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Supermoto: Costa Mesa preview

HONDA RED RIDERS JR. SUPERMOTO CHALLENGE BEGINS ITS THIRD YEAR PICKERINGTON, Ohio (April 6, 2005) -- The Honda Red Riders Jr. Supermoto Challenge presented by the Honda Red Riders Club of America (HRCA) will again be presented as a support...

HONDA RED RIDERS JR. SUPERMOTO CHALLENGE BEGINS ITS THIRD YEAR

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (April 6, 2005) -- The Honda Red Riders Jr. Supermoto Challenge presented by the Honda Red Riders Club of America (HRCA) will again be presented as a support class in the upcoming AMA Supermoto Championship. This marks the third season of the innovative program featuring riders between the ages of 12 and 15 competing on identically-prepared Honda CRF150F motorcycles.

The first round of the Junior Supermoto Challenge will kick off alongside the opening round of the AMA Supermoto Championship at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif., on May 14.

"The Honda Red Riders Jr. Supermoto program has been extremely popular," said American Supercamp's Danny Walker, the program's administrator. "We've had some great kids come through the program and I think it's going to help build a solid base of future AMA Supermoto riders.

"We are getting riders from all disciplines of racing involved in Supermoto," Walker continued. "Already we're seeing a few riders from the Honda Junior Supermoto program moving up to the pro ranks. We've had some great races in the series and it's gratifying to see these kids making the transition to the pros. With the new 250 class in AMA Supermoto it should provide even more of an opportunity for young riders to make a name for themselves."

Chad Cose, of Fremont Calif., won the Jr. Supermoto Championship last year in Las Vegas. Mike Alessi won the title in 2003.

A total of 15 riders will be chosen to race in each round and the top-three from each race will be invited to compete in the AMA Red Bull Supermoto A-Go-Go championship finale event held this year in Reno, Nevada, on Oct. 1.

"These kids put on a first class race," said Bill Savino, Assistant Manager, HRCA. "Danny and the Honda Supercamp crew make it pretty easy, just show up and bring your helmet. We are happy to be involved with the AMA Supermoto series. Going into our third year of the Red Rider Jr. Supermoto program we are hoping to continue to entice kids to get involved not only with racing, but excel in school."

Riders are required to submit a resume and must maintain a "B" average in school. AMA Pro Racing's Kerry Graeber added that a U.S. Savings Bond will be awarded to the top three finishers at the season finale, as was the case in years one and two of the championship.

"The top 15 riders that make it to the final round in Reno all have a chance to take a CRF150F home," Savino continued. "Plus, the top three riders will again take home the CRF150F they race. We can't wait to see the show the kids put on. This series has given us some terrific racing."

Riders interested in being involved should visit www.americansupercamp.com or call (970) 674-9434.

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship, the AMA Superbike Championship, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

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