Troy Lee’s Supermoto Mayhem at the Morongo

The final two rounds of the AMA Supermoto Series descended onto the Morongo Casino this weekend for Troy Lee’s Supermoto Mayhem. The very fast track boasted lots of asphalt, steel jumps, and a technical dirt section. Spectators were awarded the chance to watch Jeff Ward race his final motos, as well as witness the battle for the Series’ Championships at the fan-friendly venue.

Round 9

Still nursing two broken wrists sustained in the seventh Round, Troy Lee’s David Pingree blasted the holeshot in the Supermoto Lites final and never looked back. Pingree led the entire race while Brandon Currie and Adam Cini tried to keep the pressure on. Currie, edging closer to the Series Championship, held on for second place, and Adam Cini rounded out the top three. This marked Cini’s fourth podium appearance for the season. Pingree’s wrist did not seem to bother him as he managed to hold off the other racers. He was fast on the pavement and smooth in the dirt. Brandon Currie, the most consistent rider in the Lites series, marked fast lap times and applied pressure to the race leader. By holding off Adam Cini, Currie was able to end the day with an 18-point lead in the overall standings.

Early in the Supermoto Unlimited final, Kurt Nicoll blew his engine, spilling oil all over the track. A red flag sent the racers back to the starting line for a second start, where two Husqvarnas jumped out in front. David Baffeleuf and Adam Cini, who finished third in the Lites race as well, battled into the second lap with Cini eventually taking over the lead. Cini held on to his lead and took the win. His teammate, Baffeleuf, finished second and gave Husqvarna the majority of the podium. KTM HMC’s John Lewis rounded out the top three. The defending Unlimited champ, Ben Carlson, finished fifth, giving him enough points to claim the #1 Plate before the final round.

As dusk descended down upon the track at Morongo, the premiere class of the AMA Supermoto Series lined up. Mark Burkhart looked to snatch that #1 plate from reigning champ, Jeff Ward. However, another red flag courtesy of Cassidy Anderson’s early crash, forced a restart. When the race resumed, Burkhart jumped out front despite missing the holeshot and held on for the win. KTM HMC’s Troy Herfoss finished a relatively distant second, while reigning champ, Jeff Ward, took third.

Round 9 Results

1. 101 David Pingree
2. 2 Brandon Currie
3. 33 Adam Cini
4. 660 Robbie Smith
5. 90 Jamie Siever

1. 33 Adam Cini
2. 23 Davis Baffeleuf
3. 21 John Lewis
4. 96 Ales Hlad
5. 1 Ben Carlson (clinched #1 Plate)

1. 6 Mark Burkhart
2. 7 Troy Herfoss
3. 1 Jeff Ward
4. 11 Christopher Filmore
5. 61 Sylvain Bidart

Round 10

Brandon Currie continued his podium dominance in the final round of the Supermoto Lites series and claimed his first #1 Plate. Currie ran away with the Round Ten win, leaving no doubt he was the new champ. Adam Cini grabbed his third podium of the weekend, finishing behind Currie in second. The Monster Energy/Litz/Kawasaki pilot, Matt Abbott rounded out the top three with David Pingree just behind him in fourth.

Kurt Nicoll redeemed himself on Sunday after a disappointing engine failure in Round Nine of the Unlimited class. He held on for the win with the defending champ, Ben Carlson making chase. South Africa’s Brian Capper rounded out the top three. Ben Carlson already clinched his second series Championship, but he added to his points lead with his second place finish.

The final round of the Supermoto series also marked the last race for legend Jeff Ward. Stating he needed more time with is family and that his age was becoming an increasing factor, Wardy hung up the boots at the conclusion of Sunday’s race; but not before putting an exclamation on his Supermoto career. Wardy jumped out in front in the final round and proceeded to check out from the rest of the racers. His teammate, Cassiidy Anderson, did his best to pressure Ward, but Ward remained comfortably up front. Anderson would eventually finish second with Mark Burkhart close behind him in third. Burkhart’s third place finish was enough to crown him the overall Champion and the subdued Graves Yahama rider humbly accepted his #1 Plate on the podium. Lites
1. 2 Brandon Currie
2. 33 Adam Cini
3. 516 Matt Abbott
4. 101 David Pingree
5. 39 Matt Burton

1. 8 Kurt Nicoll
2. 1 Ben Carlson
3. 13 Brian Capper
4. 84 Kevin Berthome
5. 23 David Baffeleuf

1. 1 Jeff Ward
2. 15 Cassidy Anderson
3. 6 Mark Burkhart
4. 11 Christopher Fillmore
5. 61 Sylvain Bidart