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Amp'd Mobile Supercross Heads to St. Louis to Kick-Off AMA Supercross Lites East Competition; Several Riders Will Vie for Championship AURORA, Ill. (February 16, 2006) -- The 2005-'06 Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp'd Mobile AMA...

Amp'd Mobile Supercross Heads to St. Louis to Kick-Off AMA Supercross Lites East Competition; Several Riders Will Vie for Championship

AURORA, Ill. (February 16, 2006) -- The 2005-'06 Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series has produced some of the best racing in recent history; and this Saturday's opening race of the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Region division at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis only figures to add to the excitement.

Amp'd Mobile Supercross has been visiting St. Louis since 1996, and in those 10 years the rider who has won the race has gone on to win the Eastern Regional championship eight times, including the last five seasons. The opener to any racing season is considered the most prominent, but add to the mix the role that St. Louis has played throughout the years, and this year's group of talented riders will be gunning for the win.

"This season, any one of a handful of riders can win the championship," said Yamaha of Troy rider Branden Jesseman, of New Brighton, Pa., who won in St. Louis en route to the 2003 championship. "It probably won't come down to who wins the most races, but the guy who wins (the title) will be the one who puts in more consistent finishes and finds himself on the podium week in and week out."

Gone from the list of championship hopefuls is Kawasaki's Grant Langston, of Murrieta, Calif., who chose to ride the Western Region and not defend his title from a year ago, but there is a group of riders who figure to be in the hunt.

Leading the list of riders who figure to contend for the title are KTM's Josh Hansen, who tied Langston in the season-ending point standings last year but lost on a tie-breaker, and Honda's Davi Millsaps, of Cairo, Ga. Hansen was a two-time winner last season, picking up three additional podium finishes, and figures to be the favorite based on previous results and experience. Like Hansen, Millsaps was a two-time winner in '05 but must improve on his consistency and not allow a let down similar to his 18th place finish at Daytona last season that but eliminated his title chances.

Other riders who are expected to contend for the title are Jesseman and Yamaha of Troy teammate Matt Walker, of McDonough, Ga.; Suzuki's Broc Hepler, of Kittanning, Pa.; Honda's Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif.; and Yamaha's Stephane Roncada, of Menifee, Calif.

The Edwards Jones Dome is a popular stop on the Amp'd Mobile Supercross circuit, with annual crowds nearing capacity. Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the Feb. 18 race can purchase tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, participating Yamaha dealers and at the Edwards Jones Dome box office. To charge by phone, call 314-241-1888 and 314-421-4400.

A tape-delayed, one-hour television broadcast of the AMA Supercross Lites racing will air on SPEED on Saturday, Feb . 25 at 6 p.m. EST. An additional one-hour broadcast of the AMA Supercross class will also air on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Branden Jesseman , Stephane Roncada , Josh Grant , Ed Jones