MORGANTOWN, W.V. - MX Sports Pro Racing announced the first recipients of the Ricky Carmichael Hard-Charger Award, which is handed out at each round of the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The series opened last Saturday afternoon at Glen Helen Raceway, with fantastic racing in both the 450 and the 250 classes.
The RC Hard Charger goes to the rider (or in this case riders) who passes the most competitors in any given championship moto. It is named in honor of Ricky Carmichael, the 10-time AMA Motocross Champion who was known for his never-surrender approach to the craft of racing.
In the first 450 moto, veteran Nick Wey, riding for the Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing Yamaha team, had problems off the start and went down. But rather than give up, the privateer hero put his head down and started working his way through the pack on the treacherous Glen Helen track. By the time the moto concluded, Wey had passed 19 riders, landing in 20th position, which was good for one hard-earned championship point, as well as the RC Hard Charger Award.
In the 250 class, Muscle Milk/MDK KTM rider Will Hahn had some problems of his own off the start in his second moto. Like Wey, Hahn put the mistake behind him and did his best to salvage as many championship points as possible. He too passed 19 other competitors on his way to an 18th place moto finish. Added with his 11th place result the first time out, Hahn's efforts were good for 13th overall at Glen Helen. He also earned co-honors for the RC Hard-Charger Award with Wey. Each will be presented with a special award at the riders' meeting Saturday morning at the second round of the series, the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, Calif.
You can watch live streaming video of the first motos at Saturday's Hangtown Motocross Classic on www.allisports.com, beginning at 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EST). Additionally, the first live telecast of the second 450 moto will air on SPEED beginning at 9 p.m. EST. Check your local listings for the time and channel.
For more information about the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, please contact media coordinator Brandon Short via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (949) 365-5752.
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MX Sports Pro Racing
MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world's most prestigious motocross series - the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. An industry leader in off road powersport production and management, its mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing fields more than 60,000 action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of active fans, spectators and enthusiasts. For more information, please visit www.mxsportsproracing.com.
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, is a global business that encompasses national and international action sports tours and events, multimedia production, and a consumer facing lifestyle brand. The Alliance includes: the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, China Invitational, Maloof Money Cup, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, King of Wake series, and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour; Alli TV Productions, which creates original content, produces and presents content with partners, and distributes Alli content through a variety of channels. Alli is owned by NBC Sports and MTV Networks and represents a network of athletes, fans, brands and properties. Its mission is to facilitate the momentous growth of action sports, through competition and lifestyle, for a new generation of fans and athletes. The Alli properties are home to more than 550,000 spectators each year and broadcasts more than 150 hours of original content in 100 countries and 280 million homes worldwide. More information can be found at www.allisports.com.
Lucas Oil Products
Lucas Oil is a worldwide leader in the production of oils, greases, and additives. Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest-growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry, featuring a premium line of oils, greases, and problem-solving additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry.
Forrest Lucas and his wife, Charlotte, founded Lucas Oil Products in 1989 after he spent 20 years as a truck driver and owner of a nationwide long-haul trucking fleet. They experienced firsthand the need for better lubricants and fuel treatments to maintain their equipment.
Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the "Official Motor Oil of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship." For more information on Lucas Oil, please visit www.LucasOil.com.
AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization operates and manages AMA Pro Road Racing, which includes AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT. AMA Pro Racing also manages and works closely with the day-to-day operational organizations of the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship and the AMA Pro Supermoto Championship Series in addition to other two-wheel and ATV series. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.