PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 21, 2003) -- After a remarkably successful launch of the inaugural AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, round two of the series moves cross country to Big Daddy's South...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 21, 2003) -- After a remarkably successful launch of the inaugural AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, round two of the series moves cross country to Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003.
Just a short 15-mile ride away from round 10 of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship at Virginia International Raceway, AMA Superbike fans will be able to make their way over to South Boston Speedway's Cycle Jam on Saturday night to witness AMA Supermoto under the lights.
AMA Pro Racing Associate Director of Commercial Development Chris Bradley expressed the excitement created at round one of the series. "The inaugural round of the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship was very successful. The number of fans who showed up to watch AMA Supermoto at Laguna Seca was incredible. When you consider the unprecedented amount of racing talent entered into the event, including names like Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Ward, Mike Metzger, Chris Carr, and Kevin Schwantz, it's no surprise a large crowd was on-hand."
South Boston Speedway regularly features NASCAR Stock Car racing on a four-tenths mile paved oval. Its graduates include Winston Cup stars Ward and Jeff Burton, Stacy Compton and Eilliot Sadler. Track plans for the AMA Supermoto event call for the course to be constructed mostly in the infield and selected sections of the oval. Bradley pointed out that South Boston Speedway will provide great viewing for fans. "With seating accommodations for up to 20,000 spectators, South Boston Speedway should prove to be a fan-friendly venue," said Bradley. "Fans will be treated to a great show under the lights as the track will be highly visible from the grandstands."
"We are extremely excited to host this spectacular and historic event," said South Boston Speedway President Joe Mattioli. "With the AMA Superbike Championship at Virginia International Raceway and round two of the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship only 15 minutes away here at South Boston, racing fans will be treated to an incredible weekend of racing action." Mattioli added that free camping and live music will also be available at the South Boston event.
AMA Supermoto is unique in that the tracks feature both dirt and pavement sections. This form of racing is derived from the original Superbikers, a made-for-TV form of motorcycle racing that debuted in the 1970s. AMA Pro Racing has reinvented Supermoto and created a national championship that kicked off as part of the combined AMA Superbike/FIM World Superbike event on July 11-13.
The new series is an instant hit with both fans and riders as a number of top caliber riders have committed to contesting the championship. In addition to the inaugural winners, Ward and Kurt Nicoll, other notable racers include the winningest rider in AMA Supercross history, Jeremy McGrath; the "godfather of freestyle motocross" and multi-time X-Games medallist, Mike Metzger; former 500cc Grand Prix World Champion, Kevin Schwantz; reigning AMA Flat Track Champion Chris Carr and a host of others.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance and save $3 by calling toll-free (877) 440-1540 or via www.tickets.com. Tickets purchased the day of the event are priced as low as $15 for adults and $10 for young adults (age 10-15), with children nine and under admitted free. Fans attending the AMA Superbike event at VIR during the day on Saturday will be given a coupon for $3 off the admission price to the AMA Supermoto event on Saturday night.