Irvine, Calif. (December 21, 2008) – The Motosport Xtreme Kawasaki team is looking for a banner year in 2008 with Motosport.com as a title sponsor and a crop of talented riders signed for the season. Tommy Hahn and Andrew McFarlane are slated to ride the Monster Energy Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites season while Kyle Chisholm and Phil Nicoletti prepare for competition in Monster Energy AMA Eastern Regional Supercross Lites series. All four riders will race the Kawasaki KX™ 250F.
Motosport.com is the title sponsor for not only the professional team but also the Motosport Xtreme Team Green amateur program. The association gives Motosport.com the ability to participate in two premier racing series and reach a wide spectrum of off-road motorcyclists.
“Motosport.com is the leader in off road sales,” said Team Owner Bobby Hewitt. “We are happy to work with a company that exposes new consumers to dirt motorcycling, while continuing to serve the immediate needs of the core consumers. This partnership is also a great opportunity for our associate sponsors, whose products are featured on our race bikes, giving them a direct connection to dirt consumers.”
Motosport.com is continuing its sponsorship with the team and is enthused about the upcoming 2008 season.
Jon White, CEO and President of Motosport.com adds, “Since its inception, Motosport has supported the off-road racing community. This is just one more step in our vision to support riders of many ages and skill levels.”
By expanding sponsorship to both the Xtreme Kawasaki pro and amateur teams, Motosport.com is making good on a commitment made last summer to serve more of the amateur community. White went on to say, “Motosport’s support of the racing community has always been an important way for us to connect to our core consumers. By partnering with Xtreme Kawasaki across two different racing series we are pleased to be able to strengthen that relationship even more.”
Hahn and McFarlane will be the first team riders on the track as they make their season debut at Angel Stadium on Jan. 5. Hahn made his pro supercross debut in 2005. During the past two seasons, he has raced the east series, scoring nine top-10 finishes.
McFarlane came across the Pacific Ocean from his native Australia in 2006 to compete for the Western Regional title. Although injuries kept him from completing a full season, he scored two podium finishes in AMA Motocross Lites competition in 2006, as well as a top-five last season.
“Tommy and Andrew are ready for a great season,” said Motosport Xtreme Kawasaki Team Manager Bill Keefe. “Both guys have been testing really well on the supercross track and we are expecting good results.”
Former Team Green™ standout Kyle Chisholm will ride for the Eastern Regional title after breaking his thumb during the off season. Chisholm had surgery on Dec. 4 and is expected to miss four to six weeks, which should have him back on the bike in time for the opener in Atlanta on Feb. 23. Joining Chisholm in Eastern Regional competition will be Phil Nicoletti.
“It is a shame Kyle was injured,” said Keefe. “But he will be back 100 percent for the start of racing in the east. He and Phil are a good fit and I think they will be very tough this year.”
The entire four-man squad will contest the 12-race AMA Toyota Motocross Championship.