Carmichael Completes Perfect Season!

Elliot Strong
by Elliot Strong
From a Honda Press Release:

AMA/Chevy Trucks US Motocross Series, Round 12: Steel City Raceway,Delmont, PA, Sunday, September 1, 2002

Honda Racing's Ricky Carmichael completes the perfect season! En route tothe 2002 AMA Motocross Championship RC has crushed the competition bywinning 24 out of 24 moto's aboard his CR250R. Carmichael came into thefinal round in Delmont, PA needing to win back-to-back motos to keep hisstreak alive and he did it in typical Carmichael style - he dominated.

"I usually don't get good starts here," said Carmichael. "But after I got thegood start and won the first moto I really didn't feel the pressure in thesecond. I figured I should be able to get one more victory."

RC has had a history making season in 2002, by winning 2 titles - AMASupercross and AMA Motocross, 11 main event wins out of 16 in Supercrossand 12 out of 12 overalls in Motocross - 23 wins out of 28 events in all!

Fellow Honda racer, Amsoil / Dr. Martens / Journeys / Honda Racing's MikeLaRocco had a solid day finishing in 3rd place with a 3-4 score. LaRoccohas excelled on the CRF450R finishing the series in 6th place afterrecovering from a wrist injury suffered during the Supercross season.

Honda Racing's Nathan Ramsey rode his CRF450R to a 5th overall with a 4-8score. Ramsey finishes out the season in 10th overall.

Red Rider Sebastien Tortelli had a tough time of it in the first motofinishing 17th but bounced back for a 3rd in moto 2 giving him a 7thoverall for the day.

In the 125cc division, Honda CR125R mounted Ernesto Fonseca raced to a 2ndplace overall finish with a score of 3-3 for the day. Fonseca finishes theseries in 4th place. Amsoil / Dr. Martens / Journeys / Honda Racing'sMichael Byrne finished 7th with a 8-10 score, while teammate Travis Prestonfinished the day in 9th with a 10-9 score.

125cc Overall Results:1. James Stewart - Kawasaki2. Ernesto Fonseca - Honda3. Matt Walker - Kawasaki4. Danny Smith - Suzuki5. Billy Laninovich - KTM7. Michael Byrne - Honda9. Travis Preston - Honda125cc Points Standings:1. James Stewart - Kawasaki - 5292. Branden Jesseman - Suzuki - 3923. Chad Reed - Yamaha - 3914. Ernesto Fonseca - Honda - 3855. Danny Smith - Suzuki - 312250cc Overall Results:1. Ricky Carmichael - Honda2. Tim Ferry - Yamaha3. Mike LaRocco - Honda4. Sean Hamblin - Suzuki5. Nathan Ramsey - Honda7. Sebastien Tortelli - Honda250cc Points Standings:1. Ricky Carmichael - Honda - 6002. Tim Ferry - Yamaha - 4403. Ezra Lusk - Kawasaki - 3964. Sebastien Tortelli - Honda - 3595. Kyle Lewis - Honda - 3256. Mike LaRocco - 31010. Natahan Ramsey - Honda - 203
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