Monster Energy AMA Supercross, An FIM World Championship, Unified Racing Championship Details Announced - Dirt Rider Magazine

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (December 28, 2007) - The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the Fdration Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) are pleased to announce the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. The 2008 championship, for the first time ever, will combine both the AMA sanctioned Supercross Series and the FIM sanctioned World Supercross GP programs into a single, consolidated championship and will crown one supercross champion. The 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship Schedule:----DATE-------------LOCATION--------------VENUE
January 5, 2008---Anaheim, Calif.---Angel Stadium
January 12, 2008---Phoenix, Ariz.---Chase Field
January 19, 2008---Anaheim, Calif.---Angel Stadium
January 26, 2008---San Francisco, Calif.---AT&T; Park
February 2, 2008---Anaheim, Calif.---Angel Stadium
February 9, 2008---San Diego, Calif.---Qualcomm Stadium
February 16, 2008---Houston, Texas---Reliant Stadium
February 23, 2008---Atlanta, Ga.---Georgia Dome
March 1, 2008---Indianapolis, Ind.---RCA Dome
March 7, 2008---Daytona Beach, Fla.---Daytona International Speedway
March 15, 2008---Minneapolis, Minn.---Metrodome
March 29, 2008---Toronto, Canada---Rogers Centre
April 5, 2008---Irving, Texas---Texas Stadium
April 12, 2008---Detroit, Mich.---Ford Field
April 19, 2008---St. Louis, Mo.---Edward Jones Dome
April 26, 2008---Seattle, Wash.---Qwest Field
May 3, 2008---Las Vegas, Nev.---Sam Boyd Stadium
Since 2002, the AMA Supercross Series and the FIM World Supercross GP have run together at stadiums across the United States, with two separate titles awarded at the series finale each year in Las Vegas, Nev. Beginning in 2008, these programs will now be combined, with all of the races counting towards one single world championship. In 2008, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will include one race outside the United States when the championship returns to the Rogers Centre, in Toronto, Ont., on March 29th. The remaining 16 rounds will be conducted at stadiums across the United States. For 2009, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will again include two races outside the United States. "We are pleased to be able to work together with the FIM to create the consolidated Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship," said Rob Dingman, AMA President and CEO. "The consolidated series maintains the strong foundation and tradition of AMA Supercross and at the same time internationalizes the championship with select races at stadiums outside the United States. To make the transition as seamless as possible for the teams, riders and support staff, the championship will only include one international race in 2008, in Toronto, however, the program may include a second international race in 2009 and beyond." FIM President Vito Ippolito stated, "I have no doubt that the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will be an exciting and thrilling World Championship that will continue to grow season after season. It has all the potential to become a truly `big sport' on the world sports scene in the years to come with rounds outside the United States. I am truly satisfied that the good cooperation between the FIM, the AMA and Live Nation has lead to the integration of supercross into a unique and exclusive World Championship. This will prove to be beneficial for all parties concerned and especially for supercross fans in the United States and all over the world." For more information about Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to . For media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or e-mail at the FIM
The FIM, Fdration Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs and sanctions motorcycle sport at the world level. It is the owner of the FIM World Motorcycle World Championships titles, such as MotoGP, FIM Superbike World Championship, FIM QMMF Endurance World Championship, FIM Motocross World Championships, Motocross of Nations, FIM Supermoto World Championship, FIM SPEA Trial World Championship, Trial des Nations, FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship, ISDE, FIM Speedway Grand Prix, FIM Speedway World Cup, etc. The FIM groups together 98 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing, leisure motorcycling, defense of motorcycle users' rights and interests. Visit .About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Amp'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 Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit . Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at For amateur racing information visit .