Big Changes For 2007 AMA Toyota MX Championship

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (May 16, 2007) – With the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF just around the corner, the National Promoters Group (NPG), in conjunction with AMA Racing, are putting the final touches on an array of enhancements that will lend continuity to the series and deliver added value to the overall fan experience.

Highlighting the enhancements are three same-day broadcasts (Budds Creek, RedBud and Millville) on SPEED, which will broadcast all 12 stops of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF. New for the 2007 television broadcast will be an aerial perspective provided via helicopter, giving the viewer another exciting angle from high above.

“We are extremely proud to offer the three same-day broadcasts of this year’s series,” said AMA Racing vice president Kerry Graeber. “The sport’s heritage and strong following across the county has been taken to a new level with the re-vamped television package. SPEED’s dedication to the sport of motocross adds to the driving force of its growth.”

In addition to the SPEED television package, the NPG and AMA Racing have planned a myriad of activities that will coincide with each race this summer, all aimed at building on the exciting racing and increasing the on-site fan experience.

Below is a complete listing of the new enhancements that will be implemented this season:

-Revamped television package on SPEED, including same-day coverage of selected events
-An aerial perspective provided via helicopter on SPEED
-Timed practice on Saturday for starting positions in Sunday’s main event
-VIP Hospitality for 200 people, complete with tents, TVs for live timing, scoring and race footage, and bleacher seating complete with catering
-A larger podium for fans to see top athletes for post-race interviews and award ceremonies
-Intermission entertainment, including bands, sky divers and vintage races
-Scripted opening ceremonies with hot laps from the top riders as well as fireworks
-30-second girls added to the start of each moto
-Autograph sessions conducted at every event, featuring the top privateers as well as the factory stars
-Special viewing areas for team managers
-Special mechanics area sponsored by THOR/Parts Unlimited/AMA Racing
-Renewing AMA members will enjoy a half-time track walk
-Vendor’s Row will feature an autograph stage
-Countdown clocks have been added to the Finish Line
-Racer X Illustrated will host a new and improved webcast on, with live racing action hosted by Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Motocross Show on has also been added on Saturday and Sunday of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.

“Each year we continue to take strides in making AMA Toyota Motocross Championship a fan friendly event,” explained Carrie Coombs-Russell, NPG president. “These new additions will add to the fans’ experience by making each venue the most exciting weekend of their year. The world’s greatest racers will be showcased alongside some additional entertainment and activities that are designed to raise the overall value of the event.”

For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to, where a weekly webcast of each race will available to fans throughout the season. In addition, offers fans live timing and scoring at @theWireLIVE!.

Credential requests for each round of the 2006 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, must be submitted via email to three weeks prior to the race. Media members interested in interviews with the riders of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, should contact Next Level Sports Management at 949-365-5750 or email