Camping for the opening round of the AMA National Motocross Series will be for sale online on starting Saturday, 3/1/08 at 12PM noon PST.
This is your opportunity to reserve your camping and purchase your tickets all in advance. All overnight camping must be reserved in advance for the AMA Nationals, so make sure not to miss out on getting your site reserved for this year’s event.
You’ll want to visit the Glen Helen Motocross web-site, http://www.glenhelen.com
Camping for the opening round of the AMA National Motocross Series will be for sale online on starting Saturday, 3/1/08 at 12PM noon PST.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing has announced that AMA Supercross Lites West Coast contender Ryan Dungey will make his Supercross-class debut on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana this Saturday, March 2nd.
The 2007 AMA Rookie of the Year for Supercross/ Motocross, won the first two Anaheim Lites events and led the championship points chase for much of the season. After a few tough rounds, however, the 18-year-old rider is currently in second-place overall with just one round remaining in the West Coast Region Supercross Lites class. That final race is at Seattle’s QWest Field and isn’t scheduled until April 26, 2008.
“Since Ryan struggled in the last few West Coast Lites rounds, we felt it would be a good idea to keep him busy and riding over the break,” said Rockstar Makita Suzuki Team Manager Roger De Coster. “Also, the team’s been down a couple riders in the Supercross class with injuries to both Mike Alessi and Michael Byrne, and we owe it to our sponsors, Rockstar Energy Drink and Makita Industrial Power Tools, to be well represented in the premier class. So we are giving Ryan a shot on the RM-Z450 and, so far, he seems to have adapted well to the bike. We’ll give it a try for a few rounds and see how it goes.”
Said Dungey, “I’m looking forward to racing in the premier class on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450. Two months is a long break from racing and this is a new challenge on a whole different level. I’ve been testing the RM-Z450 and I really like the bike – the way it handles, the speed, it’s a great package overall. I think it’ll be a lot of fun and a great learning experience for me.”
Irvine CA – Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Timmy Ferry will sit out the Indianapolis round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship after he was injured while training this week.
“I bruised some ribs and also my pancreas” said Ferry. “I was just riding at my house getting ready for the race and had a pretty bad crash. It’s a shame because I have been riding really well this year. I just can’t wait to get back to racing.”
Ferry is currently is third in the series standings and has scored podium finishes in four of the eight races this season.
“Like last season, Timmy is doing a great job this year” said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Mike Fisher. “As an overall package, he is one of the greatest riders in our sport. I think that everyone who knows Timmy will be wishing him a quick and safe return to the racetrack.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki will have Travis Preston on the number 11 Kawasaki KX450F in the final supercross race in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
DAYTONA BEACH FL – Daytona International Speedway will continue the tradition of exciting, must-see activities as well as thrilling motorcycle racing at “The World Center of Racing” during upcoming Daytona 200 Week By Honda on Feb. 29 – March 8.
Daytona International Speedway will once again host Kickstand City. In addition to offering a wide-variety of overnight parking packages and the exciting on-track racing, Daytona International Speedway will offer a plethora of must-see activities for any motorcycle enthusiast.
Free demo rides: Outside of historic Daytona International Speedway, motorcycle enthusiasts can test-ride the latest and greatest motorcycles with free manufacturer demo rides. Top OEM’s participating include Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, Buell, Victory, Triumph, Boss Hoss, BMW and more. Custom builders will be located in the area outside of Turn 4 include Covington, Bourget, Redneck, Ridley, Big Dog Motorcycles, S&S Cycles, Swift and many more. The metric display will be located in Lot 1. Riders must hold a valid motorcycle driver license and DOT approved helmet in order to participate in the demo rides. Demo rides run Friday, February 29 – Saturday, March 8.
Motorcycle Racing: Daytona International Speedway will have a jam-packed schedule of bikes races between February 29 – March 8 with racing from the American Sport Bike Association and the Championship Cup Series, the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series, AHRMA, AMA Flat Track, AMA Supercross and AMA Superbike. Culminating the two-weeks of motorcycle racing will be the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Friday night, March 7 and the prestigious 67th Daytona 200 By Honda and the opening round of the AMA Superbike Series on Saturday, March 8. Tickets for al the races are available at www.racetickets.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
Daytona Motorcycle Marketplace: Bikers can find the nation’s top aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel companies at the Daytona Motorcycle Marketplace, which will be located in the parking lot of The Daytona 500 Experience. The Daytona Motorcycle Marketplace will be open February 29 – March 8.
Spring Dash Around Daytona: On Wednesday, March 5, bikers will get the chance of a lifetime to ride Daytona International Speedway in the Spring Dash Around Daytona. The parade lap will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the After Party until 9 p.m. Price is $40 per participant and includes an “I Rode Daytona” T-shirt, two parade laps around DIS, two beverage tickets and entertainment at the After Party in the Sprint FANZONE.
Tickets for the Spring Dash Around Daytona are available in the Budweiser Cool Your Pipes Zone outside of Turn 4 on March 1, 2 and 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 5 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Volusia/Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless Inc.
Budweiser Cool Your Pipes Zone: Cool your pipes with two great names….Budweiser and Daytona International Speedway! Spend the day catching up with old friends at the Budweiser Cool Your Pipes Zone, located just outside the Speedway’s twin tunnels. Enjoy a cold Budweiser and great food next to the area’s largest vendor, display and demo ride marketplace.
Specialty Vehicle, Overnight Parking: Specialty vehicles and overnight tent parking are available inside “The World Center of Racing.” Overnight Specialty Vehicle Parking (with hook-ups) is available for $600 and overnight specialty vehicle parking (no hook-ups) is $400. Both of those packages include two 10-day admissions. Overnight tent camping is free with your daily admission ticket and motorcycle trailer parking (West Lot) is $100. For more information, call 1-800-PITSHOP.
Daytona Pro Bike Builders Bike Show: Make sure and stop by Daytona Pro Builders Bike Row on Friday, March 7 inside the historic infield at Daytona International Speedway and check out the Custom V-Twin and American Cruiser Motorcycles. You can visit Daytona Pro Builders Bike Row by entering through our Turn 4 tunnel (admission to this location is free) and see builders, their products and many other displays and activities in this location.
Among the bike builders expected to be in attendance include Chickie with Vagabond Chopper Co., Troy Nicholson of Lightning Cycle Works, Santiago Choppers, Callahan Custom Choppers and Greg’s Custom Cycles.
Jagermeister Mobile Stage: the Jagermeister Mobile Stage will be located inside the hallowed grounds of “The World Center of Racing.” The Jagermeister Mobile Stage will entertain guests with live performances on February 29 – March 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. from the famed Daytona Bike Builders Row venue located along legendary Lake Lloyd, which guests can access FREE through our Turn 4 tunnel (FREE access to infield runs Feb. 29 – March 7).
Import Bike Show: Inside the Sprint FANZONE on Saturday, March 8, DIS will host an Import Bike Show with Custom Import, Sport and Metric motorcycles. The show begins at 10 a.m. and is included in the infield admission.
D5X: The motorsports attraction will have free admission on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Known as The Daytona 500 Experience, the official attraction of NASCAR will go by the name of D5X and celebrate Daytona 200 Week By Honda with food, beverages and the live band Outbreak, which will play each day between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
D5X just recently welcome the 2008 Daytona 500 winning car of Ryan Newman.
Youthstream is the company that manages the exclusive television, marketing and promotional world wide rights of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the FIM Motocross of Nations, the FIM SuperMoto World Championship, the FIM SuperMoto of Nations, the FIM Snowcross World Championship, the UEM Motocross European Championship and the UEM SuperMoto European Championship.
Following allegations against Youthstream appearing on a few web-sites where the clarity, honesty and behavior of Youthstream concerning the ‘Bill Amick Case’ is questioned, Youthstream feels it necessary to take a clear position and respond immediately if those allegations are created by opposition in the bid for the AMA National Motocross Championship who attempt to destroy the clean image of Youthstream.
The position between Youthstream and Heartland Media and Events LLC (the company owned and managed by Bill Amick) is so clear and transparent that Youthstream and Heartland Media and Events made a press release on the 28th May 2005 (below) announcing their partnership, and then again another press release on the 10th June 2006 (below) announcing the agreement with Budds Creek. Youthstream had a contract with Heartland Media and Events in order to find a competent promoter for the organization of the FIM Motocross of Nations in USA and eventually for future FIM Grand Prix (Motocross and SuperMoto). All relationships between Youthstream and Heartland Media and Events are legally made by contract. Between 2005 and 2007 Bill Amick had several meetings with AMA, US promoters and media concerning the 2007 FIM Motocross of Nations. Everybody clearly knew the role of Bill Amick regarding this issue.
Youthstream reserves itself to take legal action against anyone, who with their allegations damage Youthstream’s image.
Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream commented, “We are offended by these allegations especially after long work and the professional relationship with FIM and many National Federations to develop and defend the value of the sport and to promote Motocross worldwide. Youthstream is recognized by many governments for its high quality of work and by partners for its fairness in business relationships.”
“I understand that in this moment there are some people who are very interested to try to discredit our image, but using the resignation of Bill Amick to question our integrity is really not acceptable.” Mr. Luongo continued to say, “The work made by Youthstream is always in full respect of the International law and of the law in the country where it operates.”
“We do not want to comment on Mr. Amick’s choice to release publicly his letter of resignation but this is an internal problem between AMA and Bill Amick and we are not involved, and we do not intend to be involved.”
“We have success in our work because we believe in true competition and in an equal chance for everyone, which is why we never favor one rider / team / organizer or another because we believe when the starting gate drops until the checkered flag, the strongest will win and this is our philosophy for business and for life.”
Mr. Luongo ended by saying, “Time is a gentleman, it will always give reason to the fact”.
Previous press releases:
US consultant retained to represent FIM Motocross & Supermoto Championships
GENEVA, Switzerland, 28 May 2005 — Heartland Media & Events LLC has been retained by Youthstream, the promotions company that holds global marketing and broadcast rights to several motorcycling world championships, to consult on the development and future direction of those championships and provide media relations services in the United States.
Under a multiyear agreement with the Geneva-based Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) – the world governing body for motorcycle sport — Youthstream promotes global championships including the Motocross of Nations and the World Individual Motocross and Supermoto Championships.
Heartland Media and Events will help to build broader awareness of those FIM championships in the US market, which is the world’s largest in terms of motocross bike sales and rider participation.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), FIM’s exclusive US affiliate, conducts the highly successful AMA Motocross Championship Presented by FMF and the THQ AMA Supercross Series through its AMA Pro Racing subsidiary; and more than 10,000 riders participate each year in AMA Sports’ Air Nautiques National Amateur Motocross Championship program.
“We hope that the agreement we have made with Heartland Media and Events will be an important step in the relationship between the FIM Championships and motocross in the United States,” said Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo. “Our goal is to work with the AMA and the US industry to build relationships and programs that will benefit all involved.”
Heartland Media and Events President Bill Amick was on staff at the AMA for 30 years before launching his company in 2004. He has been a member of the FIM Motocross Commission since 1986 and is the author of Motocross America, a book tracing the history of motocross in the United States which will be published this summer.
“I’m extremely happy to work together with Bill Amick in this effort,” Luongo added. “He has enormous experience and will surely be the right person to better link the FIM World Motocross Championships with motocross in the United States.”
FIM Motocross Commission President Wolfgang Srb endorsed the initiative to raise the profile of the FIM’s championships in the United States and establish closer relations with the AMA racing community.
“I’m excited about this cooperative effort of Youthstream and Heartland Media and Events to bring FIM Motocross and Supermoto closer to the United States,” Srb commented. “Giuseppe Luongo and Bill Amick know the sport very well and will use their experience and assets for programs that I think fans in America and throughout the world will enjoy.”
Since the first-ever US Grand Prix of Motocross in 1973, the FIM and AMA have cooperatively presented 45 grand prix motocross events and the 1987 Motocross of Nations in the United States, but for a variety of reasons there have been no FIM World Championship events in the US since 1999.
“There’s a long and rich tradition of international motocross racing in America, but FIM and AMA motocross programs have grown apart in recent years,” Heartland President Bill Amick commented. “I’ll seek to work with Youthstream, the FIM Motocross Commission and the AMA in an effort to identify ways that the FIM’s prestigious world championships and America’s strong domestic program can better complement each other.”
One of the top priorities of Youthstream and the FIM Motocross Commission is to expand the global reach of the FIM’s championships, which historically have a heavy European focus. In the past two seasons Youthstream has successfully expanded the World Motocross Championships to the Japanese and South African markets, and further expansion is anticipated over the next several years.
Under the agreement between Youthstream Action Events and Heartland Media & Events, Heartland will represent the FIM championships in the US market through the 2007 competition season.
Youthstream is located at Rua Dr. Brito Camara 20-1, P-2000-039 Funchal-Madeira, Portugal. Youthstream manages the marketing, promotions and broadcast rights to the FIM Motocross of Nations, FIM Individual Motocross World Championships, FIM Individual Supermoto World Championships and FIM Snowcross World Championships. More information is available on the Internet www.MotocrossMX1.com and www.SuperMotoS1.com
Heartland Media & Events LLC is located at 118 East High Street, Suite A, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 43050. The company specializes in development of international motor sports properties and event promotion, and offers a wide variety of media-related and editorial services. More information is available from [email protected]
2007 Return of FIM Motocross of Nations to America
MONTEVARCHI, Italy and SOUTHWICK, Massachusetts, 10 June 2006 — A long-anticipated return of the famed Motocross of Nations to the United States was confirmed today (June 10) at press conferences scheduled during the Italian round of the 2006 World Motocross Championship Series in Montevarchi and the AMA National Motocross Series’ only event in New England.
Youthstream, which promotes the World Motocross Championships on behalf of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), confirmed that agreements are in place for the 62nd Annual Motocross of Nations to be held at Budds Creek (Maryland) Motocross Raceway on the weekend of September 21-23, 2007. This will mark just the second time that the famed event will have been held in the United States, and only its fourth appearance outside of Europe.
The FIM Motocross of Nations is a competition for national teams often referred to as the “olympics of motocross” by fans of off-road motorcycling. The event typically attracts 30-plus national teams, with Great Britain, Belgium and the United States the traditional powers. Those three countries have combined to win 46 of the 60 Motocross of Nations heading into the 2006 renewal at Matterley Basin near Winchester, England, this fall.
America’s only previous experience hosting the Motocross of Nations came in 1987, when Team USA scored a hard-earned victory in difficult muddy conditions at New York’s Unadilla Valley Sports Center. That victory came during an unprecedented 13-year American win streak that lasted from 1981-93.
“I am very pleased that we will present the 2007 Motocross of Nations at Budds Creek,” said Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo. “It’s great to have the strong backing of the FIM and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) at one of America’s finest motocross circuits. The friendly rivalries created by the Motocross of Nations are something really special, and we invite motocross fans from throughout the world to come to Budds Creek and cheer for their teams.”
Announcing the 2007 Motocross of Nations
For event promoter and Budds Creek Raceway owner Jonathan Beasley, the event represents “a lifelong dream” and the biggest challenge ever for a track that has hosted numerous high-visibility events including FIM Grand Prix, AMA Nationals, AMA Amateur National Qualifiers and All-Terrain Vehicle Association Nationals.
“My staff and I are thrilled to have this opportunity and determined to make the event a memorable one,” Beasley added.
Budds Creek Motocross Raceway is located just 35 miles south of the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. in rural Maryland.
The Motocross of Nations will be sanctioned by the FIM with the AMA as the host federation. FIM Motocross Commission President Wolfgang Srb and AMA President Robert Rasor, who is also an FIM Vice President, expressed enthusiasm about the announcement.
“I am sure that fans not only in the USA but worldwide will be happy that the world’s most prestigious motocross event will be held at Budds Creek,” Srb said. “The Motocross of Nations is the showcase of our sport and deserves to be staged on the best circuits of the world. The FIM congratulates all the partners who concluded this deal.”
“The AMA is excited to help bring the Motocross of Nations back to America on the 20th anniversary of AMA Team USA’s victory in New York,” Rasor said. “Budds Creek Raceway is a proven grand prix circuit and will be an excellent venue. We look forward to welcoming teams from throughout the world to the USA in September of 2007.”
Saturday’s formal announcement will conclude a process that began early in 2005 when Youthstream retained Ohio-based Heartland Media and Events to seek an American venue for the Motocross of Nations. The negotiations were coordinated by Heartland Media and Events’ Bill Amick, who previously served on the professional staff of the AMA and who since 1986 has been a member of the FIM Motocross Commission.
“We announced in May of 2005 that Heartland Media and Events had been retained to begin work on this project,” said Youthstream’s Luongo. “A number of venues were consulted, but Budds Creek Raceway was our first and our favorite possibility. The close relationships among Bill Amick, Jonathan Beasley and the AMA made it possible to solve the negotiations with minimum difficulty. Now, along with the FIM we can focus on the job of making the event a great success.”
“It’s a privilege to play a role in this project,” Amick said, “and we intend for the 2007 Motocross of Nations to usher in an era in which the event will occur more frequently on this side of the Atlantic. As the FIM and Youthstream move forward and motocross becomes more and more a global sport we can build upon traditional rivalries and cultivate new ones with the active involvement of all of the FIM’s Continental Unions.”
A number of physical upgrades are already in progress at Budds Creek Raceway in preparation for its traditional AMA National Championship event on Father’s Day weekend and for the 2007 Motocross of Nations.