’04 Supercross preview

’04 Supercross preview





Who’s going to step up and take the championship???





Listen to Supercross champs Jeff Emig & Rick Johnson preview the season. They talk about RC, Reed, Windham, Vuillemin, Langston, Lusk, Wey, Hamblin, LaRocco, Stewart, Jesseman, McGrath, and more! It’s 7.9 megs to download, and 18 minutes in length





Honda: Ricky Carmichael, Ernesto Fonseca, Nate Ramsey



Yamaha: Chad Reed, David Vuillemin, Tim Ferry



Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki: James Stewart, Michael Byrne, Paul Carpenter



Suzuki: Sean Hamblin, Nick Wey, Branden Jesseman, Brian Gray, Davi Millsaps, Broc Hepler, Seb Tortelli



KTM Red Bull: Grant Langston, Ryan Hughes (motocross only), Joaquim Rodrigues, Josh Woods, Brett Metcalfe, Casey Lytle



Boost Yamaha of Troy: Mike Brown, Danny Smith, Kelly Smith, Josh Hansen, Brock Sellards



Factory Connection/Honda: Mike LaRocco, Kevin Windham, Travis Preston, Chris Gosselaar, Ryan Mills, Billy Laninovich



Mach 1 Yamaha: Heath Voss, Ezra Lusk



Pro Circuit Kawasaki: Stephane Roncada, Eric Sorby, Matt Walker, Ivan Tedesco



Team Suzuki MotoworldRacing.com: Andrew Short, Steve Boniface, Daryl Hurley, Bobby Kiniry, Shae Bentley



Team ECC (Escondido Cycle Center): Mike Craig, Johnny Aubert, Derek Costella, Tucker Hibbert, Evan Laughridge, and helping Tyler Evans



Team MotoXXX: Kyle Lewis, Larry Ward, Tim Weigand, Damon Huffman



Motosports Outlet/MSR/White Brothers Honda: J. S. Roy, Craig Anderson, Tiger Lacey, Justin Buckelew, Sean Collier



Subway/Service Honda: Jason Thomas, Joe Oehlhof, Clark Stiles



Lamson Racing: Steve Lamson



Powerhouse Yamaha: Vincent Blair, Daniel Blair



Gomez Racing/TeamVRM.com: Johnny Marley, Billy Payne



Williams Bros. Racing/O’Neal/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki: Troy Adams, Richie Owens



If your team is not listed here, please e-mail your press release & photos to Supercross.com at this e-mail address [email protected]



Who they are, what their numbers are

  • 3* Mike Brown, Johnson City, TN
  • 4* Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL
  • 5* Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN
  • 6* Steve Lamson, Camino, CA
  • 7* Greg Albertyn, Coto De Caza, CA
  • 8* Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, CA
  • 10* Larry Ward, Florence, SC
  • 11* Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, GA
  • 12* David Vuillemin, Corona, CA
  • 14* Kevin Windham, Centreville, MS
  • 15* Tim Ferry, Largo, FL
  • 16* John Dowd, Ludlow, MA
  • 17* Robbie Reynard, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 18* Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, OH
  • 19* Doug Henry, Torrington, CT
  • 20* Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, CA
  • 21* Stephane Roncada, France
  • 22* Chad Reed, Australia
  • 23* Kyle Lewis, Henderson, NV
  • 24* Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, CA
  • 25* Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, CA
  • 26 Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, CA
  • 27* Nick Wey, Dewitt, MI
  • 28 Heath Voss, Mico, TX
  • 29 Ivan Tedesco, Lake Elsinore, CA
  • 30 Craig Anderson, Corona, CA
  • 31 Keith R Johnson, Albuquerque, NM
  • 32 Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 33 Kelly Smith, Ludington, MI
  • 34 Clark Stiles, Athens, AL
  • 35 Chris Gosselaar, Corona, CA
  • 36 Sean Hamblin, Sun City, CA
  • 37 Eric Sorby, Murrieta, CA
  • 38 Jason Thomas, Melrose, FL
  • 39 Michael Brandes, Aptos, CA
  • 40 Brett Metcalfe, Temecula, CA
  • 41 Brian Gray, St. Augustine, FL
  • 42 Steve Boniface, Temecula, CA
  • 43 Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, NM
  • 44 Ryan Mills, Clintondale, NY
  • 45 Joaquim Rodrigues, Temecula, CA
  • 46 Daryl Hurley, Riverside, CA
  • 47 Matthieu Lalloz, Corona, CA
  • 48 Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, NY
  • 49 Branden Jesseman, Fombell, PA
  • 50 Josh Woods, Flint, MI
  • 51 Josh Demuth, Haslet, TX
  • 52 Greg Schnell, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • 53 Robert Kiniry, Skaneateles, NY
  • 54 Steve Mertens, Sonoma, CA
  • 55 Casey Lytle, Saugus, CA
  • 56 Tim Weigand, Chatsworth, CA
  • 57 Joe Oehlhof, Hesperia, CA
  • 58 Brian Mason, Nashville, IL
  • 59 Tyler Evans, Canyon Lake, CA
  • 60 Danny Smith, Middleton, ID
  • 61 Broc Hepler, Kittanning, PA
  • 62 Troy Adams, Brooksville, FL
  • 63 Travis Preston, Hesperia, CA
  • 64 Keith S Johnson, Carver, MA
  • 65 James Povolny, Mendota Hts, MN
  • 66 Richie Owens, Wildomar, CA
  • 67 Damien Plotts, Millmont, PA
  • 68 Jean Sebastien Roy, PQ, Canada
  • 69 Joshua Hansen, Elbert, CO
  • 70 Bobby Bonds, Bakersfield, CA
  • 71 David Pingree, Temecula, CA
  • 72 Tony Lorusso, Rocky Hill, CT
  • 73 Evan Laughridge, San Jacinto, CA
  • 74 Erick Vallejo, Mexico
  • 75 Billy Laninovich, Escondido, CA
  • 76 Michael Treadwell, Enfield, CT
  • 77 Ted Campbell, Meridian, ID
  • 78 Kevin W Johnson, Albuquerque, NM
  • 79 Doug Dehaan, Ontario, Canada
  • 80 Josh Summey, Stanley, NC
  • 81 Marco Dube, PQ, Canada
  • 82 Craig Decker, Lake Elsinore, CA
  • 83 Michael Blose, Phoenix, AZ
  • 84 Tyson Hadsell, Hudson, FL
  • 85 Jeremias Israel, Laguna Beach, CA
  • 86 Ty Wallace, Phoenixville, PA
  • 87 Jeff Gibson, Westerville, OH
  • 88 Buddy Antunez, Temecula, CA
  • 89 Blair Morgan, Prince Albert, Canada
  • 90 Paul Veracka, Bridgewater, MA
  • 91 Brad Modjewski, Hatley, WI
  • 92 Ryan Dudek, Long Beach, CA
  • 93 Tommy Hofmaster, Pearl City, IL
  • 94 Dustin Nelson, El Cajon, CA
  • 95 Turbo Reif, Atascadero, CA
  • 96 Barry Carsten, Bayville, NJ
  • 97 Jeremy Chaussee, Lancaster, CA
  • 98 Tom Welch, Charlotte Hall, MD
  • 99 Bruce Stratton, Clifton Springs, MD
  • 103* Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, CA
  • 199* Travis Pastrana, Davidsonville, MD
  • 259* James Stewart Jr., Haines City, FL

* Career National Numbers





When & where they race



January 3 – Anaheim CALIFORNIA – Edison International Field (125 West)

January 10 – Phoenix ARIZONA – Bank One Ballpark (125 West)

January 17 – Anaheim CALIFORNIA – Edison International Field (125 West)

January 24 – San Diego CALIFORNIA – Qualcomm Stadium (125 West)

January 31 – Anaheim CALIFORNIA – Edison International Field (125 West)

February 7 – San Francisco CALIFORNIA – Pac Bell Park (125 West)

February 14 – Houston TEXAS – Reliant Park (125 East)

February 21 – Minneapolis MINNESOTA – HHH Metrodome (125 East)

February 28 – Atlanta GEORGIA – GeorgiaDome (125 East)

March 6 – Daytona Beach FLORIDA – Daytona International Speedway (125 East)

March 13 – St. Louis MISSOURI – Edward Jones Dome (125 East)

March 20 – Indianapolis INDIANA – RCA Dome (125 East)

April 3 – Pontiac MICHIGAN – Silverdome (125 East)

April 17 – Dallas TEXAS – Texas Stadium (125 West)

April 24 – Salt Lake City UTAH – Rice-Eccles Stadium (125 West)

May 1 – Las Vegas NEVADA – Sam Boyd Stadium (125 Shootout)





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* Here’s a recap of the 2003 supercross season



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Chad Reed. Everyone is expecting him to win with RC out

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Michael Byrne’s KX 250

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Ricky Carmichael, the defending champion, out with knee surgery

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Tim Ferry

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Hey, what are you looking at?

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Suzuki’s Brian Gray

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Sean Hamblin

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The RM 250

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James Stewart. Will he race the 250’s?

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Branden Jesseman

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Grant Langston. He’ll be #8 on a KTM 250

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Mike LaRocco

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Is this guy coming back? His name is Jeremy McGrath, and if he does he’ll be #2 on a Honda

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Not quite 16 yet: Davi Millsaps

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Millsaps 125 Suzuki

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Mr. Reed

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Yamaha MX team manager Jim Perry with Reed’s bike

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Roger De Coster with assistant Rick Johnson. They have plans for Suzuki’s youngsters

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Stephane Roncada will be riding for the Pro-Circuit team

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James ‘Bubbalicious’ Stewart

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What a lot of riders see of James

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David Vuillemin’s factory Yamaha

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David Vuillemin

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Matt Walker: Team Pro-Circuit

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Nick Wey: Suzuki 250 rider

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Kevin Windham, back after two seasons away from supercross. Will he step it up on the CRF 450?

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Mike, Johnny, Evan, and Derek from Team ECC

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Brock Sellard’s Boost Yamaha four-stroke

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Ivan Tedesco of Pro-Circuit

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Grant Langston, 250 KTM

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Casey Lytle (yes!) will be riding on KTM’s 125 team

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Joaquim Rodrigues and Brett Metcalfe having some fun on their KTM’s



Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes





What are the top riders doing while there are no big races? Lots.



Lots of testing and preparation for ’04. Lots of media and sponsor responsibilities – TV, radio, photo, print, web, and more.



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How does Yamaha get all those cool photos? Frank Hoppen and Tim Ferry show you how

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One of Suzuki’s race shops. Everything gets tested before a new season

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Davi Millsaps gets some photos taken by Kinney Jones

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This is inside one of Suzuki’s race shops. These guys are doing something very top secret and important. Or maybe not …

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Nick Wey, Wendy, and the SX/MX Media Guru perform TV magic

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David Vuillemin’s bike ready to be photographed



Only a taste

Only a taste





This is just a taste of the sixth annual A Day In The Dirt. You can’t experience it all by just words or photos. What is A Day In The Dirt? It’s one of the ‘funnest’ events on the planet. Where else can you ride, race, and hangout with some of the coolest people on earth? It’s actually three days, at Los Angeles County Raceway (LACR) in Palmdale, California. Stunt people, producers, directors, musicians, actors, extreme-sports athletes, auto racers and moto stars all come together to have fun motorcycle racing.



The event, presented by Troy Lee Designs and produced by professional Hollywood stuntmen Kenny Alexander and Jimmy Roberts, sets out to bring back a tradition born in the late 50’s and early 60’s when motorcycle-loving moviemakers and stuntmen created the Westlake GP, a Grand Prix-style motorcycle race, that was held on an actual working movie set.



You could say this event has been 35 years in the making. In 1968 the Viewfinders, a motorcycle club whose members were stuntmen and movie-makers, partnered up with the Stuntmen’s Association to present their first event, the Westlake Grand Prix Scrambles. The course ran through an old movie set. It was a big success, soon attracting not only local boys like Steve McQueen, Eddie Mulder, John Hateley, Bud Ekins, J.N. Roberts, John Rice, Malcolm Smith, and John DeSoto but also international stars such as Arne Kring and Torsten Hallman.



It was just the year before in 1967 only a few miles away in Simi Valley, California, at the Hopetown Grand Prix that the first international superstars came to race in the United States. Hopetown was held on Bob Hope’s ranch which was also a working movie set. That’s when we got our first look at Joel Robert, Roger DeCoster, Dave Bickers, and Torsten Hallman. Bruce Brown was on hand to film this history making event for “Wide World of Sports”. The new word on the street was motocross.



From the very first event, A Day in the Dirt has not been your average Grand Prix. The course is altered to incorporate a little bit of Hopetown, Westlake, Elsinore, and some of the old Hare and Hound events. There is a little asphalt, a little mud and even a barn to fly through. For dirt bike lovers young and old it is more that just a race: it’s a reunion, a party, a get-together, a chance to rekindle old friendships or make new ones, a time to ride and reminisce with legends and heroes.



The Stunt GP

First Place Team – Ryan Hughes, Shaun Palmer

Second Place Team – Rich Taylor, Tim Weigand

Third Place Team – Jeremy McGrath, Mouse McCoy



Vet Classic GP age 30 and over

First Place – Jeremy McGrath

Second Place – Jeff Ward

Third Place – Mike Kiedrowski



250 and Open class

First Place – Jeremy McGrath

Second Place – Brian Gray

Third Place – Josh Grant



Vet Classic GP age 40 and over

First Place – Jeff Ward

Second Place – John Zahrt

Third Place – Louie Franco



Moto-A-GoGo

First Place Team – Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Ward

Second Place Team – Tim Weigand, Mike Healey

Third Place Team – Kurt Caselli, Daryl Ecklund



There are many races during this Thanksgiving weekend event. The Stunt/Celebrity GP, a grand prix-style motocross featuring two-man teams, a Mini GP for kids, Vet GP’s, the Moto-A-GoGo, pairing two-man teams of like racers (two extreme athletes, two auto racers, etc.); the Film Industry GP – a race open to anyone in the entertainment/film industry, and the Coup de Grace, a two-and-a-half-hour survival race complete with Hollywood special effects.



Please visit A Day In The Dirt Web-site for all the exact info and results.



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Adrian from Boost Mobile

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This is a sign that means ‘Keep hand away from sprocket’

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Retro vintage is in

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This is an AJS motorcycle

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Phil

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This dude rocks! Especially the helmet and beads!

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Yes, that’s former sx champ Mike Bell. But it’s really a photo of Umbrella Girl

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Mic Rodgers on a BSA. The only man to do every Ironman since 1998

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What can you say? Classic sidecar action! Jawohl baby!!!

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former 125 champ Micky Dymond

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Kids race too

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Kids

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Ryan Hughes

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Ryno on the staring line

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JJ

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Part of the fun is the team races. Jeremy takes off

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former 125 champ Ron Lechien

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Mercedes Gonzalez-Natvig, son Cameron

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Missy the dog was there

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There is pavement on the track. Mercedes at 65 mph

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Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath on the podium. Even when hundreds of people are clamoring for Jeremy’s time and attention, he always takes the time to say ‘Hello’ and smile

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Hughes, McGrath, Jim Holley, Mouse McCoy

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Rick Johnson and son Luke

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Rick & Stephanie Johnson

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Rick on his vintage 1984 YZ 250

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S. Claus rode at A Day In The Dirt

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Victor Sheldon and Shaun Palmer

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Just like your track at home

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Stephanie Johnson

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Triumph rules!

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Vintage line

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More vintage. Check out the Bultaco

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Jeff Ward explains



Daytona Supercross by Honda moves to Friday night

Daytona Supercross by Honda moves to Friday night

News release, courtesy AMA Pro Racing:



The Daytona 200 Week schedule will have a new look in 2004, Speedway President Robin Braig announced today.



Highlighting the changes to the Daytona 200 Week schedule is the
Daytona Supercross By Honda, which will move under the lights for the
first time in event history on Friday night, March 5.



The 63rd Daytona 200 By Arai motorcycle classic, the season opener to
the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike championship season, will be held
for the first time at the Speedway on Saturday afternoon, March 6.



The Daytona Supercross By Honda has traditionally been held on a
Saturday afternoon in the tri-oval grass while the Daytona 200 By Arai
has been contested on a Sunday afternoon on Daytona International
Speedway’s historic 3.56-mile road course.



Other changes to the Daytona 200 Week schedule include:



The AMA HotShoe Series and the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat
Track Championship races, traditionally held on Friday and Saturday
nights at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium, will be moved to Wednesday
night, March 3 and Thursday night, March 4 respectively.



The Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport Championship race will precede the
Daytona 200 By Arai on Saturday, March 6 along with the much
anticipated return of the BMW BoxerCup.



Thursday’s schedule will include Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport
Qualifying, BMW BoxerCup Qualifying, Daytona 200 By Arai second-round
qualifying followed by the inaugural Daytona Lockhart-Phillips Formula
Xtreme race and the Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock event.



Wednesday’s schedule will include Daytona 200 By Arai practice and
first-round qualifying, Lockhart-Phillips Formula Xtreme qualifying and
Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock qualifying.



“We’re thrilled about the changes to the Daytona 200 Week schedule,”
Speedway President Robin Braig said. “We feel these improvements to the
schedule will enhance our fans’ experiences at our facility. Moving the
Supercross to Friday night is going to create an electric atmosphere
for both fans and competitors and scheduling the Daytona 200 By Arai on
Saturday afternoon will make it more convenient for our guests to
attend one of the most prestigious motorcycle races in America.”



AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Hollingsworth shares Braig’s enthusiasm.
“Reworking the schedule so more fans can attend the races during
Daytona 200 Week is consistent with our business plan to aggressively
grow the sport of motorcycle racing in the United States,”
Hollingsworth said. “We’re gratified to have been able to work with the
folks at Daytona International Speedway to make this happen.”



Miguel Duhamel, the 2003 Daytona 200 By Arai winner, will be racing for
his fifth triumph, which would tie him for most Daytona 200 By Arai
wins with Scott Russell.



Ricky Carmichael, the 2003 Daytona Supercross By Honda winner, is
currently tied with Jeff Stanton with four straight victories and will
be gunning for a record fifth consecutive Daytona Supercross By Honda
on the tough and demanding Gary Bailey-designed course.



Tickets to any of the Daytona Bike Week events are available online or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.



Media Contact for Speedway PR, (386) 947-6782





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Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes





For most of us, supercross is fun stuff. For a select few, supercross is big business. And when you have to maintain a full-on supercross track year round, it’s big business.



We can’t tell you much about these two tracks, except they are off-limits to the public, and are used by factory teams. The one on the left is being re-built by the yellow team, and the one on the right is used by the red team.



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Yellow team track

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both tracks

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Red team track



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