AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO NASHVILLE PICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 29, 2007) -- The AMA Supermoto Championship is set to return to the Music City Motorplex, located in Nashville, Tenn., this weekend, Sept. 1-2, for round six of the ...
AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO NASHVILLE
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 29, 2007) -- The AMA Supermoto Championship is set to return to the Music City Motorplex, located in Nashville, Tenn., this weekend, Sept. 1-2, for round six of the 10-round championship.
The 3rd Annual Extreme Cycle Jam marks the fourth time the AMA Supermoto Championship has visited Nashville. "After our success last year our goal is to grow a bigger and better event for the future," said Norman W. Partin, General Manager of Music City Motorplex. "We are combining Music City USA with world-class racers and fast race tracks to build an event where fans want to return year after year."
Track changes for 2007 have been designed to improve the fan experience at the fairgrounds raceway. The dirt section has been moved closer to the stadium seating and the unique Parts Unlimited UrbanCross obstacle will be situated right across from the fans.
Last weekend in Hartford, Conn., All Access Honda's Micky Dymond captured his first win in the premier AMA Red Bull Supermoto class. Dymond was the 2005 Supermoto Unlimited Champion.
"I was very surprised and I will take it", said Dymond. "All race I really didn't know what place I was in. The sun made a glare on my pit board so I could not read it; I battled the whole time coming from the middle of the pack."
Taking second place and retaining the overall AMA Supermoto points lead, was Troy Lee Designs Honda rider Jeff Ward. Only three points separate Ward and Graves Yamaha's Mark Burkhart as both riders look to continue the saga in Nashville. Ward won the first round in St. Louis while Burkhart captured three-straight wins going into last weekend's event.
Ward and Burkhart have each recorded two wins at the Music City Motorplex. Ward won races in 2004 and 2005, while Burkhart won in the Lites class in 2005 and the premier Supermoto class last year.
"I was mad getting caught up in the first turn, until I realized it was Mark who tangled with me last weekend," commented Ward about his first lap mishap with Burkhart. "I raced hard trying to gain as many points as possible, and I managed to finish second and take over the points lead. The season is still only at the halfway point, but every point matters for the championship."
KTM HMC's Kurt Nicoll took the AMA PPG Supermoto Unlimited presented by M&R Products class win last weekend in Hartford. With the win Nicoll moved into second place in the series behind Factory Aprilia Rip It Energy Racing's Ben Carlson.
Carlson, the defending Unlimited class champion, comes in to Nashville with a 33-point lead over Nicoll. Carlson has won four of the five Unlimited races this year and finished second to Nicoll in Hartford.
The AMA Hot Wheels Supermoto Lites class has provided spirited racing between Troy Lee Designs Honda rider David Pingree and Graves Yamaha's Brandon Currie. "Ping" now has a three point lead over Currie, and hopes to build on his three race win streak. Currie won the opening two rounds in the Lites championship.
For more racing information and ticket information please visit the website www.musiccitymotorplex.com
WHAT: 3rd Annual Extreme Cycle Jam, round six of the AMA Supermoto Championship
WHERE: Music City Motorplex is located at 625 Smith Ave. Ste. 100 in Nashville, Tennessee, 37203.
WHEN: Saturday, September 1, 2007.
SCHEDULE: Friday -- Pro Promoter Practice 2:00pm until 6:00pm. Saturday -- Timed Practice begins at 1:45 pm. Heats and Last Chance Qualifiers go from 5:15 pm until 6:30 pm. Pit Party autograph sessions begin at 7:00 pm. Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:00 pm with final events beginning at 8:20 pm. Sunday -- NASMOTO Amateur Day.