Supermoto: Utah preview

HONDA SUMMIT OF SPEED HOLDS SUPERMOTO CHALLENGE Local Rider Cassidy Anderson Looks to Continue His Hometown Success PICKERINGTON, Ohio (June 19, 2007) -- AMA Supermoto slides into Miller Motorsports Park, a state-of-the-art,...

Local Rider Cassidy Anderson Looks to Continue His Hometown Success

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (June 19, 2007) -- AMA Supermoto slides into Miller Motorsports Park, a state-of-the-art, multi-configurational road racing circuit located in Tooele, Utah this weekend, June 23, for The Plaza Cycle AMA Supermoto Challenge, round three of the 10-round AMA Supermoto Championship. The event is part of the Honda Summit of Speed weekend and joins the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited for three days of non-stop motorcycle racing action.

Supermoto is one of the fastest growing forms of professional motorcycle racing. Supermoto racers combine skills from a variety of racing styles. Track layouts are unique, as they feature both right and left hand turns on paved and dirt surfaces. Track designs include the Parts Unlimited Urbancross which requires broad racing skills. Combined, these elements make this sport one of the most thrilling disciplines of motorcycle racing for both spectators and racers.

This will be the second year the AMA Supermoto Championship has visited the Miller Motorsports facility. In 2006 Honda's Jeff Ward and Yamaha's Doug Henry split race wins in the Supermoto class doubleheader, while Husqvarna's David Baffeleuf scored the win in the Supermoto Unlimited class, and Honda's Cassidy Anderson of Provo, Utah ran away with the Supermoto Lites win.

Anderson, who resides in nearby Provo, has moved up to the premier class and is currently sitting in 11th place in the AMA Red Bull Supermoto class standings. At the season opener in St Louis, Anderson finished a credible third place. However, Anderson crashed while leading in round two and ended up near the rear of the field.

Anderson hopes to rebound in Utah. "I feel confident going into the race this weekend," said Anderson earlier this week. "I have always ridden well at Miller in local races and at last year's AMA event. I have been testing and training at the track. I had some bad luck at the last week race, but I am looking forward to regrouping and battling for the win on Saturday."

"It is great to have a race this close to home. After traveling on the road for so long it is nice to be able to wake up at my own house and drive to the track," continued Anderson, "This track is really like a second home to me. I am excited and glad that all my friends and family can have the opportunity to come and support me (while) racing."

Troy Lee Designs Honda rider Jeff Ward leads the AMA Red Bull Supermoto premier class championship over Graves Yamaha's Mark Burkhart by only 4 points. Both riders have scored wins so far this season.

Factory Aprilia Rip It Energy Racing's Ben Carlson hopes to continue his winning ways in the AMA PPG Supermoto Unlimited class presented by M&R Products. Carlson, the 2006 class champion has a 15-point lead over Robert Loire of Salem, Wis., and Josh Chisum from Bakersifeld, Calif., both tied with 35 points.

Brandon Currie is looking for his third straight win this season on his Graves Yamaha in the AMA Hot Wheels Supermoto Lites class Championship. Currie from Anaheim, Calif., heads into this weekends event with a 6-point lead over Troy Lee Designs Honda rider David Pingree.

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WHAT: Round Three of the AMA Supermoto Championship

WHERE: Miller Motorsports Park is located in Tooele, Utah, 25 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2007.

COURSE: 0.89 miles (approx), with a main straight approaching 900 feet in length and 30 feet in width, and a technical dirt loop.

2006 WINNERS: AMA Supermoto: Jeff Ward (Honda) and Doug Henry (Yamaha). AMA Supermoto Unlimited: David Baffeleuf (Husqvarna). AMA Supermoto Lites: Cassidy Anderson (Honda).

SCHEDULE: Friday -- Promoter Practice, 2:00-6:00 pm. Saturday -- Timed Practice begins at 10:00 am. Heats and Last Chance Qualifiers go from 1:00pm until 2:30 pm. Opening Ceremonies begin at 5:45 pm with final events beginning at 6:45 pm.

-credit: ama

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Series AMA
Drivers Jeff Ward , David Baffeleuf , Doug Henry