Hometown Favorite LaRocco Wins in Indianapolis

Hansen Wins His First 125cc Race

INDIANAPOLIS (March 20, 2004) – Honda’s Mike LaRocco, of South Bend, Ind., won his first THQ World Supercross GP/ THQ AMA Supercross Series since January 19, 2002 tonight at the RCA Dome before 46,931 screaming fans. Yamaha’s Joshua Hansen, of Elbert, Colo., won his first 125cc THQ AMA Eastern Regional Supercross of his career.

In the 250cc main event, Honda’s Mike LaRocco, of South Bend, Ind., earned the $1,500 Holeshot Award to a standing ovation to the hometown crowd. Yamaha’s David Vuillemin, of Murrietta, Calif., and Suzuki’s Nick Wey, of Dewitt, Mich., followed in second and third respectively. Points leader, Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla. crashed at the first turn to start out in last place. Honda’s Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Miss., started in fourth place and moved into second passing Vuillemin on lap fifteen. Reed pushed his way through the field and moved into third on the sixteenth lap of the race and started closing in on Windham. LaRocco led the entire race to win and teammate Windham held off Reed for a second place finish.

“It was one of the greatest races I’ve ever been in,” said LaRocco “And it is all thanks to you fans,” as he pointed to the cheering fans. I had an awesome start and the fans kept it going the whole time.”

In the 125cc main event, Hansen, who finished third in his heat race, was the $1,000 Butterfinger Holeshot Award winner. Kawasaki’s Paul Carpenter, of Ithaca, N.Y., trailed close behind throughout the race, but Hansen pulled away in lap seven when Carpenter slid out in one of the turns. Carpenter held onto second, marking his top finish of the season. Yamaha’s Danny Smith, of Middleton, Idaho, finished third, posting his first podium finish of the year. Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., THQ AMA 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Series champion, was unable to compete in tonight’s racing due to a concussion sustained in a crash during practice earlier in the day.

“I felt a little tight tonight,” stated Hansen. “But, I got first, so I can’t complain. I am just really happy and hopefully, I can keep it going.”

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Hunster Brightwell, Cincinnati, Ohio, KTM
  2. Jake Falls, Ironton, Ohio, KTM
  3. Karden Hurst Lacey, Wash., KTM
  4. Chad West, Huntley, Ill., KTM
  5. Talyn Mock, Albion, Ind. KTM
  6. Kevin Tompkins, Putnam Valley, N.Y. KTM
  7. Colton Horne, Noxapater, Miss, KTM
  8. Scottie Kelton, Grand Prairie, TX, KTM
  9. Jacob Smith, Liberty Township, Ohio, KTM
  10. RJ Barrow, Spencer, Ind., KTM
  11. Matthew Read, Aliso Viejo, Calif., KTM
  12. Jake Rice, Chesterton, Ind., KTM
  13. Tyler Gast, Chippewa Falls, Wisc., KTM
  14. Caleb Scrogham, Cox¿s Creek, Kent., KTM
  15. Dakota Tipton, Paris, Kent., KTM

THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Eastern Regional Event Results, Indianapolis

  1. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha
  2. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki
  3. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Yamaha
  4. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  5. Steve Boniface, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
  6. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Suzuki
  7. Steve Lamson, Camino, Calif., Honda
  8. Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Yamaha
  9. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
  10. Kevin Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha

THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Eastern Regional Season Standings

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 125
  2. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Suzuki, 85
  3. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Yamaha, 80
  4. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 77
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 73
  6. Steve Lamson, Camino, Calif., Honda, 71
  7. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda, 68
  8. Eric Sorby, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasak 59
  9. Bret Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 59
  10. David Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 46

THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Western Regional Season Standings

  1. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 147
  2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 117
  3. Stephane Roncada, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki, 116
  4. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 109
  5. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 92
  6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 89
  7. Troy Adams, Brooksville, Fla., Kawasaki, 71
  8. Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Yamaha, 67
  9. Joshua Summey, Stanley, N.C., Yamaha, 49
  10. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Honda

THQ World Supercross Series/THQ AMA Supercross Series 250cc Event Results, Indianapolis

  1. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda
  2. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
  3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  4. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Honda
  5. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
  6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki
  7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha
  8. Grant Langston, Temecula, Calif., KTM
  9. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
  10. Tyler Evans, Dewitt, Mich., Suzuki

THQ AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 286
  2. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 256
  3. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda, 230
  4. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 220
  5. Michael Byrne, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki, 158
  6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Suzuki, 143
  7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 136
  8. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda, 121
  9. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 111
  10. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 99, 111

THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda, 249
  2. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 246
  3. Grant Langston, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 228
  4. Tyler Evans, Canyon Lake, Calif., Suzuki, 216
  5. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 161
  6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 138
  7. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 124
  8. Erick Vallejo, Dallas, Texas, Yamaha, 110
  9. Joe Oehlhof, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 100
  10. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda, 99

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please log on to www.supercross.cc.com, www.ticketmaster.com and www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only).

About THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series

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 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the THQ AMA Supercross Series. The other THQ AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation, and is not a part of the THQ World Supercross GP. A THQ AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only. 

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. 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 THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the THQ AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercross.cc.com.  

 About Clear Channel Entertainment

Clear Channel Entertainment, the world¿s largest producer and marketer of live entertainment events, is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE:  CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry.  Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books 135 live entertainment venues, including 44 amphitheaters in the U.S. and 28 venues in Europe.  Each year, more than 62 million people attend approximately 26,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including:  Live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports shows.

In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment owns leading talent management businesses that specialize in the representation of athletes and broadcasters, including independently operated baseball, basketball and football businesses.  Clear Channel Entertainment is headquartered in New York City.

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. Nearly 2 million race fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2002 season. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

ter 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. 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 THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the THQ AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercross.cc.com.  

 About Clear Channel Entertainment

Clear Channel Entertainment, the world¿s largest producer and marketer of live entertainment events, is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE:  CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry.  Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books 135 live entertainment venues, including 44 amphitheaters in the U.S. and 28 venues in Europe.  Each year, more than 62 million people attend approximately 26,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including:  Live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports shows.

In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment owns leading talent management businesses that specialize in the representation of athletes and broadcasters, including independently operated baseball, basketball and football businesses.  Clear Channel Entertainment is headquartered in New York City.

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. Nearly 2 million race fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2002 season. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.