AURORA, III. (April 25, 2005) - With two races remaining on the schedule, Team Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., can clinch the THQ AMA Supercross Series championship in Houston this Saturday by finishing in third place or better.
This weekend's THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series race will air on ESPN2 Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.
Carmichael, 25, clinched the THQ World Supercross GP at Seattle's Qwest Field, winning all but one race. The winner of 11 AMA National Championships, Carmichael can add his 12th this weekend and fourth career 250cc supercross title. Carmichael has led 140 laps and leads the field with four Butterfinger Crisp Holeshot Awards. Carmichael has seven THQ AMA Supercross Series wins on the season.
In the 125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series, Kawasaki's Ivan Tedesco, of Murrieta, Calif., clinched his second-consecutive championship in Seattle. Tedesco has two main event wins on the season. KTM's Nathan Ramsey, who has three main event wins this season, has been Tedesco's toughest competition but inconsistent finishes at Phoenix and San Francisco took him out of championship contention.
Last year, before 45,126 fans at Reliant Stadium, Yamaha's Chad Reed won his fifth THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series race. Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won the opening round of THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Eastern Regional competition.
The two international races coupled with 15 of the domestic races (excluding the Daytona Supercross) comprise the 17-round THQ World Supercross GP. Last season Heath Voss, of Mico, Texas piloted his Mach 1 Yamaha to the THQ World Supercross GP championship, earning top honors and giving Yamaha its second world championship in as many seasons.
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About THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series
THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2004-2005, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the THQ AMA Supercross Series. The other THQ AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation, and is not a part of the THQ World Supercross GP. A THQ AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.
THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 85 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events. Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. In addition to its involvement with THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the THQ AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercross.cc.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment
Clear Channel Entertainment, the world's largest producer and marketer of live entertainment events, is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books 135 live entertainment venues, including 44 amphitheaters in the U.S. and 28 venues in Europe. Each year, more than 62 million people attend approximately 26,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including: Live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports shows.
In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment owns leading talent management businesses that specialize in the representation of athletes and broadcasters, including independently operated baseball, basketball and football businesses. Clear Channel Entertainment is headquartered in New York City.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship, the AMA Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.
Source: Clear Channel Entertainment -- Motor Sports