AURORA, Ill. (November 22, 2011) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today the television package for the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, which – for the first time ever – includes 11 live broadcasts on SPEED and nine hours on CBS Sports.
For the first time in the sport's history, SPEED will broadcast live coverage from the following 11 races: Anaheim Race 1, Phoenix, San Diego, Arlington, Atlanta, St. Louis, Daytona, Indianapolis, Toronto, Seattle and Las Vegas.
"The last few seasons of Monster Energy Supercross on SPEED have provided great storylines and fantastic racing," said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. "Being able to deliver a record number of races live on SPEED in 2012 is a testament to the growing interest in the series and the commitment to continue that growth by our partners at Feld Motor Sports and the team here at SPEED."
CBS Sports will provide next day coverage at Los Angeles, Oakland, Anaheim Race 2, Houston, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. In addition, CBS Sports will air a Monster Energy Supercross season preview on December 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET, a Monster Energy Supercross special on February 26 at Noon ET and a Monster Energy Supercross season recap show on May 5 at Noon ET.
"On the heels of the greatest season ever, the increase in live coverage on SPEED, and the network coverage on CBS Sports is another step forward for the sport," said Charlie Mancuso, president, Feld Motor Sports. "This elevates the riders, the sponsors and the sport to a higher level and provides the loyal fans the most comprehensive television package Monster Energy Supercross has ever had."
Host Ralph Sheheen will be joined by color analyst and former Supercross class champion Jeff Emig, while Erin Bates will return as pit reporter.
In 2011, television ratings on SPEED increased 24%, which included eight live broadcasts, up two from 2010, and CBS Sports provided nine hours of network coverage that yielded a 21% increase in ratings.
Similarly, Internationally, Monster Energy Supercross was broadcast in 181 countries. Highlighting the international interest was a 66% increase in Australia, home of former two-time Supercross class champion Chad Reed, during Q1, besting NFL Playoff coverage.
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About Feld Motor Sports®
Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz®, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world's largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com .
Riders throughout the southeast will continue a tradition this weekend (Nov 25-26) as they pack up the leftover turkey and head out to the
opening event of the 2011-2012 FMF INDOOR MX WINTER Series. The WNC Ag Center in Fletcher (Asheville), NC is host to this weekend’s
event which will feature 34 classes of riders on bikes and ATVs.
Since 1992 this event has featured bar-to-bar racing between some of the nation’s up and coming pros as well as fast amateur riders.
The event is arenacross racing in tight quarters which makes for a super exciting show.
Defending pro champion Robbie Horton will be looking for podium finishes both days in order to retain his number one plates in both the
250 Pro and 450 Pro classes. Horton is considered an indoor motocross specialist and is always a threat to win. The Augusta, GA rider doesn’t
race very much outdoors during the summer months, concentrating only on sharpening his indoor skills.
This season opener is always packed with talent in the pro classes and it is a big accomplishment to make the “Main Event”.
Last year Tyler Bright won the 250 class on Friday night and the 450 class on Saturday. Taylor Futrell won the 450 class on Friday and
Horton won the 250 class on Saturday.
It will be two full days of racing with a full program each day. Practice is at 12:00 noon and the main events are at 6:30pm both days.
Morgantown, W. Va. (November 21, 2011) - MX Sports, producer of the 2012 Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil, announces the tentative 2012 Area Qualifier and Regional Championship Schedules. Taking place in 32 states throughout the country, this season's schedule of 50 Area Qualifiers will begin February 18-19 and run through Memorial Day weekend. The 12 Regional Championships will take place in six major geographical regions throughout the United States during the month of June.
The Area Qualifiers serve as the first step in qualifying for the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross championship. The Regional Championships then serve as the next step to seed riders into the National Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. Only riders who finish in a qualifying position at a Regional Championship are eligible to race the National.
"As always, we're excited to have our Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships at the premiere racing venues in America," said Director of MX Sports, Tim Cotter. "Our goal at MX Sports is to schedule events relative to our rider base, being mindful that our racing families often travel a great distance to participate in our events."
Back by popular demand, seven of the premier Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship tracks will return to the amateur national motocross schedule in 2012. The schedule also boasts new venues such as South of the Border in South Carolina, CLCR MX in Indiana and Romp MX in Missouri, and includes a stop in Hawaii for the first time ever in Loretta Lynn history.
The 2012 Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship will take place Sunday, July 29 - Saturday, August 4 at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. For more information, visit the series website at www.mxsports.com.
Click HERE to view a PDF of the complete 2012 Area Qualifier and Regional Championship Schedule.
You can also find the 2012 Area Qualifier and Regional Championship Schedule on the MX Sports website HERE.
About the Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship
The Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 50 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 12 Regional Championships (June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week of August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 20,000 racers attempt to qualify in 36 classes for the 1,446 available positions at the National. Christened "The World's Greatest Motocross Vacation", the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.
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Hendersonville, North Carolina: Öhlins USA is proud to announce the signing of Les Smith to Team Öhlins USA, for the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil AMA Motocross series. Smith will be competing in the Lites class on a Honda CRF250. A 21-year-old native of York, South Carolina, Smith is a three-time amateur champion at Loretta Lynn’s and will now be racing on the Öhlins gold and running number 46, under the leadership of Team Öhlins USA manger, Grant Langston.
About joining the team, Smith said, “They look to have a really good program so I’m excited to be a part of it. Last year I had five top ten finishes in the SX Lites class, and I hope to improve on that. To stay in shape I practice four to five days a week. I’ve got a brand new Supercross track I’m using today. Plus, I’m focusing on my overall fitness this year as well. I have a local trainer helping me out so I’m putting in over time.”
Smith, who’s been riding since he was four-years-old and racing since he was six, added, “My father rode when he was younger and he got me a dirt bike for Christmas. After that a neighbor suggested I start racing, so we all went racing. My first races were at a super-sandy track and my dad pretty much was pushing me around the track all day. I was ready to go home but then a guy told us if I did one more race I’d get a trophy. So I did. I still have that trophy at my bedside. It says, ‘Participant.’
“As I got older I started really enjoying it. Both my dad, Marty, and my mom, Sue Ellen, were involved. Racing became what our family does. Every weekend we go to the track.”
Motocross champion Grant Langston, Team Manager of Team Öhlins USA, said, “I’ve been in touch with Les for a while and he’s a definite player. He’s serious and has a great attitude and it all shows in how he rides. So we’re looking forward to an exciting year with him. There’s a lot of potential in what we’re doing combined with his riding abilities.”
Öhlins USA Off Road Manager, Stacey Berger, said, “We’re excited to have Les signed. It took a little time to get everything sorted but once he rode a bike with our suspension I think the decision was easy for him to make. We look forward to big things from him this year.”
Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension for automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Öhlins develops its proprietary and innovative suspension components at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. www.Ohlinsusa.com.
The AMA Arenacross Series is ready to return to the track, kicking off its 2012 season on Saturday night, October 29, from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Following one of the most impressive single-season performances in series history, Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis' Tyler Bowers is ready to defend his Arenacross class title against a talented field of challengers.