Filming scenes for `Supercross: The Movie¿ also taking place this weekend
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 8, 2004) — Ricky Carmichael, fresh from clinching his fifth straight AMA 250 Motocross title last Sunday in Delmont, Pa., will attempt to complete his second undefeated season when the 2004 AMA Chevrolet Motocross Championship concludes on Sept. 12, at Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino, Calif. In addition, a film crew working on ¿Supercross: The Movie¿ will be on hand at Glen Helen to capture footage to use in the film.
Carmichael, 24, of Havana, Fla., is now just two motos away from completing another perfect season ¿ a feat many thought nearly impossible until Carmichael accomplished it in 2002. Unlike two years ago when the pressure was intense as he was closing in on his first undefeated season, this time around Carmichael said he feels little anxiety.
¿No one thought the perfect season could be done before,¿ said Carmichael, who now has a record total of 11 AMA National Championships to his credit. ¿Even I didn¿t think it was possible back then. Now we know it is possible, but since I¿ve done it already I¿m not as worried about this time around.
¿It would be nice to do it again though, no doubt,¿ he quickly added.
Carmichael will be going for his fourth 250 win on the challenging Glen Helen circuit, which features two of the steepest hills in the series. He also won the 125 race at Glen Helen a record three times.
While Carmichael is hoping to stay perfect his rivals Chad Reed and Kevin Windham are taking the battle for runner-up in the 250 series down to the wire. A crash at Steel City kept Reed off the podium for only the second time this year and allowed Windham to draw within 6 points with two motos remaining.
Glen Helen fans will also get to see the factory KTM debut of Mike Alessi in the 250 class. The much talked about rookie earned a podium finish at Steel City in only his second AMA Motocross Championship event and will be looking to do it again this Sunday.
The 125 class will get a new look at Glen Helen. James Stewart, already one of the last two-stroke holdouts in the class, will ride a factory Kawasaki KX250F four-stroke instead of his trusty KX125 two-stroke. It will mark the first time Stewart has ever raced a four-stroke in major competition.
¿I figured I¿d give it a try to do something different,¿ Stewart said. ¿With the big hills at Glen Helen I figure I¿ll need the extra power.¿
Last weekend Stewart reached a major milestone in AMA racing history when he became the all-time wins leader in AMA 125 Motocross by earning his 27th-career victory. He¿ll look to put number 28 in the books at Glen Helen.
Fans at this weekend¿s event might be immortalized on the big screen. The film crew from ¿Supercross: The Movie¿ will be at Glen Helen shooting footage for the upcoming movie. AMA Pro Racing will be working closely with the crew to help capture the true artistry and athletic abilities of AMA professional athletes.
¿It¿s great to see the AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships playing such an integral role in plot of an exciting project like ¿Supercross: The Movie¿,¿ said John Farris, AMA Pro Racing¿s Vice President of Commercial Development. ¿The team at Tag Entertainment is committed to taking these great sports to the big screen and exposing motorcycling to the masses. We at AMA Pro Racing are happy to assist.¿
The Supercross movie is just the latest example of how AMA Supercross and Motocross racing are gaining more interest and recognition in mainstream America.
¿We are excited about bringing supercross and motocross to a wide audience,¿ said Steve Austin, President of TAG Entertainment. ¿We&rssquo;re working closely with the AMA Pro Racing to help bring authenticity and integrity to ¿Supercross: The Movie¿. We want to pay homage to the outstanding athletes and for the motorcycling industry to say that we represented them well.¿
The film will be theatrically released by 20th Century Fox in Summer 2005.
The Giant RV Racing.com AMA Motocross National at Glen Helen Raceway Park is scheduled be televised on ESPN2 on Sunday Sept. 19, at 11 p.m. Eastern. For additional information on the event contact Glen Helen at (909) 880-3090 or visit www.glenhelen.com.
For immediate post-race results, points, live transponder scoring, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto www.USMotocross.com.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2004
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Semi Truck Parking
9:00 AM – Paddock open to all National credential holders
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Registration and Tech at track for all professional riders
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Will Call
12:30 PM – 12:45PM – Riders Meeting Mandatory
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM – 125 Non-Seeded practice
1:25 PM – 1:45 PM – 125/250 Seeded practice
1:50 PM – 2:10 PM – 250 Non-Seeded practice
2:15 PM – 2:35 PM – 125 Non-Seeded Practice
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM – 125/250 Seeded Practice
3:05 PM – 3:25 PM – 250 Non Seeded Practice
3:45 PM to Completion – Pre-Qualifier Races 2 Heats 1 Consolation Race for 125 & 250
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2004
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Will Call
8:30 AM – Riders Meeting Mandatory
8:45 AM – Chapel Service
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM – 125 Practice
9:20 AM – 9:40 AM – 250 Practice
9:40 AM – 9:50 AM – Track Maintenance
9:50 AM – 10:10 AM – 125 Practice
10:10 AM -10:30 AM – 250 Practice
10:45 to Completion – Qualifying Races 2 Heats 1 Consolation Race for 125 & 250
12:30 PM – Opening Ceremonies
1:00 PM – Moto 1- 125 National- 30 mins + 2 laps
2:00 PM – Moto 1- 250 National- 30 mins + 2 laps
3:30 PM – Moto 2- 125 National 30 mins + 2 laps
4:10 PM – 125 Victory Circle
4:20 PM – Moto 2- 250 National- 30 mins + 2 laps
5:10 PM – Victory Circle
About AMA Pro Racing
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