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Carmichael and Metcalfe win U.S Open

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Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael took both moto wins in the AMA Supercross class at the U.S. Open at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena last Friday and Saturday night, whilst Australian Bret Metcalfe, won the AMA Supercross Lites U.S. Open championship. Yamaha mounted Metcalfe won Friday's moto 1 and finished second in Saturday nights moto 2. Honda's Andrew Short, won the second night of racing in the Lites class. Carmichael took the holeshot for the second night in a row in the 250 class, followed by Honda's Kevin Windham, and Honda's Ernesto Fonseca. Carmichael led all 25 laps en route to victory and his third career U.S. Open championship. The win wraps up a grand slam season for Carmichael, winning the following championships: World Supercross GP, AMA Supercross, AMA Motocross, Motocross des Nations and the U.S. Open. Windham finished second and Kawasaki's Michael Byrne finished third. Fonseca crashed late in the race and was unable to finish. "It has been an unbelievable year for me," said Carmichael. "I am really excited for Suzuki, and this is a big night for them. They gave me an opportunity, and we all worked together on this great season. It was unfortunate that Chad (Reed) and James (Stewart) could not race tonight. I sacrificed a lot to have such a great season, and it was well worth it." Honda's Billy Laninovich earned the holeshot in the Lites main event, followed by Short and Metcalfe. On lap 3 Short passed Laninovich for the lead and held on for the win. After Laninovich bobbled while trying to re-pass Short, Metcalfe moved into second place and stayed there for the remainder of the race. "We have had two good nights of racing, and I look forward to racing in Anaheim," said Short. "This course calls for close racing, and that's what makes it exciting. I am learning and getting better every day." "I am so happy now, and I worked really hard for it," said Metcalfe. "I rode smart and finished the race where I needed to. I really enjoy racing on the tight courses; it reminds me of racing back home in Australia." 250cc Overall
1 Ricky Carmichael - 50 Points
2 Michael Byrne - 42
3 Kevin Windham - 38
4 Mike Larocco - 36
5 Jason Thomas - 30
6 Nick Wey - 30
7 Ernesto Fonseca - 30
8 Kyle Lewis - 26
9 Jeff Gibson - 24
10 Rodig Thain - 20

125cc Overall
1 Brett Metcalfe - 47 Points
2 Josh Hansen - 37
3 Robert Kiniry - 36
4 Billy Laninovich - 36
5 Andrew Short - 34
6 Jake Weimer - 34
7 Mike Brown - 30
8 Dylan Lord - 28
9 Kyle Mace - 24
10 Logan Darien - 24

250cc Main Friday
1 Ricky Carmichael
2 Michael Byrne
3 Ernersto Fonseca
4 Mike Larocco
5 Kevin Windham
6 Nick Wey
7 Jason Thomas
8 Kyle Lewis
9 Jeff Gibson
10 Tiger Lacy

125cc Main Friday
1 Brett Metcalfe
2 Josh Hansen
3 Billy Laninovich
4 Robert Kinlry
5 Mike Brown
6 Dylan Lord
7 Jake Welmer
8 Logan Darien
9 Kyle Mace
10 Brad Ripple

250cc Main Saturday
1 Ricky Carmichael
2 Kevin Windham
3 Michael Byrne
4 Mike Larocco
5 Jason Thomas
6 Nick Wey
7 Rodig Thain
8 Kyle Lewis
9 Jeff Gibson
10 Tom Hofmaster

125cc Main Saturday
1 Andrew Short
2 Brett Metcalfe
3 Jake Weimer
4 Robert Kiniry
5 Billy Laninovich
6 Josh Hansen
7 Mike Brown
8 Dylan Lord
9 Kyle Mace
10 Logan Darien

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