AURORA, Ill., (October 5, 2006) – The action at the 2006 Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena will redline throughout the weekend, culminating on Sunday with some of the world’s top women motocross racers vying for top ranking in the 7th annual Toyota Amateur Arenacross World Finals.
“We are thrilled to be racing the Toyota Amateur Arenacross World Finals once again; it is such a unique opportunity to race inside the MGM Grand,” said Women’s Motocross Association President Miki Keller. “The WMA has been working with Live Nation these last two years to promote women’s racing at a number of levels and during this time we’ve seen a dramatic increase in female participation in the sport of motocross.”
In its second year associated with the Toyota Amateur Arenacross World Finals, the WMA has also been involved with Toyota AMA Arenacross Series racing at the regional level in the past. The WMA Pro class at the MGM Grand Garden Arena– part of the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open weekend – is an invitation-only event that is based on the final point standings of the AMA/WMA National Championship Series.
Leading the women racers at the Toyota Amateur Arenacross World Finals will be Sick Racing’s Lindsey Jelitto and TMX-backed Alisa Nix. Jelitto is the defending champion in the event and Nix finished 2nd in the AMA/WMA National Championship Series. Other racers to keep an eye on included Jessye Davis and Elizabeth Bash – both of whom have some Arenacross racing experience.
The complete list of the WMA’s pro participants is as follows:
29 Lindsey Jelitto Falcon, CO Suzuki
2 Alisa Nix Ukiah, CA Yamaha
245 Jessye Davis Sykesville, MC Honda
11 Sherri Cruse Bakersfield, CA Yamaha
14 Kadie Garrett Canyon Lake, CA Yamaha
98 Katie McGuire Lancaster, CA Kawasaki
120 Aubriana Dunn Murrieta, CA Honda
75 Vanessa Florentino Edgewood, NM Honda
88 April Zastrow Kuna, ID Honda
33 Elizabeth Bash Riverside, CA Kawasaki
188 Alyssa Weaver Falcon, CO Yamaha
32 Norma Jean Jean Fernley, NV KTM
30 Katie Sokacz Wheaton, IL Kawasaki
13 Alison Jones Hesperia, CA Honda
Added Toyota AMA Arenacross Series Director Robert Hansen: “It’s always good to have the girls from the WMA out racing with us – they definitely add another dimension to a great weekend of racing where ever we may be. Live Nation wishes all of the girls competing this weekend good luck.”