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Retiring champion going for AMA win number 150

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Ricky Carmichael, fresh off winning gold in his first X Games appearance, will return to AMA Toyota Motocross Championship racing action this Sunday, Aug. 12, at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn., for round nine of the 12-event series. Carmichael, 27, is shooting for an unprecedented 150th combined AMA Motocross/Supercross win. The race is slated to be Carmichael‰Ûªs final appearance in the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF. The Makita Suzuki rider is the all-time AMA Motocross wins leader and the defending and seven-time series champion. While Carmichael‰Ûªs final race is the big headline at Millville, there will be several other major stories to follow. A victory for Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Tim Ferry at the last race in Washougal, Wash., combined with a second moto crash and DNF by his teammate James Stewart, has moved Ferry within seven points of Stewart in the Championship standings. The Motocross Lites class is having one of the best two-way battles in years, with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders Ben Townley and Ryan Villopoto locked in an exciting title chase. In addition, a number of young riders will be coming straight from the amateur motocross championships at Loretta Lynn‰Ûªs Ranch in Tennessee to make their pro debut at Millville. Trey Canard (2007 AMA Horizon Award winner), and Nico Izzi are among the top prospects in the new class of 2007. Carmichael, who is racing part time while he makes a transition to car racing, is making his first appearance in the series since round five on July 1, in Buchanan, Mich. He now comes to Millville trying to win his eighth straight AMA Motocross at the circuit dating back to 2000, his first year in the premier class. Additionally, Carmichael won two AMA Motocross Lites races at Spring Creek. Carmichael stated before the season that the 150-win plateau would be a great goal to shoot for even though he needed to be a perfect six-for-six in the motocross races he competed in this summer. ‰ÛÏGetting 150 total wins would be icing on the cake for me,‰Û

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