Hurricane Mills, Tenn.--Fans of the annual AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, July 30-August 4 might have noticed a number of top riders sporting Team Dunlop apparel on the amateur circuit.
"We formed Team Dunlop earlier this year to sponsor select young, up-and-coming 85cc-class motocross and minibike stars," said Dunlop Motorcycle Tires Vice President Mike Buckley. Members of Team Dunlop receive tire support and preferred-treatment service at races, caps and jerseys, and substantial advertising and promotion in national media and on the Dunlop website. "We also contribute $500 to an educational savings fund on behalf of each rider to reinforce the importance of doing well in school," added Buckley.
There are 11 Team Dunlop riders competing this year at "Loretta's", one of the most prestigious amateur national championships in the U.S. Qualifying for the event is a grueling process in which thousands of amateur riders compete in one of 64 area qualifiers and 13 regional championships. Team Dunlop's riders competing at the 2007 AMA Amateur National Championships are:
* Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, CA
* Jake Canada, Sun City, CA
* Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, FL
* Mitch Epstein, Agoura, CA
* Jacob Hayes, Jamestown, NC
* Brandon Mays, Lancaster, NY
* Colt Nichols, Muskogee, OK
* Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, OH
* Carter Stephenson, Rolla, MO
* Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO
* Mark Worth, Queen Creek, AZ
At the conclusion of the AMA Amateur National Championships, Dunlop will announce the results for each Team Dunlop rider.