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SUPERCROSS: Inugural San Francisco event success

THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series makes big splash in San Francisco. AURORA (January 28, 2003) - Clear Channel Entertainment's Motor Sports division announced today that the first-annual THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series...

THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series makes big splash in San Francisco.

AURORA (January 28, 2003) - Clear Channel Entertainment's Motor Sports division announced today that the first-annual THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series event held at Pacific Bell Park attracted fans from 33 states, tallying a crowd of 40,033.

San Francisco marked the eighth city in California to host a supercross event. The last supercross held in northern California was in San Jose's Spartan Stadium in 1995. San Jose played host to supercross from 1990-1995. In addition, supercross visited Oakland Coliseum in 1979 and 1980.

The near sell-out crowd saw Ricky Carmichael, the defending 250cc champion, win the first THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race at Pacific Bell Park. Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Havana, Fla., won his third-consecutive 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series main event, extending his points lead to 25 points.

"Supercross at Pacific Bell Park was the splash hit we all hoped it would be," said Pat Gallagher, president, San Francisco Giants Enterprises LLC. "We look forward very much to working with Clear Channel to help make San Francisco a destination for such events in the future."

Ricky Carmichael, the winner of 28 250cc main events, is the last competitor to win a 250cc supercross at a new venue when he won at Rice-Eccles Stadium and Towers in 2001. This weekend's win at Pacific Bell park ties Carmichael for second on the all-time 250cc win list with Ricky Johnson.

Competition returns to Anaheim's Edison International Field next weekend.

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Ricky Johnson , James Stewart