RC and Bubba Split Championships, Oakley's Perfect Season


This race was dubbed the most anticipated race ever in the history of our sport not only the race but the season as well. This is the first time in the sports history that the Championship came down to the final race with a tie for the championship and third only five points out. The race ended with Oakley’s Ricky Carmichael, winning his fifth Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series race in front of 39,506 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium. Fellow Oakley rider James Stewart, won the nights race and his first-ever Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP. This weekend’s race aired on SPEED Channel live for the first time in the sport’s 34-year history.

Here the build up, Heading into the last race. Yamaha’s Chad Reed of Dade City, Fla., and Oakley’s Carmichael were tied with 316 points each and Oakley rider Stewart was in third place, five points out from the lead. Bubba earned the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award in the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series class and held off Honda’s Kevin Windham, through turn one. Carmichael started in fourth place and moved into second on lap two while Reed held onto third place. This is how they finished as well. This win gave Bubba his eighth race win of the season.

"I kept saying to myself there is no way Chad (Reed) is beating me tonight," said Carmichael. "He beat me last weekend in Seattle heads up, and I was not going to let it happen. This has been a team effort; we had a lot of adversity this season and we over came it. I had a heck of a career, and I wanted to go out on top."

RC has announced that this would be his last full year of racing. Although he just resigned with team Suzuki for three more years. RC will not contest the full race season in 2007 and just do select races of his choice. In 2008 and 2009 RC will still be employed by Suzuki as a mentor and developer for the up and coming talent.

"We went through a tough year, and I was down in the dumps, but I came on strong at the end of the season and learned a lot," said Stewart. "Winning this World Supercross GP championship is awesome, and I take my hat off to Ricky for winning his championship."

SX MAIN (20 laps): (Oakley Athletes in Red)
James Stewart (Kaw)
Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
Chad Reed (Yam)
Kevin Windham (Hon)
Travis Peston (Hon)
Nicholas Wey (Hon)
Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
Josh Demuth (Hon)
Brock Sellards (Hon)
Heath Voss (Hon)

Final Season Standings: (Oakley Athletes in Red)

Ricky Carmichael (Suz), 338
James Stewart (Kaw), 336
Chad Reed (Yam), 336
Ivan Tedesco (Suz), 255
Nicholas Wey (Hon), 249
Michael Byrne (Kaw), 228
Travis Peston (Hon), 207
Ernesto Fonseca (Hon), 125
Ryan Clark (Hon), 118
Mike LaRocco (Hon), 108


Staff Writer


May 06, 2006