2003 AMA Redbull Supermoto Round 5

Henry takes the checkers


Irwindale, CA - The smoke filled air had all but cleared from the skies over L.A. as a result of devastating wildfires on this first evening of November but not for long. Only this time the contaminants circulating on this crisp fall night wouldn't be smoke and ash. It turned out to be a dust cloud whipped into frenzy by some of the biggest names in motorcross, roadracing and dirttrack. The AMA's fledgling new race series, Supermoto, made it's only Southern California stop as round five of six in what is sure to be a race series that will build with popularity just about as fast as the fires ate up the Golden State.

Supermoto, for the uninitiated, combines the sky high dirty antics of motocross with the peg grinding skill of roadracing, all in an area not much bigger than your typical moto/supercross track. Supermotard as it was previously dubbed by the French, which means loosely "Superbiker, had it's moment in the sun in the late 1970's courtesy of ABC's Wide World of Sports. In essence the machines are dirtbikes with modified suspension and 17" wheels shod with sticky roadracing tires. They also being modified in order to deal with the dirt portion of the track with consumes roughly half of the course. A series of mild jumps (mild compared to your typical super or motocross track) and banked dirt turns present just enough grief to make getting back on paved surface demanding , that no one rider can rely heavily on only one type of riding even for the skilled likes of Doug Henry, Jeff Ward, Ben Bostrom, Joe Kopp, Jürgen Künzel and ever colorful, yet always lovable Mike Metzger, just to name a few.

Local Fullerton man Jeff Matiasevich jumping though hoops to finish 14th.

The two main events in what was a day long affair at the Irwindale Speedway, known locally for it's half mile auto racing, were the Supermoto Unlimited Final and Supermoto main. Borrowing from World SuperBike a "SuperPole" preceeded the Unlimited Final, which was won by Doug Henry of Yamaha but only by one second over KTM'S Jürgen Künzel. A shinny gold watch was awarded to Doug for the laptime of 1:15.424.

But Jürgen would have his revenge as he walked away with Unlimited Final win and never looked back after about lap three in the 20 lap race. Which left the real race between second and third place. This action was getting brutish as Joe Kopp and Ben Carlson, both of KTM, were never less than sniffing distance from one another's exhaust pipe. The final say would be Kopp's, drawing on his finely honed dirt skills from a successful career in dirttrack, to pass Carlson mid-turn on the last lap to take second place. By the way, this pass was underneath Carlson, in the dirt!

Henry takes the pole and the gold!

The final race of the night, the Supermoto Main, held the biggest assemblage of notables which drew upon the big three, motocross, roadracing and dirttrack, for it's supply of combatants. Once again, Doug Henry, Joe Kopp, Jürgen Künzel, Larry Pegram and Ben Carlson would return from the Unlimited Main, to be joined by Ben Bostrom, Jeff Ward and Mike Metzger to name a few, to create a spicy little mix of some of the most loved names in motorbike racing today.
 
And in this race Doug Henry would summons the skill used to win him the SuperPole to take the win in a "goin' away" fashion. Jürgen Künzel fought long and hard to maintain the lead early on, but found himself going backwards as the 20 lapper wore on to be relegated to 2nd place. As the race field stretched out into a seemingly endless parade of thumpers, as this type of race does to a large field, Ben Bostrom forged ahead from 5th to 3rd early on in the span of less than three laps only to fall victim to showman and crowd favorite Mike Metzger in the end who proudly took his place on the podium for third. Ben Carlson, Ben Bostrom and Joe Kopp topped off the following three with Larry Pegram finishing in 8th and Roger Lee Hayden of the rapidly mounting Hayden Boys racing dynasty taking an 11th place finish.

A new firestorm of a benign nature is being kindled within the motorbike racing world in the U.S. with the AMA fanning the flames. And they've picked some of the most combustible names in racing today to spark what will be an ever expanding series as racers from across the gamut flock to the flames to join in what is just plain fun racing.

If you find yourself in Las Vegas on November 20, make a date to attend the season closer of the AMA Honda RedBull Supermoto Series. You'll be at the flashpoint of great racing!

 

Supermoto - Race results

 
Pos. No. Rider name Hometown Bike Laps Team
1 369 Doug Henry Torrington, CT Yamaha YZ450 20 Team Motodynamics Tuluie Yamaha
2 97 Jürgen Künzel Germany KTM 450SX 20 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 1
3 875 Michael F Metzger Menifee, CA Honda CRF450R 20 Team Zoo York Honda Metzger
4 45 Benjamin Carlson West Bend, WI KTM 450SX 20 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 1
5 155 Ben Bostrom Las Vegas, NV Honda CRF450 20 Honda Racing
6 30 Joe Kopp Mica, WA KTM 450SX 20 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 2
7 94 Mark Avard Balcolyn, NSW, Australia Suzuki DR-Z400 20 Pacifico Saunders Suzuki
8 52 Larry Pegram Baltimore, OH KTM 450SX 20 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 2
9 2 Josh Chisum Bakersfield, CA Honda CRF450 20 Troy Lee Designs Honda
10 61 Mark Burkhart Pickerington, OH Yamaha YZF450 20 RAD Racing Disanto Yamaha
11 21 Roger Lee Hayden Owensboro Honda CRF450 20 American Supercamp Walker Honda
12 343 Matthew J Pursley St Louis, MO Yamaha YZ450 20 Fat Boy Racing Wilburn Yamaha / Honda
13 62 Cory Call Sacramento, CA Honda CRF450 20 CHM Exhaust McAllister Motorsports Honda I
14 48 Laurent Beguelin St Tropez, France Honda CRF450 19 CHM Exhaust McAllister Motorsports Honda II
15 450 Shane Turpin Salt Lake City, UT KTM 450 19 MotoVoy Scott KTM
16 39 Matt Burton Ottumwa, IA Yamaha YZ450 19 Fat Boy Racing Wilburn Yamaha / Honda
17 357 Gary Trachy Orange, CA Honda CRF450 19 Fasst Company Trachy Honda
18 92 Casey A Yarrow Fairfield, CA Honda CRF450 19 CHM Exhaust McAllister Motorsports Honda I
19 56 Don Hart Antelope, CA Honda CRF450 19 Pinit Motorsports Polk Honda
20 47 Brett Landes Los Gatos, CA Honda CRF450 13 CHM Exhaust McAllister Motorsports Honda I
21 3 Jeff Ward San Juan Capistrano, CA Honda CRF450 9 Troy Lee Designs Honda
22 232 Nick Daniels Mattoon, IL Yamaha YZF450 9 Fat Boy Racing Wilburn Yamaha / Honda
23 11 Christopher Fillmore Oxford, MI KTM 450SX 7 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 1
24 73 Steven Drew Yorba Linda, CA Honda CRF450 0-DNF White Brothers Moto Master Brent Honda

 

Supermoto Unlimited - Race results

 
Pos. No. Rider name Hometown Bike Laps Team
1 97 Jürgen Künzel Germany KTM 525 20 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 1
2 30 Joe Kopp Mica, WA KTM 525SX 20 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 2
3 45 Benjamin Carlson West Bend, WI KTM 525 20 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 1
4 73 Steven Drew Yorba Linda, CA Honda XR650R 20 White Brothers Moto Master Brent Honda
5 11 Christopher Fillmore Oxford, MI KTM 525 20 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 1
6 27 Leonardo Bagnis Bakersfield, CA Vertemati 570 20 East Hills Motorsports Harrington Vertemati
7 690 Ryan Hughes KTM 540 20 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 2
8 43 Mickey Dymond Placentia, CA 20 All Access ASD Eastland Honda
9 102 Mark Avard Balcolyn, NSW, Australia KTM 525 20 Kern Knight KTM
10 357 Gary Trachy Orange, CA KTM 525 19 Fasst Company Trachy Honda
11 450 Shane Turpin Salt Lake City, UT KTM 525 19 MotoVoy Scott KTM
12 46 Jeff Harrington Bakersfield, CA Vertemati 600 19 East Hills Motorsports Harrington Vertemati
13 108 Chuck McCarty Ontario, CA KTM 525SX 19 Carty's Racing McCarty KTM
14 111 Jeff Matiasevich Fullerton, CA Kawasaki KX500 19 Pro Circuit Matiasevich Kawasaki
15 83 Calvin Andlovec Roseville, CA KTM 525 19 Fast 50's Mason Honda / Yamaha
16 63 Chuck Sun N Las Vegas, NV KTM 660 18 Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 2
17 82 Craig Mason Auburn, CA KTM 525 18 Fast 50's Mason Honda / Yamaha
18 26 Brian Catterson Costa Mesa, CA Husqvarna TE610 17 Team Cagiva Catterson Husqvarna
19 77 Mike Krynock Sunny Vale, CA KTM 525 15 Des Motosport Krynock KTM
20 106 Gerald Delepine Belgium Vertemati 570 13 East Hills Motorsports Harrington Vertemati
21 6 Mark Cernicky Newport Beach, CA KTM 525 12 Yoshimura Joe Rocket Honda Dunlop
22 104 Kenny Carlotta Gilroy, CA KTM 525 8 Kern Knight KTM
23 151 Jens Hainbach Schotten, Germany Husaberg 650 2 BMG Blake Husaberg
24 52 Larry Pegram Baltimore, OH KTM 525SX 0-DNS Red Bull HMC KTM Supermoto Racing Team 2

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