No, Carmichael started dead last after a 1st turn pileup... he might've been 14th after the completion of lap1, but he was last out of the first turn. I was there, and let me tell you, he was flying around the track for the rest of the race. It was impossible NOT to watch, he would pass three or four riders threading through the whoops. Amazing.
I will admit that I've become a fan of his. I tried to hate him b/c I liked McGrath for years and years, and Lusk is always my underdog fave (didn't ride Saturday though), but damn...the guy (Ricky) is just ridiculously entertaining to watch.
People will say what they will about him, but it's hard to deny this guy has another level he can step up to that it would appear that few others riding currently have. He would get out of shape and not even slow down..swapping through the whoops didn't faze him.
When he lost by maybe a bike length, you could tell he was extremely upset with himself... the mark of a champion. Damned near anyone else out there would've been thrilled to come from last to 2nd, but not him. I admire that... you see it in all of the good road-racers too. BB was ticked/bummed at himself for letting Daytona slip away... not just happy to take second in a series he hasn't been involved in for a few years.