July 18, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – The countdown is on to the first off-road motorcycle event of ESPN’s X Games. The 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil will kick off on Sunday, July 31 at STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and off-road racers will find themselves on the biggest stage the sport has seen.

Eric Peronnard has been directly behind the inception and current success of EnduroCross. As an established motorcycle event promoter, Peronnard also has successes such as the U.S. Open of Supercross under his belt. With less than two weeks remaining until the start of X Games 17, he’s a busy guy, but Peronnard had time to answer a few questions on the upcoming “Enduro X” event.

There has been talk of EnduroCross being a part of X Games for a long time now – how many years in the making is this?
Basically the seed was put in the ground six years ago in ’05. At the second (ever) EnduroCross, I invited Tim Reed from the X Games. He was really taken by it. He said, ‘Hey, this is a great sport and it would fit X Games.’ But there was no open space for it at the time.

Los Angeles, CA – Off-road racers are getting ready to set foot on the largest stage their sport has ever seen – ESPN’s Summer X Games! The top extreme off-roaders in the world – who are used to competing out of the back of their vans in remote woods, mountains and deserts – will be rolling into the STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles where the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil will kick off, and off-road motorcycle racing will make its grand X Games debut!

“This is huge!” exclaimed Zip-Ty Husqvarna’s Ty Davis. “Being on the X Games is almost like making the 6:00 o’clock news. Everyone watches X Games! I’m glad to see EnduroCross become a part of it. Fans are going to definitely get something to watch.”

“Moto X” racing made its way into ESPN’s X Games a few years ago, but for the first time ever, off-road racers will have a crack at the big stage. Rather than the slick style and big hits of Supercross that fans are accustomed to seeing, they will see riders wildly traversing boulders, tackling logs, splashing through water-crossings and scaling earth mover tires.

“Off-road has never gotten the clout that motocross or Supercross has,” Davis commented. As one of the few riders in history to earn a Supercross championship as well as multiple national off-road championships, Davis has insight on the stark differences between the two disciplines of racing. “Obviously it’s hard to capture the experience of off-road racing for mainstream fans, but bringing it into a stadium is great! You can let the crowd see how gnarly it all really is.”

Monster Energy Team Green’s Jason Smigel agrees. “It’s pretty neat to see off-road come into the main stream. It’s a huge stage for our guys to showcase their talents. Not a lot of people get a chance to go out to the desert or go into the woods, so it’s exciting for them to bring it all into a stadium in front of a large crowd.”

Teams such as Zip-Ty Husqvarna and Monster Energy Kawasaki are not only preparing for the excitement of X Games, but for the start of one of the most prestigious off-road championships of the year. “It’s X Games, but it’s a points-paying round of EnduroCross. So it’s our job as a team to put the fact that it’s X Games aside for a little bit and just get ready for our season.”

Still, for some, such as Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott, the X Games event presents an opportunity of a lifetime. “I’m not going for the championship because I don’t get to do the whole series. But I really want to do good at X Games and put in good results. I’m pretty happy with my career and what I’ve accomplished, but I think if I got a medal at X Games, that would be my biggest accomplishment, as far as racing goes.”

For more information on the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil, including a list of invited riders, go to www.EnduroCross.com.

Irvine, Calif. The ESPN X Games has catapulted the popularity of action sports over the past 17 years and now the world’s top EnduroCross riders will get to showcase their talent on this amazing stage. X Games 17 will feature their version of “Enduro X” inside the Staples Center and the event will become part of the eight race series for the 2011 EnduroCross championship for the expert class. The top 20 riders from the 2010 EnduroCross championship will be invited to compete along with at least ten “Wild Card” entries from around the world. A separate women’s class will be open by invite only.

“We have been working with the ESPN staff for the past six years to make EnduroCross part of the X Games, so it is very exciting to make this a reality,” stated Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross. “Enduro X will showcase the amazing action and skills necessary to compete on such a challenging course to a whole new audience.”

ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to telecast 25 hours of live X Games 17 competition. In addition to the 25 original hours in high definition, the Worldwide Leader in Action Sports will also televise 18 hours of X Games action on ESPN 3D. More than 25 hours will also be distributed on ESPN3.com. Outside the United States, X Games 17 will be seen in more than 121 countries and territories to more than 106 million homes, including live telecasts in Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand and South America.

Tickets for X Games 17 will be available for purchase June 23 at all Ticketmaster locations and the box office at STAPLES Center.

2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule

Location Date Arena / Additional Information
Los Angeles, CA July 31, 2011 Staples Center     (Expert only during X-Games)
Everett, WA August 13, 2011 Comcast Arena
Indianapolis, IN August 26, 2011 Pepsi Coliseum    (Friday during MotoGP weekend)
Ontario, CA September 17, 2011 Citizens Bank Arena
Denver, CO October 1, 2011 National Western Complex
Boise, ID October 22, 2011 Idaho Center
Las Vegas, NV November 19, 2011 Orleans Arena      (Double Main event)

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole… and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in!  Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO AMA EnduroCross “Live” – and be sure to log-on to www.motorsportshour.com for local air dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the Versus network, which airs coverage of all six rounds of EnduroCross.