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2008 AMA National Motocross Series – Preview

Published May 20th, 2008

Questions coming into the Nationals …

The 450 class – it could be wide open, as it was the second half of last year. Are the top two guys in AMA/FIM Supercross Series (Chad Reed and Kevin Windham) going to race the Nationals? If so, how many races will they race? (There is no confirmed answer on either.)



What about James Stewart? Is he ready to go after missing most of supercross from knee surgery? (The answer is ‘Yes’. He is ready!)



How about defending National Motocross Champion Grant Langston? He’s probably going to miss the first few rounds due to a broken collarbone … will he be able to come back and be competitive? Mike Alessi, runner up in last year’s championship – he’s also coming back after missing the last half of the supercross season – how will he fare?



Andrew Short keeps on improving on the Honda Red Bull Racing CR450F. Could this be his year? Both Yamaha’s Josh Hill and Honda’s Davi Millsaps won supercrosses this year in the big class? Can they be consistent enough to run for the title?



Half of Honda’s team (Ben Townley and Ivan Tedesco) are coming back from injury as well – how will they do?



The 250 class – there are so many talented & fast guys in the 250 Lites. Besides defending National Champion Ryan Villopoto, you have East Supercross Champion Trey Canard, West Supercross Champion Jason Lawrence, Team Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, and a ton of other hungry guys that all want to win. Who will be the most consistent, and therefore champion at the end of the series? (Ryan Villopoto has shown he can do that the past two years.)

Last year, in the 450 class, Ricky Carmichael raced part time, winning 6 races. James Stewart was the prohibitive favorite coming in, since Carmichael would only ride a limited schedule. Then – injury for Stewart. The series was wide open – Langston, Alessi, Short, Ferry – all had a shot at the title. In the 250 class – it was all Ryan Villopoto and Ben Townley as they battled all season long.

2007 AMA 450 Motocross Points Final Standings:

  1. Grant Langston – 439
  2. Mike Alessi – 423
  3. Andrew Short – 421
  4. Tim Ferry – 417
  5. Kevin Windham – 363
  6. Ricky Carmichael – 291
  7. James Stewart – 290
  8. Michael Byrne – 230
  9. Gavin Gracyk – 218
  10. David Vuillemin – 207

2007 AMA 250 Lites Motocross Points Final Standings:

  1. Ryan Villopoto – 544
  2. Ben Townley – 525
  3. Josh Grant – 346
  4. Jason Lawrence – 277
  5. Ryan Dungey – 267
  6. Jake Weimer – 255
  7. Brett Metcalfe – 242
  8. Thomas Hahn – 220
  9. Martin Davalos – 203
  10. Broc Tickle – 201



2008 MX Schedule – The Venues.

Visit their websites or call to buy your tickets & get more info.

May 25 – Glen Helen, CA – http://www.glenhelen.com/ phone 909 384 9342



June 1 – Hangtown, CA – http://www.hangtownmx.com/ phone 916 984 1167



June 8 – Freestone, TX – http://www.freestonemx.com/ phone 713 880 5533



June 15 – High Point, PA – http://www.highpointmx.com/ phone 304 284 0084



June 28 – Thunder Valley, CO – http://www.mxthundervalley.com/ phone 303 909 7003



July 6 – Red Bud, MI – http://www.redbudmx.com/ phone 269 695 6405



July 13 – Budds Creek, MD – http://www.buddscreek.com/ phone 301 884 9722



July 20 – Unadilla, NY – http://www.unadillamx.com/ phone 607 965 8784



July 27 – Washougal, WA – http://www.washougalmxpk.com/ phone 541 673 1671



August 17 – Spring Creek, MN – http://www.springcreekmx.com/ phone 507 753 2779



August 24 – Southwick, MA – http://www.moto338.com/ phone 413 569 6801



August 31 – Steel City, PA – http://www.steelcitymx.com/ phone 304 284 0084

Supercross.com asked John Ayers, NPG Director of Operations, what’s cool about the AMA National Motocross Series: “The up front & closeness of the bikes, the track, and the racing – you can literally get right next to the track to see your favorite athletes. At most tracks, you can be just a few feet away from the all the great racing action. There is also a great vendor area, with lots of autographs to be had, Miss Supercross, a lot of photo opportunities, including one with a podium, and there are a lot of hands on demonstrations as well.”




2008 MX Riders Numbers:

Ryan Villopoto (2007 Motocross Lites Champ) and Grant Langston (2007 Motocross Champ) can ride with the number #1 in their respective classes, as they are the defending champions. Below are riders ‘permanent’ numbers for 2008.



2 – Ryan Villopoto

3 – Mike Brown

4 – Ricky Carmichael

7 – James Stewart

8 – Grant Langston

9 – Ivan Tedesco

11 – Travis Preston

12 – David Vuillemin

13 – Heath Voss

14 – Kevin Windham

15 – Tim Ferry

16 – John Dowd

17 – Robbie Reynard

18 – Brock Sellards

20 – Josh Grant

22 – Chad Reed

23 – Kyle Lewis

24 – Josh Summey

25 – Nate Ramsey

26 – Michael Byrne

27 – Nick Wey

28 – Ryan Dungey

29 – Andrew Short

30 – Jake Weimer

31 – Brett Metcalfe

32 – Tommy Hahn

33 – Gavin Gracyk

34 – Martin Davalos

35 – Broc Tickle

36 – Kyle Chisholm

37 – Jason Thomas

38 – Andrew McFarlane

39 – Ryan Clark

40 – Josh Hill

41 – Matt Goerke

42 – Paul Carpenter

43 – Jeff Gibson

44 – Troy Adams

45 – Robert Kiniry

47 – Joaquim Rodrigues

48 – Trey Canard

49 – Steve Boniface

51 – Austin Stroupe

52 – Matt LeMoine

53 – Cole Sielbler

55 – Antonio Balbi

56 – Shaun Skinner

57 – Ryan Sipes

58 – Kyle Cunningham

60 – Broc Hepler

61 – Daniel Sani

63 – Dusty Klatt

64 – Tyler Evans

65 – Ryan Morais

66 – Jacob Marsack

67 – Bryan Johnson

68 – Kyle Mace

69 – Kelly Smith

70 – Ryan Mills

71 – Kyle Keylon

72 – Kevin Johnson

73 – Adam Chatfield

74 – Chris Blose

75 – Ricky Renner

76 – Zach Osborne

77 – Branden Jesseman

78 – Keith Johnson

79 – J. Sipes

80 – Michael LaPaglia

81 – Bobby Garrison

82 – Jake Moss

83 – Matt Boni

84 – Chris Whitcraft

85 – Billy Ainsworth

86 – Michael Willard

87 – Tucker Hibbert

88 – Joseph Oehlhof

89 – Robbie Marshall

90 – Scott Simon

91 – Ritchie Owens

92 – Jeff Dement

93 – Kyle Summers

94 – Kevin R.

95 – Kyle Partridge

96 – Doug Dehaan

97 – Tyson Hadsell

98 – Jacob Saylor

99 – Wil Hahn

101 – Ben Townley

102 – Chris Gosselaar

116 – Ryan Morais

118 – Davi Millsaps

132 – Billy Laninovich

341 – Nico Izzi

338 – Jason Lawrence

800 – Mike Alessi

801 – Jeff Alessi




Television: SPEED TV – schedule:

450 Motocross Premiere class



Glen Helen – Sat. – 5/31/08 – 9pm Eastern

Hangtown – Sun. – 6/8/08 – 6pm Eastern

Freestone – Sun. – 6/15/08 – 6pm Eastern

High Point – Sat. – 6/21/08 – 10pm Eastern

Thunder Valley* – Sat. – 6/28/08 – 11:30pm Eastern

Red Bud – Sat. – 7/12/08 – 10pm Eastern

Budds Creek* – Sun. – 7/13/08 – 10pm Eastern

Unadilla – Sat. – 7/26/08 – 10pm Eastern

Washougal – Sat. – 8/2/08 – 10pm Eastern

Spring Creek – Sat. – 8/23/08 – 10pm Eastern

Motocross 338* – Sun. – 8/24/08 – 6pm Eastern

Steel City – Sat. – 9/6/08 – 10pm Eastern



* same day coverage





SPEED will air 12 one-hour broadcasts of the 250 class in the week following the 450 class.



250 Lites class



Glen Helen – Tues. – 6/3/08 – 2pm Eastern

Hangtown – Sun. – 6/15/08 – 5pm Eastern

Freestone – Tues. – 6/17/08 – 2pm Eastern

High Point – Sun. – 6/29/08 – 2pm Eastern

Thunder Valley – Tues. – 7/8/08 – 1pm Eastern

Red Bud – Tues. – 7/15/08 – 2pm Eastern

Budds Creek – Thur. – 7/24/08 – 2pm Eastern

Unadilla – Tues. 7/29/08 – 2pm Eastern

Washougal – Wed. – 8/6/08 – 2pm Eastern

Spring Creek – Tues. – 8/26/08 – 2pm Eastern

Motocross 338 – Tues. – 9/2/08 – 2pm Eastern

Steel City – Tues. – 9/9/08 – 2pm Eastern



Women Will be Racing Too!

The Women’s Motocross Association (WMA) 2008 championship features an all-new race weekend schedule that will showcase the WMA racers during the primetime Sunday program. AMA/WMA Championship rounds will take place at six of the AMA men’s national events and the new schedule has the WMA riders competing their second moto on Sunday afternoon, with moto one taking place on Saturday.



The 2008 WMA schedule is:



Round 1 – May 31 -June 1 – Hangtown MX Sacramento, CA

Round 2 – June 7/8 – Freestone Raceway Wortham, TX

Round 3 – June 28/29 – Thunder Valley MX Lakewood, CO

Round 4 – July 26/27 – Washougal MX Washougal, WA

Round 5 – August 23/24 – MX 338 Southwick, MA

Round 6 – August 30/31 – Steel City Raceway Delmont, PA



Saturdays – WMA Practice – 12:30pm, WMA Pro Moto One – 4:05pm

Sundays – WMA Pro Autographs – 12:00pm – 1:00pm, WMA Pro Moto Two – 2:40pm




A New Award for 2008: Ricky Carmichael Hard-Charger Award

2008 AMA National Motocross Series - Preview - Photo 1 of 19The RC Hard-Charger Award will be given to the rider who passes the most competitors at each round, as counted by the AMA officials’ score sheets from one of the four motos on the day. Each winning rider will receive a $250 check from the NPG and a special award, an acrylic stand-up piece designed by Winner’s Choice Awards that will be personalized each week with recipient’s name, event and date.



“I am truly honored that an award like this will be handed out each week in my honor,” said Carmichael, who won a remarkable 10 consecutive AMA Motocross Championships. “I have a lot of great fans and memories from all of the racetracks on the circuit, and I am thankful that this award will help me stay connected with both the fans and the series.”

We’ll see you at the races!

Photo Gallery: Ben Townley and Ryan Villopoto on the Glen Helen podium, Villopoto leading the pack, Grant Langston after clinching the 2007 AMA Motocross Series Championship, Mike Alessi 800, Trey Canard, Ryan Dungey 62, Tim Ferry 15, headshot of Grant Langston, Grant Langston 8, Jason Lawrence 338, Davi Millsaps 118, Andrew Short 29, James Stewart 7, headshot of Austin Stroupe, Ryan Villopoto 1, headshot of Ryan Villopoto, Kevin Windham 14, and Trey Canard 48.

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