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First Female to Win Jeremy McGrath Scholarship Announced in Las Vegas

Mary Morgan and MMI Team Up for Third-Annual Scholarship Program

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AURORA, Ill. (May 12, 2006) – Mary Morgan, of DeKalb, Ill., became the first female to win the Jeremy McGrath Scholarship when the seven-time supercross champion made the announcement at the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series finals at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium May 6. The Jeremy McGrath scholarship will cover tuition for the 57 week program at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) for Morgan in 2006-’07.

Interested mechanics submitted an application and a two-minute video expressing why they should receive the 2006-’07 Jeremy McGrath scholarship. A panel of MMI executives narrowed the 60 best entries down to six and McGrath viewed the six competitors’ videos at the Seattle stop of Amp’d Mobile Supercross the week before Las Vegas. McGrath narrowed the group down to three finalists and conducted phone interviews with them before choosing Morgan.

"It’s time to see women technicians bring their talent to this level of racing,” said McGrath. “Mary has the passion, the drive and enthusiasm to be successful. With her training from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, the sky’s the limit.”

Last year’s winner Eric Savala finished his Jeremy McGrath Scholarship at MMI and went on to work for professional motocross/supercross Team Subway Coca-Cola Honda Racing.

"We are excited to be working with Live Nation and Jeremy McGrath on this scholarship program,” said Terry Emig, director of event marketing for MMI. “We’ve seen great things happen with the other winners”

“MMI has been a great partner to us over the years, and the MMI / Jeremy McGrath Scholarship has served as the perfect way for us to give back to the sport and to the racing community,” said Ryan McSpadden, Vice President of Sales for Live Nation.  “We are looking forward to continuing this incredible program in the future!”

For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercross.cc.com.  For media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or e-mail at dennyhartwig@livenation.com.

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