Amateur riders took their turn on the challenging Ricky Carmichael Signature Design as the two-day Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross kicked off on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. With approximately 1,400 entries, the sixth annual event at the “World Center of Racing” is showcasing riders from throughout the United States and as far as Brazil and Australia.
“Just driving through the tunnel into this stadium is cool,” said champion rider Austin Forkner. “There are always a lot of people here and racing the same track as the pros is just great. I’ve been riding tighter and tamed super tracks to prepare for this race. You really have to get used to the Daytona dirt, it’s on a different level.”
Forkner is the only youth rider to win two national titles at Loretta Lynn Motocross. Since his first AMA National title, he has been on the Kawasaki Team Green bikes as a factory supported rider.
Riders will go head-to-head for the next two days on the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design, the same course used in Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda, which was won by Ryan Dungey. The race will follow a supercross format using heat races and last chance qualifiers to set the field of riders into a main event in each class.
“This is my second year on the track in Daytona,” said Australian Mackenzie Tricker, the 2013 and 2014 Loretta Lynn’s Women’s Motocross Champion. “It’s a tighter track and the soil is much different. It’s all around really exciting being here, it’s an awesome venue. This track has opened my eyes to another world.”
“To be able to race in a stadium where top athletes in the world have raced is incredible,” said Marissa Markelon, the 2014 overall Women’s Motocross champion and a consistent top-three finisher during the 2014 season. “This is a one of a kind track with a great atmosphere. It’s more like a community.”
Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the Speedway will host the inaugural FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday.
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