FORT WORTH TX – Mike Kidd Entertainment Group (MKEG), one of
the leading motorcycle race producers in the country has released the
schedule for its 2007 BooKoo Arenacross Championship Series.
The BooKoo Arenacross Championship Series begins its second season on
the west coast at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California and wraps up
on the east coast at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut
which has the second largest casino in the world. The schedule also
includes a stop at the brand new 11,000 seat Sears Center in Chicago,
“This schedule puts the BooKoo Arenacross Championship Series in some
of the hottest motocross markets in the country,” said Mike Kidd,
President of Mike Kidd Entertainment Group. “With strong industry and
sponsorship support last year, we created a new series that enhanced
Arenacross racing from opening ceremonies to the checkered flag. That
support continues which will allow us to create the most aggressive
arenacross series on the planet,” Kidd added.
- Nov. 3-5, 2006 Selland Arena Fresno CA
- Nov. 10-12, 2006 The Pavilion Salem OR
- Nov. 17-19, 2006 Yakima Valley Sundome Yakima WA
- Dec. 29-31, 2006 Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum Fort Worth TX
- Jan. 5-7, 2007 Sovereign Center Reading PA
- Jan. 12-14, 2007 Sears Centre Chicago IL
- Jan. 19-21, 2007 Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne IN
- Jan. 26-28, 2007 Lazy-E Arena Guthrie OK
- Feb. 2-4, 2007 Target Center Minneapolis MN
- Feb. 9-11, 2007 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville CT
MKEG is also proud to announce The BooKoo Energy Drink US Open of Arenacross, to be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena; a worldwide premier destination located in Uncasville CT, on February 9-11, 2007.
This inaugural event will carry a $100,000.00 purse, with $50,000 going
to the US Open of Arenacross Champion. Sunday will be dedicated to
youth and amateur riders who have qualified from previous BooKoo
Arenacross Championship Series events to compete for their shot at
becoming the US Open of Arenacross Champion in their respective class.
“The BooKoo US Open of Arenacross is something we are extremely excited
to announce,” said Mike Kidd, president of MKEG. “Our dedication to the
growth and development of Arenacross continues and we could not have
picked a better partner to create such an exciting event as the Mohegan
“Mohegan Sun is proud to be the host for such a prestigious event as
the US Open of Arenacross,” said Bob Yalen, Director of Sports &
Entertainment. “We look forward to an exciting event for both the
riders and the fans.”
Professional racing will consist of two classes: 250cc and 450cc racing
both Friday and Saturday nights. This premier event will also be the
final round of the BooKoo Arenacross Championship Series. Points will
be awarded in all four main events to determine the US Open of
Also at the Mohegan Sun, on Monday evening, will be the BooKoo
Arenacross Championship Series Awards Ceremonies, where the separate
$100,000.00 point fund will be distributed to the top 15 riders of the
“The addition of the US Open of Arenacross to our final round of the
BooKoo Arenacross Series creates a whole new level of anticipation,”
said Shane Schaefer, event manager of MKEG. “With the best Arenacross
racers competing at one of the largest and most elaborate entertainment
destinations in the world and for a record Arenacross purse, will
certainly create a spectacular event for our fans, sponsors, and
Mike Kidd Entertainment Group (MKEG) is a leader in the motorcycle
industry producing high quality and successful motorcycle events
throughout the U.S. with more than 22 years. MKEG has promotional
experience in Supercross, Arenacross, Motocross, Road Race, Supermoto,
Flat Track, and Consumer Shows.
Infor courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
Yamaha is proud to announce the signing of Josh Hill to the Factory
Motocross Team. With a number of amateur championships, Yamaha’s top
prospect will go from the amateur ranks to a factory racer the next
time his YZ250F hits the track. Yamaha has watched his speed, maturity,
and racing knowledge grow, and are confident they have another future
champion in Josh, especially after his recent performance at the
Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championships.
Josh had little time to reflect on his most recent championships, the
125 A and 125 A Pro-Sport classes and winning the AMA Horizon Award
(awarded to the best graduating amateur racer), when Team Yamaha
approached Josh with the opportunity to race this weekend at the
Millville National. “I am looking forward to my first professional
race; my goal is simply to gain experience. I’ll need to adjust to the
higher level of talent and be able to ride that speed for twice as long
as any moto I’ve ever raced,” explains Josh Hill. “I’m fortunate my
amateur career ended on such a positive note but I won’t celebrate.
Yamaha is allowing me to ride the Nationals and I want to take
advantage of that opportunity.”
“We are looking forward to having a 250F racer in the factory semi”,
explains Yamaha Team Manager Jim Perry. “Yamaha won several “Lites”
titles with Kevin Windham and John Dowd, and hope Josh will bring many
more. He is a great, hard working kid with a bright future and we look
forward to seeing his YZ250F on many podiums.”
Look for Josh Hill’s #375 Yamaha YZ250F at the Millville National, and
the following rounds of the 2006 Motocross Lites series and the 2007
Supercross Lites and Motocross Lites series.
Jim Pomeroy, age 53, died Sunday August 6th from a car crash near his
home of Yakima, Washington. His 9 year old daughter was also in the
vehicle, but was treated for minor injuries, and released from Yakima
Valley Memorial Hospital.
Jim is well known in motorcycling, as he was the first American ever to
win a Motocross Grand Prix world championship event in Spain, 1973.
Former champion David Bailey said ‘This is such a tragedy. When I was
younger, all I wanted to do was be like Jim Pomeroy. I rode Bultaco’s
back in the day like he did. We are all going to miss him.”
“Jim was a man that everyone in the sport and industry looked up to. He
always had a smile on his face, and always had time for everyone” said
former champion Rick Johnson.
To read the complete story, you can visit this link from the Yakima Herald
Everts – 10th World Motocross Championship …
It couldn’t of been any sweeter for Stefan Everts. Winning a tenth
world championship. Winning his 12th Grand Prix of the season with
double moto sweep. All in front of his home crowd, in his last season
of racing, at the historic Citadelle circuit in Namur, Belgium.
As a show of respect for the record breaking Belgian, FIM Motocross
President Wolfgang Srb & Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo held
a ceremony for Stefan, in which they have retired the number 72 – it
will never be used again in MX Grand Prix racing.
1. Stefan Everts – 1/1
2. Josh Coppins – 2/2
3. Steve Ramon – 3/3
4. Cedric Melotte – 4/5
5. Kevin Strijbos – 8/4
1. Stefan Everts – 592
2. Kevin Strijbos – 424
3. Steve Ramon – 408
4. Ken de Dycker – 371
5. Tanel Leok – 365
1. Antonio Cairoli – 1/1David Philippaerts – 2/3
2. Chris Pourcel – 3/2
3. Seb Pourcel – 4/5
4. Carl Nunn – 11/3
MX2 point standings:
1. Chris Pourcel – 458
2. Antonio Cairoli – 432
3. David Philippaerts – 393
4. Tyla Rattray – 352
5. Marc de Reuver – 338
The next round is Desert Martin, Northern Ireland, August 27.
Courtesy YouthStream, Team Suzuki MX Press, & others.
Info courtesy Terry Beal/Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
L & M Racing joins Supercross series
Cypress CA – Yamaha Motor Corporation USA is proud to announce its
support for the newly formed Supercross race team: L & M Racing.
The team will contest the 2007 – 2008 Supercross series. Supercross
Champion, and current Yamaha Factory racer, Chad Reed and former West
Coast “Lites” Champion Nathan Ramsey will race under the L & M tent
aboard Yamaha YZ 450 F machines this coming season.
Team Manager Larry Brooks has the experience, credentials and top
racing talent that will enable L & M Racing to be competitive right
out of the gate. A former factory racer and Team Manager, Brooks was a
key component in the Jeremy McGrath/Chaparral Racing team’s three-year
championship reign in Supercross; the first & only outside team to
ever win the AMA Supercross Series Championship.
“We have the utmost confidence in Larry Brooks, Chad Reed and Nate
Ramsey, and feel this team will further promote the Yamaha brand,”
explains Yamaha Racing Division Manager, Keith McCarty. “It’s another
step in the right direction for motocross and we are confident L &
M Racing will attract additional outside sponsors that, in turn, will
create more interest and visibility for our sport.”
The L & M Racing Team will concentrate on the AMA and World
Supercross Championships and additional stadium races during the 2007
and 2008 series. They will provide a more detailed racing scheduled and
team sponsors soon.