CORONA, Calif.– Celebrating one of the longest-running relationships in professional motocross racing today, Monster Energy and Pro Circuit/Kawasaki will enter an incredible 5th year in their highly successful association when the gate drops on the Anaheim (Calif.) opener of the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, an FIM World Championship, this Saturday, Jan. 3, at Angel Stadium.
Leading the way for Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team at the Anaheim WSX Lites opener will be Jake Weimer and Ryan Morais, with Austin Stroupe and Christophe Pourcel picking up on the action when the season heads east for the first ESX round in Houston, Jan. 24th.
The Idahoan Weimer opened the season strongly last year, winning the Phoenix round at Chase Field. Fast and a proven winner, some inconsistent finishes after that would keep him out of the top ten overall in the WSX. In 2007 Weimer ran much more consistent, placing 4th overall in the WSX with a podium at the San Francisco round and two additional top five finishes.
Morais also has podium speed capabilities as well – which will no doubt be elevated aboard the industry-leading preparation work Pro Circuit does on the Kawasaki KX250F. The Turlock, Calif., native suffered through a nagging injury this past season and was selected by Payton based on his 2nd place ESX effort in 2007. That year Morais was on the podium twice and had five more top five finishes to claim the ’07 ESX runner-up crown.
For his part Stroupe came on like gangbusters to start the ’08 WSX season, winning the Houston round to back his title-winning efforts at the Loretta Lynn’s amateur MX championships in previous years before turning pro. Some limited highlights would follow throughout the ’08 season and Payton is certainly looking to the talented Stroupe to step up his efforts in ’09 on the ESX portion of the tour.
The final two riders come to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team by way of Europe in Pourcel (France) and, joining the team for the ’09 Outdoor MX National,’08 World MXGP MX2 class overall champion Tyla Rattray (South Africa). Pourcel was banged up a bit recently test riding and will be sidelined until the ESX season starts and Rattray, a late edition to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad, will likely forego the SX season and join the team at the Glen Helen (Calif.) Outdoor Nationals opener in May where he’ll be a favorite to challenge for the overall outdoor Lites title.
Joining Monster Energy in sponsoring the Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad for 2009 are: Thor, Terminal Velocity Processing, Parts Unlimited, Vans, Scott, Maxima, Asterisk, N-Style, Alpinestars, NGK, PPG, DP, JE Pistons, Mechanix, RK, Renthal, Twin Air, VP, Bridgestone, Braking, Excel, Troy Lee Designs, Hinson, Athena, Ogio, Showa, Sunline, CMI, UFO, and WRP.
2009 Monster Energy Supercross Series
Date City/State Venue Jan. 3 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium
Jan. 10 Phoenix, Ariz. Chase Field
Jan. 17 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium
Jan. 24 Houston, Texas Reliant Stadium
Jan. 31 San Francisco, Calif. AT&T Park
Feb. 7 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium
Feb. 14 San Diego, Calif. Qualcomm Stadium
Feb. 21 Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Dome
Feb. 28 Indianapolis, Ind. Lucas Oil Stadium
Mar. 7 Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona International Speedway
Mar. 14 New Orleans, La. Superdome
Mar. 21 St. Louis, Mo. Edward Jones Domes
Mar. 28 Toronto, Canada Rogers Centre
April 4 Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
April 18 Seattle, Wash. Qwest Field
April 25 Salt Lake City, Utah Rice Eccles Stadium
May 2 Las Vegas, Nev. Sam Boyd Stadium
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