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AMA Pro ATV

Yamaha Receives Invitation to ATV OPEN
Sharing the soil at Steel City

Morgantown, WV — Yamaha Motor Corporation's Donnie Luce looks forward to the ATV Open Invitational at Steel City with five rider invitations extended.

Yamaha ATV/Offroad Coordinator Donnie Luce

Donnie, how do you feel about the ATV Open Invitational?
DL: I think it is a great idea to try and bridge the gap between both forms of Pro Racing. It is a huge opportunity for the ATV Pro riders to showcase their talents on a similar track as the motorcycles. In addition, it will allow both types of fans an opportunity to attend a single event and see both forms of racing, thus bridging the gap between both markets.

The Miller brothers are included in the Pro class. What brought them there?
DL: Hunter turned Pro earlier this year while Cody will be making his Pro debut. As you are aware, we had a select amount of spots. We decided to send our Factory supported guys, Pat Brown, Travis Spader and Richard Pelchat (Yam of Canada.) The fourth spot was going to go to Dustin Nelson, but he broke is leg and will not be able to attend. Since we had a relationship with the Miller Brothers, and they have produced positive results for us, we wanted to give them an opportunity to experience this event and learn from the best.

How do your other riders stack up against the top Pros, in your opinion?
DL: Currently our program is gaining momentum due largely in part to the hard work that Pat Brown and mechanic Paul Turner mechanic have put in this year. We have made some major improvements during this year, and I believe we haven't reached our true potential yet. One thing that I am truly impressed with, is the amount of information that each of our riders and mechanics are willing to share with fellow competitors or Yamaha customers. We have a young group of riders and believe we will have riders capable of reaching the podium on a weekly basis for years to come.

Any predictions on the event, or outcome?
DL:
Well, I would really like to see a Yamaha rider win this first ever event, and if there was any more Yamaha riders on the podium that would be a bonus. I believe it is going to be a very good show for those present and those who will see it on TV.

About Racer Productions:
A West Virginia based motorcycle and ATV event production company, Racer Productions has been a leader in the off-road racing industry for over 30 years. It’s repertoire of events includes the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, since 1973; The Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National in Mount Morris, PA, since 1977; The ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, since 1985; The Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City National in Delmont, PA, since 1988; The ATV Stampede ATVA National Motocross at High Point Raceway, since 1994; The Wrangler ATVA National Motocross at Oak Hill Raceway in Decatur, TX, since 2006; as well as numerous amateur motocross events, and a World Motocross Gran Prix in 1987. In addition, the Racer Productions staff is the same crew that brings you the prestigious Air Nautique/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, since 1982.

For more information about Racer Productions and the events they produce, visit www.racerproductions.com. For High Point National Motocross information, visit www.highpointmx.com. For Steel City National Motocross information, visit www.steelcitymx.com. For GNCC Racing information, visit www.gnccracing.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 ATV 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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