Los Angeles, CA (11/17/04) — Former 7-time AMA Champion Jeff Ward captured his 8 th AMA Championship, winning the 2004 AMA Supermoto Title this past weekend in Las Vegas.
An exciting race down to the very last second, the AMA Red Bull Supermoto A-Go-Go highlight came when Ward passed rival Jurgen Kunzel with two laps to go to take his third victory of the season!
Wardy, the 43 year old racing phenomenon from Newport Beach placed his Troy Lee Designs Honda CRF450R on the podium at all seven rounds, including taking wins at Copper Mountain, Nashville and the double points paying Las Vegas finale. Ward tallied 186 points while Troy Lee Honda teammate Doug Henry, who won four rounds, finished fifth in the finale, after twisting his knee in Friday’s practice session. Henry finished third overall in the series, with 148 points.
The young 17-year old apprentice Chris Fillmore rounds out Team Troy Lee Honda. Chris secured one podium finish at round 3 in Nashville, where he took home second place. Chris had a great race in Vegas holding off European champ Eddie Seel for the first half of the race, finishing seventh for the day, and ending the season in seventh place overall (with 86 points).
Also of note, Team Troy Lee Honda captured the 2004 AMA Supermoto Team Championship with an undefeated season, winning all seven rounds of the series.
According to team owner Troy Lee, “this championship is huge for our company! Our entire staff has worked very hard to develop our team and this means a lot to everyone at Troy Lee Designs.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing one of my best friends win, I’ve been with Wardy since the very beginning and I’m super proud to have his as part of our team. We feel that Supermoto is one of the most exciting motorcycle disciplines to watch, and compete in, and it has a great future. There’s no other racing that combines heroes from Motocross, Road Racing, Freestyle, and Flat Track all competing against one another, on some of the coolest race courses in the world. The sky is the limit for Supermoto!
Team Manager Bob Weber, also pleased with this weekend’s results stated, “I want to acknowledge everyone’s efforts in support of our race team, in particular our mechanics; Matt Jory, Pancho Rangel, Damon Conkright, and Craig Koback, for their outstanding contributions, sacrifices and attention to details in preparing our race equipment. Additional kudos also go to our resourceful bus driver and all-around get-it-done guy Bruce Riley, as well as our in-house rider support staff of Nate Hawley, Lotus Campbell, and Shoko Takano for keeping everyone looking good. Special thanks also goes to Sheri Ridenour for coordinating team contracts and marketing logistics, as well as Stacy Jones and Cheryl Lynch for managing the team PR efforts. Last but not least, Sarah Richards helped us to pull it all together and kept us organized.
Weber also commented that “Broc Glover, Les Washbaum and the crew at Dunlop Tires provided outstanding trackside support for which we are extremely thankful. Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton, Bones Bacon and Dave Chase also dedicated an amazing amount of time, effort and energy into ensuring we had the best performing bikes possible. All of this support made this championship possible. Of course without the talent, dedication, and motivation of Jeff, Doug, Chris and Troy we would not be here!
Our sincerest thanks go to our sponsors, without you none of this could have happened!
American Honda, Fun Bike Center, MTX Audio, Timex, Dunlop Tires, Pro Honda Oils, Primm Collection, PPG, Weekend Warrior, Pro Circuit, Renthal, Alpinestars, Mattel Hot Wheels, Fleetwood, Haan Wheels, Factory Effex, VP Racing Fuels, MotoBrew, MotoMaster, Flexfit, NamePlate, Couts Heating & Cooling, Inc., Cornwell, Magura, Proline Fasteners, ASV, RK Chain, Wiseco, Hinson Clutches, Motion Pro, OLN, Twin Air, Chicken Hawkk Racing, Imagine It Graphics, and Pit Crew.
As for the Supermoto documentary Troy Lee Designs is producing, this past weekend’s championship win adds yet another victory to Jeff Ward’s remarkable race career, which will be defined within this unique and entertaining documentary production. As many know, Ward’s roots in Supermoto racing run deep…he finished third in the very first Superbikers Race (produced for ABC’s Wide World of Sports), which was held at Carlsbad Raceway, Calif. in 1979. That race launched what has now become known as Supermoto! The documentary will also delve into the amazing career of teammate Doug Henry, and will be available in Spring 2005.
Next for Troy Lee Designs is the Seventh Annual A Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix taking place Thanksgiving weekend, November 26th — 28th.
Visit www.troyleedesigns.com for up-to-the minute team information.
FINISHES AT A GLANCE
Total Points: 186
AMA Supermoto CHAMPION
Total Points: 148
3rd Overall AMA Supermoto Series
Total Points: 86
7th Overall AMA Supermoto Series