Carmichael Wins X Games Moto X

Paul Carruthers | August 5, 2007

The following release is from X Games…

10-time AMA Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael may have retired from full-time competition this year, but he couldn’t resist running in the X Games’ first ever Moto X Racing event, held tonight at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Carmichael dominated his Round One qualification heat, then rolled to victory ahead of a field that included Grant Langston and Kevin Windham, who took silver and medals, respectively.

Hailed as the “Greatest of all Time,” (G.O.A.T.), Carmichael has three undefeated AMA Motocross seasons under his belt (2002, 2004-5), and is shooting for his 150th career AMA win next week, a milestone no other rider is even close to matching.

But even in semi-retirement, the X Games held a special allure for a rider who has dominated his sport for over a decade.

“I’m so pumped, you have no idea,” Carmichael said. “I’ve always felt like an outsider, if you will, just because I’ve never had my discipline in the X Games, and to finally have it and to be the first one [to win a gold medal]: awesome. I cannot describe to you how happy I am.”

“Our sport’s pretty big,” he added, “But to finally have [the X Games’] blessing, it’s nice.”

X Games 13 concludes tomorrow at The Home Depot Center.

Final standings from the ESPN X Games 13 Moto X Racing event held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on August 4, 2007.

1. Ricky Carmichael / Havana, FL

2. Grant Langston / Clermont, FL

3. Kevin Windham / Centreville, MS

4. Chad Reed / Tampa, FL

5. Michael Byrne / Newnan, GA

6. David Vuillemin / Murrieta, CA

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.