MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After a summer full of memorable on-track action, the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will come to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday, September 10, with the highly-anticipated return to Southern California for the Traxxas Pala National in Pala. The newest venue in American Motocross, Pala Raceway will host the 12th and final round of the season, with a 450 Class Champion set to be crowned at the conclusion of a full day of competition. To celebrate the end to one of the most competitive seasons in series history, a full afternoon of live broadcast coverage will highlight the festivities, kicking off on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST, with first-moto telecasts of the 250 and 450 classes on FUEL TV, and online at AlliSports.com.
In an effort to showcase to tightly-contested 450 Class title fight between Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, a format change has been instituted for the Traxxas Pala National that will see the 250 motos run first, followed by the 450 Class title showdown. FUEL TV and SPEED have made the format switch to give the premier class the spotlight, airing the motos live, in that order, on their respective broadcasts. Just 14 points separate the sport's two biggest stars, and their season-long battle atop the standings is sure to come down to the final lap of competition.
As a result, newly-crowned 250 Class Champion Dean Wilson will lead his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, and the rest of the talented young field of riders, into action first, setting the tone for what is sure to be an unforgettable close to an amazing year of racing.
After the opening motos from Pala, SPEED will bring exclusive final-moto coverage of each class to the masses. Live coverage of the final 250 Class moto of the season will air at 7 p.m. EST, followed immediately by the culmination of Villopoto and Dungey's championship battle in the 450 Class at 8 p.m. EST.
Additionally, live final moto coverage from Pala Raceway will be showcased internationally in Europe, Australia and Brazil on Motors TV, SPEED Australia and ESPN Brazil, respectively.
Prior to Saturday's American Motocross season finale, FUEL TV will relive the excitement from last weekend's Steel City Motocross National in Delmont, Pa., in which Dean Wilson was able to secure his first career professional title with one round remaining. The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Highlight Show from Steel City Raceway will air tonight at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The one-hour highlight package will recap each moto from the 11th round of the 2011 championship, won by Villopoto and Wilson, respectively.
For easier access, here are FUEL TV channels from some major television providers:
DIRECTV - Channel 618
DISH Network - Channel 398
Verizon FiOS - Channel 198
AT&T U-verse - Channel 536
*Check local listings for cable operators
Festivities for Saturday's Traxxas Pala National begin at 8:30 a.m. PST, with practice and qualifying. Opening ceremonies start at 12:30 p.m. PST.
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.
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.
FUEL TV is the only cable and satellite television network that features the exciting world of adrenaline and thrill-seeking sports and the stories that surround them. This new generation of sports provides a rich landscape of some of the most vibrant and action-packed television entertainment in the world. See why young adrenaline sports fans call FUEL TV the channel they never turn off. FUEL TV, part of FOX Sports Media Group, was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 30 million U.S. homes and can be accessed by broadband, mobile devices and other digital platforms such as iTunes®. FUEL TV programming is available in more than 50 countries around the world with 24/7 channels operating in Australia and Europe. To subscribe to FUEL TV, call 877-4-FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit www.fuel.tv.