Team Makita Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael returned from his car racing exploits to motorcycle racing with a vengeance at the recent weekend's season-opening round of AMA Toyota Motocross at Hangtown Raceway in Sacramento, California.
The 15-time AMA Champion took the overall win after finishing second in the first moto and winning the second moto on his Suzuki RM-Z450.
This victory is Carmichael's 91st motocross win and his 17th victory at Hangtown and this marks his 145th career win.
For 2007, Carmichael plans to run an abbreviated six-race motocross schedule.
Carmichael said: “James Stewart was pushing me, no doubt about it.
“We were back to where we were last year. I'm just here, doing a few races, trying to help Makita Suzuki and do some testing and racing at the same time.
“I'm glad I'm here for the first five races to provide the fans with some good 450-class racing.”
1 Ricky Carmichael (Makita Suzuki)
2 James Stewart (Kawasaki)
3 Timmy Ferry (Kawasaki)
4 Davi Millsaps (Honda)
5 Grant Langston (Yamaha)
6 Kevin Windham (Honda)
7 Andrew Short (Honda)
8 Mike Alessi (KTM)
9 Michael Byrne (Suzuki)
10 David Vuillemin (Honda)