Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks inks deal with Eric Sorby

Kawasaki Motors Corp, U.S.A. announced today that Eric Sorby has signed an agreement with Pro Circuit to race the remainder of theseason for Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks.

Sorby, a 23-year-old rider from Marseille, France, made his professionaldebut two weeks ago at the EA Sports Supercross race at the HoustonAstrodome and surprised the field with an impressive third place finish inthe 125 main event. Sorby held the lead in the early stages of the race andbattled throughout to earn the podium finish, something Team ProCircuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks manager Mitch Payton sees as a sign of thingsto come.

“I’m looking forward to finishing out the Supercross season and gettingready for the outdoor season,” said Sorby. “I had a good finish in Houston,and that’s good. But if I want to continue my success, then I’ll have tokeep getting better each week. I’m with the best team on the best bike, soI’ll have a little bit of a head start.”

Sorby, who won last year’s 250 French Supercross while also competing inthe 250 World GP Motocross series, is scheduled to compete in the remaining125 Eastern Region and Western Region Supercross races before transferringoutdoors to contest the 125 Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships.

“It’s unbelievable that Eric can come over here and have an instant impactin U.S. Supercross,” explained Peyton, who has managed Kawasaki’s 125program to an unprecedented 13 AMA championships. “It’s hard to find young,new talent in this sport. We hope that Eric can continue to makecontributions to the team and provide us with another rider who can run upfront.”

Sorby joins defending 125 Motocross Champion Mike Brown, who is currentlysecond in the 125 Eastern Region point standings, for the next two weeks asthe EA Sports Supercross Series makes its annual visits to St. Louis andPontiac. Matt Walker, who won his first 125 Supercross race at Houston,will pit alongside Sorby when the Western Region series resumes in Dallason April 20. Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks’ other two riders, ShaeBentley and Bobby Bonds, are currently sidelined with injuries and arehopeful to return for the outdoor season.

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Eric Sorby Bio

Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks

Motorcycle: Kawasaki KX125Racing number: 917Classes: 125cc Western & Eastern Region Supercross and 125cc NationalMotocrossBorn: March 8, 1979Hometown: Marseille, FranceHeight: 5’5″ Weight: 145 lbs.Marital status: Single

Personal background Competed in first U.S. Supercross race on Mar. 23 at the Houston Astrodome for Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks. In an eye-opening display of speed and poise, the young Frenchman posted a well-earned and hard fought third place in the 125 main event. Said Sorby of his first race accomplishment, “I can’t believe that all of this is happening to me. One week I’m getting ready to race in Europe and the next week I’m on the podium in the U.S., with a new team and all of the attention on me for doing good. I like it.” Sorby’s only other taste of U.S. Supercross racing prior to the Houston race was in December of 1999 when he made the trip to Pasadena for the World Supercross event held at the Rose Bowl. Sorby did not compete that evening but was in attendance to watch his fellow countrymen compete on American soil.

Racing background In 2001, crowned champion of the 250 French Supercross Series, his first championship as a professional. He also finished second in the 125 French Motocross Series in 2001. Sorby contested the highly competitive World Gran Prix Motocross Series “It’s unbelievable that Eric can come over here and have an instant impactin U.S. Supercross,” explained Peyton, who has managed Kawasaki’s 125program to an unprecedented 13 AMA championships. “It’s hard to find young,new talent in this sport. We hope that Eric caan continue to makecontributions to the team and provide us with another rider who can run upfront.”

Sorby joins defending 125 Motocross Champion Mike Brown, who is currentlysecond in the 125 Eastern Region point standings, for the next two weeks asthe EA Sports Supercross Series makes its annual visits to St. Louis andPontiac. Matt Walker, who won his first 125 Supercross race at Houston,will pit alongside Sorby when the Western Region series resumes in Dallason April 20. Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks’ other two riders, ShaeBentley and Bobby Bonds, are currently sidelined with injuries and arehopeful to return for the outdoor season.