Monster Energy® Supercross Returns to Metrodome for the First Time Since 2004

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AURORA, Ill. (March 11, 2008) – Monster Energy® Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Minneapolis’ Metrodome for the first time since 2004 this Saturday. During the 11 races inside the Metrodome, spanning from 1994-2004, the event averaged 50,000-plus fans. The supercross fan four pack – four $20 tickets all for just $45 at www.Ticketmaster.com   has been added this year.
 
Media day will be held on Thursday, March 13 from Noon-2:00, featuring Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry and Travis Preston as well as Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Branden Jesseman.
 
The AMA Supercross class race will air on SPEED Sunday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. The AMA Supercross Lites class race will air on SPEED Saturday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m.
 
Last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Torco Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss., made history when he passed Team San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., on the race’s last lap for the AMA Supercross class win. It was Windham’s first race win at Daytona International Speedway.
 
“Tonight was definitely a race of different elements with the rain and what not, but it still lived up to the brutal Daytona deal,” said Windham. “I think it was the most brutal race I have been in in my entire life.”
 
In the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class main event at Daytona, Torco Fuels Honda’s Trey Canard, of Elk City, Okla., reeled off his third consecutive win. A rookie, Canard extended his points lead over KTM’s Ryan Sipes, of Vine Grove, Ken., to 24.
 
“Coming into that race, I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” Canard said. “I just wanted to go out there and do the best that I could. I did everything I could possible do during the week, and I think I was prepared as I could possibly be, so I could give it everything I had, every lap out there.”
 
The world’s top AMA Supercross and Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites racers will compete inside the Metrodome where the 500 truckloads of dirt be used to construct the course.
 
The largest attended AMA Supercross race at the Metrodome was in 1997 as 60,049 fans packed the stadium to watch seven-time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath win his fourth consecutive race in Minneapolis.
 
“The Metrodome is very happy that the Monster Energy® Supercross is making a return to the Minneapolis-St. Paul this weekend,” said Dennis Alfton, director of operations, Metrodome. “It is one of the premier events in the stadium. As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Metrodome, we recognize that an event such as the supercross is one of the reasons that the stadium has been very successful. In the 1990’s it ranked as one of the highest attended events at the Metrodome, attracting over 60,000 fans in 1997. “
 
McGrath, the all-time winningest supercross rider in history, won six consecutive races inside the Metrodome and holds the facility’s all-time win record. Five-time supercross champion Ricky Carmichael won three consecutive races at the Metrodome (2001-2003). In AMA Supercross Lites competition Damon Huffman and Kevin Windham share a record two wins apiece. Windham is the only rider to win both classes in Minneapolis.
 
Tickets are available all Ticketmaster locations, www.supercrossonline.com   or by phone at (651-989-5151. Tickets are available at the Metrdoome Box Office. Gold Level tickets are $30 adults/kids; Mid Level $30 adults/$10 kids; Extreme $20 adults/$10 kids; Treadhead $10 adults/$10 kids; all tickets will be $2 more on the day of the race.
 
Past Winners in Minneapolis
 
AMA Supercross Lites Class
2004:            &np;   James Stewart
2003:                Branden Jesseman
2002:                Chad Reed
2001:                Travis Pastrana
2000:                Shae Bentley
1999:                David Pingree
1998:                Stephan Rondada
1997:                Kevin Windham
1996:                Kevin Windham
1995:                Damon Huffman
1994:                Damon Huffman
 
AMA Supercross Class
2004:                Kevin Windham
2003:                Ricky Carmichael
2002:                Ricky Carmichael
2001:                Ricky Carmichael
2000:                David Vuillemin
1999:                Jeremy McGrath
1998:                Jeremy McGrath
1997:                Jeremy McGrath
1996:                Jeremy McGrath
1995:                Jeremy McGrath
1994:                Jeremy McGrath
 
AMA Supercross Class Results, Daytona
Kevin Windham,  Centreville, Miss., Honda  
Davi Millsaps,  Cairo, Ga., Honda  
Jake Marsack,  Berlin, Mich.,  Pirelli/Honda  
David Vuillemin,  Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki  
Antonio Balbi,  Riverside, Calif.,  Pirelli/Honda  
Chad Reed,  Tampa, Fla., Yamaha  
Heath Voss,  Mico, Texas, Honda  
Andrew Short,  Smithville, Texas, Honda  
Eric Sorby,  Lake  Elsinore, Calif.,  Pirelli/Honda  
Ryan Dungey, of Belle,  Plaine, Minn.,  Suzuki
 
AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
Chad Reed,  Tampa, Fla., Yamaha,  224  
Kevin Windham,  Centreville, Miss., Honda,  200  
Andrew Short,  Smithville, Texas, Honda,  154  
Davi Millsaps,  Cairo, Ga., Honda,  149  
Tim Ferry,  Largo,  Fla.,  Kawasaki, 137  
Nathan Ramsey,  Menifee, Calif., Yamaha,  123  
Joshua Hill,  Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha,  110  
David Vuillemin,  Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki,  102  
Nick Wey,  Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 89  
Paul Carpenter,  Ithaca, N.Y., Honda,  87
 
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Daytona
Trey Canard,  Elk  City, Okla., Honda  
Ryan Villopoto,  Poulsbo, Wash.,  Kawasaki  
Matt Boni,  Geneva, Fla., Honda  
Ben Coisy,  Manosque,  France, Honda  
Jimmy Albertson,  Ozark, Mo.,  Pirelli/Suzuki  
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken.,  KTM
7.   William Browning, Rushville, Ohio, Pirelli/Suzuki
8.   Shane Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki
9.   Ricky Renner, Melbourne, Fla., Pirelli/Kawasaki
10. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Pirelli/Honda
 
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Trey Canard,  Elk  City, Okla., Honda,  75  
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM,  51  
Ben Coisy,  Manosque,  France, Honda,  29  
Ryan Villopoto,  Poulsbo, Wash.,  Kawasaki, 44  
Nico Izzi,  Saint  Clair., Mich., Suzuki,  42  
Martin Davalos,  Cairo, Ga., KTM, 33  
Billy Payne,  Simi  Valley, Calif., Pirelli/Honda,  31  
Tyler Bowers,  Danville, Ken., Yamaha,  30  
Branden Jesseman,  New  Brighton, Pa.,  Kawasaki, 30  
Jake Moss, Australia., Yamaha,  28
 
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Jason Lawrence,  Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha,  135  
Ryan Dungey, Belle  Plaine, Minn., Suzuki,  129  
Austin Stroupe,  Corona, Calif.,  Kawasaki, 113  
Brett Metcalfe,  Murrieta, Calif.,  Kawasaki, 112  
Tommy Hahn,  Alvord, Texas,  Kawasaki, 101  
Dan Reardon,  Murrieta, Calif., Honda,  95  
Justin Brayton,  Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 85  
Robert Kiniry,  LaFayette, N.Y.,  Kawasaki, 71  
Wil Hahn,  Decatur, Texas, Yamaha,  69  
Billy Laninovich,  Lake  Elsinore, Calif.,  KTM,62
 
For more information on the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dennyhartwig@livenation.com or 630-566-6305.
 
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Ben Coisy,  Manosque,  France, Honda  
Jimmy Albertson,  Ozark, Mo.,  Pirelli/Suzuki  
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken.,  KTM
7.   William Browning, Rushville, Ohio, Pirelli/Suzuki
8.   Shane Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki
9.   Ricky Renner, Melbourne, Fla., Pirelli/Kawasaki
10. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Pirelli/Honda
 
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Trey Canard,  Elk  City, Okla., Honda,  75  
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM,  51  
Ben Coisy,  Manosque,  France, Honda,  29  
Ryan Villopoto,  Poulsbo, Wash.,  Kawasaki, 44  
Nico Izzi,  Saint  Clair., Mich., Suzuki,  42  
Martin Davalos,  Cairo, Ga., KTM, 33  
Billy Payne,  Simi  Valley, Calif., Pirelli/Honda,  31  
Tyler Bowers,  Danville, Ken., Yamaha,  30  
Branden Jesseman,  New  Brighton, Pa.,  Kawasaki, 30  
Jake Moss, Australia., Yamaha,  28
 
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Jason Lawrence,  Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha,  135  
Ryan Dungey, Belle  Plaine, Minn., Suzuki,  129  
Austin Stroupe,  Corona, Calif.,  Kawasaki, 113  
Brett Metcalfe,  Murrieta, Calif.,  Kawasaki, 112  
Tommy Hahn,  Alvord, Texas,  Kawasaki, 101  
Dan Reardon,  Murrieta, Calif., Honda,  95  
Justin Brayton,  Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 85  
Robert Kiniry,  LaFayette, N.Y.,  Kawasaki, 71  
Wil Hahn,  Decatur, Texas, Yamaha,  69  
Billy Laninovich,  Lake  Elsinore, Calif.,  KTM,62
 
For more information on the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dennyhartwig@livenation.com or 630-566-6305.
 
ABOUT LIVE NATION
Live Nation is the future of the music business.  With the most live concerts, music venues and festivals in the world and the most comprehensive concert search engine on the web, Live Nation is revolutionizing the music industry: onstage and online.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.”   Additional information about the company can be found at www.livenation.com  under the “About Us” section.