AURORA, Ill. (December 1, 2006) — Live Nation Motor Sports, producers of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and AMA Pro Racing, announced today format changes for the 2006-’07 Amp’d Mobile Supercross events that will help facilitate the addition of a second live TV broadcast and will reduce the impact to the racing surface throughout the evening program.
Live Nation previously reported that the opening round of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series in Anaheim will be broadcast live on SPEED. The live broadcast at Anaheim joins the Las Vegas supercross finale as the other event scheduled for live broadcast on SPEED.
One of the changes that will help to sharpen the focus of the live broadcast while reducing wear on the racing surface and related track maintenance time, will be the adoption of the event format for the AMA Supercross class that has been used for several years at the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open and in the AMA Supercross Lites class for more than a decade. The new format for the AMA Supercross class will continue to provide riders two opportunities to qualify for the main event through the heats and the last chance qualifier. The use of semi-final races, which traditionally ran with those riders who failed to qualify for the main event from their heats races, have been dropped from the format.
Another change to the program will provide those AMA Supercross class riders, who are ranked in the top 10 positions in current points that fail to qualify for an AMA Supercross main event, either through their heat races or the last chance qualifier, with a provisional start spot in the AMA Supercross main. Qualified riders in the top 10 places in current points will be eligible for provisional main event start spots twice during the 2006-’07 season.
A third change to the AMA Supercross class’ race format is the use of timed qualifying practice to replace the qualifying races that ran in the afternoon at each event following the AMA Supercross and AMA Supercross Lites practice sessions. Every rider will have each lap of their practice sessions timed by the official AMA transponder scoring team, and those practice lap times will now be used to seed riders into the evening race program for both the AMA Supercross and AMA Supercross Lites classes.
According to Live Nation Motor Sports’ senior director of Supercross Todd Jendro, “This change to use timed practice for qualifying riders and the use of the provisional start policy to replace the semi-final races will significantly reduce the impact on the race track during the program and will allow us to ensure spectators that the track will be in the best condition possible for the AMA Supercross and AMA Supercross Lites class main events. These changes will also tighten up the program a bit to make live AMA Supercross even more attractive as a live TV property. It’s been nearly two decades since the AMA Supercross event format was revised, and were confident that the changes will help to enhance the quality of the Supercross experience for our fans”.
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About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP„¢/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, produced and promoted by Live Nation is a 17-round global off-road motorcycle stadium racing circuit. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2006-2007, the 17-event Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States aas a part of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series is a 16-event series solely conducted in the United States. The other Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation and is not a part of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP. An Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.
The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 94 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events. Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. In addition to its involvement with Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP. For more information on Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/ Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercrossonline.com.
About Live Nation
Live Nation is the world’s leading live entertainment company, annually connecting more than 67 million fans with their favorite performers at over 33,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Apollo Theatre and Wembley Arena. Live Nation’s websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV. For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at www.livenation.com.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access AMA Pro Racing’s online Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom.