Ricky Carmichael had to settle for second place following a first lap crash, as he begins his final season of competitve AMA motocross.
The reigning champion took the holeshot, but lost the front end of his RM-Z450 just a couple of turns into the 30 minute first race. James Stewart won from Chad Reed, with Carmichael recovering to finish third.
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The second final saw Carmichael stay upright as he took the holeshot and converted it into a big lead, but it wasn't enough. James Stewart took second in the race and won the meeting overall. Chad Reed was third.
AMA MX series standings (after round 1):
1. James Stewart 47.
2. Ricky Carmichael 45.
3. Chad Reed 42.
4. David Vuillemin 34.
5. Travis Preston 33.