Kawasaki Celebration Event Set to Race into 30th YearMonday, September 11, 2006 | 11:57 AM
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As Kawasaki celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Team Green Motocross Race Of Champions, the east coast’s most prestigious Fall Classic Motocross Race is set to provide its traditional offering of the very best championship motocross racing for amateurs, semi-pro’s and professional racers and motocross enthusiasts. More than 600 competitors in 23 classes will compete in front of packed grandstands.
The KROC (Kawasaki Motocross Race of Champions) takes place at Old Bridge Township RACEWAY PARK, near Englishtown New Jersey on September 30th and October 1st. Motocross magazines all over the country have recognized this event as one the most prestigious events to attended in order to advance one’s motocross career.
Throughout the years, fans at Raceway Park have cheered motocross immortals like Ricky Carmichael, Jeff Emig, Ryan Hughes, Mike Kiedrowski, Johnny O’Mara, Jeff Ward, Mike Larocco, Donnie Schmidt, Dammon Huffman and dozens more as they race to the checkered flag to etch their names into the KROC record books. One of today’s motocross stars, James Stewart, will be in attendance as he has always been since he was ten years old. Stewart will be riding in a special exhibition event during the KROC event with another yet to be named Kawasaki sponsored racer. They’ll be joined by dozens of Kawasaki Team Green Support racers from all over the USA and 600 other motocross racers.
For many of the KROC Motocross Competitors, the race has evolved into much more than an annual special Englishtown MX event. For those who seek to become a part of its mystique, winning this event has become a must-do to complete any great rider’s resume of event wins. Kawasaki’s Kyle Chisholm, Robby Marshall, Barry Carsten and Kurt McMillen are the defending KROC Pro-Expert defending class winners from 2005.
This years edition of the famed event features intense racing as riders from all over the country chase their share of the $10,000+ Pro-Expert purse and over a $100,000 in manufactures contingency postings and, more important, a spot in KROC history.
Three lucrative bonus events are guaranteed to increase the level of excitement for fans and riders during the weekend. The very best trophy class racers from Saturday’s KROC amateur classes will qualify to return on Sunday to compete in the “IRONMAN CLASSIC”, “TOP GUN MINI CYCLE SHOOTOUT” AND “KESSLER CUP” events. All three of these classes will be awarding brand new 2007 Kawasaki KX Motocross bikes.
Prior to the beginning of official racing of the KROC, fans can get a taste of the excitement Friday night, September 29th at the Trapani’s Pit Bike Series which will feature a display of a wide variety of the events best racers on small sized pit bikes. Pit bike racing on Friday night under the lights will take place from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
The complete 30th Anniversary event schedule is as follows: Friday, September 29th gates open at 11:30 AM for early participant pit parking and early event sign-up. Friday night Pit Bike Racing 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Saturday, September 30th gates open 6:00 AM. Trophy class and semi-pro racing from 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Sunday, October 1st is the feature day; gates open at 7:00 AM. Pro-Expert practice 9:00 AM. Pre-elimination qualifiers 10:30 AM. Pre-Race Ceremonies with Rich Trevelise beginning at 12:30 PM. Feature racing including the KROC special exhibition event with James Stewart on the Mickey Kessler prepared Raceway Park Motocross track beginning at 1:00 PM. Autograph sessions, vendors, and 2007 Kawasaki Motorcycle display’s all afternoon. Tickets on sale at the gates only. No advance tickets needed. For more information call Raceway Park (732)-446-7800 or go to www.racewaypark.com.
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