For the first time ever, the top three finishers from the AMA Pro ATV Championship will be recognized on November 18 at the 33rd Annual AMA Pro Racing Championship Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The celebration will honor the top three in points following the 2007 series, which belonged to Joe Byrd with his 18 out of 24 holeshots and six of twelve wins on the season.
Byrd will receive the first-ever AMA Pro ATV Championship No. 1 Plate. “It would be an honor to just go there and have a lot of fun, who doesn’t mind going to Vegas?” Byrd said.
As the first-ever AMA Pro ATV champion, Byrd also acknowledged the AMA for elevating the sport of ATV motocross. “The AMA has made things a lot more consistent,” Byrd continued. “There’s a lot more professionalism here at the racetrack. We’ve been wanting it for a long time to be actually Pros and AMA guys. It’s here and it’s only going to get better and better every year.”
Joe Byrd took 75% of the 2007 holeshots, including this one at Loretta Lynn's
Along with Joe “The Professor” Byrd, Jeremy Lawson and Patrick Brown will be recognized on stage as well with specialty awards for earning second and third place in the inaugural year of AMA Pro ATV Racing, according to AMA Pro ATV Series Manager Harv Whipple.
“I am extremely proud of all three and can’t wait to showcase them on stage amongst the other athletes in all disciplines of AMA Pro Racing,” he said.
Jeremy Lawson looks forward to Las Vegas
Jeremy Lawson was a proven race winner with three wins on the season, and five runner-up finishes behind Byrd. Lawson took second overall, just 29 points out of first place.
Third place’s Patrick Brown will also be in attendance as Brown took his season best finish of second place at Red Bud, before grabbing three consecutive third place finishes.
Patrick Brown is invited to Las Vegas
Brown went on to take his first-ever win at the Inaugural AMA Pro ATV Open Invitational at Steel City, and was honored with the first AMA Pro ATV Open Champion No. 1 plate at the event.
Honda will be presented with the first-ever AMA Pro ATV Manufacturers Cup at the AMA Pro Racing Championship Awards Banquet.
“Winning the manufacturer's cup is a testament to the TRX450R being the best platform for creating a winning ATVA ride,” said the American Honda press manager, Jon Row.
The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will present the AMA Pro Racing SPEED Athlete of the Year Award in addition to hosting the 5th Annual AMA Sports Banquet, which recognizes the nation’s top amateur racers on Friday, Nov. 16. For more information, call (614) 856-1900, ext 1232.
About the ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series
Presented by Parts Unlimited:
The AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited is the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, and is hosted by many of America ’s premier motocross facilities. The 12-round series includes stops all over the nation, drawing the top racers, teams and sponsors in the sport, and making it America ’s largest and longest running ATV National Motocross series. After over twenty years of growth, the ATVA series gained AMA Pro recognition in 2007, crowning Joe Byrd as the first-ever AMA Pro ATV Champion. The series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while keeping close to the grass-roots fun that makes people love to go to the races.
Series sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose, and presenting sponsor Parts Unlimited. Premiere and Feature sponsors include ATV Sport, Moto Tees, Scott USA, Maxxis Tires, Elka Suspension and H-Bomb Films/Division Four. Associate sponsors include Weekend Warrior Trailers, Denton Racing, and Hinson Racing. Media partners include ATV Insider, ATV Rider and ATVRiders.com.
About AMA Racing:
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 260,000 active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.
About the ATVA:
The ATV Association (“ATVA” ) is the official sanctioning body of the amateur division of the ATVA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited. The 9,000 member ATVA is the sister organization of the 260,000 member American Motorcyclist Association (“AMA” ). ATV racing has experienced phenomenal growth at the rate of 25% in the past two years alone, and continues to gain momentum and support, outselling off-road motorcycles annually. Each round attracts hundreds of racers who compete for bragging rights to one of 31 amateur national titles. For more information about ATVA, visit www.atvaonline.com.
About the ATVPG:
The ATVPG is comprised of the 12 individual promoters that host the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championships, presented by Parts Unlimited. The goal of the ATVPG is to raise awareness of ATV motocross through the production of professional and amateur championship racing events. For more information on the ATVPG and the ATV National events they produce, go to www.atvmotocross.com.