Hangtown Set to Celebrate 40 Years of Motocross Action

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 20, 2008) – Since opening its doors in 1968, Hangtown MX Park and the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club has played host to exciting motocross racing as the site of some of history’s most memorable battles. Hosting its inaugural AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF event in 1974, many of the sports all-time greats have graced the top of the podium and etched their names in the record books.

When Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club first came up with the concept of a motocross event, it was simply as an opportunity for riders in Northern California to participate in a national event. Now, 40 years later, Sacramento shines as a crown jewel of the schedule. Hosting the largest attendance of the season year in and year out, the Honda Hangtown Motocross Classic presented by Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Casino is a race all riders want to win, much like the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. With a dedicated fan base, storied past, and the introduction of a redesigned circuit that will be run in reverse, the 40th anniversary event is sure to be one for the ages.

In celebrating their milestone, Hangtown is extending an open invitation to its past winners to come out May 31-June 1 and take part in the festivities, including five-time winner Ricky Carmichael, four-time event champion Rick Johnson, and three-time podium topper Mike Kiedrowski.

HANGTOWN MOTOCROSS CLASSIC WINNERS
Sacramento, CA
Motocross
Date Winner Hometown Machine
May 20, 2007 Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Suzuki
May 21, 2006 James Stewart, Jr. Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki
May 22, 2005 Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Suzuki
May 16, 2004 Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Honda
May 18, 2003 Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Honda
May 19, 2002 Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Honda
May 20, 2001 Sebastien Tortelli France  nbsp; Honda
May 21, 2000 David Vuillemin Murrieta, Calif. Yamaha
May 16, 1999 Kevin Windham Ethel, Lou. Honda
May 17, 1998 Jeremy McGrath Menifee, Calif. Yamaha
May 4, 1997 Greg Albertyn South Africa Suzuki
May 5, 1996 Jeremy McGrath Menifee, Calif. Honda
May 7, 1995 Mike Kiedrowski Canyon Country, Calif. Kawasaki
May 1, 1994 Mike Kiedrowski Canyon Country, Calif. Kawasaki
June 20, 1993 Mike Kiedrowski Canyon Country, Calif. Kawasaki
June 14, 1992 Damon Bradshaw Mooresville, North Car. Yamaha
March 24, 1991 John Dowd Chicopee, Mass. Honda
April 1, 1990 Jeff Ward San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Kawasaki
April 23, 1989 Jeff Stanton Sherwood, Mich. Honda
March 27, 1988 Rick Johnson El Cajon, Calif. Honda
March 22, 1987 Rick Johnson El Cajon, Calif. Honda
April 6, 1986 Rick Johnson El Cajon, Calif. Honda
March 31, 1985 Jeff Ward Mission Viejo, Calif. Kawasaki
April 8, 1984 Alan King Troy, Mich. Honda
March 27, 1983 Bob Hannah Carson City, Nev. Honda
March 28, 1982 Rick Johnson El Cajon, Calif. Yamaha
March 29, 1981 Kent Howerton San Antonio, Tex. Suzuki
March 23, 1980 Kent Howerton San Antonio, Tex. Suzuki
March 25, 1979 Bob Hannah Carson City, Nev. Yamaha
April 9, 1978 Bob Hannah Carson City, Nev. Yamaha
April 10, 1977 Marty Smith San Diego, Calif. Honda
April 4, 1976 Jim Ellis East Hampton, Conn. Can-Am
April 6, 1975 Kent Howerton San Antonio, Tex. Husqavarna
April 8, 1974 Bill Grossi Santa Cruz, Calif. p; Honda
April 6, 1986 Rick Johnson El Cajon, Calif. Honda
March 31, 1985 Jeff Ward Mission Viejo, Calif. Kawasaki
April 8, 1984 Alan King Troy, Mich. Honda
March 27, 1983 Bob Hannah Carson City, Nev. Honda
March 28, 1982 Rick Johnson El Cajon, Calif. Yamaha
March 29, 1981 Kent Howerton San Antonio, Tex. Suzuki
March 23, 1980 Kent Howerton San Antonio, Tex. Suzuki
March 25, 1979 Bob Hannah Carson City, Nev. Yamaha
April 9, 1978 Bob Hannah Carson City, Nev. Yamaha
April 10, 1977 Marty Smith San Diego, Calif. Honda
April 4, 1976 Jim Ellis East Hampton, Conn. Can-Am
April 6, 1975 Kent Howerton San Antonio, Tex. Husqavarna
April 8, 1974 Bill Grossi Santa Cruz, Calif. Honda

Motocross Lites
Date Winner Hometown Machine
May 20, 2007 Ryan Villopoto Poulsbo, Wash. Kawasaki
May 21, 2006 Mike Alessi Victorville, Calif. KTM
May 22, 2005 Grant Langston Murrieta, Calif. Kawasaki
May 16, 2004 James Stewart, Jr. Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki
May 18, 2003 Ryan Hughes Temecula, Calif. KTM
May 19, 2002 James Stewart, Jr. Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki
May 20, 2001 Grant Langston South Africa KTM
May 21, 2000 Steve Lamson Murrieta, Calif. Honda
May 16, 1999 Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Kawasaki
May 17, 1998 Steve Lamson Riverside, Calif. Honda
May 4, 1997 Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Kawasaki
May 5, 1996 Steve Lamson Pollock Pines, Calif. Honda
May 7, 1995 Ryan Hughes Escondido, Calif. Kawasaki
May 1, 1994 Damon Huffman Saugus, Calif. Suzuki
June 20, 1993 Jeremy McGrath Murrieta, Calif. Honda
June 14, 1992 Steve Lamson Pollock Pines, Calif. Honda
March 24, 1991 Doug Henry Fairfield, Conn. Yamaha
April 1, 1990 Guy Cooper Stillwater, Okla. Suzuki
April 23, 1989 Damon Bradshaw Charlotte, North Car. Yamaha
March 28, 1988 Guy Cooper Stillwater, Okla. Suzuki
March 22, 1987 George Holland Kerman, Calif. Suzuki
April 6, 1986 Erik Kehoe Granada Hills, Calif. Suzuki
March 31, 1985 Ron Lechien El Cajon, Calif. Honda
April 8, 1984 Jeff Ward Mission Viejo, Calif. Kawasaki
March 27, 1983 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. &nbssp; Honda

Motocross Lites
Date Winner Hometown Machine
May 20, 2007 Ryan Villopoto Poulsbo, Wash. Kawasaki
May 21, 2006 Mike Alessi Victorville, Calif. KTM
May 22, 2005 Grant Langston Murrieta, Calif. Kawasaki
May 16, 2004 James Stewart, Jr. Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki
May 18, 2003 Ryan Hughes Temecula, Calif. KTM
May 19, 2002 James Stewart, Jr. Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki
May 20, 2001 Grant Langston South Africa KTM
May 21, 2000 Steve Lamson Murrieta, Calif. Honda
May 16, 1999 Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Kawasaki
May 17, 1998 Steve Lamson Riverside, Calif. Honda
May 4, 1997 Ricky Carmichael Havana, Fla. Kawasaki
May 5, 1996 Steve Lamson Pollock Pines, Calif. Honda
May 7, 1995 Ryan Hughes Escondido, Calif. Kawasaki
May 1, 1994 Damon Huffman Saugus, Calif. Suzuki
June 20, 1993 Jeremy McGrath Murrieta, Calif. Honda
June 14, 1992 Steve Lamson Pollock Pines, Calif. Honda
March 24, 1991 Doug Henry Fairfield, Conn. Yamaha
April 1, 1990 Guy Cooper Stillwater, Okla. Suzuki
April 23, 1989 Damon Bradshaw Charlotte, North Car. Yamaha
March 28, 1988 Guy Cooper Stillwater, Okla. Suzuki
March 22, 1987 George Holland Kerman, Calif. Suzuki
April 6, 1986 Erik Kehoe Granada Hills, Calif. Suzuki
March 31, 1985 Ron Lechien El Cajon, Calif. Honda
April 8, 1984 Jeff Ward Mission Viejo, Calif. Kawasaki
March 27, 1983 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 28, 1982 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 29, 1981 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 23, 1980 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 25, 1979 Brian Myerscough Calimesa, Calif. Suzuki
April 9, 1978 Broc Glover El Cajon, Calif. Yamaha
April 10, 1977 Danny LaPorte Yucca Valley, Calif. Suzuki
April 4, 1976 Bob Hannah Whittier, Calif. Yamaha
April 6, 1975 Tim Hart Torrance, Calif. Yamaha
April 8, 1974 Marty Smith San Diego, Calif. Honda

500cc Motocross
Date Winner Hometown Machine
March 31, 1985 Broc Glover El Cajon, Calif. Yamaha
April 8, 1984 David Bailey Axton, Virg. Honda
March 27, 1983 Danny Chandler Foresthill, Calif. Honda

DIRT DIGGERS NORTH MOTORCYLCE CLUB PRO MOTOCROSS
250cc
Year Winner
1969 Bob Grossi
1970 Hans Hanson
1971 Hans Hanson
1972 Bob Grossi
1973 Tom Rapp

125cc
Year Winner
1969 Larry Mulock
1970 Lars Larson
1971 Bull Urban
1972 Tom Rapp
1973 Marty Smith

500cc
Year Winner
1969 Gary Bailey
1970 Bob Grossi
1971 Bob Grossi
1972 Brad Lackey
1973 Pierre Karsmaker
1974 Mike Hartwick

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May 7, 1995 Ryan Hughes Escondido, Calif. Kawasaki
May 1, 1994 Damon Huffman Saugus, Calif. Suzuki
June 20, 1993 Jeremy McGrath Murrieta, Calif. Honda
June 14, 1992 Steve Lamson Pollock Pines, Calif. Honda
March 24, 1991 Doug Henry Fairfield, Conn. Yamaha
April 1, 1990 Guy Cooper Stillwater, Okla. Suzuki
April 23, 1989 Damon Bradshaw Charlotte, North Car. Yamaha
March 28, 1988 Guy Cooper Stillwater, Okla. Suzuki
March 22, 1987 George Holland Kerman, Calif. Suzuki
April 6, 1986 Erik Kehoe Granada Hills, Calif. Suzuki
March 31, 1985 Ron Lechien El Cajon, Calif. Honda
April 8, 1984 Jeff Ward Mission Viejo, Calif. Kawasaki
March 27, 1983 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 28, 1982 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 29, 1981 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 23, 1980 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 25, 1979 Brian Myerscough Calimesa, Calif. Suzuki
April 9, 1978 Broc Glover El Cajon, Calif. Yamaha
April 10, 1977 Danny LaPorte Yucca Valley, Calif. Suzuki
April 4, 1976 Bob Hannah Whittier, Calif. Yamaha
April 6, 1975 Tim Hart Torrance, Calif. Yamaha
April 8, 1974 Marty Smith San Diego, Calif. Honda

500cc Motocross
Date Winner Hometown Machine
March 31, 1985 Broc Glover El Cajon, Calif. Yamaha
April 8, 1984 David Bailey Axton, Virg. Honda
March 27, 1983 Danny Chandler Foresthill, Calif. Honda

DIRT DIGGERS NORTH MOTORCYLCE CLUB PRO MOTOCROSS
250cc
Year Winner
1969 Bob Grossi
1970 Hans Hanson
1971 Hans Hanson
1972 Bob Grossi
1973 Tom Rapp

125cc
Year Winner
1969 Larry Mulock
1970 Lars Larson
1971 Bull Urban
1972 Tom Rapp
1973 Marty Smith

500cc
Year Winner
1969 Gary Bailey
1970 Bob Grossi
1971 Bob Grossi
1972 Brad Lackey
1973 Pierre Karsmaker
1974 Mike Hartwick

For more information, log onto www.hangtownmx.com

The 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF begins on May 24-25 in San Bernardino, Calif.

Interview opportunities are available to the media by contacting AMA Toyota Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at Media@MXNationals.com or by phone at 951-203-2605.

For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to www.amamotocross.com for live timing and scoring at @theWireLIVE!. Racer X Illustrated will host a new and improved webcast on www.motocross.com, with live racing action hosted by Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com has also been added on Saturday night of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.

About the National Promoters Group (NPG)
The National Promoters Group (NPG) comprises 12 individual promoters of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF which sanctions outdoor motocross events throughout the United States, and remains the Nation’s premier outdoor motocross championship series. NPG’s mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide.

About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.bsp; Suzuki
March 28, 1982 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 29, 1981 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 23, 1980 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, Ill. Suzuki
March 25, 19979 Brian Myerscough Calimesa, Calif. Suzuki
April 9, 1978 Broc Glover El Cajon, Calif. Yamaha
April 10, 1977 Danny LaPorte Yucca Valley, Calif. Suzuki
April 4, 1976 Bob Hannah Whittier, Calif. Yamaha
April 6, 1975 Tim Hart Torrance, Calif. Yamaha
April 8, 1974 Marty Smith San Diego, Calif. Honda

500cc Motocross
Date Winner Hometown Machine
March 31, 1985 Broc Glover El Cajon, Calif. Yamaha
April 8, 1984 David Bailey Axton, Virg. Honda
March 27, 1983 Danny Chandler Foresthill, Calif. Honda

DIRT DIGGERS NORTH MOTORCYLCE CLUB PRO MOTOCROSS
250cc
Year Winner
1969 Bob Grossi
1970 Hans Hanson
1971 Hans Hanson
1972 Bob Grossi
1973 Tom Rapp

125cc
Year Winner
1969 Larry Mulock
1970 Lars Larson
1971 Bull Urban
1972 Tom Rapp
1973 Marty Smith

500cc
Year Winner
1969 Gary Bailey
1970 Bob Grossi
1971 Bob Grossi
1972 Brad Lackey
1973 Pierre Karsmaker
1974 Mike Hartwick

For more information, log onto www.hangtownmx.com

The 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF begins on May 24-25 in San Bernardino, Calif.

Interview opportunities are available to the media by contacting AMA Toyota Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at Media@MXNationals.com or by phone at 951-203-2605.

For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to www.amamotocross.com for live timing and scoring at @theWireLIVE!. Racer X Illustrated will host a new and improved webcast on www.motocross.com, with live racing action hosted by Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com has also been added on Saturday night of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.

About the National Promoters Group (NPG)
The National Promoters Group (NPG) comprises 12 individual promoters of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF which sanctions outdoor motocross events throughout the United States, and remains the Nation’s premier outdoor motocross championship series. NPG’s mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide.

About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.p; Honda
March 27, 1983 Danny Chandler Foresthill, Calif. Honda

DIRT DIGGERS NORTH MOTORCYLCE CLUB PRO MOTOCROSS
250cc
Year Winner
1969 Bob Grossi
1970 Hans Hanson
1971 Hans Hanson
1972 Bob Grossi
1973 Tom Rapp

125cc
Year Winner
1969 Larry Mulock
1970 Lars Larson
1971 Bull Urban
1972 Tom Rapp
1973 Marty Smith

500cc
Year Winner
1969 Gary Bailey
1970 Bob Grossi
1971 Bob Grossi
1972 Brad Lackey
1973 Pierre Karsmaker
1974 Mike Hartwick

For more information, log onto www.hangtownmx.com

The 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF begins on May 24-25 in San Bernardino, Calif.

Interview opportunities are available to the media by contacting AMA Toyota Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at Media@MXNationals.com or by phone at 951-203-2605.

For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to www.amamotocross.com for live timing and scoring at @theWireLIVE!. Racer X Illustrated will host a new and improved webcast on www.motocross.com, with live racing action hosted by Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com has also been added on Saturday night of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.

About the National Promoters Group (NPG)
The National Promoters Group (NPG) comprises 12 individual promoters of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF which sanctions outdoor motocross events throughout the United States, and remains the Nation’s premier outdoor motocross championship series. NPG’s mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide.

About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.ref=”http://www.hangtownmx.com”>www.hangtownmx.com

The 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF begins on May 24-25 in San Bernardino, Calif.

Interview opportunities are available to the media by contacting AMA Toyota Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at Media@MXNationals.com or by phone at 951-203-2605.

For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to www.amamotocross.com for live timing and scoring at @theWireLIVE!. Racer X Illustrated will host a new and improved webcast on www.motocross.com, with live racing action hosted by Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com has also been added on Saturday night of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.

About the National Promoters Group (NPG)
The National Promoters Group (NPG) comprises 12 individual promoters of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF which sanctions outdoor motocross events throughout the United States, and remains the Nation’s premier outdoor motocross championship series. NPG’s mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide.

About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.

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