Fans Will Get Up Close and Personal With the World’s Fastest Racers, Thanks to Open Pits at Hangtown

MORGANTOWN, W.V. (April 21, 2010) – The start of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship is just around the corner. The Rockstar Energy Hangtown Classic is set to take place on May 22, at the Prairie City Off-Highway Vehicle Park just outside Sacramento.

The Rockstar Energy Hangtown Classic is the longest running event on the AMA Motocross circuit, and to celebrate the 42nd edition of the honored event, the thousands of motocross fanatics in attendance will have the chance to get up close and personal with the stars of the sport by simply purchasing a ticket, as the Dirt Diggers Motorcycle Club and MX Sports Pro Racing are pleased to announce open pits for the 2010 season opener!

“Realizing the economic hardship many of us are experiencing coupled with the Dirt Diggers North’s ongoing commitment to the sport and the fans, we made the choice to open our pits to all spectators,” said Hangtown Director John Allen. “The sport should be accessible to all, not just those with the discretionary income. Plus, the chance to get up close with the teams, the bikes and the riders is something that every motocross fan should have the chance to experience at least once in their life. We’re doing our part by giving them that opportunity.”

Open pits provide the rare opportunity for each and every fan to get a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most renowned teams and the planet’s most prestigious motocross series. The Rockstar/Makita Suzuki team, Monster Energy Kawasaki, Honda Red Bull Racing, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda, Muscle Milk/Toyota/Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha, Jagermeister KTM, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki-they will all be out in full force for the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Last year’s series champions Chad Reed (450 Class) and Ryan Dungey (250 Class) will now meet in the premier 450 Class, where they will be joined by 2009 race winners Mike Alessi, Josh Grant, Ivan Tedesco and Tommy Hahn, plus title contenders like Andrew Short, Davi Millsaps, Ben Townley, Justin Brayton and more. All of these riders, plus an entire paddock full of up-and-coming 250cc talent like Christophe Pourcel, Trey Canard, Jake Weimer, Justin Barcia, Tyla Rattray and Tommy Searle, among others, will be in their pits and everyone in attendance can count on the opportunity to get those always-appreciated autographs on raceday, from 9 a.m. until noon, when the pits go hot.

The gates drop on the Rockstar Energy Hangtown Classic and the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship on May 22 in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Festivities for the weekend kick-off on Thursday, May 20 on the steps of the California State Capitol in downtown Sacramento with a special press conference featuring the biggest names in the sport.

For tickets, fan and racing information on the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, log onto www.allisports.com.

For more information about the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, please contact media coordinator Brandon Short via email at brandon@mxsports.com or by telephone at (949) 365-5750.

MX Sports Pro Racing
MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world’s most prestigious motocross series – the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. An industry leader in off road powersport production and management, its mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing fields more than 60,000 action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of active fans, spectators and enthusiasts. For more information, please visit www.mxsportsproracing.com.

Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, is a global business that encompasses national and international action sports tours and events, multimedia production, and a consumer facing lifestyle brand. The Alliance includes: the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, China Invitational, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, King of Wake series, and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour; Alli TV Productions, which creates original content, produces and presents content with partners, and distributes Alli content through a variety of channels. Alli is owned by NBC Sports and MTV Networks and represents a network of athletes, fans, brands and properties. Its mission is to facilitate the momentous growth of action sports, through competition and lifestyle, for a new generation of fans and athletes. The Alli properties are home to more than 550,000 spectators each year and broadcasts more than 150 hours of original content in 100 countries and 280 million homes worldwide. More information can be found at www.allisports.com.

AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization operates and manages AMA Pro Road Racing, which includes AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT. AMA Pro Racing also manages and works closely with the day-to-day operational organizations of the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship and the AMA Pro Supermoto Championship Series in addition to other two-wheel and ATV series. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.