In no particular order ….
1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cobra Dominates Ponca City ^ Loretta,s Is Next
Cobra minicycle pilots capture 16 of top 20 spots in 50cc division at NMA National Finals at Ponca City, Okla.
ANAHEIM, Calif., (August 3, 2004) ^ In what will likely foreshadow the AMA Air Nautiques National Amateur Championships being held this week at Loretta Lynn,s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., Cobra absolutely dominated the NMA National Finals in Ponca City, capturing 16 of the top 20 spots in each of the 50cc stock and modified classes.
,,We couldn,t be happier with the results at Ponca and are looking forward to an equal or better showing by Cobra-mounted racers at Loretta,s this week,? said President of the American-made Cobra Motorcycles, Sean Hilbert. ,,Cobra,s heritage at Loretta,s is unmatched and we,ve been working very hard to continue our title run this week.
Since the company,s inception in 1993, Cobra Motorcycles have won more than 45 National Titles ^ including an unmatched 16 titles in the 50cc class at Loretta,s since 1994.
The Ponca City 50cc results:
50cc Stk thru 6: 1. Blake Green (Cobra); 2. Parker Fleming (Cobra); 3. Conner Mitchell (Cobra); 4. Tristan Charboneau (Cobra); 5. Maxwell Tedder (Cobra).
50cc Mod thru 6: 1. Blake Green (Cobra); 2. Conner Mitchell (Cobra); 3. Parker Fleming (Cobra); 4. Mark Worth (Cobra); 5. Maxwell Tedder (Cobra).
50cc Stk 7-8: 1. Tyler McSwain (Cobra); 2. Ty Simonoe (KTM); 3. Cooper Webb (Cobra); 4. Tanner Wineland (Cobra); 5. Michael Maze (KTM).
50cc Mod 7-8: 1. Tyler McSwain (Cobra); 2. Taylor Perry (KTM); 3. Cooper Webb (Cobra); 4. Brandon Olivares (Cobra); 5. Zachary Commons (KTM).
2. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
List of 250cc Invited Riders for Maxxis U.S. Open
LAS VEGAS (August 3, 2004) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division announced the list of invited riders to the seventh-annual 2004 Maxxis U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“This year’s list of invited riders is the most impressive line-up that we’ve had in seven years of producing this prestigious event,” said Todd Jendro, director of supercross, Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports.
2004 Maxxis U.S. Open Invited Riders
1. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla.
2. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas
3. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss.
4. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla.
5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla.
6. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif.
7. Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md.
8. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif.
9. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif.
10. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif.
11. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich.,
12. Michael Byrne, Temecula, Calif.
13. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif.
14. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif.
15. Tyler Evans, Canyon Lake, Calif.
16. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif.
17. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M.
18. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif.
19. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M.
20. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga.
21. Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla.
22. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo.
23. Isaiah Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M.
24. Erick Vallejo, Dallas, Texas
25. Joe Oehlhof, Hesperia, Calif.
26. Kyle Lewis, Henderson, Nev.
27. Clark Stiles, Athens, Ala.
28. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn.
29. Sebastien Tortelli, Orange Lake, Fla.
30. Darcy Lange, Courtenay, B.C.
31. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla.
32. Bobby Bonds, Marichopa, Calif.
Riders invited to compete in the 2004 Maxxis U.S. Open include defending and current THQ AMA Supercross Series champion Chad Reed, two-time U.S. Open champion and all-time AMA national championship holder Ricky Carmichael, action sports superstar Travis Pastrana and up-and-coming superstar and reigning 125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series champion James Stewart. Veteran Mike LaRocco, who won the 2002 U.S. Open, has also been invited to compete in this prestigious event.
3. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chad Reed Confirms Participation in the 2004 Maxxis U.S. Open
Reigning U.S. Open Champion to Defend his Title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
AURORA, Ill. (August 4, 2004) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division announced today that Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla., entered the starting grid for the seventh-annual Maxxis U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas October 8 & 9.
Reed, 22, earned his first Maxxis U.S. Open championship in 2003, winning both nights of racing while clinching the championship in front of a sold-out Saturday night crowd. The Australia-native won the THQ World Supercross GP championship in 2003 and captured the THQ AMA Supercross Series championship in 2004. Reed is the only rider who has had recent success beating supercross standout Ricky Carmichael. In 2003, he won nine main events, including a six-race win streak over Carmichael at the end of the season.
“I couldn’t be more excited to race against Carmichael and the rest of the field at the MGM,” said Reed. “I have been looking forward to racing against him (Carmichael) since the start of the supercross season. He’s one of the most talented riders out there, and I know I am going to be on it that weekend.”
In addition to defending Maxxis U.S. Open champion and current THQ AMA Supercross Series champion Chad Reed, other invited riders for the seventh-annual Maxxis U.S. Open include all-time AMA national championship holder Ricky Carmichael, action sports superstar Travis Pastrana and up-and-coming superstar and reigning 125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series champion James Stewart. Veteran Mike LaRocco, who won the 2002 U.S. Open, has also been invited to compete in this prestigious event.
4. Mies, August 3/le 3 aoÃ»t 2004
Motocross World Championship
Championnat du Monde de Motocross
Namur-BEL (08/08/04) : entry list – liste des engagÃƒÂ©s
>From 175cc to 250cc 2-stroke and from 290cc to 450cc 4-stroke
De 175cc ÃƒÂ 250cc 2 temps et de 290cc ÃƒÂ 450cc 4 temps
NÃ‚Â° dÃƒÂ©p. Riders/Pilotes
NAT FMN Machine
2 PICHON Mickael FRA FFM Honda
7 MELOTTE CÃƒÂ©dric BEL FMB Yamaha
8 JÃƒÂ–RGENSEN Brian DEN DMU Honda
11 RAMON Steve BEL FMB KTM
12 THEYBERS Danny BEL FMB Yamaha
18 BERVOETS Marnicq BEL FMB Yamaha
20 JELEN Roman SLO AMZS Husqvarna
21 DINI Fabrizio ITA FMI KTM
24 STRIJBOS Kevin BEL KNMV Suzuki
26 PYRHONEN Antti FIN SML TM
27 ATSUTA Yoshitaka JPN ACU Honda
28 SEGUY Luigi FRA FFM Yamaha
31 COPPINS Joshua NZL MNZ Honda
34 NOBLE James GBR ACU Honda
40 LEOK Tanel EST MUL Suzuki
43 MEO Antoine FRA FFM Kawasaki
48 BURNHAM Christian GBR ACU KTM
72 EVERTS Stefan BEL FMB Yamaha
74 FREIBERGS Lauris LAT LaMSF Honda
75 DOBES Josef CZE DMSB Suzuki
77 KOVALAINEN Marko FIN SML Honda
78 DEMARIA Yves FRA FFM KTM
80 DE DIJCKER Ken BEL FMB Honda
97 BREUGELMANS Sven BEL FMB KTM
105 BILL Julien SUI FMS KTM
117 JONES Mark GBR ACU KTM
123 ODDENINO Enrico ITA FMI TM
211 MACKENZIE Billy GBR ACU Yamaha
288 IZOIRD Fabien FRA FFM KTM
296 VANDERHEYDEN Wim MUL BEL Yamaha
Reserve riders/pilotes rÃƒÂ©serve
200 GODRIE Christof BEL FMB Honda
207 SERONVAL Steve BEL FMB Honda
>From 100cc to 125cc 2-stroke and from 175cc to 250cc 4-stroke
De 100cc ÃƒÂ 125cc 2 temps et de 175cc ÃƒÂ 250cc 4 temps
NÃ‚Â° dÃƒÂ©p. Riders/Pilotes
NAT FMN Machine
4 CHIODI Alessio ITA FMI Yamaha
5 BARTOLINI Andrea ITA FMI Yamaha
15 McFARLANE Andrew AUS MUL Yamaha
16 RATTRAY Tyla RSA MSA KTM
17 DE REUVER Marc NED KNMV KTM
19 SWORD Stephen GBR ACU Kawasaki
22 FEDERICI Claudio ITA FMI Yamaha
30 TOWNLEY Ben NZL MNZ KTM
37 CAPS Patrick BEL FMB Yamaha
38 VAN DAELE Marvin BEL FMB Suzuki
49 GONCALVES Rui POR FNM Yamaha
52 LEURET Pascal FRA FFM KTM
55 NUNN Carl GBR ACU Honda
60 BARREDA Juan SPA RFME KTM
65 MONNI Manuel ITA FMI Yamaha
66 STEVANINI Cristian ITA FMI Honda
68 PHILIPPAERTS David ITA FMI KTM
69 AVIS Wyatt RSA MSA Suzuki
71 MASCHIO Mickael FRA FFM Kawasaki
76 LEOK Aigar EST EMF KTM
83 BARRAGAN Jonathan SPA RFME KTM
87 DEMENT Jeff USA FMI Honda
90 POURCEL SÃƒÂ©bastien FRA FFM Kawasaki
92 CHERUBINI Luca ITA FMI Suzuki
112 CEPELAK Jiri CZE ACCR KTM
114 SWANEPOEL Gareth RSA DMSB KTM
118 BOISSIERE Anthony FRA FFM Yamaha
121 SALAETS Christophe BEL FMB Honda
202 SMITH Wayne GBR ACU KTM
203 VAN NOOTEN Jurgen BEL FMB Yamaha
204 CAMPANO Carlos SPA RFME Yamaha
222 CAIROLI Antonio ITA FMI Yamaha
223 BRABEC Jan CZE ACCR Kawasaki
225 COLLET Vincent BEL FMB **
226 DE BELDER Tom BEL FMB Honda
229 VAN VIJFEIJKEN Rob NED KNMV Yamaha
239 SANDOULY Frederic FRA FFM Yamaha
241 SMYTH Danny GBR ACU Honda
262 VAN HERCK Kenny BEL FMB Yamaha
263 SEISTOLA Matti FIN SML Honda
264 BANKEN Jonathan BEL FMB Yamaha
265 BAL Pascal BEL FMB Yamaha
266 WEIGERT FrÃƒÂ©dÃƒÂ©ric BEL FMB Yamaha
269 VEHVILAINEN Jussi FIN SML Honda
291 STEINBERGS Ivo LAT LaMSF Yamaha
297 ALVAREZ Raul SPA RFME Honda
298 AGUILAR Glenn PHI NAMSSA Honda
299 DIERCKX Dennis BEL MUL Yamaha
377 POURCEL Christophe FRA FFM Kawasaki
711 ALLIER Thomas FRA FFM Kawasaki
5. PRESS RELEASE
KTM North America, Inc., has confirmed an eight rider “international powerhouse team” to compete in the 10th edition of the X-Games. With sponsorship backing from Red Bull, members of KTM’s Temecula, California based team will showcase their talents and KTM’s distinctive orange motorcycles in Moto X Supermoto and Freestyle Motocross event competition.
“KTM’s X-Games Supermoto team consists of the top names in a variety of motorcycle racing disciplines including supermoto, motocross, road racing, dirt track and freestyle.” said KTM Motorsports Marketing Manager, Ron Heben. “With so many talented athletes we look to bring home a gold medal or two.” Competing in MotoX Supermoto events on KTM’s Austrian made motorcycles are European supermoto superstars Juergen Kuenzel and Thierry Van Den Bosch, former 125cc motocross world and national champion as well as reigning Unlimited Supermoto Champion Grant Langston, FIM GP road racer Kurtis Roberts, AMA Supermoto Columbus National Winner Ben Carlson and former 2-time AMA 125cc motocross champion Micky Dymond. Perhaps the most popular personality of the weekend is KTM freestyle icon “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram. Known for his inspiring aerial stunts the likable former X-Games gold medalist will work a double shift competing in MotoX Supermoto and Freestyle competition at the event. If everything works as planned, Bartram will have just enough time to swap his KTM 450cc SMR Supermoto bike for his KTM 250cc SX freestyle bike. Fellow KTM freestyler Ronnie Renner will co-anchor KTM’s X-Games freestyle effort.
6. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
$300,000 Purse Up For Grabs at Maxxis U.S. Open
AURORA, Ill. (August 4, 2004) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division announced the payout structure for the seventh-annual 2004 Maxxis U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Maxxis U.S. Open posts the largest single-race payout in motorcycle racing with a $300,000 purse that awards the winner $100,000.
Maxxis U.S. Open 250cc Class Payout
7th: $ 8,000.00
15th: $ 2,200.00
7. X Games Freestyle Gold Medalist and 125 National Champion, Travis Pastrana
will compete this Summer on SuzukiÃƒÂs from Pennsylvania dealer, Jeff Cernic.
Cernic’s Suzuki is one of the largest Suzuki dealers in the country and was
one of PastranaÃƒÂs original sponsors in conjunction with Suzuki Sports before
he moved to the factory team. The long-standing relationship has brought
Pastrana and Cernic back together to partner for the upcoming X Games and
Travis will compete in Moto X Freestyle and Moto X Best Trick at this yearÃƒÂs
X Games on a Suzuki RM250. Pastrana will also attempt to claim the X Games
inaugural Supermoto event on a Suzuki DRZ400. Upon completion of the X
Games, Travis will campaign the AMA Supermoto Series, starting out on a
DRZ400, before later switching to the all-new 2005 Suzuki RMZ450.
The Cernic’s / Pastrana team will consist of Mechanic, Matt Crown; Team
Manager, Ron Meredith; and Team Owner, Jeff Cernic. Providing support for
the team will be American Suzuki, Parts Unlimited, Thor, Sobe, Yoshimura,
Dunlop, MCR Suspension, Tag Metals, Braking, M2R Helmets, Smith Goggles,
Alpinestars, Nixon Watches, Kicker, OGIO, Grand Prix Apparel, White
Brothers, VP Racing Fuels, and new sponsor DC Shoes.
8. Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki and Team Kawasaki/Pro Circuit/Chevy Trucks Introduce Riders
IRVINE, Calif. (August 4, 2004) – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., today announced its racing lineup for the 2005 THQ AMA Supercross Series and 2005 AMA Chevrolet Motocross Championship. Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki will lead the company’s 250 racing efforts, while Team Kawasaki/Pro Circuit/Chevy Trucks will manage the 125 team.
JAMES STEWART: Returning to the team for a fourth season is three-time professional Supercross/motocross champion James “Bubba” Stewart. Stewart recently signed on to continue a long career with the brand that began with Team Green(TM) in 1993. The 18-year-old Kawasaki rider has been touted as the “Tiger Woods of Motocross” by ESPN The Magazine, and has broken nearly every 125 record in the books. Stewart, with three 125 titles already to his credit, will be making the switch to the 250 class in 2005 and racing amongst some of the most talented athletes in the world.
MICHAEL BYRNE: Three-time Australian champion Michael Byrne, 25, is also returning to Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki. Byrne is a five-time member of Australia’s Motocross des Nations team and played an integral role in his country’s 2002 World Cup Championship. Byrne is currently in the midst of his first full season riding in the 250 class, and his first season with Kawasaki.
“We’re fortunate to have two returning riders on the team. The familiarity between the riders and the team is already in place and the camaraderie makes transition to new 2005 machines that much easier,” said Bruce Stjernstrom, director, professional racing, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. “Both Stewart and Byrne know what it takes to be a champion and will be tough competition for the rest of the 250 class.”
“Kawasaki has enjoyed much success the past 12 years with Pro Circuit managing the 125 racing efforts,” continued Stjernstrom. “The lineup we have for 2005 is very strong – four of the riders on the team have AMA championships under their belts. With proven equipment, the drive to win and the experience gained in all of their careers thus far, this team has a very solid base.”
IVAN TEDESCO: Leading the charge is returning team member and current 125 Western Regional champion Ivan Tedesco of Murrieta, Calif. In 2004, the 22-year old New Mexico native took home his first career championship aboard an all-new four-stroke motorcycle, the Kawasaki KX250F. Tedesco was a model of consistency from the very first round in Anaheim, putting himself on the podium at every round and winning seven of eight races in the chase for the title.
STEPHANE RONCADA: Tedesco is joined by former 125 Supercross champion Stephane Roncada of Menifee, Calif., who is also coming back for his sophomore year with the team. The likeable 25-year-old French-born rider was on the podium six times during the 2004 125 Western Regional Supercross Series, finishing third overall in points. He carried that momentum into the current 2004 motocross series, earning second overall at the series opener at Hangtown.
MATT WALKER: McDonough, Ga., native Matt Walker, 22, will also head back to the Team Kawasaki/Pro Circuit/Chevy Trucks tent for 2005. Walker, who was plagued with injuries earlier in the year and missed almost the entire 2004 Supercross series, is currently hitting his stride in the 2004 AMA Chevrolet Motocross Championship series. Walker has placed second overall in the last two motocross races (Unadilla, NY and Troy, Ohio) and is continuing to pick up the pace as the season continues.
PAUL CARPENTER: After spending 2004 with Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki, 23-year-old Paul Carpenter is switching teams to join Kawasaki’s venerable 125 racing organization, Team Kawasaki/Pro Circuit/Chevy Trucks. Carpenter, who is one of the most successful four-stroke riders in the sport, is a four-time AMA Four-Stroke National Champion. The 2004 season is Carpenter’s first full year competing in both Supercross and motocross, and he finished out the 125 Eastern Regional Supercross Series in fourth place overall, despite missing the first round due to an injury.
GRANT LANGSTON: Grant Langston of Lake Elsinore, Calif., who earned his first career AMA championship in 2003 when he won the AMA Chevrolet 125 Motocross Championship, will be the newest face on a Kawasaki in 2005. The 22-year-old rider, originally from South Africa, is also the 2000 FIM 125 World Champion. He competed in the 2004 THQ AMA Supercross Series in the 250 class, but missed several rounds due to injury and is currently sitting out the motocross season in order to fully recover in time for 2005 Supercross season opener.
9. SUZUKI SET FOR FINAL HOME GP Team Suzuki Press Office ^ August 4, 2004.
Team Suzuki is currently loading up and preparing to travel the short trip across Belgium to Namur for the 13th round of the FIM MX1 World Championship this weekend. The Grand Prix of Wallonie represents the fifth and final round located within the Benelux region this season and also a last chance for the Mol-based squad to notch a victory on home turf.
Kevin Strijbos placed fourth overall last Sunday in the Czech Republic and will be chasing his third podium of the season in front of his fans come Sunday afternoon with both MX1 races of 35 minutes and two laps duration set to be broadcast live on Eurosport.
The Belgian teenager has already sprayed champagne on two occasions – in Italy and Holland – and is currently joint third in the OEMoto winners, table behind multi World Champions Stefan Everts and Mickael Pichon with two victories so far. Strijbos holds fifth place in the Riders World Championship and trails countryman Steve Ramon by 47 points.
Both Strijbos and Motovision Suzuki rider Tanel Leok have emerged as the young stars of the MX1 classification this season. Strijbos, results speak for themselves with as little as just three years Grand Prix experience – and only his second season with a factory team – while Leok has posted some incredible race finishes, initially on the production RM 250, and then with the prototype version of the RM-Z450.
The pair is set to represent their countries for the Motocross des Nations at the start of October. Strijbos and Leok – who are both under the age of 20 – along with Joel Smets, have helped Suzuki to a current standing of third in the Manufacturers points table while negotiating the debut season for the 450 four stroke.
Located in the town centre and sprawled over a park topping the mount, Namur, or the Citadelle,, is a unique venue and offers a fast and technical test like no other in world motocross. The course bobs and weaves around the former military stronghold cutting through woodland with near-vertical drops and climbs; a narrow track shrouded by trees and passing under a footbridge and even a pub! The gate is situated on the flat parade ground at the peak of the mount and this Esplanade, houses the pits, a rhythm section, and is virtually the only man-made part of the circuit. Often dubbed the Monaco of Motocross, Namur is more akin to an Enduro test but at much higher speed.
Namur is one of the oldest and most characteristic circuits in World Championship motocross history: It first hosted a Grand Prix in the inaugural FIM competition back in 1957 when Sweden’s Sten Lundin was the winner. Since then, Namur has seen many of the great stars of the sport brave the tree-root-lined course and entertained the 2001 Motocross des Nations where France won for the first time. Despite being absent from the calendar in 2002, Namur has been a constant and usually unforgettable annual event in Grand Prix motocross. Last year,s spectators at the Citadelle witnessed a Belgian clean sweep as Stefan Everts conquered the old 125cc and MXGP – now MX2 and MX1 categories respectively – and Cedric Melotte sealed his first ever GP success in the 650 class.
The GP of Wallonie has been organised and marshalled by former multi- World Champion and the first ever triple crown, holder Eric Geboers, brother of Team Suzuki owner Sylvain. Thanks to a comprehensive marketing campaign throughout the season so far, the club are expecting one of their biggest attendances in recent times and added novelties to the race programme includes a ride-out, on Friday for the public to sample the Namur dirt for themselves!
10. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMA Pro Racing Continues to Explore MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS Effort
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 4, 2004) — AMA Pro Racing announced today that it continues to explore whether or not it will send a team to the 2004 Motocross of Nations (MXoN). While making the announcement AMA Pro Racing Supercross/Motocross Series Manager Steve Whitelock said the team-selection process took an unexpected turn last week which necessitated a review of the situation. “We’ve been considering the possibility of sending a team for weeks now,” said Whitelock. “We’ve had conversations with all the top riders, team managers and manufacturers. We had reached a point where we had a team in place, and in fact were preparing the announcement, then suddenly the team we had assembled dissolved.”
The Motocross of Nations is comprised of three-man teams from around the world. Generally, current top-ranked riders are invited to race on behalf of their countries. Some top Americans who were considered to be logical picks to represent the United States said they wouldn’t participate in the event. This year’s MXoN is scheduled to be held in Lierop, Netherlands on Oct. 1-3.
“Even though some riders had declined, we had commitments in place and had organized a strong team. Unfortunately the landscape changed and we are back to square one,” said Whitelock.
Whitelock acknowledged the riders who have come forward volunteering to race at the MXoN. “A few riders have publicly stated their willingness to ride and we think that’s admirable,” stated Whitelock. “Unfortunately, the situation is not that simple. Along with the willingness of the riders, we must have a strong commitment from the manufacturers who sponsor them to prep and maintain equipment. That part of the equation is also in question right now. And, it’s not even about being guaranteed a win, it’s about ensuring the American team has, at the very least, a reasonable chance of success. Considering where the situation lies right now, that ‘reasonable chance’ is in doubt. We must have assurance that each rider will have access to the best possible equipment. To go up against the world’s top riders on anything less is not an option.”
Whitelock also recognized the fans who have contacted AMA Pro Racing urging that a team be organized. “We have received plenty of e-mails and letters from passionate fans who want to see an American team under any circumstances,” continued Whitelock. “We empathize with that passion but it’s our responsibility to make the decision that’s in the best interest of our riders. Bowing to public pressure and throwing together an under-supported team is not in the best interests of anyone, particularly the sport of motocross in the United States.”
Whitelock stated that the situation could go either way at this point. “Frankly speaking, we need to acknowledge the possibility that we won’t be going in 2004,” said Whitelock. “However, we’re going to continue working on it until all reasonable possibilities have been exhausted. If we can create a scenario that makes sense we’ll go. Otherwise, we’ll turn our attention to 2005.”