ATV Motocross

Three in a Row for Joe?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | 12:00 AM


Andy Bowyer


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Justin Anderson


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Joe Byrd Ready for ITP/Moose Racing

AMA Pro Title Defense


MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (February 27, 2008) ”“ Joe Byrd knows that defending championships can be harder than winning the original. It’s with this mindset that he has spent the winter training hard at his Florida compound. With two weeks remaining before the Glen Helen season opener, Joe says he’s riding better than ever and is more than ready to begin his quest for a successful title defense. Adding to the prestige of Byrd’s defense is the fact that he is also the 2006 ATVA Pro Champion and the first ever AMA Pro ATV champion in 2007. Joe is gunning for his third major title in as many years.


There have been few changes with Joe’s program. ““Everything is the same as last year, but I’ve switched over to Dunlop tires,” says Byrd, before adding, ““Right now, I’m just going to race with standard production tires, but the Dunlop folks are working on some special compounds for later in the series. I just got out here to California and have a big test session planned for this weekend where I’ll finish dialing in my 2008 machine.”


The Glen Helen event is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest ATV Motocross race in the history of ATV competition. The March 8 and 9 race will be an AMA Pro points paying event, but will not include ATVA series points. However, it will take place in conjunction with the season opener of the Quadcross Series which will provide exciting amateur competition and add to the magnitude of the event. But in the Pro class everyone will be gunning for the # 7 Honda mounted champion. Nevertheless, Byrd is prepared. ““I know this is going to be a really big race, but I know who I have to beat and I feel like I’m right where I need to be with my riding. It’ll be the same four or five guys that I have to focus on, and we’ll be ready.”


The 11-round 2008 ITP/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross season kicks off March 9 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. The 10-round 2008 ATVA Motocross series starts March 29 and 30 at Mill Creek Raceway in Pell City, Ala. For more information about AMA Pro ATV and ATVA Motocross, please visit


About the ATV Association (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 a sister organization of the 260,000 member American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). ATV racing has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, and continues to gain momentum and support, outselling off-road motorcycles annually. Each ATVA round attracts hundreds of racers who compete for bragging rights to one of 31 amateur national titles. For more information, please visit


About the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG)

The ATVPG is composed of the 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, please visit


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 competes at top motocross facilities nationwide. The 11-round series features the Nation's best racers, teams and sponsors, and is America’s largest and longest-running ATV National Motocross series with more than 20 years of competition. The series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while keeping close to the grassroots fun that makes people love to go to the races.


Series sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose Racing, 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  For more information, please visit