AURORA, Ill. (April 20, 2004) – Mach 1 Yamaha rider Heath Voss is tied in THQ World Supercross GP points with Moto XXX Honda¿s Damon Huffman at 271 after Pontiac, Mich. Team Manager Bill Ferry talks about his rider¿s quest for the THQ World Supercross GP championship with only three races remaining.
Q: Now that THQ World Supercross GP is in its second season, how do you feel about having one of your riders in the championship hunt?
Ferry: I think it¿s a great opportunity for Heath to make some extra money. It will show that his hard work has paid off. He finished second in the series last season and really wanted to win the championship this season.
Q: So this season he had a really strong focus on winning the world championship?
Ferry: He was happy last year but this year he had his heart set on winning the THQ World Supercross GP.
Q: Right now he has finished in the number-one position in THQ World Supercross GP points three times compared to Damon Huffman¿s two, but he only has two second place finishes compared to Huffman¿s eight.
Ferry: Well, we had a little bit of some bad luck earlier this year. It took us a while to get his bike working the way he wanted to it to. We were a little late in the ball game in getting everything set the way he wanted. That is why he rode the two-stroke Yamaha in the first two races and then switched to the four-stroke. Once we worked everything out, it has shown that he does have the skills to run up front. He is a strong, dedicated rider and it showed at Pontiac when he passed Huffman on the last lap. He has a horrible start and really charged hard.
Q: Being around Heath at the races, what has he said to you about the possibility of being the THQ World Supercross GP champion?
Ferry: We haven¿t discussed it much because we are focused on each race, individually. We come to each race to do our best and this just comes with being consistent.
Q: What would winning a THQ World Supercross GP championship mean to your team?
Ferry: I think it would be great for our team ¿ great for any team. Being able to say you are the world champion is a great accomplishment. The THQ World Supercross GP championship is just as important as the THQ AMA Supercross Series championship. This is a series we are going to compete in. I really wanted to have Ezra (Lusk) compete in Europe, but he wasn¿t 100% ready. My riders have contracts to compete in those rounds but if they are only 85%, I would rather have them heal up and get to that 100% mark.
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 serries 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, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the away-from-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in Europe. In 2003, 69 million people attended approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company¿s independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world¿s top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment also provides marketing services through LIVE Channel, a company dedicated to creating and executing live events for companies seeking brand promotion. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.
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.