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David Vuillemin Confirms Participation at Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open

AURORA, Ill. (September 21, 2006) – The Rockstar Energy Drink announced today that David Vuillemin, 28, of Murrieta, Calif., will race in the ninth-annual showdown inside Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena October 13-14.

Vuillemin, who recently signed with Team MDK Motorsports, finished in second place at the 2003 U.S. Open. Since his professional career began in the U.S. in 1999, Vuillemin has earned seven AMA Supercross class wins and has finished as high as second overall in AMA Supercross competition.

“We are excited to have David on the starting gate,” said Todd Jendro, senior director of operations, Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open. “It has been a while since David has competed in this event, and based off of his results in 2003, he further solidifies the starting gate with the world’s most elite riders.”

Vuillemin is excited about the recently announced Toyota Trifecta at this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open, adding: “The Toyota Trifecta seems like a cool addition to the program. Hopefully I can take advantage of it.”

Vuillemin joins the growing list of confirmed riders at this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open that includes 15-time AMA National Champion Ricky Carmichael, reigning Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP champion James Stewart and former AMA Supercross Lites champion Kevin Windham.

“The US Open is a fun race with tight racing,” said Vuillemin. “It's always fun to race in Vegas and a lot of good guys will be there. I will be on my new bike and it's going to be a good test for us because we won't have a ton of testing before that race.”

This year’s Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open will air on CBS Sports Saturday, October 21, 2006 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (EST) and boasts the most competitive line-up ever.

Last Year’s top 3

1)       Ricky Carmichael

2)       Michael Byrne

3)       Kevin Windham

Past Champions

2005: Ricky Carmichael

2004: Chad Reed

2003: Mike LaRocco

2002: Ricky Carmichael

2001: Ricky Carmichael

2000: Ricky Carmichael

1999: Jeff Emig

1998: Damon Huffman

Built into this year's Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open format will be the three part Toyota Trifecta bonus program that will pay additional money to the fastest qualifier for each night's event, a bonus to each night's Progressive Direct Holeshot winner and a bonus for any rider that can complete the Toyota Trifecta challenge by being the fastest qualifier, getting the Progressive Direct Holeshot and winning the main event. Any rider that hits the Toyota Trifecta will earn a $50,000 bonus each night in addition to the regular event purse and any rider that can "Double Down" and hit the Toyota Trifecta both nights will walk away with $250,000 for the weekend.

Tickets are now available for the ninth-annual Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas October 13-15, 2006 at www.ussx.com, www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 702-474-4000 or the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Regarded as one of off-road motorcycling’s premier races, the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open is the final ‘major’ race of the motocross season. Tickets are available for as low as $20 through Ticketmaster.com. Fans can upgrade their weekend experience with the X-Treme Package. X-Treme Packages include premium tickets for all 3 days, Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open t-shirt, hat, and weekend long pit pass. X-Treme Packages are only available through www.ussx.com.

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