AURORA, Ill (November 15, 2002) – On December 7, 2002, the sport of supercross will make a historic leap forward toward becoming a global championship that will be recognized throughout the world. The 15 supercross events that have been traditionally produced and presented by Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports in the United States will be joined by two select international events to create the THQ World Supercross GP championship. In 2002-2003, this international series will include two THQ World Supercross GP events in Western Europe: December 7, 2002 at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland and December 14, 2002 at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland. In addition, the 15 rounds to be held in the U.S. (along with the Daytona, Florida supercross event), comprise the AMA Supercross Series and represent a 16 event, stand-alone domestic championship
The THQ World Supercross GP will be organized using the traditional rules, event format and structure that have been developed over three decades in the U.S. for the AMA Supercross Series. There will be no changes to the class structure, technical rules or event formats. Current FIM rules require the use of unleaded race fuels; however, the FIM has agreed to delay implementation of the unleaded fuels requirement until the 2003-2004 season.
The international events scheduled for December 2002 will include the premier class for 250cc two stroke and 250cc-plus four-stroke machines. The 125cc support class at the international events will be for international riders only. The support class for U.S. events will remain the same with the 125cc eastern and western regional supercross championships. The final 125cc round, the Dave Coombs Sr. 125cc East/West Shootout, will be held on May 3, 2003 in Las Vegas.
The THQ World Supercross GP will crown the inaugural THQ World Supercross GP champion at the traditional supercross banquet that is held annually on the day after the final supercross race in Las Vegas. Additionally, the AMA Supercross Series champion will also be crowned at this banquet.
Each round of the THQ World Supercross GP will feature a prestigious 40-rider field. The 40-rider field for the 250cc class in Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland will be comprised of 20 riders based on 2002 final points standings and 20 riders from other nations. In order to qualify for the THQ World Supercross GP championship, riders must compete in the international rounds. However, to be eligible to win the AMA Supercross Series championship, riders will not be required to participate in the international rounds. Riders who compete solely in the 16 rounds conducted in the U.S will be eligible for the AMA Supercross Series title only. Riders who participate at the events held outside of the U.S. will be required to have an FIM license to compete. Information on FIM licensing will be provided to all riders invited to participate in the international rounds.
The purses for the THQ World Supercross GP events will be $70,000 per round.
Purse payouts for each finishing position will be the same for all rounds.
Series Bonus Awards
Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports has established a $250,000 THQ World Supercross GP point’s fund. The THQ World Supercross GP champion will receive a bonus in the amount of $100,000.
In addition, there will be a $100,000 privateer points fund that will be distributed by Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports. The distribution of this point’s fund will be based solely on the finishing positions of the privateers who participate in the AMA Supercross Series.
To be eligible for any THQ World Supercross GP bonus awards, riders must participate in both inteernational rounds, and attend the series banquet in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 4, 2003. Any bonus money earned by riders that do not attend the banquet produced each year by Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports will be distributed equally to all eligible riders from the series that attend the banquet. Exceptions to this provision will be made for riders who are unable to attend the banquet because of injury or documented family emergencies. A separate points fund in the amount of $250,000 will be paid to riders based on their finishing positions in the AMA Supercross Series events.
Traveling and Shipping
American riders that are invited to attend the THQ World Supercross GP events scheduled for December 7 & 14, 2002, will receive a travel reimbursement in accordance with the existing provisions established by the FIM. Riders will receive travel and lodging reimbursement for each rider and one mechanic per rider. In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports will pay the cost of shipping motorcycles and related spare parts and equipment to the international events.
Shipping arrangements for the December 7 & 14 events will be handled by Entertainment Logistics, a company with extensive experience in handling the shipment of such products throughout the world. All motorcycles and related equipment will be shipped by air and will be insured for damage or loss while in transit. Motorcycles that are shipped to the European events will be returned to the U.S. immediately following the December 14th event.
THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment. There will be a world champion crowned based upon the points earned in the 17 events. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship.
The 17-event THQ World Supercross GP is comprised of the two international rounds and 15 of the 16 events that are included within the AMA Supercross Series. The 16th 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 champion will be crowned for the United States only.
Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP are also available at all ticketmaster outlets, www.sxgp.com, and www.tickets.com (San Francisco only), and www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only).