SEVILLE, Spain (December 5, 2003) – Team Honda¿s Ernesto Fonseca is ready for the opening round of THQ World Supercross GP from Estadio de Olimpico despite heavy rains.
Fonseca finished third in the 2003 THQ AMA Supercross Series behind Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed. While current THQ World Supercross GP champion Reed and reigning THQ AMA Supercross Series champion Carmichael are back in the U.S. with injuries, Fonseca will take advantage of the situation. The former 125cc Eastern/Western AMA Supercross Series champion spoke about his debut at THQ World Supercross GP during a press conference held today in Spain.
“It¿s too bad Chad and Ricky aren¿t here,” said Fonseca. “This is a good opportunity for me to capitalize because last season I finished third to those guys in many of the races.”
Fonseca realizes that the THQ World Supercross GP consists of 17 rounds and needs to ride with consistency for the entire season.
“You can¿t win the title if you do well in two races, so it¿s my goal to ride consistent at every race this season,” said Fonseca. “When I leave Europe I hope to have the points lead and momentum when we arrive at Anaheim, Calif.”
The originally scheduled Friday practice has been cancelled due to heavy rain.
“Hopefully, we will be able to get some practice in tomorrow,” said Fonseca. “I¿ll make the best of this, but we will have to make a lot of changes to the bike to meet the conditions of the track.”
Fonseca, who was born in Costa Rica, has never raced in Seville but says it feels like home here because everyone speaks Spanish.
Tune to ESPN2 on Saturday, December 6 at 8p.m. EST to watch THQ World Supercross GP from the Estadio de Olimpico in Seville, Spain.
About THQ World Supercross GP
THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2003-2004, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Seville, Spain and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the THQ AMA Supercross Series. The other THQ AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation, and is not a part of the THQ World Supercross GP. A THQ AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.
THQ World Supercross GP is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. 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 85 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 THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the THQ AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment
Clear Channel Entertainment, the world’s largest producer and marketer of live entertainment events, is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books 135 live entertainment venues, including 44 amphitheaters in the U.S. and 28 venues in Europe. Each year, more than 62 million people attend approximately 26,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including: Live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports shows.
In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment owns leading talent management businesses that specialize in the representation of athletes and broadcasters, including independently operated baseball, basketball and football businesses. Clear Channel Entertainment is headquartered in New York City.