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AMA, FIM joint announcement: Unified Supercross series details

Published February 11th, 2008

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) are pleased to announce that the 2008 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, for the first time ever, will combine both the AMA sanctioned Supercross Series and the FIM sanctioned World Supercross GP programs into a single, consolidated championship and will crown one supercross champion.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) are pleased to announce that the 2008 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, for the first time ever, will combine both the AMA sanctioned Supercross Series and the FIM sanctioned World Supercross GP programs into a single, consolidated championship and will crown one supercross champion.



The 2008 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship Schedule:



January 5, 2008 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium

January 12, 2008 Phoenix, Ariz. Chase Field

January 19, 2008 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium

January 26, 2008 San Francisco, Calif. AT&T Park

February 2, 2008 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium

February 9, 2008 San Diego, Calif. Qualcomm Stadium

February 16, 2008 Houston, Texas Reliant Stadium

February 23, 2008 Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Dome

March 1, 2008 Indianapolis, Ind. RCA Dome

March 7, 2008 Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona International Speedway

March 15, 2008 Minneapolis, Minn. Metrodome

March 29, 2008 Toronto, Canada Rogers Centre

April 5, 2008 Irving, Texas Texas Stadium

April 12, 2008 Detroit, Mich. Ford Field

April 19, 2008 St. Louis, Mo. Edward Jones Dome

April 26, 2008 Seattle, Wash. Qwest Field

May 3, 2008 Las Vegas, Nev. Sam Boyd Stadium



Since 2002, the AMA Supercross Series and the FIM World Supercross GP have run together at stadiums across the United States, with two separate titles awarded at the series finale each year in Las Vegas, Nev. Beginning in 2008, these programs will now be combined, with all of the races counting towards one single world championship.



In 2008, Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will include one race outside the United States when the championship returns to the Rogers Centre, in Toronto, Ont., on March 29th. The remaining 16 rounds will be conducted at stadiums across the United States. For 2009, Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will again include two races outside the United States.



“We are pleased to be able to work together with the FIM to create the consolidated Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship,” said Rob Dingman, AMA President and CEO. “The consolidated series maintains the strong foundation and tradition of AMA Supercross and at the same time internationalizes the championship with select races at stadiums outside the United States. To make the transition as seamless as possible for the teams, riders and support staff, the championship will only include one international race in 2008, in Toronto, however, the program may include a second international race in 2009 and beyond.”



FIM President Vito Ippolito stated, “I have no doubt that the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will be an exciting and thrilling World Championship that will continue to grow season after season. It has all the potential to become a truly ‘big sport’ on the world sports scene in the years to come with rounds outside the United States. I am truly satisfied that the good cooperation between the FIM, the AMA and Live Nation has lead to the integration of supercross into a unique and exclusive World Championship. This will prove to be beneficial for all parties concerned and especially for supercross fans in the United States and all over the world.”



About the FIM



The FIM, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs and sanctions motorcycle sport at the world level. It is the owner of the FIM World Motorcycle World Championships titles, such as MotoGP, FIM Superbike World Championship, FIM QMMF Endurance World Championship, FIM Motocross World Championships, Motocross of Nations, FIM Supermoto World Championship, FIM SPEA Trial World Championship, Trial des Nations, FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship, ISDE, FIM Speedway Grand Prix, FIM Speedway World Cup, etc. The FIM groups together 98 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing, leisure motorcycling, defense of motorcycle users’ rights and interests. Visit www.fim.ch.



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 AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked 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.


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