AURORA, Ill. (April 26, 2004) – THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series made its début in Las Vegas on March 17, 1990 and became the home of the supercross finals in 1993, crowning the 250cc champion and showcasing the 125cc talents in the Dave Coombs East/West 125cc Shootout. This year¿s finale takes place Saturday, May 1 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Below are some facts on the storied final race.
- Jeff ¿Chicken¿ Matiasevich won the first and his only 250cc supercross in Las Vegas. Mike LaRocco and Jeff Emig also won their first 250cc supercross race in Las Vegas.
- Seven-time 250cc supercross champion Jeremy McGrath won his first 125 race in Las Vegas. It was his first professional season and his only career victory on a Kawasaki.
- In 1993, Jeff Stanton earned his final 250cc supercross race win in Las Vegas.
- Other riders who won their last 250cc supercross in Las Vegas: Jean-Michel Bayle (¿92) and Doug Henry (¿97).
- Last year became the first time since 1997 that the 250cc championship was decided in the last race of the season. In 1997, Jeff Emig needed a ninth if Jeremy McGrath won the race. Emig finished in fifth, winning the title while Jeremy finished in seventh, 15 points back in the final tally.
- Last season the 250cc THQ AMA Supercross Series championship came down to two riders, Chad Reed and Ricky Carmichael, and 10 points. While Carmichael walked away with the Vegas win and his third THQ AMA Supercross Series 250cc championship, Reed finished second and won the last six races of the season.
- In 1997, Yamaha pilot Doug Henry became the first rider in history to win a 250cc supercross on a four stroke.
- Jeremy McGrath is the ¿King of Las Vegas.¿ Despite choosing not to ride in 1995, he won four times at Sam Boyd stadium. (¿94, ¿98-`00) He also won three straight 125 races in Las Vegas.
In 2004, a new THQ World Supercross GP champion will be crowned as well as a new THQ AMA Supercross Series champion.
Media day is scheduled for Friday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m., featuring the top three riders in the both 125cc regional divisions and the top three riders in the 250cc points standings. The press conference will be broadcast live on supercross.cc.com at Noon (local time).
Fan Promotions in Las Vegas:
- $10 discount coupons are available for fans at participating Del Taco locations.
- Fans will be able to enter the pit party with their event ticket from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1.
About THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series
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 Entertainmentt 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.supercross.cc.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.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevrolet Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com www.amaproracing.com.