Suzuki Returns as Title Sponsor of Crossover Challenge

Suzuki Crossover Challenge Rides Edison International Field

AURORA, Ill. (January 14, 2002) – American Suzuki Motor Corp., returns as the title sponsor for the 2003 Crossover Challenge at the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Friday, January 31, 2003 at Edison International Field in Anaheim, Calif. The 24 participants competing in the Suzuki Crossover Challenge, a collection of the world’s top action sport athletes and celebrities racing on a supercross track will compete on Suzuki’s RM 125cc motorcycle. In addition, each participant will be given his or her own mechanic and factory support.

This year’s event marks the third season that Suzuki has held the title position for the event. The factory support that Suzuki provides athletes for this event is a chance of a lifetime.

The Crossover Challenge is comprised of 24 riders, separated into eight teams of three. The combined points from all three riders determine the team’s final score. The winning team presents $1,000 to a charity of their choice.

“Suzuki is proud to be a part of this event where athletes from all sports get to showcase their versatility,” said Mel Harris, vice president, American Suzuki Corp.

Mountain biker Brian Lopes, who was a member of last year’s winning team said: “I think supercross is definitely one of the best action sports out there. I go to as many supercross races I can each year. I love bicycles, but if I had to do it again, I would try supercross for a career.”

Current List of Riders

Adam Booth, BMX
Jordan Burns, Musician for Strung Out
BJ Smith, MotoWorld/ESPN
Victor Sheldon, Jet Skiing
Garth Tarlow, Surfing
Sunny Garcia, Surfing
Jim Domann, White Water Rafting
John Hopkins, Road Racing
Robbie Miranda, BMX
Aaron Cooke, BMX
Alan Cooke, BMX
Jason Ellis, Skateboarding
Keith Divirgillio, Musician for Fraction
Salman Agah, Skateboarding
Scott Wimmer, NASCAR
Scott Riggs, NASCAR
Anthony Furlong, Skateboarding
Steve Cabellero, Skateboarding
Brian Lopes, Mountain Biking
Phil Tinsman, Mountain Biking
Matt Waitman, Ebay Experience Winner

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About THQ World Supercross GP and 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 2002-2003, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major markets throughout the United States as a part of the AMA Supercross Series. The other 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. An AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned 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 AMA Supercross Series, log on to