Over 3500 riders attend Racer Productions & MXSports events during Bike Week, including Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross
Racer Productions and MXSports, in partnership with Florida racing facilities Daytona International Speedway and West Gate River Ranch, plus Aonia Pass MX in Georgia, as well as Ricky Carmichael and his team, hosted over 3,500 competitors at AMA-sanctioned events during Daytona’s Bike Week. The racing included the Parts Unlimited River Ranch and Maxxis General rounds of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross Championship on Daytona’s famous infield supercross track, and Ricky Carmichael University, held on Monday afternoon on the same circuit.
“In a time of economic bad news throughout the industry, we hope the success of these events indicates some light at the end of the tunnel for all of us involved in this sport” says Tim Cotter, Event Director for MXSports and Racer Productions. “We’re thrilled that so many families and racing enthusiasts came out and enjoyed themselves, and we’ll continue to explore new events and opportunities to help stimulate the sport.”
The GNCC tour kicked off by drawing 1,200 motorcycle and ATV racers from 25 states and eight nations to the opening round in Lake Wales. A few days later, over 1,500 GNCC racers competed in Washington, Georgia, at the second stop on the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Championships.
At the same time, 750 amateur racers took to the Daytona International Speedway infield as part of the first-ever Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross Championship, with another 110 filling up every available spot in the RC University the following day-including NASCAR team owner Kyle Petty! RCU featured instruction on the course from 15-time AMA Motocross/Supercross champion Carmichael, fellow multi-time champions Jeff Stanton and Jeff Emig, plus pro racer-turned-Dunlop technician Clark Stiles, and Jeannie Carmichael, who helped shape her son’s extraordinary career.
“It’s a whole new world working on this side of the track,” says Carmichael of his first foray into race promoting and riding schools. “I’m just really, really excited about the potential of this event, and the chance to give back to motocross and supercross like this. We had a great time and I hope everyone learned a few things. To have the chance to compete at Daytona and learn supercross, I’m super-pumped that riders now have that opportunity. It’s a chance I wish I had when I was a kid!”