SUPERCROSS: THQ Supercross privateers competition heats up

Lucrative $250,000 pay out for THQ World Supercross GP heats up for privateers. Reed leads THQ World Supercross GP season points. AURORA, Ill. (March 27, 2003) - With five races left on the THQ World Supercross GP schedule, the largest...

Lucrative $250,000 pay out for THQ World Supercross GP heats up for privateers.
Reed leads THQ World Supercross GP season points.

AURORA, Ill. (March 27, 2003) - With five races left on the THQ World Supercross GP schedule, the largest privateer pay day is just weeks away.

While several riders are currently sidelined by injuries or illness, the opportunity for some of the sport's top privateers has developed. Yamaha's Chad Reed leads teammates David Vuillemin and Tim Ferry, who will most likely sit out the remainder of the season, leaving the race for second place - a $30,000 pay out - to Heath Voss, Keith Johnson, or Ryan Clark. Ten points separate Voss from Johnson and eight points separate Johnson from Clark.

Per the THQ World Supercross GP rules, riders who did not compete in the two European rounds are not eligible for the $250,000 points fund. However, they are eligible for the AMA Supercross Series points fund. Clark's eighth place AMA Supercross Series finish in St. Louis earned him second place in world points.

"This is a great opportunity for us," said Clark, who rides for Team Solitaire. "When I decided to go to the European races, I wanted to take advantage of it because I would be able to get ready for the domestic races. Now - with all of this money available - the last few races are going to be exciting.

"With Clear Channel adding additional bonus opportunities, the sport is being brought to the next level. The guys who usually don't qualify for bonuses are now reaping the benefits."

In addition to the $30,000 payout for second place, Clark and Johnson are also competing for $25,000 that United States Smokeless Tobacco Company pays to the highest finishing privateer in THQ World Supercross GP and a 2003 Nissan Frontier that is part of the Nissan Riding for a New Frontier program. Therefore, if Johnson moves into second place, he would walk away with a new Nissan Frontier and $55,000. <pre> 250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings 1. Chad Reed Corona, Calif. Yamaha 276 2. David Vuillemin Corona, Calif. Yamaha 238 3. Tim Ferry Dade City, Fla. Yamaha 216 4. Heath Voss Mico, Texas Yamaha 163 5. Keith Johnson Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 153 6. Ryan Clark Albuquerque, N.M. Yamaha 145 7. Mike LaRocco South Bend, Ind. Honda 136 8. Damon Huffman Canyon Country, Calif. Honda 124 9. Sebastien Tortelli Temecula, Calif. Suzuki 121 10. Grant Langston Lake Elsinore, Calif. KTM 76

THQ World Supercross GP Year End Pay Out 1. $100,000 2. $30,000 3. $15,000 4. $12,500 5. $10,000 6. $7,500 8. $6,500 9. $6,000 10. $5,500 11. $5,000 12. $5,000 13. $5,000 14. $5,000 15. $5,000 16. $5,000 17. $5,000 18. $5,000 19. $5,000 20. $5,000

United States Smokeless Tobacco Company Privateer Pay Out 1st Place: $25,000 2nd Place: $15,000 3rd Place: $10,000

The final round of THQ World Supercross/AMA Supercross Series will air on ABC's Wide World of Sports Sunday, May 4.

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