Kawasaki’s Stewart Aims for Third-Straight Win in Anaheim

AURORA, Ill. (January 16, 2007) — Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series returns to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium this Saturday, January 20 with Kawasaki’s James Stewart, 21, of Haines City, Fla., the new points race leader. Stewart picked up his second consecutive win last weekend at Phoenix’ s Chase Field and leads the field into another exciting weekend of racing in southern California.

A pre-race press conference will be held inside the Diamond Club at Angel Stadium Thursday, January 18 from Noon-2:00 p.m., featuring the Yamaha of Troy team.

Stewart, who chased Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael for the first six laps of last week’s race, controlled the lead from lap seven to 20 as he moved into the points lead for both the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP and Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. In front of 44,953 fans at Chase Field, Carmichael displayed another great ride — his last in Phoenix before pursuing a stock car racing career — finishing second. He will be in the announcer’s booth this weekend providing color commentary for the CBS Sports broadcast Sunday, January 21, at Noon EST.

Setting a precedent at Anaheim 1, on January 6, Stewart led all 20 laps in the AMA Supercross class main event. The win marked his second Anaheim 1 victory in the premier class; he captured two AMA Supercross Lites wins back in 2003.

“I am very focused this year, said Stewart. “I think the difference from this year, to last year, is that I am a lot stronger. I keep getting stronger each week. It’s a lot of hard work. I think the racing will continue to get better every weekend.”

Coming on strong recently is Honda’s Travis Preston, of Hesperia, Calif., who finished in fourth place at the first two domestic AMA Supercross class races, challenging third-place rider Chad Reed for the podium position. Preston is a former AMA Supercross Lites class champion (2002), and is expected to be front-runner this year.

In his second career AMA Supercross Lites race, Frenchmen Christophe Pourcel, who rides for the Pro-Circuit Kawasaki team, captured his first race win, beating Anaheim 1 winner and teammate Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash. Pourcel moved into the AMA Supercross Lites class points lead heading into this weekend. Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar, Yamaha’s Jason Lawrence and KTM’s Josh Hansen each have 33 points and round out the three, four and five positions in the overall standings respectively.

“It should be good this weekend, said Villopoto. “We (Pourcel) always joke around and have a good relationship. It’s fun to be around him, but we are competitors. He was fast at Anaheim 1 and fast in Phoenix.

Ironically, Pourcel has a contract to race in Europe where he will defend his MX2 World Championship. The original plan from Kawasaki was to have him enter the west region AMA Supercross Lites competition on a part-time basis.

“I am going to decide what I am going to do after the Anaheim 3 race, said Pourcel. “I didn’t really think about winning races this year.

This weekend will mark the 23rd time that the Amp’d Mobile Supercross will pack Angel Stadium as the world’s best supercross riders will compete for the number-one position.

This year’s AMA Supercross class features its deepest field of competition ever. Last year’s AMA Supercross Lites champions Langston and Millsaps will race the premier AMA Supercross class this year along with Ivan Tedesco, Tim Ferry, David Vuillemin, Travis Preston, Nick Wey and Kevin Windham.

Amp’d Mobile Supercross, which made its racing début in Anaheim on December 4, 1976, brings a multi-million dollar economic impact to the city for each race, where fans from around the world converge to watch the world’s top racers compete in the storied city. Carmichael is tied at eight with seven-time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath for the all-time win record in Anaheim.

Amp’d Mobile Wor Supercross GP Season Standings
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 92
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 91
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 85
4. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 66
5. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 55
6. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 54
7. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 53
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 47
9. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki, 39
10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 38

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Phoenix
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
4. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
5. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
6. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki
7. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
8. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
9. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 50
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 44
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 40
4. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 36
5. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 32
6. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 26
7. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 26
8. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 25
9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 24
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 21

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Phoenix

1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki

2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki

3. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki

4. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha

5. Steve Boniface, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki

6. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM

7. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Calif., Yamaha

8. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha

9. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha

10. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings
1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 47
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 47
3. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 33
4. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 33
5. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 33
6. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 32
7. Steve Boniface, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 26
8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 23
9. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 23
10. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, 20

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge
1. Logan Chambers, Parker, Ariz., KTM
2. Kyle Sullenbarger, Riverside, Calif., KTM
3. Tyler Dudderth, Mesquite, Texas, KTM
4. Carson Clower, Romana, Calif., KTM
5. Austin Zambach, Peoria, Ariz., KTM
6. Blaise Murray, Perris, Calif., KTM
7. Zachary Bright, Valley Center, Kan., KTM
8. Joey Roe, El Paso, Texas, KTM
9. Matthew Bryant, Mesa, Ariz., KTM
10. Luke Ellis, Costa Mesa, Calif., KTM
11. Brock Everist, Paulden, Ariz., KTM
12. Peyton Ballard, Vista, Calif., KTM
13. Ashley Gyory, Chandler, Ariz., KTM
14. Joshua Cobb, Phoenix, Ariz., KTM
15. Ryan Carlson, Scottsdale, Ariz., KTM

Past winners in Anaheim

AMA Supercross

  • January 6, 2007: James Stewart
  • January 07, 2006: James Stewart
  • January 21, 2006: Ricky Carmichael
  • February 04, 2006: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 8, 2005 Kevin Windham
  • January 22, 2005 Ricky Carmichael
  • February 5, 2005 Ricky Carmichael
  • January 3, 2004 Chad Reed
  • January 17, 2004 Chad Reed
  • January 31, 2004 Kevin Windham
  • January 04, 2003: Chad Reed
  • January 18, 2003: Ricky Carmichael
  • February 01, 2003: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 05, 2002: David Vuillemin
  • January 19, 2002: Mike LaRocco
  • February 02, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 06, 2001: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 20, 2001: Jeremy McGrath
  • February 03, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 8, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 15, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 09, 1999: Ezra Lusk
  • February 06, 1999: Ezra Lusk
  • January 27, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 28, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 29, 1994: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 23, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 25, 1992: Damon Bradshaw
  • January 26, 1991: Jeff Stanton
  • January 27, 1990: Damon Bradshaw
  • January 28, 1989: Rick Johnson
  • January 31, 1987: Jeff Ward
  • January 18, 1986: David Bailey
  • February 02, 1985: Broc Glover
  • January 28, 1984: Johnny O’Mara
  • January 29, 1983: David Bailey
  • January 30, 1982: Donnie Hansen
  • January 31, 1981: Kent Howerton
  • November 17, 1979: Kent Howerton
  • November 11, 1978: Gaylon Mosier
  • November 12, 1977: Bob Hannah
  • December 04, 1976: Marty Smith

AMA Supercross Lites

  • January 06, 2007: Ryan Villopoto
  • January 07, 2006: Andrew Short
  • January 21, 2006: Grant Langston
  • February 04, 2006: Grant Langston
  • January 8, 2005 Nathan Ramsey
  • January 22, 2005 Ivan Tedesco
  • February 5, 2005 Ivan Tedesco
  • January 3, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
  • January 17, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
  • January 31, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
  • January 04, 2003: Travis Preston
  • January 18, 2003: James Stewart Jr.
  • February 01, 2003: James Stewart Jr.
  • January 05, 2002: Travis Preston
  • January 19, 2002: David Pingree
  • February 02, 2002: Brock Sellards
  • January 06, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca
  • January 20, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca
  • February 03, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca
  • January 8, 2000: David Pingree
  • January 15, 2000: Tallon Vohland
  • January 09, 1999: Casey Johnson
  • February 06, 1999: Nathan Ramsey
  • January 27, 1996: Kevin Windham
  • January 28, 1995: Damon Huffman
  • January 29, 1994: Damon Huffman
  • January 09, 1993: Damon Huffman
  • January 25, 1992: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 26, 1991: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 27, 1990: Michael Craig
  • January 28, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
  • January 31, 1987: Jeff Matiasevich
  • January 18, 1986: Tyson Vohland
  • February 02, 1985: Mike Healy

For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercrossonline.com. For media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or e-mail at dennyhartwig@livenation.com.

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 even6: Ricky Carmichael

  • February 04, 2006: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 8, 2005 Kevin Windham
  • January 22, 2005 Ricky Carmichael
  • February 5, 2005 Ricky Carmichael
  • January 3, 2004 Chad Reed
  • January 17, 2004 Chad Reed
  • January 31, 2004 Kevin Windham
  • January 04, 2003: Chad Reed
  • January 18, 2003: Ricky Carmichael
  • February 01, 2003: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 05, 2002: David Vuillemin
  • January 19, 2002: Mike LaRocco
  • February 02, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 06, 2001: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 20, 2001: Jeremy McGrath
  • February 03, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 8, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 15, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 09, 1999: Ezra Lusk
  • February 06, 1999: Ezra Lusk
  • January 27, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 28, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 29, 1994: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 23, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 25, 1992: Damon Bradshaw
  • January 26, 1991: Jeff Stanton
  • January 27, 1990: Damon Bradshaw
  • January 28, 1989: Rick Johnson
  • January 31, 1987: Jeff Ward
  • January 18, 1986: David Bailey
  • February 02, 1985: Broc Glover
  • January 28, 1984: Johnny O’Mara
  • January 29, 1983: David Bailey
  • January 30, 1982: Donnie Hansen
  • January 31, 1981: Kent Howerton
  • November 17, 1979: Kent Howerton
  • November 11, 1978: Gaylon Mosier
  • November 12, 1977: Bob Hannah
  • December 04, 1976: Marty Smith
  • AMA Supercross Lites

    • January 06, 2007: Ryan Villopoto
    • January 07, 2006: Andrew Short
    • January 21, 2006: Grant Langston
    • February 04, 2006: Grant Langston
    • January 8, 2005 Nathan Ramsey
    • January 22, 2005 Ivan Tedesco
    • February 5, 2005 Ivan Tedesco
    • January 3, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
    • January 17, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
    • January 31, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
    • January 04, 2003: Travis Preston
    • January 18, 2003: James Stewart Jr.
    • February 01, 2003: James Stewart Jr.
    • January 05, 2002: Travis Preston
    • January 19, 2002: David Pingree
    • February 02, 2002: Brock Sellards
    • January 06, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca
    • January 20, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca
    • February 03, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca
    • January 8, 2000: David Pingree
    • January 15, 2000: Tallon Vohland
    • January 09, 1999: Casey Johnson
    • February 06, 1999: Nathan Ramsey
    • January 27, 1996: Kevin Windham
    • January 28, 1995: Damon Huffman
    • January 29, 1994: Damon Huffman
    • January 09, 1993: Damon Huffman
    • January 25, 1992: Jeremy McGrath
    • January 26, 1991: Jeremy McGrath
    • January 27, 1990: Michael Craig
    • January 28, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
    • January 31, 1987: Jeff Matiasevich
    • January 18, 1986: Tyson Vohland
    • February 02, 1985: Mike Healy

    For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercrossonline.com. For media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or e-mail at dennyhartwig@livenation.com.

    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 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 leading live music company, annually connecting more than 67 million fans with their favorite performers at over 33,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates 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 and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation’s websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV. For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at www.LiveNation.com.

    About AMA Pro Racing
    AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its 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 and the AMA Supermoto Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access AMA Pro Racing’s online Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom.

    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 cchampion 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 leading live music company, annually connecting more than 67 million fans with their favorite performers at over 33,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates 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 and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation’s websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV. For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at www.LiveNation.com.

    About AMA Pro Racing
    AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its 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 and the AMA Supermoto Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access AMA Pro Racing’s online Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom.