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2006 AMA Motocross Photo Gallery

2006 AMA Motocross

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The kid did pretty well, and with a lot less controversy than last year's Hangtown - Hangtown
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Langston hobbled his way through some laps in Moto 1 but pulled out and called it a day with his injured wrist - Hangtown
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When you're an 18-year-old motocross prodigy, it's ok to get drenched with booze - Hangtown
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The Yamaha of Troy contingency of Metcalfe and Andrew McFarlane is Australian and second-place in the championship after one round - Hangtown
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Ricky got Moto 2 off with a holeshot and coasted from there - Hangtown
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In his last full-time MX season, the GOAT wants to head out with another championship - Hangtown
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Reed couldn't quite hold off Stewart long enough, succombing on the final lap of Moto 1 - Hangtown
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Stewart is a hot commodity, breaking up Carmichael's stranglehold in the series - Hangtown
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Let's hope that this season's outdoor series is as hard fought as the Supercross - Hangtown
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Could this be a familiar sight in 2006? - Hangtown
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Alessi won Moto 1 but stumbled in Moto 2 - High Point
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Alessi went down in Moto 2, costing him a shot at his second overall of the season - High Point
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Josh Grant made the podium twice with a pair of third-place finishes - High Point
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Ryan Villopoto claimed the overall will a 2-1 performance - High Point
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Ricky dominated Round 2 with a holeshot and a double victory - High Point
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Millsaps was able to get on the podium, but has a lot of speed to make up if he wants to challenge for the win - High Point
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Millsaps got his first taste of the 450 podium - High Point
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Carmichael has the championship in his back pocket now - High Point
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Stewart and Carmichael were dueling, until Stewart's crash - High Point
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Chad Reed delivered his usual podium-worthy performance - High Point
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Windham dropped out of Moto 1 but in the second race he finished just off the podium in fourth - High Point
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Carmichael celebrates his perfect weekend - High Point
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With Bubba’s rash of problems, Davi Millsaps is becoming a familiar face on the podium. - Southwick
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With Bubba’s rash of problems, Davi Millsaps is becoming a familiar face on the podium. - Southwick
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This is what the battle for the overall win came down to, a second-moto, throttle-pinned finish-line jump with feet of the pegs. If the best rider in the world has to pull this kind of stunt to pass James Stewart, you know those guys are going fast. - Southwick
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Millsaps chased Carmichael in the second moto, earning third overall despite fading after trying to match RC’s furious pace. - Southwick
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Andrew Short got the overall win with his 1-4 moto finishes. It was a good day for Honda. - Southwick
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It wasn’t the result Ryan Villopoto was hoping for, but after a first-moto DNF, a fifth in the second race could prove vital later in the series. - Southwick
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Brett Metcalfe is now in a tie for third place in the standings with Josh Grant. His runner-up in the sand was a big boost for the Aussie. - Southwick
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After falling victim to a mechanical letdown, Grant Langston rallied to victory in Moto 2. - Southwick
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Mike Alessi’s sand-riding skills were on display as he railed the soft berms. - Southwick
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Sandblasted. Stewart tries to run and hide at Southwick.
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RC followed Stewart for much of the first moto, waiting until the final stages to make his pass. It didn’t work out quite like he planned after the Makita Suzuki rider went down and handed the lead back to Stewart. - Southwick
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Stewart and Carmichael started their day of epic battles under the sunny Massachusetts sky. It doesn’t get any better than this. - Southwick
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The Red Bull KTM camp has reverted to physical punishment as motivation. Here Alessi tries to avoid the dreaded pitboard tomahawk. - Southwick
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Grant Langston takes a breather after his Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki crapped out during the first moto. - Southwick
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Andrew Short finally brought his winning ways outside proving that he’s more than capable of winning outside the confines of an SX track.- Southwick
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Heroes of the sport. John Dowd, Roger Decoster and Doug Henry are living legends of American motocross. - Southwick
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Sobe/Samsung’s Kevin Windham found the podium with a 5-3 tally. Hopefully this could be the jump-start he needs after a relatively slow first quarter. – Budds Creek
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Without Stewart on site, RC ran away with the Budds Creek National. – Budds Creek
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Jason Thomas was a nice addition to the top-five this weekend. Stewart’s no-show was good for someone at least. – Budds Creek
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Carmichael takes on Jeff Gibson (48) early in a moto while Nick Wey (27) has his hands full with Robbie Reynard (17). - Budds Creek
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Andrew McFarlane dices with Josh Grant in the first moto. Grant wound up on top finishing seventh with McFarlane right behind. – Budds Creek
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It was all Ryan Villopoto at Budds Creek with the Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki taking his first sweep and second victory. – Budds Creek
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It was good to have Broc Hepler back on his Makita Suzuki RM-Z250. The Pennsylvania native showed remarkable speed after such a long time off the bike. – Budds Creek
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Motocross Lites warriors try to chase down the eventual race-winner Ryan Villopoto. – Budds Creek
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Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi retains the championship points lead despite missing the podium for the first time this season. He finished a distant eighth courtesy of a 16th first-moto score. – Budds Creek
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American Honda’s Andrew Short had to contend with a poor first-moto finish to land in the top-five. – Budds Creek
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Despite his lackluster starts, Villopoto came through for his Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and claimed his second overall of 2006. – Budds Creek
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Ben Townley will make his return to racing at Red Bud.
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Congrats Kelly Smith, you've made the 2006 AMA Motocross gallery! - Red Bud
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KTM's Nate Ramsey is still in the top 10 put had a rotten outing at Red Bud, finishing 22nd - Red Bud
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Josh Grant is doing his best, but Alessi and Villopoto are ripping it up - Red Bud
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After Villopoto's start-to-finish victory in Moto 1, Alessi came back to take Moto 2 and retain his slim 5-point championship lead - Red Bud
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Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto has his sights set on Alessi for the title - Red Bud
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Carmichael was his usual dominating self in the Motocross class - Red Bud
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Tim Ferry had one of his better outings with a 7-5 finish - Red Bud
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After being the top-placed Honda and privateer in Supercross, Nick Wey has been a top 5 rider in Motocross - Red Bud
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Chad Reed is pushing it, but when Stewart and Carmichael are on their game, third-place is the best he can hope for - Red Bud
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Making the jump to the premier class, Davi Millsaps is a top 5 regular - Red Bud
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The injury may have killed his championship hopes, but Stewart is still going to be gunning for some wins this year - Red Bud
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GOAT - Red Bud
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Ricky Carmichael thrills the crowd when he takes the inside away from Stewart - Red Bud
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It’s quite likely that this will be Ricky Carmichael’s last race at the ‘Dilla. The GOAT won eight times for the fans in New York. - Unadilla
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Villopoto tries to work his way around American Honda’s Andrew Short. - Unadilla
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John Dowd made his second appearance of the 2006 season and scored another top-10 finish. He definitely still has it for being such an 'old guy.' - Unadilla
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David Vuillemin was another rider who fared well, but not quite as well as he could have. DV is currently in seventh in the points. - Unadilla
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It was good to have Michael Byrne back on the track as he made his 2006 outdoor season debut. Burner was a bit off the pace, but he was Kawasaki’s only presence with Stewart sitting this one out. - Unadilla
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It’s quite likely that this will be Ricky Carmichael’s last race at the ‘Dilla. The GOAT won eight times for the fans in New York. - UnadillaChad Reed struggled a bit to find himself off the podium for the first time this season. - Unadilla
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The Lites class battle continued at Unadilla. Ryan Villopoto (51) claimed the advantage this week, but the stacked cast of 250F riders leaves this division up in the air each week. - Unadilla
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Nate Ramsey and Josh Grant came together at Unadilla. Rubbing is racing, as they say. - Unadilla
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Brett Metcalfe dodges the rocky roost of the famous Unadilla circuit. - Unadilla
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Andrew McFarlane is sitting pretty with a 4-4-4 tally last weekend and is within striking distance for fourth in the overall standings. Josh Grant is only three points ahead and McFarlane has been riding well. - Unadilla
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The Red Bull KTM camp can’t be too disappointed with the weekend at Unadilla. Mike Alessi lost the lead for the title, but he managed to win the opening moto. - Unadilla
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Davi Millsaps picked up a little bonus cash with the holeshot in this 450 moto. Davi-boy swapped 3-2 finishes with Kevin Windham with K-dub getting the overall nod. - Unadilla
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Mitch Payton must be happy with the way his youngest rider is developing. Villopoto now has the championship lead and has claimed four overall victories. – Unadilla
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Carmichael made it another 1-1 performance. With Stewart on the sidelines, RC is back to his boring self. - Unadilla
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Andrew Short has been making a push in the points standings. He’s currently in third after his runner-up finish in New York. - Unadilla
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Andrew Short was on fire after losing his hometown race to a mechanical problem. Denying the factory Honda rider two years in a row at Thunder Valley has lit a fire under his butt-patch. - Washougal
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Honda’s Davi Millsaps does his best to be seen after holeshotting Moto 1. His time at the helm was limited as Carmichael and Stewart raged through the pack. - Washougal
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Didn’t they name this move after him or something? - Washougal
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Sobe/Samsung/Honda’s Josh Grant had his best race of the season. After dominating the East Coast Supercross Lites, it was a little letdown to have Grant missing from the podium for so long. - Washougal
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Bubba was back to his normal self, and the battle between him and Carmichael had every fan on their feet. - Washougal
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Chris Gosselaar was the quickest of the gate in Moto 2, but he had some fast number plates that wouldn’t stay in his mirrors for long. - Washougal
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This wasn’t the kind of fan interaction that Ryan Villopoto was hoping for at his hometown race in Washougal. A first-moto DNF left RV on the sidelines instead of the podium. - Washougal
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Makita Suzuki's Broc Hepler took the Lites overall - Millville 2006
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A lonely figure stands, poised to get the mudfest underway - Millville 2006
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David Vuillemin took second overall in the MX class - Millville 2006
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When the mud settled, Carmichael had passed everyone in Moto 2 (That's lapping the field, past second pace) - Millville 2006
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MX Moto 2 action gets underway - Millville 2006
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Hang Loose Chad, one more year and that pesky No. 4 guy will be gone and it will be you and Bubba battling for the titles - Millville 2006
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Yamaha's Chad Reed calls it a season after dislocating his shoulder in Moto 2 at Millville
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Josh Hansen made his first appearance outdoors aboard a 2007 KTM 250 SX-F. He finished 20th. – Steel City
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Chris Gosselaar finished inside the top-10 at Steel City in what has been a slow outdoor season for the Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider. – Steel City
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Ryan Mills has been switching between the 250F and 450 class all season. A third in Moto 1 should be enough to keep him in the big-boy’s division. – Steel City
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Stewart nabbed another $500 check from Racer X for this Moto 2 holeshot. – Steel City
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Josh Grant returned to form and found the podium in the Lites class. – Steel City
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Ryan Villopoto is in firm command of the championship. A decent showing at Glen Helen will give the Washington youngster his first major title. – Steel City
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Zach Osborne won his qualifier and ran towards the front for awhile on Sunday. – Steel City
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Makita Suzuki’s Broc Hepler got the jump on his Lites classmates and is steamrolling the final half of the series. Iceman has been working the circuit with three straight wins and is enjoying a few uncharacteristic holeshots. – Steel City
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Ryan Mills apparently didn’t have the energy to enjoy his third-place Moto 1 with his ecstatic crew. The day soured for Mills with a DNF in the second outing but his early performance was the best to date. – Steel City
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If it weren’t for a second-moto crash, James Stewart might have upset Ricky Carmichael’s big day. As it was, things stayed the same with Stewart hitting the ground and Carmichael hitting his stride. – Steel City
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Thanks to a heavy dose of rain on Friday and Saturday, the Steel City course became loaded with treacherously deep ruts. Davi Millsaps stayed focused throughout for fourth overall. – Steel City
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Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi attempts to reduce the likeliness of cross-rutting by using only one wheel. – Steel City
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Villopoto’s sometimes erratic style has been working for him this season. Another runner-up in Pennsylvania put him more than a full moto ahead of his nearest competition. – Steel City
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Mike Alessi rode two strong, clean motos for Red Bull KTM. He finished second on the day and for the season. – Glen Helen
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Villopoto powered to the front of both races and walked away with a Lites class championship. – Glen Helen
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Brett Metcalfe charges down one of four downhill sections on the renovated Glen Helen circuit. – Glen Helen
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Stewart led Moto 1 through the infamous Talladega first turn before getting passed a few laps later by Ricky Carmichael. Stewart won the moto thanks to a rare crash by RC. – Glen Helen
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Nick Wey was the top privateer in the outdoor Nationals. That’s like winning a championship for 80% of the field. – Glen Helen
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It wasn’t the storybook ending to Carmichael’s phenomenal career, but fans were happy just to know that the shoulder injury wasn’t more severe. – Glen Helen
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RV51 had a cool set of riding gear himself as he debuted the Team USA Thor outfit for later this month. – Glen Helen
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James Stewart races towards the of Mt. Saint Helens and Old Glory. – Glen Helen
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Stewart’s Team USA gear looked great in the late afternoon sunlight. With the way he’s been riding lately it is certain that he’ll succeed in Europe. – Glen Helen
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Kevin Windham finished second overall for the season. - Glen Helen
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Welcome to the outdoors. – Glen Helen
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James Stewart was pumped to finish the season on a winning note. Now he intends to carry that over to England for the MXdN. – Glen Helen
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This could be the first of many for young Villopoto. – Glen Helen