Monster Energy’s On Board For 5th-Straight Season With Pro Circuit & Kawasaki’s Top AMA SX Lites Team

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki is expected to again set the
standard for excellence in the factory support division of the
Supercross Lites class

CORONA, Calif., (Jan. 1, 2009) – Celebrating one of the longest-
running relationships in professional motocross racing today, Monster
Energy and Pro Circuit/Kawasaki will enter an incredible 5th year in
their highly successful association when the gate drops on the Anaheim
(Calif.) opener of the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, an
FIM World Championship, this Saturday, Jan. 3, at Angel Stadium.

Leading the way for Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
team at the Anaheim WSX Lites opener will be Jake Weimer and Ryan
Morais, with Austin Stroupe and Christophe Pourcel picking up on the
action when the season heads east for the first ESX round in Houston,
Jan. 24th.

The Idahoan Weimer opened the season strongly last year, winning the
Phoenix round at Chase Field. Fast and a proven winner, some
inconsistent finishes after that would keep him out of the top ten
overall in the WSX. In 2007 Weimer ran much more consistent, placing
4th overall in the WSX with a podium at the San Francisco round and
two additional top five finishes.

Morais also has podium speed capabilities as well – which will no
doubt be elevated aboard the industry-leading preparation work Pro
Circuit does on the Kawasaki KX250F. The Turlock, Calif., native
suffered through a nagging injury this past season and was selected by
Payton based on his 2nd place ESX effort in 2007. That year Morais was
on the podium twice and had five more top five finishes to claim the
’07 ESX runner-up crown.

For his part Stroupe came on like gangbusters to start the ’08 WSX
season, winning the Houston round to back his title-winning efforts at
the Loretta Lynn’s amateur MX championships in previous years before
turning pro. Some limited highlights would follow throughout the ’08
season and Payton is certainly looking to the talented Stroupe to step
up his efforts in ’09 on the ESX portion of the tour.

The final two riders come to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
team by way of Europe in Pourcel (France) and, joining the team for
the ’09 Outdoor MX National,’08 World MXGP MX2 class overall champion
Tyla Rattray (South Africa). Pourcel was banged up a bit recently test
riding and will be sidelined until the ESX season starts and Rattray,
a late edition to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad, will
likely forego the SX season and join the team at the Glen Helen
(Calif.) Outdoor Nationals opener in May where  he’ll be a favorite to
challenge for the overall outdoor Lites title.

Joining Monster Energy in sponsoring the Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad
for 2009 are: Thor, Terminal Velocity Processing, Parts Unlimited,
Vans, Scott, Maxima, Asterisk, N-Style, Alpinestars, NGK, PPG, DP, JE
Pistons, Mechanix, RK, Renthal, Twin Air, VP, Bridgestone, Braking,
Excel, Troy Lee Designs, Hinson, Athena, Ogio, Showa, Sunline, CMI,
UFO, and WRP.

2009 Monster Energy Supercross Series

Date                            City/State                              Venue

Jan. 3                          Anaheim, Calif.                         Angel Stadium

Jan. 10                         Phoenix, Ariz.                          Chase Field

Jan. 17                 Anaheim, Calif.                         Angel Stadium

Jan. 24                         Houston, Texas                  Reliant Stadium

Jan. 31                 San Francisco, Calif.           AT&T Park

Feb. 7                          Anaheim, Calif.                         Angel Stadium

Feb. 14                 San Diego, Calif.               Qualcomm Stadium

Feb. 21                 Atlanta, Ga.                            Georgia Dome

Feb. 28                 Indianapolis, Ind.              Lucas Oil Stadium

Mar. 7                          Daytona Beach, Fla.             Daytona International Speedway

Mar. 14                 New Orleans, La.                Superdome

Mar. 21                 St. Louis, Mo.                          Edward Jones Dome

Mar. 28                 Toronto, Canada                         Rogers Centre

April 4                         Jacksonville, Fla.              Jacksonville Municipal Stadium

April 18                Seattle, Wash.                      Qwest Field

April 25                Salt Lake City, Utah                    Rice Eccles Stadium

May 2                   Las Vegas, Nev.                         Sam Boyd Stadium

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2009 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Racing Team will be diggin’
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