Vuillemin Wins Opening Round of THQ World Supercross GP

Ferry, Langston Round out Podium in Switzerland

GENEVA, Switzerland (December 7, 2002) – Team Yamaha’s David Vuillemin won the opening round of THQ World Supercross GP at Palexpo in front of a record-breaking, sold out crowd of 20,000-plus. Vuillemin, of Corona, Calif., finished ahead of teammate Tim Ferry, of Dade City, Fla., and Suzuki’s Sebastien Tortelli, who also lives in Dade City, Fla.

Tortelli earned the sxgp.com $1,500 holeshot award with KTM’s Jeremy McGrath, Ferry, and Vuillemin. On lap 8, Vuillemin made a pass on McGrath, the seven-time supercross champion, and moved into the lead on lap 12. In a battle for second, Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., attempted to pass Tortelli over the finish-line jump. The two collided, sending Reed to the ground and back to fourth.

Ferry moved into second on Lap 15 and KTM’s Grant Langston, of Temecula, Calif., made a last-lap pass on Tortelli for third.

“This is my first year on the 250cc (motorcycle), and I wanted to finish in the top five, and I am excited to get third,” said Langston.

“David (Vuillemin) is always fast on these technical tracks, and he rode a great race,” said Ferry. “This is the first time I have started the season on the podium. I couldn’t be happier.”

“I have been out of racing for nearly five months with injuries, so coming out here and winning the first round of the world championship is great for me,” said Vuillemin. “Supercross has been in America for a long time, and it’s great to be able to bring it to the fans in Europe. This series is going to develop into a real world championship.”

Round 2 of the THQ World Supercross GP makes its first-ever stop at Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland next Saturday.

250cc Event Standings

  1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  2. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  3. Grant Langston, Temecula, Calif., KTM
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki
  5. Chad Reed, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
  6. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., KTM
  7. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda
  8. Joaquim Rodrigues, Portugal, KTM
  9. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda
  10. Stephane Demartis, France, Yamaha

250cc Season Standings

  1. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 25 points
  2. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 22 points
  3. Grant Langston, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 20 points
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki, 18 points
  5. Chad Reed, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha, 16 points
  6. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., KTM, 15 points
  7. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 14 points
  8. Joaquim Rodrigues, Portugal, KTM, 13 points
  9. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 12 points
  10. Stephane Demartis, France, Yamaha, 11

Tickets for Round 2 at Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland log on to www.ticketservice.nl.

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