Fonseca Wins THQ World Supercross GP at Gelredome

ARNHEM, Holland (December 13, 2003) – Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca, of Canyon Lake, Calif., won his first THQ World Supercross GP at the Gelredome, leading all 20 laps in the main event. Damon Huffman, of Canyon Country, Calif., finished second and Andrew Short, of Colorado Springs, Colo., third. In the 125cc class, Belgian Steve Seronval won the main event.

Australian Jay Marmont earned the $1,500 holeshot award in the 250cc main event with Fonseca and Yamaha’s Mike Brown in tow. Both Fonseca and Voss passed Marmont, who rides for KTM, to take over first and second respectively. Suzuki’s Tyler Evans, of Canyon Lake Calif., rallied his way through the field to fourth place by mid-race. Evans passed Short but the two tangled shortly after in a corner, causing Evans to crash and lose valuable places.

Huffman, a 13-year veteran of the sport, passed Brown for second and gained valuable time on Fonseca.

“I told Ernesto on the starting line that if I was in second place around lap 16 or 17, he better watch out,” said Huffman. “The more racing I do the better I get. These races have helped me so much, and I expect to be fast when we return to America.”

Short, who will race the THQ AMA 125cc Western Regional Supercross Series in the U.S., is getting used to racing in tight situations.

“I don’t like being knocked to ground, so I need to start getting tough,” said Short on the incident with Evans. “I apologize to Tyler, but this is racing and that happens. I’ve always been Mr. Nice guy, and that is going to stop when I am on the track. Every spot you lose is very valuable, and you can’t win championships if you are on the ground.”

The next time Short will race in the 250cc class will be Houston. “I feel like I am way ahead of my competitors who stayed at home. I feel great on the 250cc bike, but it’s the actual racing that helped me. This trip has been great.”

Fonseca, who is teammates with injured three-time THQ AMA Supercross Series champion, learned a lot from doing the two international rounds.

“I was a little tight tonight,” said Fonseca. “I know that when I race the first few races of a series, I am always nervous, so I am glad I have that out of my system before we start in the U.S.,” said Fonseca. “These races are very important to me because I need to take my racing to the next level. Last year, I was third to Carmichael and Reed; this year, I need to be the top guy.”

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge Seville 2004

  1. Henry Jacobi, Bad Sulza, Germany, KTM
  2. Jeremy-Jones Reinhardt, Saarwellingen, Germany, KTM
  3. Philipp Menz, Moers, Germany, KTM
  4. Juca Mercera, Nijkerk, Netherlands, KTM
  5. Marvin-Jerman Krapohl, Glessen, Germany, KTM
  6. Maximilian Muller, Moers, Germany, KTM
  7. Bryan Brink, Gasselte, Netherlands, KTM
  8. Jordi Van Nobelen, Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands, KTM
  9. Sven v. d. Mierde, Steensel, Netherlands, KTM
  10. MichaBoy de Waal, Veen Netherlands, KTM
  11. Mike v. d. Heijden, Hapert, Netherlands, KTM
  12. Damian Barth, Doetinchem, Netherlands, KTM
  13. Niklas Damien Hartman, Brinkenfeld, Germany, KTM
  14. Robin de Bruijn, Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands, KTM
  15. Jeremy Jager, Markelo, Netherlands, KTM

THQ World Supercross GP Event Results, Arnhem, Holland

  1. Ernesto Fonseca, Honda
  2. Andrew Short, Suzuki
  3. Damon Huffman, Honda
  4. Grant Langston, KTM
  5. Keith Johnson, Yamaha
  6. Jay Marmont, KTM
  7. Tyler Evans, Suzuki
  8. Heath Voss, Yamaha
  9. Greg Schnell, Yamaha
  10. Doug DeHaan, Honda

THQ World Supercross GP Season Standing

  1. Grant Langston, KTM, 40, points
  2. Tyler Evans, Suzuki, 34 points
  3. Daryl Hurley, Suzuki, 33 points
  4. Andrew Short, SSuzuki, 33 points
  5. Heath Voss, Yamaha, 31 points
  6. Damon Huffman, Honda, 27 points
  7. Ernesto Fonseca, Honda, 25
  8. Steve Boniface, Suzuki, 25 points
  9. Greg Schnell, Yamaha, 19 points
  10. Mike Brown, Yamaha, 18 points

125cc Main Event

  1. Steve Sernoval, Honda
  2. Ken De Dijcker, Honda
  3. Rob Van Vijfeijken, Yamaha
  4. Jurgen Van Nooten, Yamaha
  5. Lukas Weis, Honda
  6. Marco Stallmann, Yamaha
  7. Vincent Collet, Kawasaki
  8. Cedrick Jurion, Yamaha
  9. Adriaam Van Dijck, KTM
  10. Eduward Hermsen, Honda

Television Times: Racing from Arnhem, Holland’s Gelredome will be aired on ESPN2 in the U.S. Sunday, December 14 at 4:30 EST

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About THQ World Supercross GP

THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2003-2004, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Seville, Spain and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States.

THQ World Supercross GP is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. 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 85 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. 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 THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP log on to www.sxgp.com.

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