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ITP/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA ATV Motocross National Championship Series

CREAMER "STEPS IT UP" IN FIRST-ROUND QUALIFYING AT BIRCH CREEK

Josh Creamer set the fastest time during first-round qualifying Saturday.
Josh Creamer set the fastest time during first-round qualifying Saturday.

DANVILLE, Va. (April 26, 2008) -- Team Monster Energy Drink/Kawasaki representatives were quick to point out last season that its team was in development mode of its KFX450 quad. However, if Pro rider Josh Creamer's run in qualifying Saturday for the TriangleCycle.com ATV National was any indication, development time is now over and it's time to race. The event, Round 4 of the 2008 ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA Pro ATV Championship, is being held today and tomorrow at Birch Creek Motorsports.

Creamer (No. 9 Team Monster Energy Drink Kawasaki) topped the charts with a one-minute, 55.930-second lap, besting points leader Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) by less than a 10th of a second. Defending Champion Joe Byrd (No. 7 Joe Byrd Racing School/Honda) was third quick.
"This year is going great," said Creamer, who has one podium and an additional top-five finish in three races. "I had an injury early in the season and I can't cross train the way I'd like to. So, I've just put in more seat time. I've been riding as hard as I can and it's beginning to pay off.

"There are a lot of guys out there that would like to be in my shoes right now; I'm just glad I'm wearing them and that they fit," laughed Creamer. "The bike is just perfect; it fits me great."

Team Manager Jimmy White is pleased with Kawasaki's progress this season.

"It's really coming together," said White. "There are a lot of good riders out there now, and the competition is stiff. Suzuki is always there and Can-Am and Yamaha are really stepping it up. But we put in our dues last season, and, without a doubt, we don't expect less than a podium, if not a win, every weekend. We've really stepped it up."

Rocco Arno, Jr., John Ragon, Cale Downen and Greg Gee qualified for tomorrow's finals through the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Nate Morello, Trent Kandel, Christopher Tait, Richard Pelchat, Hunter Miller and Justin Bush didn't qualify for the 20-quad field.

The TriangleCycle.com ATV National continues tomorrow with the final Pro qualifying round, scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by final motos at noon and at 3 p.m. Tomorrow will also feature a full card of Amateur, Youth and Women's racing.

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

About the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG)
The ATVPG is composed of the 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, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.

About the ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited
The AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited is the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, and competes at top motocross facilities nationwide. The 11-round series features the Nation's best racers, teams and sponsors, and is America’s largest and longest-running ATV National Motocross series with more than 20 years of competition. The series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while keeping close to the grassroots fun that makes people love to go to the races.

Series sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose Racing, 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. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.


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