2004 AMA Motocross Schedule announced

2004 AMA Motocross Schedule announced

Mother’s Day off, Glen Helen finale




AMA Pro Racing CEO, Scott Hollingsworth said AMA Pro Racing worked collaboratively with key promoters to accomplish several important changes to the series. “We had a couple of fundamental objectives for 2004 and we’re delighted we were able to achieve them,” said Hollingsworth. “One of our goals was to build-in a break at the conclusion of the AMA Supercross season before the teams had to jump right into motocross. This was something that both riders and team managers had said was important to them so we worked hard to make it happen. An additional benefit to that change is that everyone now has Mother’s Day off.”



Hollingsworth added that the 2004 schedule is also more favorable to the teams’ travel patterns. “The logistics involved with transporting motorcycles, equipment, and personnel from event to event is a major undertaking,” said Hollingsworth. “Now after the opening round at Hangtown in Sacramento, Calif., the teams have a weekend off to get to and prepare for round two at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa. This break, particularly at the beginning of the season when teams are adjusting to the new series, is advantageous. There’s also benefit to beginning and ending the championship on the West Coast because that’s where most of the teams are based.”





2004 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship schedule:

  • May 16 – Sacramento CA
  • May 30 – Mt. Morris PA
  • June 13 – Southwick MA
  • June 20 – Budds Creek MD
  • July 4 – Buchanan MI
  • July 18 – New Berlin NY
  • July 25 – Troy OH
  • August 1 – Washougal WA
  • August 15 – Millville MN
  • August 22 – Binghamton NY
  • September 5 – Delmont PA
  • September 12 – San Bernardino CA




Courtesy AMA Pro Racing





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2004 World Motocross Grand Prix Schedule

2004 World Motocross Grand Prix Schedule

And the World SuperMoto schedule. Both are subject to FIM approval at the biennial session in October.



Motocross:

  • March 21 Belgium/Flanders (Zolder)
  • March 28 Spain (Bellpuig)
  • April 4 Portugal (Agueda)
  • April 25 The Netherlands (Lichtenvoorde)
  • May 2 Germany (Teutschenthal)
  • May 16 Belgium/Wallonie (Spa)
  • May 30 England (Arreton, Isle of Wight)
  • June 6 France (St Jean d’Angely)
  • June 13 Italy (Gallarate)
  • June 27 Austria (Kärntenring)
  • July 4 Sweden (Uddevalla)
  • August 1 Czech Republic (Loket)
  • August 8 Belgium (Lommel)
  • August 29 Germany/Europe (Gaildorf)
  • September 11 (Sat) Ireland (Ballykelly)
  • September 24 (Fri) South Africa (Sun City)

  • Motocross des Nations – October 3 – The Netherlands (Lierop)




SuperMoto:

  • May 9 Austria (Melk)
  • May 23 Italy
  • June 20 France (Toulouse / Muret)
  • July 11 Ireland
  • July 18 Great Britain (Lydd)
  • July 25 Czech Republic (Sosnova)
  • September 5 Belgium (Spa)
  • September 19 Germany (Sachsenring)
  • October 10 Belgium/Flanders
  • October 17 Spain (Finestrat)
  • November 7 Romania
  • November 14 Greece (Creta)
  • December 3 (Fri) Lybia (Tripoli)
  • December 10 (Fri) United Arab Emirates (Dubai)


“Youthstream would like to thank the FIM for entrusting us with Motocross and SuperMoto,” Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream, “The organizers are the back bone of our two Championships, without their full support and belief in our future programme it would have not been possible to be able to build up such strong calendars like these. I am very proud to be bringing MX1 back with 16 events and to take the Grand Prix to overseas countries like South Africa, and to bring Motocross back to the very traditional Motocross countries like England and Ireland. SuperMoto is continuing to grow and 2004 will bring new gaols; the arrival of the S2 (450cc) class, the stabilization of the calendar and the arrival of new manufacturers and teams. In 2004, S1 will have reached it’s highest level ever – and we all should be proud of being a part of this.”



Youthstream has also confirmed Mr. Pascal Haudiquert will continue his work in Motocross as a Press Officer together with Anne-Gaëlle Perennes.





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Paris/Bercy Supercross – France – November 7 – 9

Paris/Bercy Supercross – France – November 7 – 9

It’s the 21st edition of the classic Paris-Bercy supercross





Bercy returns with its exclusive 125 class / Tri-Nation format that provided incredible racing action in 2002.



12 Americans will compete against 12 French and 12 riders from the “Rest of the World” (ROTW), for both patriotic pride and a huge purse.



The most prestigious teams competing in the AMA 125 class will send riders, from Factory KTM-Red Bull and Sobe-Suzuki to YOT-Boost Mobile, Kawasaki-Chevy Pro Circuit, Amsoil- Factory Connection Honda and Motoworld Suzuki.



In fact, 7 out of the top 10 East Coast finishers and 7 of the top 8 West Coast finishers have expressed their will to compete.



The biggest news, though, is the entry of three of the most high profile foreign stars racing in the US : Grant Langston, the newly crowned 125 US MX National champion, David Vuillemin, and Stephane Roncada.



DV is the winningest rider in the history of Bercy, which is like second home to him: five overall class victories within his last six years of presence and an impressive twelve finals winning streak there speak for themselves.



DV says “I’m stoked that Team Yamaha understood my need to race in front of my home crowd and obviously, becoming King again would be a positive step towards builting confidence for the US SX anyway. I will compete on a YZ250F with help from YOT and there is no way I let the 125 guys beat me!”



The US squad will be led by Bercy 02 part-winners Travis Preston and Chris Gosselaar, former National champ and Bercy veteran Mike Brown on his new YOT ride, ’03 East-West shootout winner Andrew Short, former Prince of Bercy Broc Sellards and always-fast contenders Ivan Tedesco, Billy Laninovich, Kelly Smith, Danny Smith, Josh Woods, Matt Walker and Josh Hansen.



Should any of these riders have to withdraw, young hotshoes Broc Hepler, Ryan Mills, Robert Kiniry, Davi Millsaps or Robert Gray would be offered to jump in.



The Rest of the World Team (ROTW) looks strong as well with AMA regulars Joaquim Rodriguès, Craig Anderson, as well as Canadian champ Jean-Sebastien Roy and GP regulars Tyla Rattray, Marc Ristori, Tanel Leok, and more. As many as 10 different Nations should be represented in the ROTW: that’s a total of 12 Nations for the most international supercross of the year.



Besides DV and Ronron, France will count on Eric Sorby, Steve Boniface and Matt Lalloz, all seeking revenge after deceptive ’03 seasons… ’02 World champ Michael Maschio and GP contenders Rodrig Thain, Pascal Leuret, Antoine Meo, and more should complete a strong list of motivated Frenchmen.



Team classification consists on adding the top 3 finishers per Team, per night, to create an overall.



Bercy will also have two FMX demo-sessions, always major crowd pleasers, featuring the top Europeans (Torronteras, Troux, Lamblin, Rebaud, etc) along with Mad Mike Jones and others.



An 85cc mini-bike demo, pom-pom girls and laser-shows will complete the very visual “Bercy experience”, Europe’s premier supercross.



Information: http://www.organisation-lariviere.com



Tickets: http://www.ticketnet.fr






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Team Suzuki Europe – Pichon out, Smets in

Direct from Team Suzuki Press: Suzuki sign Joel Smets for 2004 four-stroke assault





Team Suzuki have signed five times World Champion Joel Smets to spearhead their FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship effort with the new RM-Z 450.



The Belgian-based squad earlier today announced the end of their association with Mickael Pichon and have now captured the expertise of the 2003 650 title winner Smets with a two year contract to steer the team and factory into a new era of four-stroke racing.



34 year old Smets, who has claimed four 500cc World Championships on four-stroke machinery and holds the record number of GP victories in the old class, resides less than 30 minutes from the team’s workshop in Lommel and is seen to provide an ideal combination of experience, professionalism and determination to facilitate Suzuki’s introduction of the 450 on the GP scene.



“In some respects the decision not to renew the second year of Mickael’s contract was a hard choice, naturally because of the record we have enjoyed in the last few years,” commented Team Owner Sylvain Geboers. “However in another way we are delighted that Joel is coming on board and we are very pleased to have obtained a rider that can offer so much to the team. Joel lives close to our base in Lommel, he is one of the top riders in the World on four-strokes; his record is nothing short of excellent. I believe him to be also a very professional and dedicated individual, who is keen to compete away from the GP’s and this level is exactly what we need for the first year of the 450. This move may appear sudden or even strange to some, and the timing was not helped by the unlucky injury to Mickael, but Suzuki, the team and myself feel that Smets is the best man for the job with the conditions that face us regarding a new motorcycle in what will be a very tough MX category next year. I want to wish Mickael all the best. We had some great seasons together and some wonderful victories. I really hope that he recovers well and I have no doubt he will become one of our main rivals in 2004.”



World MX GP – Round 12 – France

World MX GP – Round 12 – France

Ernee circuit




Belgian riders take all three world titles in 2003



Let’s start with Stefan Everts: He already wrapped up the premier class title at the last race. He has won more world championships than anyone. He’s won more GP’s than anyone. And today, he did something that no one else has ever done – he won all the GP classes – 125, 250, and Open. What’s he going to do next???



Joel Smets: He won the open class championship last event. Rumors have him going to many different teams for 2004. And Steve Ramon won the 125 championship today.





Motocross Grand Prix Results:



Stefan Everts – YAM

Brian Jorgensen – HON

Josh Coppins – HON

Patrick Caps – KTM

Kevin Stribjos – SUZ





650 Results:



Stefan Everts – YAM

Javier Garcia Vico – KTM

Joel Smets – KTM

Cedric Melotte – HON

Roman Jelen – HON





125 Results:



Stefan Everts – YAM

Alessio Chiodi – YAM

Luigi Seguy – YAM

Tyla Rattray – KTM

Steve Ramon – KTM





Final 650cc Point Standings:



Joel Smets – 290

Javier Garcia Vico – 260

Cedric Melotte – 203





Final 125cc Point Standings:



Steve Ramon – 233

Stefan Everts – 218

Andrea Bartolini – 206





Final Motocross Grand Prix Point Standings:



Stefan Everts – 275

Joel Smets – 235

Mickael Pichon – 188





Courtesy Adam Wheeler/MX Press, DORNA Off-Road, and MX2K.com





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Stefan Everts – by MX2K.com




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Steve Ramon – by MX2K.com


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