Jesseman Clutches 12-Point Lead Going Into Pontiac

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Finale at Silverdome

AURORA, Ill. (April 1, 2003) – As the 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series heads into its final race of 2003 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., Suzuki¿s Branden Jesseman holds a 12-point lead over Kawasaki¿s Mike Brown.
Jesseman, who has led 30 of the 90 laps this season, has finished on the podium at five of the six races, earning three wins (Minneapolis, Indianapolis, and St. Louis). Last weekend in Houston, the Fombell, Pa., rider showed up bruised and battered, finishing a season worse fourth place.

¿I crashed hard at the practice track last Wednesday,¿ said Jesseman. ¿I have abrasions on my back, under my arm and on my chest.  I¿m in a lot of pain, but nothing is going to stop me from winning this championship.¿

Brown, the 2002 motocross national champion, has one win on the season (Daytona) and three additional podium appearances. Yamaha¿s Brock Sellards, of Sherrodsville, Ohio, is also in the championship hunt, earning two wins on the season, including last weekend¿s race in Houston. Sitting five points behind Brown and 17 behind Jesseman, Sellards has led 43 laps.

125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. Branden Jesseman, Fombell, Pa., Suzuki, 135
  2. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki, 123
  3. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Yamaha, 118
  4. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, KTM, 85
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 83
  6. Steve Boniface, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 72
  7. Erick Vallejo, Mexico, NL, Yamaha, 71
  8. Mattieu Lalloz, France, Suzuki, 67
  9. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda, 63
  10. Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Yamaha, 47

At the conclusion of the 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series at the Silverdome, the riders will compete against the 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series riders at the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on May 3.

The final round of THQ World Supercross/AMA Supercross Series will air on ABC¿s Wide World of Sports Sunday, May 4 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST/3:00-4:00 p.m. PST.

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross are also available at www.ticketmaster.com, www.sxgp.com, and www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only).

About THQ World Supercross GP and 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 2002-2003, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major markets throughout the United States as a part of the AMA Supercross Series. The other 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. An AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned 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 AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.