Lucrative $250,000 Pay Out For THQ World Supercross GP Heats Up for Privateers

Reed Leads THQ World Supercross GP Season Points

AURORA, Ill. (March 27, 2003) – With five races left on the THQ World Supercross GP schedule, the largest privateer pay day is just weeks away.

While several riders are currently sidelined by injuries or illness, the opportunity for some of the sport’s top privateers has developed. Yamaha’s Chad Reed leads teammates David Vuillemin and Tim Ferry, who will most likely sit out the remainder of the season, leaving the race for second place – a $30,000 pay out – to Heath Voss, Keith Johnson, or Ryan Clark. Ten points separate Voss from Johnson and eight points separate Johnson from Clark.

Per the THQ World Supercross GP rules, riders who did not compete in the two European rounds are not eligible for the $250,000 points fund. However, they are eligible for the AMA Supercross Series points fund. Clark’s eighth place AMA Supercross Series finish in St. Louis earned him second place in world points.

“This is a great opportunity for us,” said Clark, who rides for Team Solitaire. “When I decided to go to the European races, I wanted to take advantage of it because I would be able to get ready for the domestic races. Now – with all of this money available – the last few races are going to be exciting.

“With Clear Channel adding additional bonus opportunities, the sport is being brought to the next level. The guys who usually don’t qualify for bonuses are now reaping the benefits.”

In addition to the $30,000 payout for second place, Clark and Johnson are also competing for $25,000 that United States Smokeless Tobacco Company pays to the highest finishing privateer in THQ World Supercross GP and a 2003 Nissan Frontier that is part of the Nissan Riding for a New Frontier program. Therefore, if Johnson moves into second place, he would walk away with a new Nissan Frontier and $55,000.

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 276
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 238
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 216
  4. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 163
  5. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 153
  6. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 145
  7. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 136
  8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 124
  9. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121
  10. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76

THQ World Supercross GP Year End Pay Out

  1. $100,000
  2. $30,000
  3. $15,000
  4. $12,500
  5. $10,000
  6. $7,500
  7. $6,500
  8. $6,000
  9. $5,500
  10. $5,000
  11. $5,000
  12. $5,000
  13. $5,000
  14. $5,000
  15. $5,000
  16. $5,000
  17. $5,000
  18. $5,000
  19. $5,000
  20. $5,000

United States Smokeless Tobacco Company Privateer Pay Out

1st Place: $25,000
2nd Place: $15,000
3rd Place: $10,000

The final round of THQ World Supercross/AMA Supercross Series will air on ABC’s Wide World of Sports Sunday, May 4.

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 Series 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 annd 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