MONSTER ENERGY® AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, UNIFI ED RACING CHAMPIONSHIP DETAILS ANNOUNC ED
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (December 28, 2007) -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) are pleased to announce the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. The 2008 championship, for the first time ever, will combine both the AMA sanctioned Supercross Series and the FIM sanctioned World Supercross GP programs into a single, consolidated championship and will crown one supercross champion.
Since 2002, the AMA Supercross Series and the FIM World Supercross GP have run together at stadiums across the United States, with two separate titles awarded at the series finale each year in Las Vegas, Nev. Beginning in 2008, these programs will now be combined, with all of the races counting towards one single world championship.
In 2008, Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will include one race outside the United States when the championship returns to the Rogers Centre, in Toronto, Ont., on March 29th. The remaining 16 rounds will be conducted at stadiums across the United States. For 2009, Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will again include two races outside the United States.
"We are pleased to be able to work together with the FIM to create the consolidated Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship," said Rob Dingman, AMA President and CEO. "The consolidated series maintains the strong foundation and tradition of AMA Supercross and at the same time internationalizes the championship with select races at stadiums outside the United States. To make the transition as seamless as possible for the teams, riders and support staff, the championship will only include one international race in 2008, in Toronto, however, the program may include a second international race in 2009 and beyond."
FIM President Vito Ippolito stated, "I have no doubt that the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will be an exciting and thrilling World Championship that will continue to grow season after season. It has all the potential to become a truly 'big sport' on the world sports scene in the years to come with rounds outside the United States. I am truly satisfied that the good cooperation between the FIM, the AMA and Live Nation has lead to the integration of supercross into a unique and exclusive World Championship. This will prove to be beneficial for all parties concerned and especially for supercross fans in the United States and all over the world."