With four races remaining, 2003 season easily “The best ever, according to officials at the National Promoters Group and American Motorcyclist Association
FLORENCE, Ky., (August 5, 2002) — With four races remaining on the 2003 AMA/Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship tour, the National Promoters Group today announced that the 2003 Outdoor National season has been the highest-attended season in the history of the sport — topping last year’s record-setting crowds with ease.
Through eight races nearly 200,000 fans — the most hardcore of all motorsports fans – have battled the at times wet and muddy conditions and traveled from all over the various regions to be part of a record-setting trend in Outdoor National attendance. Last year attendance figures at the Nationals topped the 20,000 average mark for the first time. Thus far this year they’ve averaged in excess of 22,000!
So from the grassy, glacial moraine-carved hills of Unadilla to the majestic Douglas Fir-lined track of Washougal, motocross fans — many of which come as well to race the amateur days — have spoken as to what’s become the most popular form of motorcycle racing, if not one of the top forms of spectator motorsports in the USA!
“I think what sets us apart from other forms of motorsports such as NASCAR, NHRA and the IRL is the freedom our fans enjoy once they purchase a ticket, said Ralph Huffman, promoter of the Washougal round. “At an Outdoor National motocross race you’re not limited to, say, Seat 131, Section 56. You’re more than welcome to walk around the entire track, enjoy all sorts of views and take pictures of your favorite riders from every possible angle, rather than watch a car go around Turn Three all day.
Never in the history of the NPG have the hard-working promoters combined on so many attendance records in a single year. Count ’em! No less than seven of the first eight rounds set attendance records, with the lone race that didn’t — Mt. Morris — coming within a hundred or so fans (on a cloudy, rain-threatening day) of setting its mark. Hangtown was giant this year, with 25,000 plus packing the innovative State-run facility to witness Round Two of the series. Unadilla was back — in a big way — with nearly 25,000 fans of its own in the rural upstate New York setting. And Jonathan Beasley of Budds Creek packed in his biggest crowd to date — by far — with more than 20,000 fans at Budds Creek MX Park.
“These families that attend the Nationals are the core of the sport, said Beasley. “Our fans are the ones that financially support the motocross industry. Many own dirt bikes and ride. And that’s something you don’t see nearly as much in other forms of motorsport, especially car racing.
Here are the Outdoor Nationals attendance figures thus far:
|5/11||Glen Helen (CA)||21,470*|
|5/26||High Point (PA)||18,305|
|6/16||Budds Creek (MD)||20,117*|
|7/7||Red Bud (MI)||24,618*|
|7/14||Kenworthy’s (OH)||Rescheduled for Sept. 7|
* Attendance Record!
Note: All attendance figures courtesy of the AMA.
In addition to the best year of attendance figures ever in the sport, series sponsorship continues to increase thanks to improved media awareness. The NPG has pulled out all the stops with a number of special media promotions designed to drive attention to the Nationals while providing valuable PR for some of its most loyal sponsors. These events include: The Thor Celebrity National @ Glen Helen; Dunlop Tires’ “Where the Snow Meets the Dirt @ Washougal; and The Scott USA Pro Board Sports National @ Washougal. All events utilizing the star power of professional athletes outside the sport of motocross (skateboarders, snowboarders, Olympians, skiers, surfers, etc.). Athletes who proudly show off their riding skills in front of the largest crowds they’ve ever performed in front of, then watch in awe with the rest of the fans when the pro racers like Carmichael, Windham and Stewart take over the track.
In addition, the NPG continues to work to improve the motocross fan’s experience on Sundays throughout the summer, and from coast-to-coast in the United States. Through facility improvements and innovative promotions, the NPG continually upholds its excitement with the great sport of motocross in a constant effort to raise the bar in a series that sets the standard by which all other motocross series’ are judged.
The goal of the NPG is to raise the awareness of motocross through the production of professional championship racing events, while providing the cash prizes — through sponsorship opportunities – for the competitors. For more information on the NPG and motocross results, please visit our web site at www.mxnationals.com or contact Pat Schutte at (734) 222-0688 and firstname.lastname@example.org.