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AMA Pro ATV Racing
Joe Byrd Brings Points Lead Into RedBud Round Of
2007 ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series
Presented by Parts Unlimited

Byrd’s 21 points in front of Jeremy Lawson for o/a pro class points title

BUCHANAN, Mich., (May 7, 2007) – If you were at RedBud for last year’s ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series round – presented by Parts Unlimited – you might still be cleaning mud out of your quad.

By far the worst mudder in the last 15 years at RedBud according to track builder Tim Ritchie, some on-the-fly track modification and 550 riders later they’d pulled off the race – with a lot of muddy-faced smiles talking about the adventure in the pits afterwards.

“We were able to come up with a decent track despite the monsoon-like conditions, but it was pretty much soup anywhere else you went,” said Ritchie. “The amazing thing was that the riders and crews were smiling all weekend; they were having a ball!”

Always trying to keep things fresh, Ritchie, a skilled veteran track builder, re-designed the national track much to the delight of early season racers who’ve run it this year. RedBud hosted the District 14 ATV MX Series yesterday (May 6) as a perfect warm up to the ATV Nationals this weekend (May 12/13). The top local ATV racers approved, and the RedBud crew is hoping the national riders will agree.

“It’s the best quad track set up we’ve ever run here at RedBud,” said Ritchie. “There’s no doubt in my mind that everybody – from the little 70cc quads up to the pros – is going to have a blast racing this weekend.”

Leading the charge into RedBud is ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series points leader, Honda’s Joe Byrd. The defending ATV National champion has three first place finishes and one second place finish through the first five rounds, winning the past round in Virginia. Well within striking distance of Byrd after five of 11 rounds is Kentucky’s Jeremy Lawson (Honda). Lawson won the season opener in Alabama and has made the podium in three of the other four rounds, trailing Byrd by only 21 points (216-195).

“Byrd won here in 2005 and looks like the guy to beat,” said Ritchie. “But I’ve seen Lawson race and it’s going to be a good battle, especially when you add Dustin Wimmer who won the fourth round of the series in Georgia.”

Also keep an eye on #199, Yamaha-mounted Pat Brown.

For more information on this year’s ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series, presented by Parts Unlimited, check out www.atvaonline.com. For information on the RedBud event, Round Six of the series – including ticket information – visit www.redbudmx.com.

About the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited:
Sanctioned by the AMA and ATVA, the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series is hosted by many of America’s premier motocross facilities. The 12-round series approaches its 21st season with the Pro class newly under the wing of AMA Pro Racing. The 2006 series hosted over 8,000 entrants, making it America’s largest, as well as its longest running, ATV National Motocross series. Series sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose, and presenting sponsor Parts Unlimited. Premiere and Feature sponsors include ATV Sport, Moto Tees, Scott USA, Maxxis Tires, Elka Suspension and H-Bomb Films/Division Four. Associate sponsors include Weekend Warrior Trailers, Denton Racing, and Hinson Racing. Media partners include ATV Insider, ATV Rider and ATVRiders.com.

About AMA Racing:
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.

About the ATVA:
The ATV Association (“ATVA”) is the official sanctioning body of the amateur divisions of the ATVA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited. The 9,000 member ATVA is the sister organization of the 260,000 member American Motorcyclist Association (“AMA”). ATV racing has experienced phenomenal growth at the rate of 25% in the past two years alone, and continues to gain momentum and support, outselling off-road motorcycles annually. Each round attracts 600-700 racers who compete for bragging rights to one of 31 amateur national titles. For more information about ATVA, visit www.atvaonline.com.

About the ATVPG:
The ATVPG is comprised of the 12 individual promoters that host the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championships, presented by Parts Unlimited. The goal of the ATVPG is to raise awareness of ATV motocross through the production of professional and amateur championship racing events. For more information on the ATVPG and the ATV National events they produce, go to www.atvmotocross.com.


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