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AMA Pro ATV Racing
Lawson Takes Red Bud AMA Pro ATV MX
Mechanical troubles cost Byrd

Buchanan, MI – Just when the 2007 ITP/Moose ATVA MX Series looked like a Joe Byrd show, Jeremy Lawson swept both motos to capture the overall win at the world-famous Red Bud MX track in southern Michigan, round six of the series. And with Byrd suffering from bad luck, Lawson finds himself closing back up in the championship points standings, just six points behind the defending AMA Pro National Champion after six races.

While Lawson had a memorable run, Byrd had a day he would rather forget. Rocks jammed his brakes in the first moto and his engine cases in the second moto. He managed third overall with 3-6 scores, while Yamaha’s Pat Brown finished second with 2-2 moto finishes.

Lawson had plenty of speed to mix with his consistent ride as well. In Saturday’s timed practice, he threw down lap times two seconds quicker than the rest of the field, while riders ranked second through seventh all clocked in within another two seconds.

Byrd grabbed the ATVRiders.com holeshot in moto one on his #7 Honda, with Brown and Lawson close behind. Lawson made a pass on Brown in the first lap, and then Byrd slowed down with apparent front brake troubles. Lawson grabbed the lead while Brown stayed in second, before Byrd rallied again to pass Brown back for the number-two spot. It wasn’t long before Byrd suffered more troubles, when a rock jammed his front brakes. He went off the track and fixed the problem, then rode a wild last lap, attempting a pass on Brown on the infamous LaRocco’s Leap jump. He came up short. Yamaha mounted Shane Cochran came from a seventh-place start up to fourth place with Michael Brown rounding out the top five.

Byrd snagged yet another ATVRiders.com Holeshot in moto two, with Brown and Lawson second and third again. Byrd pulled away immediately, and Lawson knew he would have to pass Brown to get second in the moto and wrap up the overall victory. He made the pass, and the top three appeared to be set, until Byrd took a rock to the engine case on the last lap. He tried to nurse it to the finish, but all the oil ran out with half a lap to go. Brown went by Byrd for second, as well as rookie pro Chris Tait, on a Yamaha. It appeared Tait would take third overall on the day, but with Byrd lapping all the way up to seventh place, he was credited with sixth in the moto, giving him 3-6 scores on the day.

Lawson, the upset winner at the season opening ATV Southern Nationals in Alabama, is now a genuine threat for the 2007 AMA Pro ATV Championship.

ITP/Moose ATVA National MX Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited

AMA Pro ATV

Red Bud, Buchanan, MI
May 13, 2007

Overall

1. Jeremy Lawson (Hon) 1-1
2. Pat Brown (Yam) 2-2
3. Joe Byrd (Hon) 3-6
4. Chris Tait (Yam) 7-3
5. Michael Brown (Hon) 5-4
6. Shane Cochran (Yam) 4-7
7. Justin Bres (Yam) 6-5
8. Alex Trompen (Suz) 9-8
9. Justin Bush (Suz) 8-9

AMA Pro ATV MX Series Standings

Joe Byrd (251/3 wins)
Jeremy Lawson (245/2 wins)
Pat Brown (179)
Dustin Wimmer (141/1 win)
Doug Gust (136)
Michael Brown (121)
Justin Bres (115)
Keith Little (111)
Alex Trompen (101)
Russ Shumaker (93)

The ITP/Moose AMA Pro ATV National Championship presented by Parts Unlimited continues in two weeks on Memorial Day Weekend, on May 26 and 27, at Ballance MX in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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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