AUGUST 17, 2008
- press release -
Kawasaki Clinches Dual AMA Toyota Motocross Championships in Millville
Ryan Dungey Takes Second Straight Victory at Home Track
MILLVILLE, Minn. (August 17, 2008) After effectively dominating the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship through 10 of the 12 rounds, both Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., clinched the 2008 titles with two rounds remaining in AMA Motocross and AMA Motocross Lites at the Honda Spring Creek Pro National Presented by Scott USA.
The championship marks the first of Stewart’s career in the premier AMA Motocross class. Additionally, he continued his perfect season, clinching the title by taking the first moto win and cruising to victory in the final moto of the day. He is now a perfect 20-0 in motos this season and 10-0 overall.
“This has been my toughest season,” said Stewart. “All the struggles before and everything I went through to get back (healthy). It really makes this (championship) special to me. This is one of the (best) tracks we’ve ridden all year. I really want to thank Kawasaki for all the hard work they’ve put in.”
In AMA Motocross Lites, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., capitalized when Villopoto crashed on the opening lap of the second moto and rode to his second straight victory at his home track.
“It feels good,” explained Dungey. “Two months ago I was just settling for second. I had to believe in myself to get where I am now and compared to last year, when I didn’t win at all, I’m thankful to be healthy and having success.”
Villopoto secured his third straight title after rebounding from his misfortune, bringing home second in the moto and second overall just behind Dungey.
“I just came down the first downhill and I was pushing hard,” stated Villopoto. “I think I hit a wet spot. The next thing I know I was rolling on the ground. I didn’t know exactly where I needed to finish but I had an idea. I just wanted to finish second because I knew I could (catch them).”
Television coverage of the AMA Motocross class can be seen on August 23 at 10 p.m. ET on SPEED with an AMA Motocross Lites show on August 26 at 2 p.m. ET. The AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF heads to Southwick, Mass. for the penultimate Kicker Audio Southwick Motocross National from Motocross 338 on August 23-24.
AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF
Honda Spring Creek Pro National Presented by Scott USA
Spring Creek Motocross Park Millville, Minn.
August 17, 2008
Round 10 of 12
Motocross (Moto Finish)
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 1-1
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 2-5
Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 6-2
Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 10-4
Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 3-12
Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 8-6
Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., KTM, 9-7
Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha, 5-11
Cody Cooper, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 19-3
Charles Summey, Huntersville, N.C., Yamaha, 13-10
Motocross Class Point Standings
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 500
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 334
Andrew Short, Smithville, Teas., Honda, 328
Michael Byrne, Newman, Ga., Suzuki, 317
Cody Cooper, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 230
Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 228
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 221
Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 205
Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 203
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 188
Motocross Lites (Moto Finish)
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 2-1
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 1-2
Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 4-3
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 7-5
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 10-4
Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Honda, 5-11
Andrew McFarlane, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 9-9
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 8-10
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 12-7
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 3-34
Motocross Lites Point Standings
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 485
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 376
Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 305
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 259
Nico Izzi, Saint Clair, Mich., Suzuki, 230
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., KTM, 192
Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Honda, 174
Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 173
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda ,173
Andrew McFarlane, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 156
Interview opportunities are available to the media by contacting AMA Toyota Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at Media@MXNationals.com or by phone at 951-203-2605.
For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to www.amamotocross.com for live timing and scoring at @theWireLIVE!. Racer X Illustrated will host a new and improved webcast on www.motocross.com, with live racing action hosted by Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com has also been added on Saturday night of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.
Credential requests for each round of the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF must be submitted via email to Media@MXNationals.com three weeks prior to the race. Media members interested in interviews with the riders of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF should contact Brandon at 951-203-2605 or email Media@MXNationals.com.
About the National Promoters Group (NPG)
The National Promoters Group (NPG) comprises 12 individual promoters of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF which sanctions outdoor motocross events throughout the United States, and remains the Nation's premier outdoor motocross championship series. NPG's mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide.
About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.