Carmichael Injured, Villopoto Crowned

Paul Carruthers | September 10, 2006

Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael crashed out of the lead in the first moto today at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, suffering an injured shoulder that ended his day and possibly his season.

Carmichael will not take part in the second moto and has left the Glen Helen facility to seek medical attention. He will then fly home to Florida for more evaluation with his doctors. At that point a decision will be made as to whether or not he can compete in the upcoming Motocross des Nations in England.

Carmichael was leading Kawasaki’s James Stewart at the time of the crash, with Stewart securing the victory after Carmichael’s departure.

Meanwhile, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto wrapped up the Lites Championship today with his moto-one victory over KTM rival Mike Alessi.

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.