Stewart and Villopoto Fastest in Practice

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (May 24, 2008) – After months of anticipation, the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF officially kicked off on Saturday, May 24 at the 13th Annual Giant RV AMA Motocross National presented by Yamaha at Glen Helen Raceway Park. An opening day of practice and qualifying concluded with two familiar names atop the leaderboard. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart set fastest time in the Motocross Class, returning to action after a four month hiatus due to injury, while defending champion Ryan Villopoto topped the charts in the Motocross Lites Class aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki.

After two days of torrential rain, the skies held off, creating nearly perfect track conditions for the day’s events. After a flurry of activity throughout the early afternoon  hours, Stewart and Villopoto staked their claim as the riders to beat on Sunday. While the weather still holds a slight chance of precipitation for Sunday’s finals, the conditions should be ideal for racing, setting the stage for an outstanding opening round. The gates drop promptly at 1 p.m..

Interview opportunities are available to the media by contacting AMA Toyota Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at or by phone at 951-203-2605.

For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to for live timing and scoring at @theWireLIVE!. 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 night of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.

Credential requests for each round of the 2008 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 Brandon at 951-203-2605 or email