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AMA Pro ATV Racing

Byrd Bounces Back, Edges Lawson for Ballance MX Win

Bowling Green, KY – Defending AMA Pro ATV Champion Joe Byrd outlasted his championship rival Jeremy Lawson at round seven of the season, at Ballance MX, to bolster his status at the top of the standings in the 2007 ITP/Moose Racing ATVA National MX Championship presented by Parts Unlimited.

The Lawson versus Byrd rivalry grows each week, and Lawson served notice that he could once again run with the champ after turning in the fastest qualifying times in Saturday practice. The Ballance MX track—worked over by seven-time Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Champion Bill Ballance—featured a technical, supercross-type layout that led to many passing opportunities.

Byrd grabbed the ATVRiders.com Holeshot in Moto 1, with Cale Downen starting second, Lawson third, Pat Brown and Brock Lyons rounding out the top five. Lawson went to work on Downen and passed him at the end of lap two, and then he put his fast lap times to work, catching and then passing Byrd right before one of the most technical sections on the tour, the Six Pack, which consisted of three doubles before the finish line jump. Lawson knifed inside before hitting that obstacle and made the pass for the lead. A few seconds back, Brown was putting pressure on Downen to try to get into third and run with the leaders, but he wouldn’t make the pass stick until the halfway point in the race.

Lawson held the lead until the two-lap board came out, when Byrd went inside of him in the same corner where Lawson had taken the lead earlier. After Byrd made the pass he put a quick brake check on Lawson which forced him to have to let off before the six pack and single out, while Byrd was able to double away for the moto win.

In the second moto, Byrd nailed the ATVRiders.com Holeshot again, with Lawson and Brown right behind. Before lap 1 was complete, Brown tried a pass on Lawson, and they tangled wheels sending them both off the track. Byrd would begin to pull away. Lawson got back into second within 1 lap, but Brown was still buried in the pack. Byrd appeared headed to an easy moto win, until he got mud jammed into his rear brake pedal. While riding, he worked to remove the mud with his boot, which slowed him and allowed Lawson to close in. Once Byrd got his brakes back, though, he opened up a lead again and set a pace that no one else could match Brown, meanwhile, put in a big charge to move up into third by the end of the moto.

ITP/Moose ATVA National MX Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited

AMA Pro ATV

Ballance MX, Bowling Green, KY
May 27, 2007

Overall

1. Joe Byrd Hon 1-1
2. Jeremy Lawson Hon 2-2
3. Pat Brown Yam 3-3
4. Cale Downen Hon 4-4
5. John Ragon Suz 5-5
6. Brock Lyons Hon 6-7
7. Michael Brown Hon 8-6
8. Shane Cochran Yam 7-8
9. Justin Bres Yam 9-10
10. Chris Tait Yam 11-9
11. Alex Trompen Suz 10-11
12. Justin Bush Suz 13-12
13. Greg Meeks Hon 12-13

AMA Pro ATV MX Series Standings

Joe Byrd (301/4 wins)
Jeremy Lawson (289/2 wins)
Pat Brown (219)
Michael Brown (149)
Dustin Wimmer (141/1 win)
Justin Bres (138)
Doug Gust 136
Alex Trompen (122)
Keith Little (111)
John Ragon (96)

AMA Pro ATV Manufacturer Cup Standings

Honda 347
Suzuki 256
Yamaha 234
Kawasaki 23

The ITP/Moose AMA Pro ATV National Championship presented by Parts Unlimited continues with the ATV Stampede at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania on June 16 and 17.

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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