December 4, 2004, Toronto’s SkyDome
Doors Open/Practice/Qualifying – 2:00 p.m.
Main Event Starts – 7:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Blue Jays Way
Toronto, ON M5V 1J3
Gold Circle – Adults $40/Kids $15
Level 2 – Adults $30/Kids $15
Super Value – Adults $20/Kids $15
Tickets available at Gate 7 SkyDome Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.ca, or charge by phone at 416-870-8000.
Toronto SX History
- First Toronto supercross held in 1980 at CNE Stadium
- The CMA supercross moved to SkyDome in 1989
- Last CMA Supercross was held in 1996
- The CMRC tried to revive CMA supercross and held an event at the SkyDome in 2001
- Canadian legend Ross Pederson won the supercross event three times from ’85 to ’88
- SkyDome is the first stadium in the world to boast a retractable roof
- The entire eight-acre hard-top roof can be opened or closed in just 20 minutes to adapt to the Canadian weather
- The CN Tower, located right outside the SkyDome, was constructed in 1976 and is still the world’s largest free-standing tower, stretching 1,815 feet into the air
Past Opening Round THQ World Supercross GP WINNERS
Geneva, Switzerland – December 7, 2002: David Vuillemin
Seville, Spain – December 6, 2003: Daryl Hurley
Past THQ World Supercross GP Winners
2004 Heath Voss
2003 Chad Reed
2003-2004 THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings
- Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 346
- Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda, 322
- Tyler Evans, Canyon Lake, Calif., Suzuki, 276
- Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 230
- Grant Langston, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 228
- Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 178
- Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda, 160
- Isaiah Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 142
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 138
- Joe Oehlhof, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 128
2003-2004 THQ World Supercross GP Laps Led
- Ernesto Fonseca 20
- Daryl Hurley 6
- Damon Huffman 4
- Mike Brown 2
International Race Recap:
SEVILLE, Spain (December 6, 2003) – Team Motoworldracing.com’s Daryl Hurley, of Corona, Calif., won the inaugural race of 2003-2004 THQ World Supercross GP at Estadio de Olimpico, giving him his first 250cc supercross win of his career. KTM’s Grant Langston, of Temecula, Calif., finished second and Suzuki’s Tyler Evans, of Canyon Lake, Calif., finished third.
ARNHEM, Holland (December 13, 2003) – Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca, of Canyon Lake, Calif., won his first THQ World Supercross GP at the Gelredome, leading all 20 laps in the main event. Damon Huffman, of Canyon Country, Calif., finished second and Andrew Short, of Colorado Springs, Colo., third. In the 125cc class, Belgian Steve Seronval won the main event.
Ricky Carmichael: The 2004 THQ World Supercross GP marks the first racing appearance in Canada ever for Ricky Carmichael, the all-time winningest rider in American motocross. Carmichael, now 25 years old, holds a record 11 U.S. titles and has won a total of 108 races in outdoor motocross and supercross. He won six of his titles with Kawasaki between 1997 and 2001, then added five more with Honda between ’02 and ’04. Now he begins a new era in Canada: Carmichael will be lining up for his WSXGP debut with Team Suzuki! RC, who hails from Tallahassee, Florida, will be riding a Suzuki RM250 for Roger DeCoster as he begins his suupercross comeback (he missed the entire ’04 THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series Supercross season with a knee injury).
Heath Voss: Heath Voss has long been considered one of the hardest-working men on the THQ World Supercross GP circuit. A native of Minnesota who now lives in the warmer climes of Texas, Voss has steadily worked his way up through the pro ranks after a relatively late start in motocross at age 15. He eventually established himself as a privateer leader and a threat to every factory rider on the track. Heath’s hard work and determination really paid off in the last couple of years with factory backing from Yamaha. Voss repaid them by winning the 2004 THQ World Supercross GP Championship. Now 26 years old, he begins his defense in Toronto and Vancouver on his own Yamaha satellite ride with logistical support from BSY Racing.
Mike LaRocco: Factory Connection Honda rider Mike LaRocco has been running at the top of the supercross world longer than anyone in the history of the sport. After beginning his professional career in the late 1980s, “The Rock won his first 250 SX main event back in 1991. Then, this past March, he returned to his native Indiana to win a race for the ages in front of a jam-packed RCA Dome. At age 33, LaRocco remains a threat to win every time he goes to the starting gate.
Sebastien Tortelli: Team Suzuki’s Sebastien Tortelli has had a long and storied career in racing. A native of France, Tortelli clinched two FIM World Motocross Championships (1996 and ’98) before moving to the U.S. to race full-time. Unfortunately, he has been plagued by injuries since he arrived, missing most of the last two years with knee injuries. Now Seb’s hoping to turn it all around, beginning right here in Canada.
Kyle Lewis: Simi Valley, California’s Kyle Lewis is another journeyman pro who has had a remarkable career. All the way back in 1987, he was winning 125 Supercross main events in the U.S. and looked to be a future champion. After a few injury-related setbacks, he settled into a career as a privateer favorite, even venturing off to Japan to win a few championships there. As the team leader of the vaunted Moto XXX Honda crew, Lewis is one of the most respected men on the track.
Nick Wey: Michigan’s Nick Wey, 24, has spent his entire career battling for top-five positions. As a prolific amateur champion, he was touted as a can’t-miss supercross star in the late 1990s, but he has yet to reach his full potential. In fact, after finishing fifth overall in last season’s THQ AMA Supercross Series, he was dropped from Team Suzuki so they could make room for Ricky Carmichael. What did Nick do? He showed up at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas on a privateer Honda and won himself a cool $35,000 with a solid runner-up ride.
Tyler Evans: If they ever held a Tough Man contest in the pits of a supercross race, here’s betting that privateer favorite Tyler “One-Punch Evans would be the last man standing. Evans, a 24-year-old from Salinas, California, is one of the most colorful personalities on the circuit. An accomplished freestyle motocrosser as well as a top-ten talent, he is respected by his peers both on and off the track. He vied for last year’s THQ World Supercross GP title before an injury slowed him.
Damon Huffman: Damon Huffman is as well-known to Canadian fans as he is to those who have had the pleasure of watching him grow up on the U.S. circuit. “Huff Daddy has spent the last two summers competing on the Canadian National Motocross circuit, finishing second both times to his Blackfoot Honda teammate Jean-Sebastien Roy. But come winter, Huffman follows the THQ World Supercross GP tour, which he almost won last year with the help of his friends at Moto XXX Honda.