Pirelli Moves to Third Overall After Podium Finish

Sold-Out Home Crowd at 2012 Atlanta Supercross

ATLANTA, GA – February 26, 2012 ­- (Motor Sports Newswire) – Two Pirelli riders finished in the top five in the main event of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross at the Georgia Dome this evening in front of a sold-out crowd in Atlanta.  James “Bubba” Stewart and Davi Millsaps of the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX team placed third and fourth respectively.

“It feels great being back in Atlanta,” said Stewart, who true to form, got the party started early as he emerged in the rider introductions impersonating the musician Prince with heartfelt rendition of the singer’s 1984 hit “Purple Rain”.  No stranger to the Georgia Dome, Stewart won the 2007 AMA Supercross main event here in 2007.  “I’ve got to give it up to Pirelli,” he continued. “They gave me some good tires.  We’re building, the team is working hard and we are getting better.”

The heat race was a Pirelli dominated affair with Stewart and Millsaps taking first and second, both utilizing Pirelli Scorpion MX family of tires to put in solid performances all night.

“It’s so rewarding to take home a podium finish in Atlanta,” commented Josh Whitmire, Off-Road Manager for Pirelli. “Our whole team was here supporting JGRMX, including engineers and the racing boss from Italy. The Georgia Dome hummed with electricity all evening; James and Davi rode their hearts out and more importantly, put points on the board.”

The East Coast swing of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series kicked off last weekend at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas and continued this week in Pirelli Tire North America’s own backyard – Atlanta – just 70 miles from the company’s North American headquarters in Rome, GA.

Round nine of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship will be held March 3rd at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, airing live on SPEED at 7:00 p.m. (CST).

POS # Name Bike Points Overall POS
1 5 Ryan Dungey KTM 450 SX-F 170 2
2 1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki KX450F 180 1
3 7 James Stewart Yamaha YZ450F 136 3
4 18 David Millsaps Yamaha YZ450F 94 8
5 10 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450 96 7
6 7 Cole Seeley Honda CRF450 15 21
7 21 Jake Weimer Kawasaki KX450F 106 5
8 14 Kevin Windham Honda CRF450 105 6
9 24 Brett Metcalfe Suzuki RM-Z450 100 7
10 27 Nick Wey Kawasaki KX450F 55 15

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.

For further information please contact:
Pirelli Communications and Media Relations – NAFTA Region
212. 497. 8825 ptna.pr@pirelli.com

Kevin Allen – Moto PR Manager
917. 232. 8851 kevin.allen@pirelli.com