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Supermoto: Season finale preview

AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE WILL CROWN CHAMPIONS PICKERINGTON, Ohio (November 6, 2007) -- Troy Lee's Supermoto Mayhem at the Morongo roars into the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, Calif., on Nov. 9-11. This year's event marks...

AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE WILL CROWN CHAMPIONS

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (November 6, 2007) -- Troy Lee's Supermoto Mayhem at the Morongo roars into the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, Calif., on Nov. 9-11.

This year's event marks the first time the AMA Supermoto Championship has visited California's Palm Springs desert area.

"We are very excited to promote the Supermoto Mayhem at the Morongo," commented Troy Lee. "This year we have moved the race to Morongo and I am very happy with the response and how everything has gone so far. This event will cap off one of the most thrilling and exciting AMA Supermoto Championships in history. On Sunday we will be crowning three series champions. The event area has given us an opportunity to make a large track, which will provide top notch racing all weekend."

The Morongo venue offers unique capabilities and elements sure to provide excitement and great racing action. Fans will witness up-close racing that utilizes unique obstacles, such as the Parts Unlimited UrbanCross jumps. An international field of racers will be competing during the prestigious season finale.

The AMA Red Bull Supermoto class has been a battle all season between Graves Yamaha's Mark Burkhart and Troy Lee Designs Honda's Jeff Ward. Burkhart has a 17-point lead heading into the events this weekend. Ward, however, of nearby Newport Beach, will have the California fans in his corner.

Last weekend in Galveston, Texas, Troy Lee Designs Honda's Cassidy Anderson captured his first-ever premier AMA Supermoto victory. Burkhart was able to remount from an early race crash and charged back to finish third. Ward suffered a devastating blow in the series championship after suffering mechanical problems while leading the race and ending up finishing in 15th position.

"The win last weekend was worth everything I have been through this year," said Anderson. "It has been an up-and-down year with some good rides but a lot of bad luck as well. Taking the win felt like redemption for myself. I know I can win and I have the confidence to do it again this weekend in Morongo."

Burkhart, who has won five times this season, now takes his largest points lead of the year into the series finale.

"It is still going to be a battle until the final race," said Burkhart. "Jeff (Ward) showed this weekend that anything can happen in racing. I just want to keep doing the same thing I have been doing all year."

Ward, who is the defending AMA Supermoto champion, is hoping for some luck after last weekend.

"It was an unfortunate situation," stated Ward. "I am just going to race as best I can and hopefully I can finish the year with some wins."

Ales Hlad won the main event in his first ever race in the AMA PPG Supermoto Unlimited Presented by M&R class last weekend as the HMC KTM team swept the podium.

"I really did not know what to expect being in America for the first time," explained Hlad. "I am happy to have this opportunity and win this race. I am excited for Morongo this weekend and I just want to learn as much as I can and get better as the AMA series comes to an end."

Factory Aprilia Rip It Energy Racing's Ben Carlson continues to turn in consistent finishes as he holds a 45-point lead over HMC KTM's Kurt Nicoll.

"The track last weekend was hard to pass on," stated Carlson, "My Aprilia has really been fantastic this year. I am hoping I can pick up at least one more victory before the year is over and bring the championship home after Morongo."

The AMA Hot Wheels Supermoto Lites series has featured an exciting fight between Graves Yamaha's Brandon Currie and Troy Lee Designs Honda rider David Pingree. But last weekend in Texas, it was AMA Supermoto newcomer Troy Lee Designs Rodney Taplin who took the checkers after cashing in on mistakes by Currie and Pingree.

"Winning in America was one of the best feelings I have ever had," commented Taplin. "I am from Australia and it's a dream to come to the USA and win an AMA race. Unfortunately I will not be in Morongo this weekend as I have a race back in Australia."

Currie extended his point lead to 21 points over Pingree and is very confident heading to Morongo.

"I am looking forward to next weekend and hope I can get some luck on my side," remarked Currie. "I want to win but at the same time I know I have to ride smart too. It is going to be a fun race."

Tickets for the Supermoto Mayhem at the Morongo are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.troyleedesigns.com, or at a local TLD dealer, by phone 1 888-MORONGO, or the day of the event. Adult weekend passes are $40, Kid weekend passes are $10. Adult Friday tickets are $10 Saturday and Sunday is $25 per day. Kid single day tickets are $5.

WHAT: Round Nine and Ten of the AMA Supermoto Championship

WHERE: Morongo Casino Resort and Spa is located at 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, California, 92230

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9, Amateur Racing, Saturday, Nov. 10, Qualifying and Pro Racing, Sunday, November 11, Qualifying and Pro Racing

SCHEDULE: Friday -- Amateur Racing 9:30am until 2:45pm. Saturday -- Timed Practice begins at 9:00 am. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:00 am with final events beginning at 1:30 pm. Sunday -- Timed Practice begins at 9:00 am. Opening Ceremonies begin at 1:30 pm with final events beginning at 2:45 pm.

-credit: ama

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