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Pirelli's MX Manager Interview

Pirelli’s MX Manager Josh Whitmire Interview

 

Rome, Ga.With nine Monster Energy® Supercross races in the record books, Pirelli’s MX Manager Josh Whitmire discusses Team Pirelli’s success as the championship season heads to Daytona this weekend.

 

Over the weekend a record 10 riders qualified for the main event usuing Pirelli’s Scorpion MX Tire. In the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class, Bud Select Honda’s Billy Payne, of Simi Valley, Calif., cracked the top 10, finishing eighth in the main event and qualified by finishing third in the last chance qualifier (LCQ).

 

Bad Boy Honda’s Jake Marsack, of Berlin, Mich., lead the field on Pirelli riders in the premier AMA Supercross class. Marsack, who currently sits 19th in points, finished 15th overall after transferring to the main event from the LCQ.

 

Whitmire had plenty to talk about after the impressive weekend of racing.

 

1) How has Pirelli's involvement in AMA Supercross developed from last year to this year?
Pirelli is very committed to Supercross Racing in North America.  In other parts of the world we are very successful in off road racing and plan to transfer that experience to American Supercross.     

 

2) The Blose brothers, Michael and Chris, race for one of the Pirelli-sponsored Fun Center Suzuki team, how is it to work with two brothers who race against one another each week in the same class?

I am very pleased with the Fun Center Suzuki team and how professional their program is.  The Blose Brothers have been great to work with from day one.  Depending on witch brother has the best lap times during practice that is the tire set up they both choose.  Their trust and respect for one another helps them, and us, on race day.

 

3) What are some of the highlights of the 2008 Monster Energy Supercross season?
The first half of the 2008 Monster Energy Supercross season has been great for Pirelli.  I am very happy with the direction things are going, regarding our program.  We have a great group of guys racing on Scorpion MX Tires and continue to put riders into the main events each week,  finishing as high as 4th in the Supercross division. 

 

4) What are the goals the Pirelli has established for the 2008 season
Our goals in North America are not based on race results.  I feel if we have a solid infrastructure and show constant support to the off road market, results will follow in the future.  We are still learning in AMA Supercross, but with our racing technology I am sure we will be a major player in the future.

 

5) What type of tire will Pirelli showcase on the east coast?

Pirelli is much different than our competitors at the Supercross Level.  We develop and race the same tires that our customers can buy at their local Parts Unlimited Dealer.  On the east coast you will see our riders competing on the new Scorpion MX range of tires that were developed for the North American market.

 

AMA Supercross Class Results, Indianapolis

  1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha

  2. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha

  3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda

  4. Ryan Dungey, of Belle, Plaine, Minn., Suzuki

  5. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda

  6. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Kawasaki

  7. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda

  8. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha

  9. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki

  10. Josh Hansen, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha

15. Jake Marsack, Berlin, Mich., Pirelli/Honda

16. Eric Sorby, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Pirelli/Honda

18. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Pirelli/Kawasaki

 

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 209

  2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 175

  3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 143

  4. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 137

  5. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 127

  6. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 114

  7. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 106

  8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 84

  9. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 84

  10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 84

19. Jake Marsack, Berlin, Mich., Pirelli/Honda, 41

 

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Indianapolis

  1. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda

  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki

  3. Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki

  4. Ben Coisy, Manosque, France, Honda

  5. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM

  6. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki

  7. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha

  8. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Pirelli/Honda

  9. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., KTM

  10. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM

13. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Pirelli/Suzuki

16. Michael McDade, Raleigh, N.C., Pirelli/Honda

17. Jimmy Albertson, Ozark, Mo., Pirelli/Suzuki

18. William Browning, Rushville, Ohio, Pirelli/Suzuki

19. Leighton Little, Lewiston, Idaho, Pirelli/Honda

22. Shane Sewell, Westville, Ind., Pirelli/Kawasaki

 

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 50

  2. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 36

  3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 33

  4. Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki, 33

  5. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha, 31

  6. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 30

  7. Ben Coisy, Manosque, France, Honda, 29

  8. Jake Moss, Australia., Yamaha, 28

  9. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 23

  10. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 22

  11. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Pirelli/Honda, 20

15. Jimmy Albertson, Ozark, Mo., Pirelli/Suzuki, 10

17. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Pirelli/Suzuki, 8

20. Michael McDade, Raleigh, N.C., Pirelli/Honda, 5

 

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 135

  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 129

  3. Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 113

  4. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 112

  5. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 101

  6. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 95

  7. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 85

  8. Robert Kiniry, LaFayette, N.Y., Kawasaki, 71

  9. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 69

  10. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM,62

15. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Pirelli, Suzuki, 52

17. Jeff Northrop, Murrieta, Calif., Pirelli, Honda, 39

18. Michael Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Pirelli, Suzuki, 33

19. Michael Willard, Thornville, Ohio, Pirelli, Honda, 29

 

Pirelli Tire North America specializes in manufacturing and marketing high-performance tires for passenger vehicles, motorcycles, ATV’s and motorsports.  An industry leader in technology and quality, Pirelli operates its highly advanced Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) in Rome, Georgia, to better serve the American OEM and Replacement markets.  For more information please visit:  www.us.pirelli.com.

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