AURORA, Ill. (May 3, 2007) — Honda’s David Vuillemin, of Murrieta, Calif., clinched top privateer honors at Seattle’s Qwest Field last Saturday evening, earning top billing in the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Pro Privateer Challenge. At this weekend’s Amp’d Mobile Supercross Finals Kawasaki-backed Paul Carpenter, of Ithaca, N.Y., and former World Supercross GP champion Heath Voss, of Mico, Texas will race for the second and third place honors.
As a result of his outstanding season as the Top Privateer, he will be awarded a new 2007 Weekend Warrior Supercross Edition trailer courtesy of Giant RV and $25,000 from US Smokeless Tobacco Company at the season-ending supercross banquet. The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company will award $15,000 and $10,000 to the second and third place finishers respectively in Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP.
“I am really happy I kept the Top Privateer Award with the MDK team, said Vuillemin, referring to last year’s top privateer Nick Wey who gave MDK motorsports their first Top Privateer Award. “It was a goal of ours at the beginning of the season, and we worked hard as a team to achieve it. I’d like to thank Live Nation and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company for their support in this program.”
Heading into Seattle last weekend Honda’s Voss held a three-point lead over Carpenter for the runner-up position. After Voss failed to make the main event, Carpenter gained valuable points and now holds an eight-point lead (183-175). This weekend they will lay it all on the line at Sam Boyd Stadium for the US Smokeless Tobacco Company’s $15,000 payday for second place honors.
“The privateers are an integral part of Amp’d Mobile Supercross and we are proud of our history as title sponsor of the Pro Privateer Challenge, said Jody Deal, 1-on-1 marketing manager for Skoal. “Obviously, we had a great three way battle between David, Heath, and Paul all season for the $25,000 with David prevailing in the end, but its nice to see the privateers compete bar to bar with the high profile factory backed teams each week
Last year Honda-backed Nick Wey, of DeWitt, picked up top finishing privateer honors. Honda’s Ryan Clark, of Waddell, Ariz., was second, while Kawasaki’s Jeff Gibson, of Blacklick, Ohio, was third.
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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 as 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 mottorcycle-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 largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues® music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.
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 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, 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.