Danny Eslick (No. 69 Geico Suzuki) leads Dane Westby (No. 5 M4 Suzuki), Josh Herrin (No. 8 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha), Tommy Aquino (No. 6 Pat Clark Sports, Graves Motorsports Yamaha) and several other riders in the Sunday Daytona SportBike through turn five at Road America in June of 2011. The big pack up front typifies the close racing of the series. Herrin eventually beat Eslick to the flag by 9-100ths of a second.
Tom Kipp and Mike Smith are the two riders who most often are mentioned as the best racers to never win an AMA Superbike race. Let me add another rider to the discussion – Roberto Pietri. The Venezuelan never managed to win an AMA Superbike race, this in spite of finishing on the podium an amazing nine times, including finishing runner up twice. By comparison Kipp scored 12 podiums and Smith nine. So it’s clear, strictly by the numbers, that Pietri should at least be in the conversation with Kipp and Smith when considering the greatest rider in history of the series never to win a race.
Nicky Hayden’s winter vacation was marred on Tuesday, December 27, when he broke his left scapula and fractured two ribs while training near his home in Owensboro, Kentucky. Read more.
Jackpot Challenge Opens Opportunity to Win a Backstage Pass to Monster Energy Supercross
SEATTLE – (December 29, 2011) – MX for Children announced today that it has once again teamed up with Feld Motor Sports® to offer fans across the country an opportunity to enjoy the Inside Line Experience – the ultimate backstage pass to the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season. The Inside Line Experience, which includes events during supercross races in Houston, St. Louis, Toronto, Seattle, and Salt Lake City, will culminate in Las Vegas this year.
The MX for Children Jackpot Challenge raises funds for the Hydrocephalus Association, a 501(c)(3), which distributes the donations to the following children’s hospitals: Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Houston’s Texas Children’s, Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City’s Primary Children’s, Seattle Children’s, St. Louis Children’s, and Toronto’s SickKids Hospital. The funds go to support the hospitals’ research to improve the brain condition hydrocephalus – the #1 cause of brain surgery for children.
The Inside Line Experience rewards qualifying fundraisers with a unique opportunity to walk the track, tour a team trailer, watch the race, and participate in a meet and greet with some of the top supercross racers. The Jackpot Challenge winner, recognized as the top fundraiser, will be flown to Las Vegas to get the Inside Line Experience at the Monster Energy Supercross finale at Sam Boyd Stadium on May 5.
“I’ve done quite a few events now with MX for Children and love helping them out,” said L&Mc Racing Honda’s Andrew Short. “It’s a great cause, and being a parent myself I know how important it is to help sick kids! “
“The funds raised improve treatments for hydrocephalus, a devastating brain condition, through the research of seven great pediatric centers across North America,” said Paul Gross, MX for Children founder. “We have a lot of people who ask how they can help raise money if they do not live near one of our host cities, and with the Jackpot Challenge it allows everyone in the United States and Canada to get involved and try and earn a VIP Las Vegas supercross experience.”
“We are thrilled to once again to be teaming up with MX for Children to commemorate one lucky fundraiser for their charitable efforts,” said Dave Prater, director of supercross, Feld Motor Sports. “The Inside Line Experience supports a great cause, so we are excited to honor the nation’s top fundraiser by providing the ultimate backstage experience during the Monster Energy Supercross finals at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.”
For more information and registration details on the MX for Children Jackpot Challenge please visit http://www.mxforchildren.org/inside-line-experience/ or sign up immediately at http://mxforchildren.kintera.org. The prize structure for the MX for Children Jackpot Challenge is as follows: 1) Grand Prize – A VIP trip for two to the Las Vegas Supercross Finale with airfare, hotel, transportation, and VIP SX access provided by Feld Entertainment. 2) Runner Up #1 – A $500 Gift Certificate to Motorcycle Superstore. 3) Runner Up #2 – A Microsoft Xbox 360 / Kinect system.
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About MX for Children
MX for Children has raised more than $500,000 for children’s hospitals in North American since it was founded in 2006. Fundraisers are motivated to help children by advancing research for hydrocephalus — the #1 cause of brain surgery for kids. MX for Children supported hospitals, recognized as some of the world’s foremost pediatric health-care institutions, are dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research, and education in several cities on the Supercross circuit. For more information, visit www.mxforchildren.org or contact MX for Children at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Feld Motor Sports®
Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz®, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.