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AMA Pro ATV Racing

Close AMA Pro ATV Points Race Can Tighten as Gust,
Weinen Rejoin Series This Weekend at Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, IL -- In the school of AMA Pro ATV champions, there are few possibilities, but this weekend’s feeding frenzy in Walnut, IL for round ten of the 2007 ITP/Moose ATVA National Motocross Championship Series could really open the door for two young students. Defending Champion Joe Byrd holds a slim lead over rivals Jeremy Lawson and Pat Brown in the AMA Pro ATV division. With the Yoshimura/Rockstar/Suzuki team sending stars Doug Gust, Chad Weinen and Japan’s Seiya Sakuma into the mix this weekend in guest appearances, it could seriously mix up the standings. With three rounds left, both Jeremy Lawson and Patrick Brown are studying hard to improve their odds of a breakthrough race.

Lawson hopes his new Florida residency comes in handy this weekend. He hasn’t raced at Sunset Ridge before, but the track could still benefit him. “I heard it’s a sand track, so being down here in Florida, I get enough of the sand to ride in,” says Lawson. “I’m pretty tuned in on that.”

Gust and Weinen mixed it up when they raced the AMA Pro ATV Class earlier in the season, and they are sure to be factors this weekend. But unknown to Lawson is the All Japan ATV Championship Series Champion, 22-year-old Seiya Sakuma.

“Yea, I met that guy in California,” Lawson said of Sakuma. “He’s going to ride? That’s awesome. He might be quick, you never know.”

“Hopefully, it’ll work to my advantage,” Lawson said. “It’ll be great to get more guys out there to mix it up. You never know. At the beginning of the year, we were all racing and it was the same deal. Me and Joe, and I was still second. It’s been a while since then, and you don’t know how their training program is going along, or how fast they may have gotten.”

Patrick Brown faces competition with enthusiasm and considers the point’s possibility.

“It could help somebody like me who’s sitting back in third place and needs a quick way to make up points,” Brown said. “I think it’s awesome. I like as much competition as possible. I think it’s just better for everything; it’s better for spectators, better for me because I can push myself harder. Anytime more people are going to show up for a race is just positive in my mind.”

“I think we’re all very close, and at any given point, any of us can win a race, but I’ve definitely been doing my homework this week, and been working hard in the heat,” Brown said. “I think sand tracks are awesome, and my Yamaha really pulls hard through the sand.”

Catch the AMA Pro ATV riders as the series heads to Walnut, IL on July 14-15 for the Concept Haulers ATV Showdown at Sunset Ridge MX. Amateurs will compete throughout the weekend as well. Pro riders will compete in timed qualifying and practice on Saturday, and in two AMA Pro ATV National motos on Sunday.

DIRECTIONS TO TRACK: From Interstate 80, Exit 45 (IL RT 40), North 4 miles to Manlius. Turn right, go through town and proceed approximately one-half mile East to CR1100 E, Left on 1100E, North 4 miles to 24558 1100 E. Street, Walnut, IL 61376. Phone: 815-379-9534

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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