AURORA, Ill. (March 13, 2007) — Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP announced today that Honda’s David Vuillemin, of Menifee, Calif., leads the Unites States Smokeless Tobacco Company’s (USSTC) top privateer award program, with 144 points over fellow Honda rider and former World Supercross GP champion Heath Voss (137 points), of Mico, Texas.
USSTC, who has been involved in Amp’d Mobile Supercross since 2000, will award $25,000 to the top finishing privateer at the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP finals in Las Vegas. In addition USSTC will award $15,000 to second and $10,000 to third.
“It’s great to see a close three way battle in the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Pro Privateer Challenge among the pro privateers at the mid-point of the season, so it will be very interesting to see who takes command over the next six races and walks away with $25,000 in Las Vegas, said Jody Deal, 1-on-1 Marketing Manager, Skoal. “We recognize the commitment, perseverance, and determination of the privateer riders and commend their continued contributions to Amp’d Mobile Supercross.
Vuillemin has eight top 10 finishes this year with his best being a fourth at Vancouver. Currently fifth overall in the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP championship, Vuillemin’s best AMA Supercross Series finish was second in 2002 with three main event wins and 10 podium finishes.
“This is a huge incentive to the hard working privateers competing in Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, said Todd Jendro, senior director of supercross, Live Nation. “We still have the second half of the season to complete, and with this tight of a points race, it’s going to be exciting to see who walks away from Las Vegas with the $25,000 from the Unites States Smokeless Tobacco Company.
Last year the US Smokeless Tobacco Company awarded $25,000 to top privateer and Honda rider Nick Wey, of Murrieta, Calif., $15,000 to Honda’s Jason Thomas, of Melrose, Fla., and $10,000 to Honda’s Jeff Gibson, of Blacklick, Ohio, the second and third place finishers respectively in Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP.
Top Privateer Standings
1. David Vuillemin 144 Points
2. Heath Voss 137 Points
3. Travis Preston 122 Points
4. Paul Carpenter 119 Points
5. Nick Wey 108 Points
David Vuillemin’s Finishes
Anaheim 1: 6
Anaheim 2: 11
San Francisco: 6
Anaheim 3: 12
San Diego: 9
St. Louis: 6
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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 inddependently 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 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.