Weekly Notes Part 2: Detroit – This Week in Monster Energy® Supercross

AURORA, Ill. (April 11, 2008) – Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Ford Field tomorrow night. The AMA Supercross class race will air on SPEED Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST and the AMA Supercross Lites class will air the following Sunday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m.

For only the seventh time in supercross history there have been five different winners in one season, Chad Reed, James Stewart, Davi Millsaps, Kevin Windham and Josh Hill. While Reed has the AMA Supercross class points lead, this competitive field shows each weekend looking to remove him from the number-one position.

Torco Fuels Honda’s Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., won the inaugural AMA Supercross Lites class race at Ford Field on March 25, 2006. Grant has yet to score a win this year, but he has the speed to run at the front of the pack. Last weekend in Dallas he won the $1,000 Progressive Holeshot and led the first two laps of the race before a mistake gave the lead to Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class points leader Trey Canard, of Elk City, Okla., saved his points lead last weekend in Texas after struggling in the opening lap. He leads Villopoto, the reigning Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class champion, by 17 points. The rookie Torco Fuels Honda rider earned wins in Atlanta, Indianapolis and Daytona.

MDK KTM Factory rider Nick Wey is happy to head to Michigan and ride in front of his hometown crowd this weekend at the 14th stop of the season.

Wey’s stay in Detroit will be short-lived as the circuit heads south to St. Louis the following weekend.”I’m looking forward to returning to Michigan to see my family and friends.”

Joining Wey in Detroit will be his teammate Martin Davalos, who earned his third podium of the season last weekend in Dallas. Davalos stated. “I was excited to once again make it on the podium, but I want to get to that top spot before the season is over.”

MDK KTM’s Matt Goerke and Ryan Sipes will also be in Detroit. Goerke finished a solid ninth place in Dallas and looks to break into the top five in Detroit. Sipes is hoping for better luck as just making it into this weeks main event will be an improvement from last weeks performance. “I had a bad crash in my heat last week and then I got taken out in the LCQ. This weekend will be different. I plan to get better starts so I can avoid as much traffic as possible and get my KTM to the front of the pack,” claimed Sipes who still sits a commendable 6th place in overall series points.

This weekend’s AMA Supercross race in Detroit is a special event for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing team. Not only is AMA Supercross Lites rider Nico Izzi from St. Clair, Michigan, but fellow Suzuki rider David Vuillemin, who races in the AMA Supercross class, helped design the Ford Field track. The result is that both Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders are eager for this weekend’s race.

“It’s awesome to be racing here,” said 17-year-old Izzi, who recently got his first AMA Supercross Lites podium at Indianapolis. “I’ve always wanted to do this, and I know it’ll be fun to race in front of my home crowd. There are a lot of people I’ve known my whole life and a lot of family coming out this weekend, so this race will be a little more special than other events. I’m really looking forward to it.”

In the premier AMA Supercross class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s David Vuillemin was forced to miss last weekend’s Dallas race because he injured his foot while practicing. Recovered now, Vuillemin is looking forward to racing the Detroit track he helped design.

“Last week, I got hurt while practicing for the Dallas supercross,” said Vuillemin. “But I went to see my osteopath in France — like I did after the San Francisco race where I twisted my knee – to see if he could fix me up for Detroit. I really hope I can race this weekend because I helped designed the track. I tried to make it interesting and fun at the same time. There are two rhythm sections with a ton of combinations in them. Hopefully, the riders will like it. There are a lot of 180-degree turns, which are good for racing and passing.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki is ready to race in the “Motor City” with Timmy Ferry looking forward to some good dirt and normal conditions. The last two events have tested the mettle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki team as the conditions differed between soft and sloppy to hard and slippery. For Ferry, Ford Field looks to be a place where he can challenge for a win.

“Last year Detroit was good for me,” said Ferry. “We ran up front for most of the race; I was running second for a long time and then Chad (Reed) got me. I like Detroit; it is a good track and the dirt is pretty good. I’m looking forward to some good dirt, and I am hoping it will be a normal supercross, not like the last couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to trying to get back on the podium this week.”

Ferry finished fifth last week in Dallas and his teammate Travis Preston earned the holeshot at Texas Stadium. Preston was only able to manage a 10th place finish, but the 30-year-old rider is feeling better each week.

“My riding is getting better every week,” said Preston. “I feel like everything is starting to come together and I’m starting to let it all hang out. I got the holeshot last week and now I just need to put together a complete race and get on the podium in Detroit.”

“Last week, I got hurt while practicing for the Dallas supercross,” said Vuillemin. “But I went to see my osteopath in France — like I did after the San Francisco race where I twisted my knee – to see if he could fix me up for Detroit. I really hope I can race this weekend because I helped designed the track. I tried to make it interesting and fun at the same time. There are two rhythm sections with a ton of combinations in them. Hopefully, the riders will like it. There are a lot of 180-degree turns, which are good for racing and passing.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki is ready to race in the “Motor City” with Timmy Ferry looking forward to some good dirt and normal conditions. The last two events have tested the mettle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki team as the conditions differed between soft and sloppy to hard and slippery. For Ferry, Ford Field looks to be a place where he can challenge for a win.

“Last year Detroit was good for me,” said Ferry. “We ran up front for most of the race; I was running second for a long time and then Chad (Reed) got me. I like Detroit; it is a good track and the dirt is pretty good. I’m looking forward to some good dirt, and I am hoping it will be a normal supercross, not like the last couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to trying to get back on the podium this week.”

Ferry finished fifth last week in Dallas and his teammate Travis Preston earned the holeshot at Texas Stadium. Preston was only able to manage a 10th place finish, but the 30-year-old rider is feeling better each week.

“My riding is getting better every week,” said Preston. “I feel like everything is starting to come together and I’m starting to let it all hang out. I got the holeshot last week and now I just need to put together a complete race and get on the podium in Detroit.”

Stewart, who is sidelined with a knee injury, has won the previous two races at Ford Field aboard his Monster Energy® Kawasaki motorcycle.

In the AMA Supercross Lites class, Villopoto has taken control. Last week at Dallas, he dominated his heat and the main event, but still trails the points leader by 17 points. With two races to go, Villopoto is going to do everything he can to make up those points.

“I’m riding a lot better now than I was at the beginning of the season,” said Villopoto. “It still is a big gap to get the championship, but I’m going to try and win the next two races and put the pressure on.”

Villopoto’s teammate Branden Jesseman also rode a strong race in Dallas, charging through the field to finish eighth after he was hit from behind on the first lap.

“My goal is to get back on the box,” said Jesseman. “I’m riding really well now and the break before Dallas let me work on a couple of things. I still need to get better starts, but I think Detroit will be a good race for me.”

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Stewart, who is sidelined with a knee injury, has won the previous two races at Ford Field aboard his Monster Energy® Kawasaki motorcycle. <

In the AMA Supercross Lites class, Villopoto has taken control. Last week at Dallas, he dominated his heat and the main event, but still trails the points leader by 17 points. With two races to go, Villopoto is going to do everything he can to make up those points.

“I’m riding a lot better now than I was at the beginning of the season,” said Villopoto. “It still is a big gap to get the championship, but I’m going to try and win the next two races and put the pressure on.”

Villopoto’s teammate Branden Jesseman also rode a strong race in Dallas, charging through the field to finish eighth after he was hit from behind on the first lap.

“My goal is to get back on the box,” said Jesseman. “I’m riding really well now and the break before Dallas let me work on a couple of things. I still need to get better starts, but I think Detroit will be a good race for me.”

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.