CO-OWNER: RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy
Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing
DATE OF BIRTH: November 27, 1979
HOMETOWN: Clearwater, Fla.
RESIDENCE: Tallahassee, Fla.
The GOAT: the Greatest Of All Time. That's really all that needs to be said
about Ricky Carmichael.
The 15-time AMA National Champion got his first taste of professional motocross
in 1996 and promptly won the AMA Motocross Rookie of the Year award. He didn't
slow down in 1997 when he dominated the 125cc National Motocross Championship
Series aboard his Pro Circuit Kawasaki, capturing his first professional
The following year saw much of the same from Carmichael. He won every round of
the 125cc Eastern Region Supercross Championship and won the 125cc Mazda Truck
Motocross National Championship with eight wins overall.
Carmichael entered the AMA 250cc Supercross Series for the first time in his
career in 1999, but had difficulty getting acclimated to the bigger bike and
tougher competition. He returned to the 125cc bike for the AMA Motocross
Nationals and won his third consecutive championship in the class, his final
championship for Mitch Payton's Pro Circuit Kawasaki team.
Carmichael rode a 250cc machine for all of the 2000 season, earning his first
250cc Supercross victory at Daytona along with five additional podium finishes.
Always a stronger outdoor rider, Carmichael immediately dominated the AMA 250cc
U.S. Motocross Championship, winning nine overall and easily locking up the
series championship. He was also a key part of the Motocross des Nations team,
bringing the title back to the U.S. alongside teammates Ryan Hughes and Travis
RC only added to his stellar career in 2001. After enlisting a new trainer, he
was able to dethrone Jeremy McGrath as the AMA 250cc Supercross Champion and,
once again, capturing the 250cc Motocross Championship.
In 2002, Carmichael switched to Team Honda, once again commanding the AMA
Supercross Championship. Later that year, he set the record that can never be
broken in AMA 250cc National Motocross racing: he won every moto he entered,
going 24 for 24, and earning the first perfect season in U.S. motocross
The 2003 season saw Carmichael once again win both the AMA Supercross
championship as well as the AMA National Motocross championship. After sitting
out the 2004 Supercross season with a knee injury, Carmichael matched his
perfect season in the AMA Motocross National series, once again winning all 24
motos of the season, but this time on a four-stroke CRF 450R, instead of the
two-stroke CR 250R, two years prior.
Carmichael made the switch to the Factory Makita Suzuki team for the 2005
season. He once again controlled every series that season, winning both the AMA
Supercross and Motocross championships, along with the U.S. Open of Supercross
and the Motocross des Nations.
The 2006 season marked Carmichael's last full year of motocross racing before
starting down the road to retirement in 2007 season. He once again won the AMA
Supercross and Motocross championships, and again captained Team USA to another
Motocross des Nations victory.
That same season, the AMA recognized his achievements by naming him the Athlete
of the Year for a record fifth time.
Carmichael went into semi-retirement in 2007 but was arguably still the fastest
rider on the track. His six 2007 wins brought his combined SX/MX career win
total to a record 150. He bid farewell to professional motocross racing by
leading Team USA to another Motocross des Nations victory in Budds Creek, Md.,
and winning the final race he entered.
Carmichael, who had achieved all there was to accomplish on two wheels, looked
to four wheels for his newest challenge. He spent the next four years competing
in late model stocks cars and NASCAR's K&N Pro Series, Camping World Truck
Series and Nationwide Series.
Fast forward to 2012 when Carmichael and freestyle motocross pioneer Carey Hart
partnered to form RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing. RC
currently leads the team's rider development, testing and R&D program and
always looks to share lessons learned in his professional career with RCH
- 1996 Rookie of the Year
- 15 Championships
(record). 10 MX (record) 5 SX championships
- 150 career wins (record)
- 102 MX wins (record)
- 48 SX wins
- Two perfect MX seasons
- Only rider to go
undefeated in the 125 SX series
- Never lost a MX
championship 1997-2006. Never lost a title defense that he contested.
- Four-time MX des Nations
Individual Champion (Three-time team champions)
- AMA Rider of the Year 5x
- Three-time X Game Gold
Medalist – MotoX Step Up (twice) and MotoX