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Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CA - Doug Henry, who earned podium spots in each of his previous AMA Red Bull Supermoto outings, broke through with his first victory under the lights at Irwindale Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 1. For much of the contest,...

Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CA - Doug Henry, who earned podium spots in each of his previous AMA Red Bull Supermoto outings, broke through with his first victory under the lights at Irwindale Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 1. For much of the contest, however, a race win seemed almost unthinkable for the Yamaha rider, with KTM's Jürgen Künzel pulling out a 17-second advantage by the race's halfway point. The German World Supermoto star then crashed on lap 11 of 20, and while he was able to regroup in time to maintain control of first, his lead was erased to just a handful of bike lengths. Henry stepped up his charge and overtook Künzel with a triple jump pass a couple of laps later. Künzel followed Henry to the flag, unable to mount a counterattack with a lost rear brake lever. Mike Metzger grabbed third, his first AMA Supermoto podium.

Earlier in the evening, Künzel ran a drama-free race to claim a convincing win in the KTM Supermoto Unlimited class. Joe Kopp edged Ben Carlson on the last lap to claim the second spot on the all-KTM podium. 12-year-old Chad Cose was the victor in the Honda Red Riders Jr. Supermoto Challenge.

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Drivers Mike Metzger , Jurgen Kunzel , Doug Henry