Eighteen of the world’s top mini bike stars representing seven countries will battle the Americans for the AMA No. 1 plate
ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 19, 2010) – When the dust finally settles on this Icelandic volcano, it’s going to kick right back up again in Las Vegas when mini bike tires spin and dirt flies for the seventh running of the GEICO Powersports MiniMotoSX, presented by Monster Energy, at the Orleans Arena. And on the line is the first-ever MMSX World Final race, featuring – along with the American greats – 18 of the world’s top international mini cycle racing stars representing seven countries on four continents.
“Given our extensive international field this year, the MiniMotoSX World Final race at this year’s GEICO MiniMotoSX will be a true test in crowning the world’s absolute top mini cycle racer,” said Mike Karsting, VP of Events for Source Interlink Media. “Invitations to the MMSX World Final went out right after the conclusion of last year’s race and the response from all over Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia has been incredible. Everyone is gunning for the Americans in an effort to win the World MMSX title here on our soil.
“It’s going to make for some unreal racing here at the Orleans on May 7th.”
The list of mini riders battling for the coveted title of MMSX World Champ reads like a who’s who of the mini industry’s top racers – similar to a gate featuring the likes of McGrath, Carmichael, Stewart, Villopoto and Pourcel on the big bikes. Led by defending French 10″ mini cycle champion Mike Valade, the hyper-fast French contingent will give the Americans – led by defending GEICO MMSX champ Michael Blose, and former champ Derek Costella – all they can handle. Other French greats making the trip over include: Jimmy Peyras (12″ French champ), Alexander Barbosa, Remi, Tirvaudey, Baptiste Alexandre and French female mini racer Laura Bruneau will attempt to top the women’s class.
Additional European stars making the trek over to challenge for the MMSX World Final title include: Swedish great Ander Persson, Belgium’s David Segers and the UK’s top mini cycle racer, David Alexander.
Australia should give French riders a good run for their money as the No. 1 challengers to the top Americans. The Aussies are led by current national champion Brad Smith, Tasmanian champ Garry Wellman, Shaun Howe, veteran great Matt Skerrett and Mike Reefman – who raced the MXGPs in the past.
Japan will also send over two of its top mini racers in Tomokuni Osada and Hirouma Igura, while dropping down from Canada to spin some laps in hopes of bringing home the MMSX World Final title will be Danny Riverin and Sam Lessard.
“GEICO MiniMotoSX hasn’t enjoyed an international field of this magnitude since the event’s inception in 2004,” added Karsting. “The eventual 2010 MMSX World Final champ has a big job ahead of him, which will no doubt make for some incredible racing for those in attendance.”
The annual GEICO MiniMotoSX, presented by Monster Energy, is the largest indoor motorsports competition of its kind. With more than 600 registered riders in 2009 the event literally allows for mini bike enthusiasts to become part of the show. As one racer put it: “At GEICO MiniMotoSX you don’t just show up and watch racing in Vegas – you boot up and get on the track yourself to race in front of a packed house at the Orleans.” Featuring numerous classes at all age and ability levels, GEICO MiniMotoSX delivers an unforgettable day of racing action for both fans and racers alike, along with an affordable ‘Vegas experience’ given the hotel and ticket package at the Orleans Hotel and Arena. Registration for the event is open right now on www.minimotosx.com
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