World’s Top Mini Bike Racers Come to Orleans Arena

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 23, 2010) Professional mini bike racing and the GEICO MiniMotoSX, presented by Monster Energy – the microwave version of the event once dubbed the “Super Bowl of Motocross” – is poised to celebrate its marquee contest of the 2010 competition season when mini bike racers from all over the planet boot up and have at it in front of an expected sellout crowd at the Orleans Arena on Friday, May 7th.

Names like McGrath, Emig, Pingree, Demuth, Lawrence, Gosselaar and Baggett have all applied their formidable dirt bike skills – with and without great success – to the hallowed mini bike racing grounds of the Orleans. This year’s returning champions feature and equal amount of skill and dedication to their craft and now, from a global standpoint, enter the Orleans Arena on May 7th with one thing in mind – winning a world championship.

“It’s crazy how tough the MMSX race has gotten over the years. In fact, it’s chased off a couple of big names that didn’t want to get beat anymore,” said David Pingree. “I still have fun out there but it does piss me off when I get beat by some kid that spends half his life riding mini bikes. I’m just competitive that way. But at the end of the day I always have a good time at MiniMotoSX and I guess that’s what keeps me coming back.”

Added Mike Karsting, VP of Events for Source Interlink Media: “The depth of the talent with the riders contesting this year’s GEICO MiniMotoSX is the greatest we’ve ever seen. Returning champions will be in an end-all battle on Friday, May 7th to defend their No. 1 plates. On paper this looks to be, easily, the strongest field GEICO MiniMotoSX has ever enjoyed.”

Defending AMA MMSX No. 1 plates

12E Michael Blose- Confirmed; 16A Scott Burnworth – Confirmed; 10A Kevin Bosch – Confirmed;  10 St/Mod Clint Johnson – Confirmed; 12A David Segers

Confirmed; 12Y Stock/Mod James Gardiner – Confirmed; 10E Ryan Abrigo

Confirme #12 St/Mod Randy Pekarek – Confirmed;  35 Plus Victor Sheldon – Tentative; Women Erika Short – Confirmed; 10Y & 12Y Blake Baggett – Possible;

8A Derek Rose – Out (injured).

Notable challengers

Team CHP – Willy Browning, Ryan Beat and Austin Politelli; BBR – Derek Costella, Abrigo, Chris Gosselaar, Brad Ripple and Burnworth. Note: BBR has 16 other racers in all different classes; Red Baron – 2009 Champion  Blose, David Pingree; 2UP Minis – 2010 Arenacross Champion Josh Demuth; Pitster Pro – Drew Petrie & Kyle Bosch.

Note: Pitster Pro will also feature Kevin Bosch, Segers, Matt Skerrett, Nick Simpson,  Brandy Richards, Tyler Zuech and Sam Fhuere; SSR – Jeff Willoh; TBparts – Tyson Clark; TBparts/LCS Racing- Jason Langford; TBparts/Classic Honda 50s Australia – Mike Reefman; TBparts/Sik Racing – Jake Canada; Sik Racing/TBparts Tom Parsons and Tyson Taylor.

The annual GEICO MiniMotoSX, presented by Monster Energy, is the largest indoor motorsports competition of its kind. With more than 600 registered riders in 2009 the event literally allows for mini bike enthusiasts to become part of the show. As one racer put it: “At GEICO MiniMotoSX you don’t just show up and watch racing in Vegas – you boot up and get on the track yourself to race in front of a packed house at the Orleans.” Featuring numerous classes at all age and ability levels, GEICO MiniMotoSX delivers an unforgettable day of racing action for both fans and racers alike, along with an affordable ‘Vegas experience’ given the hotel and ticket package at the Orleans Hotel and Arena. Registration for the event is open right now on www.minimotosx.com

Tickets On-Sale NOW at the Orleans Arena, 888-234-2334; or online at www.OrleansArena.com

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