Anderson Records First-Ever AMA Supermoto Victory at The Moody Gardens in Galveston Hlad and Taplin pick up first AMA Supermoto wins on American Soil GALVESTON, Texas (November 3, 2007) - Troy Lee Designs Honda's Cassidy Anderson claimed his...
Anderson Records First-Ever AMA Supermoto Victory at The Moody Gardens in Galveston
Hlad and Taplin pick up first AMA Supermoto wins on American Soil
GALVESTON, Texas (November 3, 2007) - Troy Lee Designs Honda's Cassidy Anderson claimed his first-ever 450 Primer Supermoto win at round eight of the AMA Supermoto Championship held at Moody Gardens. KTM HMC Motoracing's Ales Hlad picked up the win in M&R AMA Supermoto Unlimited competition, while Troy Lee Designs Honda's Rodney Taplin took the victory in the Hot Wheels AMA Supermoto Lites class.
Troy Lee Designs Honda's Jeff Ward, of Newport Beach, Calif., sped off to a great start, earning the holeshot in the AMA Supermoto main event. Teammate Anderson, of Provo, Utah, followed in second while Sylvain Bidart, of France, battled Graves Yamaha's Mark Burkhart, of Pataskala, Ohio, for the third position. On the third lap, Burkhart made an inside move to take over third, however, four laps later he would slide out charging into the dirt section, which dropped him back to sixth. On lap 14, Ward suffered mechanical problems and slowly pushed Ward to back of the field, where he would eventually finish in 15th place.
Anderson continued to pull away from the field and picked up the win. Bidart held on for second while Burkhart made a last-lap pass on HMC KTM's Troy Herfoss to grab the final podium position.
"This win is worth everything I have been through this year," remarked Anderson. "It has been an up and down year with some good rides, but a lot of bad luck as well. To take this win feels like redemption for myself. I have been training hard and trying to improve my riding and this win is definitely the best pay off I could of hoped for."
Hlad, of Bulgaria, jumped out to the early lead in AMA Supermoto and never looked back. He led all 15 laps en route to his first-ever AMA Supermoto Unlimited victory, and first on American soil. HMC KTM's Kurt Nicoll, of Temecula, Calif., finished in second place while teammate John Lewis, of Brandamore, Pa., was third.
"I liked this race", stated Hlad, "I really did not know what to expect being in America for the first time. so I am happy to have this opportunity and win this race. I am excited for Morongo next weekend and I just want to learn as much as I can and get better as the AMA series comes to an end."
Troy Lee Design Honda's David Pingree, of Temecula, Calif., jumped to the early lead in the Hot Wheels AMA Supermoto Lites main event. LA Fuels Husqvarna's Adam Cini, Graves Yamaha's Brandon Currie, of Anaheim, Calif., and Tory Lee Designs Honda teammate Rodney Taplin, of Austrailia, followed Pingree on the opening lap. Pingree was on the receiving end of a hard block pass by Cini, which dropped him back to fifth place. Two laps later, Cini was disqualified by AMA officials due to a cracked engine case. Currie took over the lead and was in position for the win before a last lap collision with a lapped rider allowed Talpin to get by and claim the first U.S. win of his career. Currie finished second while Pingree came back through the pack to finish third.
"This was one of the best feelings I have ever had," said Taplin. "I am from Australia and it's a dream to come to the USA and win an AMA race. I want to thank everyone at Troy Lee Designs Honda for giving me a chance to race. Unfortunately I will not be in Morongo next weekend as I have a race back in Australia."