Ferry And Short Tied Coming Into Steel City Motocross - Dirt Rider Magazine

Ferry and Short Tied Coming into Steel City MotocrossPICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 21, 2007) - Tim Ferry, of Monster Energy Kawasaki, and Honda'sAndrew Short are tied atop the standings in the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented byFMF coming into Steel City Raceway this Sunday, August 26, for the Monster Energy/Kawasaki ProMotocross National in Delmont, Pennsylvania.The legendary Steel City National is also the final round of the Monster Energy/Kawasaki TripleCrown of Motocross.With seven-time AMA Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael now officially retired from AMAmotocross racing and James Stewart suffering a knee injury last month at Washougal, Washington,and questionable for this race, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship is completely up for grabs.Coming into Steel City both Ferry and Short find themselves in a position they've never been in andthat's leading the premier series this late in the season. Just three rounds are left and Ferry and Shortare hoping to make a final surge to the championship crown starting this Sunday.Ferry, the 1992 AMA Motocross Rookie of the Year, was until this year considered a racer past hisprime, but he's charged back for a second act that may just become the highlight of his career."I wasn't quite expecting to be in the position I am at now, for sure," Ferry said of his series lead. "Inthe first race I got third behind Carmichael and Stewart and was happy about that. Sincethen, I've been getting a little better at each race even though the last race in Millville was a littletough."While Ferry has been fairly consistent all season, his rival Short knows that he's going to have to getstronger in the second motos to have a chance to earn the title."I'm working on the mental aspect and just being stronger in the second moto," Short said. "I'm ingood shape, but I'm not applying myself better. That part kind of bugs me; I try so hard. I kind of getdiscouraged, so I need to work on that and just work on being consistent; because that's where I'mgetting beat right now."In addition to Ferry and Short, Yamaha's Grant Langston and Mike Alessi, of Red Bull KTM, havebeen coming on strong of late and are now in a position to challenge for the championship as well.The wild card is Stewart. If he can return and race with his injured knee he could quickly move upfrom his current position of sixth in the standings.One thing is for certain, the drama has not been this high in the premier class coming into Steel Citysince 1996 when Jeff Emig and Jeremy McGrath brought a season long championship battle to adramatic conclusion.As if the ever shifting Motocross title battle weren't enough, Steel City fans will also get to witness thecontinuing saga of the Motocross Lites clash between Monster Energy Kawasaki teammates RyanVillopoto and Ben Townley.Townley, a former World Champion from New Zealand, has stepped up to challenge defendingchamp Villopoto. Townley leads by just two points coming into Steel City."It's so close," Townley says of the championship chase. "We started off at Hangtown, and then Ryangot a little bit of a gap. Then I had the problem at High Point (first turn crash), and he had his problemat Unadilla. We wake up each morning to win this championship - we both want it really bad!"Yamaha's Broc Hepler could become only the second rider in history to win three Steel City LitesNationals in a row. Hepler, from nearby Kittanning, Pa., is a fan favorite at this event.The action-packed race weekend will also feature the first-ever AMA Pro ATV Open Invitational andthe sixth and final round of the Women's Motocross Association (WMA).A special VIP ticket is being offered at Steel City. Get front row seats for this year's 20th AnnualMonster Energy/Kawasaki Pro National at Steel City Raceway with this Monster Energy V.I.P. Pass.The cost is $150 per person, and that includes Saturday/Sunday gate admission; full-access pit pass;Sunday exclusive trackside viewing area with live big screen timing and scoring; Sunday cateredlunch and soft drinks; free event t-shirt and free event program! Call 304-284-0084 to reserve yourMonster VIP tickets today. Any available tickets will be sold at the main gate. For more information,visit www.steelcitymx.com.Live audio and pre and post-race video coverage can be found at www.motocross.com. Real timetiming and scoring can be found at www.amamotocross.comThe AMA Motocross race from Steel City will broadcast nationally on SPEED starting at 10:00 pm,Sunday, Sept. 2. The Lites class will air on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 3:00 pm.WHAT: Monster Energy/ Kawasaki Pro Motocross National at Steel City, round 10 of the 12-roundAMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF.WHERE: Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa., State Rt. 22 east to State Rt. 66 north for 3 miles. Turnright onto Story Road. Follow signs .5 miles to the track.WHEN: Aug. 25-26, 20072006 WINNERS: AMA Motocross: Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki). AMA Motocross Lites: Broc Hepler(Suzuki)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 at