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Watson nominated for Athlete of the Year

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Nov. 7, 2003) -- AMA U.S. Hillclimb Champion David Watson has earned a nomination for the 2003 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year. It marks the second straight year that the 25-year-old from Ludlow, Mass., has ...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Nov. 7, 2003) -- AMA U.S. Hillclimb Champion David Watson has earned a nomination for the 2003 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year. It marks the second straight year that the 25-year-old from Ludlow, Mass., has earned a nomination for AMA Pro Racing's top award. Watson rode a pair of Honda-based hillclimb machines this year.

Watson is coming off another year of sweeping both the 540 and 800 divisions of the 2003 AMA U.S. Hillclimb Championship presented by Pace American Inc. Watson is the only rider in the history of AMA Hillclimb to win both classes. This year was the third time he earned the championship in both classes.

Watson had an incredibly consistent year finishing on the podium in all but one round in the 800 class, including three victories. He completely dominated the 540 class winning eight of the 11 nationals and finishing second in the other three rounds. After less than 10 years in pro hillclimb Watson is already becoming a legend in the sport.

"This is unbelievable," said an enthusiastic Watson upon learning of his nomination. "Last year I thought maybe I got the nomination because a hillclimber hadn't gotten one in a while, but maybe our sport is starting to get a little more recognition. The coverage we're getting on Speed Channel has really helped and I think a lot of the teams are starting to realize that it's important to have a professional presentation. I hope my nomination can at least bring more exposure to hillclimb."

Watson is only the second AMA Hillclimb rider to earn a nomination for the AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year Award. Paul Pinsonnault was the last hillclimber to earn a nomination back in 1995. Watson's motorcycle is set to be on display at the AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet this year.

Tune in to 2 Wheel Tuesday on the Speed Channel, Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. (EST) where host Greg White will feature this week's nominee.

The presentation of the AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year Award will take place at the AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, Nov. 22 at the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The public is invited to the banquet.

Tickets are just $125, which includes banquet admission, hors d'oeuvres and dinner. For ticket information, call (614) 856-1900, ext. 1342. To reserve a room at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino at the special rate of $125 plus tax per night, contact the Rio directly at (888) 746-6955.

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. Nearly 2 million race fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2002 season. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

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