2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented By FMF - Dirt Rider Magazine

AMA TOYOTA MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY FMF COMESTO UNADILLAPICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 10, 2007) - The first half of the 2007 AMA Toyota MotocrossChampionship presented by FMF comes to a close with round six of the series at Unadilla ValleySports Center on July 14-15 in New Berlin, New York.The Monster Energy Nice N Easy Pro National Presented by Renegade Haulers will seeJames Stewart trying to overcome the spate of bad luck he's suffered at Unadilla over the last coupleof seasons. In 2005 Stewart had a collision with Ricky Carmichael as the two battled for the lead. Lastyear Stewart suffered a high-speed crash during morning practice and missed the race altogether.This year Stewart is the pre-race favorite to win his first national of the season aboard his MonsterEnergy Kawasaki.Series leader Ricky Carmichael will not race at Unadilla. The defending champion istransitioning into a NASCAR racing career and is slated to race only one more national this summeron his Makita Suzuki. This will mark the first Unadilla without Carmichael in 10 years.Stewart said he'll approach Unadilla no differently than any other race in spite of the fact thathis biggest rival will not be on the line."It's going to be different without Ricky there," Stewart said. "It took me awhile in Supercross toget used to it and now I'm going to have to do it outdoors. I'm going to focus like I always do. I don'tthink I'll ride any differently."Stewart, who is 16-points behind Carmichael in the championship, should take over the serieslead with a good performance at Unadilla. If he does take the series lead it would mark the secondtime Stewart has led the series. He won the opening round in 2006 and held the series lead for oneweek. Stewart is a three-time Unadilla Motocross Lites winner, but will be seeking his first win in thepremier class.Kawasaki last won the premier event at Unadilla since 2001.The big question is whether or not any rider can step up to challenge Stewart in the secondhalf of the season. His teammate Tim Ferry comes into Unadilla ranked third in the standings. He'sholding off a group of riders hoping to try to intensify the series and challenge Stewart in Carmichael'sabsence. Honda's Andrew Short, Yamaha's Grant Langston and Red Bull KTM's Mike Alessi areclosely grouped together just behind Ferry in the standings.Kevin Windham has a good history at Unadilla. He beat Carmichael heads up in the 2003 racethere. The veteran Sobe No Fear/Samsung Honda rider is very fast on the high speed rolling hills ofthe Unadilla Valley Sports Center.Defending Unadilla Motocross Lites winner Ryan Villopoto leads the class again this yearcoming into Sunday's race. He's involved in a good championship race with Monster Energy/ProCircuit Kawasaki teammate Ben Townley. Both riders have two national wins so far this season."It's good to have the momentum, but I know Ben's going to come back at Unadilla and will begoing just as fast has he was earlier in the season, Villopoto said. "We're probably going to get backto having the battles like we've had all season."Townley said he is anxious to get into the meat of the summer's racing schedule."It's tough being beaten four motos in a row," said Townley. "I want to get back on track andstart winning again. I'm looking forward to racing the three weekends in a row starting with Unadilla.It's going to be a major factor in the championship."Sobe No Fear/Samsung Honda's Josh Grant is hanging tough and is third coming intoUnadilla. He'll be hoping to earn his second national victory this season on Sunday.Unadilla is one of the most historic venues in the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship. Thetrack, considered the most European of the American tracks, has hosted United States Grand Prixraces and was the track where the U.S. first hosted the Motocross of Nations in 1987. After 20 yearsthe prestigious international event is coming back to America, at Budds Creek, Md., this September.This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the first AMA National held at Unadilla. Gary Joneswon that first race in 1972.For more information of the Monster Energy Nice N Easy Pro National Presented byRenegade Haulers contact Unadilla Valley Sports Center at (607) 965-8784 or visit the websitewww.unadillamx.com.The Unadilla Motocross race will be televised on SPEED on Saturday, July 21 at 8:00 pmeastern. Motocross Lites will air on Tuesday, July 24 at 3:00 pm.
WHAT: The 2007 FMF Monster Energy Nice N Easy Pro National Presented by RenegadeHaulers, round six of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF.
WHERE: The Unadilla Valley Sports Center complex is located 5 miles North of New Berlin,N.Y., at 5986 State Route 8WHEN: July 14-15, 2007.COURSE: 1.7 miles (approx), rich, rocky, dark loamy dirt.2006 WINNERS: AMA Motocross: Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki). AMA Motocross Lites: RyanVillopoto (Kawasaki).SCHEDULE: Saturday - Pro timed qualifying, 1:00-4:35 pm., Lites Consolation Race 4:45 pm;
Sunday - Pro Motocross Consolation Race 9:15 am. Qualifying 10:00 am. Opening Ceremonies beginat 12:30 pm with final events beginning at 1 pm.About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leadingsanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include theAmp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF,the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked FlatTrack Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. Inamateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplinesand supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing,visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room atwww.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visitwww.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.