PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Sports' exciting new Supermoto program got off to a successful start in Oregon last weekend, with veteran pro-racing star Doug Chandler making an impressive appearance in the Premier Class. KTM's Chandler took the win...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Sports' exciting new Supermoto program got off to a successful start in Oregon last weekend, with veteran pro-racing star Doug Chandler making an impressive appearance in the Premier Class.
KTM's Chandler took the win at the opening round of the 2003 AMA Supermoto Grand Championships, presented by Sidi, at Pat's Acres Racing Complex in Oregon's historic Charboneau District near Portland. This was a commanding victory for Mr. Smooth, winning the 25-lap Pro Prestige main event with style and earning the lion's share of the $2,000 purse. "This place is awesome," said Chandler from the podium. "I've never seen anything like it before."
The infamous 0.8-mile, ten-turn Supermoto Campus features a park-like atmosphere, winding through grass infields, 100-year-old oak trees and a gently flowing stream. A favorite of both rider and spectator, the Sidi-sponsored circuit includes mild elevation changes and two medium-bank carousel turns, providing endless opportunities for epic drifts and eye-popping lean angles.
Chandler's victory puts him one step closer to the Western States Supermoto Championship ("Triple Crown") Grand Prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris, France, to attend the world-famous Supermoto Guidon D'or ("golden handlebar").
Runner-up Ricky Pearce kept Chandler in sight, turning in a stellar ride on his Factory Honda CR450F. He celebrated with a one-footed, stand-on-the-seat wheelie across the finish line and kept his points chase alive. "I want to do that again", quipped Pearce with a grin. Another standout performance was Bakersfield's Josh Chisum, coming from mid-pack to land the final spot on the podium.
AMA Supermoto Grand Championship action consists of two, two-round AMA Supermoto Championship Series promoted respectively in the Eastern and Western States by Supermotard USA and Supermoto USA. Those series determine AMA Sports' 2003 Eastern and Western Supermoto Champions and also serve as qualifying events for the AMA Supermoto Grand Championships.
The AMA Supermoto Grand Championship program runs under a Pro-Am format designed to complement AMA Pro Racing's Red Bull Supermoto Championships. Eight classes of competition are recognized: Pro-Am Supermoto Prestige, Amateur Open Expert, Amateur Vet Open, Amateur Middleweight, Amateur Lightweight, Youth Super Lightweight, Mini Motard, and Stock Mini.
<pre> PRESTIGE RESULTS
FINISH - NAME - NUMBER - BIKE 1 - DOUG CHANDLER - 10 - KTM 2 - RICK PEARCE - 32 - Honda 3 - JOSH CHISUM - 428 - Honda 4 - DON HART - 56 - Honda 5 - STEVE DREW - 73n - Honda 6 - CASEY YARROW - 3 - Honda 7 - JIM STYSKEL - 31 - Honda 8 - DAVE KEMP - 51 - Yamaha 9 - TYLER SANDELL - 2n - Yamaha 10 - MIKE DEILKE - 53 - Honda 11 - TONY CALLEN - 36 - Yamaha 12 - PETER NEILSON - 11 - Honda 13 - ARTHUR HEWIG - 89 - Honda 14 - JACOB GROSS - 35 - VOR 15 - BRETT FLADSETH - 20 - Yamaha DNF - RON WEST - 99 - Husaberg DNF - JEREMY CLELAND - 120 - Honda DNF - JOSH BRYAN - 165 - Honda DNS - PAUL LAMMER - 73 - Yamaha
</pre> SECOND WESTERN ROUND MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 20
In related news, the second round of the Western Series of the 2003 AMA Western Supermoto Championship Series has been re-scheduled to September 20, to avoid a conflict with AMA Pro Racing's 2003 AMA KTM Red Bull Supermoto Championship on September 27.
The Eastern Series of the 2003 AMA Western Supermoto Championship Series will be launched on August 23-24 at Beaver Run Motorsports Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania.
Following are the schedule of events and contact information for the 2003 AMA Supermoto Grand Championship program.
AMA EASTERN SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Aug. 23-24: Beaver Run Motorsports Complex, Wampum, Pennsylvania
Oct. 18: Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Virginia
The 2003 AMA Eastern Supermoto Championship Series is promoted by Supermotard USA. For more information, contact Eric Hicks at Supermotard USA, 611 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 115, Washington, DC 20003. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMA WESTERN SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Aug. 2-3: Pat's Acres Racing Complex, Portland, Oregon
Sept. 20: Mesa Marin Raceway, Bakersfield, California
AMA SUPERMOTO GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nov. 22-23: XPlex Motorsports Racepark, Las Vegas, Nevada
The 2003 AMA Western Supermoto Championship Series and the 2003 AMA Grand Championships are promoted by Supermoto USA. For more information, contact Carl Blake at OCC Inc., 22410 70th Avenue West, Suite 7, Mount Lake Terrace, WA 98043. Email: Supermoto@occcranks.com.