Greensboro, North Carolina (February 18, 2008) - The Foremost Insurance Carolina Xpress Suzuki Team won the 2007 - 2008 Lites East Arenacross Championship at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center this past weekend. Tyler won the AX Lites main event on Friday and placed third on Saturday. The two podium finishes locked up the Lites East Championship for Bright and the Foremost team.
This is the first Arenacross Lites championship for Bright and for the team's new title sponsor Foremost Insurance. Jim Neese won the Lites East championship last season, so it is the second consecutive championship for Neese's Suzuki team.
"I am really excited about winning the championship this year. Riding for the Foremost Insurance Suzuki Team has been an awesome experience. Jim Neese and I worked well together and I am glad I could win the championship. I put a great deal of effort into improving my speed and riding technique and it paid off. Now that I have won the AX Lites East championship, I am looking forward to testing my skills and racing in the remaining Supercross races," commented Bright.
"Tyler did an outstanding job this season. It is impressive that he clinched the championship before the end of the series and with one race remaining. This has been a big year for us in that we added Foremost Insurance as a new title sponsor and won our second consecutive championship. We could not have won without the help of all of our sponsors, but a few really made the contributions financially that made the difference. Companies like, Foremost Insurance, Kenda tires, Moose, Suzuki and Scorpion helmets helped to make it all possible with their support," added Neese.
Pikeville Kentucky Results
AX- Jim Neese 10th place, Tyler Bright 12th place
AX Lites - Tyler Bright 1st place
AX - Tyler Bright 9th place, Jim Neese 11th place
AX Lites - Tyler Bright 3rd place
In the current Toyota Arenacross point standings, Neese is in seventh place overall with 220 points. Bright is in 12th spot with 183 points.
The next race is in Jim Neese's hometown of Greensboro, North Carlina at the Greensboro Coliseum on February 23, 2008.
About the Foremost Insurance Carolina Xpress Suzuki Team
The Foremost Insurance Carolina Xpress Suzuki Team is a professional motocross race team based in North Carolina. The team is a Suzuki factory support team and races in the Toyota Arenacross Series and the Victory Sports MEGA and ULTRA Series. Team sponsors - Foremost Insurance, Kenda Tires, Moose Racing, Kawasaki Suzuki of Durham, Total Control, Scorpion Helmets, LeoVince Exhaust, Extremeion Carbon Raptor, Vision Graphics, Pazzaz, Pro-Wheel, Boyesen, Crower Power, Smith, SDG, CV4 Products.
Racing for the team are Jim Neese and Tyler Bright, two national caliber riders. In addition to racing and running the team, Jim Neese also owns Jim Neese Rider Development System, a school for motocross racers aiming to tap their potential (www.jimneese.com).
About Foremost Insurance
Foremost Insurance is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and provides specialized insurance programs for mobile homes, motor homes, travel trailers, landlord properties, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, boats and collectible autos. For more information on Foremost products, visit www.foremost.com, or visit www.ForemostOutdoors.com.