Weekly Notes Part 2: Anaheim 3

AURORA, Ill. (February 2, 2007) — James Stewart’s three-race winning streak was snapped in San Francisco by the return of Ricky Carmichael, but the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series also saw the resurgence of Chad Reed, who nearly stole the win last week.

With Stewart and Reed at the top of the results the past few weeks, the focus turns to the other riders in the field that must find the speed necessary to close the gap on the leaders. The battle for the third and final podium position has been intense, with big-name riders swapping positions on the track each week.

Kevin Windham, Timmy Ferry, David Vuillemin, Travis Preston, Nick Wey, Ivan Tedesco and Michael Byrne have waged a “battle within the battle this season as they work their way up the standings.

Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Ivan Tedesco continues to seek saddle time during the week leading up to the third Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., this weekend. Tedesco suffered three broken bones in his left hand at the Toronto World Supercross GP back in December and the injury has limited his prep time on the Makita Suzuki RM-Z450. Following last week’s race in San Francisco, Calif., however, Tedesco said he was on the mend and is hoping to increase his riding time this week.

“I’m going to do the same thing I did last week, said Tedesco of his pre-race plans for Anaheim 3. “Maybe ride my Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 a little more. My hand is fine, it isn’t bothering me at all. I’m going to try and ride three days this week — maybe test one day and use the other two days to try to get my speed a little better.

Makita Tools continues its support of supercross and Team Makita Suzuki Racing with another strong presence in the Anaheim 3 paddock. The industrial power tool manufacturer also has a new national promotion, the Las Vegas Supercross Sweepstakes, where fans can win a VIP trip to Las Vegas for two to the 2007 final Supercross race.

“We’re very excited about this new promotion, said Makita Tools’ Brent Withey. “This is a great opportunity for supercross fans to experience the Las Vegas Supercross at its finest. Anyone 21 years old and over can enter, just log on to www.makitatools.com. And as always, Makita will be in the pits at Anaheim 3 with the Makita 2007 Experience More Tour, which includes hands-on demos, more than 135 of the latest tool technology, new products and more. Experience the new products and win some Team Makita Suzuki Racing gear. Makita valued dealers and large end-users will be attending the events as VIP Guests of Makita.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry has been really consistent this season, relying heavily on his ability to work together with his team. “We made some suspension adjustments this week at the test track to try to help me out in the whoops and it was way better,” said Ferry. “Actually, I felt like I excelled in the whoops this weekend where that used to be my weak point, so I think my set-up is coming around. As we get more races under our belt, I’m learning the bike more. I am looking forward to going back to Anaheim and try to get on the podium.”

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto has been on a roll this season and has set some pretty high goals for the remainder of the Western Region AMA Supercross Lites season. “I’d like to go into San Diego and win it a race early, so during that eight – week break I don’t have to worry about anything,” said Villopoto. Teammate Chris Gosselaar, saw a doctor this week and determined that his shoulder could be slowly repaired with physical therapy. Gosselaar will attend physical therapy this entire week in hopes of racing at Angels Stadium. “Our goal is to try and have him ready to race but we won’t know for sure till Friday,” said Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki Team nager Mitch Payton.

Cernic’s Kawasaki rider Jeff Gibson had his season’s best finish last week in San Francisco which was the same venue he had his highlight race in the 2006, both of which were mud races. “I am not really good in the mud but I wouldn’t say I was bad. I just try to deal with it, that’s how I have always gotten though mud races,” said Gibson.

Tires were a big factor last week in San Francisco and Bridgestone did a great job getting Monster Energy Kawasaki and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders dialed on the track. “We went with a more aggressive rear tire since the ruts were so deep and the dirt was so tacky,” said Ferry. “The tire change worked well out there and I am glad Bridgestone was able to make the changes quickly even with only one practice.”

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About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP„¢/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, produced and promoted by Live Nation is a 17-round global off-road motorcycle stadium racing circuit. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2006-2007, the 17-event Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series is a 16-event series solely conducted in the United States. The other Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation and is not a part of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP. An Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.

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 94 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 Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP. For more information on Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/ Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercrossonline.com.

About Live Nation
Live Nation is the world’s leading live music company, annually connecting more than 67 million fans with their favorite performers at over 33,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation’s websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV. For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at www.LiveNation.com.

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access AMA Pro Racing’s online Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom.

popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV. For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at www.LiveNation.com.

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access AMA Pro Racing’s online Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom.