THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Makes a Big Splash in San Francisco

AURORA (January 28, 2003) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division announced today that the first-annual THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series event held at Pacific Bell Park attracted fans from 33 states, tallying a crowd of 40,033.

San Francisco marked the eighth city in California to host a supercross event. The last supercross held in northern California was in San Jose’s Spartan Stadium in 1995. San Jose played host to supercross from 1990-1995. In addition, supercross visited Oakland Coliseum in 1979 and 1980.

The near sell-out crowd saw Ricky Carmichael, the defending 250cc champion, win the first THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race at Pacific Bell Park. Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Havana, Fla., won his third-consecutive 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series main event, extending his points lead to 25 points.

“Supercross at Pacific Bell Park was the splash hit we all hoped it would be,” said Pat Gallagher, president, San Francisco Giants Enterprises LLC. “We look forward very much to working with Clear Channel to help make San Francisco a destination for such events in the future.”

Ricky Carmichael, the winner of 28 250cc main events, is the last competitor to win a 250cc supercross at a new venue when he won at Rice-Eccles Stadium and Towers in 2001. This weekend’s win at Pacific Bell park ties Carmichael for second on the all-time 250cc win list with Ricky Johnson.

Competition returns to Anaheim’s Edison International Field next weekend.

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series are also available at www.ticketmaster.com, www.sxgp.com, and www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only).

About THQ World Supercross GP and AMA Supercross Series

THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2002-2003, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major markets throughout the United States as a part of the AMA Supercross Series. The other 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 rider will be crowned for the series of events conducted in the United States only. 

THQ World Supercross GP is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. 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 85 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 THQ Worldd Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.