The Third Annual Motobowl, presented by Monster Energy, is set for Thursday, September 7th at Concourse Bowl in Anaheim, CA. That’s right, just three days before the AMA Outdoor National Season Finale at Glen Helen, the industry takes a break from race preparations for one night to hit the lanes and raise money for a good cause.
What is the Motobowl you ask? That’s a question a lot of people have been asking, and we are here to clear that up.
The Motobowl is a charity event for the Women’s Motocross/Supercross Foundation (WMXF) that brings the superstars of our sport to a relaxed environment that allows them to get up-close and personal with their fans. We talked with Kristen Oehlhof from the WMXF to get the inside scoop on Motobowl, and what fans that attend this year can expect.
(Photos on this page are from the festivities at the 2005 Motobowl)
Hey Kristen, thanks for taking some time for us. Why don’t you fill all of us in on what the Motobowl is and what it’s all about?
The Motobowl is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the WMXF, raising money that goes to support injured riders and their families. But for fans, Motobowl is about more than fundraising. Fans have the chance to spend the evening with their favorite celebrities in the sport; top professionals, past champions and other superstars of motocross and supercross.
For those that have never been before, what do the evening’s festivities consist of?
There are two main activities at Motobowl. The first, of course, is bowling. A total of 38 teams, with 6 bowlers per team are led by Superstar Team Managers in a one-night bowling tournament. There is also a silent auction where people can bid on riding gear from top pros, track passes, U.S. Open getaways and a bunch of other really cool stuff from inside the industry. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner is served starting at 5:30 and the bowling action kicks off at seven.
A common misconception out there is that Motobowl is only for industry insiders. Can anyone come to Motobowl, or is the attendance restricted?
Anyone can come to Motobowl! It is definitely not meant just for industry people, we want as many fans there as possible. There are two ways to attend; as a spectator or on a team. To attend as a spectator and watch all the fun, fans can buy a general admission ticket for just $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. To participate on a bowling team, fans bid on eBay for a spot on their favorite team. The coolest part is there are no secluded areas at Motobowl–team participants and spectators alike will spend the night with their favorite stars.
Where can people go to buy tickets or to bid for a spot on a team?
They can go to www.wmxf.org and click the Motobowl link.
There is no doubt the whole night sounds like a blast, but of course the highlight is watching pro riders and other stars of our sport get their bowling on. Who are the superstar team managers this year?
We have a great line-up of team managers this year. Each year when these stars come to Motobowl, they see how great it is and are excited to come back. It gives them a chance to get away from the stress of racing and just relax together for a night.
You can see the full list of stars that will be there by checking our website (www.wmxf.org), but some of the celebrities fans will see include Chad Reed, Jeremy McGrath, Kevin Windham, Andrew Short, David Vuillemin, Davi Millsaps, Ryan Villopoto, Erin Bates, Jeff Emig, Ivan Tedesco, and Mike Metzger. Like I said, those are just a few of the stars that will be at Motobowl, so be sure to check out the website for a full list.
And we heard there is a particularly speciall guest expected this year?
Yes. We are excited to tell you that Ernesto Fonseca will be with us this year as well.
That is awesome news, it will be great to see Ernesto and fans will be pumped to see him.
Tell us a little more about the WMXF, and what the money raised at Motobowl is used for.
The Women’s Motocross/Supercross Foundation represents the wives, mothers, sisters and other females associated with professional motocross and supercross. Our mission is to support riders, crew members and their families when they have been injured and are in need. When a rider or other crew member is injured, the WMXF will help cover expenses, pay for flights to bring family out and that sort of thing. We have also provided support to the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center. As a charitable foundation the WMXF has given away over $125,000 since our start in 2004.
It looks like you have a big addition this year with Monster Energy as the title sponsor.
Monster Energy has been awesome. They have really stepped it up this year to help defray some of the costs associated with holding the event. By doing that, they are allowing more of the money raised to go back into supporting injured riders and their families.
Thanks for clarifying our questions. Motobowl definitely sounds like a “can’t-miss” event for anyone that loves motocross. We will be there for sure.
Thank you. We definitely want to get our message out there, and we hope that everyone will make plans to be there and support this great cause!
Be sure to stay tuned to transworldmx.com for regular updates as we countdown to Motobowl!