AURORA, Ill. (May 4, 2007) — The Dave Coombs Sr. Memorial East/West Shootout is scheduled for May 5, in conjunction with the final round of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium and features one of the deepest crops of young, up-and-coming talent in the history of the sport. Toyota will award the winner of the race with a brand new Toyota Tundra.
“The East/West Shootout is the only place where the best Lites riders from the East and West coasts series have the opportunity to race against each other head to head, said Brian Smith, Corporate Manager, Truck Operations, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. “Toyota wants to recognize the rider that’s worked through the long season to make it to this event and rise above the competition by awarding him an all-new Tundra pickup truck at this exciting event.
In addition to awarding the winner of the Dave Coombs Sr East/West Shootout a new Tundra, last weekend Toyota awarded Jeremy Albrecht, who is the mechanic for Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series champion James Stewart, a brand new Toyota Tundra.
“The man behind the superstar, in this case Jeremy Albrecht, doesn’t stand in the spotlight every week, but it’s his hard work that ensured James was able to dominate all season,” said Brian Smith, Corporate Manager, Truck Operations, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. “Toyota’s proud to recognize Jeremy for his tremendous support and outstanding work he’s done this season with an all-new Tundra pickup truck.
Recently crowned AMA Supercross Lites champions Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash. (Western Regional), and Ben Townley (Eastern Regional) headline the deepest and most competitive list of Lites riders to ever compete in the East/ West Shootout. Both riders are from the highly-successful Pro Circuit Kawasaki stable, but don’t expect team orders to decide the winner on the track.
“The East/West Shootout is the biggest supercross race of our season, said Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., who has racked up a class-leading 12 wins over past full season. “Our class is split into two coasts, and although we watch what the other is doing on TV and sometimes in person, it’s really hard to get a gauge of how fast everyone is going. If you walk away from Las Vegas with a win, you have earned it.
Current Regional Lites champions Villopoto and Townley, of Tallahassee, Fla., enter Sam Boyd with the with seven and three wins, respectively. Although Villopoto easily won his title, winning all but the San Francisco round in his series, the points chase in the East came down to the wire, with Townley walking away with the title with a three-point margin.
Competition will come from Yamaha’s Ryan Morais, of Temecula, Calif., and Jason Lawrence, of Carlsbad; Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., a two-time winner in the East; Honda’s Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif.; KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif.; Kawasaki’s Darcy Lange, of Hemet, Calif, among others.
The Dave Coombs Sr. AMA Supercross Lites East/West Shootout is named after Dave Coombs, Sr., an innovative promoter who was instrumental in the development of the AMA Supercross Lites Class in the U.S. Coombs Sr. was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.
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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 ppromoted 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 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.