Prestigious Gary Jones and Edison Dye Motocross Cups Return to 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
World's Fastest Riders Set to Battle Across 24 Motos for Coveted Trophies
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Since partnering to promote the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, have awarded a pair of perpetual championship trophies for the 250 and 450 classes - the Gary Jones Cup and the Edison Dye Cup - as commemorative awards that honor the strong legacy of American Motocross, in name and in spirit. Each cup goes to the team that captures the championship in each respective class - the Gary Jones Cup for the 250 Class and the Edison Dye Cup for the 450 Class. The cups are awarded to the team of each respective title winner, who then has the honor of displaying the trophy for one full year at their headquarters.
On the last day of the dramatic 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, GEICO Honda's Trey Canard emerged as the 250 Class champion, accepting the Gary Jones Cup on behalf of his team. The Edison Dye Cup was awarded once again to Rockstar/Makita Suzuki, as Ryan Dungey took the #1 plate from his former teammate Chad Reed.
Both cups return for 2011, ready to be claimed by the riders and teams able to overcome and endure the challenges that make motocross one of the toughest sports on the planet.
Gary Jones was the first true AMA Pro Motocross 250cc Champion in 1972, the inaugural year of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Jones, who hailed from Hacienda Heights, Calif., raced a Yamaha to that first title, then repeated in 1973 aboard Honda's new Elsinore motorcycle. He then added a third consecutive title the following year, only this time on a Can-Am. As the first multi-time champion in AMA Pro Motocross history, Jones was elected to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.
Edison Dye was a pioneer in the development of professional motocross in America. He was the organizer of the first professional motocross championship in the U.S., the Inter-Am tour, which was founded in 1966. This groundbreaking championship pitted the best riders from Europe, the cradle of the sport at the time, against the youth from America, where motocross was just getting a foothold. With such legendary heroes as Torsten Hallman, Joel Robert and Roger DeCoster leading the way, the Americans learned quickly, and the balance of power in global motocross began to shift. Dye's series also set the stage for what is now the most prestigious motocross series of all, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
For 2011, the teams vying for these celebrated cups in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship include the best in the business of motocross: Rockstar/Makita Suzuki, American Honda, Monster Energy Kawasaki, Red Bull KTM, Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR, GEICO Honda, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki, DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda, Rockstar Energy Suzuki and many, many more.
The 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship commences next Saturday, May 21, with the Rockstar Energy Hangtown National in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Tickets for the upcoming Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship are on sale now at www.allisports.com. Special discounts and incentives are available for advance ticket purchasers.
For more information on the 2011 tour, please log on to www.allisports.com/motocross.
For media information about the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, please contact Media Manager Brandon Short via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 949-365-5750.
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. The industry leader in off road powersport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. 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 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, China Invitational, , King of Wake series, and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Alli TV Productions 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. Visit www.allisports.com.
Lucas Oil Products
Lucas Oil is a worldwide leader in the production of oils, lubricants 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, lubricants and problem-solving performance 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. Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the "Official Motor Oil of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship." Visit www.LucasOil.com.
AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing sanctioning body in the United States, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization sanctions professional motorcycle racing competition, which includes, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA Pro Road Racing, and AMA Pro Flat Track. Visit www.amaproracing.com.