Supermoto: Redmond preview

AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP HEADS TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST PICKERINGTON, Ohio (September 26, 2007) -- WHR Motorsports is set to host its first AMA Supermoto Championship event this Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo...


PICKERINGTON, Ohio (September 26, 2007) -- WHR Motorsports is set to host its first AMA Supermoto Championship event this Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Redmond, Ore.

Entitled the Yamaha Rampage in Redmond, this year's race marks the first time the AMA Supermoto Championship has visited the Pacific Northwest and the state of Oregon.

"This event will help expose the sport of Supermoto to motorcycle enthusiasts and fans throughout Central Oregon and the Northwest," said promoter Lee Collins. "We have thought of the fans first in every step of planning for this event. Families can expect exciting racing and entertainment on September 29."

With a panoramic view of the beautiful Cascade Mountain Range, the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center is situated on the outskirts of Redmond. The venue offers ample parking, easy access and a wide range of event areas all set on 132-artfully landscaped acres reflecting the high desert scenery.

Spectators will be able to choose between 2,500 covered grandstand seats located in front of the dirt section or an additional 1,000 seats in the paddock area in front of the Parts Unlimited UrbanCross jumps and start/finish line. The track features approximately 3,800' of asphalt and 1,700' of dirt.

The championship scenario in the premier AMA Red Bull Supermoto class has turned into a two-rider battle and heats up for the final four-race stretch drive. At the last round in Nashville, Graves Yamaha's Mark Burkhart claimed his fourth victory of the season and drew into a tie for the series points lead with Troy Lee Designs Honda's Jeff Ward, who has garnered one win and four runner-up finishes to put himself into title contention.

"It helped me a lot winning in Nashville because now it turns the series into a four race shootout", said Burkhart. "I want to win at least one more race and ride smart so I don't make any mistakes and stay in the championship hunt."

Ward, the defending AMA Supermoto Champion has been through the championship grind and is looking forward to facing off with his rival.

"I feel confident I can still win," stated Ward. "Four races are left and the goal is to go out and win. Mark (Burkhart) is a great competitor and will be there every race if I leave the door open. I am looking forward to hanging everything out on the track and taking this championship battle down to the final double header weekend."

Factory Aprilia Rip It Energy's Ben Carlson has experienced much success in the PPG Supermoto Unlimited presented by M&R Products class, picking up five of six wins on the season. He holds a comfortable 36-point lead over HMC KTM's Kurt Nicoll and 49 points on his teammate Darryl Atkins.

"I let the (last) race come to me and was able to pick up another victory," explained the defending Supermoto Unlimited champion Carlson. "It feels good to have a comfortable points lead with only four races to go, but in this sport anything can happen, so every race is important."

The AMA Hot Wheels Supermoto Lites series has been a season-long duel between Troy Lee Designs Honda rider David Pingree and Graves Yamaha's Brandon Currie. Both riders have been strong this year finishing either first or second in every race.

Pingree comes to Redmond with a six-point lead over Currie. In Nashville it was evident that Currie was the fastest rider on the track, however Currie made a few costly mistakes and ended up handing the win, and the points lead, to Pingree.

"It was a pivotal race last round," said Pingree, who earned his fourth victory of the season. "The track definitely suited Brandon's (Currie) style and out of all the tracks he thought Nashville was a place he would be sure beat me. The plan from here is to keep winning and be smart."

For more racing information and ticket information please visit the WHR Motorsports website

WHAT: Yamaha Rampage in Redmond round Seven of the AMA Supermoto Championship

WHERE: The Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center is located at 3800 SW Airport Way in Redmond, Oregon, 97756

WHEN: Sept. 28-29, 2007

SCHEDULE: Friday -- Pro Promoter Practice 12:00pm until 6:00pm. Saturday -- Timed Practice begins at 10:45 pm. Heats and Last Chance Qualifiers go from 2:15pm until 3:30 pm. Opening Ceremonies begin at 4:45 pm with final events beginning at 5:00 pm.

-credit: ama

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Series AMA
Drivers Jeff Ward , Darryl Atkins