Jan 31, 2001
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In a January 30 press release, AMA Pro Racing announced that Lockhart-Phillips USA has been named as the title sponsor for the AMA Formula Xtreme series. Wendell Phillips, President of Lockhart-Phillips USA, was quoted in the press release as saying, "Lockhart Phillips USA is very pleased to be the title sponsor of the AMA Formula Xtreme class. We believe this competitive class is a major stepping stone for riders to move up to the Superbike class, and LP USA is pleased to support the progression of road racing talent in the USA."
Lockhart-Phillips USA takes over the sponsorship of the Formula Xtreme class from 2000 sponsor eSportbike.com. In 2000, Lockhart-Phillips sponsored the AMA 750cc Supersport Championship which was won by 17-year-old John Hopkins. The 2000 Formula Xtreme Champion was Erion Honda's Kurtis Roberts. Roberts will not return to race in Formula Xtreme, but Hopkins and his Valvoline EMGO Suzuki teammate Grant Lopez will chase the FX title on Suzuki GSX-R1000s.