Supermoto: St. Louis season opening preview

AMA SUPERMOTO SET TO LAUNCH EXCITING 2007 CAMPAIGN PICKERINGTON, Ohio (May 17, 2007) -- The AMA Supermoto Championship is preparing to kick off its fifth year with the season opener at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Mo., this ...


PICKERINGTON, Ohio (May 17, 2007) -- The AMA Supermoto Championship is preparing to kick off its fifth year with the season opener at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Mo., this Saturday, May 19. The 2007 series promises to be the most exciting season to date. Six new venues have been added to the 2007 campaign, in addition to four returning events. The series has also expanded geographically with races spanning from Connecticut to California. The continued growth of the AMA Supermoto Championship will give fans across the country unprecedented opportunities to catch Jeff Ward, Cassidy Anderson, Ben Carlson and all of their favorite Supermoto stars in action.

This weekend's season opener in St. Louis is being promoted at the hands of Live Nation, the same company that promotes AMA Supercross events.

"We're excited about working with Live Nation in bringing AMA Supermoto to St. Louis," said Joel Grover, AMA Supermoto Director. "This will be a unique event considering that the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater will host a concert featuring Fall Out Boy on Friday and then host our race the next day."

Round two of the series on June 3 will also visit a new venue for Supermoto, Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Raceway Park is most known for its NHRA drag racing events , as well as the annual Kawasaki's Race of Champions motocross event. Just outside New York City, the Englishtown race brings AMA Supermoto into one of the largest population centers on the East Coast. The Raceway Park track is slated to get back to Supermoto's roots and feature a large flat track type turn in addition to the normal motocross and road racing sections.

AMA Supermoto and AMA Superbike will host a combined weekend of racing at Miller Motorsports Park, near Salt Lake City with the Supermoto race being held on Saturday, June 23. The state-of-the-art facility hosted a successful combined weekend in 2006, bringing AMA Supermoto to a strong crowd of road racing fans.

July 8 will see the series roll into the Waterford Hills Road Race Course just outside of Detroit, Mich., in what has quickly become one of the shining gems of AMA Supermoto. Michigan's motorcycle racing fans have long supported AMA Grand National Flat Track, AMA Motocross Championship and AMA Supercross Series races, which resulted in the Detroit Supermoto round being one of the best attended events of the 2006 series.

"Waterford Hills is adding two spectator bridges for this year's event to give fans the opportunity to watch the racing from various parts of the track," Grover explained. "We were very pleased with the way that race turned out last year and we're looking for continued growth."

Stafford Motor Speedway in Hartford, Conn., will host its first AMA Supermoto Championship race on Aug. 25 under the lights. What started as an agricultural park in 1870, the venue transformed into a horse track and later a motorsports venue, giving Stafford Motor Speedway a rich history in the region. Now the venerable old facility will bring the New England Supermoto Classic to Connecticut for the first time.

The longest running event in AMA Supermoto will make its fourth consecutive stop at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville Tenn. The Motorplex will host the season's second night race on Sept. 1.

On Sept. 9, the series moves to Oklahoma City for the Oklahoma Supermoto Festival. Situated in the Oklahoma Motorsports Complex, this venue will feature a twisty go-kart style track with a newly-designed dirt section that will provide fans with plenty of action.

Historical Pacific Raceway in Seattle, Wash., will play host to yet another new venue for the 2007 season. The Battle in Seattle on Sept. 15, will utilize a new Supermoto/Karting circuit at a facility that already boasts an NHRA drag-strip, 2.25 mile road course, and motocross track. This will mark the AMA Supermoto Championship's first visit to the Pacific Northwest.

In one of the most unique venues the series has ever visited, AMA Supermoto will travel to Grand Sports Speedway located at the Blimp Base in Hitchcock, Texas. The Armadillo Supermoto on Nov. 3, will be part of the popular Lone Star Rally, which is attended by nearly 500,000 motorcyclists, and part of an a AMA National Road Riding Convention.

The season finale will bring the series back to the Troy Lee Design's promoted Duel at the Docks in Long Beach on Nov. 11. Last year's inaugural Long Beach race was an outstanding success that featured an unprecedented spectator turnout to cap off the AMA Supermoto Championship.

-credit: ama

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