Pirelli Kicks off 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series in Anaheim with JGRMX / Toyota / Yamaha

James “Bubba” Stewart sets fast lap of the night and wins first heat race on Pirelli’s Scorpion MX tires

ANAHEIM, CA – January 9, 2012 ­- (Motor Sports Newswire) – Pirelli’s debut at the first round of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series with  the JGRMX/ Toyota/ Yamaha team started off strong, with newest addition James “Bubba” Stewart setting the fastest lap in qualifying and later winning his heat race. Both Stewart and teammate Davi Millsaps race exclusively on Pirelli’s Scorpion MX tires.

Both riders easily advanced to the main event with Stewart inside the top-10 and Millsaps 11th. At the halfway mark of the main event, Stewart found himself in a podium position gaining on second place Chad Reed. On lap 16 Stewart landed wide on a jump resulting in a tangle with a track barrier, which partially tore the radiator shroud off his Yamaha YZ450F. Stewart recovered, managing a sixth place finish. Millsaps fell on lap 18, and finished 16th overall. “Anaheim is the first race of a long season,” said Pirelli North America Off-Road Manager Josh Whitmire. “It was very apparent that we have the pace. We will continue to improve and look forward to Phoenix next week.”

Over 75,000 fans at Angel Stadium of Anaheim were on hand to witness the 56th Supercross Class race gate drop – the most for any stadium in Supercross history. This marks the first of 19 races this year for Pirelil’s continued technical partnership with JGRMX. Pirelli had two technical engineers on hand from the global headquarters in Milan, Italy to provide instantaneous feedback and assessments for both riders.

The next event will be held Jan. 14 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Catch the action live, or tune in to SPEED at 9:30 p.m. (EST).

Pirelli Tire North America designs, develops, manufactures and markets tires for passenger vehicles in both the original equipment and replacement markets as well as markets and distributes tires for motorcycles and motorsports. Located in Rome, Georgia, Pirelli’s Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) employs state-of-the-art technology to manufacture tires for both export and domestic markets.  For more information please visit www.us.pirelli.com.

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Communications & Media Relations – Pirelli Tire North America
212.497.8825 ptna.pr@pirelli.com

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