AURORA, Ill. (January 31, 2003) – The fifth annual Suzuki Crossover Challenge awarded mountain biker Brian Lopes, surfer Mike Parsons and rafter Jim Domann the first-place trophy, which is parlayed into a $1,000 check to the charity of their choice, DeCoster Foundation. The Crossover Challenge is comprised of 24 riders, separated into eight teams of three. The combined points from all three riders determine the team’s final score.
The three-man team led by Lopes’ second-place finish, defeated a strong effort by jet skier Victor Sheldon, skateboarder Salman Agah and musician Jordan Burns.
Individually, long-time Suzuki Crossover Challenge veteran Victor Sheldon etched his way into the record books with his third overall victory.
BMXer Aaron Cooke raced into the lead with Sheldon close behind on lap one. Two lead changes later, Sheldon, made his move over the triple. A battle for second place ensued between Lopes and MotoWorld host BJ Smith before Smith crashed. Lopes went on to finish second and Smith third.
Ebay Challenge winner, Matt Waitman, went down in practice and could not compete in the main event. Replacing him was Houston Astros second baseman, Jeff Kent, who safely rode to a second-place finish.
“It’s just fun to hang out in this environment,” said Kent. “This is an awesome opportunity to race on a real supercross track.”
- Victor Sheldon, Jet Skiing
- Brian Lopes, Mountain Biking
- BJ Smith, MotoWorld/ESPN
- Jim Domann, White Water Rafting
- Phil Tinsman, Mountain Biking
- Adam Booth, BMX
- Rob Van Winkle AKA Vanilla Ice, Musician
- Robbie Miranda, BMX
- Alan Cooke, BMX
- Greg Herbold, Mountain Biking
- Aaron Cooke, BMX
- Garth Tarlow, Surfing
- Josh Sleigh, Surfing
- Salman Agah, Skateboarding
- Jason Ellis, Skateboarding
- Keith Divirgillio, Musician for Fraction
- Mike Parsons, Surfing
- Jordan Burns, Musician for Strung Out
- Steve Caballero, Skateboarding
- Jeff Kent, Baseball
- Lopes, Parsons, and Domann
- Sheldon, Agah, and Burns
- Alan Cooke, Furlong, and Smith
- Tarlow, Herbold, and Aaron Cooke
- Van Winkle, Caballero, Divirgilio
- Miranda, Larry Smith, and Sleigh
- Booth, Wimmer, Ellis
- Tinsman, Kent, and Riggs
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 Federationns 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.