BUDDS CREEK, Md. (July 2, 2008) – Budds Creek Motocross Park prepares for round seven of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF as the world’s top motocross riders make their first July visit to the famed Southern Maryland race facility. Nearly a full month beyond its typical race weekend date in mid June, the Monster Energy Budds Creek Motocross National will begin the final half of the 12-race season.
Since becoming a staple of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship in 1989, Budds Creek has served as host to some of the most memorable moments in the sports history. In addition to Team USA taking the overall honors in the Motocross of Nations a year ago, fans at last season’s AMA Toyota Motocross Championship event saw Ricky Carmichael earn his 100th career AMA Motocross win, the closing chapter of his eight-year reign at the track.
This season, track owner and promoter Jonathan Beasley has prepared a challenging and technical layout for the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship competitors. For the first time in three years, the race will be run in a counterclockwise direction. On the inaugural occasion of this format, the legendary Doug Henry made his triumphant return from a broken back.
Current AMA Motocross points leader, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart, is a perfect 10-0 in motos this season, with five overall victories. Making the historic run at a perfect season, Stewart is en route to accomplishing a feat that only Carmichael has achieved, which would place him in the upper echelon of all-time great riders.
In AMA Motocross Lites, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto holds an undefeated mark of his own at Budds Creek. The two-time defending event champion kept his flawless streak intact at the Motocross of Nations, leading the United States to victory. Currently sitting atop the points this season, he will shoot for a third-straight overall victory on July 12-13.
A full slate of amateur action is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, while the band Ten Man Push brings the house down Saturday night at 7 p.m., and warms up the crowd Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. For fans watching at home, SPEED will present its second same-day coverage telecast of the season at 10 p.m. ET on July 13.
Interview opportunities are available to the media by contacting AMA Toyotaa Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at Media@MXNationals.com or by phone at 951-203-2605.
For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to www.amamotocross.com for live timing and scoring at @theWireLIVE!. Racer X Illustrated will host a new and improved webcast on www.motocross.com, with live racing action hosted by Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com has also been added on Saturday night of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.
Credential requests for each round of the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF must be submitted via email to Media@MXNationals.com three weeks prior to the race. Media members interested in interviews with the riders of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF should contact Brandon at 951-203-2605 or email Media@MXNationals.com.
About the National Promoters Group (NPG)
The National Promoters Group (NPG) comprises 12 individual promoters of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF which sanctions outdoor motocross events throughout the United States, and remains the Nation’s premier outdoor motocross championship series. NPG’s mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide.
About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.