Team USA in the upcoming Motocross des Nations. Having won all eight AMA MX rounds so far in 2006, he now has a total of 143 MX and SX wins in his career. In 2007 he will race selected rounds and help to nurture up-and-coming riders with Team Suzuki.

AMA MX title standing:

Carmichael 489. (Champion)

WIndham 333.

Reed 333.

Millsaps 325.

Stewart 287.

Preston 284.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff