Poulsbo, Washington’s Villopoto Returns to Qwest Field with First-Ever AMA Supercross Lites Title Clinched

AURORA, Ill. (April 24, 2007) — Poulsbo Washington’s Ryan Villopoto returns home this Saturday to Qwest Field for the final race of the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship in hopes of his first victory in Seattle. Regardless, Villopoto wrapped up the championship on February 17 at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. Sharing the spotlight with Villopoto will be 21-year-old James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., who can clinch his first Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross championship.

Last Saturday Kawasaki’s Stewart won his fifth consecutive Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series race at Ford Field. After winning the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award, Stewart dominated all 20 laps of the main event en route to his 11th win of the season.

“I saw the white line for the holeshot — I was like, I gotta go for it, said Stewart referring to his $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot last weekend. “And on the first couple laps, I was out of control; I was trying to push it a little harder than what the track was giving me, and I smoothed out a little bit.

Kawasaki’s Ben Townley, of Tallahassee, Fla., won the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Championship with a second place finish tonight. Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., won the main event, leading all 15 laps.

“This was a dream come true, said Townley from the podium last weekend. “My parents are here, and my sister, and everyone in my whole crew, said Townley. “Everyone has supported me through this whole championship run. We started off in a bit of a hole and we’ve managed to come back and take it and I just gotta give it up to Pro Circuit, Monster Energy, Kawasaki — They’ve just done an awesome job. Everyone on the team — Thor, Parts Unlimited, Scott, Bridgestone, Amp’d Mobile — everyone is just awesome to work with and it’s just great to give them this number one plate.

Dungey opened the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class main event with the $1,000 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award with Yamaha’s Ryan Morais, of Temecula, Calif., in second and Honda’s Billy Laninovich, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., in third. Townley rounded turn one in fourth place. Dungey established a huge lead and rode to the third win of the year.

“I am still learning, so I hope to have better luck next year, said Dungey. “I won the holeshot, and I rode a great race after that. I look forward to racing in Las Vegas in two weeks.

Last year the rain-drenched spread of 500 truckloads of dirt that sat on top of Seattle’s Qwest Field became an equalizer for the field for 20 riders. Nearly 47,000 fans watched Stewart rebound from a 10th-place start to earn his ninth win of the season en route to his first-ever Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP championship. During practice Stewart crashed hard over the finish-line jump and overcame adversity in earning the win.

“I had a scary crash during my practice, but I went back and talked to my mom and she helped me put together a great ride tonight, said Stewart.

Although Stewart’s win was impressive, it was merely a subtitle for the script that was written that night. Yamaha’s Chad Reed, who finished the race in second place, tied defending AMA Supercross Series champion Ricky Carmichael heading into the final round in Las Vegas. In 34 years of racing this scenario has never occurred.

In last year’s AMA Supercross Lites class Kawasaki’s Grant Langston earned his first win in Seattle as well as his second regional AMA Supercross Lites championship. Langston gained control of the lead on lap two, passing his teammate Ryan Villopoto, of nearby Poulsbo, Wash., and leading the next 13 laps.

Four riders in the sport’s history earned their first win in Seattle: Darrell Schultz (’81); Ricky Johnson (’84); Jeff Ward (’84); d Larry Ward (’90). From ’79-’89, the Seattle stop of the AMA Supercross Series hosted back-to-back races. Ricky Johnson holds the all-time win record in Seattle with seven, six with Team Honda, one with Team Yamaha. Kawasaki rider Jeff Matiasevich strung together a string of four wins from ’88-’89.

Amp’d Mobile Supercross at the old Kingdome February 18, 1978 is where Jim Ellis, of Hampton, Conn., won the AMA Supercross class (formerly the 250cc class) on a Honda. The first AMA Supercross Lites race was held on February 9, 1985 where Mike Healey, of Costa Mesa, Calif., scored his second and only win of his career.

Tickets are available at www.supercrossonline.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, Qwest Field Box Office or charge by phone at 206-628-0888. Ticket prices are $45 for Club and Gold Circle seats; $25 for adult Mid-Level seats; $15 for kid’s Mid-Level seats; $10 for Treadhead seats.

Past Winners in Seattle

AMA Supercross Class
April 29, 2006: James Stewart
April 23, 2005: James Stewart
January 30, 1999: Larry Ward
January 31, 1998: Jeremy McGrath
February 1, 1997: Doug Henry
February 3, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
February 4, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
May 7, 1994: Mike Kiedrowski
January 30, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
February 1, 1992: Damon Bradshaw
February 2, 1991: Jean-Michael Bayle
February 17, 1990: Larry Ward
February 4, 1989: Rick Johnson
February 5, 1989: Rick Johnson
February 13, 1988: Rick Johnson
February 14, 1988: Ron Lechien
March 28, 1987: Rick Johnson
March 29, 1987: Rick Johnson
February 15, 1986: Jeff Ward
February 16, 1986: Rick Johnson
February 8, 1985: Ron Lechien
February 9, 1985: Ron Lechien
February 11, 1984: Jeff Ward
February 12, 1984: Rick Johnson
February 12, 1983: Bob Hannah
February 13, 1983: Bob Hannah
February 13, 1982: Donnie Hansen
February 14, 1982: Mark Barnett
February 14, 1981: Darrell Shultz
February 15, 1981: Darrell Shultz
February 9, 1980: Mike Bell
February 10, 1980: Mike Bell
February 9, 1979: Mike Bell
February 10, 1979: Bob Hannah
February 18, 1978: Jim Ellis

AMA Supercross Lites Class
April 29, 2006: James Stewart
April 23, 2005: James Stewart
January 30, 1999: Nathan Ramsey
January 31, 1998: David Vuillemin
February 1, 1997: David Vuillemin
February 3, 1996: Kevin Windham
February 4, 1995: Damon Huffman
May 7, 1994: Ryan Hughes
January 30, 1993: Phil Lawrence
February 1, 1992: Jeremy McGrath
February 2, 1991: Jeremy McGrath
February 17, 1990: Ty Davis
February 4, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
February 5, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
February 13, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich
February 14, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich
March 28, 1987: Donnie Schmit
March 29, 1987: Kyle Lewis
February 15, 1986: Willie Surratt
February 16, 1986: Donnie Schmit
February 8, 1985: Bader Manneh
February 9, 1985: Mike Healey

The AMA Supercross class will air on CBS Sports Sunday, April 29, at Noon (EST). SPEED will broadcast the AMA Supercross Lites class Saturday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Amp’d Mobile Supercross heads to Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium next Saturday for the final race of the season.

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Garrett Bercaw, Zephyrhills, Fla., KTM
  2. Landon Armbruster, Brookville, Ohio, KTM
  3. Broc Schindler, Pueblo West, Colo., KTM
  4. Joseph Crown, Metamora, Mich., KTM
  5. Parker Witbanks, Trabucco Canyon, Calif., KTM
  6. Zachary Swain, Flushing, Mich., KTM
  7. Evan Herr, DeMotte, Ind., KTM
  8. Connor Lochhead, West Seneca, N.Y., KTM
  9. Justin Graham, Riverside, Calif., KTM
  10. Matthew Carpenter, Zeeland, Mich., KTM
  11. Noah Park, Moss Point, Miss., KTM
  12. Max Lillibridge, Bettendorf, Iowa, KTM
  13. Wesley Morey, Muscle Shoals, Ala., KTM
  14. Evan Hansen, Spencer, Iowa, KTM
  15. McKie Larson, Clemont, Fla., KTM

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 354
  2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 322
  3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 262
  4. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 208
  5. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 185
  6. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 180
  7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 175
  8. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 174
  9. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 170
  10. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki, 150

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 335
  2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 297
  3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 243
  4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 200
  5. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 171
  6. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 169
  7. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 164
  8. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 160
  9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 148
  10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 125

Amp’d Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

  1. Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 133
  2. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha, 130
  3. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki, 117
  4. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha, 103
  5. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plain, Minn., Suzuki, 98
  6. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 85
  7. Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda 84
  8. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 84
  9. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha, 83
  10. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 68

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Was/> February 4, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
    February 5, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
    February 13, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich
    February 14, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich
    March 28, 1987: Donnie Schmit
    March 29, 1987: Kyle Lewis
    February 15, 1986: Willie Surratt
    February 16, 1986: Donnie Schmit
    February 8, 1985: Bader Manneh
    February 9, 1985: Mike Healey

    The AMA Supercross class will air on CBS Sports Sunday, April 29, at Noon (EST). SPEED will broadcast the AMA Supercross Lites class Saturday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Amp’d Mobile Supercross heads to Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium next Saturday for the final race of the season.

    KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

    1. Garrett Bercaw, Zephyrhills, Fla., KTM
    2. Landon Armbruster, Brookville, Ohio, KTM
    3. Broc Schindler, Pueblo West, Colo., KTM
    4. Joseph Crown, Metamora, Mich., KTM
    5. Parker Witbanks, Trabucco Canyon, Calif., KTM
    6. Zachary Swain, Flushing, Mich., KTM
    7. Evan Herr, DeMotte, Ind., KTM
    8. Connor Lochhead, West Seneca, N.Y., KTM
    9. Justin Graham, Riverside, Calif., KTM
    10. Matthew Carpenter, Zeeland, Mich., KTM
    11. Noah Park, Moss Point, Miss., KTM
    12. Max Lillibridge, Bettendorf, Iowa, KTM
    13. Wesley Morey, Muscle Shoals, Ala., KTM
    14. Evan Hansen, Spencer, Iowa, KTM
    15. McKie Larson, Clemont, Fla., KTM

    Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings

    1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 354
    2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 322
    3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 262
    4. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 208
    5. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 185
    6. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 180
    7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 175
    8. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 174
    9. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 170
    10. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki, 150

    Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

    1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 335
    2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 297
    3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 243
    4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 200
    5. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 171
    6. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 169
    7. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 164
    8. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 160
    9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 148
    10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 125

    Amp’d Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

    1. Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 133
    2. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha, 130
    3. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki, 117
    4. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha, 103
    5. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plain, Minn., Suzuki, 98
    6. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 85
    7. Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda 84
    8. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 84
    9. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha, 83
    10. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 68

    Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

    1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 172
    2. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 135
    3. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 103
    4. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 97
    5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 92
    6. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 88
    7. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 87
    8. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 86
    9. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 71
    10. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha, 66

    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 largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create 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, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues® music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 miillion fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.

    About AMA Racing
    AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional 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, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Kawasaki, 172

  2. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 135
  3. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 103
  4. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 97
  5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 92
  6. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 88
  7. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 87
  8. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 86
  9. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 71
  10. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha, 66

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 largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create 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, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues® music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.

About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional 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, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. ly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.

About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional 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, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.