Mark Burkhart Charges Back to Win Inaugural AMA Supermoto Race in Englishtown Ben Carlson and Brandon Currie emerge on two-race winning streaks Englishtown, N.J. (June 3, 2007) -- Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Mark Burkhart won over Troy Lee...
Mark Burkhart Charges Back to Win Inaugural AMA Supermoto Race in
Ben Carlson and Brandon Currie emerge on two-race winning streaks
Englishtown, N.J. (June 3, 2007) -- Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Mark Burkhart won over Troy Lee Designs Honda's Jeff Ward in wet and slick conditions during the inaugural AMA Supermoto Championship race at Raceway Park. Rip It Energy Aprilia's Ben Carlson distanced himself from the pack early to win his second main event in a row in M&R AMA Supermoto Unlimited competition, while Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Brandon Currie also prevailed taking his second race of the season in the Hot Wheels AMA Supermoto Lites class.
Troy Lee Designs Honda's Cassidy Anderson, of Provo, Utah, grabbed the holeshot but was quickly passed by Burkhart on the opening lap, while rain soaked the course. Burkhart battled with Ward for the remainder of the race, with each rider taking turns in the lead, before Burkhart took the lead with two laps remaining. Burkhart held on for his first win of the season with Ward finishing second. HMC KTM's Troy Herfoss, of Australia, finished third.
"The weekend was great up until an hour before our race, then we had to put the rain tires on", said Burkhart. "All race I was really just trying not to crash, There was mud on the pavement all over the track. It was a good race though. I have a lot of respect for Ward. We both raced clean out there, and I hope we put on a great show for the fans watching in the rain."
Carlson, of West Bend, Ind., dominated the track leading every lap of the 12-lap race after starting in the pole position. HMC KTM's Kurt Nicoll, of Temecula, Calif., finished second just ahead of teammate and local rider John Lewis, of Brandamore, Pa.
"Hats off to Aprilia, this team's hard work is unbelievable," said Carlson. "The track seemed to get a little bit slicker each lap, and luckily I was able to get a comfortable lead where I could keep the bike in the driest line".
Currie, of Anaheim, Calif., started on the pole for the Hot Wheels AMA Supermoto Lites class. Currie was able to grab the holeshot and hrld the lead for all 12 laps. Troy Lee Designs Honda's David Pingree, of Temecula, Calif., kept close watch as the two riders pulled a 30-second advantage over the rest of the field. Pingree charged until the checkered flag, earning second place. A three way fight for third ended in two riders going down and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Matt Abbott of Conyers, Ga., coming away with the final podium position. "Fortunately the rain held off, so the decision to stick with slick tires paid off," said Currie. "That was a good race. Pingree kept me honest. I want to thank everyone at Yamaha and all my family and everyone that is here supporting me."