Stewart Wins Amp’d Mobile Supercross at Anaheim

AURORA, Ill. (January 6, 2007) — Kawasaki’s James Stewart picked up a thrilling victory before a sold-out crowd of 45,050 at the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto won the AMA Supercross Lites main event.

Yamaha’s Chad Reed won the Progressive Direct Holeshot Award off the start of the 20-lap main event in the AMA Supercross class but was under immediate pressure from Kawasaki’s James Stewart. Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael was in tow, just a few bike lengths back in third.

With the top three contenders out front, the table was set for another battle the sport is becoming accustomed to. At the end of the first lap, Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., had taken claim of the lead as Carmichael began working on Reed for second. Stewart began pulling away before a crash on the finish line jump handed Carmichael, of Tallahassee, Fla., the top spot.

Reed, of Tampa, Fla., who was riding injured with a cracked shoulder blade, began to drop off the pace, leaving the battle to Carmichael and Stewart. Carmichael held off Stewart for a couple of laps before Stewart made the pass for the lead on lap seven. Carmichael stayed close for a couple of laps but a crash on lap 13 would end his hopes of a win.

Stewart held on for the victory, his 13th career AMA Supercross win. Carmichael regrouped to finish second, while Reed, in obvious pain, toughed out a solid third place finish.

“I went home and put my head down and put in some hard work, said Stewart in reference to the four-week break for the holidays. “I was lucky enough those guys saw me when I went down. I had a couple of burns and scrapes on my arm but was able to get back up and get the win.

Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel grabbed the Progressive Direct Holeshot Award to start the 15-lap AMA Supercross Lites main event. He held the lead for the first two laps before being passed by Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., who put an inside pass on his teammate just after the finish line jump.

Pourcel, a Frenchman who resides in Corona, Calif., kept Villopoto honest for the next couple of laps but was never able to get closer than a couple of bike lengths. In the end, Villopoto was able to open up a sizeable gap and cruised to the easy victory. Pourcel finished second while Yamaha’s Jason Lawrence, of Carlsbad, Calif., was third.

“Everyone was a little nervous coming into the first race, said Villopoto. “I got on the inside of him (Pourcel) was going a little too fast to stop. He didn’t go down so it was all good. He’s my teammate and I’m happy we were both able to make it up on the podium.

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings

1. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 69
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 67
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 65
4. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 50
5. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 49
6. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 41
7. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 37
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 35
9. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 33
10. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki, 31

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Anaheim

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. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda
7. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
9. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
10. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suki

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 22
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 20
4. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 18
5. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 16
6. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 15
7. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 14
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 13
9. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 12
10. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 11

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

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki
3. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
4. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM
5. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda
6. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki
7. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha
8. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki
9. Kyle Chisholm, Seminole, Fla., Kawasaki
10. Justin Keeney, Lebanon, Ore., Kawasaki

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 25
2. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 22
3. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 20
4. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 18
5. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 16
6. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 15
7. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 14
8. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 13
9. Kyle Chisholm, Seminole, Fla., Kawasaki, 12
10. Justin Keeney, Lebanon, Ore., Kawasaki, 11

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 entertainment 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, 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 Apollo Theatre 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 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. 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.

quartered 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 entertainment 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, 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 Apollo Theatre 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 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. 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.