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STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY HOSTS INAUGURAL AMA SUPERMOTO RACE Mark Burkhart Hopes to Continue his Success PICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 20, 2007) - AMA Supermoto invades the Stafford Motor Speedway, located in Stafford Springs, Connecticut this...

STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY HOSTS INAUGURAL AMA SUPERMOTO RACE
Mark Burkhart Hopes to Continue his Success

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 20, 2007) - AMA Supermoto invades the Stafford Motor Speedway, located in Stafford Springs, Connecticut this weekend, August 25-26, for the fifth round of the 10-round AMA Supermoto Championship.

The two-day event marks the inaugural visit to the greater New England area for the AMA Supermoto Championship. After a six-week break in the schedule, riders and teams alike should be rested and ready to get back to competition. During the break, AMA Supermoto point's leader, Yamaha's Mark Burkhart, was able to capture his first-ever gold medal at the X Games in Los Angeles in an epic battle with Honda Troy Lee Designs rider Jeff Ward. Ward currently sits only four points behind Burkhart as he tries to reclaim his spot atop the series standings.

Burkhart carries a three-race win streak and carries momentum into this weekend's race.

"Everything has been clicking," said Burkhart. "We have been working really hard testing the bike and putting in a lot of practice during the weeks off. Last round I was able to take over the series point lead, but Jeff (Ward) is a tough competitor and I will need to keep at the top of my game to remain on top. We are just nearing the halfway point of the season and there is lots of racing left."

Factory Aprilia Rip It Energy Racing's Ben Carlson of West Bend, Wis., has been dominating competition in the AMA PPG Supermoto Unlimited class presented by M&R Products. Carlson, the 2006 class champion has a 30-point lead over Josh Chisum of Bakersfield, Calif., as he looks to capture the top spot for his fifth straight time.

Competition in the AMA Hot Wheels Supermoto Lites class has turned into a shoot out between Honda Troy Lee Designs rider David Pingree and Graves Yamaha's Brandon Currie. Both racers have two wins and two runner-up finishes this season and sit even in the standings with 94 points apiece.

Supermoto is one of the fastest growing forms of professional motorcycle racing. Racers who battle for victory use a combination of skills from a variety of racing styles. Track layouts are unique, as the track consists of both paved and dirt surfaces with right and left hand turns. Tracks also include technical metal ramps called the Parts Unlimited Urbancross. Riders from all racing backgrounds will line up on Sunday braving these elements, which makes this sport one of the most thrilling disciplines of motorcycle racing for both spectators and racers around the world.

WHAT: Round Five of the AMA Supermoto Championship

WHERE: Stafford Motor Speedway is located at 55 West Street in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, 06076.

WHEN: Sunday, August 26, 2007.

SCHEDULE: Saturday - Pro Promoter Practice 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Sunday - Timed Practice begins at 12:00 pm. Heats and Last Chance Qualifiers go from 3:30pm until 5:30 pm. Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:00 pm with final events beginning at 6:15 pm.

-credit: ama

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