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Thursday, January 3, 2008
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LIVE COVERAGE ON SPEED OF OPENING ROUND OF MONSTER ENERGY® SUPERCROSS FROM ANAHEIM

Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc announced today the opening round of the 2008 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, from Anaheim’s Angel Stadium will be broadcast live on SPEED Saturday, January 5, from 7:00-10:30 p.m. PST.

Makita will be part of the highly anticipated opening round in Anaheim which kicks off the 2008 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross season and will see the debut of Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing Team, featuring 18-year-old Ryan Dungey who will be challenging reigning AMA Supercross class champion James Stewart. 

The returning television team from last year, including pit reporter Erin Bates, color analyst Jeff Emig and play-by-play host Ralph Sheheen, will cover the action. Bates is a veteran in two-wheel motorsports, beginning her supercross announcing career first as a live event announcer for supercross in 2004, before making her supercross television debut in 2006 as a pit reporter. A former AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross champion, Jeff Emig began his full-time television career last year. Sheheen, who has a rich background in motorsports experience, has covered a variety of motorsports programming for SPEED.

The opening round from Anaheim sets the stage for the championship points race in the premier AMA Supercross class and the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class. Carrying the race live on SPEED gives fans across the country an opportunity to watch the emerging storylines unfold as world’s greatest supercross racers begin another year of racing.


 

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